We are very excited to welcome you and your family to our upcoming Surprise Party concert! In addition to the concert experience, we’ve developed fun and engaging activities for you and your child to explore before coming to Symphony Center on Saturday. These activities are designed to fit your schedule: you’ll find short two-minute activities, and longer 10-15 minute activities; a playlist of the concert repertoire to listen to with your child(ren); and an arts and crafts activity. Use the links below to find these activities so you can explore them with your children.

LISTEN before the concert, using this playlist on Spotify or SoundCloud. You can listen to the tracks freely, or you can use our listening guide here, which includes time-stamps of the excerpts that will be played in the concert.

*Note that a free account is required to use Spotify.


Have more time? Explore these TIMED ACTIVITIES with your child before coming to Symphony Center!

2-minute activity: explore surprising music with your child!

5-minute activity: what does music bring to a celebration?

10-minute activity: an invitation to the CSO’s 125th birthday.

Arts & Crafts activity: create a birthday card for the CSO!


Short on time? We also have some ACTIVITIES FOR THE CAR.

Use our Quick Composer Facts to learn about the featured composers on the concert!

Our Instrument Identification activity will help your child recognize and learn about the many instruments they will see on the stage.

Learn more about a musician in the orchestra through our Musician Spotlight activity.