Children & Families events

The Hive offers a varied events programme for everyone to enjoy, from music, drama and art to learning opportunities, workshops, book clubs and lectures.

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Please note that we do not give refunds on tickets booked in advance.

  • Young at Art - Thu, 10 January Thu, 04 April 2019

    Thursdays, 10.30am - 12pm

    Exploring. Listening. Making.

    Every Thursday through term-time The Hive and Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum alternate hosting themed sensory craft sessions for children under five.

    £3 payable on the day. No pre booking required.       

    10 January     Snowflakes and Icicles

    24 January     Snowdrop Pots

    7 February     Patterns and Colour

    7 March         Spring Pots

    21 March       Dazzling Daffodils

    4 April           On the Farm

  • Canal and River Trust and Severn River Trust Activity Day - Mon, 18 February

    Monday 18 February, 10am - 3pm

    Things are going to get fishy at The Hive with this fun activity day. Join the Canal and River Trust and Severn River Trust on their drop-in children's craft sessions and games.

    Make and take a fish, come and listen to our fishy tales, including Tales of the Shad  at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm, and take part in the magnetic fish game to identify the different species of fish that you can find in our rivers and canals.

  • 'The Curse of Aggara' - Meet the author workshop - Tue, 19 February

    Tuesday 19 February, 11:30am - 1:30pm

    A FREE fun event for children aged 6-12. Includes storytelling, drama, games and spells! Meet author Jayn E Winslade as she unveils ‘The Curse of Aggara’, her latest book in the Chronicles of the Golden Light series. Come and explore the magical world!

    All children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult.


  • Coding Activity

    Thursday 21 February, 12pm - 1:30pm

    A fun free workshop introducing children aged 9-13 to computer coding. Bring headphones or purchase for £1.60

    Book a ticket

  • The Boy Who Wanted To Fly - Half Term children's theatre - Fri, 22 February

    Friday 22 February, 2pm - 3pm

    Billy is poorly, and just a tiny bit scared. He’s stuck in a hospital room with drab white walls, nasty tasting medicine and lots of busy grown-ups with not enough patience for this little patient. It’s miserable. But all that’s about to change… Join Billy, and family performance specialists Rhubarb Theatre, on their latest quest, as they discover the healing power of stories and try to prove that laughter is the best medicine!

    Children's theatre show presented by Rhubarb Theatre

    Suitable for children aged 5+

    Running time: 60 minutes

    Adults £7 | Child £3 | Babes in arms free

    Book a ticket

  • Children's Workshop with Rhubarb Theatre - Fri, 22 February

    Friday 22 February, 12.30pm to 1.30pm

    Chocks away and tally ho - join Rhubarb Theatre as we fly with the Royal Air Force back to old Blighty. But watch out, there's a storm on its way and if we don't hold on tight, we might be blown away off course - who knows where we'll end up and how we'll get back.

    Suitable for ages 5+ (under 8's need to be accompanied by an adult)

    Children £3 | Accompanying adult goes free

    Book tickets

  • Bedtime Stories - Thu, 07 March

    Thursday 7 March, 4pm - 5pm.

    Put on your dressing gown and slippers, or come in your World Book Day costume, pick up your favourite teddy bear and come and enjoy some traditional bedtime stories told by our wonderful library staff. Milk and cookies will be provided.

    This free event is part of the World Book Day initiative 2019

    If you can't make it in to The Hive make sure you like our Facebook page for updates on how to join our Bedtime Stories online.

  • BBC Focus 'Science Discovery Trail' - Fri, 01 March Sun, 31 March 2019

    Follow the boards and collect fun science facts around the grounds of The Hive and City Campus.

    Free quiz sheets available from the pod in the Atrium.

  • Laboratory in the Library - Tue, 12 March

    Tuesday 12 March, 4pm to 4:45pm and 4:45pm to 5:30pm

    Bring science to life in our Library Laboratory. Learn how to make rain, tornadoes or clouds in a bottle and power a zooming rocket to top it off.

    Book tickets

  • Bringing Science to Life - Family Science Show - Tue, 12 March

    Tuesday 12 March, 5.30pm-6.45pm

    Get ready to get hands-on with surprising experiments, shocking science facts and the odd explosion. The Royal Institution, creator of the Christmas Lectures, present a whistle-stop tour of some of the great scientific discoveries made by the Royal Institution. It introduces interesting science facts through fun, interactive, and above all exciting, science demonstrations.

    Specifically designed with a broad audience in mind this show is an ideal introduction to science for all the family.

    Suitable for children and adults.

    Children £3.50 | Adults £4

    Book tickets

  • Shakespeare Week - Magical Make & Take - Sat, 23 March Sun, 24 March 2019

    Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March, 10am and 1:45pm 

    Create your own Magical Flower and put your magic to the test!

    £2.50 per child. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Book ticket

    Midsummer Nights Dream Rat-a-Tat Tales

    Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March, 11am and 2:45pm

    Join us in the woods to discover the power of the magical flower. The King and Queen of the Fairies are being mischievous and you get to make or break friendships.

  • Christopher's Caterpillars - children's musical theatre show - Wed, 17 April

    Wednesday 17 April, 11.30am and 2pm 

    Christopher Nibble and Posie have been busy growing plants whilst taking care of their six hairy pet caterpillars.
    But when their crawly comrades disappear they swap their trowels for magnifying glasses and turn guinea pig detectives!
    Will they crack the case in this bright and beautiful tale of minibeasts and mystery?

    Topsy Turvy Theatre and Christopher Nibbles return again to The Hive this Easter to bring some fantastic musical theatre for children aged 2 to 7, and families.

    Running time: 60 minutes

    Adults £7 | Children £3 | Babes in arms are free

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  • Family Coding Activity - Thu, 18 April

    Thursday 18 April, 12pm - 1:30pm

    A fun free workshop introducing children and parents to computer coding.

    Bring headphones or purchase for £1.60.

    Booking is essential

    Book ticket

  • Easter Trail - Sun, 14 April Sun, 28 April 2019

    Drop-in anytime to take part in The Hive Easter Trail.

    Solve a "riddle" to find the pictures of famous bunnies hidden in the children's library. When the trail is complete, you can claim your chocolate treat.

    Cost 50p per entry, payable at the pod in the Children's Library.

  • Design a Shad Fish - Mon, 22 April Sun, 28 April 2019

    Free drop-in activity

    Children are welcome to design, draw, colour and cut out a "shad" fish and then add it to our river display in the children's library.