As summer break stretches out seemingly endlessly in front of children and parents, the latter might already be counting down the days their offspring will be kept busy from morning to afternoon again.
In addition to summer school hosted by the St. Joseph School District, local libraries, museums and other organizations offer a variety of events and programs to keep children entertained.
The St. Joseph Public Library and Rolling Hills Library will feature a variety of performers as part of their summer reading programs. The 2019 program’s motto is “A Universe of Stories” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
Comedians, musicians and other performers will present at the Downtown Library at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays, at the Carnegie branch at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, at the Washington Park branch at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and at the East Hills Library at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays.
The Downtown Library will host STEAMonday on the second, third and fourth Mondays in June and July for children in second through sixth grades. Sessions will be devoted to science, technology, engineering, arts or math. Children need to be signed up the Friday before the session.
For more events, visit www.sjpl.lib.mo.us.
The Rolling Hills Library will host performers for its summer reading program at 11 a.m. Mondays. Summer Tech classes for children, teenagers and adults are offered on Tuesdays at the Belt branch and on Monday, July 29, at the Savannah branch. Space-themed craft sessions for elementary-age children will take place on Wednesday afternoons.
The library also will offer activities for teenagers, including classes that are usually hosted for adults.
“We’re going to do a couple sewing classes, the library has sewing machines, we offer adult sewing classes,” Tena Edwards, a public services librarian, said. “The summer is a good time to try to offer it to a different age group.”
For more events, visit www.rhcl.org.
The Wyeth-Tootle Mansion will host a robotics workshop on Friday, July 26. Classes are separated into two groups: 9:30 a.m. to noon for students entering kindergarten through grade three and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. for students entering grades four through six. The cost is $25. To sign up, visit www.stjosephmuseum.org.
The Pony Express Museum will hold Day Camp 2019 for students grade one through five for two weeks in July. Two four-day sessions are available Mondays through Thursdays, July 8 to 11 and July 15 to 18. Both camps will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the museum. The 1860s-themed camp provides lunch and offers limited scholarships. Attendance costs $40. To sign up, visit www.ponyexpress.org.
The Remington Nature Center will host several educational activities over summer break, including the eighth annual Herp-o-rama from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29. Other events include monthly crafts and an animal safari at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13.
The Remington Nature Center has been closed several times in 2019 due to flooding. Call ahead at 816-271-5499 or visit the center’s Facebook page for updates.