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If you are looking for great, free activities to do with your family to stay busy during the summer, fun is as close as the Derby Public Library. The summer reading program at the library offers so much more than just books.
This summer’s Incredible Intergalactic Performers give kids an opportunity to engage in educational adventures through drumming, singing, magic and comedy with performers such as Drum Safari, Sugar Free Allstars, and Paul Mesner Puppets. Performances are free and open to the public.
Astronaut Training Day and Star Wars Party for kids entering kindergarten through fifth grade feature STEAM —science, technology, engineering, art and math — activities. Fort Hays University will be bringing their digital planetarium for school-age kids to learn about and enjoy the cosmos from the comfort of the library. Mad Science will teach us about living and working in space and with their Walking on the Moon show.
Tweens can have an escape room adventure and can participate in DPL's very first KidsCon with comics, trivia, gaming, and more. Teens can make a movie from idea to red-carpet premiere, take part in an out-of-this-world murder mystery party, or write a story in the Voyager's Writing Challenge.
Everyone birth to age 18 who signs up for the summer reading program and completes their reading logs will receive a prize package that includes a pass to Rock River Rapids, a coupon good for three games of bowling, a child's admission pass to Exploration Place, a book and more.
Registration for the summer reading program begins at 9 a.m. May 28. Participants can sign up in person at the library or online. Those who sign up online will need to come into the library to pick up a reading log.
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