Activities abound for children in Kerr

Mother and daughter Redena and Helen Lesley were students in Saturday's art class at the Museum of Western Art. The members of the small drawing class toured the MOWA exhibits for ideas, and chose to draw Western zombies.

Parents can make choices with their children among many summer activities offered June 10-19, some single-day events and others week-long or summer-long programs.

Library, other city programs

Summer Reading is here and the Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library is holding 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 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’s performers

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

Performers include “Storybook Theater” on June 10, followed by “Dinosaur George” on June 17. 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. June crafts include “Design a Cape” on June 11, and “Create a Button” on June 18.

The craft programs are at 10 a.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.

Teen sessions

They will be holding special craft and movie sessions just for teens ages 13-18. Teen crafts will begin at 2 p.m. and include “Comic Creations” on June 16.

After the teen crafts, a teen movie will be shown at 3:30 p.m., rated PG-13. Registration for teen crafts starts the Wednesday prior to the event at the Reference Desk of at 258-1267.

Read to a Therapy Dog

The library will host “Read to a Therapy Dog” every Thursday in June at 10 a.m. Registration and a signed permission slip are required before participating.

Water play

The City of Kerrville Parks and Recreation Department announces the opening of the Carver Park Sprayground. The Sprayground is free and open from through October, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The new Louise Hay Park Sprayground opens June 13 when that park reopens.

The Olympic Pool in Singing Wind Park opened June 2. The general swim admission fee again is only $1, ages 4 and up and all nonswimmers; toddlers enter free. The pool is open Tuesdays – Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. and closed Monday for routine maintenance.

Skateboarding

Impress friends and win prizes at the annual skateboarding competition on Saturday, June 20. Warm-ups begin at 9 a.m. and competition starts at 10 a.m. for those 8-17 years of age. Registration fee is $15.

Movies in the Park

This summer’s first free “Movie in the Park” is “Mary Poppins,” June 12. Movies begin at 9 p.m. in the Kerrville-Schreiner Park amphitheater. Families may bring chairs or blankets to sit on.

National Get Outdoors Day

“National Get Outdoors Day” on Saturday, June 13 is a new annual event to encourage healthy active outdoor fun. GO Day offers opportunities for families to experience outdoor fun at Kerrville-Schreiner Park, on Bandera Highway

This is the same day as the re-opening of Louise Hays and Lehmann-Monroe Parks, now linked to Kerrville-Schreiner by the River Trail.

Art camps

Museum of Western Art will hold summer day camp for youngsters ages kindergarten through fifth grade June 16-19 for a nominal charge. Also on the first and third Saturdays, morning art classes are held for junior and senior high students. 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 are held at Riverside Nature Center, most in the afternoons. The classes are divided by types of art projects and seriousness of the students. Costs range from $145 to $195 depending on the class. For information, call 238-3242 or email annw@hctc.net.

Salvation Army Kroc Center

The remaining session includes June 15-25. Call 315-5762.

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 through 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. Register at the YMCA office, 1609 Sidney Baker or call Meagan Novosad at 896-8000.

Club Ed Youth Classes

Dietert Club Ed offers youth classes this summer, including June 15-19, – “Art Mediums in Motion,” 9 a.m.-noon, $99 cost. Call the Dietert Club Ed office at 792-4044 or visit www.clubed.net for information.

Other classes, camps

Schreiner Basketball Skills Camp will be held June 15-18 in either 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. sessions or 9 a.m. to noon. This is a five-day camp of fun and fundamentals for boys and girls ages five through 18.

The camp fee is $125 for a full day or $100 for a half-day. A $50 minimum deposit is required at registration. Coach Temaine Wright leads the camp at Schreiner University. Call 792-7381.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible Schools in Kerrville include the following: June 14-18 – Trinity Baptist Church, “Journey Off the Map,” 4:30-8 p.m. June 14, 8:30 a.m.-noon, June 15-18; for information, visit www.tbck.org.

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