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Instrument "Petting Zoos"

[photo of girl playing violin] [photo of boy playing triangle]

Hands on fun with instruments! Children (and their parents) have the chance to get up close and personal with the orchestral instruments they will see professionally played on stage. A project of the Women's Committee for the National Symphony, instrument "petting zoos" inhabit the Kennedy Center prior to NSO Family Concerts, NSO Kinderkonzerts, and NSO Teddy Bear Concerts as a variation of the "zoos" called "Musical Playtime." The "petting zoos" also have traveled to THEARC and are part of the annual NSO In Your Neighborhood program.