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Programs for Kids

Family Concerts at Central Library

Young children and their families are invited to these free family concerts at Central Library! Learn more about each performance.

  • Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra - Growing Up Baroque
    Sunday, February 19 from 3-4 p.m.
  • Teddy Bear Concert with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra - The Garden Symphony
    Sunday, March 19 from 3-4 p.m.
  • Indianapolis Opera - The Monon Town Musicians
    Sunday, April 16 from 3-4 p.m.
  • Disney Sing-along
    Sunday, May 21 from 3-4 p.m.

Early Learning Storytimes & Workshops

Kids laughing at storytime

Schedule & Registration
Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are invited for storytime at multiple branch locations.

Online Storytime
Schedule & Registration
Children ages 0-6 and their families are invited for an online storytime. Join Ms. Jess for stories, songs, fun, and activities! Storytime will last about 30 minutes. Can't wait to see you!

Bilingual Storytime at Nora - Ukrainian
Join the Ukrainian Society of Indiana for a bilingual storytime in English and Ukrainian. Storytime will last about 30 minutes. Feel free to stay after to connect with other families and the Ukrainian community!

Act It Out Storytime with React Kids
Schedule & Registration
Children ages 3-6 will join React Kids to act out classic fairytales and nursery rhymes! Can you be one of the Three Billy Goats Gruff or the Itsy Bitsy Spider? After reading the story, act it out!

Bilingual Music, Movement and Storytelling with Tharp-Perrin Gindhart Artists
Schedule & Registration
See storytelling come to life with creative body poses and live music inspired by nature and animals.

Paws to Read
Schedule & Registration
Children who are reluctant readers are invited to read to Dandy, a Goldendoodle. This activity can help young ones improve their reading skills and self-confidence. Participants may sign-up for a 15-minute reading sessions. Listen to the video read aloud Madeline Finn and the Library Dog here.

Storybook Friends Preschool Art Workshop
Schedule & Register
Explore watercolor and collage techniques inspired by the art of Eric Carle. Children ages 3-6 will learn about painting with water and will take home a fun collage creation of their own! Dress to mess!

Wiggle & Bounce Family Time - with Kindermusik
Schedule & Register
Children birth through age 5 and their caregiver will join Kindermusik of Indianapolis in this music and movement class. Adults will bond with their child through singing, dancing, and instrument playing. There's room for everyone to grow in this family program!

Central Library Tales 'n Play
Stop in for some stories, music, and fun! Children ages 0-5 and their caregivers are invited to join the Learning Curve for a storytime! Afterward, all are welcome to stay for some open playtime. No registration is required.

Southport Tot Art at Southport
Babies and toddlers up to age 3 and an adult are invited for an art program. Please stick around after the art activity for socialization and playtime. Come dressed for a mess!

Reading Ready Time
Reading Ready Time is a virtual library experience specifically designed to help children 3-6 years old get ready to read. All registrants will receive an email with a link and additional educational resources prior to the YouTube premiere. Programs will be available for a limited time following the premiere on our YouTube channel.

  • Teddy Bear Concert - Runaway Strings
    Wednesday, February 8 from 10-10:30 a.m. Register
  • Stories by Sukie - with Deborah Asante and Gary Gee
    Wednesday, February 15 from 10-10:30 a.m. Register
  • Talking Hands - Storytime in ASL
    Wednesday, February 22 from 10-10:30 a.m. Register
  • Indianapolis Opera - The Three Little Hoosier Pigs
    Wednesday, March 1 from 10-10:30 a.m. Register
  • Take a Trip - with Grace and Box
    Wednesday, March 8 from 10-10:30 a.m. Register
  • The Dance Show - with Dance Kaleidoscope
    Wednesday, March 15 from 10-10:30 a.m. Register
  • Fruit and Veggie Yoga - with the Marion County Health Department
    Wednesday, March 22 from 10-10:30 a.m. Register
  • Circus of Imagination - with Adzooks Puppets
    Wednesday, April 5 from 10-10:30 a.m. Register
  • Miss Annette's Little Farm in the Big City
    Wednesday, April 12 from 10-10:30 a.m. Register
  • Storytime with Mr. Jared
    Wednesday, April 26 from 10-10:30 a.m. Register
  • Teddy Bear Concert - The Garden Symphony
    Wednesday, May 3 from 10-10:30 a.m. Register

School Age Programs

Move with Myriad

Central Library Saturday & Weekday Morning Live Block Parties - with LEGOs!
Kids and teens are invited to join a live Block Party! Stop by and join the Learning Curve Learning Specialists and other kid builders to complete fun challenges with LEGOs. Children under 12 should be accompanied. No registration is required. See our book list Books and Legos: These Two Favorites are a Perfect Fit!

Central Library Digital Studio Afternoon
Kids and Teens eager to experiment with and explore their artistic creativity are invited to drop in and play. Multimedia Learning Specialists will help facilitate creative exploration.

Central Library Maker Afternoons
Kids ages 6-17, join us in the Arena of the Learning Curve where we will provide an idea for something to make and also have materials for you to get creative! Build something, take something apart, or tinker to your heart’s content! Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

Central Library Media Workshop Open Play
Come join Media Learning Specialists in the Learning Curve! Children and their families are welcome to check out some of our technology, toys, and games. Children under 12 should be accompanied. No registration is required to attend.

Central Library Minecraft Club
Minecrafters ages 8 and up are invited to share, collaborate, mine, and build in Central Land, a virtual world hosted on the Curve’s private Minecraft server - a safe digital environment. Miners 12 and under should be accompanied by an adult.

Central Library Creative Coding Afternoon
Kids ages 6-17 and their families can join us in the Arena of the Learning Curve to try out different computer games or to program your own using Scratch! Friends with experience creating games can come to share what they have made! Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.

Central Library Robots Afternoon
Join us in the Arena of the Learning Curve where we will have robotics activities available for kids ages 6-17! Try building a robot, programming one from our fleet, or trying a little coding. It’s up to you! Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

Garfield Park Family Time Heart and Home: Create with a Cardboard Loom
February 18 from 2-3:30 p.m. Register
Families with school-agers, ages 6 & up, are invited to join us for an afternoon of crafting together. We will be weaving colorful houses using yarn and cardboard looms.

Online Spanish Conversation Circles for Kids
Schedule & Registration
Kids ages 8-12, join in online to learn to converse, ask and answer questions, and tell stories all through fun games in Spanish. The class is 50% in Spanish and 50% in English with tons of pictures and gestures for context. Facilitated by Speak Spanish Now!

Warren Team Steam
School-age children ages 6 - 12 are invited to engage in a variety of STEAM activities. Try out games, coding, art projects and more. Participants will have a chance to get hands-on experience with various areas of science and technology while boosting their creativity. No registration is required.

West Perry Steam Team for Homeschool
Schedule & Register
Come explore with technology, science experiments, engineering, and more with STEAM Team! School age children (6 and up) and a caregiver will learn about each month's theme, then take part in a follow-up experiment. Limited spaces are available. Registration is required.

Take a walk and read a story as you go!

Child reading at a StoryWalk station.

Stroll through a park and read a book displayed in mounted frames. Stories will be rotated on a monthly basis. Families are encouraged to post photos of their visit on social media.

StoryWalk® in Ruckle Street Park, 3025 Ruckle Street.