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Aventura Art and Cultural Center a resource for families, children

Last week the Summer Theatre Camp at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center presented a performance of “Oklahoma.” It was the culmination of a four week summer program, which featured lessons in music, dance, acting and production.

The next camp will be held in the summer of 2011, but in the meantime, the center is offering a slate of shows for children and families. The "Family Fun Series" starts in October and runs through June of next year. Tickets run from $10 to $13 and can also be bought as part of a subscription package.

This comes at a time when art education programs at public schools are under pressure due to budget cuts, a fact not lost on Avenutra Arts and Cultural Center Director Steve Clark.

"It's a great opportunity for parents to expose their children to a professional theater program," he said. "Providing access to the arts in these types of venues is incredibly important as far as off-setting what's happening in the public schools."

Here are the show times and information for each show -- show descriptions come from the website of the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center. Follow the links to see each show's listing on the center's site.

Junie B. Jones, Oct. 9, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

A musical based on the books by Barbara Park. Outspoken, precocious, lovable Junie B. Jones stars in a colorful, funny, fast-paced musical about new friends, new glasses, sugar cookies, the annual kickball tournament, and other various first-grade angst-ridden situations. Follow her adventures as she writes down the story of her life in her "Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal." This musical is based on four volumes in Barbara Park's Junie B. Jones series. The show was nominated in 2006 for the Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Choreography.

Giggle, Giggle Quack, Nov. 6, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

This funny and colorful musical for young audiences teaches respect, compromise, and the value of friendship. Giggle, Giggle, Quack is based on the popular barnyard series of books by Doreen Cronin that includes Click, Click, Moo: Cows that Type and Dooby, Dooby Moo, and is brought to life to by the award winning Dallas Children's Theater, thrilling audiences of all ages for 26 seasons.

The Wizard of Oz, Feb. 5,  11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

A timeless classic in which witches, wizards and munchkins are real; where a journey to find heart, courage, brains and a way back home becomes an adventure in discovering friendship; where Dorothy, Tin man, Scarecrow and Lion finally find their way and their dreams in the magical land of Oz. This updated and upbeat new version offers an hour packed with interactive fun and energetic musical numbers.

Stuart Little, May 14, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Theatre IV, the nation's second largest touring theater for young audiences, will present Stuart Little. From the loving heart of E. B. White, author of Charlotte's Web, comes this merry musical about a noble mouse that jumps headlong into adventures big enough to match any imagination. By turns funny, tender and exciting, Stuart Little mixes gorgeous child-size puppets with live actors to work theatrical magic.