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July 9, 2013

Cedarhurst to offer toy boat seminar

MT. VERNON – Cedarhurst officials have something very special in mind for their next Family Days event July 13 – a toy boat building seminar.

At the event, parents and their children will get the chance to construct a functional toy boat for use in the bathtub or even a body of water. The “Boats That Float” seminar will be held at 3 p.m. July 13 at the Shrode Art Center.

“We're in the summertime and families are looking for things to do with their kids,” said Jennifer Sarver, director of education for the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, 2600 Richview Road. “It's an opportunity to get out of the house, see the museum, and create an art project together.”

The Family Days series has been a tradition at Cedarhurst for over 15 years. The events are held every other month.

The goal is to provide a family friendly activity while also promoting Cedarhurst. Many times, participants come for the main activity, but then stay to check out the center's sculpture park, exhibitions and other features.

“It's a way for us to have families come to the museum,” Sarver said. “We hope they will not only come for the Family Days event, but also explore the grounds and make a longer afternoon of it.”

This is the first time organizers are trying a toy boat seminar and hopes are high that it will be a success.

Children and parents who attend will be provided with boat building materials, including cups, sticks, paper for sails and more.

The cups will provide a base for the boats and the sticks can be tied together with string to make rafts. Also, there will be markers to decorate the sails.

Examples of finished toy boats will be shown and Sarver will be on hand to provide instruction. For the most part, however, participants will get to build a boat on their own.

In addition, there will be a small children's pool set up so that the boats can be tested.

“They'll come away with a usable boat,” Sarver said. “It will be something relatively small that a child can handle.”

The event is free and no registration is required. For more information, call Cedarhurst at 242-1236.

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