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Something new for kids to try this summer: Arab Cultural Camp

​If you've still got openings in your kids' summer calendars, here's a unique opportunity:


Arab Cultural Camp, a comprehensive Arab arts program, has weeklong sessions in Redmond (Aug. 6-10) and Seattle (Aug. 20-24) for kids entering kindergarten through sixth grade.


The camp is described as a "cultural journey" that uses crafts, foods, games and more to introduce the culture, arts, language, science, creativity and beauty of the Arab world and its people. Kids are encouraged to use their imaginations and creativity and to actively share ideas with others.


Organizers Koloud "Kay" Tarapolsi and Rita Zawaideh say their goal is to to promote artistic risk-taking, inspire creativity, exercise imaginations and explore unique ways to share their Arab heritage.


Camp hours are 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., with before and after care available. Cost is $200 for the five-day session; $180 for additional kids in the same family. Lunch (optional) is $5 per day.  The Aug. 6-10 session will be held at Tarapolsi's Redmond studio; the Seattle session be at Salaam Cultural Museum.


Tarapolsi is a Libyan-American artist whose business and blog are called A Crafty Arab. She is active in many arts groups around the Puget Sound area, teaches art in local schools and community programs and facilitates Arabic-language storytimes for the Seattle Public Library and King County Library System.


Jordan-born Rita Zawaideh founded Salaam Cultural Museum in 1996 to share her Arab cultural artifacts and expertise and to promote understanding. More recently, her organization has been collecting and distributing humanitarian aid and coordinating medical missions to war-torn Syria and neighboring countries. She also offers educational tours of the Middle East and North Africa through her travel business, Caravan-Serai Tours.


The Redmond session of the camp is almost full; the Seattle session less so. More information about the camp can be found on the A Crafty Arab Facebook page or by emailing or

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