Arty Girl: Sizzlin' Summer Saturday at the Heard

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Are your kids totally bored with summer now? I remember that feeling of actually wanting to go back to school. It was too hot to play outside, games of "The Little Mermaid" in the pool had lost their charm and I was sick of playing Nintendo.

You really couldn't pay me enough to go back. But, then again, my single mom of four kids (who took Grad school classes in the summers, God Bless her) was way too frazzled to take us to cool kid events like Sizzlin' Summer Saturdays at the Heard.

Tomorrow, the free kids event is called "Plant It" and will focus on activities that revolve around plants, flowers, food and all good things that come from the soil.

Your little ones will get to make scratched leaf patterns, flower rubbings, a foam candy corn bead necklace, tissue paper plants and paint a corn cob pin. Kids can also play a round of the "Grand Canyon Adventure Game" with its creator, Brauns Black. There will be Hopi dance performances by the Hopi Dance Group as well as an authentic Navajo basket weaving demonstration by Christopher Black.

And the best part is, once your kids are busy with their little activities, you (and any other grown-up you bring along) get to poke around in the Heard museum, free of charge.

Then, on Sunday, you get to go back to hearing the whiny complaints of boredom by your kids. Gotta love summer.

The August 1st Sizzlin' Summer Saturday (sponsored by Target stores) is from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave in Phoenix, 602-252-8848, www.heard.org/Sizzlin'.

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