Spring break is just over two weeks away. You still have plenty of time to make plans for an engaging, fun week with the family, whether you spend it indoors or out. Here are some ideas — and all you need for a good time is your library card!
Explore & Discover
- Check Out Colorado! Stop by any Douglas County Libraries (DCL) location and check out a Colorado State Park pass and backpack for free, then visit any state park in our state and make your own adventure.
- Reserve a free Adventure Pass to six local cultural institutions: Butterfly Pavilion; Clyfford Still Museum; Denver Firefighters Museum; Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys; Dinosaur Ridge; and History Colorado Center. There’s something for everyone!
- Discover a geocache with the kids. This great family activity gets everyone outside and moving. And there’s no telling what treasures you’ll find!
- Take a GPS tour of Denver with the kids. Alphabet Denver: A GPS Alphabet Hunt Book, by Kitty Migaki, is full of color photos of the ABCs found in downtown Denver architecture. Every letter has a GPS code to encourage people to visit each letter in person. Simply use a smartphone or hand-held GPS to find the letters, which fall mostly between the Denver Art Museum and Coors Field.
Learn Something New
- Did you know DCL offers sewing machine checkouts? Check one out, along with books on sewing projects for kids (or find a YouTube video), and get crafty!
- Start a garden. The kids will love digging in the dirt and then watching their seedlings grow. You can check out a number of how-to books for getting your garden going and growing!
- Our branches in Lone Tree, Castle Pines and Parker feature Everbright walls — life-size Lite-Brite-inspired light grids that can be manipulated to create colorful, artistic designs. Stop by and play! Then share your masterpiece with us on social media using the hashtag #IMadeThisatDCL.
- Reserve time at the Parker Recording Studio to record an e-book featuring your children’s voices, or have fun with the green screen and make a video you can share with the whole family!
- Who wouldn’t want to make cupcakes? Tie on the aprons, break out the cookbooks, and whip up some confectionary delights!
If you’re traveling over break, load your tablet with great kids’ magazines, e-books and audiobooks for the journey. Keep the younger tykes entertained with talking picture books and fun games through Tumblebooks.