Free Time

Half-term treats – and one or two tricks!

Whether it’s spookiness, stories or sporty fun, half term has something for everyone

Central Library Sat 29 Oct, various times
Visit the magical story tent and find out who stole the darkness, or why the sun and the moon are high and dry in the sky. Marion’s tent, full of twinkly lights and colours, is the setting for a storytelling adventure for the youngest children where they can join in and be part of the fun, as we explore the magic of the dark in a safe place, through creation stories from around the world that feature darkness and light. You will never have heard stories told like this – give your children an unforgettable experience. The tent is probably one of the smallest theatres in the world! It only takes 15 people at a time, including adults, so young children have a real chance to join in with the story, to talk and play. The show lasts 30 minutes, and there is a workshop session after the show for children to explore the resources and make their own dark story. Marion Leeper has been telling stories ever since she can remember. Her sparkly, multi-sensory storytelling enchants the youngest children, people with special needs, and adults too. She works in and around East Anglia, in schools, museums – even, once, a nuclear bunker – and appears at festivals (Womad, Cambridge Folk Festival). She runs Cambridge Storytellers’ storytelling club, writes about using stories in education and has just published her first book, Developing Early Maths through Story.
● Suitable for ages 2-7, accompanied by an adult ● £2 per child, book in advance at any library ● Sessions will last around 50 minutes and include a workshop afterwards. They will be happening at the following times. Please choose your slot when booking: 10am, 11am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm (£1.50 – no workshop at this session) |

Curse of the Egyptian Mummy
Peterborough Museum October Half Term: Mon 23-Fri 28 October 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm) A mysterious, Ancient Egyptian object has come to Peterborough Museum and someone’s ghastly ghost is not very happy! Will you be the one to brave the creepy corridors, decode hard-to-read hieroglyphics and use all the clues you can find to break the chaotic curse – or will the spooky spirit have you running for your Mummy?
● Suitable for ages 7 + ● Tickets: £3 children, £4 adults, £12 families ● No need to book, just drop in! |

Spooky Stories and Scary Crafts
Themed library story times for ages 5 and under, followed by a craft. Enjoy the wonderful humour of the much loved ‘Funnybones’ stories – these skeletons are friendly not scary! What can that be in ‘The Foggy, Foggy Forest’? Look through the trees and guess who’s hiding! Can you help the fish escape from ‘The Shark in the Dark’? Bring your best shouty voice… Followed by a simple craft – make your own skeleton or have fun making creepy shapes… Other libraries are also holding Spooky sessions during their normal storytimes, so please check the website for details.
● Central Library – Tues 25 Oct, 10.30am ● Hampton Library – Wed 26 Oct, 3.30pm ● Orton Library – Thurs 27 Oct, 10am ● Bretton Library – Thurs 27 Oct, 11am ● Werrington Library – Fri 28 Oct, 10am |

Club Viva
Are your children constantly itching for new and exciting activities? Are you running out of ideas to keep them happy and amused? Club Viva is the perfect solution to make everyone happy! This holiday activity club for children aged 4-12 is a great opportunity for them to get involved in fun activities, make new friends and to get introduced to new activities and crafts. Club Viva is held at several of Vivacity’s sites including Hampton Leisure Centre, Regional Fitness & Swimming Centre and Jack Hunt Swimming Pool & Gym and runs in holiday periods, including summer and half term. There are more than 30 themed, day-long activity days available throughout the year, often with options for half days. This half term, Club Viva October Activities will take place from Monday 24 to Friday 28 October 2016, and as always will be open between the hours of 8.30 and 5.30, so it is a full day of engaging and stimulating activities for those with active minds and bodies! Slightly shorter days – 10.00- 4.00 – are also available to suit your schedule or your child’s needs. Prices start from £16.00, and activities will include Swimming, Bouncy Castles, Diving, Archery and Football, plus a special Halloween themed day and a host of other sports and arts and crafts activities, all based at Hampton Library & Leisure Centre, Jack Hunt Pool and Gym and The Regional Fitness and Swimming Centre.
Prices Jack Hunt and Hampton ● £18 per day for 8.30-5.30 ● £16 per day for 10.00-4.00 Regional ● £20 per day for 8.30-5.30 ● £18 per day 10.00-4.00 Weekly prices – all sites ● £80 for a full week 8.30-5.30 ● £70 for a full week 10.00-4.00 ● Sibling discount is also available across all three sites. ● You can book online from 19 September, over the phone on 01733 864754 or via email at clubviva@ ● More information can be found online by visiting


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