April 18-25 Family Calendar – Storytime Play and Learn, Outdoor Storytime and Storytime Shorts
Circle of Security Parenting Classes – An eight-week program to strengthen your relationship with your child and meet other families. Gift cards are issued based on attendance. Open to caregivers and their children ages 6 and under residing in northeast Spokane. Tuesday through May 3, 6 p.m. Northeast Community Center, 4001 N. Cook St. Free. (509) 487-1603.
Fly into summer – Pick up a cut-out wooden butterfly from Avenue West Gallery and decorate it for display and/or sale until June. Must be returned to Avenue West by May 30. Open to artists of all ages. West Gallery Avenue, 907 W. Boone Ave., Suite B. $5. (509) 838-4999.
Storytime Play and Learn – Share books and songs and spend time in open-ended play with learning activities and craft projects. Open to kindergarten children and their families. Available at various times and at library branches throughout the week. Visit spokanelibrary.org for more information. Spokane Public Library. Free.
Outdoor Story Time – Join Miss Delaney on the lawn behind the Children’s Library for stories and songs. Participants are encouraged to bring something to sit on. Open to children 5 and under. Monday, 9:30 a.m. Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 769-2315.
Storytime Shorts – Listen to stories that help children learn language and early literacy skills. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. on facebook.com/spokanecountylibrarydistrict. Also available on YouTube at scld.org/storytime-shorts-playlist. Presented by the Spokane County Library District. Free.
Library of Things: The Digital Multimeter – Learn about the digital multimeter in this hands-on demonstration. Open to children 13 years and older. Register at scld.org. Tuesday, 3-4:30 p.m. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. Free. (509) 893-8350.
Nature’s Recyclers – Learn about mealworms, how they “recycle” plastic and more. Register at scld.org. Tuesday, 4-5 p.m. Presented by the Spokane County Library District. Free.
PRIDE Schools Enrollment Night – An evening of enrollment information for prospective PRIDE Prep Middle School students entering grades six through eight, future Innovation High School students entering grades nine through twelfth, and their guardians. Meet teachers, take a tour and talk to current students. Tuesday, 4-6 p.m. PRIDE Prep, 811 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 309-7680.
Space Science for Kids: Meteors – Learn about meteors and meteorites using the book “How the Meteorite Got to the Museum” by Jessie Hartland. Register at events.spokanelibrary.org/event/6434372. Open to children from 6 to 12 years old. Tuesday, 4-4:45 p.m. Shadle Park Library, 2111 W. Wellesley Ave. Free. (509) 444-5390.
Tween and Teen Blackout Poetry – Take a text written in a book, newspaper or magazine and write words to create your own poetry. All supplies are provided courtesy of Friends of the Library. For more information, call (509) 284-5657 and visit whitcolib.org. Tuesday, 4:30 p.m. Tekoa Library, 139 S. Crosby, Tekoa. Free. (509) 284-3121.
Come in and write – Bring work in progress to share, get inspired by creative prompts, and make time to write. Tuesday, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Parkway. Free. (509) 279-0299.
Virtual Storytime – A virtual storytime for preschoolers held on Zoom. Visit events.spokanelibrary.org/events to register. Wednesday, 10-10:30 a.m. Presented by the Spokane Public Library. Free.
Wonder Wednesdays – A virtual story hour with books about imagination, creativity, adventure and exploration. Visit cdalibrary.com/library-events for the Zoom link. Wednesday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 769-2315.
Experience Virtual Reality – Explore the Titanic, take a ride in the blood, navigate the International Space Station, or see the world with Google Earth without leaving the library. Open to adults and children from 13 years old. Make an appointment by calling (509) 397-4366. Wednesday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Colfax Library, 102 S. Main St., Colfax. Free. (509) 397-4366.
Picture Book Chat – Discover new picture books kids will enjoy with librarians Mary Ellen and Sheri. Look at facebook.com/spokanecountylibrarydistrict. Wednesday, 1 p.m. Presented by the Spokane County Library District. Free.
Preschool Story Science: Shapes – Storytime and hands-on science learning for ages 3-5. Wednesday, 2-3 p.m. Hillyard Library, 4005 N. Cook St. Free. (509) 444-5380.
Fundamentals of Drawing for Teens – Marlene Laurich leads students in the techniques of drawing line, shape, form and space. Open to children from 12 to 15 years old. Sponsored by the Kalispel Tribe Youth Art Fellowship. Food and snacks provided. Call (509) 448-9277 and visit createarts.org to register. Mandatory masks. Wednesday, 3-5 p.m. Create an Art Center, 900 W. Fourth St., Newport. Free. (509) 447-9277.
Nerf Battle Garfield Park – Kids of all ages are invited to capture the flag Nerf style, followed by a free-for-all battle session. Attendees are encouraged to bring their Nerf blaster of choice, and the library will provide darts. For more information, contact Sarah Anderson at the Garfield Library at (509) 635-1490 and [email protected] Wednesday, 3 p.m. Garfield Library, 109 N. Third St., Garfield. Free. (509) 635-1490.
Come and Draw – Explore different artistic mediums, develop skills and ideas, and get feedback. Open to all ages. Wednesday, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Parkway. Free. (509) 279-0299.
Online Storytime – Read stories, sing songs and share finger games. Open to children from 2 to 5 years old and their families. Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. Register at scld.org. Presented by the Spokane County Library District. Free.
Drop in and Play – Play board and card games together in a relaxing and positive environment. Open to all ages. Thursday, 12-2 p.m. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Parkway. Free. (509) 279-0299.
Virtual Reality for Teens – Try virtual reality games with other teens. Thursday, 4-5:30 p.m. Hillyard Library, 4005 N. Cook St. Free. (509) 444-5380.
Dungeons and Dragons for Teens – Play a virtual game of Dungeons and Dragons with teens in the Spokane area. All skill levels are welcome. For more information and to register, visit events.spokanelibrary.org/events. Friday, 3-5 p.m. Presented by the Spokane Public Library. Free.
Self-Published Story Time – Join Miss Delaney on the Children’s Library Facebook page as she reads stories written by self-published authors. Visit cdalibrary.org for more information. Friday, 3-4 p.m. Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 769-2315.
A Gathering of Species – Choose an animal, plant, insect or organism to inspire a costume, mask, prop or float, then bring it to the Spokane Earth Day Climate Walk. A cash gathering encourages the reuse of materials and the reuse of second-hand items in the creation of your item. For more information, email [email protected] and visit facebook.com/gatheringofspecies. Friday, 3-4 p.m. Pavilion at Riverfront, 574 N. Howard St. Free. (888) 929-7849.
Minecraft Club – Explore architecture, engineering and art through Minecraft. Participants receive a building prompt and a brief lesson, then join a Minecraft world to build around the prompt. Friday, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Parkway. Free. (509) 279-0299.
“Every Bunny Welcome” – Hand build a bunny vase using slab and coil methods. Open to children from 6 years old. Comfortable clothing encouraged. Masks optional. Register at spokaneartschool.net. Saturday, 9-10:30 a.m. Spokane Art School, 811 W. Garland Ave. $30. (509) 325-1500.
Science From Home – Librarian Molly presents a science experiment each week on the library’s Facebook page facebook.com/spokanecountylibrarydistrict. For children from 8 years old and their families. Saturday, 10-11 a.m. Spokane County Library District. Free. (509) 893-8200.
Outdoor BioBlitz Celebration – Participate in a scavenger hunt and other Earth-themed activities. Use magnifying glasses to study the park’s varied flora and fauna up close. Bring a smart phone or digital camera to take photos to share for the BioBlitz. Open to all ages. Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mirabeau Meadows Park, 13500 E. Mirabeau Parkway, Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 688-0300.
Disassemble – Using basic tools, gloves, and safety glasses, disassemble electronics, small appliances, and other donated devices. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Register at scld.org. Saturday, 10am-12pm. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. Free. (509) 893-8350.
April Animal Open Day – Play games, meet and learn about the wonderful animals of our world. Welcome without appointment. Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. West Valley Outdoor Learning Center, 8508 E. Upriver Drive, Building B, Spokane Valley. Suggested donation of $5. (509) 340-1028.
Earth Day Family Event – Children of all ages are invited to participate in activities that explore and improve the Earth. Saturday, 1-3 p.m. Shadle Park Library, 2111 W. Wellesley Ave. Free. (509) 444-5390.
Pottery for Youth with Alydia Grover – Learn how to make pinch pots, spool pots, the basics of pot tossing on the wheel and studio tools, terminology and etiquette. Mondays April 25-May 16, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Open to children aged 11 to 15. Cost includes tools for studio use only, studio enamels, wheels and firing of all finished works. Emerge, 119 N. Second St., Coeur d’Alene. $135. (208) 930-1876.
Scribbler’s Society Virtual Writing Club – Writers of all ages meet via Zoom to write, edit drafts, and participate in critique sessions. Email Lindsay Moore at [email protected] to register. April 25, 3-4 p.m. Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 769-2315.