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Program Updates: Ed the Wizard Magic Show TONIGHT!

Watch Ed the Wizard’s Reading is Magic! show on Zoom tonight, Monday, July 20, at 6:00 PM!

Ed the Wizard will present a fun, energetic magic program - with a focus on reading! Ed ot into magic in part by using books to learn some tricks! For this show, he’ll join us live and share with you some of the wonder he has found in magic. This is an entertaining program for all ages.

Program Updates: Interactive Tuesday Programs

Every Tuesday, Youth Services hosts an interactive kids’ program on Zoom. We’re featuring STEM activities, crafts, and a few movement programs too! Find out more about each program on the Kids’ Events page. Each program requires registration ahead of time (click here), after which you will receive a confirmation email with directions for joining the meeting. Some programs will require basic materials from home. 

Early Literacy Activities: TALK

Many of us native English speakers don’t think twice about the language we use with our children – but if your native language is anything other than English, use it! Encourage grandparents, caregivers, or anyone else Baby interacts with on a regular basis to use the language with which they are most fluent. Contrary to some concerns, this does not confuse babies or delay their speech; it simply gives them more words to express themselves when they are ready to talk. 

Program Updates: DinoMan show TONIGHT!

Watch DinoMan’s DINOSAURS show on Zoom tonight, Monday, July 6, at 6:00 PM!

Fossils, magic, and science are blended into a fun 35- to 40-minute program. You’ll be taken on a trip through the Mesozoic era to learn about which dinosaurs lived at that time, and what kind of fossil record they left behind. What is a fossil anyway, and how were they made? This is a fun and informative program for all ages. 

Family Fun: Imagine Your... Escape Room?

Looking for a different kind of family activity? Check out our virtual quizzes and escape rooms based on our summer Imagine Your Story theme! 

Every other Monday, there will be a new quiz focused on some imaginative theme, and the following week there will be a virtual escape room to explore based on the same subject. Throughout the summer, you’ll explore space, gain superpowers, conjure up some magic, commandeer a pirate ship, and tame mythical creatures. 

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