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February 8, 2018 (Mt. Helix) -- Art in the Park camp is being offered for the sixth season by Art Smarts, Inc. at Mt. Helix Park starting Monday, March 26 and running through Friday, March 30 from 9 a.m. until noon each day. You’re invited to treat your kids to a creative outdoor experience at the historic Mt. Helix Park and Amphitheater.

Art Smarts, which hosts after-school art programs throughout San Diego, will be offering Art in The Park - for kids ages 5 to 12.  The camp coincides with the La Mesa Spring Valley and San Diego Unified School District’s spring break and gives kids the opportunity to develop their creative skills from atop Mt. Helix Park with its inspirational views.

Penelope Quirk, the founder of Art Smarts, Inc. has been bringing art to local kids for the past 14 years with her after-school program in 21 schools throughout San Diego.  Lessons for the spring camp will use primarily oil pastels and watercolors and will vary from animal portraits to cartooning and even landscapes.

Fees for the camp are $200 per child, per week. For those who need only a day here and there, Art Smarts is also offering a daily/drop-in rate of $45 per child per day.

Register online at or call Art Smarts, Inc. at (619) 995-1186 or you can download the registration form at and mail it in along with your payment before the March 24 registration deadline.  Limited spaces are available so register early to reserve space.

Need-based scholarships are available; funding is coordinated by the Mt. Helix Park Foundation. For more information about Arts Smarts, Inc., visit

The Mt. Helix Park Amphitheater is located at 4905 Mt. Helix Drive, La Mesa, CA 91941.

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