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Pops’ Playhouse for Kids Features Expanded Children’s Programming at the 14th Annual Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron

July 11, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) announces details of Pops’ Playhouse for Kids, an area of expanded children’s programming at the 14th annual Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron.

The free festival will take place August 1-3 at the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint.

Family Fun and Education

Pops’ Playhouse for Kids is located inside the air-conditioned second floor of the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint. Throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, children and parents can relax and enjoy an array of educational, entertaining family activities and exhibits. Brand new for 2014 is the Satchmo Book Nook hosted by the New Orleans Public Library. The curated mini-library will be filled with books about Armstrong, Jazz, and New Orleans. Also new this year is Learning from Louis, hosted by Mick Carlon, author of the young adult novel Travels with Louis. The author will discuss “Little Louis’s” challenging yet life-affirming childhood in the streets of New Orleans. Carlon, a 30-year veteran school teacher from Cape Cod, MA, will read short passages from his novel while teaching the kids “how to speak like Pops.” Other activities include:

  • Kids Collage Making, hosted by the New Orleans Public Library (sponsored by Hard Rock Café). Louis Armstrong loved to make collages and created over 500 in his spare time. This activity will allow families to create and keep their own Armstrong-inspired collages.
  • Jazz Junior Rangers, hosted by the National Park Service. New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park is one of over 380 national parks in the United States. The park’s mission is to preserve the origins, history and progression of an original American art form – jazz. Participants will have the opportunity to complete activities to become a Junior Ranger.
  • Instrument Making, hosted by the Green Project. Handmade harmonicas and red bean maracas will give kids a chance to take home the music. Using Satchmo’s favorite food, red beans (donated by Camellia Brand), for the shakers, kids will decorate their own noisemakers for festival fun.
  • Zulu Coconut Decorating, hosted by Junior Zulus. Louis Armstrong was the King of Zulu in 1949. Children will get creative with the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club. With direction from the Junior Zulus, young artists will decorate and keep their very own Zulu coconut, while learning about the history and traditions of this beloved New Orleans institution.
  • Second-Line Umbrella Decoration & Celebration Station. Children will learn to decorate their own second-line umbrella to keep and use in the second-line parade led by Treme Brass Band on Saturday and Mahogany Brass Band on Sunday.

This year, festival organizers launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the children’s area. By raising funds, FQFI is able to purchase the much-needed art supplies for activities to run throughout the weekend. With over 300 hundred children expected, the goal of the campaign is to provide funds so that each child has the quality supplies needed to create something they will cherish. For more details, visit the campaign web page or contact .


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