Activities and events for children and young people

Events

Regular Events

Baby rhyme time at Kensington Central Library  - Mondays
  • 10am to 10.20am  
  • Kensington Central Library  

Come along to our baby rhyme time.  Join in as we sing your favourites such as the Welcome Song, Wheels on the Bus, If You're Happy and You Know It and more. 

There’s no need to book, just turn up.

Baby rhyme time at North Kensington Library - Mondays
  • Mondays, 10am to 10.30am
  • North Kensington Library

Come along to baby rhyme time at the library. This event is especially for the under 5s and their parents/carers.

There’s no need to book, just turn up. 

Bridging the Gap peer to peer tutoring - Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • First sessions Tuesday 1 and Thursday 3 March
  • 6pm to 7pm
  • North Kensington Library

COVID has made it very challenging for secondary school students to keep up with the curriculum. Bridging the Gap is a peer to peer tutoring initiative which aims to help students who want to catch up to be able to do so and get ahead.

Classes in Maths, English, French and computer science will be put in place and tailored to the participants’ needs. This could be revising material, help with homework and exploring new topics in each subject area. 

These classes are for pupils in Year 10. To book a place, email: contact@bridgingthegap.charity.

Story time at Kensington Central Library - Wednesdays
  • 10am to 10.20am  
  • Kensington Central Library  

Come along to our story time, enjoy listening to favourite and new stories read aloud. 

There’s no need to book, just turn up.

Rhymes and me at Brompton Library – Thursdays

Join us every Thursday for rhymes and fun, this event is especially for the under 5s and their parents/carers.

There’s no need to book a place, just turn up.

Story and rhyme time at Chelsea Library – Thursdays
  • Thursdays, 10.30am to 11am
  • Chelsea Library

Join us every Thursday for a fun story and rhyme time session. These sessions are especially for the under 5s and their parents/ carers.

Only limited places available. You must book a ticket at the library enquiry desk on the ground floor. One ticket = a place for one adult and two children. Please bring your ticket with you on the day.

Baby rhyme time at Notting Hill Gate Library  - Fridays
  • 10am to 10.20am  
  • Notting Hill Gate Library  

Come along to our baby rhyme time.  Join in as we sing your favourites such as the Welcome Song, Wheels on the Bus, If You're Happy and You Know It and more. 

There’s no need to book, just turn up.

Baby rhyme time at Kensal Library - Fridays
  • 10am to 10.30am
  • Kensal Library

Baby rhyme time returns to Kensal Library. Join us every week for your favourite songs, rhymes and stories.

This session is especially for children under the age of five and their parents/ carers.

There’s no need to book a place, just turn up.

Story time at Chelsea Library – Fridays
  • Fridays, 10.30am to 11am
  • Chelsea Library

Join us every Friday for a fun story session. These sessions are especially for the under 5s and their parents/ carers.

Only limited places available. You must book a ticket at the library enquiry desk on the ground floor. One ticket = a place for one adult and two children. Please bring your ticket with you on the day.

Storyland at Brompton Library – every Saturday

Join us at the library every Saturday for stories, arts and crafts. There sessions are suitable for children aged 5 and over, although younger children are always welcome. 

There’s no need to book a place, just turn up.

Story and craft at North Kensington Library – fourth Saturday of the month
  • 2pm to 3pm
  • North Kensington Library

Come along to the library once a month to hear a story and create a fun craft based on the book.

This event is suitable for children of all ages. There’s no need to book a place, just turn up.

Special Events

Star quilt storytelling with author Margaret Bateson-Hill at North Kensington Library - Tuesday 10 May
  • 11am to 11.45am 
  • North Kensington Library

Join us at the library to hear a story of friendship and community overcoming adversity but it is a story of generosity and redemption.

'Shota and The Star Quilt' by Margaret Bateson-Hill, illustrated by Christine Fowler is a contemporary story inspired by the Lakota tradition of star quilts. When their apartment block is threatened with redevelopment, two young girls, Shota and Esther make a star quilt as a powerful celebration of their friendship, the homes and community they love. The remarkable quilt becomes central to their plan to resist the redevelopment.

Margaret Bateson-Hill, author and storyteller, has made quilts as gifts for her family to celebrate special moments and people. When she heard about the Grenfell Memorial Quilt she wanted to come and share this story. 

This event is open to all ages.

Book a place for Star quilt storytelling with author Margaret Bateson-Hill on Eventbrite.

Five Little Ducks story and craft at North Kensington Library - Saturday 21 May

•    Saturday 21 May, 10.30am to 11.30am
•    North Kensington Library

Join author, Margaret Bateson-Hill for this special story and craft session.

Come and join in the adventures of the Five Little Ducks and discover what they get up to on their day out. There will be singing and sharing stories about what you like to do, as well as making your own duck hat to go and have adventures of your own.

This event is for families and is more suitable for the under fives, but all are welcome.

Margaret Bateson-Hill is an author who has created several books based on traditional tales, as well as the Dragon Racer series. She also tells stories in schools, libraries and many museums including Kensington Palace, the V&A, the British Museum, the Foundling Museum, Apsley House, the Museum of the Order of St John and is one of the team of storytellers for the Horniman Museum.

Book a place for Five Little Ducks story and craft at North Kensington Library on Eventbrite.

Unanana and the Enormous One-tusked Elephant story and craft at North Kensington Library - Saturday 21 May
  • Saturday 21 May, 12 noon to 1pm
  • North Kensington Library

Join author, Margaret Bateson-Hill for this special story and craft session, based on the Zulu folktale: Unanana and the Enormous One-tusked Elephant.

Where would you like to live? Unanana chooses the Animal Road as the perfect place to build her house. She and her family are very happy there until one day an elephant comes up the road and is very unhappy at her choice. Come and help brave Unanana on her adventure to rescue her children. 

There will be songs, actions and even dancing. Afterwards make some paper people and create characters to make up a story of your own.

This event is for families and is suitable for children of all ages. 

Margaret Bateson-Hill is an author who has created several books based on traditional tales, as well as the Dragon Racer series. She also tells stories in schools, libraries and many museums including Kensington Palace, the V&A, the British Museum, the Foundling Museum, Apsley House, the Museum of the Order of St John and is one of the team of storytellers for the Horniman Museum.

Book a place for  Unanana and the enormous one-tusked elephant story and craft at North Kensington Library on Eventbrite.

Story telling tablecloths at North Kensington Library - Saturday 21 May
  • Saturday 21 May, 2.30pm to 3.30pm
  • North Kensington Library

Join author, Margaret Bateson-Hill for this special family craft session.

Come and draw and write your story on a paper table cloth. We’ll discover amazing characters, both heroes, heroines, villains and sidekicks. The setting – could be anywhere from your own home to outer space and of course plot- where something will go terribly wrong and our hero or heroine will need to save the day.

Margaret Bateson-Hill is an author who has created several books based on traditional tales, as well as the Dragon Racer series. She also tells stories in schools, libraries and many museums including Kensington Palace, the V&A, the British Museum, the Foundling Museum, Apsley House, the Museum of the Order of St John and is one of the team of storytellers for the Horniman Museum.

This event is for families and is suitable for children of all ages. 

Book a place for Story telling tablecloths on Eventbrite.

Chatterbooks reading group at Brompton Library and online – Saturday 21 May
  • 11am to 12.30pm
  • Brompton Library and online

Welcome back to our in-person Chatterbooks session! This month we will be reading ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’ by Lynne Reid Banks. We will also hear more about the history of Earl’s Court from our guest, Moya O’Hara, from Urbanwise.London.

In the late 19th Century, the Earls Court exhibition grounds staged spectacular events like Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, attracting huge audiences and showcasing the riding and shooting skills of cowboys and Native Americans. During the session we will also make tepees.

Chatterbooks is a monthly reading group for children aged seven to 12 years old which aims to encourage children to read for pleasure. There’s no need to book a place if you want to join us in-person – just turn up on the day. If you’d like to join us virtually, do book a place so we can send you the link to join us.  

Book your online place for Chatterbooks reading group on Eventbrite.

Special Jubilee story and craft session at North Kensington Library – Saturday 28 May
  • 10am to 11am 
  • North Kensington Library

Join us to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with this special story time – we’ll be reading ‘The Queen’s Knickers’ by Nicholas Allan. You can also decorate some paper knickers and make bunting to decorate the library.  

This session is suitable for children of all ages. And there’s no need to book, just come along.

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Last updated: 6 May 2022