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Kids enter 'bat cave' at Medina County, thanks to Medina County Park District

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    Janelle Soja, of Medina, helps 5-year-old Brighton Soja, left, and 2-year-old Clint Soja make kites out of paper bats.

    ALYSSA ALFANO / GAZETTE

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    Aiden Lowe, 6, of Medina, throws bean bags at a cornhole board that was decorated to look like a bat cave.

    ALYSSA ALFANO / GAZETTE

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Aiden Lowe, 6, of Medina, throws bean bags at a cornhole board that was decorated to look like a bat cave.

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BRUNSWICK — Kids crawled into a “bat cave” as they learned about the winged creatures through arts and crafts Friday.

Janelle Soja, of Medina, brought 5-year-old Brighton and 2-year-old Clint. She found out about the event from the Medina County Park District and thought it would be an event that her sons would take interest in.

Mallory Klein, intern for the Medina County Park District, helped run the “All about Bats” program at the Susan Hambley Nature Center.

“So, we’ve got one craft today,” said Klein, 20. “Kids can make a bat kite. They can color it in however they want. They can use straws and strings and ribbons to run around and make it fly.”

The first group of kids at the event spent a lot of time at the craft table carefully putting together and decorating their kites with their parents’ help.

Klein did much of the decorations, facts and activities in preparation for this first bats program. She decorated a cornhole board to look like a bat cave and set up a fort, also meant to resemble a bat cave, for kids to crawl into.

She also repurposed a moth display from a previous program to show the kinds of things, such as moths and berries, that certain species of bats eat.

There also were a few fact boards where older kids could read about different types of bats and then be quizzed.

“We’ve also got an artifact table, too, just for people to learn about (bats),” Klein said.

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or aalfano@medina-gazette.com.
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