Soccer, baseball, lacrosse, football, cheerleading — the opportunities for young Westport athletes are many, and overwhelming. Your kid may participate in all of the above, perhaps simultaneously.
But what about the non-jocks?
On Saturday, March 19 (12:30-4 p.m.), Minds in Motion takes over Bedford Middle School. Goodbye, Mark Sanchez. Hello, Mark Zuckerberg!
The event — for kindergartners through 8th graders who are classroom studs — is hosted by the Connecticut Association for the Gifted. It’s a fun day of fast-paced, high-interest, hands-on workshops. Kids who love to learn new things get their hands dirty, doing very exciting experiments and programs.
And no, they don’t have to be technically labeled “gifted” to go. “Curious” is cool.
One 11-year-old still talks about an experience from last year. An Audubon Society expert shared secrets about owls’ nocturnal habits — and showed the youngsters how to dissect their (the owls’) pellets.
This year, an educator from the Eli Whitney Museum will teach kids how to build their own “Vibrocraft” (a vehicle that runs on a vibrating motor).
There are also be sessions on everything from black holes, Italian cooking, Mandarin and zoology to the basic techniques of playing guitar, keyboards or drums, and singing in a rock band (courtesy of School of Rock).
Arcade Fire, look out!
(Minds in Motion is open to youngsters throughout Fairfield County. There are also workshops and addresses for parents and teachers. Registration — $30 for CAG members, $40 for non-members — is first-come first-served, at www.ctgifted.org. For more information, email MIMWestport@ctgifted.org, or call 203-227-1516.)