By Jessi Myers
Kids activities are back at the Clear Lake Farmers Market for the 2021 season. As in years past, a variety of activities and crafts will be offered throughout the season. The activities appeal to a variety of ages and interests. POP Kids Club has expanded to join the Clear Lake Farmers Market as well. Encourage your children to engage in their local food system in a fun and interactive way. POP stands for Power of Produce!
ISU extension will be bringing the Conservation Station to market on September 18th. According to the Iowa Living Farms website, “Iowa Learning Farms partners with Water Rocks! to bring audiences the
Conservation Stations—a fleet of mobile learning centers that educate audiences of all ages on different conservation aspects. Each trailer houses a unique combination of highly visual and interactive Iowa-centric demonstrations that delve into the impacts of land management choices, both urban and agricultural, on water quality and the connections between our state’s water, soil, and wildlife.”
Tools of the Trade is our newest addition to the kids activity line up. Local professionals and organizations volunteer their time to bring the tools they use to do their work, for kids to interact with and ask questions about. We have visits planned this season from the Clear Lake Fire Department, the instrument petting zoo by the Surf Ballroom Education program, Pro 243 Construction, Hejna Racing, and many more.
MAKE at Market, a crowd favorite, will be returning mid-season. MAKE is a mobile maker space complete with tools, crafting supplies, and recycled and upcycled materials all available for use in kids’ creative ventures. Kids are encouraged to use a combination of the materials to create their vision. The activity offers an opportunity for kids to imagine, design, create, build and learn in a safe environment. Parental supervision is required for this activity and safety glasses are provided and required when using hand tools.
If you are interested in sponsoring an activity, or donating materials or time by volunteering please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always looking for recycled materials, wood scraps, and remnant crafting materials for the activities and MAKE.