OPL offers April Break full of activities for grade schoolers

Special to WC Online

OTTAWA — The newly coined April Break is a weird time for kids to be home from school, but the Ottawa Public Library (OPS) has your back.

“April Break is just around the corner, at long last,” the OPL released in a statement yesterday (March 24). “To add to all the excitement of the arrival of spring, the OPL has planned a range of activities under the theme Imagine for kids aged four to 12. There is something for everyone.”

On the agenda from April 12 to 17 are events and activities incuding yoga, dance, arts and crafts, reading, writing and plenty of laughter — not to mention concerts for the whole family each afternoon at 3:30 p.m.

“So not to worry, parents,” the OPL said. “Your kids will be anything but bored. They will find everything they need at the library to learn, play and let their imagination soar. Hop onto Zoom, YouTube or Facebook to join in on a variety of fun online activities.”

Starting March 24, you can use your library card to register your kids for the many creative activities planned for April Break, every day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

“From April 12 to 17, the whole family can enjoy concerts by local musicians live on Facebook, YouTube and Zoom,” the OPL said. “Come check out some new artists and dance along at home.”

Monday, April 12 at 3:30 pm: Will’s Jams Just Imagine 

Tuesday, April 13 at 3:30 pm: Rag and Bone Puppet Theatre: Snippets 

Thursday, April 15 at 3:30 pm: Rabbit and Bear Paws – The Way 

Friday, April 16 at 3:30 pm: Visions of Turtle Island: Tribal Vision Dance 

Saturday, April 17 at 3:30 pm: Conte musical sous un arbre : L’arbre millénaire 

Check out OPL’s YouTube channel to discover fun ideas for STEM and arts and craft activities. 

If you are looking for something a little different, the OPL Facebook and Twitter pages are always full of tips and tricks for sharing magical and unforgettable moments with the kids. 

“Reading is the richest road to literacy and knowledge,” the OPL said. “Reading at any age, though especially for the young has immediate and long-lasting benefits such as reasoning, comprehension, memory, vocabulary, empathy, self-awareness and decreased levels of stress. OPL librarians have put together an exciting booklist to enthrall young readers of all stripes special list of children’s books for the occasion.”

For more information on this program, visit BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca

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