On a busy, action-packed Saturday, Nov. 18, parents and kids gathered in a quiet corner of the Badlands Community Facility to take part in Family Fun's annual clay bowl decorating party.
The event is a partnership between Family Fun, Cottonwood Clay Studio and Parent Link. Yvonne Markotic is with Parent Link and is a member of Cottonwood. She explained that the event is in its sixth year now.
"We have someone that makes the bowls for us," said Markotic. "The bowls are paid for by the Family Fun Committee. Cottonwood provides all the volunteers and the glazes and fires the pieces at no cost, and Parent Link provides the snack."
Children and parents were given instructions on how to decorate a clay bowl, and many of the children were shocked to learn their bowl would need to be heated to almost 2,000 degrees Celsius before they could eat from it.
"It's a free event. [At] Parent Link, any event we're involved with is free," elaborated Markotic. "And, Parent Link, the idea behind what we do is that parents are engaged with their kids and engaged with their kids, support their kids, and we support parents to be better parents and spend time with their kids."
More than thirty children registered for the event, but one or two was unable to attend the event on Saturday afternoon.
"If kids make a bowl, then we say that next year, those spots will be left for kids who haven't made a bowl, so everybody in the community will have a chance to do this activity if they want to do it. We're always full, and this year we didn't have a waiting list -- which is great! -- so everybody got to do it."
The clay bowl event is held annually in the fall. Next up for Parent Link is a sleep clinic for parents on Wednesday over the lunch hour. Childcare is provided, but registration is required.