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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/Summer Programs will begin on Monday April 9th at 9:30AM
Registration for the Fall 2018 programs will begin on Monday August 27th 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.

  • Board Game Café: Ages 5+ (Family)
    Drop by the Richmond Green Library for an evening of board games and fun! Play an old favourite or learn a brand new one.
  • Board Game Drop-in: Ages 5+ (Family)
    Drop by the Oak Ridges Library for an afternoon of board games and fun!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Computer Programming - Python: 10-13 years
    The Python program will introduce to children the world of computer programming. Students will learn how to write code in Python and the unique features of the language such as dynamic typing.
  • 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! Different themes each month.
  • Dream Jar: 5+ years
    Dream big! Come and make your own magical Dream Jar where you can store dreams, wishes and happy memories.
  • Exploration Station: Ages 5 - 8
    Grow your passion for science and more with hands-on activities to make you go “Ick!” and “Wow!” We will make at least one project you can take home to impress your friends and family.
  • Family Games Night: Family
    Join us for our Family Games night as we celebrate International Games Week.
    We will have board games and decks of cards.
    Drop by the Children's Department anytime for family togetherness time.
  • Family Winter Craft-a-thon: All Ages (Family)
    Enjoy a family maker evening at the library! You will be given all the supplies and hands-on instruction for the creation of a unique wreath and homemade holiday cards. The whole family can contribute and participate in this fun, festive evening.
  • Fantastic Beasts in the Library: Ages 7+ (Family)
    Experience Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them before the latest movie is released! Newt Scamander's magic suitcase full of fantastic beasts has been opened in the Richmond Green Library.
  • FIRST LEGO League Jr. Robotics - 8 weeks: 6-9 years
    With teammates, engineer creative solutions to challenges using our LEGO WeDo kits.
  • FIRST LEGO League Jr. Robotics - Beginner - 4 weeks: 6-9 years
    With teammates, engineer creative solutions to challenges using our LEGO WeDo 2.0 kits.
  • FIRST LEGO League Jr. Robotics - Intermediate - 4 weeks: 7-10 years
    With teammates, engineer creative solutions to challenges using our LEGO WeDo kits.
  • Fun with Snap Circuits: 8 - 12 years
    Snap Circuits are a fun and easy way to learn about electronics and circuitry. Get hands-on experience snapping together interesting projects like sound-activated alarms, flashing lights, fans, musical doorbells, and more!
  • Get Growing! Gardening Lab: Ages 5 - 8
    Turn your child’s thumb green at this introduction to gardening. The program will be indoors, but hands-on and close to plants and dirt.
  • Glow in the Dark Storytime: Ages 3 - 6
    Join us for a storytime full of darkness, followed by a maker activity full of light!
  • Hallowe’en Spook-tacular: 3+ years
    Get in the mood for Halloween with spooky stories, songs and fun activities. We’ll create something special.
  • Halloween Fun: Family
    Play spooky games and create creepy crafts while having lots of Halloween fun.
    Dress in your costume!
  • Holiday Cards: All Ages
    Join us in the children’s department to create holiday cards for people in our community.
    The handmade cards will be delivered by our Community Outreach Librarian to clients that are unable to come to the library.
  • Holiday Games: 7-9 years
    The holidays are not over yet!
    Join us as we play various games based on holidays from around the world.
  • I’m off to Kindergarten!: 3-5 years
    Starting kindergarten is an exciting time.
    Join us for stories, songs and activities. This program is designed to help children be independent, in preparation for their first Days of school.
  • Keeping Your Child Safe Online: Adults (18+)
    Are you concerned about your child’s safety online? Worried that their online habits are affecting their health? This workshop will cover topics like cyber bullying, online predators, excessive internet use, and daily smartphone use.
  • Lego Block Party: Ages 6 -12
    Meet new friends and build whatever your mind can conjure with the Library’s LEGO collection.
  • Little Bits: 9-12 years
    Enjoy a hands-on and interactive program using Little Bits. Ignite your curiosity and engage in active inquiry and problem solving with different challenges each class.
  • Make a Mobile: 5+ years
    Design your own mobile to decorate your room!
  • Make It Green! Gardening Lab: Ages 8 - 12
    Explore the natural world around you and learn how to make something for your garden at home. The program will be indoors, but hands-on and close to plants and dirt
  • Meet Author Elizabeth Macleod: Grades 4&5
    Commemorate Remembrance Day, with Silver Birch Non-Fiction Winner for 2018 Elizabeth Macleod.
    Ms. Macleod has written many books including Top Dogs, The Kids Books of Canada at War and Bunny the Brave War Horse.
  • Minute-to-Win-It!: Ages 7+ (Family)
    Compete against your friends and family to complete crazy challenges in less than 60 seconds! May the best win!
  • Movie Madness: Family Program
    Looking for a great way to spend an afternoon? Join us for Movie Madness at the Library!
    On Saturday August 18th, we will be showing “Disney’s Cinderella” the live action version.
    This movie is rated PG
  • Musical Babies: Birth - 15 Months w/Adult
    Co-sponsored by EarlyON.
    This program encourages language and early literacy skills through the use of songs, nursery rhymes and musical experiences.
  • Noon Years’ Eve: All Ages (Family)
    Get ready to count down to the New Year – at noon!
  • PA Day - Are you up for the challenge?: 4-13
    Get ready for an afternoon of challenge-based activities that will test your skills and teach you something new! There will be building challenges, colour experiments, and robotics play time!
  • PA Day – Back to School Bash: Ages 7 - 13
    Use your creativity to make your own back-to-school-themed items like bookmarks, locker magnets, and notebooks!
  • PA Day – Draw Your Story: Ages 7 - 11
    Children will be read a story without being allowed to see the pictures. They must draw their own illustrations. Only at the end will the original book images be revealed.
  • PA Day – Mummy Mania: Ages 7 - 11
    Just in time for Halloween explore fun art and games related to the creepy and fascinating ancient mummies of Egypt!
  • PA Day KidZone MakerSpace: 4-6 years
    Drop in to see demos of 3D printing, coding activities, robotics, and other inter-active activities.
    Be innovative, be creative, be a Maker!
  • PA Day Playful Math Workshop: 2.5-6 years with an adult
    York Region Early Literacy Specialist Jill Javelosa-Alvarez
    A fun and interactive MAKE & TAKE workshop designed to provide families with young children ideas on how to support early math skills by messing about, playing and tinkering with loose parts
  • Paws4Stories: St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program: Grades 1 - 3
    Paws4Stories is a literacy program for beginning and struggling readers: an exciting opportunity to read aloud to a dog and make a friend.
    The dogs and their owners are trained by the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program.
  • Pop Up MakerSpace for Kids: All Ages
    The Pop Up MakerSpace for Kids is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
    Drop in to see demos of 3D printing, coding activities, robotics, and other new and exciting emerging technologies.
    Be innovative, be creative, be a Maker!
  • 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!
  • Real-Life Video Game Experience: All Ages (Family)
    Be the star of your favourite video game as you play real-life versions of Angry Birds, Pac Man, Oregon Trail, and more!
  • Red Cross Babysitting Course: 11-15 years
    Learn basic first aid and caregiving skills in this one day babysitting course presented by the Canadian Red Cross.
  • Science Literacy Week - Little Bits Thursday: 7-9 years
    Little Bits snap together with magnets up to create blinking, buzzing creations. The possibilities for inventions are endless!
  • Science Literacy Week - Maker Monday: 7-9 years
    Design a game controller with MaKey MaKey then test out your creation while learning the basics of electrical wiring.
  • Science Literacy Week - Scientists in School: 7-9 years
    Sir Isaac Newton was one smart dude.
    Explore Newton’s Laws of Motion as you learn how things move, how size does matter, and how your actions always produce a reaction.
  • Science Squad : 8 - 12 years
    Explore the world of science! Join us for cool hands-on experiments and fun discoveries. Different topics each week.
  • Stop Motion Animation: 9-12 years
    Create a character, design a set and transform it into a stop-motion film.
    iPads and materials will be provided.
  • Storyland Adventures: 7 - 9 years
    Let’s dive into the pages of a storybook! Using our imagination and sense of adventure, we’ll bring stories to life though co-operative games and storytelling activities.
  • TD Summer Reading Club - Central Wrap-up Party: Preschool - Grade 8
    The summer is almost over but we can still have fun at our STEAM stations!
  • TD Summer Reading Club - Oak Ridges Wrap-up Party: Preschool - Grade 8
    Join us to celebrate the end of this year’s TD Summer Reading Club with activities, treats and more!
  • TD Summer Reading Club - Richmond Green Wrap-Up Party: All Ages (Family)
    Celebrate the end of our summer reading program as we give out the final prizes and participate in STEAM activities.
  • The BOO Bash!: All Ages (Family)
    Celebrate Halloween in style with a haunted house, spooky activities, creepy crafts, and scare-tastic games!
  • Tween Artrageous: Ages 9 - 13
    Explore unique forms of art like sparkle slime and art explosion books with your besties while you make new friends!
  • Tween Explosive Science!: Ages 9 - 13
    Learn the science behind how things can go boom, pop, and fizz! You will even get to enjoy the fizzy fun with your own hands!
  • Tween Spectacular Science Society: Ages 9 - 13
    Learn how fun and amazing different areas of science can be as you compete against your fellow science explorers in unique challenges from creating a landing pod for the Mars Rover to designing a mechanical hand.
  • Tween Spook-tacular!: Ages 9 - 13
    The Richmond Green Library is haunted! Help save the library by working with your teammates to solve puzzles, collect clues, and bust the ghosts out of the shelves.
  • Tween Zombie Survival Mission: Ages 9 - 13
    Join us at Richmond Green for a fun and spooky night that will give you the chills – even in the summer heat! Race through the library to establish a secure survival camp before the zombies break inside and infect the survivors.
  • Tweens Engineering Challenges: 10-13 years
    Presented by STEM Kids Rock
    Celebrate Science Literacy Week by competing in engineering challenges.
  • Tweens Get your Game on @ the Library: 10-18 years
    Join us for an afternoon of off line games and trivia as we celebrate International Games Week
    co-hosted by our Teen Advisory Group
  • Tweens Night - All Eyes on You: 10-13 years
    Ghoulish creations with Googly Eyes
  • Tweens Night - Heroes and Villains: 10-13 years
    Are you a hero or a villain? Games, art projects and challenges will decide
  • Tweens Night - Op Art: 10-13 years
    Get creative and have fun with optical illusion art
  • Tweens Night - Paper Art: 10-13 years
    Come create magazine wall art, origami, stained glass and 3D sculptures, all made out of paper!
  • Using Library Resources for School Success: Ages 7+ (Family)
    Library provides helpful information to new immigrants about their new community. Come to find out how the library can help you to be successful in school through our free services, books, online resources, and volunteer opportunities for students.
  • Wonder Kids STEAM Club: 5 - 7 years
    Spark your sense of wonder and discovery with stories and fun hands-on activities that explore STEM concepts! Different topics each week.