AMHERST – Firing rockets, messy art projects and crazy science experiments are all on the agenda for this year’s march break activities to be held at the Four Fathers Memorial Library. Chantelle Taylor, the youth services librarian, has put together a weeklong schedule of different activities for children of all ages.
“I made marshmallow shooters this morning and I made this cool airplane out of a straw and three strips of paper and I’m always in the kitchen seeing if this or that works,” she said about the different activities she has planned for the children. “I’m always testing out the activities for the Minute to Win it.”
Minute to Win it, a game where kids have one minute to complete a challenge, it is just one of the different contests and games Taylor will have set up throughout the week. The librarian said she’s also planning different movie nights and crafts to encourage the kids to have fun and get a little messy.
“We’ll have a puppet show going on about a smelly moose, we’ve got science day, which is head and shoulders, one of our most popular activities out of the entire year,” she said. “We have a jam packed schedule.”
For science day, Taylor said she’s considering having a table completely dedicated to egg related experiments. But she admitted not all of her experimental line up has been solidified.
“There are several egg experiments that I want to do,” she explained. “The second year (we had science day), I successfully did the egg in the milk bottle experiment where you light a match and it sucks (the egg) into the bottle and then you have to suck it back out.
“There are going to be lots of fun, messy, cool experiments. And because the kids would revolt if we didn’t have it, there will be Alka-Seltzer rockets.”
As a warning to anyone who is thinking about visiting the library during the week of the activities, be fore warned. Taylor will be holding a game of survivor where the children will be divided into tribes and have to complete a scavenger hunt, which includes running around the library.
“Who doesn’t love running around the library when they’re not supposed to?” she added.
Taylor said she’s also trying to set up a laser beam obstacle course.
The Amherst Lionesses will also be joining in on the fun. At the end of the week, the Lionesses will be at the library with the children playing some games.
“They donate us money every year specifically for March break so we have a little party at the end of the week,” she said.
All the activities are free to join.
For more information on the March break events, call 667-2549. Some events require registration.