March Break at Your Local Library – Learning Never Looked So Fun!

March Break

With so many camps and activities available in our region, it can be difficult to decide where to send the little ones for March Break. Thankfully, our local libraries boast some of the most innovative (and affordable) programming around!

March Break

Barrie Public Library

What’s in store for this year? Puppet shows, tinkering with Lego, and more! “We like to make sure that parents are having a good time with their kids and that there is something for all ages,” says Genevieve Chittenden. While there are no costs for any programs at the Barrie Public Library, some require free tickets to be picked up in advance.

Between their Downtown and Painswick branches, the Barrie Public Library will be hosting a number of hands-on activities. Kids can take gadgets apart to see what’s inside at Wreck A Machine, or build their own pinball machine out of cardboard, elastics, and marbles at Build Your Own Arcade Game. Prizes will go to the worst creations at Bad Art Teens, and library staff will challenge families to build cardboard creations at their Outside the Box program. For the little techie in the family, consider checking out Pixel Art, where kids can bring their pixel art stories to life, or Teen VR, where your teen can use the library’s virtual reality system and experiment with Tinker Lab toys.

March Break

Innisfil Public Library

“Let’s Save the World!” is this year’s March Break theme at the Innisfil Public Library. “Last year we focused a lot of our March Break programming on our robots, with huge success,” says Amy Eastwood. “Because of this interest, several of our programs this year incorporate the use of our robots and robotics programming.” 

In addition to having fun with robots, the Innisfil Public Library invites kids to the HackLAB, where they can make personalized creations using their Cricut, laser cutter, and 3D printer. “We incorporate elements of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) in all of our programs through hands-on challenges that encourage innovation and creative problem solving,” says Eastwood. “Whether it’s learning how to code a robot you built, solving math problems in the Library Lockdown Escape Room, or expressing your creativity through an art project, there are so many opportunities for kids to explore and learn while doing things that they enjoy.”

Registration for March Break opens on February 27, 2018 (and tends to fill quickly!). While priority is given to children and families from Innisfil and library members, programs are open to all.

March Break

Orillia Public Library

Mark your calendars for March 1, 2018, when registration opens for March Break programming at the Orillia Public Library! Visit their website for full program descriptions, age restrictions, and registration information.

The Orillia Public Library will be hosting a number of events for kids of all ages. At their All Ages Drop In Storytime, you can help cut down the kids’ screen time with some fun and interactive storytelling. If you have tots in the family, Drop In Baby and Toddler Music and Movement Storytime is the perfect program to get your little one moving and grooving. For the little musicians and artists of the family, be sure to check out their Mystic Drumz Workshop and their Family Printmaking Party with Gillian Lowry. Mystic Drumz is a hands-on, interactive drum circle for the whole family, and kids can create a one-of-a-kind book bag to take home at their Printmaking Party. Finally, for all the tech savvy families out there, pencil yourselves in for Family Tech Time with Robots, where you can teach their Dash & Dot robots to speak and navigate an obstacle course!

by Emily Bednarz

Local Links

Barrie Public Library
barrielibrary.ca

Innisfil Public Library
innisfil.library.on.ca

Orillia Public Library
orilliapubliclibrary.ca

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