The Huntsville Family YMCA and the Wynne Home Arts Center are teaming up this summer to hold a special Summer Arts Fest for children ages 8-12.

According to Sandra Clifton, executive director of the Huntsville Family YMCA, the arts program will be held in two different sessions beginning the week of June 30.

“We just released the information about the Summer Arts Fest, and we think it’s going to be a really special experience for the kids involved,” she said. “This is our first year to do an event like this, so we’re anxious to see how the kids respond to it.”

Session I will be held from June 30 - July 3, while Session II will be held from July 7 - 11, and registration will be open for the program as long as space is available.

“The space for this program is very limited,” Clifton said. “There are only going to be 12 kids per session because this year is going to be very experimental, so we’ll be taking kids as long as there’s space available.”

Clifton said the arts program would be held at the Wynne Home Arts Center, and participants would take part in various arts and theater-related activities.

“Activities during the program will include pottery, weaving, marbling, tie-dye, bead crafts, skits, puppets, masks, comedy, karaoke and much more,” she said. “The program will provide a place for children to become the best they can be while coming to know more about others and the world in which they live.”

Program hours will begin at 7:45 a.m. and conclude at 5:15 p.m., but the bulk of the activities planned will take place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Clifton said.

“Each day will begin with a morning assembly, and then each group will follow a schedule which include games, arts and crafts, devotions, story time and more,” she said. “We will eat lunch around noon, then end each day with an afternoon assembly where individuals will be recognized for their achievements, their accomplishments and practicing the core values throughout the day.”

Clothing required for the event will include comfortable and appropriate clothing for outdoor activities, and sneakers must be worn at all times.

Participants will also receive one YMCA shirt to be worn on the last day of the program, but they must bring a nutritional lunch for each day of the program.

The program fee for one session of the Summer Arts Program will be $130, which Clifton said includes the price of one shirt.

Registration may be completed at the Huntsville Family YMCA office at 291 state Highway 75 North, and the program will be held at the Wynne Home Arts Center at 1428 11th Street.

For more information, call the YMCA at (936) 295-8009.

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