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Kids Programs
The library offers a variety of programs for children and their families from birth through to grade eight at all four locations. Follow the links for descriptions and other information relating to these events.

Registration for our Spring Programs will begin on Monday March 6th at 9:30AM

For our paid programs, please review the refund policy located at the bottom of the program information.

Click for a listing of our Storytimes

Click for a listing of our Book Clubs for Kids

Please note: Children must be the correct age for the program they are registering for at the start of the program.
Children under the age of 11 must be accompanied by an adult to the program room for drop-off and pick-up due to security concerns.

  • Art One Academy - Homeschoolers: 5-12 years
    Students learn a variety of techniques in drawing with pastels, painting with tempera; explore collage techniques and mixed media, thereby developing their observation skills, reasoning, and creativity.
  • Balloon-Powered Race Cars: 6-9 years
    How far and fast can you go? Build your own balloon-powered car and test it out on our race track, while learning about the force generated by moving air!
  • Celebrate Asian Heritage Month with Origami Art: 7+ years
    Join us in the Children’s Department and try your hand at the ancient art of paper folding.
  • Celebrate Father’s Day: Family
    Create something awesome for Dad!
  • Celebrating First Nations : Ages 5+ years
    Learn about the traditional art of making colour dyes with natural materials. Create your own art on stone or paper.
  • Chess Classes: Beginner: 6-12 years
    Learn to play or improve your chess game. Master the chess moves and learn the importance of each piece.
    In these classes, the students will learn to improve their imagination, logic, critical thinking and concentration as well as developing their reasoning skills.
  • Chess Classes: Intermediate I: 6 - 12 years
    Learn to play or improve your chess game. Master the chess moves and learn the importance of each piece.
    Students will learn to improve their imagination, logic, critical thinking and concentration as well as develop their reasoning skills.
  • Chess Classes: Intermediate II and Advanced: 6-12 years
    Learn to play or improve your chess game. Master the chess moves and learn the importance of each piece.
    Students will learn to improve their imagination, logic, critical thinking and concentration as well as develop their reasoning skills.
  • Computer Programming Game Design : 8-12 years
    Create computer games using the visual computer programming language Scratch designed by MIT.
    Students will learn computer programming fundamentals and mathematical concepts as they build their exciting computer apps.
  • Computer Programming Game Design - 10-12 years: 10-12 years
    Create computer games using the visual computer programming language Scratch designed by MIT.
  • Computer Programming Game Design - 8-9 years: 8-9 years
    This program is now FULL
    Create computer games using the visual computer programming language Scratch designed by MIT.
  • Creative Hands Maker Space: All Ages
    Come create with us! Join us for a story along with free art time. Bring your ideas. We’ll bring the supplies!
    Each month has a different theme as part of our Canada 150 celebrations.
  • Dash the Mathematician : 10-12 years
    Math is a blast when you’re using Dash, the expert mathematician!
    Come multiply your coding and math skills and have fun with robots along the way!
  • Doors Open - Canadian Trivia Hunt: 5+ years
    Drop by the Children’s Department to test your knowledge about Canada. We will have fun quizzes, trivia hunts and activities for the whole family.
  • Earth Day Extravaganza: 5-9 years
    Join us for a morning of stories and activities celebrating our wonderful planet. Plant some seedlings to take home and start your own garden.
  • Earth Day Fun: 6-10 years
    Celebrate Earth Day by planting seeds and designing your own creation from found objects.
  • FIRST LEGO League Jr. Robotics - Beginner: 6-9 years
    A hands-on STEM program designed to capture young children’s inherent curiosity and direct it towards discovering the possibilities of improving the world around them.
  • FIRST LEGO League Jr. Robotics - Intermediate: 6-9 years
    Collaborate, communicate and get creative while building LEGO robots with teammates.
  • Forest of Reading Celebration: Grades 3-6
    You’ve read the books now it’s time to celebrate The Silver Birch awards with activities, games and more! You can even cast your vote for your favourite Silver Birch author.
  • Kids Weave: 8-12 years
    Celebrate Canada’s past with a weaving project that has a modern twist. Learn how to weave with a CD and help us create a unique display for the library.
  • LEGO and Board Game Fun: 7-12 years
    Take a challenge or create your own masterpiece with Lego and play board games, bring a friend or meet new ones. Lego and games will be provided.
  • LEGO Block Party : 6-12 years
    Come out and build a Lego masterpiece! Lego fans meet and build whatever they can imagine and share their stories with each other.
  • Magnetic Madness : Ages 5+
    Navigate your car through a track without touching it. Steer a ball through your magnet maze. Explore the power of magnets and try your hand at fun STEM challenges!
  • Make a Cross Stitch Bookmark: 10-12 years
    Do you love creating and learning new skills? Learn to make a cool bookmark using cross stitch!
  • March Break - Big Kid Entertainment presents Rapunzel: 4+ years
    A reinvention of the Rapunzel fairy tale that focuses on 3 unique characters. Come see what Rapunzel, the Baker and the Witch are all up to!
  • March Break - Build a Tiny House: 8-12 years
    Come to the library for this special STEAM program and learn to build a tiny dollhouse-style house out of cardboard.
  • March Break - Celebrate Canada 150 - Canadian Historical Fiction: 8-12 years
    We are celebrating Canada’s 150 Birthday with Canadian Historical Fiction. Join us as we step back into time with historical/pioneer crafts and activities inspired by the series Dear Canada and I Am Canada
  • March Break - Celebrate Canadian Picture Book Authors: 4-6 years
    Join us as we celebrate Canadian Picture Book Authors with stories, crafts and activities based on your favourite characters, Franklin the Turtle, Scaredy Squirrel and Fox and Squirrel.
  • March Break - Ductigamy: 11-17 years
    Create a rose with duct tape or try your hand at designing a wallet or pencil case.
  • March Break - Fun with Franklin the Turtle: 3-6 years
    Join us for an adventure with Canada’s favourite turtle, Franklin. We will have a great time reading and singing and doing a fantastic craft!
  • March Break - Hands on Exotics presents Junior Safari: 6-10 years
    Come to the library to learn about how to care for pets at home. You’ll also get a chance to see some cool live animals!
  • March Break - Lego Block Party: 7-12 years
    Meet new friends and build whatever your mind can conjure with the Library’s LEGO collection.
  • March Break - Lego Challenge: 7-10 years
    Take our Lego Challenge and put your engineering skills to the test as you design and build with Lego.
  • March Break - Little Red Theatre presents The Coat: 4-11 years
    Enjoy a multi-media hearty hockey adventure and take an exciting tour of the world from the perspective of a lost coat and the child that misses it.
  • March Break - Mad Science presents Science of Magic: 6-10 years
    How do magicians use science to do their tricks?
    Discover how to make objects disappear and reappear using optical illusions, polymers, mirrors, as well as hidden compartments, sleight-of-hand, and misdirection.
  • March Break - Mad Science presents Spin! Pop! Boom!: 5-12 years
    Be amazed by the wonders of physics and chemistry through exciting demonstrations.
  • March Break - Magic with Scott Dietrich: 4-10 years
    With a wave of a wand, Scott Dietrich, will amaze, amuse and astound you with his magical illusions. There will be lots of audience participation as he fascinates you with his magic.
  • March Break - Maker Kick-Off: Family Ages 6+
    The maker tech world is exploding at Richmond Green! Come start your March Break with a bang by exploring technology with stations from Richmond Hill Public Library, Let’s Talk Science and special projects from Richmond Green Secondary School students.
  • March Break - Minute-to-Win-it!: 11-17 years
    60 seconds are on the clock as you test your skills in zany games and challenges!
  • March Break - Music and Movement: 4-6 years with an adult
    Learn through music and movement.Co-sponsored by YMCA Ontario Early Years.
  • March Break - Nail Polish Pendants : 8+ years
    Create colourful, fun and fashionable one-of-a-kind pendant necklaces using nail polish!
  • March Break - Parachute Playtime: 5-7 years
    Come to the library for a morning of parachute activities and games.
  • March Break - S.T.E.A.M. Across Canada: 7-9 years
    Come in on Monday and let off some S.T.E.A.M!!!! We’ll have fun exploring some interesting facts about Canada through stations featuring science, technology, engineering, art and math.
  • March Break - Sick of Winter Hawaiian Party: 5-10 years
    Let’s say goodbye to winter with a fun Hawaiian party! We’ll have an afternoon of crafts and activities, and kiss winter goodbye for good.
  • March Break - Soli and Rob Music Concert: Family
    Join Soli & Rob for a guitar-strummin’, toe tappin’ extravaganza for the whole family.
    This interactive and engaging sing-along with guitar and ukulele is sure to include an “out of the suitcase” appearance from puppet sidekicks Lily-Mae & Sluggo
  • March Break - St. Patrick’s Day Storytime: 4-7 years
    Come to the library for a fun morning of stories and songs about St. Patrick’s Day traditions.
  • March Break - STEM Fair with Logics Academy: Family
    Explore what is possible at our first STEM fair at Richmond Green.
    Kids will have a chance to play with various robotics and coding technologies by participating in group challenges and STEM stations.
  • March Break - Super Science’s Special Event Presentation: 6+ years
    Spectacular 40 minute hands-on, interactive science show including dry ice demonstrations, bubbling potions, cool chemical reactions, air pressure experiments and much more!
  • May the Fourth Be With You!: All Ages
    Celebrate Star Wars Day in style at the Richmond Green Library! Drop in for fun maker activities and games like creating your own lightsaber and Stormtrooper bowling.
  • Mother’s Day Cards: Family
    Join us as we learn the art of custom card making and create a special memento to take home.
  • Mother’s Day Storytime: Family
    Come celebrate Mother’s Day with a morning of songs, stories, and activities!
  • Movie Madness: Family Program
    Looking for a great way to spend an afternoon? Join us for Movie Madness at the Library!
  • Musical Babies: Birth - 15 Months w/Adult
    Co-sponsored by YMCA Ontario Early Years.
    This program encourages language and early literacy skills through the use of songs, nursery rhymes and musical experiences.
  • P.A. Day Program - Let’s Weave: 6-10 years
    Calling all makers! Ever wondered how to weave? Come to the library for a cool weaving activity using a paper plate.
  • P.A. Day Program - STEM Fair: All Ages
    Drop-in to the Children’s Department for tech demos, maker activities and STEMtastic fun!
  • P.A. Day Program - Superhero Bash: 7-11 years
    Unleash your super side for the last PA Day of the year! Make your own superhero mask, pose in the photo booth, and play super games to sharpen your skills.
  • Paws 4 Stories: St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program: Grades 1 - 3
    This program, designed for reluctant & shy readers, will help increase literacy and confidence too.
    Children have the opportunity to read aloud to a gentle puppy pal who will be visiting with their trained handlers (St. John Ambulance).
  • Reading Buddies: Grades 1 - 3
    Children meet weekly with a teen volunteer to read and play literacy games. This program offers children an accepting environment to practice their reading skills and make new friends. Discover how much fun reading can be!
  • Reading Buddies at Oak Ridges (Winter 2017): 6-10 years
    Children meet weekly with a teen volunteer to read and play literacy games. This program offers children an accepting environment to practice their reading skills in English and make new friends. Discover how much fun reading can be!
  • Reading Buddies at Richmond Green (Winter 2017): Grades SK - 3
    Make Reading a blast for your kids! Practice, play games and have fun with our teen volunteers.
    Children will be split into small groups based on age and will do weekly themed activities with a teen volunteer.
  • Red is Best!: Ages 3+ years
    Join us as we celebrate Canadian author, Kathy Stinson. We will have a great time reading and exploring the fun of finger print art.
  • S.T.E.A.M. Innovation Stations: 7-9 years
    Explore science, technology, engineering, art and math through fun and exciting challenges. Imagine it, create it, build it!
  • TD Summer Reading Club Launch Party - Central: Preschool - Grade 8
    Join us for an afternoon of Canadian games, activities and a performance by RHPL Live! Fun, prizes and cake await!
  • TD Summer Reading Club Launch Party - Richmond Green: Preschool - Grade 8
    Come celebrate the launch of our summer reading program! There will be games, prizes, a photo booth and more!
  • TD Summer Reading Club Launch Party - Richvale: All Ages
    Join us in celebrating our launch of the the TD summer Reading Club with fun and games highlighting Canada from coast to coast!
  • TD Summer Reading Launch Party - Oak Ridges: Preschool to Grade 8
    Join us for Canadian activities, games, prizes and of course, cake!
  • Tweens Night: 9-12 years
    Are you a Tween who thinks libraries are boring? This program will change your mind! Come to the Central Library one Monday a month for some fun at the Library! Enjoy games, crafts and other exciting activities.

    Registration for the Winter session begins on Monday November 14th at 9:30AM.

  • Tweens Night - Art Attack: 9-12 years
    Celebrate Canadian artists and be inspired to create your own master piece, or perhaps altering an existing work of art.
  • Tweens Night - Cranium Challenge: 9-12 years
    Complete crazy challenges with charades, play dough, singing, spelling, trivia and more!
  • Welcome Spring Storytime: all ages with a parent
    Come celebrate springtime with a morning of songs, stories, and activities!