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Summer Activities

The Summer Reading Challenge 2018

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. You can sign up at your local Idea Store, then read six books of your choice to complete the Challenge. There are exclusive rewards to collect along the way, and it’s FREE to take part!

The Summer Reading Challenge 2018 is called Mischief Makers. Take part in the Summer Reading Challenge and see if you can help the Mischief Makers find the box of tricks!

Summer Activities Programme

Mischief Makers Launch
Join us for the start of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge – Mischief Makers. Read books during the summer holidays to win prizes, medals, and certificates to be presented in your school. All you need is an Idea Store card!
Saturday 14 July, 9:00am - 5:00pm
All Idea Stores and libraries

Summer Reading Challenge Launch with Franco the Magician! [All ages]
Come and join up to the Summer Reading Challenge and be entertained at our free magic show!
Saturday 14 July, 2:15 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Custard pie a member of staff!
Every Saturday in the Summer Holidays, 11:00am
Idea Store Watney Market

Captain Underpants comic
Design your own Captain Underpants comic
Saturday 14 July, 2.30 - 4:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market

Mischievous Art [Ages 6 - 14]
Come along and create mischievous artwork! Hee hee…
Sunday 15 July, 2:15 - 3:45pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Bookmarks [All ages]
Come and make Mischief Markers for all the books you read.
Saturday 21 July, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Cubitt Town Library

Big Book Day
Come in for the biggest book day of the year. We have hundreds of new copies of all of your favourite books, including David Walliams, Horrid Henry, Wimpy Kid, Dork Diaries and many more!
Saturday 21 July, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Horrid Henry: Scary Spiders
Create your own scary spider and scare your mum & dad!
Saturday 21 July, 2:30 - 4:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market

Revolting Rhymes! [All ages]
Create your own rhymes – You may be as revolting as you like!
Saturday 21 July, 2:15 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Mischievous Art [Ages 6 - 14]
Come along and create mischievous artwork! Hee hee…
Sunday 22 July, 2:15 - 3:45pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Beano Face Painting [ages 5-11]
Want to look just like a Bash Street Kid? Then come on in and get your face painted!
Monday 23 July, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf

Mischief Makers Games & Activities
From crosswords and word searches to colouring and quizzes, we’ll be hosting a range of brain-teasing activities for Tower Hamlets’ most mischievous rascals over the summer. Are you up for the challenge?
Monday 23 July, 2:00 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Summer Reading Challenge Book Quiz
Do you know your Beano from your Horrid Henry? Your Gnasher from your Pieface? Put your knowledge of our children’s library to the test with our mind-menacing book quiz. Be there or be squared!
Tuesday 24 July, 2:30 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Horrid Henry: Fun Activities
With spot the difference, mazes and colouring in your favourite Horrid Henry characters
Tuesday 24 July, 2:30 - 4:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market

Mischief Makers Brilliant Book Swap
Calling all mischief makers and talkative tricksters! Share what brilliant books you have been reading for the Summer Reading Challenge. Give and receive special recommendations from staff and peers on what to read next.
Wednesday 25 July, 2:30 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Comic Characters [All ages]
Calling all Mischief Makers - make your own Mischief Makers name tag.
Thursday 26 July, 2:30 - 3.30pm
Cubitt Town Library

Create characters for decorating Lab for SRC
Calling all artists! Come along to help make the characters to decorate our Lab for SRC – Theme Mischief Makers.
Thursday 26 July, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Bow

Mischievous T-shirt Making [ages 5-11]
Design your own mischief-making T-shirt. How about a skull-and-crossbones like the Bash Street Kids… or red and black stripes like Dennis-the-Menace and Minnie-the-Minx? The numbers for this events will be limited to 15.
Thursday 26 July, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf

Crafty Crafts for Mischief Makers
Come and make some arts-and-crafty mischief with activities designed by Idea Store Chrisp Street’s Art Attack team. Enter the Summer Reading Challenge official mask-making competition, design your own comic strip, make a Beano jigsaw and much, much more! May contain glitter!
Thursday 26 July, 2:15 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Horrid Henry: Design your own Character
Design your own Horrid Henry character and tell us what horrible things they would do
Thursday 26 July, 2:30 - 4:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market

Cartoon Workshop [Ages 4-14]
Create your ultimate Beano character
Thursday 26 August, 2:15 - 3:45pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Mischief Makers Brilliant Book Swap
Calling all mischief makers and talkative tricksters! Share what brilliant books you have been reading for the Summer Reading Challenge. Give and receive special recommendations from staff and peers on what to read next.
Friday 27 July, 2:30 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Dork Diaries: Diary Covers
Create your own beautiful diary cover
Saturday 28 July, 2:30 - 4:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market

Guess the poo! [All ages]
An animal quiz with a twist. Can you figure out whose poo is whose!
Saturday 28 July, 2:15 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Mischievous Art [Ages 6 - 14]
Come along and create mischievous artwork! Hee hee…
Sunday 29 July, 2:15 - 3:45pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Dennis-the-Menace Wig [ages 5-11]
Come along to this event if you want hair just like Dennis-the-Menace!
Monday 30 July, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf

Mischief Makers Games & Activities
From crosswords and word searches to colouring and quizzes, we’ll be hosting a range of brain-teasing activities for Tower Hamlets’ most mischievous rascals over the summer. Are you up for the challenge?
Monday 30 July, 2:00 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Finger Puppets [All ages]
Create your own finger puppet characters and cool emoji’s
Monday 30 July, 2:15 - 3:45pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Create characters for decorating Lab for SRC
Calling all artists! Come along to help make the characters to decorate our Lab for SRC – Theme Mischief Makers
Tuesday 31 July, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Bow

Summer Reading Challenge Book Quiz
Do you know your Beano from your Horrid Henry? Your Gnasher from your Pieface? Put your knowledge of our children’s library to the test with our mind-menacing book quiz. Be there or be squared!
Tuesday 31 July, 2:30 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Dork Diaries: 3D Characters
Create your own 3D colouring art work Dork Diary characters
Tuesday 31 July, 2:30 - 4:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market

Mischief Makers Brilliant Book Swap
Calling all mischief makers and talkative tricksters! Share what brilliant books you have been reading for the Summer Reading Challenge. Give and receive special recommendations from staff and peers on what to read next.
Wednesday 1 August, 2:30 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Board Games [All ages]
Come and play Chess, cards, draughts and scrabble
Wednesday 1 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Summer Quiz
See how many questions you can get right – if you can find them first…
Thursday 2 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Bow

Mischief Maker’s Mask [ages 5-11]
Cut out, colour and decorate your own Beano character mask to take home.
Thursday 2 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf

Crafty Crafts for Mischief Makers
Come and make some arts-and-crafty mischief with activities designed by Idea Store Chrisp Street’s Art Attack team. Enter the Summer Reading Challenge official mask-making competition, design your own comic strip, make a Beano jigsaw and much, much more! May contain glitter!
Thursday 2 August, 2:15 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Dork Diaries: Comics
Make your own Dork Diaries comic strip!
Thursday 2 August, 2:30 - 4:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market

Mischief Makers Brilliant Book Swap
Calling all mischief makers and talkative tricksters! Share what brilliant books you have been reading for the Summer Reading Challenge. Give and receive special recommendations from staff and peers on what to read next.
Friday 3 August, 2:30 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Comics [Ages 5-11]
Create your very own Mischief Makers Comic and show your friends.
Saturday 4 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Cubitt Town Library

Dennis the Menace: Masks
Come and create your own Beano mask! Gnasher, Dennis the Menace or Bananaman 
Saturday 4 August, 2:30 - 4:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market

Treasure Hunt! [Ages 6+]
Get the ships ready! Fly the Flag! Become the ultimate mischief maker….to find the treasure Arrggghhh!!!
Saturday 4 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Mischievous Art [Ages 6 - 14]
Come along and create mischievous artwork! Hee hee…
Sunday 5 August, 2:15 - 3:45pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Mischievous T-shirt Making [ages 5-11]
Design your own mischief-making T-shirt. How about a skull-and-crossbones like the Bash Street Kids… or red and black stripes like Dennis-the-Menace and Minnie-the-Minx? The numbers for this events will be limited to 15.
Monday 6 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf

Mischief Makers Games & Activities
From crosswords and word searches to colouring and quizzes, we’ll be hosting a range of brain-teasing activities for Tower Hamlets’ most mischievous rascals over the summer. Are you up for the challenge?
Monday 6 August, 2:00 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Horrid Henry Quiz [All ages]
Are you a Horrid Henry expert? Do you know all the books and characters? Join us for a quiz and horrid mischief games.
Monday 6 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Mix up, Stick Down
Make some wild collages of animals, faces and more – the more you get wrong, the better!
Tuesday 7 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Bow

Summer Reading Challenge Book Quiz
Do you know your Beano from your Horrid Henry? Your Gnasher from your Pieface? Put your knowledge of our children’s library to the test with our mind-menacing book quiz. Be there or be squared!
Tuesday 7 August, 2:30 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Denis the Menace: Bookmarks
Make your own mischievous Beano bookmarks
Tuesday 7 August, 2:30 - 4:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market

Mischief Makers Brilliant Book Swap
Calling all mischief makers and talkative tricksters! Share what brilliant books you have been reading for the Summer Reading Challenge. Give and receive special recommendations from staff and peers on what to read next.
Wednesday 8 August, 2:30 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Author event with Inshara Russel [All ages]
Bilingual author Inshara Russel will read from her new book “Tiny Jumps In” about a girl who jumps into a lake and goes on a magical journey with sea creatures
Wednesday 8 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Puzzles galore! [Ages 5-11]
Have a go at Mischief Makers wordsearches, quizzes and puzzles.
Thursday 9 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Cubitt Town Library

Word Stew
Make a wordy, messy work of art!
Thursday 9 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Bow

Mischief Maker’s Model [ages 5-11]
Use recycled materials to build you own mischief-maker model, a towering Bananaman, Billy Whizz, Pieface or Plug!
Thursday 9 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf

Crafty Crafts for Mischief Makers
Come and make some arts-and-crafty mischief with activities designed by Idea Store Chrisp Street’s Art Attack team. Enter the Summer Reading Challenge official mask-making competition, design your own comic strip, make a Beano jigsaw and much, much more! May contain glitter!
Thursday 9 August, 2:15 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Dennis the Menace: Puzzles!
Beano crossword, word search and Beano puzzles!
Thursday 9 August, 2:30 - 4:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market

Mischief Makers Brilliant Book Swap
Calling all mischief makers and talkative tricksters! Share what brilliant books you have been reading for the Summer Reading Challenge. Give and receive special recommendations from staff and peers on what to read next.
Friday 10 August, 2:30 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Daisy Meadows: Fairy Wings
Make your own magical fairy wings
Saturday 11 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Watney Market

Badge Making [All ages]
Create your own mischief makers badge
Saturday 11 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Mischievous Art [Ages 6 - 14]
Come along and create mischievous artwork! Hee hee…
Sunday 12 August, 2:15 - 3:45pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Giant 3D Gnasher Head 1 [ages 5-11]
Make a scary, smashing, bashing, gnashing, giant 3D Gnasher head! Gnash! Gnash!
Monday 13 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf

Mischief Makers Games & Activities
From crosswords and word searches to colouring and quizzes, we’ll be hosting a range of brain-teasing activities for Tower Hamlets’ most mischievous rascals over the summer. Are you up for the challenge?
Monday 13 August, 2:00 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Yucky Mucky Play…Doh! [All ages]
Make your own play dough from scratch!
Monday 13 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Moving Pictures
Make some animations - drawings that you can make move and come to life!
Tuesday 14 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Bow

Summer Reading Challenge Book Quiz
Do you know your Beano from your Horrid Henry? Your Gnasher from your Pieface? Put your knowledge of our children’s library to the test with our mind-menacing book quiz. Be there or be squared!
Tuesday 14 August, 2:30 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Daisy Meadows: 3D Fairies
Create your own 3D fairy and colour it in
Tuesday 14 August, 2:30 - 4:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market

Mischief Makers Brilliant Book Swap
Calling all mischief makers and talkative tricksters! Share what brilliant books you have been reading for the Summer Reading Challenge. Give and receive special recommendations from staff and peers on what to read next.
Wednesday 15 August, 2:30 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Mischievous Jokes [All ages]
Create your own jokes…but will you make us laugh?
Wednesday 15 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Comic book 3D canvas
Create your own Comic book artwork!
Thursday 16 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Bow

Giant 3D Gnasher Head 2 [ages 5-11]
Make a scary, smashing, bashing, gnashing, giant 3D Gnasher head! Gnash! Gnash!
Thursday 16 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf

Crafty Crafts for Mischief Makers
Come and make some arts-and-crafty mischief with activities designed by Idea Store Chrisp Street’s Art Attack team. Enter the Summer Reading Challenge official mask-making competition, design your own comic strip, make a Beano jigsaw and much, much more! May contain glitter!
Thursday 16 August, 2:15 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Daisy Meadows: Fairy Wands
Make your own fairy wand to go with those wings
Thursday 16 August, 2:30 - 4:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market

Mischief Makers Brilliant Book Swap
Calling all mischief makers and talkative tricksters! Share what brilliant books you have been reading for the Summer Reading Challenge. Give and receive special recommendations from staff and peers on what to read next.
Friday 17 August, 2:30 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Collage Cartoon Characters [All ages]
Come and create a collage for the library.
Saturday 18 August, 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Cubitt Town Library

Harry Potter: Create your own Character
Create your own Potter character and then create your own Harry Potter story
Saturday 18 August, 2:30 - 4:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market

Face Painting and Crafts [All ages]
If you’ve read 4 books for the Summer Reading Challenge you can have your face painted!
Saturday 18 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Mischievous Art [Ages 6 - 14]
Come along and create mischievous artwork! Hee hee…
Sunday 19 August, 2:15 - 3:45pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Bash Street Kids Comic Strip [ages 5-11]
Create your own Beano comic strip.
Monday 20 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf

Mischief Makers Games & Activities
From crosswords and word searches to colouring and quizzes, we’ll be hosting a range of brain-teasing activities for Tower Hamlets’ most mischievous rascals over the summer. Are you up for the challenge?
Monday 20 August, 2:00 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Eid Cards [Ages 4-14]
Say “Eid Mubarak” with your very own Eid card
Monday 20 August, 2:15 - 3:45pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Splat Attack
Make some mischief and make some art as we paint pictures…but in a different way!
Tuesday 21 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Bow

Summer Reading Challenge Book Quiz
Do you know your Beano from your Horrid Henry? Your Gnasher from your Pieface? Put your knowledge of our children’s library to the test with our mind-menacing book quiz. Be there or be squared!
Tuesday 21 August, 2:30 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Harry Potter: Witches Hats
Make your own witches hat and wand and cast a spell!
Tuesday 21 August, 2:30 - 4:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market

Mischief Makers Brilliant Book Swap
Calling all mischief makers and talkative tricksters! Share what brilliant books you have been reading for the Summer Reading Challenge. Give and receive special recommendations from staff and peers on what to read next.
Wednesday 22 August, 2:30 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Board Games [Ages 4-14]
Come and play chess, cards, draughts and scrabble
Wednesday 22 August, 2:15 - 3:45pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Mischievous Colouring [All ages]
Mischief Makers colouring session
Thursday 23 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Cubitt Town Library

Message in a Bottle
Make your own old treasure map or message in a bottle
Thursday 23 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Bow

Mischief Maker Finger Puppets [ages 5-11]
Bring Beano to life by creating a puppet of your favourite character. Will it be Minnie-the-Minx, Rodger-the-Dodger or Dennis-the-Menace?
Thursday 23 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf

Crafty Crafts for Mischief Makers
Come and make some arts-and-crafty mischief with activities designed by Idea Store Chrisp Street’s Art Attack team. Enter the Summer Reading Challenge official mask-making competition, design your own comic strip, make a Beano jigsaw and much, much more! May contain glitter!
Thursday 23 August, 2:15 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Harry Potter: Spell Books
Make your own wizard book of spells & Harry Potter chatterbox
Thursday 23 August, 2:30 - 4:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market

Mischief Makers Brilliant Book Swap
Calling all mischief makers and talkative tricksters! Share what brilliant books you have been reading for the Summer Reading Challenge. Give and receive special recommendations from staff and peers on what to read next.
Friday 24 August, 2:30 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Captain Underpants: Comics
Design your own Captain Underpants comic
Saturday 25 August, 2:30 - 4:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market

Franco the Magician! [All Ages]
Well done! You’ve completed the Summer Reading Challenge now come and join our special guest to celebrate!
Saturday 25 August, 2:15 - 3:45pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Mischievous Art [Ages 6 - 14]
Come along and create mischievous artwork! Hee hee…
Sunday 26 August, 2:15 - 3:45pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Mischief Makers Games & Activities
From crosswords and word searches to colouring and quizzes, we’ll be hosting a range of brain-teasing activities for Tower Hamlets’ most mischievous rascals over the summer. Are you up for the challenge?
Monday 27 August, 2:00 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Word Pictures
A picture tells a thousand words…and today you can use the words you write, or just find to make some collages.
Tuesday 28 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Bow

Summer Reading Challenge Book Quiz
Do you know your Beano from your Horrid Henry? Your Gnasher from your Pieface? Put your knowledge of our children’s library to the test with our mind-menacing book quiz. Be there or be squared!
Tuesday 28 August, 2:30 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Captain Underpants: Bookmarks
Create your Captain Underpants bookmark
Tuesday 28 August, 2:30 - 4:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market

Mischief Makers Brilliant Book Swap
Calling all mischief makers and talkative tricksters! Share what brilliant books you have been reading for the Summer Reading Challenge. Give and receive special recommendations from staff and peers on what to read next.
Wednesday 29 August, 2:30 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Comic Books [Ages 4 - 14]
Come along to our final event of the summer and create your own mischievous comic!
Wednesday 29 August, 2:15 - 3:45pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Mischief Makers read aloud. [All ages]
Come and read your favourite stories
Thursday 30 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Cubitt Town Library

Toilet Roll Super Heroes
Create a tubular version of your favourite superhero
Thursday 30 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Bow

Mischief Maker’s Mask [ages 5-11]
Cut out, colour and decorate your own Beano character mask to take home.
Thursday 30 August, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf

Crafty Crafts for Mischief Makers
Come and make some arts-and-crafty mischief with activities designed by Idea Store Chrisp Street’s Art Attack team. Enter the Summer Reading Challenge official mask-making competition, design your own comic strip, make a Beano jigsaw and much, much more! May contain glitter!
Thursday 30 August, 2:15 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Captain Underpants: Make your own Underpants!
Design your own underpants and parade around the Idea Store with them on your head!
Thursday 30 August, 2:30 - 4:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market

Mischief Makers Brilliant Book Swap
Calling all mischief makers and talkative tricksters! Share what brilliant books you have been reading for the Summer Reading Challenge. Give and receive special recommendations from staff and peers on what to read next.
Friday 31 August, 2:30 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Mischief Makers: Witches Hats and Scary Spiders!
Make your own witches hat and scary spider
Saturday 1 September, 2:30 - 4:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market

Mischief Makers: Last Chance!
It’s your last chance to receive your Mischief Makers medal. Grab those last 2 books and join the mischief makers!!
Saturday 8 September, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market