Family Festivals

January 8, 2017
1:00 pm

The Woodruff Arts Center invites you to our next Free Family Festival, which will take place on January 8, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., as part of the Family Fun at The Woodruff Arts Center initiative.  

The Woodruff Arts Center invites you to our next Free Family Festival, which will take place on January 8, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., as part of the Family Fun at The Woodruff Arts Center initiative.  

ATLANTA – The Woodruff Arts Center is incredibly excited to bring another Free Family Festival to families in Atlanta on January 8 from 1 – 4 PM as part of the CREATE ATL Family Fun at The Woodruff Arts Center initiative. Educational, lively and meaningful programming for children of all ages will be led by the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and High Museum of Art. Children ages five and above will enjoy the introductory Ukulele Workshop and contemporary dance performances by Staibdance while toddlers and their caregivers will delight in a Toddler Tour at the High Museum of Art and the Alliance Theatre’s Parents and Tots Drama Workshop. To commemorate this special day, families can also take home a print and digital photo from the CREATE ATL photo booth! Free tickets for this can’t-miss event can be reserved online at or by calling The Woodruff Box Office at 404.733.5000.
Alliance Theatre’s 30-minute Backstage Tour will give families a behind the scenes look at how the costume shop, trap room and stage work together to make the Tony Award-winning magic happen. After the tour, families will be able to see festival exclusive performances of From Head to Toe, an Alliance Theatre production designed with the wonder and imagination of a child in mind. Please note that this is a ticketed event with limited availability! Visit for full event details. For those who just can’t wait to perform, acting workshops for ages 5 – 10 and 11 – 17 will also take place throughout the festival.

Staibdance Performance

Join us in the Hill Auditorium for performances by Atlanta-based contemporary dance company, Staibdance, with live music by Atlanta Baroque Orchestra musicians. Staibdance is known for experimentation, play, and movement that encourages curiosity.

1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m., Hill Auditorium

Move + Groove Workshops with Kristin Pugliese of Note Knacks Music

Come move to the music with us! Early Childhood Music Specialist, Kristin Pugliese, of Note Knacks Music will walk your family through this music workshop focusing on moving to the beat of some holiday favorites.

1:45 and 2:30 p.m., Center Space

Family Yoga

Inspired by the movement in Alliance Theatre’s Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young’s production From Head to Toe, move like the animals featured in this iconic storybook. Yoga instructor Aimee Benton leads 30-minute sessions for all levels of experience.

1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m., Circle Room(best for all ages)

Art Making

Work with High Museum of Art Teaching artists to create your own masterpiece. (best for all ages)

Lower Level, Stent Family Wing, Greene Family Education Center


Southern Sampler Family Guide

The South is rich with tradition and artistic achievements. On this self-guided adventure, families will get to know a sampling of artists from our region and learn art-making techniques common throughout the Southeast.

Pick up fromWieland Pavilion, Main lobby

Alliance Theatre Backstage Tours

Go behind the scenes at the Alliance Theatre! These 30-minute tours will take you into the underbelly of the theatre, including the costume shop, trap room, and more. The tour will culminate with your family standing center stage in our award-winning theatre. (best for all ages)

1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3 and 3:30 p.m., Alliance Stage

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Backstage Tours

(***Please Note: Tickets are required and can be reserved in advance for free at

Join us for a backstage sneak peek at the Grammy Award – winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony Hall. We will visit the dressing rooms, rehearsal spaces, and backstage wings and get a fantastic view from the stage.

2:00pm and 3:00pm, Symphony Hall

Instrument Making: Egg Shaker Maracas

Join in the creative fun as a family! Stop by our instrument-making station where you can design, create and play music from your very own egg shaker maraca!

Ukulele Workshops

Join Ms. Julie Austin for a super-fun introduction to playing one of the most fun instruments out there! Never touched a ukulele before? No problem! Ms. Julie will take you through everything you need to know!

Acting Workshops

Be a part of the action! Alliance Theatre teaching artists host an exciting acting workshop for all experience levels.

1:45, 2:30 and 3:15 p.m., Studio 1 (ages 5-10) and Rich Theater (ages 11+)

Docent-Led Family Tour
Explore the High Museum as a family on this interactive, guided adventure in the galleries. (Best for ages 5+)

2 p.m., meet in the Greene Family Learning Gallery, Stent Family Wing

AGES 0–5

Baby Steps (15 months and younger in a front carrier or stroller with caregiver)

The earliest encounters with art are about interacting with the visual world and encouraging babies to respond to their environment. Baby Steps is about having a one-on-one conversation with your baby. (20 minutes)

3:30 p.m., meet in the Greene Family Learning Gallery, Stent Family Wing

Toddler Tour (Best for 15 months–3 years)

This workshop is a physically interactive experience for toddlers to engage with art. Building on budding imaginations, we’ll use dance- and drama-based strategies to interpret works of art and learn about museums.

1:15 and 2 p.m., meet in the Greene Family Learning Gallery, Stent Family Wing

From Head to Toe

Kathy and Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young presents a sneak peak at the upcoming production. Inspired by Eric Carle’s beloved book of the same name, From Head to Toe invites the youngest audience members to think, observe, and move like their favorite animals.  Featuring a scenic design that mirrors the wonder of Carle’s illustrations and interactive yoga-inspired animal movement, this play moves from “Can you do it?” to “I can do it!” to “We can do it!”  (best for ages 0-5)

1, 2:15 and 3:30 p.m., Steve Selig Black Box Theater (ages 0-5 years)

Parents and Tots Drama Workshops

Journey through imaginary settings with your child in this multisensory creative play workshop for toddlers. Bring popular stories and fables to life and engage in the big world around you. These 30-minute classes are designed with your child’s developmental milestones in mind, encouraging a lifelong love of the arts.

1:45, 2:30 and 3:15 p.m., Studio 3 (ages 0–5 years)

Music for the Very Young : Meet Our Families

The Precise, Pounding, Percussion

This season, Music for the Very Young will be offering a series called Meet Our Families: An Introduction to the Instruments of the Orchestra. This series of performances will take you and your family on a journey to discover and learn all about members of the Woodwind, Brass, String, and Percussion families throughout the season in four separate programs – each highlighting one specific family of instruments. Then, at the end of the season, these same musicians will join forces to offer performances together as an ensemble...or as we like to think of it, one big family. On January 8, 2016, we will meet The Precise Pounding Percussion

1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m., Event Room (ages 3-5 years)



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