I was updating our Indoor Michigan Winter Fun page recently with some fun new places to take the kids when they’re cabin fever stricken and it’s too cold to go outside. After updating that page I went to work on updating the OCM calendar of events. Many of the Oakland County events on the calendar page reflect some of the great events happening at our local libraries.
I’m more than impressed with the libraries in Oakland County. I’m not trying to turn this into a “this local library is better than that local library” summary and I’m not trying to guilt anyone (or myself) into feeling obligated to support local efforts. Just think of this as a PSA reminder that we don’t always have to drag the kids to a cool place like Dave and Buster’s to drop a lot of money to keep kids occupied when it’s too cold to even build a snowman outside.
I’m not breaking news that local Michigan libraries are a great way to spend the afternoon but I’m more than impressed with the creativity of our Oakland County libraries when it comes to offering fun and unique programs. Here are just a few examples of some creative, unique library programs in Oakland County:
- Minute to Win it Night at Baldwin Public Library (ages 11-18)
- World Class Chefs at Auburn Hills PL (2nd & 3rd graders)
- Family Movie Nights at the Pontiac Public Library
- Legos at the Library at Orion Twp. Public Library (ages 6 and up)
- Cupcake Extravaganza at Northville District Library (tweens 8-12)
- Family Craft Nights at Hazel Park Public Library
- Fly a Kite (build your own Kite) at Southfield Public Library
- Friday Family Fun Yoga at Bloomfield Township Public Library (ages 5-12)
- Children’s Department Mystery Saturday at Farmington Community Library
- Build a Life-Sized Candyland Game at the Royal Oak Public Library
These events are just some of the unique ones. Numerous Oakland County libraries offer regular board game nights, video game competitions, chess clubs and Dungeons and Dragons game days for free in addition to the regular story-times and other common kid-friendly events. These events vary from library to library and so does the registration process. I have found that several of the programs are open to non-residents. If you don’t find what you’re looking for at your local library, you can try others and make phone calls. I’ve gotten to know quite a few local libraries this way.
It’s great that many of these library programs are free (or at extremely low cost) but, even more important to me, is these programs promote being socially interactive with other kids during the activities. You can’t beat the social interaction of some of these library programs. There is far more interaction between kids at “board game nights” and other library programs than there is by handing kids $10 and taking them to Chuck E. Cheese.
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