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The Gold Coast Arts Center has a solution for parents who worry about entertaining their kids during the holiday recess: the VacationArts ™ Program, which runs from December 26 through December 28.
This popular program, held on non-school days, offers sessions in art, music, ceramics, chess, and acting to children in Pre-K through seventh grade. Experienced teachers and artists keep participants engaged and happy with activities ranging from hip-hop routines to chess strategies with a grandmaster to edible art projects.
“Our goal is to encourage creative expression, which is one of the building blocks of early childhood development,” says Ellen Schiff, director, School for the Arts. “Kids have fun and make friends, but they also learn new skills and exercise their imaginations.”
Sessions take place on December 26, 27, and 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids can attend one, two, or three sessions. Additional sessions will be held during winter recess (February 19-22) and spring recess (April 22-26).
The program takes place at the Gold Coast Arts Center, 113 Middle Neck Road in Great Neck, NY, 10021. Affordable tuition includes a nut-free snack and lunch (kosher meals are available upon request). Transportation is not provided.
For more information or to reserve a spot, please call 515-829-2570. You can also view the full course catalog at http://goldcoastarts.org/school-for-the-arts/vacationarts.
About the Gold Coast Arts Center
The Gold Coast Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. Located on the North Shore of Long Island, it has brought the arts to tens of thousands of people throughout the region for over 20 years. Among the Center’s offerings are its School for the Arts, which holds year-round classes in visual and performing arts for students of all ages and abilities; a free public art gallery; a concert and lecture series; film screenings and discussions; the annual Gold Coast International Film Festival; and initiatives that focus on senior citizens and underserved communities. These initiatives include artist residencies, after-school programs, school assemblies, teacher-training workshops and parent-child workshops. The Gold Coast Arts Center is an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Partners in Education program, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. More information can be found at www.goldcoastarts.org.
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Photos are courtesy of the Gold Coast Arts Center