Kid's Events

  1. Library

    Physical Address
    95 Cedar Street
    Newington, CT 06111


  2. Children's Services

    Phone: 860-665-8720

Many programs require registration. No registration is necessary unless otherwise noted. 

To register call 860-665-8720.

Buddy Bake Off (kitchen utensils)

The Annual Buddy Bake-Off
Monday, June 24, 6:30 p.m.
Children, grab your apron and an adult!  Grownups, grab your apron and a child!  Pair up and bake your favorite homemade goodie and bring it to the library along with one copy of the recipe for us to keep.  Limited to one entry per team. Taste all the entries and help pick the winning teams. Prizes awarded!! Entry fee is a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Newington Food Bank. Please call to register your team beginning June 10.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Play With Us!
Tuesday, June 25, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Join us for this program geared for families with young children who have special needs.  Meet with birth to three-year-old resource professionals and socialize with your peers.  All are welcome.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Partnered with Creative Interventions, LLC.

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Just a Story and a Song! 
Wednesday, June 26, 10:15 a.m. 
Join us for a thirty minute all ages storytime.  We’ll enjoy a story (or two) and a song (or two) to welcome in the morning.

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Over the Moon Animal Adventure
Wednesday, June 26, 10:15 a.m.
Join Animal Embassy on this nocturnal journey through the fascinating night life of the animal kingdom.  Explore the night-time activities and adaptations with live animal ambassadors such as a Spectacled Owl, a Red Foot Tortoise or maybe a Mojave Ball Python!  Call to register kids, ages 4 – 12, beginning June 12.

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Cookbook Club
Wednesday, June 26, 6:30 p.m.
This month we will be making pineapple dream dessert.  Register chefs in grades 3 - 6 beginning June 12

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Family Storytime (Special Program on June 20)
Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
Stories, songs and more for the whole family all year ‘round.

play with us

Play With Us!
Tuesdays, July 2 - August 27, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Join us for this program geared for families with young children who have special needs.  Meet with birth to three-year-old resource professionals and socialize with your peers.  All are welcome.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Partnered with Creative Interventions, LLC.

just a story and song

Just a Story and a Song! 
Wednesday, July 3, 10:15 a.m. 
Join us for a thirty minute all ages storytime.  We’ll enjoy a story (or two) and a song (or two) to welcome in the morning.

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Ongoing Drop-in Spring Preschool Storytimes
July 8 – August 22
We hold various preschool storytimes for ages 9 months through 6 years. Find one that’s right for you by picking up a detailed schedule in the Children’s Department or clicking here.

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After Lunch Bunch
Wednesdays, July 10 – August 14, 1:00 p.m. 
Children entering grades K-2 are invited to join us for an hour filled with activities designed to let you explore your universe!  A detailed flyer is available here.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

astronaut floating in space reading book

Afternoon Heat
Thursdays, July 11 – August 15, 1:00 p.m. 
Children entering grades 3–6 are invited to join us for an hour filled with activities designed to let you explore your universe!  A detailed flyer is available here.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Family Storytime 
Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m. (Special Program on August 15)
Stories, songs and more for the whole family all year ‘round.

cookbook club

A Universe of Cooking
Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 p.m.
It’s a spaced out cooking event!  Kids, ages 3 – 12, can blast off to different space stations with different space-themed recipes. No registration is required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Dog reading book in spaceship

Tales to Tails
Tuesday, July 16, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Children who love dogs or need to boost their reading skills may sign up for a 15 minute session reading to Ellie, a certified therapy dog.  Registration begins July 2.

Donated by Natalie Harbeson.

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Baby Massage
Monday, July 22, 9:15 a.m.
Please join Lia of Mission Massage for a one-hour workshop to help parents learn more about how to massage their baby and the benefits. Parents with children up to 3 years of age will find massage helps you to find ways to help aid digestion, improve sleep, ease growing pains and calm colicky tendencies. Please bring a yoga mat and blanket if you have one, or there will be extras available.  Call to register beginning July 8.

Man playing DIDGERIDOO

Didgeridoo Down Under
Tuesday, July 23, 6:30 p.m.
Join Didgeridoo Down Under in a high-energy, Australia-themed show that combines music, culture, puppetry, comedy, character building, storytelling and audience participation. The didgeridoo has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years, and is known for its otherworldly sound. But DDU is more than music. It’s interactive, educational, motivational and super fun for all ages!  All ages are invited to call to register beginning July 9.  This program will be held in the auditorium of the Senior and Disabled Center.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

planetarium

Universe of Stories Planetarium Show @ CCSU’s Copernican Observatory and Planetarium
Wednesday, July 24, 7:30 p.m. doors open at 7:00 – All Ages
Experience the night sky’s thousands of glittering stars during CCSU’s Planetarium Show. Share the excitement of learning about astronomy and the universe around us. Stargazing begins at 8:45 p.m. Call to register.

Sponsored by CCSU. 

lego club

Building with LEGO® Bricks
Saturday, July 27, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Come to our monthly gathering to build projects with LEGO® bricks. Due to safety concerns, infants and toddlers will not be allowed in the room.

 Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

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Dinner and a Show
Wednesday, July 31, 6:00 p.m.
Children entering grades K - 6 are invited to an evening of entertainment.  A buffet dinner will be served promptly at 6:00.  At 6:30 we will enjoy a Magic Show starring Ed Popielarczyk, magician and storyteller extraordinaire!  Registration and a cash payment of $5 will be taken in person only, starting July 17.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and numerous local restaurants.

BooksAndBabies

Books and Babies!
Monday, August 5, 9:15 a.m.
Join us in a program for our youngest library fans!  Babies, ages 0 - 12 months, and their caregivers will enjoy a stimulating, age-appropriate program that will gently introduce them to the library.  Babies will also receive a “Welcome to the Library” gift bag.  Please call to register beginning July 22.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Ready for Kindergarten
Mondays, August 5, 12 and 19, 6:30 p.m.
Children who will be starting kindergarten for the 2019 – 2020 school year, and a caregiver are invited to listen to stories and participate in lots of hands-on activities that will help children to develop the skills needed for a successful start in school.  In order to create a special one-on-one learning time with your soon to be kindergartener, please make other arrangements for siblings. Please call to register beginning July 22.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

yoga boy

Pajama Yoga
Tuesday, August 6, 7:00 p.m.
Namaste everyone!  That means peace.  Children ages 4 - 8 and their caregivers are invited to come to the library in comfortable pajamas to have fun doing yoga together.  Beth Agdish, a certified Next Generation Yoga for Kids instructor, will teach us techniques and traditional poses.  Mats will be provided to those who do not bring one.  Registration begins July 23.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Harry Potter Wands

Kids’ Craft Show
Saturday, August 10, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Attention Crafters, between the ages of 6 – 13, and craft lovers of all ages; mark your calendars for our annual Kids’ Craft Show. Please call to reserve a table to sell your non-food kid-made crafts.  Buyers of all ages are welcome.  Stop by to view the creative talents of Newington’s kids!

junior cookbook club

Junior Cookbook Club
Wednesday, August 14, 6:30 p.m.
We continue with a Universe of Stories by reading Meteor by Patricia Polacco.  Later we will make meteor cookies.  Jr Chefs entering grades K - 2 may call to register beginning July 31.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

white and brown llamas

Hooked on Llamas
Thursday, August 15, 6:30 p.m. (Replaces Family Storytime)
Debbie from Country Quilt Llama Farm will be here with her best behaved llama to tell us a story and explain all about llamas! No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

David Reed Brown magician holding wire sphere

Magic in Our Universe All Ages
Friday, August 16, 6:30 p.m.
Join Magician David Reed Brown for an amazing and awe-inspiring evening of magic. Learn how life itself is magical and filled with endless possibilities. Registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

Fancy Nancy from books

A Fancy Nancy Soiree
Saturday, August 17, 10:15 a.m.
Children, ages 3 – 6, are invited to a Fancy Nancy Soiree (that’s a fancy name for a party).  Dress in your fanciest attire and have lots of fun enjoying crafts, snacks, stories and more!  Please register beginning August 3.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Dog reading book in spaceship

Tales to Tails
Tuesday, August 20, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Children who love dogs or need to boost their reading skills may sign up for a 15 minute session reading to Ellie, a certified therapy dog.  Registration begins August 6.

Donated by Natalie Harbeson.

clip art kids baking

Cookbook Club
Wednesday, August 21, 6:30 p.m.
We continue with A Universe of Stories by making “galaxy bark” and “flying saucer pizza”. Chefs entering grades 3-6 may call to register beginning August 7.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Construction Club

Building with LEGO® Bricks
Saturday, August 24, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Come to our monthly gathering to build projects with LEGO® bricks. Due to safety concerns, infants and toddlers will not be allowed in the room.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Just a Story and a Song! 
Wednesday, August 28, 10:15 a.m. 
Join us for a thirty minute all ages storytime.  We’ll enjoy a story (or two) and a song (or two) to welcome in the morning.



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Last day for A Universe of Stories! – Summer Reading 2019!

Saturday, August 31, 2019 - All prizes must be claimed by 4:00 p.m.