When I was a kid, I liked to spend Saturday mornings lounging in my pajamas. My mom always had different ideas.
She liked to clean the house on Saturday, so my “Saved by the Bell” marathons were inevitably interrupted by the sound of the vacuum cleaner, and I would be sent upstairs to clean my room.
I don’t think she believed in “spring cleaning” because she did it all year long.
Whether you “spring clean” or “Saturday clean,” I think this weekend is the perfect time to take a break.
Get messy. Celebrate the first official day of spring break for Muscogee County students. After a rainy and cold work week, the weather is finally back to the sunny and comfortable 70s -- just the right temperature for mud pies, or art projects involving large amounts of glitter.
Here are some places this weekend where the kids can get messy, without messing up your house:
-- Growing Good Readers: Here’s a free event at the Columbus Public Library that combines storytime and a chance to dig in the dirt. Belinda Johnson, a master gardener, will read the book “Planting a Rainbow,” by Lois Ehlert, then teach the children how to plant flowers in the library’s Children’s Garden. The event is part of the state’s celebration of Month of the Young Child, which emphasizes reading to children not yet in school. Storytime begins at 2 p.m. in the garden. For more information, contact the library at 706-243-2669.
-- Family Art Day: If your kid’s last masterpiece left your kitchen looking like an explosion at the Crayola factory, this event is for you. The art day is organized by Columbus State University and will include demonstrations, workshops and hands-on art activities for kids and families. They’ll have classes in paper-making, drawing, ceramics, watercolors, photography and screen-printing, as well as a video and film making workshop. The day also includes a children’s film festival and an art talk from artist Bo Bartlett. Art making lasts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Corn Center for the Visual Arts at the university’s RiverPark campus and it’s free. For more information, call 706-507-8300 or 706-507-8312.
-- Spring Fling: What’s messier than eating a ton of cotton candy and ice cream, then going on the zipper? The fling continues today from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the parking lot of the Columbus Civic Center and includes rides for children and adults, performances from a “living statue” and a BMX bike show. Admission on Saturday is $5 for the general public, $1 for students until 7 p.m. and free for toddlers. Admission on Sunday is $5 for the general public, $1 for students and free for toddlers. A wristband for unlimited rides is $25, but today, rides are free from 11 a.m. to noon. So let the kids ride the Graviton until they puke. You can hose them off later.
Contact Sara Pauff at 706-320-4469. To read more, check out her blog at www.ledger-enquirer.com/sara