Child’s play

“It’s amazing what kids will think up to do,” says Melissa Holbert, the Smart Museum’s outreach and education technology coordinator, overseeing the 30 or so youngsters clustered around long tables in the museum’s glass-walled lobby. Armed with scraps of construction paper, scissors, and glue, the kids (and their parents) flexed their creative muscles, designing brightly colored collages at this Wednesday’s Art Afternoon. Each week child artists, ranging from toddlers to grade-schoolers, gather to work on projects—be they painting, puppets, or other paper fun—suggested by Smart staffers. Started in 2001, the free summer program draws an average of 125 kids and parents each week and runs this year through August 30.


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June 30, 2006