Things to Do over Summer Break

Attention, parents!


If you're like me you probably struggle with how to create a magical summer for your kids. When summer turns up the heat and your brain starts to boil, it can be hard to come up with ideas to fill those long days.

Let the library help! Best of all, everything is 100% free.

Join Our Summer Reading Program, of Course!

Summer Reading

We're calling all cowpokes to saddle up for Summer Reading June 3-July 30.

Register here for the “Wanted: Readers” Summer Reading program for all ages – adults included!

Pick up a reading record at your favorite library then lasso up the family and join us for a Summer Reading Event.

Come to a Program

Bring your kids to a program or event and let the library do the work.

It might be Laser Tag for your teen, an Emojis workshop for your tween, fun with a western puppet show for your grade schooler or a pop culture extravaganza for the whole family.

Exploration Pass

Summer outings can be expensive. The library offers prepaid passes to some great local destinations. Have an adventure on us!

man with binoculars
The Exploration Pass is your ticket to visit participating metro-Denver area cultural institutions including the Butterfly Pavilion, Dinosaur Ridge, Molly Brown House, and more.

Take home a Robot

What could be cooler on a hot summer day than a robot! Put the latest technology in your child's hands by checking out a new friend!

Dot Robot[electronic Device]

Sphero 2

Finch Robot

Plan a Party at the Library!

Reserve The Forum at Koelbel Library, bring in your favorite DVD and screen a movie. Or go crazy and have a karaoke party courtesy of YouTube. The Forum has a projector, Blu-ray player, microphones and all the hook ups for you personal device — you can even check out a laptop from the library! The best part is the room is soundproof* so you don't have to be afraid to turn up the volume.

*This has been thoroughly tested by 9-year-old girls hyped up on cookies, so you know it's true!

See a Movie at the Library

Between Book and Movie

Check out one of the movies we're screening this summer.

Two Words: Book Club

Kids always want to do what grownups do. Your child or teen can feel just like Mom or Dad when they use a book club kit with 10 copies of a book to start their own club!

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

I Am Malala

The City of Ember

Find Something to Read Without Ever Leaving Your Home

Games for Kids

You'll feel better about their screen time when they're racking up the hours reading. Use one of our online resources for kids to find the digital books, comics and magazines your kids love.

For a fun, interactive reading experience check out Tumblebooks.

TumbleBooks logo
This resource features interactive, animated stories, puzzles and games. There are stories by well-known authors, original stories, classic fairy tales, puzzles and games in English, Spanish, French and a mobile version.

Makerspace

Take a trip to Castlewood Library to learn to sew, make a 3D print, use the lasercutter or just about anything else you can dream up. Talk to a tech specialist if you'd like a helping hand.

Not sure what you want to make? Try a Project Cards to get the ball rolling.

Project Cards

The Studio

Do you have a budding star on your hands? Record a music video or make your own movie at one of our Studios. Want some help to get started? Schedule time with a librarian and they'll help make your dream a reality.

The Studio at Arapahoe Libraries

Go Pro

Take home a Go Pro camera and let your kids film their summer adventures. You might be surprised what they're up to!

Go Pro Mounted Video Camera

Show and Tech

Want access to all the cool technology the library has to offer? Host a Show and Tech and let the library bring the fun to you. Google Glass, Oculus Rift and the AR Parrot Drone are just a few of the resources we'd like to share.

Show and Tech

Alyx's Guide to Great Websites for Kids

kids looking at a computer

Youth Librarian Alyx put together this great list of websites for kids to explore.

Great Websites and Games for Kids

 Check Out a Playaway

These all-in-one devices provide hours of digital fun. They're great for road trips, waiting rooms and any other time you need help keeping them occupied. Try out one today!

Playaway Launchpad — a tablet pre-loaded with games and activities so fun, they won't know they're learning!

Playaway View — video players that make their favorite character, show or subject come to life.

Playaway Audiobooks — audiobooks without the need to download or play a CD? Yes, please!

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