Kids’ Events

Registration for storytimes begins September 2nd.  Registration for other Fall programs begins August 25th.

Registration Information:

When registering online for a program with specific age or grade limits, please register each person separately. When registering for a family or all ages event, fill out the registration form for one member of your group, but be sure to include the total number attending in the “number of registrants” box. Hinsdale residents will be given priority. Non-residents will be allowed to join the program as space allows.


September 16–October 23 (registration begins September 2)
November 4–December 4 (registration begins October 21)

Babies, Books and More
12- to 24-months and caregivers. Limit 15
Tuesdays or Wednesdays: 9:15 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Thursdays: 9:30 a.m.–10:15 a.m.

Toddler Time
2- to young 3-year-olds and caregivers. Limit 15
Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays: 10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Preschool Book Break
3- to 6-year-olds will enjoy stories, songs and creative dramatics at this fun program. Limit 25
Tuesdays or Thursdays: 10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Wednesdays: 2:00 p.m–2:30 p.m.


Stay & Play
Friday, September 12 and November 7
10:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
Babies through six-year-olds with caregivers
Explore various play stations – from puppetry to music and art – or create your own games. Free play develops the imagination, improves dexterity, and builds confidence, leadership and group skills. Limit 30.

Ready for Bed Storytime
Thursdays, September 11 and October 30
6:30 p.m. –7:00 p.m.
2- to 6-year-olds with a caregiver
Families, put on your PJs and drop in at the Library for bedtime songs and stories. We’ll try to keep it low-key, but we can’t promise anything. No registration required.

Toddler Art (and Stories, Too)
Friday, October 10
10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
2- to 3- year-olds and caregivers
Join Miss Anne as she leads toddlers and caregivers in a fun, hands-on craft activity. Limit 25.


Family Lego Club
Sunday, September 14 and November 9
4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
All Ages
Listen to a story and then make a LEGO creation based on that story or theme. All creations will be put on display in the Library. All materials provided. Limit 25 families.

Daddy Day
Saturday, September 20 and November 15
9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
All Ages
Dads: Enjoy donuts and coffee and spending time with your kids at the Library. Kids: Enjoy a huge Hot Wheels tracks, Legos, and different activities each Daddy Day. No registration required.

Global Cardboard Challenge 2014
Saturday, September 27
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
All ages
Families: invent something using only cardboard, recycled materials and imagination. Cardboard provided, but feel free to bring other recycled items to add to your creation. This annual event by the Imagination Foundation celebrates child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. No registration required.

Open Fab Lab
Monday, October 13
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
All Ages
Check out HPL’s 3-D printer in action and test the 3-D modeling software. No registration required.

Fall Family Festival
Saturday, October 18
11:00 a.m. –3:00 p.m.
Burlington Park
All Ages
The Rope Warrior (12:30 p.m.–1:15 p.m.)
Guinness World Record Holder David Fisher, AKA The Rope Warrior, will perform his award-winning show at the Hinsdale Fall Family Festival. No registration required.

Marshmallow Engineering Family Challenge
Saturday, October 25
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
All ages
Bring the whole family to craft a structure with only toothpicks and marshmallows! Will your building be the tallest? The widest? The sturdiest? No registration required.

Children’s Book Character Bingo
Sunday, October 26
4:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
All Ages
Know your children’s book characters? Come play Bingo, win prizes, and enjoy snacks. Limit 50.


Fab Lab
Thursdays, September 11 and September 18, October 30, November 20
4:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m.
Grades 4 through 8
Create and print a 3D object with the Library’s 3-D printer. No experience required, just creativity! Limit 8.

MeCraft: Happy Halloween
Monday, October 20
6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Third through Fifth Grade
A special Halloween craft program. Limit 15.

R.E.A.D. with the Hinsdale Humane Society​
Saturday, September 13, October 25, November 8
10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Share stories and practice reading skills with a trained therapy dog and its handler for 15-minute reading sessions. Registration begins two weeks prior to each program and is taken in consecutive 15-minute increments until full. Call 630-986-1976 to register.  Limit 8.


Love The Lego Movie?
Monday, October 13
2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Kindergarten through Fourth Grade
Come join us as we watch the movie, make Lego creations, and enjoy a snack. Limit 40.

My Weird School Day Off
Tuesday, November 4
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
First through Third Grade
Crazy? Bananas? Off your rocker? Celebrate ten years of My Weird School! Join us for Miss Daisy-type math fun, weird art like Miss Hannah’s and mad science straight out of Mr. Docker’s lab. Limit 30

Disney’s Frozen Sing Along
Monday, November 24
2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Kindergarten through Third Grade
Sing along with Disney’s Frozen, make a cool craft, and enjoy a snack. Limit 40.

Black Friday Craft Time
Friday, November 28
1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Take a break from shopping and stop by the Library to make something wonderful and free! No registration required.

To view the complete Hinsdale Public Library Calendar of Events or register online, click here.

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