Children & Families events

  • Respect Ability Project - storytelling by children's author Jess Hiles - Sat, 07 July

    Jess has co-authored three children’s books to promote awareness of people who have learning and physical disabilities. The hero of her books is Jess the Goth Fairy and the message – It’s OK to be different! She hopes by sharing her feelings in her books it will help everyone to know what it is like to be disabled.  

    Jess travels the country to book-signings, readings and workshop events and will be at The Hive on Saturday 7 July. Jess is one of seven winners in Worcestershire of the Respect Ability Plaque for amazing achievements, which The Hive will be home to.

    11am - Rat-a-Tat tales take over with Jess Hiles reading 'Jess Makes a New Friend'. Suitable for ages 4 to 8. Sign language

    11.30am - Unveiling of Jess Hiles Respect Ability plaque

    12pm - Colouring competition in the Children's Library and book signing.

    1pm - Announcement of the winning picture.

  • Summer Reading Challenge - Sat, 23 June Sat, 22 September 2018

    2018 marks the 80th anniversary of the iconic children’s comic Beano.

    To celebrate, The Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge theme this year is Mischief Makers.

    The challenge encourages all children aged 4 to 12 years to borrow and read six books between 23 June and 22 September.

    Summer Reading Challenge Launch - Croome Court

    Saturday 23 June, 10am - 4pm

    Join us on our launch day at National Trust’s Croome Court (free entry for families of those who join the Summer Reading Challenge).

    Every Day

    Wednesday 25 July to Sunday 2 September

    There are free activities every day during the holidays. A daily story time at 11am and 2.45pm and our usual interactive Rat-a-Tat Tales will run on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays.

  • Digital Festival Family Night - Thu, 28 June

    Digi Fest Night

    A fantastic family friendly event showcasing a variety of fun interactive digital activities for all ages. Come and control the weather, experience virtual reality and much more!

    Thursday 28 June, 4.30pm to 8pm.

    LEGO Mindstorms

    Part of the Digital Festival Family Night

    30 minute sessions at 5pm, 5.45pm, 6.30pm, and 7.15pm.

    Put your programming skills to the test using LEGO Mindstorms software. In this taster workshop you will learn the basics of programming, in order to navigate your LEGO robot around.

    Age 7 to 13 (children aged 7 will need to be accompanied by a paying parent).

    Cost £3.95

    Booking essential

    Book ticket  

    Code Playground

    Inspiring children to become future coders. In this fun activity, children will use code to build a Shark game using the software SCRATCH, an animated Shark will be used to move around the screen and catch as many fish as possible for maximum points.

    Age 7 – 14

    FREE EVENT with thanks to Barclay's Bank.

    45 minute sessions at 5pm, 6pm or 7pm.

    Book ticket


  • Family Art Workshop - Sat, 30 June

    Meadow Arts Inspires is running a FREE Family Art Workshop as part of the Ice Age project. Suitable for children ages 7 and above.

    Saturday 30 June, 11am to 2pm.

    Drop in and join us.




  • Mischief Making Sessions - Mon, 23 July Mon, 27 August 2018

    Join us throughout the summer for a bit of mischief. Will you get to grips with Minecraft and wreak havoc in our online version of Worcester, make a Dennis or Gnasher mask to take home with you, create a comic book game in computer code or create your own comic character to add to our Giant Hive Comic Book.

    Every Monday and Thursday from 23 July to 27 August Sessions on the hour at 10am, 11am, 12pm and 1pm.

    Activities are free or £2.50 per child for craft make and take.

    Pop Up Pranks - Trick your family with a cheeky Gnasher Jack in the Box.

    Monday 23 July and Monday 20 August

    Book ticket

    Cartoon Faces - Make a wall plaque of your favorite Beano characters 5 yrs +

    Monday 30 July and Thursday 2 August

    Book tickets

    SRC Comic Strip Creation - Write and design your own comic story to take away. For children aged 7 and over.

    Monday 6 August and Thursday 9 August

    Book tickets

    Beano Wars Coding - Code your own mischief game – will you turn Dennis into Gnasher or make them both vanish?

    Monday 13 August and Thursday 16 August

    Book tickets

  • Comic Character Masterclass - Sat, 07 July Thu, 26 July 2018

    Join Wearebeard, a creative design agency based in Worcester, for a 45 minute masterclass in comic character creation. Create your very own character to take home with you. Add it to our book of Hive Comic Characters! For children aged 6-12 - check website when booking for age suitability.

    Saturday 7 July or Thursday 26 July

    10.30am, 11.30am or 1pm.

    Cost £3.50 per child.

    Booking is essential.

    Book ticket

  • Eeek! A giant Ice Age Batik! - Tue, 31 July

    Join Sarah Jones from Eekbatik to design and produce a GIANT Ice Age geology batik for our exhibition. You will learn the traditional art of Indonesian Batik – working with wax and the most wonderful colour dyes.

    Alongside this will be a workshop exploring how our Ice Age ancestors expressed themselves through art.

    Come and create your own cave art at these drop-in sessions.

    Suitable for children aged 7 and above.

    Tuesday 31 July, 11am to 3pm.