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Lucinda Breeding

Jazz festival well-stocked with activities, art for younger set

If you're already getting ready for the biggest party of the year in town — the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival — don't call the babysitter.

The jazz festival is a family event, and even tots can get into the swing of things during the festival, which opens Friday, April 28 and ends Sunday, April 30 at Quakertown Park.

A perennial favorite at the jazz festival is the Children's Art Tent. This year, the troops at SCRAP Denton return with materials to stock 15 stations. Children can make clay and flower sculptures, tangram art (that's a little like origami, using geometric shapes to make objects), stamp art, collage and drawing.

From the art tent, families can walk a few steps to the children's wood tent, where volunteers will guide them through creating objects out of wood. Whatever the children make at the two tents they can take home.

After they've crafted treasures by hand, children can also visit another favorite: the percussion petting zoo, created and operated by Florida percussionist Steve Gryb. Children get a chance to stroll through the petting zoo at their own pace, trying out dozens of percussion instruments — from toy xylophones to handheld drums. Gryb also performs two interactive shows a day for kids and families, called "The Rhythm is Going to Get You."

Beyond the interactive tents and the percussion petting zoo, children can enjoy bounce houses, a rock climbing feature, carnival rides and face painting.

DENTON ARTS & JAZZ FESTIVAL

When: 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 28; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 29 and 11a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 30.

Where: Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney St.

Details: no coolers or pets (service dogs only). Free. Parking is very limited. For more information, visit www.dentonjazzfest.com.