Spring Break activities planned at Playscape

Local children play at the MAD Playscape in this July 2022 News-Times file photo.

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The Murphy Arts District will be hosting activities throughout Spring Break week at its Playscape, the nonprofit announced this week.

Starting next Monday, March 20, and continuing through Friday, March 24, MAD will host daily activities for children at the Playscape, 301 S. Hill St.

"It dawned on me this year that we've never done any sort of spring break activities at the Playscape. I know that parents and caregivers are always looking for something to do while the kids are out of school, so I figured we should jump on it," said MAD Marketing Coordinator Joanna Benson.

On Monday, former El Dorado Mayor Veronica Smith-Creer will kick things off at 11 a.m. with a story time, where she will read her book, "My Mimi is the Mayor."

At 3 p.m. Monday, the Union County Master Gardeners will lead children in a "build a butterfly house" workshop.

On Tuesday, March 21, Karla Nelson, former children's librarian at Barton Library, will host story time, reading "Secrets of the Apple Tree." At 3 p.m. that day, the South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society will help children dig for gems and fossils.

Liz Young, a graduate of Leadership Union County, will read "Otto the Otter & the Great Arkansas Mystery" at Wednesday's 11 a.m. story time session. At 3 p.m., Mike Means, an instructor at the South Arkansas Arts Center, will lead children in improvisation games.

On Thursday, Richard Dunlap, a volunteer with veterans organization Project SOUTH, will read "The Adventure of David and Papa" to children at 11 a.m. Means will return at 3 p.m. for more improv games.

Amy Smith, a counselor with the South Arkansas Children's Coalition,will ready "How Do Dinosaurs Stay Safe?" at 11 a.m. on Friday. HealthWorks instructors will arrive at the Playscape at 3 p.m. to lead children in "kids' yoga."

"We have so many community members and groups that are willing to share their time and partner with us for this event. I hope it's something we can continue to do year after year," Benson said.

Spring Break activities at MAD are free and open to the public. No registration is required, but parents and guardians are required to stay with their children during the activities at the Playscape; drop-offs are not allowed.

Also on the horizon is a community Easter egg hunt, scheduled for noon on Saturday, April 8, at the Playscape.

The Playscape is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting.

For more information, visit eldomad.com.