July Things To Do

By Angie Barmer

Now that July is here, there is a whole month of activities for kids to be involved in around town.

From 8:30 a.m. to noon, July 7-11,children ages 6-12 will be participating in Healthy Kids Camp at the Baptist HealthPlex.

Children will learn about swimming, nutrition, first aid, fire safety, and there will be water slides, inflatables, and fitness activities by the Performing Arts Center.

Baptist HealthPlex is located at 121 Fairfield Drive in New Albany. For more information, call 662-534-7871.

For the fourth consecutive year, children and adults with disabilities have a summer camp that’s all about them and their abilities. This camp is called Camp SMILES. Camp SMILES will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, July 8-11 at the First United Methodist Church in New Albany. This will be the first year that adults with disabilities are able to participate in the camp as well.

Each day, there will be camp activities.

On Tuesday, a sensory camp bottle will be made. This will be an activity in which items from nature will be put in a bottle filled with rice. On Wednesday, campers will dip their hands in paint and will make a fiery handprint on paper. On Thursday, a camping lantern will be made. And, on Friday, campers will make night stars sensory mats.

The camp is free and the deadline to register is July 5.

To sign up, visit the Camp SMILES Facebook page and fill out the form and email it to Bailey King at baileyking@att.net.

From July 14-19, the Union County Fair will be taking place at the Union County Fairgrounds. Throughout every day of the fair, there will be a 4-H barnyard and free petting zoo, courtesy of Union County 4-H and Farm Bureau. There will also be adult exhibits on display in the Ladies building.

At 6 p.m. on July 15, girls and young women ages 9-21 will compete in the Miss Union County Fair. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 16, senior day activities will be held in the Ladies building. At 6 p.m. on July 17, boys ages 3-4 and girls ages 3-8 will compete in the Little Miss and Mr. Union County Fair. From 7-9 p.m. on July 18, an archery contest will be held. On July 18 and 19, Magic Mr. Nick will perform. There are lots of activities going on July 19. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be a Kids’ Korner with free snacks and free inflatables, courtesy of BNA Bank. Starting at 3 p.m. on July 19, the watermelon eating contest will be held. At 5 p.m., the pet show will be held. At 6 p.m., three events will be taking place – the barnyard scramble, the Mid-South Fair Preliminary Youth Talent Show, and ages 0-2 will compete in the Tiny Miss and Mr. Union County Fair. At 7 p.m., the Ranch Rodeo will be held.

For more information, visit www.unioncountyfair.com or call 662-534-1916.

In July, there is a series of folk art classes that are sponsored by the Tallahatchie Arts Council and are being held at The Art House, located at 205 Highland Street. These classes are free to youth and adults.

There will be a quilt square workshop; the time and date have yet to be announced. At 9 a.m. on July 19 there will be a welding workshop. On July 21 and 22 there will be a lamp-making workshop. On Aug. 2, there will be a mixed media sculpture workshop.

Sign up is held at the Union County Heritage Museum, located at 114 Cleveland Street, or by calling 662-538-0014.

From 9 a.m. to noon July 21-25 will be the Museum Madness Summer Discovery Camp at the Union County Heritage Museum. Museum Madness is for children ages incoming 2nd grade to incoming 5th grade is July 21 -25.

Campers will engage in many activities throughout the week. They will experience southern literature through art, they will practice their painting skills, they will make a collage, they will learn about science, and participate in a drum circle.

The cost of the camp is $10 per day for members of the Union County Historical Society and $14 for non-members.  Campers who sign up for the entire week will get a free t-shirt.  Otherwise the shirts will cost $10.  The New Albany Junior Auxiliary will assist the week with snacks and hands-on help.

To reserve your child’s place, call the museum today at 662-538-0014 or email jill@ucheritagemuseum.com. Each class is limited to 25 students.

Also during July 21-25 is the first ever Career and Technical Education Summer Camp.

This camp will feature a variety of educational activities that showcase the various disciplines that can be taken at the school when students reach high school age.

The camp will be held from 9-11:30a.m. July 21-25 at the New Albany School of Career and Technical Education. Snacks will be provided each day. Participants must be incoming first to fifth graders.

There will be at least five different group activities throughout the course of the week.

There will be activities about nutrition, early childhood care, digital graphic design, coloring, drawing, designing posters and magazine covers, robotic competitions and activities, CPR and first aid, and more.

At 10:30 a.m. on July 25, parents are invited to come and see what the participants have been working on throughout the week.

The cost of the camp is $40. For more information, contact John Ferrell at 662-534-1810 or via email at jferrell@newalbany.k12.ms.us.

Throughout the summer, the BNA Bank Spray Park is open this summer until Labor Day. The hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday. The spray park can be reserved for private parties from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 2-3:30 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $4 per child. The spray park is limited to 40 children per session. Each session is two hours.