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Children & Families


spine festival 2021

Spine festival is an annual festival across London for young people and families to get them to engage with the written and spoken word through a variety of creative art projects run by specially commissioned artists.


online activities for kids

Activities and events for children have moved online! – Just send us an email at the address below the activity and we’ll get back to you with a Zoom code and details of how to join.
All our activities are FREE and are for ages 5-11 years - children must be accompanied by an adult at the start of the event.

get creative

Mondays, 4 - 5pm
Are you a creative genius? Join our friendly club to show us what you've been enjoying this week, show us your artwork or latest Lego model. Get Creative Club is a great way to kick off the week and find out how creative you can be!

Join in: email


book buzz

Tuesdays, 4 - 5pm
Book fans check in here! Discuss a book, story or poem. Tell us your favourite characters and what they mean to you. Book buzz club is a brilliant space to explore books

Join in: email


lets get quizzical

Wednesdays, 4 - 5pm
Bust your brains and see if you can answer our weekly quiz on a whole range of topics. You will learn loads and impress us with what you already know. Test your friends and meet new ones in this friendly group where we think facts should be fun so relax its not going to be testing

Join in: email


book chat for families

Thursdays, 4 - 5pm

Time for the family to sit together and explore books. Bring your favourites along or check out what we have new at Idea Store. If you want to share a story or poem or even a joke this is the club for you. Adults welcome.

Join in: email


scavenger hunt

Fridays, 4 - 5pm
End the week with a treasure hunt. Compete with you mates or meet new ones in our virtual scavenger hunt. Solve the clues and find the answers in a fun race round your home just for fun.

Join in: email


jumpers for goal posts

Saturdays, 12 - 1pm
Are you football crazy? This club is for you! Discuss how you team is performing. Talk about your favourite players and make predictions about what the results will be that week. Friendly chat about who is the best is welcome.

Join in: email


art club

Missing our Art Clubs? - Each week a new art challenge will appear for you to follow and decorate your house with. Ingeniously inventive!

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.

idea store story time
Idea Store staff broadcast a new Storytime every day of the week except Sundays. Subscribe to the Idea Store YouTube channel to listen to a favourite book or nursery rhyme. Join in make some noise and have some fun!

You can also see them here on our website


ebooks and audiobooks

audio books and ebooks

With Idea Store membership you can download eBooks and audiobooks directly to your smartphone or tablet.

overdrive kids

OverDrive Kids is a special collection of eBooks and audiobooks just for children, hosted by Overdrive. Download the Overdrive app to explore!

download overdrive on the app store  download overdrive on google play store


Download the Borrowbox app to find more children’s audiobooks

download borrowbox on app store  download borrowbox on google play store

Need help? eBook and audiobook FAQs and help



britannica junior

Britannica Library junior is designed especially for children aged 6-14