Summer of Wonder - Week 9: Play Streets, Spray Parks, Ice Cream, and DIY Face Masks!

By Emily S. RSS Fri, July 24, 2020

Looking for some outdoor family fun or fresh ways to stay cool during this Summer of Wonder? Find Play Streets, summer camps, spray parks, and food sites near you! And in our opinion, it’s never too late to celebrate National Ice Cream Month. Stay safe and express yourself with a DIY face mask you can make at home and #MaskUpPHL! Read on for more summer fun from the Free Library!

And don’t forget: patrons of all ages and camp groups can sign up for the Summer of Wonder online.


Join us for Daily Challenges on Facebook for Week 9 of Wonder, July 27 - 31!

Monday: Imagination Station
CHOMP! Start the week by making a crocodile chomper out of cardboard.

Tuesday: Question Connection
Gears are among the most important inventions of all time. Find out what makes them so special, then build your own model and play.

Wednesday: Culture Corner
Explore different ways that people around the world make bowls and make your own!

Thursday: DIY Lit Lab
Grab your sidewalk chalk and join us for this fun word-making game!

Friday: Freestyle
Chomp—stomp—ROAR! Remake your crocodile chomper into a dinosaur and design them a costume for Dino Day.

Follow Youth Services on Facebook for Summer of Wonder daily challenges, weekly Wednesday live events, and community resources! Be sure to check our events page regularly to see the wide array of virtual programs and presentations offered throughout the summer! Connect with your neighborhood library through social media for even more summer fun.


Free Library Virtual Summer Program Highlights, Week 9

Virtual Messy Mondays | Monday, July 27, 1:00 p.m.
Join Ms. Naomi in making a big mess! Pictures and instructions for fun sensory play with common household items.
For children of all ages.

Virtual Claymobile Visit |Tuesday, July 28, 1:00 p.m.
Join The Clay Studio weekly for a hands-on, virtual crafting session using simple materials you likely have at home! Live-streaming on Tuesdays, July 21 to August 25.
For the whole family.

Virtual Program: Edible Alphabet English | Wednesday, July 29, 10:30 a.m.
Adults are invited to this free online English class. Each week we will read, write, and speak in English—and cook a meal together (at our own homes, connected through video call). Wednesdays, July 29–August 19.
For adults.

Art Book Club online: Sketchbook | Thursday, July 30, 5:00 p.m.
Looking for sketchbook inspiration? Join the Free Library's Art Department for a biweekly meet-up on Slack. Assemble your own book, take on sketchbook prompts, then discuss and share your work! No prior drawing experience or materials required.
For teens, adults, and seniors.

Virtual Bedtime Storytime with Mx. Kate | Friday, July 31, 6:30 p.m.
Mx. Kate is hosting bedtime stories from home with their stuffed animal friends, stories and folktales, and a lullaby or two! All friends are welcome to join.
For ages 8 and under.

Explore our latest virtual program offerings on our online calendar.


Check out our weekly Summer Blog series for the scoop on virtual program highlights for the upcoming week. Sign up for the Youth Services newsletter for monthly emails featuring practical resources, out-of-school learning tips, and our favorite virtual activities.

Free Library Digital Media provides library patrons online access to ebooks, audiobooks, music, movies, virtual learning, and more. Find personalized reading suggestions with the online booklists put together by Free Library staff and community members!

Find your story with Virtual Summer of Wonder at the Free Library.

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