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Family Freebies For Kids in June

Area libraries are offering a number of free activities in the coming weeks — including book bingo, a 'mad science' event, scavenger hunts and more.

It’s the start of June and the kids will soon be out of school. It’s time to fill those weekends and weekdays with fun and free activities.

Summer reading kicks off at all of our local Contra Costa libraries on June 9. Be sure to have your child sign up for the summer reading program, where your child will earn free prizes just for reading.

Prizes include passes to Lawrence Hall of Science and Chabot Science Center, plus coupons for pizza and a Togo’s sandwich. You can either stop by any library and pick up a sheet to mark summer reading, or you can simply go to www.ccclib.org to register your child online.

Have a budding scientist? Head to the on Monday night, June 11 from 6:15 p.m.  to 7:15  p.m. to learn about burp potions, dry ice, and more. Space is limited to the first 150 people, so get there a few minutes early to ensure a spot for this Mad Science event.

Of course, we could not forget about in Walnut Creek and their continuing free craft events each and every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crafts for the start of June include a glittery garden snail on June 2 and a flip-flop sandal and summer-inspired notepad on June 9. Just in time for Father’s Day, your child can make a keychain or “key keeper” for dad at Lakeshore Learning on June 16.

Want an adventure for your 4th to 8th grader? If so, the has an “after dark” event after the library is normally closed  just for tweens. There will be music and a challenging scavenger hunt. This event takes place on Friday, June 15th from 7 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The ever popular “Book Bingo” takes place at the from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, June 16. Your whole family will love playing bingo and winning books, even books for adults to choose from. We'll be there trying to win big!

Lowe’s in Dublin and locations throughout the Bay Area is hosting another fabulous carpentry activity for children in June. If you register for this free class, you can choose either June 9 or 10 to create a “Madagascar” Monkey-Powered Plane. Go to: http://lowesbuildandgrow.com/pages/default.aspx to register and learn more.

On Saturday, June 9, Blackhawk Plaza is hosting a fun family event brought to you by “Quaker’s Kid’s Club.” Register for the center’s free kid’s club and your child will get a special birthday treat and a passport of fun that includes prizes. From 10:30 a.m. to non on June 9 your child can enjoy some free entertainment near the playground and also a petting zoo. Visit: http://www.shopblackhawkplaza.com/center_events.html.

There are so many activities to enjoy these next few weeks, including some fun ones for your older child. If there's one I missed, let the community know in the comments section.

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