If you have ever attended Musicians Corner, you have likely seen many happy, engaged children playing in the Kidsville area. This weekend, on Saturday, October 14, the children will take over the entire Musicians Corner area for the first Kidsville Family Festival. The Festival will run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will coincide with Blooma Yoga’s 3rd Annual Bellyrama Yoga Fest.
Kidsville began in 2010 as “Kids Corner,” an area for children to create and play at Musicians Corner events in Centennial Park. Since that time, Kidsville has grown to become a standalone program of The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, presenting more than 100 free educational activities annually for children. Kidsville activities include storytelling, arts & crafts, music education, musical performances, and learning about the history of the Parthenon and Centennial Park. While these events typically take place at the Parthenon and Musicians Corner, they also take place at various outreach venues.
Kidsville’s mission is to utilize the arts and play to help educate Nashville’s youth in the areas of music, nutrition, fitness, and literacy to enhance the development of healthy and successful futures for our city’s youngest citizens.
Kidsville Program Manager Sara Glascock and Curriculum Manager Kyla Easterday are always looking for new avenues to spread their mission beyond Kidsville’s typical programming. This year they will expand their program by introducing a Family Festival.
As the day-long Festival will partner with the Bellyrama Family Yoga Fest, the day will kick off with a family yoga class.
“Blooma is excited to bring Bellyrama to the Kidsville stage,” said Jennifer Derryberry Mann, cofounder and studio director of Blooma Nashville Yoga in a press release. “Bellyrama is a celebration of moms-to-be, new mamas and their families, and we’re excited to share the mindfulness and joy of yoga with kids and adults alike.”
American Music Water will serve a presenting sponsor for the festival. “We love how Kidsville engages children through fun, educational activities and are proud to be partnering with them on what should be superb day in Nashville’s Centennial Park.” added Drew McDaniel, CEO of Music Water of the World in the release. They will host a recycling station at the festival, and will give a prize to anyone that brings ten empty water bottles.
The majority of Kidsville’s art activities are created from recycled or “up-cycled” items that are creatively re-purposed. A great example of this will be the festival’s costume pageant. Children will have the opportunity to make “be your own superhero” capes out of gently used, up-cycled t-shirts, and show off their creations (or any costume they would like to wear) at the main stage area for a “superhero pageant”.
Other festival offerings will include musical performances, a photo booth with local mascots and characters, pumpkin painting, face painting, nature and sensory play, a scavenger hunt, local child serving vendors, food trucks and more.
The Kidsville Family Festival will take place on Saturday, October 14 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in the Musicians Corner area of Centennial Park on the corner of West End and 27th Ave. N.