Urbandale Public Library/Kids Programs & Events

Please note, some programs required advance registration.  For more information about any of these programs or to register, please call us at 515-278-3945 or check out our online calendar.

Storytime

The age recommendations provided for the storytime programs described below indicate the developmental level the program targets.  However, every child is different. If you’re not sure if a storytime is the right fit for your child, we encourage you to try it out.

Storytime is a fantastic opportunity to bond and share the learning experience, so caregivers should plan on attending and participating! No registration required.  Siblings welcome!

Book Babies (0-24 months): Bounce, sing, shake, and play with us at this “can’t sit still” storytime.

  • Mondays and Tuesdays at 9:00 AM
  • 2nd and 4th Saturdays at 9:30 AM

Toddler Time (2-3 years): This short-attention span storytime is full of music, stories, and rhymes.

  • Mondays and Tuesdays at 10:00 AM

Family Storytime (4+ years): Join us for fun and interactive stories to keep the whole family entertained and engaged.  Pajamas are welcome at our evening session!

  • Tuesdays at 7:00 PM
  • Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 and 10:15 AM
  • 2nd and 4th Saturdays at 10:30 AM

The Library also offers special events for early learners and their families.  Please check our events calendar for more details.

 

Preschool-Age Special Programs

The age recommendations provided for the preschool programs described below indicate the developmental level the program targets.  However, every child is different. If you’re not sure if a program is the right fit for your child, we encourage you to try it out.

STEAM Station:   Each month we discover a different topic through self-guided hands-on activities and experiments perfect for 2- to 7-year-old children and their grown-ups!  Registration preferred.

  • Last Monday of the month at 6:00 PM

Aspiring Artists (Ages 3-5): Preschool-age children, accompanied by an adult, can explore great artists with a lesson that includes a story and step-by-step art activity.  Registration required.

  • 3rd Thursday of the month  at 11:00 AM

Science Sleuths (Ages 3-5):  Preschoolers and their adults will get hands-on with a 30-minute lesson including books and experiments!  Registration required.

  • Last Thursday of the month at 11:00 AM

The Library also offers monthly special events for preschoolers and their families.  Please check our events calendar for more details.

 

School-Age Special Programs

Minecraft:  Kids of all ages are encouraged to test their Minecraft skills. No registration required.

  • Mondays from 4:00 – 5:30 PM

Spark Club (Grades 2-4th): An 8-week course in coding concepts and robotics for all skill levels.  Registration is required.

  • Wednesdays at 5:00 PM (through October; this program will be repeated periodically throughout the year)

Starting with Scratch (5-8th): An 8 week course where all skill levels can use computer science and programming to create digital stories!  Registration is required; projects are cumulative, so please plan on attending each week.

  • Wednesdays at 6:00 PM (through October; this program will be repeated periodically throughout the year)

After-School Art (K-5):  We’ll create art together in a 30-minute workshop that will unleash the inner artist in your child!  Registration preferred.

  • Third Friday of the month at 4:00 PM

Lego Club (Ages 5+):  Join other LEGO enthusiasts and create unique designs. LEGOs and fun provided. Registration not required.

  • Last Friday of the month at 4:00 PM

 

The Library also offers special events for school-age kids and their families.   Please check our events calendar for more details.

For more information on programming for teens grades 7 – 12, please visit our For Teens page.