Spring weather is finally here. And it’s just in time, because we have so many things going on in Appanoose County, and we are going to need some good weather to go along.
School will be getting out soon. That means kids will be looking for something to do. We are fortunate to have some excellent resources for families here in Appanoose County.
The Appanoose County Historical Society has activities slated for Iowa Museum week which begins on June 9. Tours of Appanoose County Museums are planned including Moulton, Exline, Moravia and Plano, as well as the Historical Museum, Old Jail and Sheriff’s Residence in Centerville.
The Appanoose County Conservation Board has all sorts of activities throughout the year and even more during the summer months. There are family activities and camps and programs aimed specifically at kids. There are day camps beginning in June.
The Children’s Arts Festival, scheduled for June 29, is in its eighth year. The event celebrates our children’s artistic abilities. Artwork from southern Iowa’s children is displayed. Band, choral and dance ensembles will perform all day in the Centerville Band Shell. Participatory events include painting the mural and visiting the craft tent where children can build a sculpture or make jewelry. Jumping tents, trolley rides and hot dogs and lemonade all contribute to make it a festive occasion. The event concludes with a Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” featuring local children. Tryouts for the production will be on July 24 at 10 a.m. This is a great event because everybody gets a part and has the opportunity to work with a professional children’s theatre.
The Rathbun Area YMCA is also planning a full schedule of not only youth sports but also camps and other activities to keep kids active. There are also a number of adult programs being added this summer.
The Drake Avenue Public Library is also an excellent resource for activities. They have numerous weekly events and a summer reading program to keep kids reading and entertained.
Honey Creek Resort offers daily educational activities for the entire family. The staff at Honey Creek continues to do an excellent job of creating new ways to interact with nature.
Where can you find out more details about all of these activities? Check out the Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce’s website, www.centervilleia.com. If you would like to add activities to the website, click on the “submit an event” button.
With all of these activities and events available to us this summer, there is no reason for anyone to be bored. There’s really only one problem: How will you fit it all in?
Centerville Chamber of Commerce, 128 N. 12th St., Centerville, 641-437-4102, www.centervilleia.com.