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.

  • Maker Challenge entry HOME

    Birth to 5

    No one is too young to practice kindness. Create a scorecard like this one to encourage your preschooler to do kind things. She could share a toy with a younger sibling, help you with a simple chore, give someone a flower, or color a card to mail to a loved one. When the card is complete, your preschooler might like a reward, such as an extra book at bedtime!

    Kids

    Nature Exploration Journals enable kids to learn while exploring nature. Journals include pages of scavenger hunts, riddles, fill in the blank stories, data collection sheets, and much more.  Available to download for free in English and en Español!

    Teens

    Design a morning and nighttime routine both for right now and to use when your school year starts. Routines can fill your time in quarantine and give you a sense of predictability and stability. 

    Adults

    Keep your home cool during these hot summer days by using your slow cooker instead of your stove or oven! If you need recipe inspiration, cookbooks are one of the many items you can place on hold for curbside pickup from your favorite library location.

  • Maker Challenge entry VIRTUAL

    Birth to 5

    Try one of our virtual programs with your baby! We have Diversion en Espanol on Tuesdays, Virtual Baby Storytimes on Wednesdays, and Little University on Thursdays. Any (or all!) of the three will equip you with new ways to play and learn with your baby. Find out more and register here.

    Kids

    Stuck at home science, brought to you by the California Science Center, has lots of great science experiments for you to try at home. Instructions are in English and Spanish and use materials you probably have at home.

    Teens

    Think of a specific topic you wish there was a podcast about, and make one yourself! This resource from the American Library Association and this one from NPR have many tips on recording and sharing your podcast.

    Adults

    Are you a parent of a student enrolled in Denver Public Schools? If so, now would be a great time to familiarize yourself with Sora, DPS's platform for reading virtually. Check out this helpful video to get started.

  • Maker Challenge entry OUTDOORS

    Birth to 5

    Using a long piece of string, section off a portion or your yard, then ask your toddler to play a close looking game with you in that space. Investigate everything within your section. How many rocks did you find? How does the grass feel in your hands? Are there any bugs? Use as many descriptive words as possible during your investigation. Older children might enjoy this activity with a magnifying glass!

    Kids

    Is it a butterfly or a moth? There are some (mostly) easy ways to tell. The next time you encounter one of these gentle flutterers, you'll be able to tell which is which. 

    Teens

    Here are more games you can play with your friends socially distanced and outside! Honey I Love You and MASH are sure to make you laugh. Fun nighttime games include flashlight tag or ghost in the graveyard.

    Adults

    We tend to think of art as an indoor activity, but try taking your art outside. The whole family can enjoy doing a watercolor painting or a colored pencil drawing outdoors, using whatever is in view as inspiration. One fun idea might be to have everyone sit facing a different direction, painting or drawing what they see. Then, combine the artwork as a panoramic masterpiece, appreciating each person's unique artistic style while enjoying the scene as a whole.

  • Maker Challenge entry MOVEMENT

    Birth to 5

    Play follow the leader on your daily walk! Take turns leading the line through frog hops, horse gallops, cheetah sprints, sloth crawls, and whatever else comes to mind!

    Kids

    Your heart is a muscle. Keep it pumping with this cardio workout for kids.

    Teens

    Small changes in how you exercise can either keep you healthy or lead to injuries! Take note of proper form for squats, planks, running, crunches and common stretches. Always remember to warm up and cool down when exercising. Doing these exercises correctly starting now can save you a lot of trouble!

    Adults

    Still working from home? Set a timer to remind yourself to get up, stretch, and change positions during your workday. If your children want to join you, pull up a quick GoNoodle Good Energy Summer video and get moving together!