Multnomah Arts Center will host many activities for youngsters during Multnomah Days

CONNECTION FILE PHOTO - Kids will have a chance to draw and perform myriad art projects at the Kids Zone from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Multnomah Days.

The annual Multnomah Days Kids Zone event — scheduled this year from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Multnomah Arts Center and hosted by Portland Parks and Recreation — will allow kids to practice art and other creative activities, learn, have fun and develop skills. "It features free, family fun with awesome family activities for all ages," said Multnomah Arts Center Youth Arts Coordinator Aimé Kelly. "I'm always excited to see all of our friends and past participants that make this event special." Here are some of the activities that will take place throughout the event:

¦ At Village Homes Education Resource Center's station, kids will interact with craft stick harmonicas and craft stick catapults. ¦ Upper Westside Play Gym will offer balloon animals and beginner martial arts instruction and practice. This will be the gym's first year hosting these activities. Said Kelly, "I'm really excited to have them because it balances out the making side with physical expression." ¦ Portland Early Learning Project will showcase Spanishinfluenced music, stories and crafts. ¦ The Guild of Oregon Woodworkers will show youth and adults how to build birdhouses. Kelly said this was a very popular event last year. ¦ The Portland Police Department's Explosive Disposal Unit, motorcycle officers, the Special Emergency Reaction Team, the Neighborhood Response Team, cadets, the Forensic Evidence Division and the K-9 Division will all be on hand to host a photo booth and offer free ice cream. ¦ Youth artist and activist Meilan, who raises money for issues such as ending gun vio

lence, wildlife preservation, environmental protection and eliminating world hunger, will be working with bubble print. This will be her first year participating in the Kids Zone event. "I find her to be an inspiration," Kelly said, "at such a young age to have a passion to do outreach and generate funding through art so that she can give as much money as possible to deserving charities." ¦ The Sprout Academy at Southwest Community Center will offer environmentally focused crafts. To volunteer for this event, contact Kelly at or 503-823-2282.

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