With temperature in the 70s and many hands-on ways to make animals offered, the more than 200 children gathered in Hannibal's Central Park on Saturday, Aug. 5, were busy all morning.

With temperature in the 70s and many hands-on ways to make animals offered, the more than 200 children gathered in Hannibal's Central Park on Saturday, Aug. 5, were busy all morning.

Animal Planet was the theme for the Hannibal Arts Council's annual free Wild and Wacky Art Adventure for children ages 3 to 12.

“We had just over 200 kids register, and they were accompanied by 150 adults, so 350 total people attended today,” said HAC Executive Director Michael Gaines.

“We were so happy to have a year with mild temperatures, which made it pleasant for families to leisurely go around the event to create their projects,” Gaines added.

“It is so nice to see new faces and also families, which make it a tradition to participate. We are now seeing grandparents bringing their grandchildren. These same people used to bring their kids. Wild and Wacky has been around long enough for the tradition to carry on to a new generation of kids.” 

In addition to learning to make clay turtles and origami paper snakes, the youngsters painted or cut out many more animals.

They enjoyed painting their T-shirts and painting a large cardboard box house. They also learned to do children's yoga.

“Many people comment about how the event is free,” Gaines said. “HAC has a large group of sponsors who basically give enough to purchase all the supplies, plus our children's committee is very resourceful in finding donated supplies as well. This allows us to continue the event at no charge to anyone. We want anyone who wishes to attend to have no barriers.”

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Reach reporter Bev Darr at bev.darr@courierpost.com.