Activities for children abound two weeks before school starts
by Rebecca Johnston
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From left, Colton McClard, 8, son of Kimberly McClard and Ethen Turner, 8, son of Rebekah Turner of Canton follow Canton YMCA camp counselor Rebekah Phillips in a rendition of the Iggle Wiggle song during a recent talent show. <br> Staff/Todd Hull
From left, Colton McClard, 8, son of Kimberly McClard and Ethen Turner, 8, son of Rebekah Turner of Canton follow Canton YMCA camp counselor Rebekah Phillips in a rendition of the Iggle Wiggle song during a recent talent show.
Staff/Todd Hull
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The Canton YMCA had a talent show for their campers recently. Individuals and groups of campers competed with singing, dancing, gymnastics and even scooter tricks. Jared Gollob, 9, son of Ed Gollob of Canton makes a jump off a small ramp in front of a gallery of other campers for the talent show.
The Canton YMCA had a talent show for their campers recently. Individuals and groups of campers competed with singing, dancing, gymnastics and even scooter tricks. Jared Gollob, 9, son of Ed Gollob of Canton makes a jump off a small ramp in front of a gallery of other campers for the talent show.
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Emily Hardeman, 8, daughter of Kelli Hardeman of Canton, waves her arms along with the music as a group of campers performs on stage.
Emily Hardeman, 8, daughter of Kelli Hardeman of Canton, waves her arms along with the music as a group of campers performs on stage.
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Although there are only two more weeks before school starts back Aug. 5, youngsters around Cherokee County can still find plenty of fun and activities to fill their last days of freedom.

A number of area camps are in session, and activities abound at attractions such as the YMCA and local public libraries.

Amber Brown, summer camp director at the G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA in Canton, said the last two weeks of camp offer plenty of fun for the last weeks of summer break.

Next week is Zombie week at the camp, which runs Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

“Because of the themed weeks, it makes the campers look forward to each week and we create our activities around that theme.” Brown said. “Kids are fully engaged in activities all day. They thoroughly enjoy swimming in the nice pool we have.”

The last week of camp from July 29 to Aug. 2 has a special theme of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun/Boys will be Boys,” Brown said.

“We will divide the activities and girls will participate in things such as hair and nails and the boys are going to have rockets and volcanoes that explode,” Brown said. “These are some really fun activities.”

The camp at the YMCA is for children ages 5 to 10 and cost for a week is $137.

The Canton YMCA is at 151 Waleska St. in Canton. For more information, call (770) 345-9622.

Other area activities and camps include:

FoxTale Book Shoppe

Monday – Pocket Scavenger Workshop

The workshop is 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for ages 6 to 12. Cost is $70 including book.

Kids will fill a journal with a variety of things such as “something curved, something you can see through, different shaped leaves, postage stamps, a few seed pods, a part of something you ate,” and more.

Tuesday – Folded Fun,

beginner origami

Workshop is from 2 to 4:30 p.m. for ages 6 and older. Cost is $35 (includes kit).

For centuries, people have been practicing the art of origami and sharing the figures created with friends and family as gifts and tokens of good luck. The brightly colored paper and detailed instruction book shows how to bend and fold paper to create frogs, rockets and many other figures. Campers learn this meditative art form and delight in how a simple piece of paper can turn into something magical.

July 29 – May the Doodles be with You

Workshop is 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for ages 8-12. Cost is $70.

With this companion to the blockbuster bestselling Origami Yoda series, author Tom Angleberger presents young Padawans with dozens of activities from the Star Wars universe. Padawans can learn how to fold R2-D2 and C-3PO, draw Jabba, and even build a fully functioning ChapStick rocket. Other Force-mastering activities include “Kellen’s Guide to Cool Letters,” “Mike’s Complete Rules and Tips for Pencil Pod-Racing,” “Rhondella’s Tips for Photographing Origami,” and more. “ART2-D2’S Guide to Folding and Doodling: An Origami Yoda Activity” Book is included in the doodling/origami workshop.

Participants should bring a sack lunch or $5 to purchase lunch.

All events are located at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 East Main St., No. 138, Woodstock. For more information, (770) 516-9989 to register.



Sequoyah Regional

Library System

The Mixed Up Fairy Tale –

Monday at the Ball Ground Public Library at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call (770) 735-2025.

Tuesday at R.T. Jones Library in Canton at 10:30 a.m. and at the Rose Creek Library in Woodstock at 3 p.m.

The Mixed-Up Fairy Tale is a puppet show that tells what happens when the librarian drops fairy tale books and all the stories get mixed up.

All ages are invited to attend. Children 9 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Wild Wacky Wednesdays

Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Woodstock Public Library (770) 926-5859. A teacher from Woodstock Elementary will be reading stories to students.

Public library events are free. For more information, visit seguoyahregionallibrary.org.

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