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Third Annual All About Toys Family Art Day at the Westport Arts Center

By Westport Arts Center

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Local teaching artists will lead new and dynamic art projects. Photo by Helen Klisser During
Kids and their families are invited for a fun day of toy inspired activities at the Westport Arts Center’s third annual All About Toys Family Art Day on March 9, 2014 from 11am to 1pm. The Arts Center will have a series of art workshop stations with local teaching artists leading the activities. Children and their families can build and create nesting toys, climbing creatures, and abstract toy creations. A play zone for younger children will be provided by event sponsor Melissa & Doug toy company.

Family Art Day will also be the culmination of WAC’s Toy Makers III Competition. Finalists will present their toy designs at Family Art Day to a panel of judges, including Melissa Bernstein, one of the founders of the toy company Melissa & Doug. The presentation will then be followed by an awards ceremony to announce the winners in each of the 3 age groups (5-6, 7-9, and 10-12).

"It is always wonderful to see families creating art together,” said Westport Arts Center Education Manager, Sarah Kelly. “Family Art Day is always one of the most exciting events for us, when we get to transform the gallery into various workshop stations. We were so happy to bring back the All About Toys theme, after its success the past few years. This year we will have all new exciting and dynamic projects, plus a Winner's Presentation by the finalists from the Toy Makers III Competition."

Kids and their families will build toy inspired creations together at the Westport Arts Center’s third annual All About Toys Family Art Day. Photo by Helen Klisser During
Admission is $10/child and free for adults and children ages two and under. Due to the popularity and in order to ensure the quality of this program, advanced registration is strongly encouraged. Pre-registration is requested by phone at (203) 222-7070 or by purchasing tickets online at Ticket sales at the door will be on a first-come first-served basis.

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