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June 11, 2014

Children's arts festival

If your kids are looking for something fun to do this summer, be sure to come to the historic Centerville Courthouse Square on Saturday, June 28.

The 10th annual Children’s Arts Festival will be held on that date and will be loaded with fun and exciting activities designed specially for your children. It will give them an opportunity to experience many different aspects of the arts, including singing, dancing, painting, playing musical instruments, making junk sculpture, acting and on and on.

“The Festival has grown over the past several years,” said committee member Marsha Mitchell. “We get lots of kids who are new to this kind of thing and they love getting exposed to activities they might not otherwise have experienced yet.”

“Of course, the Missoula Children’s Theatre will be here again to put on a play, using our own young people as the actors,” said Mitchell. “The play this year is ‘Blackbeard, the Pirate’ and we’re looking for local children who want to be involved.”

Parents do not need to worry about making costumes or anything else because the Missoula Children’s Theatre directors bring everything with them: costumes, props and makeup. Auditions will be held on Monday, June 23. The children will practice every day of that week and then present “Blackbeard, the Pirate” late Saturday afternoon, June 28. If your child(ren) is interested in participating, look for more specific information to be published closer to the audition date, or call Marsha Mitchell at (641) 856-6064.

The events and activities on the Courthouse lawn on June 28 begin at 10 a.m. and go until approximately 3 p.m.

“Each year, we try to add new and exciting activities and this year is no exception,” said Mitchell.

While keeping the old favorites, this year your child will also be able to dress up like a pirate or a mermaid so you can snap their picture. There will be face painting. You can make your own bubble wand and blow the biggest bubbles you can. The planning committee is also working on adding some sort of water event, since the date of the Festival in the past has always been very warm.

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