Cristian Morales, 8, plays carpet ball at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig on Tuesday during spring break. Children learned about the culture and lifestyles of others around the world with a different country theme each day. Tuesday’s country was Japan. Kids had the opportunity to participate in Japanese tag and origami lessons, among other activities.

Photo by Darian Warden

Cristian Morales, 8, plays carpet ball at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig on Tuesday during spring break. Children learned about the culture and lifestyles of others around the world with a different country theme each day. Tuesday’s country was Japan. Kids had the opportunity to participate in Japanese tag and origami lessons, among other activities.

Kids travel the world during spring break at Boys & Girls Club of Craig

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Cristian Morales, 8, throws a ball while playing carpet ball Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig as Lael Conner, 10, and Jack Carson, 6, watch.

— The Boys & Girls Club of Craig took a trip around the world during spring break, visiting places such as Mexico, Japan, Antarctica and Africa.

Kids learned about the culture and lifestyles of others around the world with a different country theme each day during the Moffat County School District’s spring break. Boys & Girls Club members participated in origami lessons and Japanese tag the day they studied Japan, and a taco-eating contest, piñata making and soccer the day they studied Mexico.

For Antarctica, kids participated in glacier jumping and creating their own snow cone flavor, while their African adventures included drums and a safari.

Kim Maneotis, the Craig club’s unit director, said the themes gave kids the opportunity to experience a culture they’re not familiar with.

“It’s showing them there’s a world beyond Highway 40,” Maneotis said. “It creates teachable moments we can expand on.”

The club was open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday during spring break, offering stimulating activity for kids whose parents still had to work. Executive Director Dana Duran said the club had about 75 kids each day during spring break, down from the typical 130 kids the club averages during regular school weeks.

Maneotis said fewer kids means more personal attention and longer activities.

“These kids deserve a spring break that keeps their minds and bodies active,” Maneotis said. “It’s amazing their thirst for knowledge.”

Happy to help kids and families, Duran said it costs only $1 an hour for a child to be at the Boys & Girls Club. Scholarships also are available for some children.

Duran said families were invited to come out and play with their kids at the club anytime during the week.

“I think the themes are really fun,” Duran said. “It keeps the kids and staff engaged.”

Darian Warden can be reached at 875-1793 or dwarden@craigdailypress.com

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