Instrument Petting Zoo Gives Kids a Peek into the LB Symphony

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LBSO Petting Zoo at Long Beach Library

The LBSO Instrument Petting Zoo returns to Long Beach libraries this summer.

This summer kids can have a hands-on introduction to the Long Beach Symphony when they visit a local library. During June, July and August the Instrument Petting Zoo will make  eight special appearances to share the joy of music and pique the interest of young children (sometimes as young as 3 years old).

The Petting Zoo introduces kids to the musical instruments of the orchestra. Members of OVATION!, the volunteer organization that supports the LBSO’s artistic and music educational programs, will lead a short presentation explaining the various string, woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. Then, children can get up close and personal with the orchestral instruments, trying out as many as they like. 

The Petting Zoos are a rare situation for children to test out a variety of musical instruments under the guidance of real musicians. The goal is to allow Long Beach’s youngest residents to learn about many of these instruments and spark their interest early on.

This program is a precursor to the LBSO’s more in-depth Elementary Ensemble school visits, which LBUSD students receive in the second- and third-grades.

The LBSO Instrument Petting Zoo will visit eight libraries this summer.

  • Saturday, June 15, Noon to 1 p.m.: Main Library
    101 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90822, (562) 570-7500
  • Tuesday, July 9, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.: North Neighborhood Library
    5571 Orange Ave. 90805, (562) 570-1047
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.: Bay Shore Library
    195 Bay Shore Ave. 90803, (562) 570-1039
  • Thursday, July 11, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.: El Dorado Library
    2900 Studebaker Rd., (562) 570-3136
  • Friday, July 12, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.: Los Altos Library
    5614 E. Britton Dr. 90815 (562) 570-1045
  • Saturday, July 13, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.: Alamitos Library
    1836 E. Third St. 90802 (562) 570-1037
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.: Bret Harte Library
    1595 W. Willow St., (562) 570-1044
  • Wednesday, August 7, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.: Cerritos Library
    18025 Bloomfield Ave, Cerritos, (562) 916-1350

For more information, please contact the Children’s Librarian at each branch.

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