Fun Filled Holiday Hiatus
The first week of 2019 proved to be an eventful one for Cameron area youth. During the Public-School holiday, the Cameron Public Library and YMCA were host to activities designed to keep children engaged and active.
On Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3 the Cameron Regional YMCA offered $1 skating plus a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Cameron Food Pantry. Over 70 children showed up to each day of the event. This is the third year the YMCA has held the $1 skate and according to Director Mary Jo Eiberger, it is always a hit. “It gives kids something to do. Gets them out the house and keeps them active”.
On Thursday, January 3, the Library held their Maker Space event. Children K-3 were encouraged to explore and create in a series of ways. A perler bead station had children counting and using fine motor skills to create magnets, keychains, and necklaces by following templated designs or branching into their own creative concoctions. A mosaic station encouraged pattern recognition and replication. Hex bugs were a hit as an elaborate labyrinth was designed by one enterprising young engineer before he let loose a series of robotic bugs that looked very much like crickets. The robot coding mice had many children engaged. They were able to build a platform and maze for a robot mouse to run through to get a piece of cheese. The mouse was programed to perform a series of movements in order to navigate its way to the cheese. Children also programmed Ozbots using markers and predefined color patterns. The child was able to draw a path or series of paths and replicate the color patterns to direct the robot to the desired location or perform select tricks like spinning, turning around, slowing down, speeding up or making a zig-zag. Most importantly it was a place for children to learn by doing.
On Friday, January 4, about 100 parents and children converged upon the YMCA’s (Y) Tyrell Theatre for a free showing of Incredibles 2. The event was sponsored by the First Baptist Church (FBC) in Cameron who even provided movie goers with a free drink. According to FBC Children’s Pastor Scott Hill, this is the first time the church has worked with the Y and he had nothing but praise for the organization stating that, “they are a great partner”. The purpose of the event was to bring families together and enjoy a good movie. Organizers were ecstatic that so many people showed up and hope to do something like this again soon.
On Saturday, January 5, roughly 30 fancy little ladies gathered together for a Mighty Girl Tea Party at the Cameron Public Library. Attendees shared cookies, muffins, and cupcakes while sampling a variety of teas. There were four special guests in attendance: Jenna Buhman a local author and former teacher who write under the pen name Jenna St. James, Morgan Scott with the Cameron Food Pantry, Angela Ormsby the Principal at Parkview Elementary, and Jaimie Pfeifer an Optometrist with Murphy Watson Burr. The young ladies were very excited about their guests and enthusiastically asked questions about their professions while guests in turn asked about the girls’ hobbies and interest. To encourage conversation craft sticks were present with various questions written on them to prompt the shyer attendees. This is the second time the library has held the tea party and Children’s Program Director, Jennifer Ensign is very pleased with its success and the confidence it seems to infuse into the girls. The activities at the Library were supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.