May is magical at the Pratt!

The Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Imagination Celebration is a month of events, outdoor and virtual, for their pint-sized patrons. Children ages 0-5 are invited to take part in this year’s celebration, which kicks off on May 1st.

Scavenger hunts galore, take-and-make activities, animal encounters, performances, author visits, foodie fun, music, gardening, and more — the Pratt has planned thirty days of creative sensory experiences for the littlest of learners.

“The Imagination Celebration helps inspire a love of learning from a young age,” says Pratt Library President & CEO Heidi Daniel. “We’ve taken safety precautions this year so the celebration can go on for families across Maryland.”

All events are inspired by the book Everywhere, Wonder by Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr. As part of the celebration, the authors will join the Pratt for virtual presentations and workshops — from the hayloft of their home/barn/studio on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Plan to borrow the book from your favorite Pratt branch or take the kids on an Everywhere, Wonder StoryWalk® around Canton. Just head to O’Donnell Square Park from May 1-8 to walk through the story.

Families of young children are encouraged to make it a month of imaginative adventures! Stop by any Pratt location during the month of May to pick up a free Wonder Kit, filled with arts and crafts projects activities and crafts for preschoolers (ages 3-5) that encourage creativity and imagination. Wonder kits will be available at all Pratt Library locations from May 1-29 on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. As a reminder, all Pratt locations are open at 25% capacity with COVID-19 safety precautions in place.

While many of the events are designed for preschoolers, there are opportunities for older kids, too! As part of the “What’s Outside Your Window” story contest, children of all ages are invited to share what’s happening outside their windows and in their communities by filling out an activity sheet and sharing their creations with each other during a live virtual program. Families are also invited to virtually join Blue Water Baltimore and learn how to “adopt” a storm drain and create custom sidewalk murals with environmental messaging. And then there are the bubble performances! We’ve come to learn that kids ages 0-99 love bubbles. It’s just a fact.

Please note that in-person events, while outside, have maximum capacities and advanced registration is required.

Imagination Celebration is made possible by TransAmerica. For more details visit prattlibrary.org.

Editor’s Note: This article is sponsored by Enoch Pratt Free Library.