KIDSANGEL YOUTH CENTER. 160 E. Alameda St. With summer in full swing, kids can find lots to do at the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Angel Youth Recreation Center. Youth of all ages are welcome to participate in the center's free activities including billiards, ping pong, arts and crafts, music lessons, and computer games. The center is open from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, and until 10:30 p.m. Downtown Saturday Nights. Call 624-2447 for information.
ARCHAEOLOGY FOR ALL. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center presents Open1, a chance for kids ages 5 and up to learn about different cultures by participating in the excavation of a make-believe archaeological site. In addition to dig time, each session also includes an indoor craft activity and instruction in artifact cleaning and interpretation. Cost is $30 for four, hour-and-a-half sessions, or $9 per individual session. Special rates and dates available for groups. Call 798-1201 for registration and information.
BUILD-A-BIKE. BICAS Youth Underground Build-A-Bike program is an eight-session program for adults and kids, offering extensive hands-on training for basic bicycle mechanics. In addition to learning new skills, you'll also be helping your community by fixing up old bikes and getting them back on the streets. Students are required to complete a 25-hour apprenticeship and final exam to earn their first bicycle. Classes are from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Class tuition is based on a sliding-scale. Call 628-7950 for registration and information.
DESERT PATHFINDERS. Tohono Chul Park. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. Learn how plants grow and survive in the desert, which animals are native, and what exactly makes our desert weather so dry with Desert Pathfinders. Each week the program covers a different topic. Session runs from July 28 through August 1. Workshops are appropriate for children who've completed first or second grade. Cost is $45, $60 for non-members, per week. Call 742-6455 for registration and information.
LIBRARY POWER. Your local library keeps summer cool for kids of all ages! Kids ages 8 and up learn how to turn recycled ribbon into a beautiful star at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 30. Adult assistance is encouraged. Please register in advance by calling 791-4393. Call 791-4391 for a summer calendar of library-sponsored events.
PUPPET POWER. Borders Books and Music. 4235 N. Oracle Road. 292-1331. Children and adults of all ages will enjoy the New Kiva Puppets newest production, Hot Chiles, at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 26. Admission is free. Call 292-1331 for information.
THEATER WORKSHOPS. 5671 E. Speedway. Kids can write a script, get a crack at acting, and more at the Arizona Youth Theater Workshops. On Thursday, July 31, Kraig Kensinger introduces kids to unusual finger, hand, stick, rod, marionette, and novelty-style puppets from 5 to 7 p.m. Take-home patterns and show ideas will be supplied. Cost is $15. Call 546-9805 for registration and information on upcoming workshops.
WISDOMSEEKERS. Tucson Children's Museum. 200 S. Sixth Ave. The "Wisdomseekers," a select group of Safford Middle School students who have gathered cultural wisdom and knowledge form adult keepers of wisdom in the community, present the Wisdomseekers' Cultural Showcase. Come find out what they've discovered from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 29 and 31, and August 5 and 7. You'll create a Navajo drum, roll a tortilla, toss a rope like the original vaqueros, weave a basket, or learn a Folklorico dance. Learn a different tradition each day. Cost is included in regular museum admission. Call 792-9985 for information.
CHILDREN TO CHILDREN. 3922 N. Mountain Ave. Children to Children is a grief support center for children and families who have experienced the death of someone they love. They provide support services in a caring environment, and currently have space available in their groups. Call 322-9155 for information.
COMMUNITY SCHOOLS. Tucson Community Schools, Inc., a parent cooperative preschool and kindergarten for kids ages 3 to 6, provides a stimulating learning environment featuring small classes, developmentally appropriate curriculum, unique outdoor play area, gentle, positive discipline, and optional extended days. School is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and employs a non-discriminatory policy. Call 326-9212 for fall registration and information.
WEE OLYMPICS. The Parent Connection is now registering children from newborns to 5-year-olds for the Lil' Olympics on Sunday, July 27, at the Tucson Convention Center. The Lil' Olympics provide a way for parents to learn about appropriate child development activities while involving their children in fun, meaningful play. All children will receive a participation award. Families can win additional prizes and goodie bags. Registration is $10. Call 321-1500 for registration and information.
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