Activities and Events for Kids

Activities and Events for Children​


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

kids summer reading

Parkland Library’s “Build a Better World” Summer Reading Club


June 9 – August 12


Every person age 2 years through adult will receive a small gift for coming in and registering for the library’s “Build a Better World” Summer Reading Club. Keep a log of books you read to earn prizes all summer. The more books you read the more prizes you get! Keep reading all summer and earn prizes along the way. Children and teens must have a Parkland Library card to register. Sponsored by Parkland Friends of the Library, Parkland Chamber of Commerce and Total Tax Solutions.



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.

Reading with Ruby (ages 5 to 12)


Thursday, 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.

Writing Buddies (K-5th grade)


Saturday, June 3rd, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.


We all know how important it is to read to children, but what about writing? Strong communication skills are important throughout life. And writing is fun, too! 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.

Reading with Ruby (ages 5 to 12)


Monday, June 12th, 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.

Children’s Summer Reading Kickoff Show
Bucky and Gigi: Building a Better Show… One Smile at a Time (age 2 and up) 


Tuesday, June 13th, 4 p.m.


Watch Bucky & GiGi construct fun with juggling, magic, and lots of comedy, too. You’ll get to be a part of the smiling, giggling and flat out belly laughter when you watch them transform themselves from regular construction crew to comedians extraordinaire. And get ready for Super Zeus (their canine partner) who steals the show in the finale with his extraordinary feats of canine comedy. Children ages 2 through 5th grade can register for the Parkland Library’s “Build a Better World” Summer Reading Club and earn prizes all summer. Sponsored by Parkland Friends of the Library. Parkland Library card required to register. Registration required.
Register here.

Building with Lincoln Logs (ages 4-7)

Wednesday, June 14th, 2 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.

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


Thursday, June 15th, 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.

Father’s Day Storytime (age 3 and up)


Thursday, June 15th, 6:30 p.m.


Bring your dad, grandpa, or uncle for stories, songs and a special craft just for him! Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.

Build a Puzzle (age 4 and up)


Monday, June 19th 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.  


Children will enjoy the challenge of jigsaw puzzles while working as a team with new friends and old. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.

Bricks ‘N’ Books (age 6 and up)


Tuesday, June 20th, 2 p.m.


Children age 6 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.

Step-into-Summer Mural Painting


Wednesday, June 21st, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


It’s the first day of summer! What better way to celebrate than to add your creative mark on a giant mural that will be displayed at the library all season long? This all-ages family fun painting event will get you in the spirit of summer. Drop in anytime during these hours to participate. Parkland Library required to register. Register here.

Game Squad (age 7 and up)


Thursday, June 22nd, 4 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.

Family Craft: Paint a Fairy Door (age 3 and up)


Saturday, June 24th 11:00 a.m.


Children and their favorite adults will have fun together painting a ceramic “fairy door” that’s perfect for a garden or any decorative spot. 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