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Children's Events

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Visit your local MCPL for children's activities for all ages, including story times, arts & crafts, family movies, early literacy programs, STEAM / STEM events, music and theatrical performances, hands-on learning, our summer library program and more!

Follow this webpage or subscribe to our e-newsletter for the most recent schedule of library events for kids at our branches in Wausau, Athens, Edgar, Hatley, Marathon City, Mosinee, Rothschild, Spencer and Stratford. We also publish featured kids events on our social media channels.

Please note: If you plan to bring a large group to a children's event at the library, please notify us using our group visit form.

MCPL On-site For Children For Parents For Educators Events

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Virtual Story Time

Children Just because MCPL is currently closed doesn't mean we can't share stories with each other: Join us for virtual story time!

  • Tue., 6/2/20, 1010:15 a.m. @ Facebook (Online)
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CANCELED: Tom Pease

Children This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • CANCELED: Tue., 6/9/20, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau
  • CANCELED: Tue., 6/9/20, 2–3 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau
  • CANCELED: Tue., 7/14/20, 10–11 a.m. @ Marathon Elementary
  • CANCELED: Tue., 7/14/20, 1:30–2:30 p.m. @ MCPL Stratford

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CANCELED: Legends & Myths of Mount Olympus

Children This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • CANCELED: Thu., 6/11/20, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild
  • CANCELED: Thu., 6/11/20, 1:30–2:30 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild
  • CANCELED: Tue., 7/14/20, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau
  • CANCELED: Tue., 7/14/20, 2–3 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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Grab & Go Crafts: Magic Reading Wands

Children Drop-in Stop by the library between June 15-20 and jump into a world of make-believe (at home) with a craft kit to make a magic wand! Please note this craft kit is only available at the library.

  • 6/156/20/20 @ MCPL Edgar

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Trail Tales

Children Drop-in Join us for more Trail Tales this summer at Marathon Park! These collaborations between the library and the Marathon County Parks Dept. are a great way to exercise the body and the mind!

  • 6/157/13/20 @ Marathon Park

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CANCELED: Dinosaurs & Dragons

Children This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • CANCELED: Tue., 6/16/20, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau
  • CANCELED: Tue., 6/16/20, 2–3 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau
  • CANCELED: Wed., 6/17/20, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. @ MCPL Mosinee
  • CANCELED: Wed., 6/17/20, 2–3 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley
  • CANCELED: Thu., 6/18/20, 10–11 a.m. @ Marathon Elementary
  • CANCELED: Tue., 6/23/20, 10–11 a.m. @ MCPL Spencer
  • CANCELED: Tue., 6/23/20, 1:30–2:30 p.m. @ MCPL Stratford
  • CANCELED: Thu., 6/25/20, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild
  • CANCELED: Thu., 6/25/20, 1:30–2:30 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild
  • CANCELED: Wed., 7/29/20, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. @ MCPL Athens
  • CANCELED: Wed., 7/29/20, 2–3 p.m. @ MCPL Edgar

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Grab & Go Crafts: Fire-Breathing Dragons

Children Drop-in Pick up a kit throughout the summer at various MCPL locations to craft your own dragon at home!

  • 6/226/27/20 @ MCPL Hatley
  • 6/226/27/20 @ MCPL Edgar
  • 7/67/11/20 @ MCPL Marathon City
  • 7/137/18/20 @ MCPL Spencer
  • 7/137/18/20 @ MCPL Stratford
  • 8/38/8/20 @ MCPL Athens
  • 8/98/15/20 @ MCPL Rothschild
  • 8/178/22/20 @ MCPL Wausau

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Grab & Go Crafts: Jack & the Beanstalk

Children Drop-in Kids can plant their own bean at home and watch it grow throughout the summer, with supplies and instructions provided by the library, as well as some stories for budding green thumbs!

  • 6/226/27/20 @ MCPL Stratford
  • 6/226/27/20 @ MCPL Marathon City
  • 6/297/2/20 @ MCPL Spencer
  • 6/297/2/20 @ MCPL Rothschild
  • 7/137/18/20 @ MCPL Hatley
  • 7/207/25/20 @ MCPL Edgar
  • 7/278/1/20 @ MCPL Athens
  • 7/277/31/20 @ MCPL Wausau
  • 8/38/7/20 @ MCPL Mosinee

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CANCELED: Zoozort

Children This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • CANCELED: Wed., 6/24/20, 10:30–11:30 a.m. @ Edgar High School
  • CANCELED: Wed., 6/24/20, 2–3 p.m. @ MCPL Athens
  • CANCELED: Wed., 7/8/20, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. @ MCPL Mosinee
  • CANCELED: Wed., 7/8/20, 2–3 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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Grab & Go Crafts: Gnome & Toadstool

Kids & Adults Drop-in Jump into a world of make-believe and pick up a kit to create a unique craft or two in the comfort and safety of home! Please note this kit is only available for pickup at the library.

  • 6/297/3/20 @ MCPL Athens

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Grab & Go Crafts: Fiber Arts Kits

All-Ages Drop-in Stop by the library in June to pick up a kit of supplies and instructions to create your own fiber arts project at home!

  • 7/17/31/20 @ MCPL Athens

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Spencer Scavenger Hunt

Children Drop-in Visit the library and embark on a scavenger hunt around the Village of Spencer!

  • 7/67/11/20 @ MCPL Spencer

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Grab & Go Crafts: DIY Unicorns

Children Drop-in Make your own colorful, sparkly unicorn and spark your creativity before you start with a few online stories, with this grab and go craft project!

  • 7/67/11/20 @ MCPL Athens
  • 7/67/11/20 @ MCPL Mosinee
  • 7/67/11/20 @ MCPL Stratford
  • 7/137/18/20 @ MCPL Edgar
  • 7/207/25/20 @ MCPL Marathon City
  • 7/207/25/20 @ MCPL Wausau
  • 7/268/1/20 @ MCPL Rothschild
  • 7/268/1/20 @ MCPL Spencer
  • 8/178/22/20 @ MCPL Hatley

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Trail Tales

Children Drop-in Take a stroll through Bluegill Bay Park this summer and read while you walk with our Trail Tales program!

  • 7/67/31/20 @ Bluegill Bay Park

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CANCELED: Duke Otherwise

Children This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • CANCELED: Tue., 7/7/20, 10–11 a.m. @ Marathon Elementary
  • CANCELED: Tue., 7/7/20, 2–3 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau
  • CANCELED: Wed., 7/8/20, 1:30–2:30 p.m. @ MCPL Stratford
  • CANCELED: Thu., 7/9/20, 10–11 a.m. @ MCPL Spencer
  • CANCELED: Thu., 7/9/20, 1:30–2:30 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild

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Needle Arts

All-Ages Drop-in Drop by the library to work on fiber arts projects such as knitting, crocheting and quilting!

  • Tue., 7/7/20, 14 p.m. @ MCPL Athens
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Grab & Go: Superhero Craft Kit

Children Drop-in Patrons can discover and create their inner superhero with a special craft kit available at the library!

  • 7/207/25/20 @ MCPL Mosinee

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Attack the Fort! Catapult Challenge

Children Create catapults and attack each other's fort during this event!

  • Tue., 7/21/20, 11 a.m.12 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau
  • Tue., 8/4/20, 35 p.m. @ MCPL Stratford

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MCPL DIY
Dragon Eggs

Kids & Teens Make a mystical dragon's egg during this craft event!

  • Wed., 7/22/20, 35 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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Friends of MCPL Book Sale

All-Ages Drop-in It's time for the next Friends of the Marathon County Public Library book sale, where thousands of items will be for sale at low, low prices!

  • 8/58/8/20 @ MCPL Wausau

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MCPL DIY
Wind Chimes

All-Ages Drop-in Make your own set of wind chimes using natural materials!

  • 8/108/15/20 @ MCPL Athens

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Newspaper Castles

Kids & Teens Drop-in Make castles out of newspaper during this drop-in event!

  • Thu., 8/13/20, 10 a.m.4 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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Create You Own Crown!

Children Drop-in Make and decorate your own royal crown!

  • Thu., 8/13/20, 10 a.m.4 p.m. @ MCPL Marathon City

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Mission STEAM: Lego WeDo

Kids & Teens Drop-in Work with programmable LEGO blocks during this week of STEAM!

  • 8/218/28/20 @ MCPL Marathon City

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Honor Flight Mail Call

All-Ages Drop-in Make cards and letter to be given to local veterans returning on the Honor Flight in October!

  • 9/19/30/20 @ MCPL Marathon City

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Mission STEAM: Gravity Maze

Children Drop-in Create a gravity maze during this week of STEAM!

  • 9/219/26/20 @ MCPL Rothschild

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Mission STEAM: Dash & Dot Robots

Children Drop-in Young patrons are invited to experiment with coding and robotic technology using the Dash & Dot robot kits!

  • 10/1910/24/20 @ MCPL Rothschild

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Preschool Art Lab: Tissue Paper Painting

Children Drop-in Preschoolers can make colorful tissue paper paintings!

  • Fri., 11/20/20, 10 a.m.2 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild

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