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, 02 May Thu, 16 May 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.       

    2 May           Egg box trains and little creatures

    16 May         Super Sonic Rockets! 

  • Elmer Day - Sat, 25 May

    Saturday 25 May, 10.30am - 3pm

    Celebrate 30 years since Elmer was first published at The Hive.

    You can listen to our Rat-a-Tat Elmer themed tales, take part in a treasure hunt, colour in our Elmer pictures, and have a go at some puzzles.

    It's a FREE family event.



  • Power of the Six - Meet the Author Workshop - Tue, 28 May

    Tuesday 28 May, 11:30am - 1:30pm

    A FREE fun event for children aged 6 - 12. Includes storytelling, drama, games and creative writing! Meet author Jayn E Winslade as she unveils her latest book Power of the Six!

    Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Sold Out

  • Canal & River STEM Day - Thu, 30 May

    FREE drop-in activity. Find out why some things float and some things sink, design your own boat, explore what causes river banks to erode and discover the fascinating biodiversity in our rivers. Drop in family activities with the Canal & River Trust and the Severn Rivers Trust.

  • Coding Activity - Thu, 30 May

    Thursday 30 May, 12pm - 1:30pm

    FREE coding activity for children aged 8 - 12 to introduce them to computer coding.

    Bring headphones or purchase for £1.60.

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  • The Selfish Giant - Thu, 30 May

    Thursday 30 May, 2 - 3pm

    Since building a wall to keep the children out of his garden, the only visitors the Selfish Giant gets are Lady Snow and her friends. One morning he hears the most beautiful music coming from his bedroom window and is delighted with the sight that greets him.

    Set in a magnificent steel sculpted garden, the story is told using beautifully crafted puppets, a brilliant musical soundtrack and superb storytelling.

    A wonderful story written by Oscar Wild and adapted by from Sea Legs Puppet Theatre.

    Suitable for children age 4+ | Babes in arms free

    Children £4.50 | Adults £7

    Book tickets

  • Pyjamarama - Fri, 07 June

    Friday 7 June, 10am - 5pm

    Pop on your PJs and join us in the Children's Library where we'll be in our pyjamas for a daylong celebration of the bedtime story!

    There will be stay and play activities for under 5s from 10am - 5pm alongside some special activities. Pick up your FREE copy of Car, Car, Truck, Jeep by Katrina Charman and Nick Sharratt, courtesy of the Book Trust.

    Bounce & Rhyme 11am

    Breast Buddies 11:30am

    Mini Baby Bounce & Rhyme 1pm

    Pyjama Drama 1pm - 1:40pm

    Come and join  a fun drama and imaginative play session based on the book The Tiger That Came to Tea.

    £1 per child, booking is essential.

    Book ticket

    Suitable for pre-schoolers.

    Bedtime Stories 4 - 5pm

    Drop-in and join us for some traditional bedtime stories told by our lovely library staff with milk and cookies.

    Or, join our Facebook Live Bedtime Stories at 6:30pm

  • Digital Festival - Family Night - Thu, 27 June

    Thursday 27 June, 4:30pm - 7pm

    A fantastic family friendly event showcasing fun interactive digital activities for all ages. Come and play games, experience virtual reality, 3D scanning and much more!

    Make & Take

    Create your very own Robot with our make & take sessions at 5pm and 6pm.

    Book tickets 

  • Digital Festival - LEGO Mindstorms - Thu, 27 June

    Thursday 27 June, 4.45pm, 5.30pm, 6.15pm, 7pm.  

    Using LEGO Mindstorms software, this taster will teach the basics of programming to navigate a LEGO robot around a track.

    Suitable for children aged 7-13 (children aged 7 will need to be accompanied by a parent).

    Book tickets

  • 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 - Launch Pad Party - Sat, 29 June

    Saturday 29 June, 10am - 3pm

    FREE drop-in activity. Sign up for the Space Chase! Get ready to embark on your thrilling mission to track down books nabbed by mischievous aliens. Join astronaut training, get your space ID card, walk on the moon or power a zooming rocket.

  • 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.

    Book ticket

    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.

    Book ticket

    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.

    Book ticket

    Make your own Martian Mask

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

    Book ticket

    Space Coding

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

    Code your way to the moon.

    Book ticket

  • Crabby - Tue, 23 July

    Tuesday, 23 July, 10:30am and 2:30pm

    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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