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June 9, 2014

Boredom busters

Niagara Region is full of programs, camps to keep kids occupied this summer

Tonawanda News — Summer vacation is on the horizon for Western New York schoolchildren, more than two months filled with promise and freedom —but all too soon, all that promise could turn to protests of boredom.

Fortunately, there’s no lack of summer programs and camps for kids in the Niagara Region, from artistic pursuits to sports, and from the joy of nature to challenges for young inventors.

NIAGARA FALLS /LEWISTON

• Artpark

Does your child sing into a hairbrush, pretending to be a rock star? Perhaps he or she excels at macaroni portraits or making up little productions for the family to enjoy? Then that child might find an artistic home at Artpark in Lewiston, an artist’s haven since the 1970s, and a place where professional artists, musicians and actors run the camp experiences.

There are three summer camps in the gorge-side state park, designed for ages 10 to 18.

Offerings include theater camp (in which participants will get to work with some of the actors in Artpark’s summer Broadway musical production, “Mary Poppins”), rock camp ( for young guitarists, bassists and keyboardists) and art camp (in which programs include drawing and painting, ceramics, bookmaking, “avian architecture,” sculpture, glass and more).

Taking place in July and August, both theater and rock camps have advanced versions, but the two art camp sessions will accommodate any young artist ages 9 to14.

“All of the camps are taught by area professionals so it’s a cool way for the kids to work with someone with professional experience,” said Artpark spokesperson Maria Hays.

The deadline for rock camp is June 15, but for the other camps, parents can sign up until the first day of camp if space is available. Call the box office at 754-4375 or register or online at www.artpark.net.

• Kids ‘n Arts

Not far away, the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University also offers artistic and theater activities for children with four weeks of summer day camp running from July 28 to Aug. 22.

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