Dozens of things to do for you and your whole family.

Like the Little Train, we are slowly . . . slowly . . . slowly . . . opening back up to more events and event spaces. In the last issue, we mentioned that the Zoo is back with modified visits. This issue, it's Kidspace!

And just in the nick of time for their butterfly celebration (the 25th annual, in fact).

While we still have to practice safe social distancing and masks, things are starting to look up. And if you haven't gotten a vaccine yet and are not immuno-compromised, we certainly encourage you to find a location and get the jab! Let's keep everyone safe, healthy, and whole.


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25th Annual Butterfly Season

Kidspace is back for members (now) and everyone (May 6)! And it's just in time for their 25th Annual Butterfly Season. This all-outdoor celebration of springtime will give you and your little ones a chance to enjoy some creative, color, and active outdoor adventure across the 3.5-acre outdoor campus. As always, your family can adopt a Painted Lady caterpillar and watch it transform into a majestic butterfly. For details on hours and butterfly adoption, check out the site.

Fabric Knot Bracelets

Your sewing-loving teen can break out the sewing machine on Wednesday, April 28, from 3:00 PM till 5:00 PM to learn to sew their very own fabric knot bracelet with large wooden beads. A sewing machine is required. Check the fabric supplies list on the event page. Registration required.

The Poet X Chat and Trivia

Teens ages 14-18 can join the discussion of The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevado. The book is written in poetic language and follows the story of Xiomara, a 15-year-old girl who's finding her way between family, religion, love, and life. And there will be trivia with prizes! Check out the event page for details on how to download an ebook or audiobook version. Registration required.


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Star Wars Origami

Now, if you're going to learn origami, this is what you should learn to make! (Especially on May 4, just sayin.) Sign up for an origami kit to make three different characters, Grogu (Baby Yoda), R2-D2, and a Porg. Kits are available from the Hastings Branch Library, and registration opens on Monday, May 3, from 9:00 AM till 5:00 PM. See the event page for kit contents and more details.


Pop Culture Pop-Up

On Saturday, May 1, from 12:00 PM till 4:00 PM, the Altadena Library is going all out to celebrate pop culture and community! In celebration of Free Comic Book Day, the library will be giving away its comic book stockpile from last year (as a collector, I'm very enthused by this). They have books for all ages. They will also be giving away craft kits for children to make their own Baby Yoda bookmark/stick puppet. Check out the event page for details.

Family Star Wars Trivia Night

There's no better way to celebrate Star Wars Day than with a little trivia. And there's no better way to build community than by pitting families against each other in a trivia contest! :-) The Altadena Library Youth & Family Services Librarian is hosting an afternoon of Star Wars-themed family fun with a Zoom trivia event on Tuesday, May 4 from 3:30 PM till 4:30 PM. Bring your costume (optional) and your family's biggest geek (recommended) for a chance to win a basket filled with Star Wars-themed toys, crafts, and books! Registration and two connected devices are required. See the event page for details.


Mighty Chondria: Science for Kids

Kids ages 9 - 12 can learn to become scientists in the home on Monday, April 26, from 4:00 PM till 5:00 PM. Using household items (see the registration page for the supply list), your kid will explore chemistry, earth science, and biology.


Ukulele Orchestra Fun: Part Deux

On Monday, April 26, from 6:00 PM till 7:00 PM, the ukulele fun continues by learning what it's like to be a part of an orchestra. Newcomers are absolutely welcome! And all skill levels from beginner and up, ages 9 and up, can take part. A limited number of ukuleles are available for those who need to borrow an instrument on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you need to borrow an instrument, please contact Marie Plug for assistance. Registration required.


Star and Frog Origami

Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with an Origami Take & Make from the San Rafael Branch Library. Starting Monday, May 3, from 8:00 AM till 5:00 PM, your whole family can learn to make a transforming ninja star and a hopping frog from folding paper. Origami kits are available from the library while supplies last. See the event page for more details.


Paper Hyacinth Bouquet

Sign up to receive a kit to make a bouquet of paper hyacinths (perfect for Mother's Day - hint, hint). This is great for kids ages 8 and up. Register to receive a kit starting Monday, May 3, from 9:00 AM till 5:00 PM. See the event page for more details and the kit contents.


Japanese Fish Steamer

On Wednesday, May 5, celebrate Children's Day by reserving a free craft kit to make a Japanese fish steamer. Kits and reservations are through the Linda Vista Branch Library. Reservations open at 9:30 AM. Call 626-744-7278 to request a kit while supplies last. This is an excellent craft for kids 9 years old and up.


Make Beaded Earrings

Kids ages 8-14 years old will learn how to make beautiful beaded earrings (did we mention Mother's Day is coming up?) on Saturday, May 8, from 11:00 AM till 12:00 PM over zoom. Supply kits are available. Registration is required and open on Monday, April 26 at 8:00 AM. Space is limited. 


Taste This!

Kids, Tweens, and Teens can register for a tasty experiment to learn how taste connects to all of their senses using items already in your refrigerator. Things kick off on Monday, April 26, at 4:00 PM. Registration required.


Natural Scientists

Tweens and Teens are invited to participate in the City Nature Challenge on Tuesday, April 27, at 3:30 PM. They will learn how to be a scientist in their own community by exploring the rich diversity of plants and animals that call LA County home. Registration required.


Your Kitchen Farm

Kids in grades K-5 can listen and learn how to grow fruits and vegetables from parts of other fruits and vegetables right in their kitchen. GrowingGreat: Planting in the Kitchen happens on Thursday, April 29, at 3:00 PM. Adult supervision may be required. Register here


Science at Home

The Monrovia librarians host regular STEM-related content on the Monrovia Library YouTube channel for kids ages five and up. Themes range from 3d printing to microscope explorations. Check them out every other Wednesday from April 28 through May 12, at 11:00 AM.


Real Craft, Virtual Corner

Monrovia Library's Virtual Craft Corner lets your whole family explore crafts that can be made in your home using minimal or recycled materials. Activities are suitable for pre-school through school-aged children and their families. A whole world of fun can be made from what's lying around the house! Videos are posted to the Monrovia Library YouTube channel bi-weekly on Wednesdays, May 5 and May 19, from 11:30 AM till 11:45 AM.



NOTE: Story times are subject to change. Please check the sites. Recorded story times are generally available on library YouTube channels.

Storytime Snippets

Altadena Libraries YouTube page is updated every Tuesday morning with a new song, rhyme, or finger play that you can use to create a storytime at home. New videos are available through April 26, 2021.

Teen Inspiration

Check out Altadena Library's Teen Instagram account for BTWN TiTLES, their biweekly posts of book reviews, creativity experiments, and more.

Pasadena Public Library regular storytimes:

Social Media Storytime: Preschool on Mondays at 10:30 - 10:50 AM on Facebook Live and Thursday at 3:00 - 3:20 PM on Instagram Live


Social Media Storytime: Toddler on Tuesdays at 10:30 - 10:50 AM on Instagram Live


Chinese Mandarin Storytime on Wednesdays at 3:00 PM on Instagram Live


Social Media Storytime: Hora de Cuento en Español on Wednesdays at 4:00 - 4:20 PM on Facebook Live


Social Media Storytime: ASL (American Sign Language) on Friday at 4:00 - 4:20 PM on Instagram Live

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