Panoply Arts Festival returns in 2016 with a lineup of interactive activities for kids and kids-at-heart.
From favorites like face-painting and STEAM interactives, to community art projects meant to celebrate the creativity in all of us, here’s how you and your kids can get inspired at #Panoply2016:
- Panoply puts the Arts in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) with STEAM Interactives that are fun for all ages. Learn about balance and simple machines at Huntsville Ballet Company’s Mobiles in Motion, spell your name in binary code at Binary Bands presented by Lockheed Martin, make a mini lava lamp and learn about density with HAL5’s Lava Layers, and see music frequencies come to life on paper at Defense Acquisition University’s Wonder Waves. Scan the QR code located in the STEAM interactives tents to learn even more about the science, technology, engineering, art and math behind the project.
- See behind the scenes at Arts in Action. Experience the creative processes of a silversmith, potter, painter and woodworker up close. Don’t be afraid to take the kids to the Art Marketplace to purchase an affordable piece of art all their own.
- Now that the creativity is flowing head over to the Panoply letters, Huntsville Botanical Garden’s Flower Power, Huntsville Art League’s Easel Art, Valley Conservatory’s Drum Circle, Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild’s Discover Music, face painting or any of the other interactive art activities for a chance to cultivate and express your creativity. Hand your child a paint brush or an instrument (and grab one of your own!) to create something beautiful and uniquely you!
- This year’s festival will feature more than 50 performances on three stages plus magic shows at the Gazebo and roaming performers. Bring your chairs or blankets to enjoy an afternoon of music from jazz to swing, bluegrass, folk and rock. Don’t be afraid to stand up and bust a move if the mood so strikes you! You can view the entire lineup here.
The Panoply Info Booth is located near the Gazebo on Williams Avenue, near HEMSI/First Aid. Panoply provides wristbands to every child at the gate and encourage parents to write their cell phone number on the inside of the wristband before putting it on their child. If the child is found by a Lost Kids volunteer, the volunteer will simply call the number on the inside of the band to locate the parent.
What to Bring
Come prepared to be outside. Bring sunscreen, a hat (or purchase one at the Panoply store!), chairs or blankets for the shows, and even a light jacket for when it cools down in the evenings. More information about parking, and what is allowed inside the park can be found on the Panoply FAQ page. A festival map will be distributed at the entry gates of Big Spring Park.[themify_box style=”lavender rounded” ]ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Daniela Perallon is a proud alum of the University of Florida, and has a personal passion for still photography, videography, and fresh, local food. She has long admired all that the local arts, entertainment and culture has to offer and is excited to bring her passions and digital storytelling skills to Arts Huntsville as their PR & Marketing Manager.[/themify_box]
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