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7 events for young Lehigh Valley bookworms

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Read Across America Day in honor of Dr. Seuss is March 2, 2017. Inspire a love of reading in your little bookworm with one of these Lehigh Valley events.

I am bored. Bored. Bored. BORED. It’s beyond cabin fever at this point, and I am looking for any excuse to get us (toddler, baby, me + 5 stuffed animals) out of the house.

The nice weather has certainly afforded a break from being cooped up in our living room, but I want to find family-friendly, local activities — on the cheap — that feed their minds a bit.

A Lehigh Valley events listing will be a regular feature for Growing Sprouts, because I know parents of young children are constantly on the lookout for activities, learning experiences, and let’s face it … anything to get them away from the television.

Read Across America is Thursday, March 2, so in honor of that, here are seven events to check out in early March in the Lehigh Valley with your little bookworms. Know of other great events – storytimes or otherwise? Please share them in the comments section!

7 events for little bookworms

  1. Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Storytime: Select Barnes and Noble locations across the country are going to offer Dr. Seuss events for Read Across America day. See if your local store is one of ’em.

    • Here’s a freebie, and an excuse to swing by the mall — March 2 at 6:30 p.m.; Lehigh Valley Mall, 801 Lehigh Lifestyle Center, Whitehall. 610-264-0238
  2. Dr. Seuss Birthday Party – Moravian Book Shop: The Cat in the Hat will be reading stories, posing for photos and playing games. Prizes, treats and juice will be on hand to sugar up the little minions.

    • March 4 at 11:30 a.m. Allentown location, 2 City Center, 645 W. Hamilton St., Allentown
    • March 5, 1-3 p.m. Bethlehem location, 428 Main St., Bethlehem.
    • Info: 610-866-5481 or moravianbookshop.com
  3. Children’s Storytelling Series – Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild: I’ve been meaning for a long time to get to one of the Storytelling Guild’s events.

    • March 5, 2-3 p.m., Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. Cost is $4.50, but admission for kids under 5 is free. Cops’n’Kids will also hand out free children’s books.
    • More info here.
  4. Morning Block Party – Emmaus Public Library: Maybe sitting and listening to a story isn’t your kid’s thing. How about getting them into the library with the promise of lots and lots of blocks? Morning Block party is open to all ages. They’ve also got some pretty cool literary lunches, family film series and a Dr. Seuss birthday party, too. Check out the children’s events here.

    • March 7 at 11 a.m. 11 E. Main St., Emmaus; 610-965-9284
    • More info at emmauspl.org.
  5. Stories + yoga = STORYO: Bethlehem Area Public Library offers a whole slate of storytimes (registration required) for residents, but they also open up several events throughout the months for families and kids. Working parents will be happy to see a nighttime offering in this list. And could all that deep breathing lead to better sleeping? One can only hope!

    • March 8, 6:30-7 p.m.; Bethlehem Area Public Library, 11 W. Church St., Bethlehem.
    • More info at bapl.org or 610-867-3761, ext. 499.
  6. Pirate Storytime – Easton Area Public Library: Let your little buccaneer dress up for this special themed storytime.

    • March 10 at 3:30 p.m. (sign-up required). The event is for kids 4 and up and will be held in the library’s Catherine Drake room, 515 Church St., Easton, Pa. 610-258-2917, ext. 306. Can’t make it? Pirate storytime will be repeated at 3:30 p.m. May 12 (but you can’t sign up until April 24.)
    • More info here (plus other storytime opportunities.)
  7. Library Explorers – Lower Macungie Library: Ok, so registration is required for this one, and there’s a limit of 15 kids. But it speaks to my inner nerd, so I had to include it. This monthly program is open to students K-2 and includes a story, STEAM activities, questions, problem-solving, building with legos, cool projects and more. More info and other cool programs here.

    • March 13 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Lower Macungie Library, 3450 Brookside Road, Macungie.
    • Info: 610-966-6864; lowermaclib.org

Know about another family-friendly event for March? Let me know in the comments section below!

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