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'Trip Around the World' offers international fun, learning for children



"Trip Around the World"
1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20
Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.
Preregister: 231-8650, ext. 4
Free, 3-6th grades

If you thought going around the world in 80 days was tough, try an hour and a half.

The Junior League of Oklahoma City's "Trip Around the World" is a learning experience that lets kids and their parents travel the globe without leaving town. Families will learn about the different cultures in Asia, Africa and Latin America 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave. The immersive event is geared to third through sixth-graders.

"The program is based off a curriculum from World Neighbors, and it is very enriching, stimulating, interesting and hands-on. Kids get to feel, sense and taste different cultures, and see how these different cultures are similar to theirs," said Matilda Clements, project manager of the Junior League of Oklahoma City.

Clements said children will listen to music, make crafts inspired by artifacts they feel and touch, and taste dishes that represent each region. Since the Junior League's mission is to promote literacy, children will be given books to keep after their weekend "journey."

The program is free, but space is limited. Preregister by calling 231-8650, ext. 4. "LeighAnne Manwarren

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