Traverse City Events: Downtown Traverse City joins with the Grand Traverse Association for the Education of Young Children for the 19th Annual Celebration for Young Children on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Little ones and their families are invited to join the fun at this popular annual event, which promises a full slate of entertainment, exhibits and hands on activities at locations throughout Downtown Traverse City. Early childhood educators and various community organizations will host hands-on activity tables at City Opera House, 106 E. Front Street from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  ctivities will feature a range of learning activities and arts and crafts especially geared for preschoolers and early elementary age children. The State Theatre will feature Horton Hears a Who at 9:30 am.

Horizon Books will host the ever so popular, Wings of Wonder at 11 am in the lower level. The mission of Wings of Wonder is to educate the public about wildlife, conservation, ecology, and current environmental issues, with a focus on raptors. The charitable organization works on the rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned raptors with the goal of releasing healthy individuals back into the wild. Always a big hit with young children and adults, Wings of Wonder is increasing the over all knowledge of wildlife rehabilitation, regulations, and education methods through fieldwork, networking and research right here in Northern Michigan.

Several stores will be featuring children’s activities including Children’s World, Cold Stone Creamery, Diversions, Morsels Espresso & Edibles, and Sweet Pea. Enjoy a coloring contest and live kid’s music at Cherry Republic, coloring at Euro Stop, play doh at Harbor Wear, chalk art at Kilwins, and rocket balloons at Toy Harbor. Old Mission Traders will be offering the little ones an opportunity to build their own trail mix.

The Celebration for Young Children will be promoting the importance of art at an early age by featuring artwork created by our local youth in stores throughout Downtown. Almost 100 pieces of art will adorn the storefronts on Saturday, April 27.                  

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