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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Things to do for Kids

River Rampage Registration Begins — The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is once again offering a River Rampage expedition this summer down the San Juan River in southern Utah. The city’s Adaptive Recreation Services’ River Rampage is an outdoor adventure program for youths between the ages of 14 to 20, with disabilities or facing significant life challenges.  The program also teaches them to appreciate diversity as each trip includes young people of various cultures, economic status and ability levels.  Three one-week whitewater rafting trips will be offered: June 15-21, June 26-July 2, July 9-15.
 
This is a free opportunity, but participants must perform 40 hours of volunteer work (with the help of a mentor) before their trip.  Volunteers are also needed for this program.  For information or to request an application (available in English, Spanish, Braille and large print) to participate or volunteer, call 602-534-5681 (voice), 602-534-2491 (TTY) or email tj.penkoff@phoenix.gov. Download them at http://phoenix.gov/PRL/adrecsvc.html#RIVER
 
Dig it! Children’s hands on gallery—  More than two years in planning, this hands-on exhibit will delight visitors of all ages.  Features include a life-size replica of an excavated trench wall where hands-on elements demonstrate the science of archaeology, and a photo-mural illustrates various aspects of archaeological field work. Learn how archaeologists study clues from ancient and historic sites that are used in identifying artifacts, such as ancient pottery, and create your own designs using interactive magnetic drawing slates.  Build a miniature Hohokam village or take a break and enjoy the museum’s orientation video in the newly renovated theater.  General admission applies. Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, 4619 E. Washington, (602) 495-0901.
 
Flight over phoenix exhibit— This unique and engaging exhibit tells the story of a historic survey flight over the Salt and Gila River valleys – a flight which produced over 600 aerial photographs of ancient Hohokam canals and ruin. Interest in aerial photography of ancient sites had been piqued in the late 1920s by the high-profile expeditions of Lindbergh throughout northern Arizona, New Mexico and the Yucatan.  Now, 75 years later, City Archaeologist Todd Bostwick and Richard Boston, Archaeologist for the Bureau of Reclamation have negotiated with the Smithsonian to bring these images and story back to Pueblo Grande. General admission applies. Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, 4619 E. Washington, (602) 495-0901.
 
Registration Begins For Summer Art Encounters Camp For Kids — Experienced instructors will share their expertise and enthusiasm giving kids the opportunity to try their hand at ceramics, sculpture, Printmaking, drawing and painting.  Each two-week session meets daily either in a morning (9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.) or afternoon (12:30 – 3 p.m.) program.  The sessions run:  June 12-23, July 10-21, July 24-Aug.4, or Aug. 7-18.  All supplies are included in the $200 fee.  For the first time, interested participants can register and pay by credit card online by going to phoenix.gov/PARKS and clicking on the “Register for Classes and Programs” icon (located on the left side), by mail (check only) or in person (cash or check).  Registration for members – May 10-June 7; nonmembers – May 20-June 7. The city of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department operates the Shemer Art Center & Museum, located at 5005 E. Camelback Rd. (enter from Arcadia Drive). This event is co-sponsored by the Shemer Art Center & Museum Association.  For additional information call 602-262-4727 or visit online at: phoenix.gov/parks/shemer.html.
 
Ballet ClassesIncluding Pre-Ballet (ages 5-9): Saturdays 2-4 p.m.  Beginning Ballet (ages 7-12):  Tuesdays 4-6 p.m.  Adult Beginning Ballet (ages 12 & up): Tuesdays 6-7:30 p.m.  Ballet I (9 yrs & Up):  every Wednesdays 4-6 p.m.  Ballet II (9 yrs & Up):  Thursdays 4-5 p.m.  Beginning Pointe (teacher’s consent): Thursdays 5-6 p.m.  FREE.  Eastlake Park Dance Studio, 1549 E. Jefferson St.  Call (602) 262-6759/TDD (602) 262-6713. 
 
Archaeology For Kids– First and third Saturday monthly Become a Junior

Archaeologist! Learn about the science of archaeology and the Hohokam people by participating in a simulated excavation of a Hohokam pithouse. Actual Hohokam artifacts are used in this program. Classes are generally October – May, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and are divided by age (ages 7-11 first Saturday, 10-14 third Saturday). Advance registration required. Specially arranged workshops are available for groups of ten or more. Program fee: $10 Museum members; $12 Non-members.  Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, 4619 E. Washington, (602) 495-0901.

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