Visit your local MCPL for children's activities for all ages, including story times, arts & crafts, family movies, early literacy programs, STEAM / STEM events, music and theatrical performances, hands-on learning, our summer library program and more!
Follow this webpage or subscribe to our e-newsletter for the most recent schedule of library events for kids at our locations in Wausau, Athens, Edgar, Hatley, Marathon City, Mosinee, Rothschild, Spencer and Stratford.
We also publish featured events on our social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Please note: If you plan to bring a large group to a children's event at the library, please notify us using our group visit form.
Outdoor Family Story Time
Children Join us at the library in the warmer months for family story time outdoors!
Spring Poetry Contest for Youth
Kids & Teens Drop-in Young writers between the ages of 9-18 are invited to send us original, unpublished poems for our spring poetry contest! Winners will receive recognition and prizes! Must be Marathon County resident.
ROCK'N Picture Stand
Children Drop-in Stop by any MCPL location in May to pick up a grab and go craft kit that not only encourages colorful creativity, but also functions as a picture holder!
Little Art Show
All-Ages Drop-in Check out our display of creative "Little Treasures" artwork submitted by our patrons!
Outdoor Family Story Time: Marathon City
Children Bring your family to a series of outdoor story times at the library!
Outdoor Family Story Time: Hatley
Children Bring your family or the little ones you care for to these special outdoor story times at the library!
Story Time in the Park
Children Parents and caregivers are invited to bring the little ones for an outdoor story time at Veteran's Memorial Park next to the library!
Hawaiian Luau Story Time
Children Join us outdoors at the library for a Hawaiian luau story time with books, crafts and fun activities! Rain date will be June 15.
Sidewalk Chalk Art
Children Drop-in Help brighten up the sidewalk outside several of our MCPL branches this summer!
Children Beloved children's entertainer Tom Pease is back in Marathon County for Summer 2022! Join us at any of the four locations for his unique mix of music and humor!
Children Drop-in Celebrate one of the most intelligent creatures in the ocean (and our Summer Library Program) with a grab and go kit from the library to make your own yarn-wrapped octopus!
Mooooove Into Summer Stratford Story Time
Children Join us for an "udderly" great time at the library as we celebrate June Dairy Month with a special outdoor story time!
Children Children's entertainer Randy Peterson, a longtime favorite of MCPL, is back in Marathon County with a whole new set of songs and fun!
Three Kinds of Painting Fun!
Kids & Teens Express your creative side at the library this summer with a fun, outdoor painting program with three different types of styles!
Outdoor Family Story Time: Mosinee
Children Families are invited to join the library staff at River Park in Mosinee for a special outdoor story time!
Children Drop-in Throughout June, children and their parents or caregivers can stop by the library to pick up a SLP-theme fish craft kit!
Children Drop-in Stop by any MCPL location in June to pick up a Summer Library Program craft kit: a DIY jellyfish with a few simple supplies for our youngest patrons and a terra cotta jellyfish for ages 8 and up!
All-Ages Drop-in Stop by any MCPL location in June to pick up a grab and go kit to make your own barrette!
Recycled T-Shirt Bags
All-Ages Join us on either of two dates to learn how to make your own bag from a recycled T-shirt and keep plastic bags out of landfills and oceans! Bring your own shirt and we'll take care of the rest!
Children To go along with our SLP theme "Oceans of Possibilities," children and their families and caregivers are invited to create something found all throughout the oceans - bubbles!
Children Drop-in Children and their parents and caregivers are encouraged to stop by the library July 11-16 and pick up a rockin' SLP-themed craft!
Blue Whale Week
Children Drop-in Stop by the library in July to pick up a fun SLP craft kit and make your own blue whale with a few simple supplies!
Stories & Crafts From the Deep Blue Sea
Children Join us at Lions Park in Spencer for a fun morning of stories and crafts during our Summer Library Program!
Shark Tales Story Time in Stratford!
Children There's some-fin special about shark stories! Join us for an hour of shark-tacular stories and crafts this summer at the library!
Outdoor Obstacle Course
Children Children and their families and caregivers are invited to join us at River Park in Mosinee for an afternoon of activities to get them up and moving!
Jeweled Treasure Chest
Children Drop-in Discover "Oceans of Possibilities" during MCPL's Summer Library Program and pick up this grab and go kit at any location to make your own jeweled treasure chest!
Ollivander's Wand Shop
All-Ages Drop-in Calling all Harry Potter fans! Stop by the library in July to pick up a grab and go kit to make your own wand modeled after the great Ollivander!
Library Card Pool Day
Kids & Teens Drop-in Celebrate summer with free entrance to any Wausau pool on August 2 with your library card! One card will work for the whole family.
Stratford Bubble Bash Story Time
Children Kids and their families and caregivers are invited to the library for an hour of bubble-licious stories and crafts!
Stuffed Animal Story Time & Campout!
Children Children and their families are invited to a special story time, and encouraged to leave their stuffed animals at the library for an overnight stay!
Wausau Plant Swap
All-Ages Drop-in Stop by the library the week of Aug. 15-20 to take a plant home or leave extra or unwanted plants for someone else!
Children Drop-in Stop by any MCPL location in August for our final SLP grab and go kit of the summer as we explore "Oceans of Possibilities!" This month, our craft will be a 3D goldfish!
Children Drop-in Families are encouraged to walk through Oak Island Park this summer for another fun season of Trail Tales! Enjoy nature and the books "Chirp" and "The Bad Seed" at the same time!