It was called a workshop, but it didn't look much like work.

Kids and adults gathered last Thursday at Wolf Trap Park to celebrate the first anniversary of the Center for Education at Wolf Trap with a workshop called "Journey to Africa: Sharing Family Experiences."

Children and adults were invited on an imaginary journey to share in the movements, sounds and instruments of various West African traditions. The program looked at how activities from other cultures can be adapted to daily routines.

Attending the show were 3- to 5-year-olds from the Child Development Center of Annandale Christian Community for Action, a nonprofit coalition of 26 Annandale area churches that serves the needy.

The Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, a nonprofit formed in 1981 to show how the performing arts can be used to teach children basic academic concepts and life skills, sponsored the workshop. It is housed at the Center for Education, a $10.5 million facility that serves children, parents, educators and performing artists. The center also is home to the Wolf Trap Opera Company and Wolf Trap Foundation staff.

Jacob Camberos, center, and Dionicio Thompson, both 5, light up at the performance last Thursday of "Journey to Africa: Sharing Family Experiences," by Kofi Dennis, below left, and Kwame Ansah Brew at Wolf Trap.Among the adults enjoying the show were, from left, Terrence D. Jones, president of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, and U.S. Reps. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) and James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.), who helped obtain federal funding for the Center for Education.