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Play Parkour
Ages 5-12. Does March Break have you bouncing off the walls? Do front flips, back flips and more with this exciting parkour experience. Emphasis on movement, creativity and fun! Please register for one of the four available time slots. A waiver will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.
Registration required.

Victoria, Friday, March 15
Show Times: 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm @1:30 pm

Stuffed Animal Sleepover
All ages. Wear your pj's and bring your favourite stuffed animal for a story, then tuck them in for the night. come get them in the morning, but don't forget to check our social media to see what kind of mischief they get up to when no one is watching.
Registration required.

Community, Wednesday, March 13 @ 6:00 pm

Make Your Own LEGO Movie
Ages 10+ Kids work together in small teams, experimenting with iPad-based stop motion animation to bring LEGO minifigures to life. Go home with your very own mini LEGO movie.
Registration required.

Stamford, Wednesday, March 13 @ 10:30 am
Victoria, Thursday, March 14 @ 10:30 am

Make Your Own LEGO Movie Jr.
Ages 5+ Kids and caregivers experiment with iPad-based stop motion animation to bring LEGO minifigures to life. Go home with your very own mini LEGO movie.
Registration required.

Stamford, Monday March 11 @ 10:30 am
Victoria, Tuesday, March 12 @ 10:30 am
Chippawa, Wednesday, March 13 @ 2:30 pm

3D Design & Print Drop-In
All ages. Design your own 3D object and watch it print on our Oakes Room Media Lab 3D printers. We've got templates to jumpstart your creativity. Prints are free but availability may be limited.

Community, Monday, March 11 @ 1:30 pm
Victoria, Thursday, March 14 @ 1:30 pm
Victoria, Friday, March 15 @ 11:00 am

Flip-O-Rama™-Rama
Ages 8+ Fans of Captain Underpants, Ricky Ricotta and Dog Man can try their hand at the fine art of the flip-o-rama. Non-fans interested in exploring this simple form of animation are also welcome.
Registration required.

Stamford, Monday, March 11 @ 2:30 pm

Scarf-Making
Ages 6+ Make your very own no-sew fleece scarf.
Registration required.

Community, Tuesday, March 12 @ 10:30 am
Stamford, Wednesday, March 13 @ 2:30 pm

Paint Drop-In
All ages. Unleash your inner artist. Help create a beautiful mural that will be hung up at the library and then create your own unique painting to take home with you.

Victoria, Monday, March 11 @ 10:30 am
Community, Thursday, March 14 @ 2:30 pm

Robot Obstacle Course
All ages. Race our robots through an obstacle course made of random library stuff.
Registration required.

Victoria, Tuesday, March 12 @ 1:30 pm

Altered Board Books
Ages 3-6. Take an old board book and make it your own by painting, drawing, and colouring all over it.
Registration required.

Chippawa, Monday, March 11 @ 2:30 pm

Mason Jar Lights
Ages 6+ Make your own unique Mason Jar Lantern. All materials are provided.
Registration required.

Community, Monday, March 11 @ 10:30 am

Drive-In Movie
All ages. With the help of an adult, kids build their own cardboard car and enjoy a short film at the drive-in.
Registration required.

Victoria, Thursday, March 14 @ 2:30 pm

DIY Bath Bomb & Sugar Scrub
Ages 9+ Pamper yourself! Create your own unique bath bombs and sugar scrubs. All materials are provided.
Registration required.

Victoria, Wednesday, March 13 @ 2:30 pm

Cardboard Creations Drop-In
All ages. With cardboard and a range of other art supplies, the sky's the limit with what can be made.

Stamford, Tuesday, March 12 @ 2:30 pm

Slime Time
All ages. Squishy, gooey, yucky - make your own slime!
Registration required.

Stamford, Thursday, March 14 @ 10:30 am

Creation Station Drop-In
All ages. Turn your imagination into art! We supply all creative materials.

Chippawa, Wednesday, March 13 @ 10:30 am

Animation Basics with Cristal Buemi
Ages 10+ Animation pro Cristal Buemi (cristalbuemi.com), who is based out of Toronto and Barcelona but grew up in Niagara Falls, leads this workshop on some basics of stop motion animation. Participants work in small groups to imagine and bring to life a mixed media loop that they share with the class. If you like stop motion animation and want to do more, check out our Make Your Own LEGO Movie programs running throughout March Break
Registration required.

Victoria, Saturday, March 9 @ 12:30 pm

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Winter Children's Programs Flyer

Winter 2018/2019

Spring 2019 *Registration opens March 4th.

Preschool Early Literacy Programs

Niagara Falls Public Library offers Early Literacy Programs for all ages - find the one that's right for you!

Literacy programs at Niagara Falls Public Library are FREE.
Registration is required, either in person at any NFPL location, by phone at 905-356-8080 or online.

 


Babytime

For the youngest babies and their adult caregivers. If you're not yet walking and talking, this is the program for you! Come and have fun with music, rhymes, tickles and bounces. Bring a blanket and let us introduce you and your baby to a variety of board books and activities.

Register


Just for Tots

For babies who are walking and talking and their adult caregivers. Join us for songs, stories, music and activities.

Register


Time for 2s and 3s

For toddlers and preschoolers ready for a longer, more active program and their adult caregivers. Develop pre-literacy skills with books, songs, games, rhymes, movies, crafts and creative play.

Register


Family Storytime

For children of all ages and their adult caregivers. Develop pre-literacy skills with books, songs, games, rhymes, movies, crafts and creative play. Please register all participating children - babes in arms do not require registration.

Register 

Creation Station

All ages. Glue and sparkles and paper, oh my! Join us for our Creation Station program to turn your imagination into art! We'll supply all the creative materials you'll need to make something dazzling.

No registration required. Schedule

Shake, Shimmy & Dance

Ages 0-7 Make some noise and bring your dancing shoes for our music and movement storytime!

Register

Kids' Reading Club Jr.

Ages 5-7 Need a break after school? Want to hear stories, colour and play games? Join us for our Kids' Reading Club Jr. program! Parents do not attend the program, but must stay in the library. 

No registration required. Schedule

After-School Kids' Club

All ages. Drop in for all kinds of fun, including video games, board games, LEGO and more

Community, Tuesdays @ 4:00 pm
Chippawa, Wednesdays @ 4:00 pm
Victoria, Thursdays @ 4:00 pm

Drop-In Storytime

All ages Join us for a half-hour of singing, playing and reading.

Victoria Avenue, Sunday, April 7th @ 1:30 pm

ABC, 123 Storytime

Ages 2-3 A fun-filled story time for learning about letters and numbers

Registration required.
Community Centre,Thursday, March 21st, Wednesday April 3rd, Thursday, April 18th, 4:00 pm

Minute to Win It

Ages 6+ Can you move a cookie using only your face? Can you race a ping pong ball across the floor? Complete these and other challenges in under a minute to be the ultimate champion.

Registration required.
Victoria Avenue, Saturday, April 6th @ 1:30 pm

PD Day Drop-In Fun

It's your day off from school - live it up, library-style! Drop in for board games, Lego, crafts and more. You could even grab a few books to get you through the long weekend.

Victoria, Stamford, and Community
Fridays, February 15th, May 17th, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
 

Fun Film in the Pit @ Vic

Victoria Avenue Library, Fridays, 1:00 p.m.
February 15th: Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
May 17th: Paddington

Lego Robotics | Beginner

Ages 5+ Children and caregivers work together to learn some basics of coding and robotics using Lego WeDo 1.0.

Victoria Avenue, Saturdays, February 23rd, May 4th, Sunday, May 26th @1:30 p.m.
Stamford, Saturday, March 23rd @ 1:30 pm
Chippawa, Saturday, February 9th @ 1:30 p.m.
Registration is required.

Lego Robotics | Advanced

Ages 8+ with Lego WeDo Experience. Mastered the beginner Lego WeDo builds? Ready for more? Try your hand at WeDo 2.0.

Victoria Avenue, Saturdays, February 2nd and 23rd, May 4th, Sunday, May 26th @ 1:30 pm
Stamford Centre, Saturdays, February 9th, March 23rd @ 1:30 pm
Registration is required.

Tween Lounge

Ages 9+ Hang out, play games and make crafts with your friends.

Victoria Avenue, Wednesdays @ 4:00 pm

Caregiver Code-along

Ages 5+
Children and caregivers work together using the Library's fleet of mobile devices, robots and some easily accessible online coding tools. We'll cover the basics of coding and introduce computational thinking. Each session will focus on activities that can be continued outside of the Library.
All technology and learning tools are provided, but attendees are welcome to bring their own devices.

Victoria Avenue, Saturday, April 6th, Sunday, May 5 @ 12:30 pm
Sunday, May 19th @ 1:00 pm
Registration is required.

Creating With Code

Ages 8+
Learn some coding basics - including game-building, animation, simple programming, and robotics - using Swift, Scratch, Java, Ozobots, Dash and Dots, Cues, and Spheros on a variety of platforms. We provide all tech.

Community Centre, Sunday, April 7th @ 12:30 pm
Registration is required.

Bookgartners

Ages 3-6. Join us each session where we will focus on one popular children's author. We will read their stories and then do different activities based on the books.
Registration required.

Community Centre, Saturday, March 30th @ 1:30 pm
Victoria Avenue, Thursday, April 11th @ 6:30 pm
Chippawa, Saturday, April 27th @ 1:30 pm
Stamford Centre, Saturday, May 25th @ 1:30 pm

Friday Night Block Party

All ages. Get down with blocks. Big ones, little ones, we have all kinds. Come build something amazing!

Community Centre, 
Fridays, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
February 8th, 15th, 22nd, March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, April 5th, 12th, 25th, May 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
 

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Chippawa Kids' Movies

All ages. Enjoy a kid-friendly feature film at the Chippawa Library once a month on Saturdays.
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

March 2nd: Smallfoot (2018, 96 minutes, Rated PG)
April 6th: Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015, 85 minutes, Rated PG)
May 4th: The Lego Batman Movie (2017, 104 minutes, Rated PG) 
Check the Events Calendar for movie details.

Therapy Tails

All ages. Read to a dog, hang out with a dog or hug a dog - the Therapy Tails dogs are ready for everything. Girl and dogPerfect for children who are nervous around dogs, looking for some sensory input, need practice reading out loud or just want to hang out and relax with these furry friends.
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Schedule
 

Community Centre, Saturdays, February 9th, March 9th, April 13th, May 11th
Victoria Avenue, Saturdays, February 23rd, March 23rd, April 27th, May 25th
Stamford Centre, Saturdays, February 16th, March 16th, April 20th, May 18th

Reading Buddies

Reading Buddies is a weekly reading support program that gives children one-to-one reading practice with a teen volunteer. Buddies have fun reading together and enjoy activities that build confidence and a love of reading.
Ages Grades 1 and up

Victoria Avenue,Tuesdays, 4:00 pm
Stamford Centre,Wednesdays, 4:00 pm

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Kidding Around With Photoshop

Learn image editing basics using a variety of software and tools, beginning with very basic resizing and alterations and moving to more advanced layering and filters. Projects are age-appropriate and will give attendees the skills and inspiration necessary to advance further.

Ages 8+ Victoria Avenue, Saturday, May 18th @ 1:00 pm
Registration is required

Building in 3D

Design and create 3D objects with the Library's Media lab's host of software and tools. Explore design concepts and prototyping, plan and build your 3D objects, and then print them with our 3D printers. Projects will focus on fun and friendly themes with results that can be put to use by learners of all ages.
Please be aware that prints will not be ready by the session's end.

Ages 8+ Victoria Avenue Library, Saturday, April 20th @12:30 pm
Registration required.

St. John Ambulance Home Alone

The Home Alone program teaches participants how to deal with emergencies and other potentially serious situations as well as phone calls and visitors, recognize hazards and follow home safety procedures. They will also learn first aid basics, healthy eating, fire safety and how and when to use 911. Ages 9 years and up.
Cost: $40.00 Register by calling St. John Ambulance at 905-356-7340. Space is limited.

Victoria Avenue Library
Friday, February 15th, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Saturday, April 13th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday, May 17th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

St. John Ambulance - Babysitting Basics

Developed by a team of child care professionals, trained babysitters, St. John Ambulance instructors and parents, this course teaches new babysitters the skills necessary to care for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers. It emphasizes safety, dealing with emergencies and first aid basics.
Ages 11-15 years. $50.00 Register by calling St. John Ambulance at 905-356-7340. Space is limited.

Victoria Avenue Library
Saturday, February 16th, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Saturday, May 18th, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Switched-on Gamers

Work together. Battle it out. Unwind after a long day at school. Test your skills on our Nintendo Switch.
Ages 9-13

Victoria Avenue Library
Wednesdays, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
January 16th, 23rd, 30th
February 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

Chess | Beginner

Ages 7-12 Move, countermove - learn the basics of chess. It's sports for your brain. Children age 7 must have a parent or guardian remain in the library during the program.
Registration required.

Stamford Centre, Thursdays, April 11th, 18th, 25th, May 2nd, 9th, 16th @ 3:45 pm

Just Dance

Ages 8+ Bust a move and join our Just Dance party.

Victoria Avenue, Sundays, March 24th, May 5th @ 1:30 pm

Dancing to the Beat Kids' Dance Party

Let it loose to some funky tunes. Don't forget your dancing shoes!
All ages.

Victoria Avenue Library
Sunday, February 10th
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Sensory Play Sunday

Get some slippery, sticky, hands-on experience. Dress to get messy!
All ages.

Victoria Avenue Library
Sunday, February 24th
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Community Centre Library
Sundays, April 28th, May 12th
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Family Fort Fun

Come and build a fort with your family. When you're finished, snuggle up and enjoy a good book. Bring a favourite blanket for fort building, or use ours.
All ages.

Victoria Avenue Library
Sunday, February 3rd
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Family Day at the Library

Victoria Avenue & Community Centre libraries will be open 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Family Day, February 18th.

Drop in for some special,  high-quality family fun at your friendly neighbourhood library.
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Button-Making Bonanza

All ages. Make your own customized buttons. We provide all materials.
Community, Saturday, May 11th @ 1:30

DIY Terrarium

Ages 8+ Join us at the library and make your very own terrarium that will fit in any small space.
Registration required.
Stamford, Saturday, April 13th @ 1:30 pm

Frankencrafts

Ages 6+ It's alive! Take apart old toys and stuffed animals to make and create franken toys!
Victoria, Sunday, April 14th @ 1:30 pm

Earth Day Drop-In for Kids

All Ages. An hour of open-ended, Earth Day fun with a variety of crafts, games and activities.

Victoria Avenue & Community Centre Libraries
Monday, April 22nd @ 10:00 a.m.

Piano Lessons

Free Beginners’ Piano Lessons!

Start your child’s musical journey at the library with accomplished teen pianist Salony! Kids will learn to play piano in a cooperative, fun group, Monday afternoons every week. They don’t even need a piano at home to practice on – the library has pianos and keyboards they can use as often as they want!

Ages 6-8 years with no piano playing experience (Children under age 8 must have a parent or guardian remain in the library during the lesson).

Victoria Ave. Library
Mondays, 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
November 12, 2018 - June 17, 2019
Registration required. Space is limited.