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Early Bird campers spend the summer in theme week fun in Springville

FEED ME, SEYMORE — The campers fed deer at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, and made some new friends, along the way.

SPRINGVILLE — Early Bird day campers have spent their summer swimming at the Early Bird pool, bowling, hopping on the bus for field trips, dabbling in arts and crafts, playing in Wii™ tournaments, visiting the Springville spray park and the new Springville Youth Inc. playgrounds.

To kick off the season of themed weeks, the students visited Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, with the theme, “The Country Life’s for Me!” The following week, “Splash into Summer,” included a pool party at the Early Bird American Red Cross-certified aquatic center, which has been located at Early Bird’s main office, Pat Marcello’s home, for 35 years.

CLOWNING AROUND — A camper gets a brand new bod from Piccadilly the clown, during carnival week.

In the third week, the school-age actors and actresses got ready for “Oh My! It’s Showtime!” Early Bird conducted a theater workshop, in partnership with the Springville Center for the Arts.

Week four took the campers for “A Walk on the Wild Side,” as they visited the Buffalo Zoo. Early Bird donated money to the zoo campaign, to help keep the two polar bear tykes in the Buffalo facility.

SLEEPOVER SISTERS — A trio of campers show off their blanket fort, during the cozy campout pajama party.

“Carnival Week!” featured games, prizes, a magic show, a clown and a bounce house, followed by “Science on a Nature Walk” week, which took the campers on a trip to Beaver Meadow Audubon Center. This week ended with a campout pajama party, flashlight tag and indoor s’mores.

Early Bird day campers have had a busy summer, between trips to the Buffalo Zoo, visits from the circus and opportunities to feed deer and find new friends. Pictured, above: Early Bird day campers explore the rainforest at the zoo.

As the summer rolls along, campers will be “Having Fun Keeping Fit,” with a bus trip to Sprague Brook Park for field day activities. The “Life Is Sweet! See What’s Cookin’ at Early Bird” theme week will include an ice cream social, no-bake cookies, a luau and assembling an Early Bird cookbook.

Finally, the summer will culminate with a week of “Looking Back at Summer Days” with a trip to McDonalds and a cookout.

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The Early Bird summer programs have been part of Early Bird’s curriculum for 38 years. Children going into kindergarten through fifth grade may participate.

For more information, call 592-3868.


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