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Activities, Summer Reading Club 2014

FIZZ_BOOM_READ_logo PrimaryStory Laboratory

Wednesdays, July 2 & 9 @ 2 pm
This workshop is designed for tweens ages 9 – 12 to help foster their creativity while learning the basic tools of creative writing. Registered program; please sign up here.

Fruit and Veggie Sculptures

Tuesday, July 8 @ 2 pm
Getting kids to eat fruits and veggies sometimes takes creativity. Our friends from the Honest Weight Food Co-op will show you how to create our own healthy snacks and have fun doing so! Using a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, we will be able to create our own edible sculptures. For kids Pre-K – 2. Allergy Alert: Please let us know about any food allergies. Registered program; please sign up here.Robotandbookstack

Book Party: “Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum”

Wednesday, July 9 @ 6:30 pm
This fun non-fiction account of how bubble gum was invented will be the jumping off point for all things bubbly. Hear how that sticky stuff you love to chew first came about and then take part in bubble gum/bubble activities and crafts. POP! Registered program; please sign up here.

Drop-in Card Gaming

Thursdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7 @ 11 am
Bring your Magic Gathering, Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh! or other cards for a fun hour playing and sharing strategies. Come with a friend or make a new one. Tweens and teens are welcome.

Just Dance Summer Party for Kids!

Friday, July 11 @ 1:30 pm
Kids in grades K – 2 are invited to a dance party using the popular Wii Just Dance on the big screen, featuring games for younger kids! We have balloons, hula hoops, and fun crafts … all we need is you! Make sure you bring a parent or guardian. Registered program; please sign up here.

TWiin Just Dance Summer Party!

Fridays, July 11 @ 3:30 pm & August 1 @ 1:30 pm
Tweens are invited to a summer dance party using the popular Wii Just Dance games on the big screen. You will get to create an awesome craft while you rest your dancing feet. For grades 3 – 6. Registered program; please sign up for these events here:
Friday, July 11 @ 3:30 pm

Friday, August 1 @ 1:30 pm

Elephant Toothpaste

Saturday, July 12 @ 10:30 am
There will be no REAL LIVE elephants in the room when Barbara Lukas from WMHT leads you in creating an eruption of foam that looks like it was squeezed from an elephant-sized tube of toothpaste. You will conduct your own experiment to create an amazing, foaming exothermic reaction. For children in grades 2 – 6. Registered program; please sign up here.

Magical Medieval Machines

Monday, July 14 @ 2 pm
Discover the properties of the lever, pulleys, wedges and other simply incredible examples of physics. Our friends from the Scotia-Glenville Children’s Museum will demonstrate the practical uses for these simple machines. You will perform experiments involving friction, work, force, distance and energy. You will even get to experiment with marshmallows! Registered program; please sign up here.

Happy Birthday, Mouse!

Thursday, July 17 @ 2 pm
If you give a mouse a birthday party… Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond are celebrating their birthdays this week, and so is mouse, of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie fame. We’re throwing mouse a birthday party, and YOU’RE invited. Join us for books, activities, and a birthday treat! For children ages 3 – 7.  Registered program; please sign up here.


Friday, July 18 @ 2 pm
What happens during an earthquake? Things get moved around. Create an “artquake” by cutting out shapes and pasting them back together leaving spaces between each piece. Try your hand at other art projects related to science themes. It will be fun, easy, and you’ll have masterpieces to bring home! For children in grades 2 – 5. Registered program; please sign up here.

Oil & Water Don’t Mix

Saturday, July 19 @ 10:30 am
Explore mixing molecules of water and oil and then create your own lava lamp using an effervescent antacid! Open to children grades 2 – 6. Each child must be accompanied an adult caregiver. Registered program; please sign up here.

Candy Laboratory

Wednesday, July 23 @ 2 pm
Do you like science? Do you like candy? Well the Candy Laboratory might be just for you! Come join us as we learn about density, pressure, triboluminescence, and other science-y things with candy and chocolate! For grades 3 – 6. Allergy Alert: This program will be working with candy that contains nuts. Registered program; please sign up here.

Crime Lab Science

Wednesday, July 23 @ 6:45 pm
Discover the technology used to uncover the world’s criminal mysteries. Participants put their newly learned detective skills to work as they unravel a criminal case. Registered program; please sign up here.

Teddy Bear Mad Scientist Sleepover

Friday, July 25 @ 10 amTeddyBear
What happens after GPL closes? Mischief, mayhem and madness, of course! Join us for a “Mad Scientist Teddy Bear Sleepover,” when your bear gets to overnight at GPL. Drop your bear off by 3 pm Friday, July 25. Then pick bear up before 4 pm on Saturday, July 26, and view pictures of your bear’s adventures!  Registered program; please sign up here.

Super Spaceships

Tuesday, July 29 @ 2 pm
Blast off with us for two great videos about the magic of science, space and aliens! After the videos, we’ll make a spaceship craft that you can take back to your home planet. For children ages 4 – 8. Registered program; please sign up here.

Electrifying Science

Wednesday, July 30 @ 2 pm
Explore electricity! Discover the fundamentals of electricity in this hands-on science program. You will investigate static, experiment with a Van de Graaf generator and explore magnetics with various experiments in this hair-raising science class. Registered program; please sign up here.

What’s the Scoop?

Monday, August 4 @ 2 pm
Join us as we learn about the history of ice cream and how ice cream is made! Our friends from the Scotia-Glenville Children’s Museum will show us the science and technology involved in making this tasty treat. You will make your own ice cream in an unusual way and – yes – eat it! For grades K – 6. Allergy Alert: Please let us know about any food allergies. Registered program; please sign up here.

Basebology 101: Science on the Ball Field

Thursday, August 7 @ 2 pm
Step out of the dugout and up to the plate as the Baseball Hall of Fame delivers a lively look at science on the sandlot. In this unit, you’ll use baseballs to demonstrate basic principles of physics. You will discover how hitting, pitching, running and fielding relate to Newton’s Three Laws of Motion. You’ll will also explore how concepts such as force, gravity, inertia, and acceleration affect a Major League player’s performance.

KindergartenBootCampLogo_150dpi_8x2half_RGBKindergarten Boot Camp

Tuesday, August 19 @ 10:30 am & 6:30 pm, and Wednesday, August 20 @ 10:30 am and 6:30 pm
“Kindergarten Boot Camp” helps you get ready for Kindergarten! Starting kindergarten is a special and exciting time for parents and children. Join us for a fun-filled program where soon-to-be kindergarteners hone their kindergarten-readiness skills and celebrate this important milestone! This program is for children starting Kindergarten in September 2014 and a parent/caregiver. Please sign up for ONE session only:
Tuesday, August 19 @ 10:30 am
Tuesday, August 19 @ 6:30 pm
Wednesday, August 20 @ 10:30 am
Wednesday, August 20 @ 6:30 pm

Prize Pickup Day

Friday, August 15, from 10 am – 5 pm
Celebrate the end of another year of successful summer reading! Visit the helderberg Room for your free books, and gift certificates from local businesses.


Updated: June 18, 2014