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Plan your days with us! 

From livestreams of animals to activities you can do at home, there are hundreds of free resources you can access from home. Our staff have worked to curate special days you can do from home, filled with crafts, books, activities and more. 

 Explore Themed Activities for Any Day of the Week

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Waterfalls

Let's go chasing waterfalls! Learn about them, read about them, and watch them in action.

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Take a Greek Mythology Adventure

The myths of the ancient Greek civilization are some of the most timeless in the world. They are filled with action, thrills, and adventure. These stories of the ancient Greek gods, goddesses, and heroes are a great way to have fun reading while learning about history.

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Golden Adventure

Today we will be investigating gold and mining for adventures.

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Fireworks

Canada Day is almost here – and usually we would go and watch fireworks burst over our city. This year is a little different but we can still celebrate with Fireworks! 

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Wonderful World of Star Wars

Enjoy the magic and mythos of Star Wars from your living room!

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Family

Create Your Own Family Bucket List

When you start a family bucket list, you embark on a series of wonderful adventures. What activities will make it on your family’s bucket list?

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Wonders of Writing

Writing gives us the ability to share stories with the world. There are plenty of activities out there to help kids learn these skills and even learn to love it!

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Panda-monium Monday

Today is a day for panda-monium as we celebrate one of the cutest bundles of bear out there.  

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Magic!

On today’s adventure we are going to explore Magic as we get ready for the TD Summer Reading Club for Kids Virtual Launch Party on June 20!

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Explore Your Inner Child

Take a trip down memory lane and check out the following links to revisit your childhood!

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Vincent Van Gogh's The Starry Night

Vincent van Gogh was a fascinating artist who became famous after he died. Even if you don’t recognize the name at first, chances are you would recognize one of his famous paintings. He was most famous for The Starry Night, The Bedroom, Irises and Sunflowers. Here we take a look at some amazing facts about this incredible man.

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Coding Unplugged

Plug into these activities to learn all about coding without even turning on a device!

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Nature Photography Day 

Nature photography is a specific area of art that is devoted to taking pictures of natural elements, including landscapes, flora, fauna, and even geological formations.

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The Wizard of Oz

Today’s adventure dig’s into another classic story. Many people know and love the movie version, but did you know there’s also a book called The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum?

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Let's Band Together!

Today’s adventure is sure to be a high note: we’re going to explore music!

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Dance!!!

Stay happy by keeping moving during these times.

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Math and Art

If you look closely, math and art are related. Artists and mathematicians use geometry in their work.

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World Oceans Day

Today is World Oceans Day.  Even though we can’t take a dip in an ocean or lake, let’s learn how we can care for oceans and the plants and creatures that live in them.

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National Doughnut Day

Taking place every June 5th, National Doughnut Day is a time to celebrate our collective love for the best fried dough on the planet.

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Dino-Mite!

It’s a Dino-riffic Day! And this is a Dino-tastic list of dino-mite things you can do to celebrate dinosaurs and learn more about them.

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Butterfly Bonanza

Have you spotted a small white butterfly, known as a Cabbage White, playing in the grass? Have you been lucky enough to spot the orange and black wings of a Monarch? Today’s adventure is all about butterflies.

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Amazing Birds!

We see birds all the time, but have you ever wanted to know more about them?

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Building Challenges

Let’s get building!  Your name doesn’t have to be Bob to build! You can build with almost anything: cushions and pillows, LEGO, blocks of all types, cardboard boxes!  Let your imagination run wild!

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Food Festival

Everyone loves food! Many people are exploring their creativity through food during this quarantine. Check out some amazing resources that can bring food fun to a whole new level.

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All About Crayons

Go on a texture scavenger hunt, melt old crayons into a craft, or learn about how crayons are made!

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3, 2, 1, Space Fun! 

Brooke invites you to explore the vast reaches of deep space from the comfort of your own home!

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Black Holes in Action

Dive into Augmented Reality (AR) from the comfort of your own home. 

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Staying-In Safari

Do you live in a zoo? See who you can find hiding in your toy chest or your kitchen cabinets.

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LEGO Activities

Kim from Central Library has gathered a few fun ideas to keep everyone busy. 

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Concerts in Your Home

Music helps! Enjoy a concert in your home.

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Get Gardening!

Spring is the perfect time to get gardening! We’ve created a gardening resource library to help you get started.

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Roller Coasters!

Roller Coasters! Amazing Attractions! Oh My! With the warmth of spring comes thoughts of theme park fun. If social isolation has you dreaming of escaping to Canada's Wonderland or even Walt Disney World, there are at-home resources to bring the thrills to you!

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A Camping We Will Go

We have got a solution for anyone who might be feeling cramped up.  Join us for an imaginary camping trip!

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Let's Get Moving! 

Have some energy to burn off? Kids bouncing off the walls? Snacks and baked goods within easy reach Let’s get moving together! While the parks are closed, we can still be active at home.

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Bat Appreciation Day!

April 17th is Bat Appreciation Day! We thought we would bat around some ideas and pulled together some library and other online resources to help you celebrate the day and learn more about the importance of bats in our ecosystems.

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Bubbles

Bubbles! How are they made? Why are they round? Such simple ingredients—soap and water—create mesmerizing examples of both geometry and chemistry. 

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Game Time

Want to play some free video games by yourself or with others? Check out this list of great options!

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Earth Day

Happy Earth Day!

Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. How are you celebrating? Perhaps go on a nature walk? Or create art from recycled materials? We have plenty of activities to keep you celebrating all day long.

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Tom Thompson Thursday!

Today’s adventure involves an exploration of the Canadian art icon's art, method, and mystery.

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Marble Mania

Marbles, marbles everywhere!

These cheap, simple, and even old-fashioned toys have had a resurgence recently. They can be a great way to encourage the imagination and think outside the box.

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National Tell a Story Day

April 27 is National Tell a Story Day! So gather around with those in your house or friends and family online and let’s tell stories!

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Monet's Water Lilies

Claude Monet (1840-1926) completed over 250 paintings of the water lilies in his gardens in northwestern France. View the paintings and learn to paint like an impressionist!

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Learn Something New

From music, arts, and cooking to academics - there is a wealth of online resources. Dive right in!

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Under the Sea

Let’s go on an adventure under the sea! Check out live aquarium webcams, create cool crafts, and investigate science experiments!

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Blast from the Past - Pioneers!

Can you dress like a pioneer? How long can you go without hitting a switch or pressing a power button? Learn more about pioneer life!

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May the Fourth Be With You

Calling all Jedi Warriors, Rebels, and Starship Pilots! We've lined up some great Star Wars activities for you.

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National Cartoonist Day

Celebrate in cartoon-style by checking out some great websites and videos

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Shadows

Whenever there is light, there is a shadow with you! Why do you have a shadow? Why is your shadow a different size at different times of the day? What is a shadow?

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Colours

Spring is here and the world has gotten a lot more colourful. Let’s explore colour with these crafts, experiments, videos and books.

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Stay Active at Home!

Stuck at home? Check out this page and learn how you can get your heart pumping!

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Down on the Farm

There are many different types of farms.    Explore some of them, learn farm songs, and find farm-themed picture books here! 

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Health and the Human Body

May 12th is International Nurses Day! Let's look into the world of health and the body as we say “thank you!” to all the nurses of the world.

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Let’s Explore Nature!

Create a nature bracelet or a nature box and try birding.

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Unbirthday Tea Party

Join us as we celebrate your birthday - even if it's not your birthday!

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Museum Adventure!

Take virtual tours through some of the world's great museums.

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Whale of a Tale

Have you ever dreamed of spotting or even swimming with a whale? Explore these whale-themed resources and activities!

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Harry Potter Magic

It all began with the Boy Who Lived. Despite the series being over two decades old, it remains as popular today as it did in the past. Feel free to use this time in quarantine to dive even deeper into the wizarding world!

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May is National Bike Month!

Whether you're cycling through a mountain trail or burning calories at home on your exercise bike, celebrate National Bike Month with us!

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Artemis Fowl

Have you watched the teaser trailer of the new Disney movie “Artemis Fowl”?  Are you wondering what it is all about?

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Learning About Nature 

Explore nature from the safety of the indoors with some of the virtual tours we've linked to

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Paper Airplane Day

Which plane flies the farthest? Which one is the fastest? Pick your favourite and create flying challenges for it.

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Adventure with Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables is a classic Canadian story by Lucy Maud Montgomery about a young orphan growing up on the historic east coast of Canada.

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Penpals Project

Have you ever thought about being a penpal? Pen pals are long-distance friendships you maintain by writing letters to each other.

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Indigenous Teachings

June is National Indigenous History Month. Explore the rich culture and history of the Indigenous Peoples through a variety of activities and reading lists, for both children and adults.

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