Next week is March Break, and the Merrickville Public Library has a full week of activities planned for all school-aged children. The theme for the week is Outer Space, with many tech and science-based activities running from March 14-21. Librarian Mary-Kate Laphen says the space theme allowed them to tie a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) theme into their activities, which she is trying to include more in their regular programming. “Most of our March Break activities involve a bit of science or engineering experimentation, as well as getting hands on and making stuff,” she says.
The March Break activities will start on Saturday, March 14, with a Tech and LEGO Club from 10 am-4 pm. Kids will have the opportunity to play with the Library’s LEGO and tech toys for the entire day, and people are welcome to drop by anytime without registering. If you miss the Tech and LEGO Club on the first weekend, the same program will be offered at the end of March Break on Saturday, March 21. Two awesome opportunities to drop by the Library and get your tech on!
On Monday, March 16, the Library will be offering a straw rocket launcher craft in the afternoon. Kids are welcome to drop by and make the simple craft using cardboard and straws. The event will be offered from 2-4 pm and no registration is necessary.
On Tuesday, March 17, kids will have the opportunity to learn about circuits and make solar systems with light-up suns! This workshop with run from 2-3:30 pm and is recommended for children 5+. Registration is required for this activity.
On Wednesday, March 18, slime is on the docket at the Library. Kids ages 7+ will get to make their own slime to play with and take home. This activity will run from 2-3:30 pm and registration is required.
On Thursday, March 19, a craft session making pom pom aliens will be offered at the Library. Kids 5+ will be taught how to make their own pom pom alien friend to play with and take home. This will run from 2:00-3:30 pm and registration is required.
The final activity, on Friday, March 20, will be creating an egg drop landing capsule. Kids will be shown how to construct a capsule that will hopefully help an “egg-stronaut” make a safe landing back on earth. This activity will run from 2:00-3:30 pm and is recommended for children 7+. Registration is required.
To register or learn more about the Library’s space-themed March Break activities, contact Mary-Kate at the Library at 613-269-3326, or [email protected].