Kids' Events

Weekly Storytimes

Our weekly storytime schedule can be found on our Early Childhood page. You may also view our calendar.

Registration & Tickets

Some events require advance registration, as noted in the program decription. Unless otherwise noted, Wilmette and Kenilworth residents may register starting two weeks in advance; nonresidents may register 7 days later. To sign up, please stop by the Youth Desk or call us at (847) 256-6945.

Some performances require free tickets. Ticket availability is noted in the program description.

Upcoming Events

  • Stories in Thornwood Park
    When: Monday, July 24, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Thornwood Park

    Families are invited for stories and songs with Wilmette librarians. Please gather near the tennis courts. In case of rain or extreme heat, storytimes will take place at the Library. If in doubt, please call 847-256-6945. Cosponsored by the Wilmette Public Library and the Wilmette Park District.
  • Club Hogwarts: Wand Shop
    When: Monday, July 24, 2017 - 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Make friends and enjoy magical activities and snacks inspired by the world of Harry Potter. Accio fun! Today, make your own wands -- edible and non! Grades 5-8. Registration starts July 10 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 17 for nonresidents.
  • Tech Playground (Gr. 1-4)
    When: Monday, July 24, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Kids, show your parents what you can do! You'll both have the opportunity to play with the library's tech toys such as Lego WeDo, Scratch Jr., robots, and more. Grades 1-4 with an adult. Registration starts July 10 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 17 for nonresidents.
  • Storytelling by Design: Make Your Own Tale
    When: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Help some of your favorite stories come alive by acting them out! Together, we will read a fairy tale, folktale, or other popular story. Then we will act the story out, using dialogue, movement and props. Grades K-3. Registration starts July 11 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 18 for nonresidents.
  • Storybook Art: Lois Ehlert
    When: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Share stories and create art using the techniques of a featured illustrator. This week, explore using found objects and natural materials in the style of Lois Ehlert. Ages 3-5 with an adult. Registration starts July 12 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 19 for nonresidents.
  • Ben's Bubble Show
    When: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Enjoy bubble sculptures, illusions, and audience participation! Free ticket required. Tickets are available in the Youth Services Department starting at 6:00 the evening before the program on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit 6 tickets per family.
  • Ben's Bubble Show (Sensory-Friendly)
    When: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 4:45 PM - 5:15 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Kids with special needs and their families are invited to this fun show with bubble sculptures, sleight of hand, and audience participation! Registration starts July 12 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 19 for nonresidents.
  • Ben's Bubble Show
    When: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Enjoy bubble sculptures, illusions, and audience participation! Free ticket required. Tickets are available in the Youth Services Department starting at 6:00 the evening before the program on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit 6 tickets per family.
  • Moana: Interactive Showing
    When: Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Sing and cheer along to this interactive version of Moana. Brought to you by the Kids' Library Council. Snacks will be served. Rated PG. Grades 2 and up. Registration starts July 13 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 20 for nonresidents.
  • Book Buddies
    When: Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Older children pair up with younger ones to share books, crafts, and fun. Older buddies should be entering grades 6 and up; younger buddies should be ages 4 to 7. Registration begins each Monday morning and continues until that week's program is full.
  • Stories in Vattmann Park
    When: Monday, July 31, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Families are invited for stories and songs with Wilmette librarians. Please gather near the tennis courts. In case of rain or extreme heat, storytimes will take place at the Library. If in doubt, please call 847-256-6945. Cosponsored by the Wilmette Public Library and the Wilmette Park District.
  • Club Hogwarts: Potions Class
    When: Monday, July 31, 2017 - 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Make friends and enjoy magical activities and snacks inspired by the world of Harry Potter. Accio fun! Today, mix up some magic in Potions Class. Grades 5-8. Registration starts July 17 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 24 for nonresidents.
  • Tech Playground (Gr. 5-9)
    When: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Experiment with the library's tech tools such as Scratch, stop-motion animation, robots, and more. Parents are welcome to attend and tinker along. Grades 5-9. Registration starts July 18 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 25 for nonresidents.
  • Summer Reading Finishing Party: Danny Orleans Magic
    When: Thursday, August 03, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Library Lawn

    Danny Orleans brings magic to enchant both the young and the young-at-heart. Audience participation and laughter abound as young volunteers join Danny on stage to hold a wand, a jumbo crayon, or to see what’s inside his black magic hat. Families are invited to bring a picnic dinner beginning at 6:00. There will be face painting and free ice cream from Homer's from 6:00-6:45. The performance starts at 7:00. In case of rain or extreme heat, the show will take place in the Library Auditorium.
  • Club Hogwarts: Green Screen Magic
    When: Monday, August 07, 2017 - 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Make friends and enjoy magical activities and snacks inspired by the world of Harry Potter. Accio fun! Today, don your robes for some photographic fun. Costumes encouraged. Grades 5-8. Registration starts July 24 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 31 for nonresidents.
  • Drop-In Baby Playtime
    When: Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    What do you do when Babytime is on vacation, but your babies are raring to go? Stop by for baby playtime and adult conversation. Ages 0-24 months with an adult. Siblings welcome.
  • Pom-Pom Wall Hanging
    When: Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Use lots of colorful pom-poms to create a fun wall hanging for your room or anywhere! Grades 3-5. Registration starts July 27 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, August 3 for nonresidents.
  • Chalk Art in the Park
    When: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Join us at Vattmann Park to decorate the sidewalks with your own unique style. All ages. Rain date: Thursday, August 17.
  • Scratch with Digital Adventures
    When: Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Design a game similar to dodgeball using this digital media design program. Staff from Wilmette's Digital Adventures, which offers coding classes and technology camps for kids, will lead the class. Grades 5-8. Registration starts August 3 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, August 10 for nonresidents.
  • Family PlayLab: Life-sized Candyland
    When: Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Follow the rainbow path around a life sized version of this classic board game. Complete the game and receive a royal lollipop. All ages.
  • Solar Eclipse Day
    When: Monday, August 21, 2017 - All Day

    Stop in for refreshments and information about the solar eclipse scheduled to begin at approximately noon in our area. The NASA live stream of the event will be running on our big screen in the Auditorium. A limited supply of approved glasses for viewing the solar eclipse will be available. Materials for making a pinhole viewer will be available.
  • Stuffed Animal Sleepover
    When: Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Join us for this special evening storytime for you and your favorite stuffed pal. We'll listen to stories and do a craft before we tuck our friends in for the night. Come back the next day to pick up your stuffed animal and find out what the animals did in the Library while you were sleeping. Ages 4 to 7. Registration starts August 10 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, August 17 for nonresidents.
  • Cosmos in Concert
    When: Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Astronomy and live classical music comes together to entertain and educate. While a musical ensemble performs live, scientific videos are projected on-stage in an exciting fusion of sound and imagery. The images and animations are developed from a variety of sources including Worldwide Telescope and NASA imagery. Cosmos in Concert was developed by astronomer and musician, Kyle Kremer.
  • Happy Moving
    When: Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Are you new to Wilmette? Getting ready to start a new school? Learn about settling into a new place and making new friends with Ali Wenzke, moving expert and founder of The Art of Happy Moving. Grades 1-4. Registration starts August 12 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, August 19 for nonresidents.
  • Kids' Library Council: Suburban Camping Party
    When: Monday, August 28, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Go camping without leaving Wilmette! We'll say goodbye to summer with crafts and activities best done in the great outdoors and eat pizza under the stars. No tent required. Note: this program will take place at the Gazebo at Mallinckrodt Park, 1960 Elmwood Ave. Grades 5-9. Sign-up starts August 14 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, August 21 for nonresidents.
  • Summer Movie
    When: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Auditorium

    In this 1991 animated Disney fairy tale adaptation, a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman fall in love. Rated G.
  • Summer Movie
    When: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    In this 2017 live-action Disney fairy tale adaptation, a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman fall in love. Rated PG.
  • Totally Untidy Toddlers
    When: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Dress for mess; this sensory playtime will be loads of fun, but it won’t be neat! Ages 1-3 with an adult. Siblings welcome.
  • Astonomy for Everyone: Size and Scale of the Universe
    When: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    An exciting family program (adult oriented) for ages 8 to 100 about the universe from the very small to the very large that lasts approximately 1 ½ hours. Following our indoor formal presentation, we all go outdoors to view celestial objects in the night sky through a powerful telescope, such as the rings of Saturn, craters on the Moon, etc., weather permitting.
  • All Ages Movie Poster Contest and Exhibit
    When: Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Where: Vestibule

    Fun Guaranteed...For REEL! Visit the Library today from 9am-4:15 pm to view an exciting, vibrant display on the Library's first floor of full size movie posters of popular films. Participate in a short, but fun matching activity - match several descriptions correctly to movie posters displayed at the Library for a chance to be the LUCKY WINNER of a $30.00 gift card supplied by the presenter!

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