Family ConcertsLooking for the perfect family outing? One that combines great entertainment, fun and even a little culture? Then pack up the kids and come downtown for a family concert with the Jacksonville Symphony!
This season we're presenting three family concerts: Spooktacular, a special Halloween concert, Beethoven and the Creatures, featuring the Florida Ballet, and Peter and the Wolf, featuring actor Michael Boudewyns. But there's much more to a family concert than what happens on stage! Arrive early for great family activities including the Instrument Zoo, during which the kids get to play instruments like the clarinet, violin, trumpet, bass, flute and drums. You might even learn you have a prodigy in the family! This year's family concerts feature musical classics and creative storytelling that are sure to engage and enthrall children ages 4-10. Add to this concert experience by attending FREE pre-concert activities designed specifically for the theme of each concert, includimg crafts, games and the Instrument Zoo.
Family concerts are used to establish a foundation for learning, reading and/or storytelling. This is essential in creating successful students, and ultimately, successful adults. Designed for ages 4-10, these concerts now include age-appropriate activities, privacy areas, and a relaxed environment to welcome infants and toddlers to create a fun experience for the entire family to learn and listen together. Pre-concert activities begin at 2:00 PM.
SpooktacularOctober 20, 3:00 PM
Spooktacular is back and spookier than ever! Join us for a Halloween concert that’s fun for the whole family. Come dressed in your Halloween costume for a costume contest, trick-or-treating, spooky crafts and our Instrument Zoo – an interactive, hands-on experience with all the instruments of the orchestra. Enjoy pre-concert activities for the whole family, including our Instrument Zoo beginning at 2:00pm.
Beethoven and the CreaturesJanuary 26, 3:00 PM
Hear a whole zoo in the sounds of the Symphony! Your favorite animals—and some creatures you might not know about—come to life as the Symphony plays music by composers from Haydn to Elgar and everything in between. Dancers from the Florida Ballet join in for music from Beethoven’s light-hearted ballet, The Creatures of Prometheus. Enjoy pre-concert activities for the whole family, including our Instrument Zoo beginning at 2:00pm.
Peter and the WolfMarch 29 20, 3:00 PM
Actor Michael Boudewyns returns to the Jacksonville Symphony with the timeless tale of boy and wolf. Prokofiev’s classic story and music have entertained and inspired kids and families for generations. Enjoy pre-concert activities for the whole family, including our Instrument Zoo beginning at 2:00pm.