PARKERSBURG - The Parkersburg Art Center will host "Art-o-Rama," a free day for kids and parents, Saturday at the art center in downtown Parkersburg.
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Eighth and Market streets.
Jessie Siefert, education director at the art center, said the annual event used to be called "MayDay" and took place the first Sunday in May.
Elizabeth Ludwig, 4, daughter of Daniel and Lisa Ludwig of Elizabeth, works on a project during the March 8 “Arty Party” at the Parkersburg Art Center. A free program called “Art-o-Rama” will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the art center at Eighth and Market streets for children and their parents.
"Now that we're having it in March, we had to come up with a new name and 'Art-o-Rama' is a good description of the great variety of activities we'll have for families to enjoy," Siefert said.
The art center will be divided into "Creation Stations," which include activities like painting, printing, sculpting, weaving and face painting. Kids can try out dance and movement, with the Schrader Youth Ballet, join a drum circle with Mary Mary Gonot or see unusual animals, brought by the Ohio Valley Wildlife Refuge.
"All the Creation Stations are interactive, and most feature 'make-it-and-take-it' projects the kids can take home," Siefert said.
Art center director Abby Hayhurst said Saturday also will be the last day of the art center's Smithsonian Institution "Hometown Teams" exhibit.
"This is a great chance to see a show that is fun and interesting for all ages," she said. The exhibit will be open free of charge, along with the rest of the Art-o-Rama events.
The Saturday event kicks off the sign-up period for the art center's Summer Camp Creativity. People who sign up their kids for a week or two weeks of the camp program at Art-o-Rama will get $5 off the price of the camp, Hayhurst said. This Saturday is the only time a discount will be offered, she said.
"Don't worry about lunch that day. We'll be selling snacks, hot dogs and such, in case the young artists need fuel," Hayhurst said. "Our board members are taking charge of the concessions and hosting a tailgate party in the ballroom. The ballroom is where kids can enter a drawing to win a free week of Camp Creativity."
The free art day for families at the art center is made possible by a grant from the Virginia Neptune Foundation. More information is available at www.parkersburgartcenter.org.