Have you checked out the local library recently? There are a lot of activities for your children, even if they are reluctant to open a book. The best place to see everything at a glance is the Pikes Peak Library District Event Calendar. You’ll find some very interesting special activities as well as some that are regular meetings or events.
One of the regular highlights is the Paws to Read program. This innovative activity allows your child to read to a therapy dog, a very calm, non-judgmental listener. CNN’s recent report, Learning to Read? Try Talking to a Dog, points out that your child will always know more than the dog, so he or she can become the teacher—what a great way to learn! There is no registration required for this program, so check out the calendar and head over to say hello to the friendly canines.
Another regular is the Read it Before you See It discussion. This is for ages 8-12, and the book currently under discussion is The Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl. They will have a drawing for a free movie ticket to go see the movie—but, of course, you are supposed to have read the book. Registration is required for these events.
One event that looks like a lot of fun is the Family Fun Night. Coming up is the opportunity to make your own Zany Wooden Toy guided by Bob Gildorf, author of Zany Wooden Toys that Whiz, Spin, Pop and Fly. He will be at the Old Colorado City Branch on November 10th, the Palmer Lake Branch on November 21st and the Sand Creek Branch on November 29th. (Check the events calendar for times and details.)
So when you're wondering what fun thing to do next, check out the library, because fun things are happening there all the time.