Well after the success of the last half term post I pulled together, I thought I’d give you a little run down of some of the brilliant things going on this February half term for kids and teens across my stomping ground of Gateshead…….
February is a bit of a funny half term – we’ve just got over Christmas and back to work and oh “HIIII HALF TERM – where on earth did you come from” ….. most people haven’t thought about it yet either…….
Also the weather is likely to be a little bit rubbish and grey, so we need indoor activities…….
Whilst having a small breakdown is completely acceptable – as a parent, you have a right to have them on a daily basis, but I want to try and help you guys out a bit.
Right so my top Gateshead based activity selection……..go go……
Saturday 18th Feb….
Why not have a little lie in, (it is half term after all) and then join Gateshead’s Children’s Knitting group at 11am at Gateshead Central Library? This group is newly established and doing really well. You may think “knitting!?!”…..knitting is all the rage at the moment and kids love hands on practical stuff and better yet, the skills they learn in this group, they can continue at home on a rainy afternoon!
To book for free, visit HERE!
Sunday 19th Feb…..
Sunday is obviously the day of rest and for overdosing on roast potatoes butttt if you do fancy feeling adventurous, why not pop along to The Centre for Life and visit the new Lego exhibitions. It looks mint – I’m yet to go but it’s on my “to visit” list. This blog post from Here Come The Hoopers gives you a good idea of what it’s like!
And p.s. the ice skating rink is still there until 26th Feb….so hurry up and get yerr skates on.
Monday 20th Feb…..
Hiyerrrr Monday….. without the usual blues I hope, as it’s half term!
So first up, we’ve got Stop Motion Monday at Blaydon Library. This session is for ages 7yrs+ and you’ll have the opportunity to use our tablets to make your very own stop motion movie. This process is highly addictive (speaking from an addict here!) and super enjoyable.
To book for free, visit HERE!
In the afternoon, Creatures up Close returns to Gateshead Central Library. Laura is back with her amazing animal and insect friends….. this is your chance to get hands on and learn all about some crazy creatures.
These sessions are for 3yrs + and priced £3 for non-library members and £2.50 for members.
To book on the 2pm session visit HERE!
To book on the 2.45pm session visit HERE!
For slightly older kids, aged 7yrs + there is Digital Makings: Crafty Animations with artist Sheryl Jenkins. In this workshop, Sheryl will introduce attendees to a crafty approach to the animation process and provide the opportunity to experiment with a wide variety of arts materials. Participants will use textiles, collage, rubbings, digital media, charcoal, pastels and inks to make an animated film.
To book for £5, visit HERE!
Tuesday 21st Feb…….
There are only two places left for the super popular Culture Camp: Make a Movie in a Day at Gateshead Central Library starting at 9.30am. This all day session is for 8-14yr old budding film makers who will work with digital artist John Quinn to create a movie using iPads and apps.
Culture camps are the perfect opportunity to engage with a variety of arts and creative activities, whilst working with a peer group. Children are left at Gateshead Library for the day, whilst you are free to get on with your terrific Tuesday in the knowledge they are having a mint time and learning!
To book for £20, visit HERE!
Do your mini mes love Pokemon Go? Yes!? Well bring them along to your local Pokestop at Pelaw Library at 10am. There will be lots of Pokemon activities for you to have a go at and of course, you’re welcome to play Pokemon Go with fellow Pokemon hunters.
This session is for children of all ages and is £1 to attend – just turn up!
If you can’t make the session on the 21st Feb, come along to Whickham Library at 2pm on 22nd for another session!
Wednesday 22nd Feb….
The amazing Pop-Up Studio Low Fell is running a workshop at Gateshead Central Library at 10am. They will be facilitating a space themed accessories family workshop – attendees will make a space themed key chain, bracelet or necklace by following an out of this world design or by getting super creative and designing their own.
This session is for 8yrs+.
To book for £10 per adult and £7 per child, visit HERE!
Or why not visit Crawcrook Library at 10am for their Maker Morning. Let your imagination go in their maker modelling morning; will you make a monster, an alien, something from Minecraft!? We’ll provide the materials and you bring the ideas!
This session is for children of all ages and is free to attend – just turn up!
Thursday 23rd Feb……
Drop by Chopwell Library at 9.30am for their Dinosaur Romp for under 5s and families. Your little tinkers will stomp their way around the library in this dino themed rhymetime. Fancy dress is encouraged!
This session is for Under 5s and families and is free to attend but visit HERE to reserve your place!
Or visit Felling Library for some Minecraft Mayhem at 10.30am. Attendees will create some scenes from a favourite book or join special worlds with friends using tablets. Just remember absolutely no TNT!
This session is for children of all ages and is free to attend – but visit HERE to reserve your place!
In the afternoon, get your Digital fix at Microbit Coding activity at Gateshead Central Library at 2pm.
Spend a lovely afternoon challenging yourself with a fun coding activity to make the game of Frustration.
This session is for 8yrs+ and pre-booking is essential!
To book for £3, visit HERE!
Friday 24th Feb……
Start your half term Fri-yey right with the lush Chalk and get making and building at The Mythical Beast Building Construction Club at Shipley Art Gallery starting at 10.30am. What creatures do you imagine live in Saltwell Park? Does the creature have three heads, one hundred eyes and a tongue longer than a lorry? Let your imagination run wild as you create your very own mythical beast; delve into the Chalk invention box, choose your materials, and get creating!
This workshop is designed with both little ones and big ones in mind; you can make and build on your own, or work together as a whole family. To spur on the crafting, the workshop will be set to a soundtrack of beastly music! Grrrrrrr!
This session is for children of all ages and is £2.50 to attend per child, to book visit HERE!
And then on to GemArts Mini Mela for an exciting multicultural afternoon at Gateshead Central Library, from 11am-3pm. This event is packed full of family fun, with free workshops, performances, henna artists, face painting and lots of other exciting arts and crafts to take part in. Join in Indian, Chinese and other visual arts from around the world, Indian dance and African drumming activities, learn something new and take home your very own creations.
How amazing does that sound? The entire day is on a drop in basis – so come along and get involved!
This session is for children of all ages and is free to attend, but visit HERE to keep up to date at the programme of the day is announced.
Saturday 25th Feb…….
Spend a culture vulture full day pottering around The Baltic, walk up to Sage Gateshead and then…. go and visit the beautiful St Mary’s Heritage Centre for their ‘History Mysteries Children’s Trail’!
Ooooooh sounds exciting, adventurous and a little bit spooky.
You and your mini me’s will be challenged to unravel the truth from the fiction about this building’s fascinating past. They will also have their ever popular Victorian toys on display for the whole family to play with.
This is for children of all ages and is free to attend – just turn up 10am -4pm Tuesday – Saturday across the half term week. For more details visit HERE!
Sunday 26th Feb…..
Sounds like a lazy Sunday on the sofa watching films together as a fam and getting ready for the week ahead back at school……
Let me know what you get up to and get planning your half term and booking your places.
The Culture Vulture xx