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.


Sign Up for Summer Reading

It's the biggest event of the year! Step right up and read this summer to earn coupon sheets and prizes. 

Looking for more summer fun? Download your voucher from the Colorado Rapids and catch a match this summer.


Come to a Program

Bring your kids to a an event and let the library do the work. Choose from a variety of programs and events designed to entertain, educate and get kids' creative juices flowing.

Programs for Children 0-5

Programs for Children 5-8

Programs for Tweens 9-12

Programs for Teens 13-17


Use an Exploration Pass

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

 


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 Theatre at Koelbel Library, bring in your favorite DVD or Blu-ray and screen a movie. Or go crazy and have a karaoke party courtesy of YouTube. The Forum Theatre 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 and escape the summer heat.


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! Here are a few examples of the kits we offer:

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

I Am Malala

The City of Ember


Find Something to Read
Without Ever Leaving Your Home

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.

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.


The Makerspace

Take a trip to the Castlewood Library Makerspace 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 Card to get the ball rolling.


The StudioThe Studio at Arapahoe Libraries

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.


Go ProGo Pro Mounted Video Camera

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


Show and Tech

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.


Guide to Great Websites for KidsGames for Kids

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


Learning for Little Ones

Have a child in the 0-5 age range? Try out one of these librarian recommended activities at home or tips and tricks to spark early learning.


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 kids 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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