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Children and Families

We miss seeing you at our Idea Stores and Libraries so we've put together some fun activties for all the family to share!


Idea Store staff will continue to provide a Storytime every day of the week except Sundays

Watch Idea Store staff sharing a favourite book or singing some of our favourite nursery rhymes from their home. Join in make some noise and have some fun!

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Watch our brilliant Art Club videos with load of things to make at home! View all of the artwork you've sent us in our Art Club gallery.


We've chosen our favourite online activities which are sure to keep the whole family entertained!

Half Term Quiz
Saturday 30 May, 2:00 - 3:00pm
Do you love a quiz? Then you’ll love the Idea Store Children’s half term quiz! Filled with lots of questions testing your knowledge on Animals, History, Geography, your favourite books and much more.
If you think you have what it takes to win then join us on Zoom by emailing Manisha.Ghosh@towerhamlets.gov.uk by 11am on the day and we will reply back with a zoom code and details of how to join.

A Tigers Tale 
A high spirited tale of circus acts, puppetry, music & song.
Available to stream until 24 May
Anansi the spider Re-spun
The Guardian & Unicorn Theatre bring you 3 tales about the mischievous webspinner Anansi the spider. On the Guardian website and Unicorn YouTube channel from Saturday 30 May at 11am

The Midnight Gang
Chichester Festival Theatre’s funny and touching version of David Walliams’ best seller. Available until 29 May

Shipwreck: An online musical for kids!
Poplar Union and the East London Children’s Choir have launched a new online programme to get you singing over lockdown!

Your favourite children’s authors have some totally brilliant websites with lots of fun things to do! Here are some of our favourites:

Malorie Blackman
Award winning writer for Children and Young People whose best-seller “Noughts and Crosses” was a recent TV adaptation

Roald Dahl
Visit the best-selling children’s author page for some wonker-tastic entertainment!

Julia Donaldson
Lots and lots to play and explore in the wonderful world of the Gruffalo.

Jeff Kinney
The hilarious Wimpy Kid world comes to life across these websites – so much to do while we wait for the next book in the series!
Michael Rosen
The brilliant Youtube channel with poems and stories for children of all ages.

J.K. Rowling
Delight in the magical world of wizardry and find all out you ever wanted to know about Harry Potter. She has also just published a new story online called “The Ickabog” for children to enjoy during lockdown.

Francesca Simon
Loads of great activities to download will keep you entertained for hours!
David Walliams
There’s loads to do and download from the wacky world of Walliams!
Jacqueline Wilson
This is the place to be for all things Jacqueline Wilson!