Fun-packed summer holiday activities for kids across Reading

Family-friendly theatre, reading challenges, play clubs, and a special outdoor rhymetime and picnic are among the exciting range of activities on offer for children over the summer holidays. 

The fun with Reading Libraries begins with the much-loved free Summer Reading Challenge launching on 9 July. Children aged 4 to 11 are challenged to read at least six books over the summer as part of this year’s science-themed ‘Gadgeteers’ Summer Reading Challenge.  

For budding scientists, Bright Sparks science workshops offer a range of hands-on, fun-filled activities for every child. Coming to Central, Caversham, Battle, Palmer Park, Whitley, and Southcote Libraries throughout August, sessions will cost £1 and are suitable for children 5-10.

A special Platinum Jubilee Rhymetime Picnic comes to the Forbury Gardens on 3 August at 10.30am and 12.30pm, in partnership with Teddies Music Club. Two free Rhymetime sessions filled with royal songs and familiar favourites will be on offer, and families are welcome to bring their own picnic and fancy dress.  

For further details of Reading Library events and activities visit What's On Reading library events  

The Hexagon are welcoming a furry friend direct from the West End in ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea,’ on the 16 and 17 July. Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-along songs and clumsy chaos. Tickets £14, or £9.50 for a group. Find out more and book to see The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

Travel back to Ancient Rome with Reading Museum’s free Roman Fun Day on 28 July. Find out about life at Calleva Atrebatum (Silchester) 2,000 years ago, drop in to make pasta jewellery brooches and laurel leaf headdresses, and handle some real & replica objects from our famous Loans Collection.  

Insect explorers can search for creepy crawlies in the Forbury Gardens and Abbey Ruins with the museum’s special bug hunting kits. Identify, draw, and record your finds, and look at some fabulous insect specimens from the museum’s loans collection boxes. Tickets £4, booking essential on the Reading Museum website.  

Full programme of Reading Museum events  

For young visitors with SEND (Special Educational Needs or Disabilities), the free Museums, My Way sessions will return to The Museum of English Rural Life on 25 July. Developed with Autism Berkshire, sessions provide a safe environment to explore the museum at quiet times, with sensory backpacks and ear defenders, break out rooms, and reduced gallery noise. More information about My Way sessions at The Museum of Rural Life.  

The summer edition of Reading SEND offer newsletter is packed with information on services, activities, events, childcare options, advice for under 5-year-olds, short breaks, information on support and services for 16+ and much more:  

Reading’s Children’s Centres, run by Brighter Futures for Children, are running Get Active Week, August 22-26, where families will be encouraged to take part in free outdoor activities together and join in sessions at the centres, including Sports4Kidz, Mum and Baby Yoga and Healthy Lunch Time Fun.  

Our children’s centres will also be running a packed programme of free activities throughout the summer holidays, such as Baby Messy Play, Summer Challenge, Story and Craft, Teddy Bears Picnic, Rhymetime and Football Fun. Keep an eye out for details on the Reading Children’s Centres web page soon.  

Brighter Futures for Children is coordinating the Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) scheme this summer with activity clubs from local providers offering a range of fun, physical activities, exciting new experiences, and nutritious meals too. This scheme is available to all Reading children who are eligible for pupil premium free school meals.  

From drama to dodgeball, rock academy and more, there will be something to suit every child's interest.  

Full details of the summer holidays universal offer from the Family Information Service.

General Holiday Activities.

Information on childcare, holiday clubs, childminders etc for the school holiday, details of care

Booking for Reading Play’s summer holiday play clubs is now open. Running 25 July to 26 August at The Hill Primary and Waterloo Meadows.