July 2013

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live with family Summer Lifesaversat Keep kids happy and busy during summer days home with crafts and games for rain or shine Craft corner: When arty inspiration strikes, a few simple tools go a long way. Remember Spirographs? With new features that make each circular masterpiece unique, your kids will love them as much as you did. Or get crafty with projects from Artterro, a local company offering colorful craft kits made with recycled materials. Spirograph Deluxe Kit by Kahootz, $32; Capitol Kids, 8 S. Carroll St., Madison; Creativity Kit by Artterro, $20; Playthings, Hilldale, Madison; Outside the box: Let them use outside voices as they transform the backyard into a sports stadium or threering circus. A simple set of highly adaptable Ogodisks lets kids play catch, badminton and baseball or even invent an original game. Or let them try their hands at juggling. Once they have it down, they can put on a circus-inspired show (but maybe skip the fire breathing). Ogodisk RAQ with flux ball by Ogosport, $39, juggling balls by Eeboo, $20; Capitol Kids, 8 S. Carroll St., Madison; Local Adventures: Drop the kids off to play, create and learn at classes and events Fired Up Pottery Class Times vary Prepare your youngster to get messy: Children receive clay to mold into a handcrafted bowl or vase they'll proudly display at home. 4112 Monona Dr., Madison 24 BRAVA Magazine Monroe Street Art Center Open Studio Mon.-Fri., 3:30-5 p.m. and Sat., 1-2:30 p.m. You can never have too many crafts on your fridge: Let them create one more under the supervision of an art pro. 2526 Monroe St., Madison July 2013 Badger Gymnastics Open Gym Fridays, 7-9 p.m. Balance, swing, tumble and bounce! Your little acrobats will have a blast under the watchful eyes of instructors. 6901 Schroeder Rd., Madison Madtown Twisters Open Gym and Skate Times vary Set them loose in Madtown Twisters during the day for various open gym opportunities or on select evenings for open skate. 7035 Old Sauk Rd., Madison Children's Museum Young Chefs Class July 8-12, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Cook up some fun as the kids refine their kitchen skills, learn new recipes and taste their very own culinary creations. 100 N. Hamilton St., Madison

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