Musical experiences for the family

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As a father of a curious toddler I am always on the hunt for new and enjoyable experiences. It’s great when I come across one that we can enjoy as a family that will also open up new worlds for my son. I am also a musician so it’s exciting to explore the world of music with my child in a way that is educational, and engaging for both of us.

One such opportunity is with the Family Concert Series at Carnegie Hall. Most performances offer pre-concert activities for the children, and the shows are designed as interactive musical journeys for the whole family. This year the series is hosting some artists that you might find familiar like Natalie Merchant (Saturday, April 26th) performing nursery rhymes and lullabies based on her recent book Leave Your Sleep, or the amazing Ladysmith Black Mambazo who is scheduled to perform later this year (October 19th). The entire schedule can be found here.

The Family Concert series hosts events in all five boroughs through their Carnegie Kids series. You can plan a family adventure to visit a new neighborhood and catch some fun kids music.

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra also hosts a family concert series catered to the young and the young-at-heart. Their activities feature discovering the instruments of the orchestra, great stories told through music and rich orchestral repertoire featured in this magical and interactive series. They ask to come an hour before each concert for special interactive programs! The next event in the series is on June 7th, “Meet the Orchestra”.


-Mario Padron is Hartshorn Portraiture’s office manager and a guest blogger for HP. He is also a musician, father, and loving husband.

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