Summer Art Camp file

Linda Matheson goes from table to table giving participants a closer look of coloring techniques during the 2017 Summer Art Camp at the Center for Arts and Sciences in Clute.

CLUTE — With families about to have school-aged children with a large amount of free time, the Center for the Arts and Sciences is ready to fill it with a variety of classes to keep children engaged.

Open registration for the annual Summer at the Center program begins Wednesday. Center members have been able to register exclusively through today for the program, which is underwritten by The Facts.

“The classes are extremely popular because they are a lot of fun,” said Patty Sayes, the center’s director of communications.

Center Stages, the Brazosport Art League, BASF Planetarium and Brazosport Museum of Natural Science all offer activities through Summer at the Center, with the first starting June 3. All activities will be at the center, 400 College Blvd. in Clute.

Center Stages’ Gerrard Teen Guild workshop will provide 12- to 18-year-olds an intensive two-week drama workshop culminating in a performance. From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily starting June 3, participants will audition, build sets, make costumes and collect and make props for their production. The fee is $175.

The BASF Planetarium’s one-week Exploring the Sciences workshop starts the same day. Children ages 6 to 9 will attend in the morning while those 10 to 12 come in the afternoon.

The program is an assortment of science activities for children, Planetarium Director Judi James said.

“There will be a planetarium show that they do on the last day,” she said. “It should be a fun thing for kids to do.”

The fee is $50 for planetarium members and $55 for nonmembers, and each session is limited to 15 participants.

The Brazosport Art League joins the program the week of June 10 with its Summer Art Camp. The week-long program hosts first- through third-graders from 9 to 11 a.m. daily, and fourth- through sixth-graders from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $45 for league members and $50 for nonmembers, and the program will be repeated the week of July 8.

“The summer art camp is just fabulous and very fun,” Sayes said. “The children are actually getting to work with artists. They really get to create some amazing things.

“Mondays at the Museum” kick off the same week. These are special days for 4- to 6-year-olds to come to the science museum and learn about the world around them through stories and crafts. “Is it a big if it crawls” will be presented June 10; “Is it a bird if it flies” will be on June 17; and “Is it a fish if it swims” follows June 24.

Each session is limited to 20 participants. The fee is $7 for museum members and $10 for nonmembers, and participants can receive a Summer at the Center tote bag for an additional $5.

Younger aspiring thespians get their opportunity when the Children’s Musical Theater Workshop for 7- to 12-year-olds arrives. Separate six-day sessions will begin June 17 and June 24 and include singing, acting, choreography and theater art culminating in presentation of a musical to final afternoon.

The Children’s Drama Workshop for 7- to 15-year-olds also will be separate six-day sessions starting July 22 and July 29. Likewise, this total theater experience culminates with a performance by the children on to final day.

Center Stages members can register for either of the theater programs for $120, while nonmembers will pay $135. A limited number of participants will be accepted for each.

To register for a Summer at the Center workshop, visit or call 979-265-7661.

Connor Behrens is a reporter at The Facts. You can contact him at 979-237-0150.

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