Saint Paul Public Library offers free programs for kids during Spring Break April 1-8

Big learning and big fun will be happening at libraries in Saint Paul during spring break with a series of arts and cultural events for kids ages 7-12 and their families.

SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL) invites kids and families to spend spring break at the library with free hands-on events and programs. From cooking with a chef to learning the art of clowning, the series of arts and cultural events for kids ages 7-12 will take place at 12 library locations across Saint Paul.

"At Saint Paul Public Library, we know that playing and getting to try things for yourself is how kids learn," said Kelsey Johnson-Kaiser, SPPL’s Youth and Family Services Manager. "We have lots of active, fun activities in our libraries during spring break and invite kids and their families to join to clown around, cook with a chef, create their own games and mazes, and more!"

The events are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Cooking with Chef Blong, opens a new window: Kids will put their chef's hat on and join Chef Blong in the kitchen as he teaches attendees how to prepare a Hmong meal using fresh ingredients that can be grown in backyards. 

  • April 1, 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m. at George Latimer Central Library
  • April 5, 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m. at Rondo Library
  • April 7, 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m. at Rice Street Library

Pokémon Camp, opens a new window: Kids can show their creativity with several Pokémon-themed crafting stations. Offered in partnership with Saint Paul Public Schools Community Education.  

  • April 1, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Dayton’s Bluff Library
  • April 3, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at Arlington Hills Library
  • April 3, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Merriam Park Library

Clowning with Cahoot?! Theatre, opens a new window: In this workshop, attendees will experience the delight and joy of the clown and develop their own clown character to perform anywhere! Filled with delight and humor, this workshop is great for clown novices and experienced clowns alike. 

  • April 4, 12:00noon - 2:00 p.m. at West 7th Library
  • April 5, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Sun Ray Library
  • April 6, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Saint Anthony Park Library

Leonardo's Basement, opens a new window: Kids can create one-of-a-kind games and mazes by choosing building materials like toys, trophies, albums and frames then use tools to alter, attach, and decorate. Invent a new game or reimagine a classic, like a maze for a hamster or a logic puzzle to stump a friend or a marble run just for you. 

  • April 6, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Riverview Library
  • April 7, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Highland Park Library
  • April 8, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Hayden Heights Library

Visit the calendar of events for more information. The Library’s spring break programming is made possible by Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Funds.