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Best Summer Arts Activities For Kids In MetroWest

April 12, 2013 6:00 AM

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(Photo Credit: Whimsy/Facebook)

(Photo Credit: Whimsy/Facebook)

An easy way to spice up the summer for your kids is with arts activities. Fortunately, for MetroWest families, there are plenty of spots to pick from. Plan ahead and send your kid to day camp for art, music and dance, or head out on an impulse and attend art workshops where you can sing, dance, paint or even be in a makeshift television show. If you are just looking for something to do for a few hours and want to introduce your children to art, visit some of Metro West’s best art studios – where you can create, design, build or paint.
(Photo Credit: YMCA/Facebook)

(Photo Credit: YMCA/Facebook)

MetroWest YMCA
45 East St.
Hopkinton, MA 01748
(508) 435-9345
www.metrowestymca.org

The MetroWest YMCA offers separate summer art camps for varying ages. Camp OCP in Framingham is geared toward children who are entering first grade through fifth grade. The OCP program is offered from June 24-August 23, 2013 and incorporates arts and crafts, music and nature, as well as water activities such as swimming and a water slide. For children ages three to 15, the MetroWest summer day camp in Hopkinton, which runs from June 24-August 23, 2013, features arts such as arts and crafts, drama, music and nature, but also offers other activities such as swimming, archery and boating. Children who have completed grades two through five can join the arts and crafts summer day camp, while children who have completed grades three through eight can participate in the drama summer day camp.

The Center for Arts in Natick (Photo credit: The Center for Arts in Natick)

The Center for Arts in Natick (Photo credit: The Center for Arts in Natick)

The Center for Arts
14 Summer St.
Natick, MA 01760
(508) 647-0097
www.natickarts.org

The Center For Arts in Natick has summer vacation arts workshops for children in pre-school all the way up to teenagers. There are half-day and full-day programs that are operational during the week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The arts education programs are targeted for the right age group with professionals at the helm for teaching the activities. Your children can act, dance and sing classic children stories, paint or build structures. The Center For Arts summer programs offer children a chance to write, design and act in television sitcoms and game shows. With a variety of different classes, your child gets to choose which ones to take for a fun-filled summer.

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(Photo Credit: Whimsy/Facebook)

(Photo Credit: Whimsy/Facebook)


Whimsy
686 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 626-8989
www.whimsyartsandcrafts.com

Summer doesn’t have to mean sending your kids to camp for them to enjoy artsy activities. Head over to Whimsy where the entire family can participate in crafty projects. Whether you want to plan your day and sign up for a class or you just want to drop by, Whimsy has something for children of all ages. Decorate a skateboard or drum, construct a wooden airplane, design a shirt or stuff a plush toy. Whimsy is always adding new crafts, so going back time and time again will be fresh and new. Stay the day or hang out for a few hours after the beach.

(Photo Credit: Kidville/Facebook)

(Photo Credit: Kidville/Facebook)

Kidville
34 Central St.
Wellesley, MA 02482
(781) 304-4550
www.kidville.com

Kidville provides the opportunity for children up to six years of age to learn art, music and dance. Art classes include Color Splash, available for children 18 to 24 months, which is a program that teaches painting, sculpting and making collages. It also presents sand trays and water tables for independent and creative fun. Construction Junction, aimed at children ages three to five, helps children create and build 3-D art projects such as towers, monuments, roads and pyramids made out of cloth, clay or wood. My Big Messy Art Class is for children 18 to 24 months and lets your children explore their artsy creative side with paint, crayons, chalk or dough, using writing tables, giant paper or play bins. Music and dance classes include tap, toddlers in tutus, hip hop, r&b, Rockin’ Railroad or ballet for children, newborn up to six years old.

(Photo Credit: Artbeat/Facebook)

(Photo Credit: Artbeat/Facebook)

Artbeat
212A  Mass Ave.
Arlington, MA 02474
(781) 646-2200
www.artbeatonline.com

Artbeat is a creative, fun way to spend a summer day with your child. Using paints, beads, paper or tiles, children of all ages can make dolls, create sand art, put together mosaics, design bottle cap art, make pillows or decoupage. Artbeat is a walk-in studio so drop by when you are in the mood to be creative. Groups with three or more should make reservations to ensure space at a table. Spice up your summer fun and plan an art party with more than 15 party projects to choose from.

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Nicole Adams resides on the South Shore of Massachusetts. She is a freelance writer specializing in animal welfare. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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