Our Family Fun Tent is FREE and open to the public! The programming in this tent offers you and your children a safe, fun space to play and learn together through hands-on activities designed for ultimate fun. Listen (and dance!) to live musicians playing family-friendly music, create recycled art, learn about birds and animals native to our area and how to protect them, and much more! All activities will take place in or outside the Family Fun Tent located on Acushnet Avenue at Union Street on the side of the DeMello International Center (near the Zeiterion) from 11am-4pm on July 8th & 9th.
Participating Groups (Times are subject to change. Check back often.)
SATURDAY & SUNDAY 11:30AM BIRDS OF PREY PRESENTATION
Unlike the Velociraptors of the movie “Jurassic Park” modern day raptors have feathers as well as scales and are known for their talons! Easily recognized birds of prey are a fascinating group of predators that few people fully understand. The lives of these “aerial hunters” will be the topic of natural history, biology, adaptations, habitats, poaching, falconry and the management of these animals in the wild and how the laws and regulations protect them. Live owls, hawks, falcons and vultures await you up-close and personal. Offered on both Saturday & Sunday!
SATURDAY & SUNDAY 11AM-4PM SCIENCE ON THE STREET
Science on the Street, an initiative of the Cambridge Science Festival, takes engaging science, technology, engineering, art and math to cultural, community and arts festivals across the state. Come on by to make a kite or stomp-rockets!
And on Saturday, work with Bristol Community College STEM Club students to design and build simple machines to launch a ping pong ball or create homemade kazoos.
SATURDAY 1PM-1:45PM The Nields – The Nields’s family shows are a blend of Pete Seeger-esque group song leading and reconstruction of old classics, plus their own inimitable style of high energy, whimsy and filigreed harmony singing. They “bring more than anything, authenticity and joy to the kids’ music world.”
SATURDAY 2PM-2:45PM Bill Harley – Your children are in for a treat and so are you. A two-time Grammy award-winning artist, recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the RI Council for the Humanities and an NPR commentator, Bill’s songs and stories paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. Singer, storyteller, author, playwright, educator, performing artist – welcome to the world of Bill Harley – a world of wit and wisdom.
SATURDAY 3PM-3:45PM Jeff Davis – Winner of the Parents’ Choice Award, Jeff Davis is one of the nation’s foremost performers, interpreters, and collectors of traditional American folk music. With humor, warmth, and scholarship, Jeff invites you and your children to relive our nation’s heritage through songs of Revolutionary War heroes, Appalachian clogging songs, sailors’ work songs, African-American banjo tunes, Irish fiddle tunes, cowboy ditties, and more.
SATURDAY 1PM-4PM THE LLOYD CENTER “Feeling brave? Try your hand at the Lloyd Center’s “Whatz-It Box”! Stop by their table to participate & for information on their affordable family programming!
SUNDAY 1PM-1:45PM Benoit & Antoine Bourque – Benoit and his son Antoine Pigeon-Bourque will enthrall you and your children with a lively assortment of French Canadian music and dancing. Like a pied piper, Benoit leads families in singing and dancing often leading lines of giggling youngsters (and parents) in a serpentine path which has them weaving to and fro around the tent and ducking under each other’s’ arms. A not-to-be-missed experience.
SUNDAY 2PM-2:45PM Bill Harley – Your children are in for a treat and so are you. A two-time Grammy award-winning artist, recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the RI Council for the Humanities and an NPR commentator, Bill’s songs and stories paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. Singer, storyteller, author, playwright, educator, performing artist – welcome to the world of Bill Harley – a world of wit and wisdom.
SUNDAY 3PM-3:45PM Sally Rogers – Sally is a favorite children’s performer, known as one of those extraordinary individuals who can squeeze music out of a stick and song out of an eighth grader. Her children recordings have won the Parents Choice Gold Award and the Naird Award for Best Children’s Recording. Sally’s family shows feature a range of topics from folk instruments to the environment.
SUNDAY 11AM-4PM DOODLES ART SESSION Doodles thrives on empowering children by endorsing the opportunity to share ideas and express individuality. Doodles Art Session will encourage the power of play by introducing a variety of hands-on experiences and multi-sensory explorations. Our goal is to use art as a tool to explore and express ourselves through the use of colors, shapes, and textures. We will become aware of the elements around us by using mostly recycled materials to create an avenue for originality within our own imaginations. Most importantly, the children will posses confidence and self-esteem in their abilities to create. Doodles will guide the children to gain social skills, build friendships, learn the value of mutual respect, and initiate positive interactions. Every child will feel welcomed and appreciated. They will help one another completer their best work while learning something new and having fun.
Activities will include, but not limited to – blow painting, ice cream cone bird feeders, and paint swatch bookmarks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJahDhLYZhA
SUNDAY 11AM-4PM BUTTONWOOD PARK ZOO – Stop by the Zoo’s table to get a sneak peak of Nature Play. Set to open in early fall Nature Play promises to provide a rich environment that will stimulate a child’s natural curiosity and creativity through multi-sensory, hands-on activities. Information about the Zoo’s education programs, Zoo Crew camp and the benefits of being a Buttonwood Park Zoo member will also be available.
NEW BEDFORD PARKS, RECREATION, & BEACHES The Parks Recreation & Beaches Department is dedicated to planning, implementing, and supervising recreational, educational and cultural activities designed to enhance and improve the quality of life for all city residents. Our office promotes the engagement in and constructive use of all open and recreational spaces by the residents of the City of New Bedford and provides safe, well-maintained, and aesthetically pleasing parks, playgrounds, and outdoor recreation facilities. The City of New Bedford Parks Recreation and Beaches works in collaboration with other city departments to accomplish this mission while preserving our natural resources, promoting conservation, and educating city residents on our natural environment.
NEW BEDFORD WHALING NATIONAL PARKS (Featured outside of the National Parks building on William St.) “Leviathan: The Story of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park” is a brief 20 minute program that will introduce some of the main themes that make New Bedford special, such as whaling, the Underground Railroad, fishing, and more. These talks will be on the hour beginning at 10am and ending at 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Folks will meet at the Visitors Center in the National Parks building on William St.
If you have any questions or would like to be a participating group please contact Brooke Baptiste, Operations Manager at BBaptiste@Zeiterion.org.