School-aged children, grades K-5, in Petoskey have a day off on Friday, February 13! The Crooked Tree Arts Center and Petoskey District Library are teaming up again to offer a day of activities, events and programming for area school students. Lunch supervision will be provided for those staying all day. Please pack a lunch for your child! This program is free and open to all school-aged children grades K – 5.
An Unaccompanied Child Release Form is required for all unaccompanied children participating in Kids Day Off. Download Unaccompanied Release Child Form.
Pre-registration is not required, but greatly appreciated! Please complete the information below.
The kids will begin the day at Crooked Tree Arts Center (9:00 AM – 1:00 PM) where they will experience works from Gallery Terakoya in Hikone City, Shiga prefecture, Japan in the Edith Gilbert Gallery.Included in the display are: traditional kimono, contemporary lacquerware and ceramic vessels. Some of the kimonos in this collection are 150 years old! They will also do an art activity and view the anime’ movie, “My Neighbor Totoro,” and eat their lunch.
At 1:00 pm, the children will move over to the Petoskey District Library where they will spend some time learning about the Asian game of Go and have the opportunity to play and experience the game.
Go is an ancient board game which takes simple elements: line and circle, black and white, stone and wood, combines them with simple rules and generates more possibilities than chess. Although still rather
obscure in the West, go is wildly popular in Asia, especially in China, Japan and Korea, where there are more than 100 million active players. Major tournament winners are international celebrities. With daily newspaper coverage, popular weekly and monthly go magazines, 24-hour “all-go-all-the-time” cable stations, go is an incomparably intense part of Asian culture, and its popularity is growing quickly in the West. You may find out more information at http://www.usgo.org/what-go.
Light refreshments will be provided and participants will be able to choose from several activities after giving Go a try, including:
- Viewing a Japanese anime’ movie called “Hikaru no Go, Vol 1. The Go Master’s Descent”, which has the game of Go involved in its story line
- Look at some items from Petoskey’s Japanese sister city, Makino (now incorporated into the larger city of Takashima) in Shiga Prefecture.
- Complete a Valentine’s craft using washi tape.
- Lunch supervision will be provided for those staying all day. Please pack a lunch for your child!
- This program is free and open to all school-aged children grades K – 5.
- An Unaccompanied Child Release Form is required for all unaccompanied children participating in Kids Day Off. Download Unaccompanied Release Child Form.
- Pre-registration is not required, but greatly appreciated! Register for Kids’ Day Off
The library will provide popcorn and punch or hot chocolate (depending upon the weather). Children may bring their favorite game/s to share, snack/s or soft drink in cans or plastic only. The event is free, but donations are happily accepted.
Future School’s Out! Game dates for the 2014/15 school year are: Friday, 3/27/15, Friday, 3/13/15 and Friday, 5/22.