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Weekend Happenings: Children’s Art Expo in Fredericksburg

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If you’re looking for a way to give your kids some hands-on art experience AND beat the heat, you might want to head over to the Dorothy Hart Community Center in Fredericksburg on Saturday.

From 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., kids of all ages will get to experience a variety of arts-focused activities. Kids can do all 14 activities for $5, and Chik-fil-A will be available for purchase for lunch.

This year’s event will mix a little science in with the art–events coordinator Jennifer Hellier reports that a “mad scientist” will be roaming the expo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., demonstrating experiments from the website madscience.org. In addition, a science-focused station at the expo aims to help kids understand how the arts can aid in understanding of other subjects.

Here’s a full list of the stations you can expect to find:

CO2lor Creations

With a little vinegar and baking soda you’ll discover a chemical reaction that creates an explosion of color! When done you’ll reveal a hidden masterpiece that could be the fizz of the art biz.

Queen or King for a Day

Become a queen or king for a day by creating your own crown. We provide you with the crown and you provide the creativity! Use glitter, paint, rhinestones, markers, and more!

Back Pack Buddies

Create your own back pack buddy using yarn and googly eyes.

Mosaic Magic

Create your own mosaic by gluing items onto a mat board. Make shapes, patterns or your own original design.

Junque Jewelry

Using macaroni, sequins, buttons and yarn – become a jewelry designer and wear your creation home!

Art to Eat

Make a candy necklace or bracelet out of licorice, gummi savers and more.

Funny Faces

Create your own silly faces or bugs using paper plates, pom poms and more.

Wind Discs

Create your own wind disc using cds, colored tape, and labels.

Sticky Shapes

Design your own shape using feathers, glitter, sequins, and colored paper.

Archi-Texture

Help paint the town red….or blue, green, yellow!! Our cardboard town is coming to life when the children decorate it with paints.

Radical Rocks

Make a bug, or a rainbow or whatever your creative mind can think of. Use it as a paper weight or door stopper.

Goody Bags

Decorate your own goody bag using markers, sticker, glitter glue and more! Take your other works of art home in the goody bag or use it as your lunch bag.

The parks department used to hold this event at Hurkamp Park, but its pretty hot this time of year, so they moved it into the air-conditioned community center.

To learn more about offerings from the Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation Department, pick up the Aug. 3 edition of The Free Lance-Star, which will include the department’s fall activity catalog.

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