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Instrument Petting Zoo at 34th annual Kid’s Day in Burlington

11 May 2019
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Waterfront Park

The Instrument Petting Zoo will be at Kid’s Day in Burlington on Saturday May 11th from 11am to 3pm, with Yasi Zeichner and Mark Sustic as zoo keepers

More info about Kid’s Day here: https://enjoyburlington.com/event/kids-day/

Admission is free.

A celebration of kids, for kids!

The day kicks off at 9:30 am with a parade down College Street and continues to Waterfront Park, where kids can enjoy performances, do crafts, play games, and meet animals. Visit the website above to register for the parade or an activity booth.

For those interested in joining the parade or hosting a table in the activities tent, contact Emma at eallen@burlingtonvt.gov.  Call (802)881-7767 with questions.

This event is proudly produced by Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront!

Sponsored by MVP Healthcare.

The Instrument Petting Zoo (IPZ) is a collection of instruments that are installed at public and private schools, farmer’s markets, festivals, parks and recreation programs, music camps, and special events with the express purpose of letting people play them: the sign says ‘please touch the instruments!’

Instruments can often be the keys that help open doors to the world of traditional music and dance for children, which is at the heart of what YTV is about. The IPZ is designed to facilitate the discovery of instruments, the music they can make, and the movement that goes with the music.

YTV started by operating a fiddle loan program, a collaboration with the Vermont Folklife Center and the Leslie A. and Harold E. Greene Fiddle Loan Program. After establishing that program, we continued to receive instrument donations, and not just fiddles.  With inspiration, coaching and encouragement from Todd Crowley, founder and director of ‘Todd’s Instrument Petting Zoo’, YTV established an IPZ of its own.

The IPZ includes a wide variety of traditional acoustic instruments: mostly stringed instruments like fiddles, ukuleles, guitars, banjos, mandolins, autoharps, cellos, basses, etc. but also drums, kazoos, maracas, recorders, thumb pianos, tin whistles, and more.

Many of the instruments come with a story that we share during installations of the IPZ.

If you would like to book the zoo at your event, have acoustic instruments in playable condition that you would like to donate, or would like to find out about volunteering to help run the zoo please contact ark.sustic@gmail.com.

More info about the petting zoo here: https://youngtraditionvermont.org/2013/11/instrument-petting-zoo/