Activities and Events for Kids

Activities and Events for Children​


All events are free, but require registration.
Register online or call (954) 757-4207

Reading with Ruby

Reading with Ruby (ages 5-12) 


Thursday, April 27th  3:30 p.m.


Come to the Parkland Library to practice your reading skills by reading to Ruby, a therapy dog who is almost as big as Clifford! This program encourages children to read by providing a non-judgmental listener and furry friend who won’t mind if you make a mistake. Bring a book from home or choose one at the library. Each child will have the opportunity to read for about 5 minutes. Parkland Library Card required to register. Register Here

Writing Buddies (K-5th grade)


Saturday, May 6th, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.


Teens will be paired up with young budding authors to guide them through the story creation process. Each child will write and illustrate a mini story to take home. This group meets once a month, and a different genre will be explored each month. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here. 

Family Craft (age 3 and up accompanied by adult)


Tuesday, May 9th, 6 p.m.


Make a craft that is perfect for spring and can even be given as a gift to someone special in May. Parkland Library Card required to register. Register here.

Mr. Roy’s Family Music (newborn to age 4)


Wednesday, May 10th, 10 a.m. OR 11 a.m. 


Parents or caregivers can join us with children newborn to 4 years old to dance and sing familiar melodies, play instruments, and take advantage of this fun, interactive 30-minute class. The benefits of music-making are well documented, especially its impact on brain development in children. Don’t miss this chance to make learning music fun. Presented by Roy and Caryl Fantel of Fantel Music. Parkland Library card required to register. Note: There are two sessions of this class this morning. Limit one session per family. Register here.

Children’s Author Visit and Storytime


Wednesday, May 10th, 3:30 p.m.


Eli and the Friendship Tale by Parkland teen Anna Hinsley is about brave and kind Eli the elephant and his encounter with tough guy Cheetah. Can Eli and Cheetah give friendship a try? Hinsley is a writer, actress, singer and dancer who has a passion for arts in the community. She has appeared in theater and film productions portraying iconic characters such as Belle in Beauty and the Beast and Ariel in The Little Mermaid, and has also served as an official NHL team National Anthem singer for the Florida Panthers. When not performing, Anna can be found writing or sketching, and she loves to read all things mysterious. Books will be available to purchase. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.

Reading with Ruby (ages 5 to 12)


Thursday May 11th, May 25th 3:30 p.m.


Come to the Parkland Library to practice your reading skills by reading to Ruby, a therapy dog who is almost as big as Clifford! This program encourages children to read by providing a non-judgmental listener and furry friend who won’t mind if you make a mistake. Bring a book from home or choose one at the library. Each child will have the opportunity to read for about 5 minutes. Parkland Library Card required to register. Register here.

Cartooning with Cory (age 7 and up)


Tuesday, May 16th, 4:30 p.m.


Come join us for Cartooning with Cory! Local cartoonist Cory Laub will teach children to draw some of their favorite cartoon characters, while entertaining them with facts about animation and comic book trivia. It's a great time, and your child will have a ton of fun while learning to draw! Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.

Bricks ‘N’ Books (age 6 and up)


Wednesday, May 17th, 4 p.m.


Children age 7 and up, bring your imagination and Lego building skills to the library!  At each Bricks and Books meeting we will have a new building challenge. Conquer each challenge with a buddy or work on your own. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.

Tiny Tots Social Time (age 9 months to 4 years)


Thursday, May 18th, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.


Children enjoy free-play time with age-appropriate toys, puzzles and books while the adults get to socialize, too. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.

Building with Lincoln Logs (ages 4-7)


Thursday, May 18th, 4 p.m.


Children will have fun using their imagination while building log cabins, towers or whatever else they become inspired to make. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.

Game Squad (age 7 and up)


Tuesday, May 23rd, 5 p.m.


Are you crazy about playing games on your favorite handheld device? Then the Parkland Library’s Game Squad is right for you! Children will get the chance to connect through the library’s WiFi to play with fellow gamers while also socializing in person. Participants must bring their own devices (iPad, Nintendo DS, etc.) with their preferred games already downloaded. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.

Smart Start Tutoring


Varied Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


This program provides free tutoring for elementary, middle and high school students provided by high school students. For information and to register, visit http://www.smartstartfl.com

Reading Buddies (K-5th grade)


Mondays, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Would your child benefit from a Reading Buddy? When younger students read with older students, literacy skills are picked up in an enjoyable manner. The Parkland Juniorettes, high school girls dedicated to making a difference, have partnered with the Parkland Library to help younger students with reading. Building partnerships between our high-achieving high school students and elementary-age children is an excellent way to reinforce lifelong reading success. (Note: On the Mondays that school is closed Reading Buddies will not meet.) Registration is not required; just meet at the desk in the center of the library.