Superhero Training Camp Programming Idea

Who couldn’t use a little more superhero mid-week?  Here’s a library programming idea from Augusta Public Library that might work for those libraries that have a good number of staff and/or volunteers.  They hosted a superhero “training camp” last weekend.  They shared some photos on their Facebook page. Lisa Oglesby Daniels explains a bit more about how they did the event in case you want to try some of this:

“We had 5 “centers” plus the check-in activity (we do a few of these large-group events each year and have our set-up and rotations down!). We had 10 kids per group, each group had a “group leader” and spent about 10 minutes at each center. I ring a bell to let everyone know when it is time to move. (Years ago we tried letting everyone move whenever/wherever they wanted and it was chaos so now we stick to this format!)

At check-in the kids were given a color-coded badge with spaces to complete: Name, Superhero Name, Superhero Power, and a Signature. Also, a box to place their thumbprint for “authorization”. Kids were divided by their badge color into 5 groups.

Centers included:

  • Storytime– I purchased several new-to-us superhero books but my fave was Superhero ABC by Bob McLeod;
  • Snack– kids made their own version of a trail mix;
  • Craft– capes (old t-shirts, can find pattern on Pinterest like this. We traced & cut each kid’s first initial on sticky-back glitter foam and provided stick-on stars & lightning bolts) & masks (kits from Hobby Lobby);
  • Obstacle Course– painted boxes with glued-on squares were buildings, a crawl-through tunnel, a pool where we mixed vinegar with red food color & baking soda for “lava” with a balance beam over the top, cones for running around & hula hoops for jumping;
  • String-up the Villan– another staff member made up a little saga about the Joker stealing something from the library & we needed the kids’ help to find him & bring him to justice. Kids were “sworn-in”, each given a can of Silly String then led by Batman to find Joker. When they found him they “stringed” him until their cans were empty then helped Batman tie him up & took away the books he had “stolen”.  Two high school boys played the parts for us and informed us after that we should have used Spiderman as the hero since he shoots string…(I agree, that should have been obvious…where were they when we were planning!!!)

It took a HUGE amount of prep time & staff hours compared with other, similar, events we’ve done but we had a great time and received a ton of compliments from participants.”

Thanks Lisa for providing this program rundown on the Kansas Children’s Librarians Group Facebook page.  Great fun and looks like wonderful marketing for the library too!

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