There are several excellent one time events for children in the area: Natchez Little Theater's Summer Workshop, Natchez Festival of Music's Education Program, Conner Burn's Kids Clay Camp, Natchez Needle Arts classes for children, the Armstrong Library's Summer Library Program, etc. But these activities are mainly directed at children who live here. What can we do for visiting tourist children and their families?
We need most regular Natchez events to include a segment for children, like the Balloon Festival does. I know my grandchildren will always be visiting me on the weekend of the Balloon Festival, because there's something fun to do for children and adults. That's undoubtedly one reason why it's such a big success.
However, we are in desparate need of ongoing activities for children. We brainstormed some ideas, but we need your input, too. And let us know of any activities that we might not be aware of.
- Wouldn't it be nice if the antebellum homes that are open all year round would have ongoing programs for children? They could provide storytelling in period costume - or have a interpreted display of how children lived in antebellum days.
- Some venues would be appropriate for a scavenger hunt where children must find certain items to earn a prize.
- What about a cooking demonstration for kids on weekends at a caterer or restaurant?
- Or some of the artists in town could do quickie lessons for children on the weekend.
- Wouldn't it be popular to offer father/son (or mother/daughter) fishing or hunting trips?
- We definitely need boat rides on the river which would attract the whole family.
- Maybe it's time for another putt-putt golf course.
Of course, there's my all time favorite fantasy - a children's museum. However, I realized we don't have to have the whole thing. For example, click on the Kidspace Children's Museum in Pasadena, California. There are tons of exhibits there, many of which are outside. We could take just one of their exhibits and bring it here, and it would be a huge success. Any entrepreneurs out there interested in this?
Okay, let's have some comments on this. Together we can make Natchez a child friendly town!