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.

  • Summer Reading Challenge 'Space Chase'

    2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing and to celebrate, The Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge theme this year is space. The Summer Reading Challenge is a national initiative to encourage children aged 4 – 11 to read six books over the six-week holiday. Children receive special rewards from their local library each time they finish a book and all children who complete the challenge will receive a certificate and medal at The Hive's space themed Summer Reading Challenge Award Ceremony.

    From Saturday 13 July join hundreds of other keen readers across the country in the challenge.

  • Summer Reading Challenge Activities - Mon, 22 July Thu, 29 August 2019

    Every Monday and Thursday during the summer holidays, become a Space Chaser and take part in our activities from Alien making to Minecraft. 

    Cost: £2.50

    Space Mission Minecraft

    22 & 25 July, 10:45am, 11:45am, 12:45pm and 1:45pm

    Build a space ship and send it on a Minecraft Mission.

    Book ticket

    Space Story Coding

    29 July & 1 August, 10:45am, 11:45am, 12:45pm and 1:45pm

    Learn to code your own space themed story.

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    Children’s Space Poetry with James Carter - Zim Zam Zoom

    Friday 2 August, 11.30am - 12pm (suitable for ages 0 - 4), 12.15pm - 12.45pm (suitable for ages 5 - 7)

    Come on down, space cadets for a happy half hour of melodica music, riddles and rhymes and even the story of The Big Bang!

    Duration: 30 mins. Children £2.50 | Adults £3.50

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    Children's Space Poetry with James Carter - Spaced Out!

    Friday 2 August, 2pm - 3pm (suitable for ages 8 - 11)

    Ever met an alien? James Carter is probably the closest you’ll get! Expect zany, spacey stuff aplenty - storytelling, performance poetry and music. There’s even a chance to write your own space poem! Cosmic or what? 

    Duration: 1 hour. Children £3.50 | Adults £4.50

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    Astronaut or Alien?

    5 & 8 August

    A drawing workshop with WeAreBeard.

    10:30am - 11:15am (suitable for ages 6 - 8)

    11:30am - 12:15pm (suitable for ages 9 - 12)

    12:30pm - 1:15pm (suitable for ages 9 - 12)

    Each session is 45 minutes.

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    Make your own Light-up Constellation

    12 & 15 August, 10am, 11am, 12pm and 1pm

    Stars in a jar for you to make and take home.

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    Make your own Martian Mask

    19 & 22 August, 10am, 11am, 12pm and 1pm

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    Space Coding

    29 August, 10:45am, 11:45am, 12:45pm and 1:45pm

    Code your way to the moon.

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  • Crabby - Mon, 22 July

    Monday, 22 July, 10:30am (SOLD OUT) and 2:30pm (Available)

    When Crabby the hermit crab loses his shell, he's up against the tide and must find a new one. He soon discovers it's not easy getting what you want if you're, well, a bit crabby. Experience the Edwardian seaside in this award-winning musical multi-sensory show from Collar & Cuffs Co.

    Children £4 | Adults £4 | Babes in arms free

    Suitable for children up to 7 years.

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  • Three Little Pig Tails - Thu, 25 July

    Thursday 25 July, 2:30pm

    A brand new version of the classic story of the three little pigs set in Paris. A grumpy old wolf is a chef who wants some pigs' tails for his soup. Will the little pigs outwit the wolf and what kind of house will they build? A funny, warm hearted and interactive rustic tale from Garlic Theatre to make you squeal with laughter, bristling with puppets, live music and lots of joining in.

    Children £4 | Adults £4 | Babes in arms free

    Suitable for children up to 7 years.

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  • The Goose Who Flew - Fri, 26 July

    Friday 26 July, 2:30pm

    Goose loves the summer, playing with his family and friends, but soon it is time for him to fly south for the winter. As his journey begins, things are not as they should be. Using charming storytelling, simple puppetry and an assortment of quirky characters, this is a heartfelt story about the importance of compassion, community and understanding by Halfmoon Theatre.

    Children £4 | Adults £4 | Babes in arms free

    Suitable for children 3 - 7 years.

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  • East O' The Sun, West O' The Moon - Sat, 27 July

    Saturday 27 July, 4pm

    When a girl breaks a spell that turned a prince into a white bear, the prince is taken to a troll castle that lies east 'o the sun and west o' the moon. The girl embarks on a journey; aided by three mysterious women and the four winds. Can she save the prince in time?

    A retelling of the classic Norwegian fairy tale by Multi Story Theatre Company.

    Children £4 | Adults £4 | Babes in arms free

    Suitable for children 5 + years.

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  • Space Day - Sat, 05 October

    Saturday 5 October, 10:30am - 4pm

    Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the moon landings at Space Day! There's something for everyone to enjoy.

    Unleash the inner astronaut in you with FREE interactive activities and exhibitions. Question the experts on all aspect of the universe and Space. Take an immersive 3D virtual reality planet walk. Observe static rocket firings, learn about weightlessness, what astronauts eat, how they go to the toilet and live in Space, try your skills with controlling robots. Experts from the University of Worcester will be exploring the challenges of using robots to explore planets such as Mars. Watch demonstrations and optical illusions from the University of Wolverhampton. Find out about Britain's Space program, check out the sky through a telescope with Bromsgrove Astronomical Society and take a photo in our space rocket Selfie booth.

    Check into The Studio for the exciting screening for the unique filming of "Space Queens". This free 25 minute film takes an in depth look at the women behind  Apollo 11 and the next generation inspired by the historical monumental event, to pursue careers in aerospace. This documentary features a mix of new and archive interviews to tell a story of equality at the heart of the space race. Book onto talks one of which is by David Hardy one of the world's distinguished space artists. He was a regular illustrator on Patrick Moore’s Sky at Night Programme, and for Arthur C Clarke and other classic books. He has documented ALL of our spaceflight history as it happened.

    If you are interested in pursuing a career in a subject related to Space, we will be conducting career tours.

    Immersive Dome Experience

    40 minutes sessions at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm.

    Experience and learn about the wonders of the night sky by booking onto a session in the 360 degree Immersive mobile planetarium.

    Suitable for children 6+ and adults.

    Cost is £4 for children and £5 for adults.

    Unfortunately, latecomers will be unable to enter the Dome once the show has started.

    Book here (coming soon)