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0-3s Storytelling

Drip Drop

Until Sun 23 April
Mon-Thurs: 11am & 1pm
Fri-Sun: 11am, 1pm & 3pm
Ages 0-3

Splish, Splash, Pitter Patter… Sing in the rain with our Story Builders as they take you through this multi-sensory and watery experience. Created by Matt Hutchinson, Alice Mackenzie and Hobbit.

0-3s sessions are included in the price of your Day Pass to Discover. Pre-booking is advised as sessions can be very popular.

If I Ran the Circus

Thurs 27 April – Sun 2 July
Mon-Thurs: 11am & 1pm
Fri-Sun: 11am, 1pm & 3pm
Ages 0-3

Our Story Builders will lead you in to Dr. Seuss’s zany rhyming world as you join Morris McGurk on a mission to stage the greatest, tremendous, stupendous circus show ever seen.

0-3s sessions are included in the price of your Day Pass to Discover. Pre-booking is advised as sessions can be very popular.

Easter Holidays
Mon 3 – Mon 17 April

Stitching Workshop with Sam Harvey

Mon 3 – Thurs 6 April
10:30am (Workshop lasts approximately 90 minutes)
Ages 4+

Work with coloured fabrics, yarns and other materials to design and create your very own Dr. Seuss-inspired character. Choose their eyes, nose, mouth and hair, and make a critter to take home.

This workshop has a limited capacity and pre-booking is essential.

Superbat with Matt Carr

Mon 3 April
2:30pm
Ages 5-7

Come and join Matt Carr as he introduces you to Superbat! Being a superhero is harder than it looks. Pat the bat’s friends all have amazing hearing. All of them can fly. And all bats can find their way in the dark. Pat is starting to think that he will never stand out – until a family of mice see him for what he really is… A hero! Discover your own inner superhero with this creative workshop.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Pre-booking is essential.

The Book of Me with Adam Frost

Tues 4 April
2:30pm
Ages 6+

Join Blue Peter Book Award winner Adam Frost for an epic interactive event filled with facts and questions from his books, and learn all about writing non-fiction!

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Pre-booking is essential.

How To Be a Dog with Jo Williamson

Weds 5 April
2:30pm
Ages 3-6

Join Jo Williamson as she reads from her two pictures books How to Be a Dog and Messy Molly and shows you how she draws her canine friends with a live drawing demonstration! Jo will also be on hand to help as you create your own dog mask. Will Jo be able to stay clean while she is live drawing or is she just like her character Messy Molly? You’ll have to be there to find out!

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Pre-booking is essential.

You Must Bring a Hat with Simon Philip and Kate Hindley

Thurs 6 April
2:30pm
Ages 5+

You are cordially invited to the BIGGEST, BESTEST, HATTIEST event of ALL TIME! Join author Simon Philip and illustrator Kate Hindley as they bring their award winning picture book, You Must Bring a Hat to life. Draw along with Kate and get story making tips from Simon – just don’t forget your hat.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Pre-booking is essential.

Workshop: Dr. Seuss goes Pop! With Kids Do Art

Mon 10 – Thurs 13 April
10:30am (Workshop lasts approximately 90 minutes)
Ages 4+

Kids Do Art turn the fantastical characters of Dr. Seuss into contemporary Pop Icons. You will be shown how to turn The Cat in the Hat, Sam I Am and Thing 1 and Thing 2 into your very own Pop Masterpieces. By using a mixture of screen printing, painting and collage techniques these amazing characters will come to life.

This workshop has a limited capacity and pre-booking is essential.

Writing Workshop with Harriet Whitehorn

Mon 10 April
2:30pm
Age 7+

Listen to Harriet Whitehorn read from her latest story about detective Violet, Violet and the Smugglers, and have a go at writing a mystery of your own in her creative writing workshop. Full of tips from Harriet, this is the perfect session for budding young writers.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Pre-booking is essential.

Super Stan with Matt Robertson

Tues 11 April
2:30pm
Age 3+

Become a superhero with author-illustrator Matt Robertson! Super Stan is about how hard life can be when your little brother is a superhero. The whole world thinks Super Stan is amazing . . . but no one notices his big brother, Jack. But sometimes, even a superhero needs a little help. Join Matt for some storytelling, superhero activities and learn how everyone can be a superhero!

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Pre-booking is essential.

I Don’t Want Curly Hair with Laura Ellen Anderson

Weds 12 April
1pm
Ages 4+

Join author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson for a fun and crafty event. Expect storytelling, live drawing and some crafty, HAIRY fun!

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Pre-booking is essential.

Gecko’s Echo with Lucy Rowland

Weds 12 April
2:30pm
Ages 3-6

Join picture book author Lucy Rowland and hear all about her new picture book, Gecko’s Echo! Hear the tale of the courageous Mummy Gecko who must protect her precious eggs with some clever trickery and a whole lot of courage.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Pre-booking is essential.

A Duckling Called Button with Helen Peters

Thurs 13 April
2:30pm
Ages 5-8

Just like the star of her new series of books, Jasmine Green, author Helen Peters also grew up on a farm. A pet sheep, hand-feeding piglets and lambs, collecting eggs from the chickens and using sheepdogs were all part of Helen’s childhood. Come and hear Helen talk about life on a working farm and how it inspired her to become a writer.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Pre-booking is essential.

Ribbet Ribbet Croak

Fri 14 April
12pm & 2:30pm
Ages 1-6

Moulded Theatre present Ribbet Ribbet Croak. Join Grandma and Grandpa Frog as they leave the pond to plan a big surprise. Help them keep a look out for their cheeky Grandfrogs, who pop up in unexpected places!

Featuring puppetry, Makaton and plenty of audience interaction, Ribbet Ribbet Croak is a playful multisensory exploration of frog life.

Ribbet Ribbet Croak is suitable for PMLD and ASD family audiences and groups.

*** The Stage – “a great success”
**** Broadway Baby – “a gentle and successful piece of theatre”
*** The List – “inventive sensory elements for an early years audience”
**** Threeweeks – “plenty to see, things to touch and lots of sensory audience participation”

This event has a limited capacity and pre-booking is essential.

Easter Weekend: Green Eggs and Ham Hunt

Fri 14 – Mon 17 April
All day drop-in
All ages

Head out into the Story Garden for a Green Eggs and Ham inspired egg hunt, dreamt up by our Children’s Forum. Complete the challenge to win a chocolate treat.

This is a drop-in event and pre-booking is not required.

Ki’baret

Sat 29 April – Mon 1 May
11:30am, 1:30 & 3:30pm
Age 5+

Climb aboard the good ship Ki’baret (Kids’ Cabaret) with Captain Arkem! Join in songs, games and activities about the sea, and also bring your own ideas to throw in the mix. A fun time is guaranteed for children and adults as the crew of the Ki’baret.

This event has a limited capacity and pre-booking is essential.

Creative Workshop with Joshua Khan

Sat 27 May
2:30pm
Age 7+

Meet Joshua Khan as he rips up the fantasy clichés in his anti-fantasy fantasy book, Shadow Magic. No more heroic knights! No more damsels in distress! No more slaughtering monsters! Meet Lily Shadow, heir to Gehenna, the kingdom of darkness, Thorn the outlaw boy with a deadly secret and Hades, a really, REALLY big bat…

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Pre-booking is essential.

May Half Term
Mon 29 May – Fri 2 June

Animation Workshop with Grace Emily Manning

Mon 29 May – Fri 2 June
10:30am-12:30pm (drop-in)
2:30pm-4:30pm (drop-in)
Age 5+

Gain an introduction to animation with award winning artist Grace Emily Manning. Create your own colourful character inspired by Dr. Seuss and learn how to make it move.

This is a drop-in event and pre-booking is not required.

Daddy Do My Hair? with Tola Okogwu

Sat 17 June
2:30pm
Ages 4+

Listen to author Tola Okogwu tell stories from her Daddy Do My Hair? series. Learn how to create the hair styles featured in the books and create your own paper plate character with twisted, braided hair.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Pre-booking is essential.