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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.
  • Bicycle Maintenance Workshop: All Ages
    Stop by the library for a bicycle tune-up! You will learn how to maintain your bicycle and ride safely.
  • 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?
  • Canada 150 Guess-It Game Day: All Ages
    Come play family friendly games like Jeopardy and Pictionary with a Canadian twist.
  • Canada 150 Library Hunt Extravaganza: All Ages
    Search through the library to match photo clues with facts in this play-anytime game. There is a new Canada 150 theme every week, running Saturday morning through Friday.
  • Canada 150 T-Shirt Making Party: 6 - 12 years old
    Children can design a custom Canada 150 t-shirt that they will get to take home just in time for Canada Day celebrations!
  • Canada and the Constellations: All Ages
    A special presentation on the stars above our heads, led by a member of York Region Astronomy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Code with SCRATCH!: 8 - 12
    Take an in-depth look at the computer programming language called Scratch! This four-day-long workshop will teach how to create your own animations, interactive stories, and games
  • Dr. Seuss Storytime: 3 - 6
    Rediscover your favourite Dr. Seuss characters through stories and activities.
  • Early Years: Music and Movement: 4-6 with a parent
    Learn through music and movement. Co-sponsored by YMCA Ontario Early Years.
  • Edible Art
    Fun works of art with fruits, vegetables, cereal, and candy that link to the celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary!
  • Epic Rap Battles Jr.: Canada 150: 9 -12
    Become an Epic Rap Battles of History star by creating a rap performance for a historical Canadian figure!

    Musical mentors will lead you through the writing process, help to create your costume, and prepare you for the public performance.

  • Epic Rap Battles Jr.: Canada 150 - Performance: All Ages
    Come enjoy the historic rap battles created by talented Richmond Hill tweens!
  • 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!
  • Harry Potter’s Birthday Bash: All Ages
    The world of Harry Potter is exploding at Richmond Green on the hero’s birthday. Figure out your Hogwarts house, make wizarding objects, and check out our Triwizard Maze!
  • 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.
  • Makers Club: 5 - 12
    Explore the world of making through a variety of creation and technology activities and games.
  • 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!
    Saturday June 10th we will be showing The Wild Life
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • Pete the Cat Storytime: Ages 3 - 6
    Become a cool cat like our favourite feline Pete the Cat through maker activities and a story.
  • 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!
  • Settling in Richmond Hill: 8 - 12
    Learn about early Canadian settlement patterns by looking at Richmond Hill and what made it an attractive destination. Using historic maps and images, participants will develop their own town and create a town crest with motto.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • TD Summer Reading Club Launch Party - Central: Preschool - Grade 8
    Join us for an afternoon of Canadian games, activities and 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 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 Reading Wrap-Up Party - Richmond Green: All Ages
    Come celebrate the wrap-up of our summer reading program and enjoy a performance by Music by Jake! We will award the final Summer Reading Club prizes.
  • TD Summer Reading Wrap-Up Party - Richvale: All Ages
    Join us for treats, activities & games to wrap up our Summer Reading celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.
  • 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.
  • Tween TD Summer Reading Photo Hunt: 10-13 years
    Every Tuesday from July 4 - August 22, a new picture will appear on the Tween Photo Hunt Website. It is up to you to figure out where the picture was taken from.
  • 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.