FREE Summer Fun: The Library

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It’s summertime, the kids are off, and whether you’re at home with them full time or part time, you may be looking for ways to keep them occupied – without breaking the bank! We are going to be bringing you some fun summer activities and adventures over the next few weeks that are FREE or nearly free. For more ideas, search FREE SUMMER in the search bar at the top right. 

We talk about the London Public Library a lot and that’s because it is so full of wonderful, FREE activities for your kids, year round. Summer is no exception. Each branch currently has a flyer that you can take home outlining all of the special days and events running, along with the age range and whether advanced registration is required. Drop in at your closest or most preferred library and pick one up.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

The obvious things you can do are find books to read and read them! There are also toys, puzzles, train tables, and computers to play, and often crafts or learning activity stations. You can also read or rent magazines, rent movies, music, audio books, and comics/graphic novels. Summer activities include: Story Times, Family Movie Nights,Books for Babies, TD Summer Reading Club, Mad Science, Sparky the Fire Dog, insects, puppets, magic, coding, origami and so much more! Activities vary by branch.

HIDDEN COSTS

If you’ve lost your library card, there will be a $2.00 replacement charge. There is also the risk (a very real risk in my house, unfortunately!) that you’ll forget a book or two and have to pay the late fees. Remember: books and CD’s are 21 days, DVD’s and Quick Picks are 7 days.

MORE INFORMATION

For locations and branch hours, see HERE.

For branch programs, see HERE.

 

Birthday Parties in London: Part 3

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There are so many great places in London to host your child’s birthday party, we are only halfway through our list! Adding to the list today are places to educate your child while they’re having fun and get them moving with gymnastics and dance.

DANCE PARTY

Dance Extreme

Your child and your party guests have many different party options and themes to choose from to make your party so much fun! Learn a new dance, do a craft, sleepover at the studio! The choice is yours. See the link for more information.

Elan Dance Arts

Pick your child’s favourite dance style and Elan will create an exciting dance party for your guests. Whether they want to be a b-boy, princess, ballerina, or Broadway star, their birthday dreams can come true! See the link for more information.

GYMNASTICS

Gymworld

Gymworld offers birthday parties for up to 16 children. A two-hour party includes one hour in the gym and 1 hour in a party room with pizza and cake. See the brochure in the link.

The Little Gym

The Little Gym has 90 minute parties for kids ages 1 to 12. The whole gym will be yours with songs, games, playing and fun in the party room. See the link for more information.

London Gymnastics Academy

LGA has great birthday parties for kids that include one hour in the gym and 30 minutes for pizza and cupcakes. Parties are not scheduled during competition season when they gym is in high demand. For more information, see the link.

Forest City Gymnastics

Forest City hosts gymnastics birthday parties from September to June. Parties are two hours in length – one hour in the gym and one hour in a party room. Parties do not include refreshments, but you are welcome to bring in your own. See the link for more information.

LEARNING

Museum of Archaeology

What could be more fun than digging for dinosaurs, pretending to be a CSI investigator, or exploring native legends in a longhouse? Doing it with your best friends on your birthday, of course! With five party themes to choose from, these parties are not only tons of fun, but also educational. See the link for more information.

Mad Science

The Mad Lab is available for your birthday party! Bring your party to them for some scientifically fabulous fun. There are five themes to choose from and many options to make your party extra special. See the link for all of the information.

Children’s Museum

The London Regional Children’s Museum has parties for children aged 1 to 7. Crafts, science, dinosaurs, or space – the theme is up to you! Enjoy guided activities and fun time in the museum. See the link for all of the information.

Studio Arts

Who wouldn’t want to be a rockstar on their birthday? Experiment with instruments, learn a few songs and put on a full rock concert on stage with professional lights, sound, and special effects. Studio Arts do birthdays for kids of all ages! See the link for all of the rockin’ information.