Lend & Learn is coming to a park near you this fall!
Due to the recent surge in Covid community transmission, we have decided to postpone reopening our indoor Lend & Learn play spaces, and instead, take Lend & Learn outside to neighborhoods all over town.
Families with children ages 0-5 are invited to attend weekly Pop-Up Lend & Learn play events in September and October! Your family will be able to explore different parks, play on the playground, participate in fun learning activities, socialize with staff and other families, eat yummy snacks, and take home activities.
We’ve chosen outdoor parks in different areas of Columbia which are accessible for wheelchairs and strollers and have open restrooms on site. We also have a Pop-Up Lend & Learn event in Centralia. Activities alternate on Wednesdays and Thursdays, including one evening event with the City of Columbia Family Fun Fest. All events are free and open to the public. Come and go as your schedule allows.
To reduce the risk of spreading illness, families are asked to avoid crowding together, frequently wash and sanitize hands, and stay home if you are ill or have been in close contact with an ill person.
Watch our facebook page for any changes due to weather or Covid: www.facebook.com/LnLLibraries
Pop-Up Lend & Learn Schedule:
Wednesday, September 1 – 9am-12pm
1615 Business Loop 70-W
Join us at the “dino park” at Cosmo between 9am-12pm to explore the park, dig up dino bones in the sand, do a dino scavenger hunt, plus snacks and take-home activities!
Tires & Trucks
Thursday, September 9 – 9am-12pm
Rock Quarry Park
2002 Grindstone Pkwy
Join us at the Rock Quarry park between 9am-12pm to explore the park, drive toy trucks, climb big tires, plus snacks and take-home activities!
Creative Kids – CoMo Family Fun Fest
Wednesday, September 15, 5-8pm
4500 Bethel St
Look for the First Chance booth at the Family Fun Fest from 5-8pm for fun activities for young kids! Let the kids show their creative and artistic side. Hands-on kid friendly art activities, musical performances, theater and dance are just some of the fun to be had at the final Columbia Family Fun Fest of the summer.
Thursday, September 23 – 9am-12pm
1900 Blue Ridge Rd
Join us at Albert-Oakland park between 9am-12pm to explore the park, play circus games and gross motor activities, plus snacks and take-home activities!
Circus Play – Centralia
Wednesday, September 29 – 10am-12pm
800 W Lakeview Ave, Centralia
Join us in Centralia at Bicentennial park between 10am-12pm to explore the park, play circus games and gross motor activities, plus snacks and take-home activities!
Thursday, October 7 – 9am-12pm
Nifong Park – East Entrance
3700 Ponderosa St
Join us at Nifong park (east entrance near Boone Historical Society) between 9am-12pm to explore the park, play farm games and gross motor activities, plus snacks and take-home activities!
All About Fall
Wednesday, October 13 – 9am-12pm
Clary Shy Park
1701 W Ash St
Join us at Clary-Shy Community park between 9am-12pm to explore the park, do fun fall activities, plus snacks and take-home activities!