Kids Fun

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Have some free time? Try these fun activities! 

Library Reading Challenge   Since you're reading anyway, why not log your reading for a chance to earn prizes? New opportunities to win every season! 

VCL Art Lessons on Facebook   Book character drawing demos Wednesdays at 3:00pm. Have your favorite drawing tool and a piece of paper ready to go! Find past lessons on the VCL YouTube STEAM Fun playlist.

Minecraft Mondays  Ventura County Library hosts a Minecraft server to provide a fun, open, and collaborative Minecraft building environment for kids and teens. Participants must have:

  • Parental permission
  • Own a personal Minecraft Java Edition license (PC or MAC computers only) or a Minecraft Bedrock license (Windows 10 Edition or App)
  • Use Minecraft Version 1.16.3 for the Java Edition or the latest version of the Windows 10 Edition or App.

To join, send a request to the Minecraft Librarian. Verified participants will be “Allow Listed” and given permission to access the server.

Things to Play, Explore, and Do

Digital Escape Rooms & Activities  Links have been compiled and sorted into Family Fun, Teen, and Adult categories by staff at the Sun Prairie and Salt Lake County public libraries.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cams  |  San Diego Zoo Live Cams  Check up on your favorite wildlife.

Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids   Explore free stories and projects for kids, from the editors of the Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids magazine. Includes some advertising.

Author, Illustrator, and Book Character Fun!

Dav Pilkey at Home   Read, draw, and create with your favorite characters from Dog Man & Captain Underpants.

Draw Everyday with JJK   Lunch Lady and Hey Kid author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka teaches drawing lessons on his YouTube channel.

Harry Potter at Home  Activities, articles, quizzes, puzzles, and more from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts. Register for free access.

How to Toon   How To Toon's YouTube channel features cartooning lessons for all ages taught by Joe Wos.

Learn to Make Comics with Jarrett Lerner   Activities to practice making your own comics, including drawing, lettering, and writing lessons.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems   All 15 doodling episodes from author/illustrator and Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence Mo Willems are archived on this YouTube playlist.

Mouse Circus   The official Neil Gaiman website for younger readers, featuring read-alouds and downloadable activities in the Extras.