June 10, 2011 by wcobserver
COUNTY- School’s out and the endless days of summer now stretch ahead of kids happy to be out of school and parents who may be wondering how to fill some of those summer hours.
For the artist, reader or outdoor explorer, south Washington County serves up three ways to add summer fun without a lot of expense.
Summer Art Camp
Ozark Folkways will hold its sixth annual week-long art camp, June 13-17, for ages 8-14. Budding artists will have the chance to create a wide range of art projects and showcase them in their own art show and reception on the last day of camp. The camp, which is sponsored by the Art Center of Van Buren is one of the best values going at just $10. This year’s theme, as in past years, coordinates with the Washington County Library System’s theme, “One World, Many Stories.” Participants will create art, read folktales and listen to music from around the world. Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791.
Discovery Day Camp
For the adventurer in your family, Devil’s Den may be the place for your explorer, July 11-15. Geared for kids 8-11 years old, this camp will help kids discover forest, wetland and crevice environments through a variety of games, crafts and hands-on experiences throughout the park. The cost of the camp is $100 and includes a Nature Discover Pack, snacks and all pool and paddleboat fees. Pre-registration is also required for this camp and can be made by calling Rebekah Spurlock at 479-761-3325.
Summer Library Reading
Sherry Rogers of the Washington County Library System will once again make weekly visits to all three area libraries to bring summer fun to kid in grades K-4. This year’s theme, “One World, Many Stories” will feature six weekly hour-long programs in Greenland, West Fork, and Winslow. Each week will feature books, music, games, prizes and crafts as children explore folktales and cultures from Australia, Africa, the Far East and Central and South America. There will also be several special events throughout the summer including magic shows, science demonstrations and concerts. All of the programs are free and pre-registration is not required.
The West Fork Municipal Library will also hold two workshops for youth Grades 5 and older featuring food, art and literature from countries around the world. Registration is required for these events and can be made by calling the library at 479-839-2626.