MOONFEST Moonbeans Parent-Child Workshops™ offer high-quality, guilt-free programming for parents and their young children.

Adults and children are divided into two groups, and will meet together at the first, pre-lunch, and final sessions of the day for theater games, relaxation exercises, group singing or vocalizations.

  1. Educational units last no more than 20 minutes and are followed immediately by 30-minute "art breaks."
  2. Educational units consist of age-appropriate activities involving:

    • Moon science
    • Space exloration history
    • A slide show of the moon in visual art
    • A listening session of "classical" moon music
    • The moon in popular and folk songs
    • The moon in Asian, African, Greek, Roman and Native American cultures
    • The moon in Judaism, Christianity, Islam and the Hindu religions
    • The moon as a prosperity symbol
  3. "Art Breaks" consist of age-appropriate theater games, dancing, haiku, writing-to- prompt, improvisation, free drawing, gesture drawing, singing, yoga, finger-painting, storytelling, jewelry-making and tee-shirt decorating led by artists, teachers and craftspeople.
  4. At the end of the day, participants will sit in a circle and make up a group story about the moon. The day will conclude with a MOONFEAST.

For adults who want to develop and explore their creativity, we offer MOONFEST HOWL WORKSHOPS™ for inspiration, information and hands-on activities. Enjoy yourself. Make stuff. Be a kid again.

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During "MOONFEST Moonbeans" Parent-Child Workshops, every child will be given crescent-shaped beans to paint. Their parents will be given a small jar and a "MOONFEST Moonbeans" label to decorate. At the end of Day 1, the kids will fill the jars painted by their parents with their own bean creations.

Earthrise from the moon, taken
on the Apollo 11 mission
Source: NASA

Our moon rotates at almost the same speed Earth does. That's why we always see the same face. The moon is hardly "inconstant," as Shakespeare saw it, nor is there a "dark side." The moon seems changeable because of its phases, and it seems to have a dark side because the "other side" wasn't visible to us until space exploration made that possible.