Our symphony has a concert series geared especially towards young children. They are called Kinderconcerts and I've written about them before. Dave's parents have started giving us a family subscription to all three for Channukah (How do we spell that again, Dave?!?!), and we love it.
Our first one of the season was called "Music From Around The World" and it was so creatively done. I was so impressed.
We visited Finland, Sweden, Tibet, Northern Canada, somewhere in Africa (sorry, I don't remember the specific country), and a few other places I can't remember. It was so neat to hear music from all those different places.
The bears and pots represent The Big and Little Dippers. I thought this was a great visual.
Sam's favourite part of the concert is stacking the cushions afterwards. These concerts are so casual that the kids are invited to sit on the cushions in front of the performers, rather than sitting in the chairs. After this concert, Sam immediately started stacking the pillows and then some other kids joined in to help him. Ha ha ha!!!
Rachel, meanwhile, was exploring the instruments further which is a more... expected... thing to do post-concert!
I love these concerts and think they are an excellent way to introduce kids to the symphony. Starting next year we will likely go to the Family Concerts, which are geared towards slightly older kids, so I'm excited to explore those as well.