Youth and Family Activities the Week of December 7, 2015

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Courtney Lewis,816.701.3669

Friday Night Family Fun - Jay & Leslie's Laughing Matters, Piccadilly Puppets
Friday, December 4 and 11 | 6:30 p.m. | Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Two Friday Night Family Fun events feature popular, Kansas City-area entertainers.

On December 4: Jay and Leslie Cady's Laughing Matters presents Stage Presents. The husband-and-wife duo apply their antics — juggling, mime, magic, and other nonsense — to the tradition of holiday gift giving. It's family fun with a bow on top.

On December 11: Piccadilly Productions presents The Gingerbread Boy. The sweet, family-friendly puppet show features Belinda Baker, who makes a special wish as she bakes a boy made of gingerbread. He, in turn, makes himself a sister, and silliness ensues.

Both programs are suitable for all ages.

Cosplay Ball
Saturday, December 5 | 8-11 p.m. | Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Teens and 'tweens who enjoy cosplay - portraying a figure from a movie, book, or video game - can take part in a special event just for them, dressing as a favorite character and dancing at the Cosplay Ball. There'll also be workshops on costume design and makeup.
For ages 12-18.

Dramatic Story Time: Interrupting Chicken - Coterie Theatre
Sunday, December 6 | 2 p.m. | Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Coterie Theatre artists read from David Ezra Stein's best-selling Caldecott Honor Book, Interrupting Chicken, about a little red chicken who can't stop herself from interrupting her bedtime tales. She alters the stories to save the characters from their missteps. But when it's her turn to tell a tale, will her Papa make it to the end without his own interruption?
Young audience members can "jump into the story," adding their own improvisation. For all ages.

Young Creators Build-In - Kansas City Digital Media Lab
Saturday, December 12 | 10:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. | Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Young and aspiring makers are invited to a day of digital building and storytelling in the Central Library's second-floor Youth Services area.

Activities include 3-D design and building, stop motion animation, LEGO construction, and recreating several local landmarks in Minecraft. Participants of all skill levels have five hours to complete a project, guided by representatives from the Library's Department of Youth & Family Engagement and Kansas City Digital Media Lab, Science City, Urban TEC, and aSTEAM Village.

For ages 9-18. Made possible by the Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund.

Programming is free at the Kansas City Public Library and free parking is available at all Library locations. Event attendees can RSVP at or at 816.701.3407.

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