GETTING THEIR HANDS DIRTY: Kids activities highlight Festival of the Arts first weekend

Hugo Trouba, 4, of Big Rapids, looks thrilled to be painting his name with his mother, Stephanie, at the Wee Wonders event on Saturday.

BIG RAPIDS — Kids activities took center stage at the annual Festival of the Arts in Big Rapids on Saturday.

Wee Wonders, a class for parents and young children to explore creative expression, took place Saturday morning at the Big Rapids Public Safety building. Kids used finger paints, glue sticks and a variety of materials to produce little masterpieces. The weekly event will continue for the next three Saturday mornings.

Artworks Kids, an event for slightly older children, took place at the same time at Artworks in Big Rapids. Kids used potter’s wheels, under the guidance of a pottery instructor, to make pots out of clay. Another Artworks Kids class is scheduled for Feb. 17.

Other Saturday events that happened include National Sew Day, Legos to Robots, Motion Meditation and Gold Company.

Aislinn Holstrom, 3, of Big Rapids, decided red, blue and yellow was the best way to produce a beautiful color Saturday at the Wee Wonders event.

Daniel Gerber, 8, of Grand Rapids, applies a rolling pin to some clay at the Artworks Kids event on Saturday.

Brantlee Pedelty, 4, of Paris, gets a little messy while painting his name at the Wee Wonders event on Saturday.

Mackira Hedman, 5, of Big Rapids, makes an art project with help from mom Angie at the Wee Wonders event on Saturday.

Instructor Margo Berke shows twin 7-year-old sisters Soumya, left, and Saloni Deshpande, of Big Rapids, how to use a potter’s wheel Saturday at the Artworks Kids event.

Maia Myers, 11, of Big Rapids, focuses intently on the potter’s wheel at the Artworks Kids event on Saturday.

Mom Brooklyn Routley, of Big Rapids, helps her daughter Bristol, 3, with a glue stick at the Wee Wonders event on Saturday.

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Posted by Tim Rath

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