Summer Learning for Kids – at NYPL and NYBG

Drawing of children climbing on giant lolipops

The New York Public Library has a new summer learning program for kids. Their Virtual Summer Camp “Imagine Together“, is six weeks of fun online activities for all ages!

“Explore and discover everything that makes up our world: our family and friends, our neighbors, the communities we’re a part of, our city, and beyond. Read for 20 minutes every day, learn with our Virtual Summer Camp and take-home activity kits, and have fun with our free online events!”

To encourage children to meet the goal of reading for at least 20 minutes a day this summer, they offer a reading tracker, which allows them to log all reading – from books and audiobooks to comics and manga!

You can also stop by your local branch to pick up a take-home activity kit.

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Looking for more entertainment for your kids (and you)? There’s “Story Time” at New York Botanical Garden which takes place several times a day over the weekends, as part of their “Kids Get Cosmic” series (a series that also has a scavenger hunt!)

For instance, on Saturday, July 17th at 1PM: Ellen Weinstein, illustrator of Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity, will host a special reading in the Discovery Center.

“Kids and their families enjoy a reading of Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity. Filled with reproductions of Kusama’s art, this colorful book tells the story of an artist determined to cover the world with her dots, from here to infinity. For ages 4–8.”

Illustration of Yayoi Kusama
Illustration © Ellen Weinstein

NYBG also has a number of virtual educational options on their site.