August 2021

Registration is open now!

photo of Todd Parr with some of his books
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Young Eco Warriors: Top 10 Things You Can Do To Help The Planet (with Ontariogreen)

From saving energy to creating habitats, from planting native plants to making less waste, this workshop looks at how young children can do their part to keep our environment healthy

August 5 at 7:00 pm (Ages 4-7)

Back to Nature with Loretta Penny

In 2020, when the global pandemic exploded worldwide, and we were forced into lockdowns, animals changed their behaviour to adapt to a lack of human presence. Scientists termed this event an “Anthro-pause”. Additionally, with businesses and stores closed, humans began to explore the natural world around them. This presentation will encourage children to get outside and appreciate the benefits of nature. They will learn about amazing species and spaces in Ontario. They will be introduced to incredible natural attractions that they can visit. Most importantly, they will understand their role in restoring our Earth, for future generations.

August 9 at 10:30 am (Ages 7-12)

Young Eco Warriors: Water (with Ontariogreen)

Fresh water is precious and needs to be protected. This presentation looks at the harm that has been done to our waters but also at what is being done to protect them and how life has come back to the Great Lakes because of those efforts

August 9 at 7:00 pm (Ages 4-7)

Ontariogreen presents: Beneficial Bugs

This presentation will introduce children to a number of amazing little creatures from our local area(s) who are doing important work to benefit us and the planet, including the many insects that act as pollinators. Participants will also be invited to pick up a kit to make their own butterfly feeder. 

August 16 at 10:30 am (Ages 7-11)

Young Eco Warriors: A Change For The Better (with Ontariogreen)

From recreating wetlands to bringing back endangered species, this presentation tells many stories about how people all around our area are doing things to protect the planet.

August 18 at 7:00 pm (Ages 4-7)

Virtual Field Trip to the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre

Join us for a virtual field trip to Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre. Participants will learn facts about Ontario’s turtles, meet real turtle ambassadors, and see newly hatched turtles (if we are really lucky, we might even be able to catch a glimpse of one emerging from an egg)! Staff at the Conservation Centre will also share stories about why some turtles are living at the centre and not in their own homes.

August 23 at 10:30 am (Fun for All Ages!)

Ontariogreen presents: Living with Coyotes

Living with coyotes explores the life cycle and habits of these intelligent, adaptable animals who have made a home in cities across North America. The presentation concludes with information, based on advice from experts with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests, about what children should do if they encounter a coyote.

August 30 at 2:00 pm (Ages 5-8)

Needs and Wants with CPA Ontario

In this workshop, participants will learn that there is a difference between “needs” and “wants” and that it’s important to know the difference between the two in order to make smart decisions with our money.

August 3 at 10:30 am (Ages 9-10)

Earning Income with CPA Ontario 

In this workshop, participants will learn more about the skills and abilities that are related to earning income and that we do the best work when we are passionate about what we do.

August 10 at 2:00 pm (Ages 11-13)

Savings & Bank Accounts with CPA Ontario

In this workshop, participants will learn that small changes can make big differences and that saving is a mindset which we have to train ourselves to develop and use when making daily financial choices.

August 17 at 10:30 am (Ages 9-10)

Goal Setting with CPA Ontario

In this workshop, participants will learn that setting S.M.A.R.T goals is important because they keep us on track to making our dreams tangible and achievable.

August 24 at 2:00 pm (Ages 11-13)

Colour my World with Scientists in School

Colour is everywhere! Without it our world would be a very dull place. Use colour to watch water defy gravity, explore rainbows and create a sun catcher. Use chemistry to create new colours. Curious? Come and explore some colourful science.

August 4 at 10:30 am (Ages 5-12)

Candy Chemistry with Scientists in School

Discover the surprising science hiding in a bag of Skittles. Explore solubility, buoyancy, reactivity and investigate the odds of finding your favourite colour. How sweet it is!

August 11 at 2:00 (Ages 5-12)

Good Clean Fun with Scientists in School

Fun with soap and water? You’ll be astonished when you investigate surface tension; explore the chemistry behind bath bombs; and make your own to use at home. It’ll be an explosion of chemical fun!

August 18 at 10:30 am (Ages 5-12)

STEAM Project: Making Solar Ovens

Get cooking this summer with the sun! Join us as we explore solar energy and build a solar oven using a pizza box. Learn how to harness the energy of the sun to cook tasty treats!

August 19 at 2:00 pm (Ages 9-12)

Dinosaurs & Fossils with London Children's Museum

How do we learn about the giant dinosaurs that roamed the Earth 65 million years ago? By examining their fossilized bones, teeth, and coprolite! Become a paleontologist as you watch a live fossil show and make fossil impressions with materials commonly found at home.

August 21 at 10:30 am (Ages 5-10)

Crime Scene Investigation 

Learn about what tools CSI's use in this workshop, where we learn how to use science to solve crimes. You’ll learn how to be more observant in a fake crime scene, determine the differences with fingerprints, code-breaking, and chromatography.

August 25 at 2:00 pm (Ages 8-12)

Virtual Author Visit with Todd Parr

Todd Parr has written more than 50 books for children. During this presentation he will discuss how he got started as an artist and writer, and some of the challenges he faced. And of course, he will also read some of his books and answer questions from the audience.

August 12 at 2:00 pm (Best suited for ages 2-10, but all are welcome)

Virtual Q & A with Tracey West

Tracey West is the author of more than 300 books for children including the Dragon Masters series (which are VERY popular at MPL), the Cupcake Diaries series (writing as Coco Simon) and the Pixie Tricks series. Tracey will be joining us from her home in New York to answer fan questions! Come and ask Tracey anything you wish, like "what is your favourite cheese?" or "can you give us a sneak peek of a book you are working on now?"

August 17 at 4:00 pm (Best suited for ages 6-10, but all are welcome)

Between the Pages: Writing Workshop 

Do you love to write? Are you dreaming of becoming an author? Do you enjoy being creative? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the workshop for you! We want to help you write your own creative piece by learning the important steps involved in writing a story. This two-part workshop is designed to advance your creativity, build your confidence and vanquish your writer’s block, with tips and tricks from renowned author Alane Adams. 

August 26 & September 2 at 1:30 (Ages 8-13)* this is a two-part workshop. Please make sure you are available to attend both dates

Take & Make: Solar Cockroach 

Create your own vibrating solar insect. This Solar Cockroach is a simple solar activity designed to teach kids about solar energy, motion, and engineering. Sunlight directly powers a vibrating motor attached to the underside of the Solar Cockroach, no batteries required. To complete this project you will need a hot glue gun and a wire cutter. The project takes 10-20 minutes to complete and will never run out of power since the sun is its power source. A great summer break activity to pick up and complete at your own pace.

Pick up date: August 6 (Ages 9+)

Take & Make: LED Name Badge

Create your own light-up name badge in minutes with this simple STEAM activity. This simple activity teaches kids about optics, circuits, and art. You start with a blank piece of acrylic and slowly etch your name or design on it. Once finished you add in an LED and whatever you've etched lights up. This process is typically called "edge-lit acrylic" and you can often find it being used for fancy Exit or shop display signs.

Pick up date: August 13 (Ages 9+)

Take & Make: Pocket Sundial

Long before mechanical clocks and watches were invented, people used sundials to tell time. As the sun moves across the sky, the shadows it casts change their position. By marking where the shadows fell, people learned how to tell the time of day. This cylinder or "shepherd's" dial was widely used hundreds of years ago because it was inexpensive, simple to make and easy to carry.

Pick up date: August 20 (Ages 7-12)

Take & Make: Bouncy Ball 

Want to try making your very own bouncy ball? We’ve made it easy for you! These kits have everything you need to do just that! Combine colours, power the powders into the mold, soak them in water, and voila! This is a perfect STEM project to do together at home, fostering a love of science in a fun and exciting way.

Pick up date: August 27 (Ages 7+)

Coding with Minecraft

Join us to explore basic coding concepts with Minecraft!

August 13 at 4:00 pm (Ages 8-12)

Family Trivia Night: Music

Join us for a fun Music themed trivia night! The whole family can join in to answer questions together and compete as a team.

August 16 at 7:00 pm (Fun for the Whole Family)

Code at Home 

Join us to explore coding projects you can do from home!

August 27 at 4:00 pm (Ages 8-12)

Minecraft Escape Quest

Join us for a Minecraft adventure escape room! Put your thinking caps on and get ready to pit your wits against various challenges and puzzles to breakout.

August 28 at 2:00 pm (Ages 9-12)

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