Nelsonville Music Festival

May 28-31, 2015 In Nelsonville, Ohio

Kids Activities

The 2014 Nelsonville Music Festival has plenty of great activities for kids! Check back for much more information on our Kids Activities at the 2015 festival.

A big thanks goes out to the Federal Hocking High School Art and Drama Clubs for helping us out in the kids area at the Nelsonville Music Festival! 


*check back for 2015 activities

Kid’s Mural and Carnival Cutout: Young mural artists are invited to participate in painting this year’s “Rocket to Anywhere” Carnival Cutout. This design will be completed over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Children and parents are invited to work with volunteers to paint an already determined design. Note: We will use house paint for this. 
Carnival Cutout Photo Project: Our big change this year is shifting from community painting to community mixed media sharing. So, one way for you to be a part of this excitement is by uploading your pictures taken with Federal Hocking art classes and comic book/mural artist Chris Monday’s various carnival cutouts found all around the grounds of the festival. Step right up and become Bigfoot, or even a ravenous Dinosaur Jr. this year at the festival!
Photo Booth: Props provided or bring your own. Participate in the NMF community media gathering project. Upload your images and be included in a daily online photo montage. There will be nightly screenings of media collection. More information will be available on site.
Postcards from NMF: Participate in our random postcards of kindness project. Take an address, leave an address. Write to performers, friends, strangers, or politicians. Send a postcard to Stuart’s Opera House and be included in a Mail Art show in the fall. Your creation is considered art the moment it leaves your hand. Anyone that touches your postcard or even glances at it becomes part of the experience. Postcards are the original social media. .
Flags, Costumes, Parade Puppets, and Masks: Flags, wands, tutus, masks and crowns will be created with reused materials to suit up kids who come to the festival. Preschool teachers from Sycamore Run ECC and Federal Hocking art and drama club volunteers will assist children to transform themselves for Saturday’s big parade and for Sunday’s festivities. On Friday, we will focus on a prepping a large puppet, flags, and a dragon tail for the parade on Saturday. Kid costume making for the parade will be open on Saturday and Sunday kids can make masks or get their faces painted. 
Reflection Space: Visit the journaling, listening, reviewing, planning, imagining, zoning, feeling, breathing, reading, drawing, writing, creating, texting, sharing, telling, and enjoying the space, space. 
Night time Activities: Once the sun goes down, look for our fire twirler, Kiah, to gather you for our evening activities. After his fabulous spectacle, find a spot and a bit of popcorn and settle in front of our mini theater to screen the day’s footage from Connor Hadley’s film project about the festival. He will present a montage created from images you have uploaded from the photo booth, carnival cutouts, and postcards, to share with everyone. Then, Federal Hocking’s drama troupe will lead us into storytelling activities including local legends from the Hocking Hills and story swapping. Come with your flashlights for games in the grass, too.
Youth and Adult Yoga with Renee Ripple: Kids... Do you like to move like an animal and play games? Act out stories with your body? Come and play! Schedule: Saturday at 10am. Teens/ Adults... Come work out the kinks in your bodies and stretch. This beginner yoga class will work on connecting the breath with movement. We will do some flow, balances, power poses and restore. We will also do some partner yoga poses. 
Kid’s Performances, Workshops and Stations
Federal Hocking Drama Club Games
Saturday’s Parade
Snack Time
Clothespin Dolls
Water tables
Dress up areas
Reading, writing, and drawing stations
Federal Hocking: Federal Hocking Art and Drama Clubs are thrilled to be part of NMF for the 7th time. Students from these clubs have been busy preparing signs and carnival cut-outs, prepping the kid’s mural and making postcards from NMF for you to send. At the festival, these kids, ages 14 to 18, power the kid’s area, leading fun activities including games, face painting, and the photo booth. When the sun goes down, our fire-twirler will be followed by a screening of each day’s mixed media collections and storytelling. For more information about our district’s unique programs and opportunities for youth, please visit us at
Sycamore Run: The staff of Sycamore Run Early Childhood Center,, has enjoyed providing creative activities for children at the Nelsonville Music Festival for the last six years! We offer costume and mask making, parade flag decorating, healthy snacks and all day water play!
Chris Monday: Chris Monday is a comic/mixed media/performance artist and co-founder of Flying Weevil Productions, a small press publisher/mixed media production company whose goal it is to promote not only art, but also, and perhaps more importantly, fairness, equality, and love.
Connor Hadley: Connor Hadley is a senior at Ohio University, majoring in video production. He has been making videos since he was 13 and has been featured on various news sites for his work. Recently, the Huffington Post showcased his video, “Connor’s Year,” where he took a one-second video of his day, every day for a year in order to create a montage.
Special thanks to Third Sun Solar for providing transportation services!
Where did these giant puppets come from?!
Honey for the Heart Puppet Company enjoyed a five week collaborative community art residency in Nelsonville preparing for the Nelsonville Music Festival. The first two weeks the group set up shop with Hocking College’s Art, Design & Marketing Department. Students, instructors, community members came together, collected materials, dreamed and began building giant puppets. “Spinning Straw into Gold” Cardboard, plastic, old bikes, sticks, fabric....things thought of as “junk” were re-imagined/repurposed and morphed into the puppets you’ll see throughout the festival. Weeks 3-5 Honey for the Heart community studio moved into Stuart’s Opera House store front space and the Majestic Gallery on the Historic Square in Nelsonville. Artists, community members, dancers, students, kids...worked together continuing the process of collaborating and bringing the puppets to life.  
Artists in Residence, Honey for the Heart: Robert Lockheed, Wendy Minor, Patty Mitchell and Daniel Polanu. To see more photos of this process please visit Honey for the Heart on Facebook and to learn about their approach: This community collaboration was made possible through the visionary support of Hocking College, Nelsonville Music Festival and The Stuart’s Opera House Arts Educational Program.
Honey for the Heart
Beauty, delight, collaboration....the goal: generate excitement -- a fluttering in the heart.....for people to see evidence of the creative spirit, experience the unexpected, find make visible the talents and passion that already exists within a community.


• FREE ADMISSION to the Nelsonville Music Festival for all children 12 and under
• No more than 4 children in the festival or any campsite per one supervising adult, UNDER 18.

Nelsonville Music Festival made possible with support from: