The Ken-Ton YMCA is offering programming for preschoolers during February break (Feb. 17-21). Staffers will keep children engaged in fun and engaging classes, such as "Little Chef's," "Crafty Critters," "Messy Play," "Princess Power" and "Ahoy Mate's." All classes are geared for children ages 3-6 years old, and run from 9-11:30 a.m. The cost is $12 for YMCA members or $15 per day for program members.
•'Little Chef's' (Feb. 17 and 21): Kids love food. Even more, they love to help make it. This class features simple and healthy recipes that can be prepared easily by children ages 2-5. In addition, the kids learn valuable skills, including healthy food habits, mathematics, following directions and cooperation - plus they get to eat the yummy treats they prepare.
•'Crafty Critters' (Feb. 18): Does your little one love to make fun projects and explore with arts and crafts? Then this class is perfect for them. Enroll your child in "Crafty Critters," and they will enjoy creating a wide variety of crafts using paint, clay, recycled materials and more. Your child will enjoy making little treasures to take home, as well as making fun, handmade gifts for others.
•'Messy Play' (Feb. 19): Your little ones will enjoy getting messy with finger paints, pudding, edible play dough, and watercolors - and you won't have to worry about your furniture. Old clothes or an art smock is encouraged. Parent participation is optional.
•'Princess Power' (Feb. 20): Calling all princesses: Join us to make tiaras, wands, jewelry and more. Wear your best princess dress and join in a party with new friends at the end of the day.
•'Ahoy Mate's' (Feb. 20): Ahoy mateys! Prepare for a pirate adventure as you search for hidden treasures, and embark on an unforgettable journey. Children will discover the pirate in them through age-appropriate crafts and activities that are sure to bring new swashbuckling adventures that day. Grab your pirate hat and hop aboard as the Y sails through imagination.
For more information or to register, contact the Ken-Ton YMCA at 716-874-5051 or stop down to the branch at 535 Belmont Ave., Kenmore.
Locally founded in 1852, YMCA Buffalo Niagara is an inclusive association of people committed to a common effort to help individuals and families reach their fullest potential in terms of spirit, mind and body. The YMCA's focus on health and wellness is reflected in the variety of programs offered for all ages and abilities.
For more information, visit www.ymcabuffaloniagara.org.