Friday, March 4, 2011

Kids can enjoy spring break at home

Camps celebrate winter and art

Express Staff Writer

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts will host a spring-break art camp for youths from March 21-25. Courtesy photo

Kids in the Wood River Valley can enjoy spring break and their home with a variety of camps in the valley. The Blaine County Recreation District will offer its Recess from School program for youth in grades one through five during spring break from March 21-25. The program will take place at the Community Campus in Hailey from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Children will be engaged in a wide range of activities including snowshoeing at the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, swimming at the Wood River Community Y, outdoor recreation, games and crafts. The program is $31.80 per day. Pickup and drop-off will be at the Community Campus in Hailey. Attending kids should bring a sack lunch and weather-appropriate clothes. For details, call the Recreation District at 578-2273.

The Sawtooth Botanical Garden in Ketchum is getting ready for its annual Spring Break Snow School, a weeklong celebration of winter and learning from March 21-25. The program will teach kids the basics about the winter season, snow, hibernation and planning for spring. Each day will feature a different theme. They include educational activities, winter-theme crafts, snowshoeing and guest appearances from local experts on nature and wildlife, including guests from the Environmental Resource Center and Sawtooth National Recreation Area, and Poo Wright Pulliam. The school takes place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. The cost is $25 for garden members and $30 for nonmembers. For details, call 726-9358 or e-mail

Young artists will be introduced to a variety of media including drawing, painting, sculpture and collage at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts' spring break art camp. The camp meets March 21-25 at The Center's classroom in Hailey. Morning sessions will take place from 9 a.m. to noon for grades one through three, and afternoon sessions will take place from 2-5 p.m. for grades four and five.

The cost for a week of half-day camp is $50 for Center members and $65 for nonmembers. Scholarships are available for all Center classes and are based on financial need. Applications are available online. Scholarship applications must be submitted before the class registration deadline of Monday, March 7. To register, visit, call The Center at 726-9491 or stop by The Center in Ketchum.

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