Browsing the City of Surrey event listings I found my way to the Surrey Public Library‘s website and began to look around. Easily 20 minutes had passed and I hadn’t even made it through all of the event categories listed on the sidebar. From games nights to crafts and cookies, Surrey Public Libraries offer a wide variety of free activities for all ages. Here are just a few that caught my eye for this month:
Family Games Nights
A staple of any get-together in my family has always been board games, card games, drawing games, acting games — well, you get the picture. Although they bring out a competitive streak and elevate the volume of the entire household, they are great for a challenge, for bonding in teams, and for simply having some good clean fun. It’s also a great literacy activity which is why Surrey Libraries are hosting Family Games Nights this month. Games will vary from location to location but you can drop into one of the following events:
City Centre Library on Friday, January 25th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Cloverdale Library on Tuesday, January 22nd from 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Guildford Library on Friday, January 25th from 3:00pm to 4:00pm, Newton Library on Saturday, January 26th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Port Kells Library on Wednesday, January 23rd from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, Strawberry Hill Library on Saturday, January 19th from 10:00am to 12:00pm.
Play at the mall on Saturday, January 26th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at Guildford Town Centre.
Registration is required for Ocean Park Library call 604-502-6449) on Monday, January 21st from 3:00pm to 5:00pm and at Fleetwood Library (call 604-598-7347) on Thursday, January 24th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
Daddy Storytime for men with children, Pyjama Storytime for comfy reading, and general storytime hours for nine branches are all listed online. Listings include family storytime (all ages), baby storytime (birth to 12 months, 13-30 months), and ages 3-5.
On top of Wonderful Wednesdays, Fab Fridays, and Saturday Specials there’s Terrific Tuesdays at Cloverdale Library. Crafts, games, activities, and snacks for those ages 6 to 12 years old. Every Tuesday will have a new drop-in theme starting with 3D Snowflakes on January 8th, Cereal Box Weaving on January 15th, Crazy Science Fun on January 22nd, Window Painting on January 29th, and more through February.
Family Lego Club
Who doesn’t love Lego? It was a staple of our household growing up and it still tops my nephews’ Christmas lists. Family Lego Club is a monthly drop-in program after school and before dinner time. For 2013 you can stop by City Centre Library on Fridays (January 18 and onward) from 3:15pm to 4:15pm, Guildford Library on Wednesdays (January 16 and onward) from 3:00pm to 4:00pm, and Port Kells Library on Thursdays (January 23 and onward) from 3:15pm to 4:15pm.
What I love about these events is that they get you out of the house so you can be creative as a family or give youth a bit of independence. Best of all, they’re all free. Follow Surrey Libraries on Twitter and Facebook for more information about these programs and more throughout the year and check out their Book Blog.