A Flower-Powered Family Fest

By: Jayna Hintz, curator of education on August 22nd, 2012

The second annual Family Fest wrapped up last evening with Funny Guy Sean Emery entertaining the crowd with jokes and juggling. Who knew you could jump rope while balanced on a unicycle? Sean did so with jaw-dropping success.
Family Fest was a weeklong success, bringing hundreds of visitors to the Woodson Art Museumseeking fun, art-making interaction. The festival kicked off with kite making, followed by flower pounding, garden markers, vegetable printing, tissue paper flowers, leaf and fern sun prints and ended with a flower-power Toddler Tuesday. The festival is part of a national initiative, Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens designed to promote healthy food choices and physical activity through interactive programs.

How did Family Fest visitors move?

They created and flew kites through the sculpture garden.
Pounding flowers gets arm muscles into the action, and for some it was a full-body experience.
Garden markers had volunteers on the move helping visitors who’ll use the markers to brighten their weeding and garden tending with family.
Vegetable printing is a visual reminder to eat healthy.
Mary Hilliker of River Flow Yoga led a free family yoga class last evening, a terrific warm-up for the juggler’s entertainment.
Not only did Family Fest get participants moving, but its garden and flower theme complemented the Woodson Art Museum’s three botanical exhibitions. This is the last week to see: Botanicals: Environmental Expressions in Art, Rhythm of Life: Watercolors by Richard Bolingbroke, and Nature Observed: Wendy Brockman Watercolors.
With summer fading fast, visit the Museum to celebrate the last blooms of the season.

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