Upcoming summer activities

Madison Morales, 4, made a cat of many colors out of Perler beads at last week's library craft session, then looked over the other children's art work while waiting for the librarian to iron the pieces and fuse the beads together. The finished beadwork could be made into keychains, according to the instructions.

Parents can make their choices with their children among many summer activities offered July 15-24, some single-day events and others week-long or summer-long programs.

KACC youth workshops

The Kerr Arts & Cultural Center’s “Youth Art Camp” will feature a remaining session July 20– 24. Summer Youth Art classes in two sessions will be divided into age-appropriate groups, and are open to children ages six to teens. All classes will be kept small for individualized instruction. Each session will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

Students can attend all five days per session for a $75 fee; or can select “a la carte” at $18 per day. Scholarships are available; contact KACC for information.

For information and “Youth Art Camp” sign-up, call 895-2911, or visit the KACC at 228 Earl Garrett during gallery hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday or 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Added information is on the website at www. kacckerville.com.

Art, other camps

The Youth Art Camp at the Hill Country Arts Foundation offers sessions for ages 5-6, 7-8 and 9-11, on July 20-24 and for ages 4, 7-8 and 9-11 on July 27-31. Sessions are 9 a.m.-noon in one-week sessions.

The teen art camps also will be in July, emphasizing clay workshops. Call the HCAF at 367-5121.

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church offers a Cooking Camp 9 a.m. to noon June 22-26 for $10 for three to five year olds; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $15 for students going into first through fifth grades. Call the church office at 895-2212, or email office@ spumckerrville.org.

Museum of Western Art holds morning art classes for junior and senior high students on the third Saturdays. Call Art Education Director Darla Pfiester at 896-2553 or (210) 296-1924.

“Children’s Art Camp” by Miss Ann offers a series of weeklong classes through Aug. 3-7. The classes will be held at Riverside Nature Center, most in the afternoons and one all day. Costs range from $145 to $195 depending on the class. For information, call 238-3242 or email annw@ hctc.net.

Kerr County YMCA

The Kerr County YMCA offers Summer Day Camp on the Daniels Elementary School campus. Summer Day Camp is for incoming first through fifth graders, scheduled June 2-Aug. 21. Parents may sign youngsters up by the week or for the whole summer. Cost is $85 per child week, plus $50 per family advance registration.

Activities at the YMCA Camp include swimming, arts and crafts, sports, field trips and games June 2-Aug. 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Register at the YMCA office, 1609 Sidney Baker or call Meagan Novosad at 896-8000.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible Schools in Kerrville include July 26-29 at Western Hills Baptist Church, “Hometown Nazareth” theme, 6-8 p.m., for youngsters three years of age to sixth grade, 895-1188.

Library, other city programs

Summer Reading will be here soon and the Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library is celebrating with the annual Summer Reading Club. The themes this year are “Every Hero Has a Story” for non-readers/young readers, and “Unmask” for ages 12 and up.

Registration begins Monday, June 1 at the library and ends on July 31. Participants may register online via email to vaniessa. skowbo@kerrvilletx.gov; and include their name, age, school name, and city of residence.

Activities include child- and teen-friendly professional programs at the Cailloux Theater, craft and Lego programs. All programs are free.

Children and teens are encouraged to read at least six hours for a certificate and 30 hours for a certificate and a medal.

Children’s performers

This summer, professional children’s performers offer free entertaining and educational programs as part of the library programs. All performances are free and open to family groups, organized groups, and day care centers.

Performers include Magician Todd McKinney who will visit on July 15 and they finish with “Critterman” who pays a visit on July 22. All shows are at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Cailloux Theater and are approximately 45 minutes long.

Craft sessions

Craft sessions for children and activities for teens are open to family groups only.

July crafts include “Decorate a Kite” on July 16. On July 23, children and teens are invited to “Superhero Training Camp” activities at 2 p.m. The craft programs are at 2 p.m. on Thursdays at the library.

Registration is required for each craft and may be made by calling the Youth Services Librarian at 258-1267 by the Monday before each craft event.

Lego Club

Lego Club activities will be held at the library on Tuesday, July 21 at 2 p.m. These sessions are open to family groups only. Everyone is invited to stay after Lego Club to see a family movie at 3:30 p.m.

For information about the Summer Reading Club, contact Vanessa Skowbo at 258-1267 or email vanessa.skowbo@kerrvilletx.gov. The Summer Reading Club schedule and program detail, including movie titles and dates, are also available at the library’s web site at www.bhmlibrary.org.

Water play

The City of Kerrville Parks and Recreation Department opened the free Carver Park Sprayground from April – October, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The new Louise Hay Park Sprayground opened June 13.

The Olympic Pool in Singing Wind Park is open. The general swim admission fee again is only $1, ages 4 and up and all nonswimmers. Toddlers swim free. The pool is open Tuesdays – Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.

Kayak and canoe hourly, half a day, or a full day. Visit www.kerrvilledayakandcanoe.com, or call (866) 419-3433.

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