Summer of Adventure: The Prequel

Summer of Adventure: The Prequel

From a galaxy far, far away comes the Summer of Adventure 2020: The Prequel. It’s spring time here on earth and we’re already gearing up for the summer. To get you prepared, we’ve created a list of stellar activities that will help you to READ, MAKE, and EXPLORE while at home! These activities will change every Monday so be sure to come back for more fun.

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    Birth to 5

    Is it a fruit or a nut? Coconut is a refreshing, healthy treat however you categorizie it! Toddlers might enjoy shredded coconut sprinkled over some of their favorite snacks. We love bananas sliced with coconut sprinkles, apples covered with nut butter and then sprinkled with coconut, and fresh pineapple tossed with coconut. For a literacy connection, read the classic Chicka Chicka Boom Boom while you are snacking, which features the famous coconut tree!

    Kids

    Make a newspaper boat. You need newspaper and scissors. Then, see if it floats!

    Teens

    It's important to keep laughing during difficult times. You can get silly with your family by playing pantyhose bowling, the oreo game (any cookie or cracker will do) or the magic carpet game. 

    Adults

    During the hottest days of the summer, it is harder than ever to stay cool! Luckily, some of our favorite summertime foods can help with that. Veggies such as cucumbers and zucchini, fruits such as watermelon and berries, can help cool you down from the inside out. Cut up some of these healthy snacks for a refreshing treat in the shade during these last few weeks of summer. One of our favorites is sliced cucumber with a sprinkle of salt and a squirt of lime juice!

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    Birth to 5

    We know that screentime is not our first choice for entertaining little ones, but sometimes a phone is the best distraction available to parents. Did you know that the library has an alternative to screentime in these situations? Call our Phone A Story at 720-865-8500 to hear stories, riddles, songs, and rhymes in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Amharic! 

    Kids

    Check out these free computer coding lessons for kids ages 4-18 in lots of languages.

    Teens

    Create your own virtual country on Nationstates and make decisions to shape it however you wish!

    Adults

    "Kids don't come with instructions," but Bright By Text can help with that! Receive health and safety information, tips on reaching developmental milestones, and more via text message in English or Spanish. Sign up by texting BRIGHT to 274448.

  • OUTDOORS

    Birth to 5

    Thinking of camping with little ones? Whether your destination is a tent in your backyard, or somewhere in the mountains, sleeping outdoors is a fantastic way for young children to connect with nature. Not sure about committing to an entire night under the stars? What about a story under the stars instead? Grab a favorite book and a flashlight, and head outside in your pajamas for a summertime twist on your regular bedtime routine.

    Kids

    Play Shadow Tag with your family on a sunny day

    Teens

    Download a long exposure app on your phone such as this free one and play with light painting outside in the dark!

    Adults

    Now is the perfect time to start growing cool weather veggies, and aren't we all ready to think about cooler weather! Go ahead and plant kale, lettuce, chard, and arugula seeds for fall harvests. Children might enjoy helping plant faster growing cool weather veggies, such as radishes.

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    Birth to 5

    Keeping pre-walkers engaged and safe can be a tricky task, as babies who have just learned how to move want to move as much as they can! Try setting up different stations for baby to explore. One section of your room might have board books set up for your baby, another section might have sensory toys, a third section might have a playmat or quilt for a quick break, and a fourth section might have stuffed animals ready for play and snuggles. Your baby will enjoy the freedom of moving around on his own as he chooses his own playtime experiences!

    Kids

    Stretch! When was the last time you touched your toes? You can make anything a habit, if you make small goals. One example: do a sit up or push up every time you change your activity. Getting ready for a bathroom break? Do a push up before you go. Heading to the kitchen for a snack? Do a sit up before you go. Here are some stretches to get you started.

    Teens

    After washing your hands, treat yourself to some relaxing self-massage of the scalp, neck and calves.

    Adults

    Do you love to read as much as we do, but still want to get in your steps each day? Download an audiobook to your phone and enjoy a great story during your next walk!