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 MOVEMENT

    Birth to 5

    Taking a quick movement break sometimes means the difference between a total meltdown or a manageable moment. Take turns with your child choosing a favorite song to dance to. Try to avoid structuring this too much. Instead, let this be a five minute bonding session with your little one.

  • Maker Challenge entry OUTDOORS

    Birth to 5

    Make paper airplanes together. All you need is an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper, crayons or markers. Use the directions on the site linked here, then decorate and have fun flying your planes outdoors.

    Kids

    Clear a space in your garden. Choose any of the cool season veggies (spinach, beets, lettuce, peas, kale, etc.) or herbs (cilantro, dill). Kids with adult supervision, read the package directions and plant appropriately. Hopefully, in less than 2 weeks you should be able to gently pinch off a leaf or two. Roll in between your fingers, breathe in deeply to inhale the scent. Then gently chew the leaf and savor the taste.

    Do you have a water squirter, plastic cups, string, and tape? Then it's time to play cup races. Check out how at: https://allfortheboys.com/water-fun-cup-races/

  • Maker Challenge entry VIRTUAL

    Birth to 5

    Set up a time to Facetime or Video Chat with family members. Ask them to learn a new baby song or nursery rhyme ahead of time. Then, sing the song or say the rhyme together with your baby during the call. Maybe you could make up a finger play or lapsit dance to go with the song! Need ideas? Watch our virtual storytimes every weekday morning.

    Kids

    Check out a book virtually! You might choose a book to read, or a book to listen to. You could use DPS Sora or explore our own catalog. Hint: you will need your DPS student ID or a DPL library card number. Need a library card? Click here.

    Teens

    Do you want to play a role playing game without rolling a ton of dice and reading a bunch of books? Lasers and Feelings is easy to play and just as creative and fun as Dungeon and Dragons! We'll play a new one-shot game every Friday. Click here to register.

    Adults

    Check out the art exhibits at the McNichols Building

  • Maker Challenge entry HOME

    Birth to 5

    Invite your child to find something in the environment that starts with the sound “m”. Don’t say the letter name but say the sound it makes (as in, mmmm that’s good). Repeat with lots of different beginning sounds.

    Kids

    Play the exquisite corpse drawing game. In the game, a group of people take turns drawing sections of a body - human, animal, outer space creature, passing the covered drawing to the next person, and adding to the next drawing.

    Experiment with Non-Newtonian fluid - it acts like a liquid, it acts like a solid. You just need cornstartch and water!

    Teens

    Make your own postcards. All you need is a sturdy 4"" by 6"" piece of paper and a stamp! Decorate the front however you'd like and send them to friends and family.

    Adults

    Weave a basket using newspapers or magazines!