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June 30, 2014

Museum offers up art for kids — Some art and reading and a unique kind of fun is coming for kids throughout the coming month at Pauls Valley’s Toy and Action Figure Museum.

The treat for youngsters ranging in age from around 3 to 8 is the museum’s summer arts and reading program every Tuesday in the month of July.

Along with the reading and craft activities kids will again get the chance to join in for free.

The best part is this year the parent or adult bringing them to the festivities will also get free admission to the museum.

“In the past the museum has charged that parent to get in the museum,” said museum Director Jodi Wood.

“This year that parent won’t be charged.”

The program is set to start July 1 and continue for about an hour each Tuesday during the summer’s middle month.

Each time the program gets going at 11 a.m. with the activities stretching to about noon, Wood said.

When the youngsters do arrive they’ll be asked to register as the first 24 who sign up will get the chance to take part in that day’s craft activity.

The museum opens up at 10 a.m. allowing kids to arrive just a little early and get signed up.

“We’re asking the kids to fill out the form and get on the T-shirt list,” the director said.

Most of the gatherings will include kids being grouped together while someone sits down to read a book to them.

In some cases it will be an actual writer, others a librarian and even others will feature a surprise guest.

One of those guests is expected to be author Una Belle Townsend, who has made previous visits to the museum’s summer program.

Then there’s the museum’s curator, Kevin Stark, who will not only read to kids but offer them an art demonstration.

That’s followed by a craft activity for kids, along with some surprises thrown in, especially on the last Tuesday of the month.

“We’ll have a special surprise guest on July 29,” Wood said.

“If the kids register for any of these Tuesdays they really need to come back on the 29th because of this special guest,” she said.

“They really want to be here for that.”

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