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A valid MCPL library card for each patron (adults, children and teens) is required at time of registration. Please let us know if you require any special accommodations because of a disability.

Children’s & Family Programs

  • Compass Creations (J234)
    For children in 3rd - 5th grade.
    Learn about navigation and using a compass. Make your own compass and experiment with real lodestone, the naturally magnetized rock that enabled the invention of the compass.
    Monday, November 27, 2017     
       4:00pm-4:45pm OR 5:00pm-5:45pm       Centereach

  • Drop of Nature (J262)
    For children ages 3 and up with parent/caregiver.
    Stop in for nature activities the whole family can enjoy! If weather permits, these activities will take place outdoors. Please dress appropriately for the weather.
    Mondays, October 23, November 27, December 11, 2017    
       10:00am-11:00am      Centereach

    Tuesdays, November 21, December 5, 2017    
       4:00pm-5:00pm      Centereach

    Wednesdays, October 25, November 8, 2017    
       4:00pm-5:00pm      Centereach

  • Extra Yarn Magic Wand (J241)
    For children in K - 2nd grade.
    Ever wonder what you could do with old scrapes of yarn? Let's read "Extra Yarn" by Mac Barnett then use scrapes of yarn from our community Crochet It! project to create a special magic wand. Children will then visit our Crochet It! tree in the Nature Explorium to make a wish on our tree.
    Monday, October 16, 2017    
       5:00pm-5:45pm      Centereach

  • Leaf Clay Creations (J242)
    For children in K - 3rd grade.
    Listen to fall stories then create a leaf bowl out of clay.
    Wednesday, October 18, 2017    
      4:30pm-5:15pm      Centereach
  • Leaf Lanterns (J261)
    For children in K - 2nd grade.
    Create a beautiful lantern adorned with leaves from our nature explorium.
    Friday, November 3, 2017    
      5:00pm-5:45pm      Centereach
  • Nature Buddies (J226)
    For children 4 - 7 years old.
    Nature activities with the Green Teens Environmental Club.
    Thursday, November 16, 2017    
      5:30pm-6:30pm      Centereach
  • Phenomenal Photosynthesis (J235)
    For children in 3rd - 5th grade.
    Compare and contrast leaf shapes and arrangements and learn all about photosynthesis. Each student will make and take a beautiful pressed leaf coaster.
    Thursday, October 26, 2017     
       4:00pm-4:45pm OR 5:00pm-5:45pm       Centereach


  • DIY Succulent Terrarium (T653)
    For teens in 6th - 12th grade.
    Build a mini terrarium in a glass globe planter using soil, small stones, and succulent plants.
    Saturday, October 21, 2017     
       11:00am-12:00pm OR 12:15pm-1:15pm       Centereach

In extreme weather conditions the Nature Explorium may need to be temporarily closed and its programs moved indoors.