Summer Daze

Now that school’s out for summer and the kids are getting restless, numerous museums, parks, and businesses have decided to beef up their kid-friendly programming and provided parents with some fun, educational, and creative alternatives to shipping the youngin’s off to day camp.

• Throughout July, the Ty Warner Sea Center offers up “Amazing Crustaceans,” an interesting and informative hands-on exhibit of ocean creatures like lobsters, shrimps, and crabs. On Thursday, July 26, aquarist William Lambert will lead a special talk on these aquatic creepy crawlies from 7-8:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Call 9622526 x105 for reservations.

• Make your own muppet on Saturday, July 21, when Art From Scrap holds its all-ages art workshop titled Puppets from Another Planet. The crafting goes from 10 a.m.-noon and admission is $6. Children younger than five must be accompanied by an adult. Call 884-0459.

•The Cachuma Lake Nature Center will hold a free fishing tutorial for kids on Saturday, July 21. Noted Santa Barbara fishermen will do the schooling, and all participants will receive a bundle of fishing gear for their first day on the lake. Registration starts bright and early at 8:45 a.m. Call 693-0691.

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