Recreation authority to hold science and art classes for kids

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published May 25, 2016

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EASTPOINTE — The Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe currently has science and art classes for kids ages 4-10 planned for the summer months, to be held in the authority’s building at Spindler Park.

The art class, Creative Kids, will run from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays from June 21 through July 26 — with no class July 5. The other class, Little Scientists, will run 9:30-11 a.m. Thursdays from June 30 through July 28.

Bobbie Wilson, RARE’s assistant director, said the classes cost $50 per program for residents of Roseville or Eastpointe and $60 for nonresidents. Each class has a maximum of 16 spots for kids; registration will be open until the day before the class begins or until all spots are filled.

“We’re just looking for an outlet for early school-age kids to have something to look forward to during the week,” Wilson said. “Just to keep their minds moving in the summer months so they don’t get stagnant.”

Pam Harrison, who has taught the classes for several years, said she is still finalizing her plans for both of them. The Little Scientists class, she said, will focus on a different kind of science each week, with experiments and examples for kids to check out.

“For example, one week we’ll do chemistry or earth science or food science, and we always do some favorites like making ice cream for food science,” Harrison said. “Another favorite is they like to do the volcano (experiment) for earth science.”

For the Creative Kids class, she said the kids willget to try out different crafts and types of art each week, like printmaking, mosaics and painting.

This is Harrison’s last year teaching the classes; Wilson said Harrison had initially taught them as part of Eastpointe’s preschool program prior to the two cities merging their recreation departments in 2012, and Harrison has been continuing to hold the classes since.

“I just want to make it the biggest and most fun (this year),” Harrison said. “I’m trying to come up with some extra special things to do for the last year (I’m there).”

The venue is located at 19400 Stephens Road in Eastpointe, in the Spindler Park grounds. For more information or to register, call the recreation center at (586) 445-5480.

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