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Kids’ Summer Programs Have Adventure, Comedy, Extreme Science, Magic & Mythological Tales

Posted on May 18, 2021 at 6:00 am

Illustrations by Oliver Jeffers for iRead

Summer is filled with epic mythological tales, magical feats and stories, and mind-blowing adventures. Some online library programs will fill up quicky!

Jump to: Kids’ Stories & Theater | Kids’ Science | Kids’ Magic & Comedy | Kids’ Activities & Crafts | Tweens | Teens | Online Summer Reading with Beanstack 

KIDS & FAMILIES

STORIES & THEATER

Online Storytime

Children will have fun learning when we read stories, sing songs, and share fingerplays during storytime. Ages 2–5 & their families

Registration is required for each session, and you will need to provide email to receive login information.

ONLINE
Thursdays, Jun 3–Aug 26, 6:30–7pm | REGISTER
Fridays, Jun 4–Aug 27, 9:30–10am

Traveling Lantern Theatre: Sherlock Holmes Takes the Case

Solve a mystery with the world’s most famous detective! Something’s amiss, and now “the game’s afoot!” for the brilliant scientist and criminologist, Mr. Sherlock Holmes. Along with his trusted companion, Dr. Watson, Holmes follows the clues and solves the mystery with the audience’s help. Grades K–5+

ACCESS THIS PROGRAM (ANY OF THESE WAYS):

ONLINE & ON DEMAND
Access starts: Sunday, Jun 13, 5pm
Access ends: Sunday, Jun 20, 4:59pm

Traveling Lantern Theatre: Legends & Myths from Mount Olympus

Whimsical and daring adventures await you from this ancient civilization by the sea. From their protected perch on Mount Olympus, the gods of ancient Greece spin their magic and subterfuge into fantastic landscapes while they conjure cunning exploits for the humans they meddle with far below.

Children become the mountains and the wind as they watch Icarus and Daedalus fly free on wax wings, help tell the story of Ceyx and Alcyone, whose love changes into the fantastical, and stave off evil with bravery and courage as Perseus battles the snake-headed Medusa and ultimately turns her into stone. Grades K–5+

ACCESS THIS PROGRAM (ANY OF THESE WAYS):

ONLINE & ON DEMAND
Access starts: Sunday, Jul 11, 5pm
Access ends: Sunday, Jul 18, 4:59pm

Summer Camp Read-a-Rama

Have some summer fun reading books and doing camp activities, including crafts, music, games, and more! When you make reading part of your summer, you set yourself up for success in the coming school year. Supplies will be available for in-library and curbside pickup for registered participants. Kids entering grades 2–5

Each camp session covers the same material across the four weeks. This allows for as many kids to experience camp as possible. Please only register for one session of camp.

Registration is required and closes approximately two weeks before each camp session (updated). When signing up for camp, you’ll need to provide an email to receive login information and reserve supplies.

ONLINE
Monday–Thursday, Jul 12–15, Jul 19–22, Jul 26–29 or Aug 2–5, 10–11:30am | REGISTER

Trivia: The Rick Riordan Mythology Universe

Celebrate your favorite Rick Riordan books with us! We’ll be talking about our favorite characters: humans, gods, goddesses, fauns, centaurs, and monsters in all of Rick Riordan’s mythology series. Share your knowledge of these series and more: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Heroes of Olympus, The Kane Chronicles, The Trials of Apollo, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. All ages

Pick up a bag of supplies to create your own Camp Half-Blood swag and do some mythological activities to get ready for trivia. Supplies will be available July 10–16, during open hours, while supplies last, at the following libraries: Argonne, Cheney, Deer Park, Moran Prairie, North Spokane, and Spokane Valley.

Registration is required, and you’ll need to provide email to receive login information.

ONLINE
Friday, Jul 16, 6:30–7:30pm | REGISTER

SCIENCE

West Valley Outdoor Learning: Animal Camouflage

Have you ever wondered how animals use color to survive? We’ll explore animal camouflage, mimicry, and the flashes of colors that some animals use as a tactic to divert predators. You’ll learn about some local animals who use color to survive and see a few live critters that have unique adaptations. We’ll also talk about ways you can look for animals that might be hiding right in your neighborhood! Grades K–5+

Registration is required, and you’ll need to provide email to receive login information.

If you are unable to attend this program, a recording will be available on the library’s YouTube channel, June 30–July 6: https://youtube.com/SpokaneCountyLibrary

ONLINE
Monday, Jun 28, 2–3pm | REGISTER
Tuesday, Jun 29, 7–8pm

Extreme Science with Radical Rick: Let’s Make Cartesian Divers

Let’s explore the power of air, which is all around us. We’ll discover what air pressure can do and try out some demonstrations to help us understand that air is compressible. Grades K–5+

Access this program online at http://www.extremesciencefun.com/spokane-county-library-programs.html.

ONLINE & ON DEMAND 
Access starts: Monday, Jul 5
Access ends: Sunday, Jul 18

Extreme Science with Radical Rick: Let’s Make Robobugs

Take this visual journey to learn about forces and motion. You’ll learn how to make a fun robobug that scurries along the floor like an ant running across a hotplate! Grades K–5+

Access this program online at http://www.extremesciencefun.com/spokane-county-library-programs.html.

ONLINE & ON DEMAND
Access starts: Monday, Jul 19
Access ends: Sunday, Aug 1

¡Ciencia para niños en español! / Science for Kids in Spanish

Explora la luz y el viento como un científico: ¡Un científico que habla español! Nos reuniremos en línea a través de Zoom y un bibliotecario nos guiara para realizar experimentos científicos. El bibliotecario utilizara materiales del curso “Leap into Science” del Instituto Franklin. Los materiales del curso están completamente en español. Los niños ampliarán su vocabulario en español al practicar términos científicos. La biblioteca proporcionará el material para realizar los experimentos. Las familias pueden recoger el material mediante el servicio curbside o dentro de la biblioteca después de haber recibido la notificación por medio de un correo electrónico.

Este programa es para niños de K-3 grados y sus familias.

Es necesario registrarse y proporcionar un correo electrónico para recibir información sobre el inicio de sesión y el material.

PROGRAMA EN LÍNEA
Taller de viento: Martes 20 de julio de 2 a 3 P.M. | REGISTRAR
Taller de luz: Miércoles 18 de agosto de 7 a 8 P.M.

Explore light and wind like a scientist—a scientist who speaks Spanish! During the online Zoom meeting, a librarian guides you through science experiments. The librarian uses “Leap into Science” course materials from the Franklin Institute. The course materials are entirely in Spanish. Kids will expand their Spanish vocabulary by practicing scientific terms that aren’t used in everyday conversation. At least one person in your family needs to be familiar with spoken Spanish to be able to follow along with the program. The library will provide supplies to conduct the experiments. Families can pick up their supplies in the library or using curbside pickup after they have received a notification email. Grades K–3 & their families

Registration is required, and you’ll need to provide email to receive login information and reserve supplies.

ONLINE
Wind workshop: Tuesday, Jul 20, 2–3pm | REGISTER
Light workshop: Wednesday, Aug 18, 7–8pm

Extreme Science with Radical Rick: Tumble Toys

Sir Isaac Newton would have loved this toy that tumbles about because it is a great way to explore Newton’s laws of motion. Learn how they work and how you can make one too. Grades K–5+

Access this program online at http://www.extremesciencefun.com/spokane-county-library-programs.html.

ONLINE & ON DEMAND
Access starts: Monday, Aug 2
Access ends: Sunday, Aug 15

Extreme Science with Radical Rick: Wobblebots, New & Improved!

Radical Rick encourages you to explore new and better ways to do things. See what Wobblebots can do and try out making your own. Grades K–5+

Access this program online at http://www.extremesciencefun.com/spokane-county-library-programs.html.

ONLINE & ON DEMAND
Access starts: Monday, Aug 16
Access ends: Sunday, Aug 29

MAGIC & COMEDY

Astounding Feats & Lessons from The Zaniac

The Zaniac Alex Zerbe is always amazing and juggles fire! In this show, he teaches you how to be amazing too. The Zaniac leads you through a crash course of weird, wacky skills (minus the fire). With a mix of tricks and interaction, he will help you learn juggling, balancing, and a host of fun tricks. View this show to see why this two-time Guinness World Record holder was voted Seattle’s Funniest Prop Comedian! Grades K–5+

Registration is required, and you’ll need to provide email to receive login information.

If you are unable to attend this program, a recording will be available on the library’s YouTube channel, June 23–29: https://youtube.com/SpokaneCountyLibrary

ONLINE
Monday, Jun 21, 2–3pm | REGISTER
Tuesday, Jun 22, 7–8pm

Jeff Evans: Amazing Virtual Magic Show

A book about coin tricks that Jeff Evans read as a kid propelled him into the world of magic. When he was 12 years old, he would perform magic shows at home. Now, he’s fully grown and still performing magic shows in his home—this time for you! This virtual show is sure to be both funny and mind-bogglingly amazing. The show is online and interactive, so you may become part of the experience! Grades K–5+

Registration is required, and you’ll need to provide email to receive login information.

If you are unable to attend this program, a recording will be available on the library’s YouTube channel, July 27–Aug 2: https://youtube.com/SpokaneCountyLibrary

ONLINE
Monday, Jul 26, 2–3pm | REGISTER

Jeff Evans: How to Do Paper Magic Tricks

Print and make a paper magic kit at home. Magician Jeff Evans shows you how to perform 10 amazing paper magic tricks that you can make using only printed paper, scissors, and glue. Performing and presenting these tricks will take some practice, and that’s also where your creativity and imagination come into play! All ages

ACCESS THIS PROGRAM (ANY OF THESE WAYS):

ONLINE & ON DEMAND
Access starts: Sunday, Aug 1
Access ends: Tuesday, Aug 31

ACTIVITIES & CRAFTS

Take-Home Activity: Water Games & Chalk

Enjoy these games and activities for backyard and front-yard fun using water balloons, chalk, and other supplies. You can play solo or with the whole family! Supplies are available at the library for in-person and curbside pickup for registered participants. Grades K–5+

Registration is required for each supply kit.

SELF-PACED
Registration: Jun 19–26 | REGISTER
Supply pickup: Jun 28–Jul 10, during open hours

Take-Home Activity: Slime Time

Make your own glittery and gooey slime! Sign up to get a supply bag with everything you need to make this fun creation. Supplies are available at the library for in-person and curbside pickup for registered participants. Grades K–5+

Registration is required for each supply kit.

SELF-PACED
Registration: Jul 3–10 | REGISTER
Supply pickup: Jul 12–24, during open hours

Take-Home Activity: Blinky Bots

Make light-up paper robots to explore electricity with paper circuits! Create your own design or use the template. Supplies are available at the library for in-person and curbside pickup for registered participants. Grades K–5+

Registration is required for each supply kit.

SELF-PACED
Registration: Jul 17–24 | REGISTER
Supply pickup: Jul 26–Aug 7, during open hours

Take-Home Activity: Marble Maze

Create a maze that a marble can roll through from start to finish. Make it challenging or easy! Supplies are available at the library for in-person and curbside pickup for registered participants. Grades K–5+

Registration is required for each supply kit.

SELF-PACED
Registration: Jul 31–Aug 7 | REGISTER
Supply pickup: Aug 9–21, during open hours

Nailed it! Cupcake Edition

Get ready for a deliciously creative cupcake decorating challenge! Gather your supplies, bake your cupcakes, and show us your creativity. We will give you a challenge at the start of the event and you can use whatever you have on hand at home to assemble your cupcake masterpieces. Compete by yourself or recruit others in your household to form a team. All ages & families

You will need the follow supplies for this challenge:

  • At least 6 cupcakes – baked and cooled ahead of time
  • Frosting
  • Food coloring
  • Edible decorations (optional)

Registration is required, and you’ll need to provide email to receive login information.

ONLINE
Wednesday, Aug 11, 6:30–7:30pm | REGISTER

TWEENS

Tween Art Camp

Celebrate art by creating and learning about the art of colors, art appreciation, illustrators as artists, and abstract art. You’ll put your own twist on some of the most famous artistic masterpieces in a fun and supportive virtual environment. Basic art supplies will be available for in-library and curbside pickup for registered participants. Kids entering grades 5–8

Registration is required, and you’ll need to provide email to receive login information and supplies.

ONLINE
Monday–Thursday, Jun 28–Jul 1, 10–11:30am | REGISTER

Tween Harry Potter Camp

The Tri-Wizard Tournament returns! You’ll compete on teams in trivia and other fun games to see who will bring home the Tri-Wizard Cup. You’ll also do some crafts and other fun, wizardly activities. Supplies will be available for in-library and curbside pickup for registered participants. Kids entering grades 5–8

Registration is required, and you’ll need to provide email to receive login information and supplies.

ONLINE
Tuesday–Friday, Jul 6–9, 10–11:30am | REGISTER
Monday–Thursday, Aug 9–12, 10–11:30am

Learn to Tie Dye

Add some color to your summer! You’ll learn how to do traditional tie dye and reverse tie dye with our how-to video that takes you step by step through the process. Supplies will be available for in-library and curbside pickup for registered participants. Ages 10+

Registration is required, and you’ll need to provide email to receive video link and supplies.

ONLINE & SELF-PACED
Registration: Jul 1–17 | REGISTER
Supply pickup: Jul 26–Aug 9, during open hours

Doodle Journaling

Calling all doodlers! Learn how to take your daily doodles and turn them into an art journal. We will go over some basic drawing tutorials, what an art journal is, and different ways you can create drawings, including turning them into comics! Ages 10+

Registration is required, and you’ll need to provide email to receive login information.

ONLINE
Saturday, Aug 14, 2–3pm | REGISTER

Trivia: Avatar: The Last Airbender & The Legend of Korra

Whether you’re a fire, water, air, or earth bender, you’re invited to share fun facts about your favorite characters from the Four Nations, including Aang, Korra, Sokka, Prince Zuko, Uncle Iroh, Toph Beifong, and Azula. Trivia cover all three seasons of Avatar: The Last Airbender as well as the four-season spin-off show The Legend of Korra. Ages 10+

Registration is required, and you’ll need to provide email to receive login information.

ONLINE
Friday, Aug 20, 2–3pm | REGISTER

TEENS

30-Day Teen Poetry Challenge

Over the course of this challenge, you’ll get the chance to work with four regional poets, exploring self-expression and honing your craft, using several different poetry styles, including spoken word. Each week, you’ll receive a writing prompt from a poet, and then you’ll have a week to write to the prompt. When the week is over, you’ll meet with the poet and other teen writers in a Zoom workshop to get feedback. At the end of the challenge, you’ll have a chance to perform your poetry live on the Page Turner radio show. Grades 9–12

Registration is required, and you’ll need to provide email to receive login information.

ONLINE
Friday, Jun 18 (First prompt available) | REGISTER
Thursday, Jun 24, 3–4:30pm (Mark Anderson)
Thursday, Jul 1, 3–4:30pm (Twahan Simultaneous)
Thursday, Jul 8, 3–4:30pm (Tiffany Midge)
Thursday, Jul 15, 3–4:30pm (Emily Gwinn)

KYRS RADIO (IN PERSON)
35 W MAIN AVE #340 (DOWNTOWN SPOKANE)
Friday, Jul 30, 1–2pm, (Live Performance, KYRS Thin Air Community Radio)

Book-Talk Teasers

Need good book recommendations? If you love to talk about what you are reading, this book-talk session is for you! We’ll read chapters aloud and have book cage matches. Which book will come out on top? Ages 13+

Registration is required, and you’ll need to provide email to receive login information.

ONLINE
Wednesdays, Jul 7 & 21, Aug 4 & 18, 1–2pm | REGISTER

ONLINE SUMMER READING ON BEANSTACK

Reading colors your world!

Track your reading minutes, earn badges, complete challenges, and get exclusive content from Page Turner Adventures!

Page Turner Adventures

Let your imagination run wild this summer with Page Turner Adventures! In this eight-week series, children will transform into Storyologists, virtually traveling through the “Once Upon a Time Machine” to explore different adventures with characters Page Turner and Kenny. Find an adventure each weekday for each weekly theme:

  • Comedy shows
  • Virtual field trips
  • Craft projects
  • Recipes
  • And more!

If you’ve participated in our online reading challenges before, you can simply sign in and select the Reading Colors Your World challenge to begin!

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