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Bass Pro Shops offering free weekend activities for families

June 18, 2009 | 12:25 pm

Children enjoy painting their own fishing lures.

Bass Pro Shops is offering free outdoor workshops and activities aimed at children and families each weekend through Sunday, July 5, at stores nationwide.

The "Family Summer Camp" is taking place from noon-6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Children's craft activities include opportunities to decorate a fishing bobber or lure, make keychains, design a birdhouse and create plaster animal-track casts.

There are also outdoor workshops available for family participation, covering fishing, hiking and camping basics, bird watching, plant and animal identification skills, archery and even how to make campfire s'mores. Children will earn a collectible pin for every workshop completed.

Attendees will also receive a free summer guide booklet chock-full of tips, activities and ideas for enjoying time outdoors.

"This is our way of helping families enjoy affordable, fun activities together and create lifelong memories," said Bass Pro Shops president Jim Hagale.

The Los Angeles-area store is at 7777 Victoria Gardens Lane in Rancho Cucamonga.

With so many things to see and do, including a laser shooting gallery, large live-fish tanks, wildlife and fish mounts on display, a fine gun room and the on-site Islamorada Fish Company restaurant, the store is a must-visit for outdoor enthusiasts even if not participating in Family Summer Camp activities or shopping for equipment.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Children enjoy painting their own fishing lures. Credit: Bass Pro Shops