Touch of Nature invites children to How Sweet it is Winter Mini Camp
by Christi Mathis
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Valentine’s weekend is a great time for children to enjoy a fun mid-winter camping experience courtesy of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center.
The How Sweet it is Winter Mini Camp will run from 5 p.m. Feb. 16 to 2:30 p.m. on Feb.17. Children ages 7-12 are welcome.
What’s in store
This overnight camping experience, a great first overnight camp experience or a preview of summer camp, features a wide variety of activities. Participants will learn about maple syrup production, explore animal tracks and trees, enjoy games, music, crafts, a campfire and much more.
The cost is $70 for the overnight camp excursion. The camp is located about eight miles south of Carbondale off Giant City Road. There is a $10 discount for those who have previously participated in an eco-camp at Touch of Nature. Additional siblings within the same immediate family also pay $10 less. A day camp option on Saturday is also available for $40.
Register and find a packing list for the camp online.
For more information, call 618/453-1121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is still time to register your child for the Saluki Cheer and Shaker Kiddie Clinic being held on February 3rd. at SIU The clinic is a hands-on learning opportunity for Pre-K through 6th grade (ages 4-12). During the clinic, participants will be taught a three-minute demo routine, which will include a dance, cheer and stunts.
The Clinic to learn demo routine will be held on Feb. 3 from 9 am to noon in the SIU Arena. Performance of demo routine will be at halftime of the men's basketball game on Feb. 11 in SIU Arena.
Participants will receive a t-shirt and pom-poms upon registration, and families of participants will have access to the group ticket rate for tickets to the men's basketball game against Bradley.
Online registration on or before Feb. 2 will be $40. Registration in person on Feb. 3 will be $50. Group ticket rate is $10/ticket or $16/ticket with concessions.
Kre8ive Fine Arts Academy is a non profit organization developed for children and their families to be able to discover, enrich and broaden their talents! With support from Heartland Regional Medical Center, local talent will be highlighted in this weekend's presentation of Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka! The presentation will be held on the Marion Cultural and Civic Center stage
Tickets are $15 and are available at marionccc.com or at the door starting an hour before each performance. But hurry, this is an event you don't want to miss! Get your tickets now! For more information, contact us at email@example.com or visit our website, getkre8ive.com,
The Night's Shield's new program, The Children's Crisis Shelter, is now open in West Frankfort, according to a news release from The Night's Shield.
The Children’s Crisis Shelter program serves families from the entire state, especially Southern Illinois. According to the news release, the program is a temporary emergency child care shelter that provides short-term care for children from birth to age 18, and for families who are experiencing a severe disruptive crisis.
Also, with cold temperatures, homes that are unexpectedly without heat or flooded because of broken pipes, are also crisis situations. The Night's Shield can provide a warm, dry, safe, and cozy place temporarily for their children.
Children receive 24-hour quality crisis care for 24 to 72 hours, depending on the needs and goals of the family.
For more information, call 618-932-6400.
If holiday preparations have you anxious and overwhelmed, University of Illinois Extenson Educators, Susan Sloop and Alicia Kallal are here to help! Enjoy an evening of learning tips for tackling holiday stress & relieve tension while making an aromatic & festive pomander balls for you home. This is a free event available to anyone, but advanced registration is required to reserve your spot and ensure crafting materials. The workshop will be held on December 12th from 6:00pm- 7:30 pm at 206 S Market in Marion. For more information please contact Susan Sloop at (618) 993-3304 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Alicia Kallal at (618) 687-1727 or email@example.com. Call to register or go to website
If your kids like Christmas lights, they won't be disappointed by a drive through the lighting displays at the DuQuoin Lights Fair. In its 16th year, there are 3 miles of colorfully lighted displays. Admission to the extensive lights display, presented by the Du Quoin Tourism Commission, is $10 per vehicle. Hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. each evening.
There is even more fun on the weekends when FREE activities and entertainment are offered in the Exhibition Hall. Entertainment will run for the next two weekends at the Exhibition Hall, which also features visits with Santa, train rides, a kids corner, model trains and entertainment. Activities at the Exhibition Hall run Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights through Dec. 17.
See the entertainment schedule below.
Friday, Dec. 8
6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Kali Lynn Saturday, Dec. 9
7 to 8:30 p.m., John A. Logan CommunityBand
Sunday, Dec. 10
6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Chris Slone Friday, Dec. 15
6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Southern Illinois Concert Band
Saturday, Dec. 16
6:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Great Romance
Sunday, Dec. 17
6:30 p.m., Little Egypt Barbershop Chorus
7:30 p.m., Chesney Allen
The Southern Illinois Children's Choir (SICC) invites everyone to come and enjoy the "voices of angels" as children Pre-K through eighth grade present a FREE concert of traditional and contemporary carols. All are welcome! The concert will be held at the Grace United Methodist Church located at 220 N Tower Rd in Carbondale.
The Southern Illinois Children’s Choir exists to enhance children’s lives through choral music education and performance, while building a world-class choir.
The SICC , now in its second decade is organized for the musical enrichment of area children and the enhancement of the musical life of southern Illinois. The choir is open is open to girls and boys with unchanged voices. The community-based organization consists of four treble choirs, each based on the skill levels and ages of the children. Auditions take place at the SIUC School of Music at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters and rehearsals take place
each Tuesday evening of the academic school year at Altgeld Hall on the SIUC campus.
For more information or to schedule a child for an audition, please call the School of Music at 53M-USIC (536-8742) or e-mail Alice Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Autism Academy of Southern Illinois strives to provide resources to children / parents of Southern Illinois in and around Williamson County with Autism and related disorders. As a non-profit organization, the Academy's goal is guiding and acting as a one stop resource for children with Autism related disorders including advocacy, awareness, diet and nutrition education; medical, psychological services, school services and behavioral management among others.
The first annual academy kickoff will be held at Celebrations event center, 1305 Crane Dr, Marion IL 62959 on December 2nd 2017. The event will feature awareness, educational speakers, music, dinner and auctions to benefit the children. The cost per ticket is $25.
Murdale True Value Hardware is hosting an annual fundraiser for Toys for Tots on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Receive a free lunch if you bring in one or more toys. Lunch will be available to purchase. Donations will be accepted. All proceeds from the event will go to the Shawnee Detachment 812, Marine Corps League's 2017 Toys for Tots Campaign. All toys and monetary collections received will be used to provide Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in Southern Illinois. For more information contact Skip Cosgrove at 618-967-9462 or email@example.com
Artstarts is a not for profit organization that is dedicated to providing and promoting opportunities for students from the area to pursue their interests and develop their talents in music, art and theater. With their support, students from the region are presenting a musical production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, beginning November 16th- 19th. About 60 area youth, ages seven to eighteen are involved in the production. which will be held in Marion at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center. Performances are schedule to begin at 7:00pm on November 16th, 17th and 18th and 2pm on Sunday November 19th. Tickets for the show are $15 and can be purchased online or at the door.