Summer is creeping ever closer, as evidenced by the warmer weather and jittery children who can’t wait for the school year to end.
Many summer programs have been accepting registrations for weeks, but it’s not too late to find some fun (and sneakily educational) activities to keep the kids from uttering the dreaded phrase “I’m bored.”
Spokane City and Spokane County Libraries are teaming up to promote a summer reading program called “Get a Clue! @ Your Library.” Children may sign up for the program beginning Friday at any city or county library branch or online at www.summerreadingspokane.org.
Kids will be given a reading log to track the books they read or listen to on audiotape this summer. If they read 15 books by Aug. 31 they will receive a free pass to the popular “A T.Rex Named Sue” exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Culture. The pass will have to be used with a paying adult.
The program will also be running at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. Children up to age 16 may drop by the library at 201 E. Harrison Ave. during the summer reading kick-off week (June 18 through 22) to pick up a reading log. Specific dates are set aside for different age groups. Youth ages 12 to 16 come on June 18, ages 2 to 5 on June 19, ages 5 to 8 on June 20 and ages 9 to 12 on June 21. Kids will get prizes for every three hours of reading.
For those who aren’t quite sure what to read, the libraries have a few suggestions.
Recommended reading lists are available at the Web site listed above. So prepare your bookmarks for a summer journey to wherever books can take you.
Art summer camps
The Spokane Art school is planning art summer camp sessions for kids and teens this summer. Middle and high school students will have five two-week “Experience Art Project” sessions to choose from featuring ceramics, drawing, painting and photography. The sessions will be held from June 18 to Aug. 25. Classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. The prices range from $45 to $60.
Kids entering grades 1-6 can choose from eight one-week “Adventures in Art” sessions during the same time period. Sessions will include art workshops, games, special events and more. Classes will run from 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The cost is $175 per week.
Spokane Art School is located at 920 N. Howard St. Call (509) 328-0900 or visit www.spokaneartschool.org for more information.
Have chalk, will travel
Saturday is the one time a year you can draw elaborate drawings on the sidewalk and not get in trouble. Hillyard’s annual ChalkArtWalk will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot at the corner of Market and Queen. Everyone who signs up will be given a small amount of colored chalk, but you might want to bring your own supply for a more diverse palate. Oil pastels are also allowed. Art drawn on the sidewalks should follow this year’s “Heroes” theme.
The artist with the work judged “Best in Show” will receive a $100 prize. There will be first, second and third place prize packages in five age categories. The first 100 people to sign up will receive a free t-shirt featuring the 2006 Best in Show entry. Live entertainment will be provided throughout the day. Call (509) 489-0624 for more information.
Any young Barbie fan will delight at the chance to attend a “FairyTopia” party sponsored by the Northeast Youth Center and the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department. The party for girls ages 4 to 8 will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at 2121 E. Wabash Ave.
Girls will learn the “Flight of Spring” dance and get treats along with a set of “glo-wings.” The cost is $17. Kids must be registered in advance by calling (509) 625-6200 or visiting www.spokaneparks.org.