Spring Break 2023: An Out of this World Adventure!

Abbey Preston is the former Associate Manager at the Stanley A. Milner Branch of EPL.

The days are getting longer and the evenings lighter, which can only mean one thing… Spring is almost here! What better way to celebrate than a visit to the Library? Spring Break is happening from Saturday, March 25 to Saturday, April 1 and this year’s theme is Out of this World! There will be plenty of incredible classes, exciting performances and fun activities for families to explore.

All classes are free and you do not need a library card to attend. But it may be the perfect time to sign up for one. 

Cosmic Classes

We are offering over 100 engaging classes: enjoy the dark side of puppetry, create a LEGO solar system or join a dance party at the edge of the universe! Fly to the moon with imaginative stories or light up the sky with Indigenous constellations.

Code a video game from scratch, help robots navigate the galaxy or build a rover on Mars! Build your own air vortex cannon, learn to use Root robots or fly to the moon with a rocket-themed storytime.

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Baking… in Space!?

Attend one of our baking workshops and make your very own constellation cupcakes. In this class, you will learn what it takes to be a master baker — learn to measure ingredients, how to bake while helping out with dishwashing and cleaning up. Registration is required for this free activity and space is limited, so sign up early

Inspired Performances and Events

A variety of fantastic performances are happening that are sure to excite and delight! From live music, writing workshops, to a penguin meet-and-greet and a never-before-seen puppet show – head to epl.ca/spring-break to check out who is guest-starring at a branch near you!

Dance to the musical stylings of Brianna Lizotte, a talented fiddle player from Sylvan Lake, Alberta. Try some jigging moves and learn about the culture of the Alberta Métis Nation. Find Brianna this Spring Break at Abbottsfield Penny-McKee, Idylwylde, Stanley A. Milner and Woodcroft EPL locations.

At our Mill Woods Branch you will learn about some fascinating creatures with the Edmonton Reptile and Amphibian Society. Expect snakes, a tortoise, a bearded dragon or maybe even a tarantula!

Find out what it means to Write Like a Rat! Join renowned author, Joan Marie Galat, for a fun, creative writing workshop at our Capilano, Castle Downs, Riverbend and Strathcona locations.

Kaybridge Puppets are back with a new puppet show, just for EPL, about a boy who went to Mars! The puppeteers at Kaybridge have been building and performing puppet shows across Canada and the United States since 1970 and are excited to spend Spring Break with us at the Library! Catch the show at Calder, Heritage Valley, McConachie, Mill Woods, Sprucewood and West Henday Promenade locations.

Enjoy an up-close and personal encounter with an African penguin… at the library! With the West Edmonton Mall Marine Life trainers, we’ll learn all about penguin biology, penguin care and what’s being done to help penguins survive in the wild. Meet these cute creatures at our Abbottsfield Penny-McKee, Clareview, Jasper Place, Meadows, Stanley A. Milner Library and Whitemud Crossing locations.

Join Yoyo School of Dancing to learn some new moves! Offering dance classes at Highlands, Londonderry and Lois Hole, learn vibrant choreography, impress your friends and have a blast dancing to Hip Hop and K-Pop music.

(Inter)stellar Book Lists

Looking for something new to read? Check out our special Spring Break book recommendations for Grades K-3 and 4-6. Learn about imaginative realms and aliens or read a classic, like The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System – we’ve selected our favourite books to transport you out of this world!

Happy Spring Break!