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June 9, 2013

Andra Bryan Stefanoni: Your car may get a workout, but there is plenty for kids to do this summer in Pittsburg

PITTSBURG, Kan. — My husband and I both put in the miles for our jobs, and my car especially gets a workout from August through May as I drive my sons to and from school.

The first day of summer vacation, I naively calculated how much gas I would be saving by not driving those extra school drop-off and pickup routes — about 12 miles’ worth a day, or 60 miles a week.

The third day of summer vacation, I laughed at my idiocy. I realized that I will be all over town with basketball camp, trips to children’s programs at the Pittsburg Public Library and the Jr. Starz Children’s Theater Workshop.

Maybe my father-in-law, Bob, the area’s best auto body man, will agree to spray-paint my car taxicab yellow. (Loyal reader Don Johnson, of Frontenac, who often corresponds, said that if he does, to let him know and he’ll call me when he needs a ride to Pittsburg. If that’s the case, Don, I’ll be installing a meter.)

Seriously, truth be told, I wouldn’t trade these days for anything. It’s paying it forward from the days my mom did the same for me, and I’m glad to live in a town with such activities.

If you’re wondering what you can do with your kids this summer — much of it free — here’s a taste of what’s coming up.


Several fun and educational activities are slated at the Pittsburg library, including story time sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and programming for youths ages 7 to 11 on Thursdays.

This Thursday, the 7-to-11 program will be “We Dig Art: Paint a Masterpiece,” either at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. My boys do this each year, and it has become a favorite. Each child is given a blank tile and asked to paint one small portion of a larger work, which then is displayed at the library.

At 1 p.m. on June 20, there will be a magic show, and at 1 p.m. on June 21, Rosie Cutrer, professional storyteller, singer and songwriter, will perform. At 1 p.m. on June 27, the Sedgwick County Zoo Reach program will present a live-animal program.

Reference and adult services librarian Carol Ann Robb wanted me to be sure to include that adults can have fun, too, by signing up to read or listen to six books by Aug. 10. Those who do will receive a bookmark and will be entered into a grand prize drawing; turn in multiple reading logs, and you’ll have a better chance at the grand prize.

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