Activities and Events for Kids
Welcome-to-Winter Mural Painting
Thursday, December 21st, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
It’s the first day of winter! What better way to celebrate than to add your creative mark on a giant mural that will be displayed at the library all season long? This all-ages family fun painting event will get you in the spirit of the winter. Drop in anytime during these hours to participate. Parkland Library required to register. Register Here
Chess Club (age 8 and up)
Wednesday, December 13th, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Come to the library for a friendly game of chess. All levels welcome. Parkland Library Chess Club is for children ages 8 and up. Registration is required for each game date. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here
Bricks ‘N’ Books (age 6 and up)
Thursday, December 14th, 3:30 p.m.
Children age 6 and up, bring your imagination and Lego building skills to the library! At each Bricks and Books meeting we will have a new building challenge. Conquer each challenge with a buddy or work on your own. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here
A Charlie Brown Christmas Movie & Craft (age 4 and up)
Saturday, December 16th, 11 a.m.
For Peanuts fans everywhere, one of the best parts of the season is this classic holiday delight. Come to the Parkland Library to watch the film and then make a simple craft. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here
Building with Lincoln Logs (ages 4-7)
Tuesday, December 19th, 3:30 p.m.
Children will have fun using their imaginations while building log cabins, towers or whatever else they become inspired to make. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here
Family Craft: Build a Snowman (age 4 and up)
Tuesday, December 19th, 6 p.m.
Create an adorable snowman family using your handprint. Then use a brush to paint on the details for a perfect work of art. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here
Tiny Tots Social Time (age 9 months to 4 years)
Wednesday, December 20th, 10:30 a.m.
Children enjoy free-play time with age-appropriate toys, puzzles and books while the adults get to socialize, too. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here
Wednesday, December 27th, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Spend a little time coloring and listening to Disney tunes at the library. Parkland Library card
required to register. Register here
Build a Puzzle (age 4 and up)
Thursday, December 28th, 2 to 3 p.m.
Children will enjoy the challenge of jigsaw puzzles while working as a team with new friends and old. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here
All-Ages Rock Painting
Tuesday, January 2nd, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Be part of the new movement trending across the nation: spreading happiness and smiles through a small act of kindness. How? Paint river rocks and hide them for others to find. We will provide the supplies. You bring the inspiration! You’ll leave with your new creation, and then you can decide later where you want to hide it. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.
Wednesday, January 3rd, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Chase away the post-holiday doldrums by spending a fun-filled afternoon at the Parkland Library! There will be something for everyone. Participate in a scavenger hunt, stroll through a Storywalk, stop by the treat table for a sweet surprise, and enjoy live music by Senior Moments…the Unforgettable Band. Registration not required.
Game Squad (age 7 and up)
Thursday, January 4th, 4 p.m.
Are you crazy about playing games on your favorite handheld device? Then the Parkland Library’s Game Squad is right for you! Children will get the chance to connect through the library’s WiFi to play with fellow gamers while also socializing in person. Participants must bring their own devices (iPad, Nintendo DS, etc.) with their preferred games already downloaded. Parkland Library card required to register.
Writing Buddies (K-5th grade)
Saturday, January 6th, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Teens will be paired up with young budding authors to guide them through the story creation process. Each child will write and illustrate a mini story to take home. This group meets once a month, and a different genre will be explored each month. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.
Library Reading Buddies (K-5th grade)
Mondays, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Would your child benefit from a Reading Buddy? When younger students read with older students, literacy skills are picked up in an enjoyable manner. The Parkland Juniorettes, high school girls dedicated to making a difference, have partnered with the Parkland Library to help younger students with reading. Building partnerships between our high-achieving high school students and elementary-age children is an excellent way to reinforce lifelong reading success. (Note: On the Mondays that school is closed, Reading Buddies will not meet.) Registration is not required; just meet at the table in the center of the library.
Smart Start Tutoring
varied Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
This program provides free tutoring for elementary, middle and high school students provided by high school students. For information and to register, visit http://www.smartstartfl.com