Local businesses cater to families with spring break activities

Friday, March 28, 2014 | 6:51 p.m. CDT; updated 6:49 p.m. CDT, Saturday, March 29, 2014
For the children who stayed in Columbia for spring break, there was plenty to do. On Friday, children were painting canvases at Paint the Town and skating at the Empire Roller Rink.

COLUMBIA — It took 10-year-old Garrett Boyce almost 15 minutes to get just the right shade of purple for his canvas.

After he finally had the right hue, Garrett gingerly applied it to the canvas of sand and palm trees he was painting. His mother, Denise Boyce, worked beside him, but she was painting something a little more adult: a wineglass.

Across the table, Parker Boyce painted a tiger — the 13-year-old loves MU — while his father, Matt Boyce worked on a wineglass of his own.

Although schools around the city took the week off for spring break, local businesses, such as Empire Roller Rink and Paint the Town Columbia, opened special sessions and activities to entertain the whole family.

The Boyces took advantage of the special sessions by forging a family outing to Paint the Town. The shop had added more kid-friendly classes to its open-painting sessions for the week.

"It's the end of spring break," Denise Boyce said. "We thought we'd do something different."

Supervising editor is Ted Hart

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