Coming up with crafty ways to have fun will be the focus of a program at the North Brook Community Center this summer.
The Kidsâ€™ Summer Craft Days program, sponsored by Lincolnton-Lincoln County Parks and Recreation, will take place on three Fridays.
Sessions will be held on July 8 and 22 and Aug. 12. Theyâ€™ll start at 5:30 p.m. and wrap up at 8 p.m. each day. Sessions cost $5.
â€œWe tried to make it something so itâ€™s affordable and anybody interested can come,â€ said John Davis, whoâ€™s heading up the program.
The July 8 â€œRecycled Materials Classâ€ will teach kids how to take their old stuff and create something new.
Participants will get to make their own T-shirts and do other recycling-related crafts.
â€œWeâ€™re going to show them how to do things recycling-wise, using old things they have around their house to do crafts,â€ said Davis.
The second session, held July 22, is called â€œColorful Classic Crafts.â€ Tie-dyed shirts, picture frames and other basic crafts will keep kids busy during the evening.
The final day will focus on â€œKidsâ€™ Cooking Crafts.â€ Kids will get to make little homemade pizzas and ice cream, as well as silly putty and playing dough.
While the sessions last only a couple of hours, the things kids learn will combat boredom all summer long.
â€œOther than the cooking, everything we have is something they can do safely and something that can keep them occupied during the summer,â€ Davis said.
Theyâ€™ll get to take home directions for all the crafts, as well as additional ideas not covered during the program.
The Summer Craft Days program is open to kids age five to 12.
All interested participants must pre-register for each Craft Day to assure space and supplies are available. Davis said parents should register their kids by the Wednesday before each session.
To register or for more information, contact Davis at (704) 483-8980.
The North Brook Community Center is located on N.C. 274. Summer Craft Days sessions will also be held this summer at the East Lincoln Community Center.
by Alice Smith