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Summer Reading Challenge events programme

Join us at the library for a summer of intergalactic fun!

Space Chase
Space Chase events

Highlights include...

  • Launch day fun on Saturday 13 July – many libraries will be having special events and activities to kick off the challenge in style. 
  • Meet children’s author Rebecca Patterson and learn some illustration skills
  • Interactive drama workshop from Freshwater Theatre Company
  • Create a mystery story with award winning author Penny Joelson
  • Race a space buggy and learn to code a robot
  • Get creative at our cosmic craft activities

Refer to the table below for our full Summer Reading Challenge events programme. You can also pick up a Space Chase leaflet from your local library or download it (PDF 0.3MB).

For events suitable for under fives, download the early years summer programme (PDF 0.3MB). 

Summer events programme

Date Library Activity Age suitability Time Cost Booking & information
Saturday 13 July - 14 September Mill Hill

Badge Making 

Design your own Space Chase badge at any time throughout the summer.

All the family* During library opening hours £1.00 per badge

No booking required. Ask in the library during opening times. *Parental supervision required for under 8s.

Saturday 13 July Chipping Barnet

Space Chase Sign up Saturday! Sign up and grab a selfie with Buzz Lightyear and Princess Leia

4 - 11 2 - 4pm Free No booking required - just sign up to Space Chase!
Saturday 13 July Osidge Alien Invasion! A fun mask-making craft event for launch day 4+ 2.30 - 3.30pm Free No booking required
Saturday 20 July Mill Hill

Mobile planetarium show
Experience the solar system up close and in stunning HD

4+ 10.30am - 1.30pm (multiple shows)  £9.00 Email host@nw7hub.org.uk for show times and booking information
Saturday 20 July Finchley Church End Space Chase Sign up Saturday! Sign up and grab a selfie with Buzz Lightyear and Princess Leia 4+ 2 - 4pm Free No booking required - just sign up to Space Chase!
Wednesday 24 July Osidge

Robots in Space
Race a space buggy and learn how to code a robot

7+ 10am - 12.30pm £3.00 No booking required. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 
Thursday 25 July North Finchley

Solar System creation station
Make your own model of the planets using marbling techniques

6+ 10.30am - 12 noon £5.50 Booking advised. Email libraryevents@barnet.gov.uk to reserve a place. 
Friday 26 July East Barnet

Solar system art fun

Craft activity

4+ 10.30am - 12 noon Free Booking essential. Ask in the library or
email nick@inclusionbarnet.org.uk
Friday 26 July Hendon Be an explorer for a day  6+ 2.30 - 3.30pm Free No booking required
Friday 26 July Chipping Barnet Meet the author: Rebecca Patterson 

Meet children's author and illustrator Rebecca Patterson and find out about her brilliant new book 'A Moon Girl Stole My Friend'.

6+ 2.30 - 4pm Free Booking online at Eventbrite
Saturday 27 July Colindale Zoom to the Moon
Help build & decorate a big rocket
6+ 2.30 - 4pm Free Booking essential. Email colindale.library@barnet.gov.uk or ask in the library during staffed hours.
Saturday 27 July South Friern Solar System art fun 4+ 3 - 4.30pm Free Booking essential. Ask in the library or email nick@inclusionbarnet.org.uk
Tuesday 30 July Chipping Barnet Drawing the figure in Space 8+ 2 - 4pm £3.50 Email libraryevents@barnet.gov.uk for booking details
Tuesday 30 July Golders Green Intergalactic art fun 4+ 2.30 - 3.30pm Free Booking essential. Email goldersgreen.library@barnet.gov.uk or ask in the library during staffed hours.
Thursday 1 August Colindale Decorate your own rocket coin bank
A ceramic painting activity
6+ 10.30-12 noon £5.50 Booking advised. Email libraryevents@
barnet.gov.uk to reserve a place.
Thursday 1 August Finchley Church End Creative writing workshop with author Penny Joelson
A mystery writing masterclass
8+ 10.30-12 noon £3.50 Booking advised. Email libraryevents@barnet.gov.uk to reserve a place.
Saturday 3 August Chipping Barnet Intergalactic Stories
Interactive story telling set in a galaxy far, far away…
4+ 2.30 - 3.30pm Free No booking required
Monday 5 August Chipping Barnet

Whatever Next!
Craft and play event

Under fives 10.30 - 11.30am £5.50 No booking required
Tuesday 6 August Finchley Church End Whatever Next!
Craft and play event
Under fives 10.30 - 11.30am £5.50 No booking required
Tuesday 6 August Edgware Space Chase ‘crafternoon’
Junk modelling spacecrafts, rockets and aliens
5+ 2.30 - 4pm Free Booking essential. Email edgware.library@barnet.gov.uk or ask in the library during staffed hours.
Tuesday 6 August Chipping Barnet Alien Invasion!
A mask making activity
4+ 10.30 - 11.30am Free No booking required
Wednesday 7 August Hendon Space Stories read by: Adanni Oji 5+ 4 - 5pm Free Booking essential. Email hendon.library@barnet.gov.uk or
ask in the library during staffed hours.
Wednesday 7 August Chipping Barnet Planet Art
An intergalactic painting workshop
5+ 10 - 11.30am £3.50 Booking essential. Email libraryevents@
barnet.gov.uk to reserve a place.
Wednesday 7 August Childs Hill Space Chase art and craft fun 4+ 11am - 1pm Free No booking required
Wednesday 7 August Mill Hill Make your own rocket 4+ 11am - 12noon £3.00 Booking advised. Ask in the library or
email host@nw7hub.org.uk.
Thursday 8 August North Finchley Space-craft
Craft event
3 - 7 10.30 - 12 noon £5.50 No booking required
Monday 12 August Finchley Church End Design your own space-themed
t-shirt or tote bag
5+ 10.30 - 12 noon £5.50 Booking advised. Email libraryevents@barnet.gov.uk to reserve a place
Tuesday 13 August Chipping Barnet Space-craft
Craft event
3 - 7 10 - 11.30am £5.50 No booking required
Wednesday 14 August Colindale Whatever Next!
Craft and play event
Under fives 10.30 - 11.30am £5.50 No booking required
Wednesday 14 August Burnt Oak Get craft-y in Space!
A fun morning of junk modelling spacecrafts, rockets and aliens
5+ 10 - 11.30am Free Booking essential. Email burnt.oak.library@barnet.gov.uk
ask in the library during staffed hours.
Wednesday 14 August Chipping Barnet library My teeny tiny planet
Learn some interesting facts about the universe and create and decorate your own Playdough planet.
5+ 3 - 4pm £3.50 Booking essential. Email chippingbarnet.library@barnet.gov.uk or ask in the library during staffed hours.
Thursday 15 August Colindale Big Goldilocks and the Three Bears
A Booster Cushion theatre show
3 - 5 10.30 - 11.30am £3.50 No booking required
Thursday 15 August Colindale Big Goldilocks and the Three Bears
A Booster Cushion theatre show
6+ 2 - 3pm £3.50 No booking required
Thursday 15 August Mill Hill Space Chase art & craft fun 4+ 3 - 4pm £3.00 Booking advised. Ask in the library or
email host@nw7hub.org.uk
Friday 16 August Hendon Space Chase frieze 4+ 3 - 4pm Free No booking required
Friday 16 August North Finchley Robots in Space
Race a space buggy and learn how to code a robot
7+ 2.30 - 4pm £3 No booking required
Saturday 17 August Chipping Barnet The marble galaxy
Create pretty planets and marvellous moons with marbling
6+ 10.30 - 11.30am Free No booking required
Tuesday 20 August Colindale Space Chase quiz + Make an astronaut’s helmet 6 - 11 2.30 - 4pm Free Booking essential. Email colindale.library@barnet.gov.uk or
ask in the library during staffed hours.
Wednesday 21 August East Finchley Make your own space rocket 4+ 3 - 4pm Free No booking required
Thursday 22 August Golders Green Fizzy planets and galaxy slime! 5+ 4 - 6pm £2.00 Booking essential. Email goldersgreen.library@barnet.gov.uk or ask in the library during staffed hours.
Friday 23 August North Finchley Space Chase fun 3+ 2.30 - 3.30pm Free Booking advised. Email north.finchley.library@barnet.gov.uk or ask in the library during staffed hours.
Saturday 24 August Finchley Church End Space Chase arty fun 4+ 10 - 11am Free No booking required
Tuesday 27 August Edgware Freshwater Theatre workshop
Space-themed interactive drama workshop
5+ 2.30 - 3.30pm £3.50 Email libraryevents@barnet.gov.uk to
reserve a place
Tuesday 27 August Osidge Space Chase frieze 4+ 2.30 - 3.30pm Free No booking required
Friday 30 August Finchley Church End Space songs & alien mask making 4+ 10 - 11am Free No booking required
Friday 30 August Golders Green Toddlers in Space
A singing and mask-making activity
Toddlers & pre-schoolers 10.30 - 11.30am Free No booking required but spaces are
limited
Saturday 7 September Chipping Barnet

Galaxy Rock Magnets: Transform ordinary rocks and make them into glistening galaxy rock magnets!

5+ 10.30 - 11.30am £3.00 Booking is essential. Email chippingbarnet.library@barnet.gov.uk or ask in the library during staffed hours to book a place.

 

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