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Pre-school children met ARTie the 2018 Whyalla uneARTh mascot yesterday with today's sessions at 10.30am and 2pm following the same theme.

The kids at Story Time unearthed ARTie the 2018 Whyalla uneARTh Festival mascot yesterday.

Whyalla uneARTh Festival organising committee member Deb Hughes (pictured) went down to join Story Time at the Whyalla Public Library and showed the kids how ARTie can be made out of balloons.

storytimeThe pre-school kids found out who ARTie the dog mascot is and got a taste of the festival vibe that will include plenty to do for kids on March 30-31 at Ada Ryan Gardens.

The kids found out about acts and activities like the Whyalla Ballet, D’faces, the Ticklish Allsorts, Mr Spin, the Colour Run, Time in Space circus act, the Whyalla Players workshop, Mel and Me, Emily Rawlings’ percussion workshop and Namaste Bollywood workshop. All of these will be at the Whyalla uneARTh Festival which is free to enter.

Yesterday, the pre-schoolers also celebrated with ARTie by making their very own very, very, very long dogs (there were some short ones too), in a variety of colours and patterns.  Most of them even had concertina tummies so they could shrink and grow.

Many grabbed one of the ARTie colouring-in competition sheets available in the craft room too. There are cinema passes to be won in this competition and all entries are being displayed in the foyer at the Middleback Arts Centre.

To add to the festival spirit, the kids sang and danced to “if you’re happy and you know it”, Hokey Pokey and Open Shut them before sharing one of ARTie’s favourite stories, the one called “The very very very long dog”.

Story time will follow the same Whyalla uneARTh Festival theme today (Thursday, March 15) with two sessions, 10.30am and 2pm, at the Whyalla Public Library on Ekblom Street.

There is no need to book for these sessions, just turn up with a few minutes to spare. For information on any of these programs, call the library on 8645 7891.

Pre-School Story Time is a program for 2-5-year-olds to share stories, songs and craft activities at the library. Parents are caregivers are welcome to assist as their child develops a love of books and participates in fun activities in the supportive environment of the library.

Each week there is a different theme for the story and the activity and sometimes special visitors.

The sessions last about 45 minutes and they are held during the school terms on Wednesday and Thursday at 10.30am and also 2pm on Thursday.

There is also a toy library at the far end of the children’s library for those that want to stay on a bit longer. There is a wide range of toys, games, musical instruments and kits catering for the early learning, recreational and development needs of pre-school children. You can also borrow two items for two weeks.

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