Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Spring Break 2018 Activities for Kids, Tweens, and Teens

If you’re planning a staycation for spring break, make sure your plans include the Forsyth County Public Library.

With dozens of programs and events on the calendar for kids, tweens, and teens – plus a few more activities for grownups – you’re sure to find something to keep the family entertained. Here are a few highlights for each day:

Monday, April 2

The Cumming Library will present Beadweaving, a Just My Imagination workshop sponsored by the Georgia Museum of Art on April 2 at 2:00 p.m. This two-hour program is free and recommended for families with children ages 7 to 14. Athens artist and teacher Toni Carlucci will demonstrate the process of simple beadweaving, and participants will use beads to create their own woven beadwork.

Students in grades 5 and up, as well as adults, can experience the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at 6:30 p.m. at the Cumming Library as instructors from World Jiu-Jitsu Academy demonstrate some basic moves and discuss the principles behind them.

Snuggle in for stories at Once Upon a Family PJ Storytime beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Sharon Forks Library. This family-friendly storytime is open to children of all ages and will include silly fairy tales, songs, and puppet shows.

Tuesday, April 3

Students in grades K through 5 can enjoy a buffet of books while sampling the different flavors of fairy tales....old, new, and fractured in two special Book Tasting: A Fairy Tale Feast programs at the Sharon Forks Library at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Participants will create a few snacks inspired by fairy tales, but space in both programs is limited and tickets will be handed out beginning 30 minutes prior to each program.

Alice's Garden Games, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Hampton Park Library, is a friendly competition between families and children of all ages. This hilarious gaming event is inspired by Alice's trip down the rabbit hole and participants can play a nonsensical game of croquet, giant board games, and more Wonderland-themed tournaments!

The Post Road Library will present its fifth annual Touch a Truck program from 1:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and all ages are welcome to experience all the fun of a parking lot full of cool vehicles. Sit in a Forsyth County fire truck, climb inside an ambulance, and then check out a Sawnee EMC cherry picker, a giant dump truck, plus several cool vehicles from the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office! Cool off with car crafts inside the library, too. Parking is limited, so participants may need to park across the street, where the Sheriff’s Office will assist pedestrians with crossing Post Road.

Students in grades 3 – 6 can design their own mini golf course at Mini Golf Mania starting at 3:00 p.m. at the Cumming Library. Participants will have a chance to play through all the courses created in this 90-minute program.

Tweens and teens, ages 10 and up, are invited to get crafty at 6:30 p.m. at the Hampton Park Library with Tiny Crafts: Wonderland Edition. Participants will make miniature version of everything from bows to books.

Tween Scene: Egg-straordinary Egg Challenge at the Post Road Library at 6:30 p.m. is “egg-cellent” for tweens ages 10 to 12 to join hilarious challenges with both real and plastic eggs.

Wednesday, April 4

Spring Break Puppetpalooza is back at the Sharon Forks Library and children of all ages are sure to enjoy fairy tale puppet shows at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Elementary STEAM Team: Brilliant Biomes at the Post Road Library at 1:15 p.m. will take students in grades K through 5 on a virtual trip around the world to study biomes in the tundra, desert, tropical forest, and ocean. Participants will also conduct science experiments and create biome-themed crafts.

The school principal is threatening to recall all students to school and completely ruin spring break, unless we can crack the code at Teen Breakout: Save Spring Break and stop his diabolical plan! Teens in grades 6 and up will love this latest breakout game beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Cumming Library.

Tween STEAM Slime Lab mixes up amazing ooey-gooey polymer science for students in grades 4 to 7 at the Sharon Forks Library at 6:30 p.m. Participants will experiment with creating several slimes to take home, including galaxy, fluffy, crunchy, and chalkboard slime.

Thursday, April 5

Callooh! Callay! It's time to celebrate poetry at The Jabberwock’s Poetry Slam, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the Hampton Park Library. This Lewis Carroll-inspired poetry slam is designed for children ages 7 to 13 and participants will make up words, play games, and learn about the poetry surrounding us every day: in music, on the TV, in our favorite books, and you can even find poetry in the things our parents & friends say. When we're done, we'll record our masterpieces!

Families and children of all ages can meet the adorable costumed character Paddington Bear as he appears at A Beary Special Storytime with Paddington Bear at 6:30 p.m. at the Cumming Library.

Why should kids have all the fun? Parents are welcome to attend Family Fun Night: Fairy Tale STEAM at 6:30 p.m. at the Sharon Forks Library to experience STEAM games and puzzles. Then, compete in fairy tale trivia and work together on several fairy tale-related STEAM challenges. This program is for families with children grades K through 5 and lines will form 30 minutes prior to the program.

Friday, April 6

Explore the science behind one of the most well-known fairy tales, The Tortoise and the Hare, in Preschool Fairytale STEAM at 10:30 a.m. at the Hampton Park Library. Children ages 3 to 5, and their caregivers, will explore the story through a variety of early literacy, STEAM, music, and hands-on early learning station activities.

 Breakout Box: Escaping Wonderland is a breakout box event for tweens and teens, ages 10 and up, at Hampton Park Library at 2:30 p.m. Use problem solving, trouble shooting and teamwork to solve puzzles, riddles and clues in order to breakout of Wonderland before time runs out.

Teens in grades 6 and up can take over the library with video and board games from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at After Hours Teen Lounge: Gaming Madness at the Sharon Forks Library.

For more information on programs at the Cumming, Hampton Park, Post Road, and Sharon Forks Libraries, please visit