Learning Through Play with Markham Public Library’s Summer Kids’ Programs

From festivals to daytrips, there’s plenty for families to do in Markham during summer weekends. Whether it’s bouncing at the Bandstand, relaxing on a Main Street patio, enjoying nature at Milne Park, or cheering at the Pan Am Games, the next adventure is just around the corner. But why does the fun, and the learning, have to end for kids during the week?

Markham Library’s summer kids’ programs are both fun and educational. Our classes are developed and taught by qualified educators, and designed to build math, reading, leadership, and communication skills. Creative play is the foundation of learning for every young mind! By playing games and instruments, kids learn about themselves and each other, and develop key skills to succeed in the world.

From superhero training and journeys around the world to Xbox game creation and junior public speaking, kids won’t want to miss out on our exciting camps and programs. Take a look at these examples of summer programs at Markham Library:

3D Creation and Printing

With the launch of 3D printers this May at Cornell Library, these game-changing machines became available to everyone in Markham. In these July and August classes at Milliken Mills and Markham Village libraries, children aged 7–12 will get the opportunity to explore 3D design software and build objects like cups and mini-houses. Using their imagination and creativity, they will learn the basics of 3D modelling, inventing, and fabricating – essentials for careers in design and engineering – and take home a mini 3D structure they’ve created.

Journey Around the World Camp

In this adventure-based program at Angus Glen, Cornell, and Unionville libraries, the infamous Cat Burglar has struck again, running off with the world’s largest cubic zirconia, and it’s the campers’ job to find him! Children aged 7–9 will experience different cultures and customs as they “travel” the globe, searching for clues and putting their problem-solving skills to the test in order to crack the case.

Get Ready for Kindergarten Camp

Big-kid school is a huge step for every child. This fun-filled, half-day camp at Angus Glen and Cornell libraries comes to the rescue for parents and children aged 4–6 years old. Focusing on early literacy, communication, social skills, and new friendships, children get their first taste of school while learning kindergarten routines and popular activities.

For details on camp activities, go to mplcamp.blogspot.com or call Markham Public Library at 905-513-7977 (ext. 4254 for camps and ext. 2868 for curriculum-based learning programs).

Registration for all City of Markham camps, courses, and programs is also online. Go to www.markham.ca, choose “Online Services,” and click “Programs Registration (EZ Reg).”

Amanda R. Kelly is the Business Community Librarian in the City of Markham Library’s Community Development Department. Reach her atakelly@markham.library.on.ca or 905-513-7977 ext. 5340 – or on Twitter @markhamlibrary.

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