The Bankhead House and Heritage Center has two kid-friendly events coming up this weekend.On Friday, children are invited to put on their pajamas and come to the amphitheater for an evening of songs …
The Bankhead House and Heritage Center has two kid-friendly events coming up this weekend.
On Friday, children are invited to put on their pajamas and come to the amphitheater for an evening of songs and stories.
The event was rescheduled from April 6 due to rain.
"Lullabies and Cutie Pies" will feature storytelling by Billie Seales and Sonya Webb beginning at 6:30 p.m.
At 7:30 p.m. local performers will sing lullabies and read from children's books.
The free event, which is being sponsored by Baby Talk and the Walker Area Community Foundation, should be enjoyable for children up to 10 years old.
The event will also feature a free book giveaway for children 10 and under, sponsored by Baby Talk and the Literacy Council of Central Alabama.
"Lullaby concerts are something that the Baby Talk program does in Illinois, and we used to do them here at Bevill (State Community College), but it's been a while. We thought the Bankhead House was a great place to get it started back," said Donna Kilgore, executive director of the Jasper Area Family Services Center.
WACF, which operates the Bankhead House, has hosted several family movie nights, as well as an annual concert series in the amphitheater.
"The Walker Area Community Foundation has long been a staunch advocate for early childhood education and the arts," WACF President Paul Kennedy said prior to the event's original April 6 date. "When Donna Kilgore from the Jasper Area Family Services Center came to us with the idea for an event for our early learners in the amphitheater, we thought it was a great idea."
Baby Talk is a parent advocacy program that seeks to positively impact child development and to nurture healthy parent-child relationships during the critical early years.
The program provides literature to parents on activities and information on basic development during the first three years of life. It also distributes books, publishes a newsletter and provides hospital visits.
Locally, the program is housed at the Jasper Area Family Services Center, which is in the process of moving from its location on Delaware Avenue to the former site of West Jasper Elementary School. For more information, call 302-0801 or visit www.jafsc.org.
On Saturday, "Wonder" will be showing in the Bankhead House amphitheater at 8 p.m.
The 2017 film is based on a New York Times bestselling book and tells the story of August Pullman, a boy born with a rare medical facial deformity.
The film stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay.
Both events are free and open to the public.