Published: Tuesday, 2nd August 2022

Libraries and community hubs are putting on a series of free, fun events for children of all ages this summer.

From arts and crafts to science activities, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Children aged four to ten years-old are invited to Tunnels and Bridges at Walderslade Hook Meadow Library to have a try at building models inspired by the career of Gillingham engineer, Verena Holmes, who is part of the Circle of Six programme. A similar event, Fun Science Circle Of Six, will take place at Chatham, Gillingham, Rochester, Twydall, Wigmore and Walderslade Hook Meadow Libraries, encouraging children to get creative and build their own balloon powered car.

Wigmore Library and Rochester Community Hub will also present Mad Scientist, where children aged three to eight are welcome to get inspired by gadgeteers with arts and crafts. Craft sessions with a scientific twist will also be available at Hempstead Library and Walderslade Village Library with Fizz, Band or Whizz, for four to ten-year-olds, and Let’s Get Whizzy at Chatham Community Hub.

Storytelling and craft sessions will take place at various libraries across Medway throughout the summer. Children can get involved in interactive stories before getting creative. Summer Breeze will be available for three to eight-year-olds at Lordswood Library and We Like To Move It for four to ten year-olds will be available at Grain, Hoo and Wigmore Libraries.

There’s even the Summer Reading Challenge for residents of all ages to enter and be in with the chance of winning family days out, books and special gifts. The free challenge, taking place until Saturday, 10 September, encourages families and children to visit Medway’s libraries and read six books.

School holiday activity sessions at Medway’s libraries and community hubs get booked up quickly, so don’t miss out and book your place today.

Children and young people are also invited to step back in time this summer by taking part in the Medway Heritage Summer Trails, grab a stamp booklet from Rochester Castle, The Guildhall Museum, Eastgate House, Upnor Castle or Temple Manor and collect a badge from each trail you complete. If you complete all the trails, you can unlock an extra-special sea plane badge, and you will be entered into a prize draw with a chance to win a bundle of family tickets for loads of attractions across Medway.

Fantastic places for friends and families to come together

Cllr Howard Doe, Deputy Leader of Medway Council and Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “Medway has a lot to offer children and families over the school holidays and our libraries and community hubs are fantastic places for friends and families to come together. I look forward to seeing the free events take place, especially An Archaeology Adventure, which sounds like great fun. I would also encourage residents to take part in the free challenges this year, the Summer Reading Challenge and summer heritage trail are great opportunities to learn and explore the best of what Medway has to offer.”

The variety of activities on offer support the council’s aspiration to become a child-friendly city, putting children and young people at the heart of everything it does.

Find out more about the activities and find your local library

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