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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 the Winter 2019 programs will begin on Monday November 26th 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 Adventurers: 5 - 8
    Bring out your inner artist with a new art project every month. Make Eric Carle-inspired animals and a cubist spring scene. Dig in and start making with your hands in mixed media! A new project every month so put your creativity hat on.
  • Beeswax Candles: Ages 6-8
    Learn all about bees while rolling an elegant candle from two coloured strips of beeswax.
  • Cardboard Creations with MakeDo: 7-10 years
    Using the MakeDo tools the children will design and create their own cardboard creations.
  • Celebrate Family Literacy with Music by Jake: Family
    Join us for an interactive musical performance with Juno Award Nominee - Jake Differ
  • 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.
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Storytime : Ages 3 - 5
    A fun-filled 45 minute program with alphabet stories, songs, fun activities and a take away creation that kids will make.
  • Chinese New Year Party: All Ages
    Join us for our Chinese New Year Party! We have crafts, games, activities, and a scavenger hunt to ring in the Year of the Pig!
  • Crafty Spring Fling: Family (Ages 7+)
    Gather the whole family together for an amazingly fun night of spring-themed crafts and home decorations. Everyone will have the ability to make an item to welcome spring from dahlia wreaths to sun catchers!
  • Create a Cardboard Kingdom: 6-10 years
    Construct and decorate your own 3-d castle using recycled materials. Complete your project with gardens, dragons, knights, wizards and more!
  • 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.
  • Cursive Writing Workshop: Ages 8+
    Learn the ancient art of cursive writing and how to create your own unique signature.
  • Diaper Derby: Crawlers (up to 16 months) with caregiver
    Does your baby crawl? How about faster than other babies? Let’s have the cutest race this library has ever seen. Enter your baby (crawling only) in our very first diaper derby and meet other parents and babies. No obligation to compete.
  • Discovery Lab: 4-5 years
    Once a month for 4 Saturdays children will have fun discovering and learning through a variety of fun activities.
    One program will be music, another art, another math and lastly science.
  • Dragon Rescue Adventure: 9 - 13
    A tiny helpless dragon is hiding from a monstrous king dragon in the library! Your team will need to follow the clues to track down the hidden dragon while avoiding being taken out by the king dragon.
  • Earth Day Fun: 6-9 years
    Join us for some Earth Day fun! We will be planting seeds and creating our own trees from recycled materials.
  • Escape from the Death Star: Ages 13+ (10+ with adult supervision)
    The Rebel Alliance needs your help! In a teams of 4 to 6 with your family and friends, you will be challenged to steal information from the Death Star and escape in 45 minutes -- before Darth Vader discovers your presence.
  • Exploration Station: 5 - 8
    Grow your passion for science and more with hands-on activities to make you go "ick" and "wow." We'll make at least one project you can take home to impress your friends and family.
  • Exploring Colours Together: Ages 3-5
    Come to the library for an hour of stories and sensory activities. Parents and children will explore together and learn about colours. Please wear clothing you can get messy in!
  • 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.
  • Flower Mobiles: Ages 6-8
    Come create a fantastic flower mobile that looks pretty hanging in a window or doorway.
  • Folded Book Art: Lantern DIY: Ages 10-13
    Repurposing and recycling books into a hanging lantern.
  • Gamemaking with Scratch by Code Mobile: 6-9 years & 10-12 years
    From Checkers to Tag to Angry Birds---games are everywhere! As a group we’ll explore a basic game-design process (from idea, to execution to testing) to brainstorm and build your very own game.
  • Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss: All Ages
    Come join us honouring the 115th Birthday of Dr. Seuss. There will be stories, games crafts and CAKE (because if there’s a birthday party, there is always cake!!)
  • 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.
  • Homework Help Buddies for Newcomers: Grade 4 - 8
    This program will match newcomer students in grades 4-8 with high school volunteers who will meet with them weekly to offer subject specific homework help and skill enriching activities
  • Hour of Code Family Fun Night: Family
    Celebrate Family Literacy Day by making your own online game. Families will work together to program games using the free Hopscotch coding app.
  • Lego Block Party: Ages 6 -12
    Meet new friends and build whatever your mind can conjure with the Library’s LEGO collection.
  • Little Red Rocket Ship – A Puppet Show!: Ages 3-9
    Join Applefun Puppetry for a 45-minute interactive program. Afterwards, everyone learns how to make a paper puppet to take home.
  • Little Scientists: 2 - 5
    Explore science and engineering concepts through songs, stories, art, and activities in a STEM storytime. Each session will follow a theme.
  • Lunar New Year Make & Take Fun: 4+ years
    Celebrate the Year of the Pig.
    Make a paper lantern and other festive crafts to take home.
  • Magic Show with Kyle Livingston: Ages 4+
    With a wave of his wand, you’ll be amazed, amused and astounded by Magician Kyle.
  • Make Some Noise – Exploring Music and Sound: Ages 5-8
    Learn about the science behind music and sound, and make some awesome DIY instruments!
  • March Break - 60 Seconds 2 Win (Tweens): 10-13 years
    With 60 seconds on the clock, you are asked to complete weird and challenging tasks.
  • March Break - Arms Length Puppets Present “The Spider Prince”: All Ages (Family)
    Prince Harry, who discovers Mizard the Wizard's greediness for the king's gold, is transformed into a spider and depends on Princess Margaret and the children in the audience to save him. An interactive puppet show with a few surprises!
  • March Break - Cousin Molly Music Show: Family
    Enjoy a colourful and entertaining learning experience with Cousin Molly.
    She will share stories and songs in this hands-on show that will get all ages singing and playing.
  • March Break - DIY Board Games: 7-9 years
    You’ve played many board games now create your own.
    You never know, your game may be a great big hit!
  • March Break - Forest Trek – a Puppet Show! : Ages 3+
    Join Applefun Puppetry for a fun and exciting puppet show; meet the “star” puppets after and learn how to make a paper puppet of your own!
  • March Break - Kids Learn Code with Scratch Junior: 5-7 years with an adult
    Kids and their caregivers can join us for an introductory coding class with Scratch Junior. Kids will learn to create their own interactive stories, games and animation using the Scratch Junior App.
  • March Break - LEGO Build-a-thon: 6 - 12
    How many things can we build out of LEGO? Let’s find out! We will have challenges for you to try, or you can just let imagination be your guide.
  • March Break - Little Red Theatre presents - The Snow Queen: 5-11 years
    Little Red Theatre takes the simple lesson of growing up from Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen and fills it with unique and special mysteries.
  • March Break - Mad Science – Spin, Pop, Boom!: Ages 4 - 12
    This thrilling and interactive performance will explore a combination of chemistry and physics, including a colour change demonstration, exothermic reactions, a bungee jumping glass bottle, and more!
  • March Break - Paw Patrol Fun: 4-6 years
    Celebrate Ryder and the Paw Patrol pups with stories songs and fun activities.
  • March Break - Spy Camp: 6 - 12
    Calling all spies! You`re needed at spy camp to crack codes, make an identification card and a secret decoder, and write your own secret messages. Then use your spy skills for a scavenger hunt.
  • March Break - Super Science Special Event Show: 5-10 years
    The Super Science Show is a high energy performance; including a dry ice demonstration, bubbling potions, chemical reactions and much more.
  • March Break - WonderPhil Magic Show: 4-11 years
    WonderPhil 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: All Ages (Family)
    The March Break Maker Kick-Off returns for the third year in a row! Explore amazingly fun technologies, games, and creations that are sure to make you say, "WOW!"
  • Meet Author Helaine Becker: Grades 3&4
    The Power of Poetry: Celebrate poetry with a fun and funny discussion from bestselling author of Ode to Underware, Juba This, Juba That, A Porcupine in a Pine Tree and Counting Katherine: How Katherine Johnson saved Apollo 13.
  • Meet Author/Storyteller Itah Sadu: Grades 5&6
    Itah Sadu has written several books for children:
    Christopher, Please Clean Up Your Room! A Touch of the Zebras, Christopher Changes His Name, and Name Calling
  • Mini Discoverers: Ages 5-7
    Discover something new and explore what the worlds of STEAM have to offer! Different topics each month.
  • 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 December 22 at 2:00pm we will be showing The Polar Express
    There will be crafts and activities before and after the movie in the Children’s Department.
  • Noon Year’s Eve: All Ages (Family)
    Get ready to count down to the New Year – at noon!
  • PA Day - Let’s Make Sock Puppets: 7-11 years
    Create your own whimsical sock puppet. Then practice your puppeteering skills adding voice and movement to bring your character to life.
  • PA Day - Winter Wonders: Ages 4-12
    Explore a variety of winter wonders this PA Day! Visit the Oak Ridges Library to join the fun.
  • PA Parties at Richmond Green!: 4 - 10
    Do you have PA Day boredom? Break the blues and party with us at Richmond Green. Participate in party games, fun activities, colouring and origami. It’s party-time, people!
  • 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!
  • Python Computer Programming - Intermediate: 10-13 years
    Students will learn to be more comfortable coding in Python while taking advantage of the language’s unique features. They will also learn about more advanced coding concepts such as objects and functions.
  • Python Computer Programming - Introductory: 10-13 years
    Students will learn how to write code using Python and the unique features of language. They will gain knowledge of fundamental coding concepts such as loops and conditional statement.
  • 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!
  • Robin Hood and the Dragon - A Puppet Show!: Ages 3-9
    Join Applefun Puppetry for a 45-minute interactive program. Afterwards, everyone learns how to make a paper puppet to take home.
  • Sewing Bee 101-Embroidered Paper Plate: 10-13 Years old
    This class aims to introduce children to the joy of hand sewing. We will discuss basic techniques such as threading a needle, tying a knot and sewing on buttons. Using paper plates and you will practice lacing through with needles and threads until you
  • Sewing Bee Club : 10-13 Years old
    Let’s jump into the exciting world of sewing! In this club, we use both our hands and threads to make oodles of fun projects. We will do a different project each month. Separate Registration is required each session.
  • Sphero Maze Challenge : 7-9 years
    Be prepared to be amazed. In pairs, code Sphero to drive and navigate through different mazes then create your own amazing maze.
  • Spool Knitting Pets: 8+ years
    Learn to Spool Knit and create your own unique knitted pet.
  • Tween Friendship Bracelets: Ages 9-13
    Learn how to make friendship bracelets using embroidery thread.
  • Tween League - ART!: 9 - 13
    Unique artistic exploration. These once a month meetings each focus on a particular project for adventurous tweens who want to satisfy their curiosity while making new friends.
  • Tween League - SCIENCE!: 9 - 13
    Exceptional scientific challenges! These once a month meetings each focus on a particular project for adventurous tweens who want to satisfy their curiosity while making new friends.
  • Tweens Night - CD Art: 10-13 years
    Create amazing art by scratching CDs
  • Tweens Night - Poetry as Art: 10-13 years
    Create poems so beautiful that they are works of art. We explore woven poetry, black out poetry, paint chip poetry and magnetic poetry.
  • Tweens Night - Post-it Note Art: 10-13 years
    Explore graffiti art, zendoodling and oil pastels all on a 3x3" piece of paper
  • Tweens Night - String Art: 10-13 years
    Using string, we paint, wrap and wind to make 3 very different art projects
  • Who Was Club: 8-12 years
    Come explore famous figures of the past & present – learn about their lives, why they are famous & participate in hands-on activities.
  • 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! Themes include Spy Science, Engineering Challenges and On the Move.
  • Year of the Pig Bilingual Storytime: Ages 2-5
    Come celebrate the Lunar New Year with stories, songs and games. Learn some Chinese along the way and take home a fun craft!