Willow Basket Workshop for Families
Saturday 30 March: 9.30-11am and 11.30am - 1pm/ £6. For ages 5+ (parent/carer free with a ticketed child).
Join Judith Needham for a fun 90 minute workshop to create a simple plaited basket for your Easter eggs.
Easter Treasure trail
8- 22 April Ages 2-8 £1.50
Follow this treasure trail based on Peter Rabbit and some of his friends from the 23-original tales by Beatrix Potters.
Design and Shake your Maraca!
Tuesday 9 April: 10.30am - 12 noon/£1.50
Come along for this fun drop in session. Decorate a small wooden maraca with a spring or Easter design, then take it home to create musical fun. Suitable for children age 3+.
Quirks Animal Roadshow
Friday 12 April: 2pm/ £5
1 hour animal handling workshop. Come along to meet some quirky animals from around the world at the Quirks’ Animal Roadshows workshop. You’ll have the opportunity to stroke and hold the animals as well as discovering lots of interesting facts about where they come from, what they eat and what makes them unique.
For ages 4+
Children’s Craft Activity
Saturday 13 April 10am – 12 noon. Free
Easter Craft and colouring fun.
Animal Drawing Workshop - dynamic endangered animals in charcoal.
Monday 15 April: 2pm/ £5 - For ages 7+
A children’s workshop with local artist and teacher, Russell Bignold. Using charcoal, erasers and chalk to develop a high contrast drawing, you can expect to complete 2 sketches – an elephant and a tiger’s head and learn a technique to achieve life-like charcoal sketches that you can apply to your own sketches. All materials provided.
Tuesday 16 April: 10am – 12 noon/Free
Spring themed craft session, creating beautiful flowers from a variety of paper/card materials. A drop-in session for children of all ages.
For the paid courses/events, please purchase a ticket quickly to avoid disappointment. This can be done over the phone (01256 478670), in person at the Discovery Centre, or online at: https://www.hants.gov.uk/shop/home.php?cat=351
We love Happy Potter! Saturday 16 February, Starts 10am /3+/ FREE
Calling all Muggles, Witches and Wizards. Grab your broomstick, dragon* or portkey and come on in for a magical morning of spell-tastic activities. We will be celebrating the one-and-only Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with a craft activity, Dobby’s missing sock trail and much more.
* Dragons must be left outside of the library for the duration of the event.
The Rubbish Monster Thing – reading and illustration demonstration by the author Simon Chadwick Tuesday 19 February: 1pm / FREE
Join Simon Chadwick as he reads his new children’s book, The Rubbish Monster Thing, and other stories he’s written or illustrated. This bright and colourful book packed with rhyme is an exciting book to snuggle up and share. Discovery a story of friendship and waste prevention in this children’s tale. Then take part in some interactive drawing at Simon creates Rubbish Monsters and Litterbugs with the children’s help, and there is also a chance for the children to draw their own. A fun and friendly event for pre-school children and primary-aged children.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Interactive Storytelling Workshop Thursday 21 February: 1.30pm and 3pm/ ages 2 – 6 / £3.75
The little caterpillar has had a busy week eating all the food in the garden. When it builds a small house and falls asleep something very magical happens… Come and join in with the magic as Amanda from Merry-go-Round Storytelling brings this classic to life with songs and storytelling and lots of imaginative fun! A 45 minute interactive storytelling workshop. Parents/carers must remain with their children during this session.
Storytime - Friday 22 February, 10.30am – 11am/ FREE
Come along for stories and colouring.
Family Chess Coaching Saturday 23 February, 10am – 1pm / FREE
David Graham and members of the Basingstoke Junior Chess Club will be visiting to offer hints, tips and guidance for complete beginners as well as players with some knowledge and experience.
Adoption and Fostering Drop-in Evening - Thursday 21 February, 5pm – 8pm / FREE
The Finding Homes for Hampshire Children’s Team are hosting a free adoption and fostering information event. Drop in for an informal chat and they will be on hand to answer any questions and help you take the next step along your journey.
Check out the libraries website for more half term events happening at other branches. https://www.hants.gov.uk/librariesandarchives/library/events
Autumn events at Basingstoke Discovery Centre