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Winter Reading Challenge

Saturday 30 November - Saturday 21 December

Read any 4 books in December and receive a wonderful Winter Reading Challenge certificate from Santa himself! Visit your local Idea Store to sign up!
Idea Stores and libraries 


Children's Christmas Activities

Winter Wonderland in Chrisp Street Market [All Ages]
Friday 29 November
As part of the holiday celebrations in Chrisp Street Market, Idea Store Chrisp Street will be hosting a very special Winter Story Time! All parents and children are welcome!
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Winter Reading Challenge Launch [Ages 5 - 15]
Saturday 30 November, 2:00 – 3:00pm
Join us for the launch of the wonderful Winter Reading Challenge! Read winter stories, make Christmas cards or snowy collages. Fun for all the Family!
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Decorate the Children's Library [Ages 5 - 15]
Saturday 30 November, 2:00 - 4:00pm
Come and help us create and decorate our fabulous Frozen Christmas children’s library!
Idea Store Watney Market

Face Painting [Ages 5 - 15]
Saturday 30 November, 11:15am-12:00pm
Launch Day! Sign up for this year’s Winter Reading Challenge.
Idea Store Whitechapel

Elf Toy Workshop [Ages 5 - 15]
Saturday 30 November, 2:30-3:30pm
Help Santa and his Elf  design the best toys of the year! Staff dress as Santa and Elf, we choose 3 winners.
Idea Store Whitechapel

Boy’s Book Group [Ages 5 - 15]
Mondays in December, 4:00 – 5:00pm
Christmas Specials. ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas…’ It’s the jolliest time of the year where kids get up early and rummage under the green tree for presents and chocolates. Whether you’ve been good or bad, join us in the holiday spirit to read stories and make some fantastic cards!  
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Girl’s Book Group [Ages 5 - 15]
Tuesdays in December, 4:00 – 5:00pm
Christmas Specials. ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas…’ It’s the jolliest time of the year where kids get up early and rummage under the green tree for presents and chocolates. Whether you’ve been good or bad, join us in the holiday spirit to read stories and make some fantastic cards!
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Family Reading Time [Ages 5 - 15]
Saturdays in December, 2:00 – 3:00pm
Join us in having a pick from our great book selection about all things winter and Christmas as we talk about what everyone has been reading. Fun for all the family!
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Art Club [Ages 5 - 15]
Sundays in December, 2:15 – 3:00pm
As we come to December the snow will start to fall but due to global warming it will melt VERY QUICKLY. Elsa and Anna and Olaf and Kristoff and Sven will need your help to craft their way through the unpredictable temperatures! …Do you wanna build a (paper) snowman? Come to art club to pitch in!
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Frozen Christmas Bookmarks [Ages 5 - 15]
Saturday 7 December, 2:00 - 4:00pm
Design and make your own Frozen Christmas bookmarks
Idea Store Watney Market

Sparkly Winter Decorations [Ages 5 - 15]
Sunday 1 December, 2:15-3:30pm
Design your own baubles and decorate the Christmas tree.
Idea Store Whitechapel

Art Club [Ages 5 - 15]
Sunday 8 December, 2:15 - 3:15pm
What shape is your imagination?
In this session of Art Club, visiting artist Angie Stocker will show you how to use simple materials and methods to make a cast of crazy creatures.
Idea Store Canary Wharf

Crazy Calendar Craft [Ages 5 - 15]
Saturday 7 December, 2:30-3:30pm
Design your 2020 calendar with your favourite characters. The best one wins a prize!
Idea Store Whitechapel

Paper Reindeers [Ages 5 - 15]
Sunday 8 December, 2:15-3:30pm
The reindeers have escaped! Help Santa by designing your very own reindeer.
Idea Store Whitechapel

Frozen Christmas Cards [Ages 5 - 15]
Saturday 14 December, 2:00 - 4:00pm
Design and create your own fun Frozen Christmas cards to give to your friends and family
Idea Store Watney Market

Frost Fair (Run by Museum of London Docklands) [Ages 5 - 15]
Saturday 14 December, 2:30-3:30pm
Join the Museum of London craft workshop to make your own ‘Frost Fair’ scene, use magnets to help your ice skaters magically glides across the ice. Frost Fairs took place many years ago, when the river Thames would freeze over and huge celebrations were held on the ice.
Idea Store Whitechapel

Art Club [Ages 5 - 15]
Sunday 15 December & Sunday 22 December, 2:15-3:15pm
Join us in making a giant festive mural for Christmas.
Idea Store Canary Wharf

Snowman Dress Up [Ages 5 - 15]
Sunday 15 December, 2:15-3:30pm
It's getting chilly! Wrap up your snowman by making winter hats and gloves.
Idea Store Whitechapel

Special Yuletide Storytime [Under 5s]
Monday 16 December, 10:30-11:15am
Your favourite Christmas nursery rhymes and stories with Santa.
Idea Store Whitechapel

Christmas Singalong Storytime [Under 5s]
Thursday 19 December, 10:30-11:15am
Singlalong nursery rhymes with Rita.
Idea Store Whitechapel

Singalong with Santa [Under 5s]
Friday 20 December, 10:30 - 11:15am
Singalong with Santa – all your favourite Christmas songs and story time classics
Idea Store Watney Market

Winter Reading Challenge: Meet Santa! [Ages 5 - 15]
Saturday 21 December, 2:00 - 4:00pm
Collect your Winter Reading challenge certificate from Santa!
Idea Store Watney Market

Make a Silly Santa Mask [Ages 5 - 15]
Saturday 21 December, 2:00-3:00pm
Make a wacky Santa mask Ho! Ho! Ho!
Idea Store Whitechapel

Visit Santa [All Ages]
Saturday 21 December, 3:00-4:30pm
Santa would like to give your certificates to all those who have read 4 books for the Winter Reading Challenge!
Idea Store Whitechapel

Make your own Winter Creature [Ages 5 - 15]
Sunday 22 December, 2:15-3:30pm
Make your very own Snowman, Penguin, Polar Bear, and many more winter creatures.
Idea Store Whitechapel

Christmas Cards [Ages 5 - 15]
Monday 23 December, 2:15-3:30pm
Eeeekk… Forgot to send your Christmas cards? Come along and create your own special cards.
Idea Store Whitechapel

Winter Storytelling [Ages 5 - 15]
Saturday 28 December, 2:30-3:30pm
Telling classic Christmas stories and writing our own new ones!
Idea Store Whitechapel

Art Club: Make your own Snowflakes [Ages 5 - 15]
Sunday 29 December, 2:15-3:30pm
Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow….
Idea Store Whitechapel