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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 Summer Programs will begin on Monday May 29th 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.

  • ABRACANADABRA! A Magic Show to Celebrate Canada’s 150th: Family
    Join Magician Peter Mennie for the funniest patriotic magic show around! Comedy magic, amazing illusions, audience participation and classic magic tricks invented by Canadian magicians.
  • Amazing Race Canada 150: 11-16 years
    Travel across Canada, delve into Canadian history, solve riddles, play Canadian games and race to the finish line all while never having to leave the library.
  • Birdfeeder Fun: 5-9 years
    Attract local wildlife to your own backyard with a cool birdfeeder!
  • Board Games Galore: 6-12 years
    This popular program is back! Come and play some board games and meet new friends.
  • Books Before Looks (a L.I.G.H.T. program): 7-12 years
    This Summer Reading Program focuses on literacy and body image while teaching the importance of self-acceptance and diversity in literature.
  • Bubble Science presented by Bubbleology: 4-12 years
    Bubbles are an engineering feat, during this performance learn how bubbles form, why they’re spherical, how to make a cube bubble, WHAT IS A BUBBLE, what’s inside a bubble and the science of bubble tornadoes.
  • Building with Boxes: 6-8 years
    Don’t get boxed in! Let your ideas flow! What can you engineer or create with boxes of all sizes?
  • 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 Canada 150! : All Ages
    Come One! Come All! Step back in time and join the fun at our RHPL Olde Tyme Community Faire.
    Food, games, fun and entertainment for the whole family.
  • Celebrate Father’s Day: Family
    Create something awesome for Dad!
  • Celebrating Canada 150 with Author/ Illustrator Andrea Beck: 4-6 years
    Creator of Elliot Moose stories, Pierre Le Poof, and Goodnight and Good Morning Canada.
    To celebrate our 150 Birthday, Ms. Beck will read from her books and show how she creates her characters.
  • Celebrating Canada 150 with Author/ Illustrator Ruth Ohi: 5-7 years
    Ruth Ohi will share her stories from “Fox and Squirrel” and “Scribble” and do an interactive drawing demonstration and other hands on activity with the children.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Early Years: Music and Movement: 4-6 with a parent
    Learn through music and movement. Co-sponsored by YMCA Ontario Early Years.
  • Fairy Tale Engineering: 5-7 years
    Hear your favorite fairy tale and decide how to solve the fairy tale’s character engineering problem.
  • Family Fort Building: Family
    Canada has many historic forts. Come out and create your family’s own fort!
  • FIRST LEGO League Jr. Robotics : 6-9 years
    Collaborate, communicate and get creative while building LEGO robots with teammates.
  • Fun with Beading!: 6 + years
    Join us and create a beautiful beaded bracelet!
  • 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.
  • LEGO Stop-motion Filmmaking: 9-12 years
    In a group, create a storyline and design a set for your very own Lego Movie. Take photographs and then transform them into a stop-motion film.
  • Life-Sized Trivial Pursuit: 8-12 years
    Do you love facts and trivia? Come play a life-sized version of this classic Canadian board game.
  • Little Beaver and the Echo Puppet Show: 3-5 years
    Looking forward to wowing your little one this summer? Come see how Canada’s national animal “the beaver” make friends in this puppet show and other activities.
  • Mad Science Workshop: True North Science: 6-10 years
    An interactive workshop featuring home-grown Canadian science. Experience hands-on experiments & discoveries from Canada’s contribution to science in the last 150 years.
  • Make an Inukshuk: 6-10 years
    Inukshuks can be found all across Canada. Come to the library to make a small version of this classic Canadian symbol.
  • Mimetics: Introduction to Robotics and Programming for 10+ years: 10+ years
    Are you interested in learning more about robotics, how they work and how they are programmed?
  • Mimetics: Introduction to Robotics and Programming for 7-10 years: 7-10 years
    Are you interested in learning more about robotics, how they work and how they are programmed?
  • Moonlight Movies
    RHPL is once again participating in the Town of Richmond Hill Moonlight Movies!

  • Movie Madness: Family Program
    Looking for a great way to spend an afternoon? Join us for Movie Madness at the Library!
    On Saturday May 20 th we will be showing the movie Sing
  • 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.
  • Northern Lights Art: 9-12 years
    View the Northern Lights and then recreate them on paper.
  • 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.
  • Paint Like Emily Carr: 9-12 years
    Create paintings of trees inspires by Canadian Artist Emily Carr.
  • Parachute Playtime: 5-7 years
    Join us for an afternoon of parachute activities and games.
  • Paw Patrol Party!: 3+ years
    It is time to party! Participate in fun activities based on your favorite gang of community helpers (Chase, Marshall, Ryder and the gang) and more!!
  • Police Safety: 5+ years with an adult
    Let’s be safety aware! Join us for stories, games and other activities all about being safe. Plus, maybe a special guest will stop by!
  • 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!
  • Red, White & Wow Magic Show: 4+ years
    Magic, mirth & mayhem, keeping your kids laughing and engaged while promoting the value of library books & reading.
  • Robert Munsch Party: 5-10 years
    Are you a fan of Robert Munsch? Who isn’t! Come celebrate the beloved Canadian author with an afternoon of stories and activities.
  • 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!
  • Sonshine and Broccoli: Family
    Come rock out at the library with Lisa Sonshine and Brock (Broccoli) Burford.
    Families with children of all ages can sing, dance, and imagine that they are famous rock stars during this high-energy pop-rock show!
  • STEAM Station Afternoon: 8-12 years
    Come to the library for a fun afternoon of STEAM maker activities.
  • 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 - Oak Ridges: Preschool to Grade 8
    Join us for Canadian activities, games, prizes and of course, cake!
  • 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 Club Wrap-Up Party - Oak Ridges: Preschool to Grade 8
    Come bid Summer Reading Club farewell with an afternoon of fun activities, prizes, and snacks!
  • TD Summer Reading Wrap Up Party - Central: Pre-school to grade 8
    Join us for a performance by RHPL Live followed by more fun activities and cake in the Children's Department.
  • TD Summer Teen/Tween Book Club: Grades 6-9
    Come out and discuss some great summer reads, enjoy a few snacks and get advice on what to read next from graphic novels, thrillers to the latest trend in fiction.
  • Tech Night: 6-12 years
    Tech Night is an event for children aged 6-12 to come learn about the potential of technology and experience some of it themselves.
  • The Paper Bag Princess: 3 - 7 years
    We’re going on a dragon hunt! Celebrate this classic story by Canadian author Robert Munsch with dramatic play then create your own dragon!
  • Toddler Art Program: 24-36 months with an adult
    Come and explore a variety of art experiences where the process is more important than the product.
  • Tweens Night - Cranium Challenge: 9-12 years
    Complete crazy challenges with charades, play dough, singing, spelling, trivia and more!
  • Who Do You Think You Are?: 8-12 years
    Ever wanted to learn more about your family history? Come to the library and learn how you can dig into your family’s past.