From Dino O’Dell to Holiday Crafts to STEAM Activities, Fridays = Fun at the Plaza Branch

The Library is putting the fun back into kids’ Fridays.

Friday Night Family Fun resumes – in person – at the Library’s Plaza Branch in December, beginning with a fun, lively presentation by Kansas City children's musician, educator, and storyteller Dinosaur “Dino” O’Dell. Two activities-based, come-at-your-convenience programs are set for the following two Fridays.

All will be held in the Kid Corner of the Plaza Branch. Dino O’Dell’s program also will be livestreamed on the Library’s Youth YouTube channel.

In the interest of protecting the health and safety of both patrons and staff, and per current Library regulations, attendees are required to wear masks. Learn More >

The Friday Night Family Fun lineup for December: 

Friday, December 3, at 6:30 p.m.
O’Dell, a recipient of the Lighton Prize for Teaching Artist Excellence from Kansas City Young Artists, presents Planet Playtime. Count monsters, fix spaceships, and swim in peanut butter during this interactive event. 
 Can't attend in person? Watch it live online at

Friday, December 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Drop by the Kid Corner anytime during the two-hour event and join in making a variety of Holiday Crafts. Elf yourself, creating a posable, paper-doll elf personalized with your face. Make and decorate felt trees, with candy canes as trunks. Create a no-mess winter scene, using bleeding art tissue instead of paint.  

Friday, December 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Again, drop in when you can during the two-hour event and dive into a menu of seasonable Winter STEAM activities – applying science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics. Concoct a snowstorm in a jar, using oil and water. Make magic snowflakes with crystal snowflakes with Epsom salt. Employ science to create marbled ornaments.  

All events are recommended for ages 3 and up. Supply kits are provided (while they last) for the December 10 and 17 activities.