COPPERAS COVE — Fun Day at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church returned Saturday for children to enjoy one last hurrah before school starts.

Since the kids enjoyed it so much last year, the church decided to host it again, said Marla Spry, children’s ministry director. “They worked real hard this summer with our church program, so we wanted to do something fun for them with games and activities today.”

About a dozen kids showed up in the church’s activity room eager to play everything from bowling to bean bag and football toss and coloring books to spin art.

Brittany Hernandez, a co-director of the youth group, watched sons Leon, 5, and Evan, 4, test their aim at the football toss before they ran over to bowl a game.

“This is just a little playtime for them to enjoy and they certainly are,” Hernandez said.

Besides the games, three puppeteers from Kids on the Block-Central Texas performed two skits on bullying, teaching the kids how to deal with a bully, and three plays on safety rules, like who to call in an emergency.

Margaret Barrett was one of the puppeteers who used almost life-size puppets, each with distinctive personalities, for the show.

“Our group of volunteers is sponsored by this church, and we perform a variety of free educational programs for children throughout the area, such as coping with crisis situations, like deployment and divorce among other issues,” Barrett said.

Then guests voted on their favorite puppet character with Bloomfield Bird, a colorful parrot, winning by a landslide to rousing cheers.

After working up an appetite from all the play and puppets, everyone made their own small pizza for lunch.

The Rev. Paulette Magnuson, vicar at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, got in the spirit of fun day, too, bowling a strike in the kids’ version of the game, something she hasn’t accomplished in an actual game, yet.

“It’s a wonderful way to bring adults together with the children, and it’s just a joyous time of the year for us to recognize the children, teachers and administrators,” she said.

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