Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library, 2620 Commercial Center Boulevard in Katy, presents a variety of free children’s programs — Mother Goose Time, Toddler Time, Story Time, Pajama Night Story Time, and School-Aged Programs — every month. These programs are free and open to the public. The library is unable to accommodate daycares and school groups at these activities.
Mother Goose Time, which takes place on Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m,. provides caregiver/infant multisensory circle-time activities — including simple sign language, folksongs and lullabies, and finger plays — that are especially designed to stimulate babies’ social, emotional, and physical development through rhythm and music. Mother Goose Time is intended for infants from age 1 month to 12 months. Program dates are June 4, 11, 18, and 25.
Toddler Time — Wednesdays at 10:15 am, and Thursdays at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. – is a structured program of caregiver/child activities, stories and songs for older babies, from 12 to 36 months of age. Program dates are June 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27.
Stories & Play – Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. — for children from 1 to 3 years of age. Children will be treated to a story and then have open play time. Program dates are June 4, 11, 18, and 25.
Pre-school children, 3 to 6 years of age, will enjoy Story Time, where they hear stories, watch movies, and participate in age-appropriate craft activities, beginning at 11:30 a.m. each Wednesday. Program dates are June 5, 12, 19, and 26.
Pajama Night Story Time — Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. — gives families an evening option for the activities presented during the daytime. Program dates are June 4, 11, 18, and 25.
The School-Age Programs — crafts, movies, stories, and more for school-aged children entering grades 1 through 5 ONLY — begin at 2:00 and 3:00 pm every Wednesday during the summer. Seating is limited; free hand-stamps are required for admission, and are available one hour before the activity. These programs are made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Cinco Ranch Branch Library. The June schedule is as follows:
June 5 – The Magic of Cody Fisher
June 12 – Superheroes (presented by the Nutty Scientists Fort Bend). Get to know four superheroes: Ice Girl (dry ice), Electro Man (static electricity), Air Kid (powers of air), and Rainbow Girl (acids and bases). This show is filling with one exciting experiment after another, and kids will revel in their nutty superpowers!
June 19 – Space Spectacular (presented by DJ Jeffrey). In this hour-long Space Odyssey, there will be Robot Races, a Drone Challenge, Physical and Chemical Science Experiments, Controlled Explosions, and a few surprises!
June 26 – ARoo4U. Get to know live animals!
The Middle School Programs, which begin at 3:00 p.m. every Thursday in the summer, are designed for youth in grades 6 through 8. Materials for these programs are made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Cinco Ranch Branch Library. The June schedule is as follows:
June 6 – Star Wars® Maker-Lab Party. Create Galactic Planets, Light Sabers, and Jabba Slime! Those attending are welcome to come in costume as their favorite Star Wars character. Door prizes will be given away.
June 13 – Moon Robot Walk. Learn about NASA missions and complete a hands-on challenge to execute a mini-simulation of a robotic mission with the goal of commanding a human-robot through a set course to retrieve a piece of lunar ice. The winning team earns a prize.
June 27 – Hour of Code: Recoloring the Universe (using PencilCode). Learn basic coding skills while using data on exploded stars, star-forming regions, and black holes that has been collected by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and other satellites. Registration is required. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Events,” select “Cinco Ranch Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-395-1311, or by visiting the library. This activity will take place in the Computer Lab.
For more information, please call the Cinco Ranch Branch Library at 281-395-1311 or the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.