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

  • 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.

  • 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

    Book tickets

  • Ice Age Art - Thu, 18 April

    Thursday 18 April, 10am - 12pm

    Studio, The Hive

    Looking for some mammoth Easter fun? Create your own cave art and clay sculpture to take home, drawing inspiration from the art our ancient ancestors left behind.

    Drop in session, suitable for ages 6+

    £3 per child  

  • 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.

  • Canal & River Fun Day - Thu, 25 April

    Thursday 25 April, 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm

    FREE drop-in activity. Have a go at building a river and canal and learn about how our waterways make Worcester great! Join the teams from the Canal & River Trust and Severn Rivers Trust to spot the dangers around the rivers and canals and learn how to stay safe when you are out and about.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

    Space Story Coding

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

    Learn to code your own space themed story.

    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.

    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.

    Make your own Martian Mask

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

    Space Coding

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

    Code your way to the moon.