February Half Term

Free / Drop In Activities – Feb Half Term

There’s plenty going on in & around Gateshead this half term, and more activities will be added to the list in the coming weeks. If you’d like to keep up to date why not follow us on Facebook.

📆 Thursdays, 10-11.30am
📌 Winlaton Mill Village Hall, May Avenue, Winlaton Mill, Blaydon, NE21 6SF
Term time only, from 9th Sep 2021

Includes: playtime, craft activity most weeks, drink, crisps and biscuits for the children, tea/coffee and biscuits for the adults.

👉 £1.50 per family. No booking needed, although a message would be appreciated if you’ll be attending for planning purposes. Info and updates here.


A Playful Protest! (BALTIC)

Tues 18th Feb 2020, 10am – 6pm

Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA
Tel: 0191 478 1810

Part of MAPS Festival, a series of artist led and self-led activities exploring play, including taking lines for walks, building forts, balancing on walls, and wiggling on bellies.

Free, drop in.

Busy Bees & Caterpillar Tasters (Bloom)

Mon 17th Feb 2020
10am – 10.45am: Busy Bees (6 months – mobile)
11am – 11.45am: Caterpillar Class (6 weeks – 6 months)

Wrekenton Methodist Community Church, 2 Springwell Avenue, Gateshead, NE9 7JL
Tel: 07710 231912

Free taster sessions! The Caterpillar Class is a fun creative session with gentle multi sensory, baby development and massage. Busy Bees is a highly interactive, musical class for older babies with a range of songs and activities, bright props and treasure baskets.

Free. Booking required.

Chocolate Bar Making & Movie (Thought Foundation)

Wed 19th Feb 2020, 12 – 2pm

Clarity House, Durham Road, Birtley, DH3 2TB
Tel: 0191 691 0203

Make your very own chocolate bar and watch the movie Lady & the Tramp on the big screen.

£3 per bar, drop-in.

Community Weaving Workshop (Thought Foundation)

Fri 21st – Sat 22nd Feb 2020, 11am – 1pm

Clarity House, Durham Road, Birtley, DH3 2TB
Tel: 0191 691 0203

Join artist Charlotte Hanford in her live weave project, contribute to the community masterpiece by having a go on the loom! Drop in Session but please book a slot at the till to learn how to weave on an industrial loom!

Child friendly.

Craft Workshop (Family Learning Gateshead)

Wed 19th Feb 2020, 10 – 11am

Gateshead Interchange, West Street, Gateshead, NE8 1BH
Tel: 0191 433 8635

One hour craft session on the theme Animals Around the World. All children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire session.

Ages 3-11.

Crafting Fun (Bertie’s Play Barn)

Mon 17th – Sat 22nd Feb 2020
10am – 12pm & 1 – 3pm

Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, High Street, Durham
Tel: 0191 375 0416

Family-friendly crafting fun at the Craft Hub, with the team from Bertie’s Play Barn. The Craft Hub is located opposite the Flight Centre, and just up the mall from Costa Coffee.

Free, drop in.

Families drawing Families & Movie (Thought Foundation)

Thurs 20th Feb 2020, 1 – 3pm

Clarity House, Durham Road, Birtley, DH3 2TB
Tel: 0191 691 0203

Perfect for families. Fun, simple, creative, and watch the movie The Croods on the big screen.

£2 donations, drop in.

Family Days (BALTIC)

Wed 19th – Thurs 20th Feb 2020, 10am – 6pm

Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA
Tel: 0191 478 1810

Two free days of creativity and play. Create ‘circles of love’ with artist Richard Bliss, discover BALTIC’s views, exhibitions and take part in themed activities throughout the building, as well as performances by local community groups.

Free, drop-in

Family Social (Tyne Bank Brewery)

Sat 22nd Feb 2020, 11am – 3pm

Tyne Bank Brewery Tap, 375 Walker Rd, Newcastle, NE6 2AB
Tel: 0191 265 2828

Free craft activities for little ones with ARTventurers Newcastle and Gateshead. Pop up market with a selection of local business. Street food from Kogarashi including kid friendly dishes. Toys and mats are provided but feel free to bring your own too!

Free, drop in.

Football Fans Pop-Up Museum (Prince Bishops Shopping Centre)

Mon 17th – Sun 23rd Feb 2020, 10am – 5pm

Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, High Street, Durham
Tel: 0191 375 0416

Football memorabilia from the UK and around the world. Football fan can try on football shirts and hold boots worn by some of the world’s greatest players. Located between Costa Coffee and The Gift Company store.

Free, drop in.
Voluntary donations for St Cuthbert’s Hospice.

Fun Science Workshop (Science Buddies – Green Shift ESL)

Tues 18th Feb 2020, 10 – 11:30am

Big Local@Jarrow Focus, Cambrian Street, Jarrow, South Tyneside, NE32 3QN
Tel: 07533 887 500

Fun science workshop making fluffy slime to take home, create and erupt volcanoes and experiment with potions.

Free. Booking required.
Ages 4-11 years.

Graveyard Trail (St Mary’s Heritage Centre)

Tues 18th – Sat 22nd Feb 2020, 10am – 4pm

St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead, NE8 2AU
Tel: 0191 433 4699

Take part in a short, fun graveyard trail. Find the pictures hiding around the graveyard to win a small prize.

Free, drop in.

Metrognomes Intergalactic Extravaganza (intu Metrocentre)

Mon 17th – Fri 21st Feb 2020, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm
Sat 22nd – Sun 23rd Feb 2020, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm

Exhibition Square, intu Metrocentre, St Michael’s Way, Gateshead, NE11 9YG
Tel: 0191 493 0200

Free family show with Metrognomes Herbert, Sherbet, Maggot and Rusty. With the help of their eccentric friend Professor Percy Veer, the Metrognomes plan to go where no gnome has gone before, space, the final frontier! Shows approximately 30 min.

Free, drop in.

Mini Mela (GemArts)

Tues 18th Feb 2020, 11:30am – 3:30pm
Relaxed session 10 – 11am

Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, NE8 4LN
Tel: 0191 440 4124

Packed full of family fun, with arts, music and dance workshops from around the world. Try out drumming, dancing, visual arts, have your henna painted and more.

Free, drop in.
Booking required for relaxed session only, for those who benefit from a quieter environment.

Mini Pride (Curious Arts)

Sat 15th Feb 2020, 10 – 11:15am or 11:15am – 12:30pm

Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, NE8 4LN

A celebration of everything that’s unique about families through free activities, arts and crafts led by local artists, including creating a giant paper sculpture, drawing on the floor and storytime with Granny Gladys.

Free. Booking required on Eventbrite.
Suitable for ages 3-7.

NERF & Electronic Crazy Carts Fun Afternoon (Dart Wars)

Wed 19th Feb 2020, 2 – 3.30pm

Dunston Activity Centre, Ellison Road, Gateshead, NE11 9SS
Tel: (07486) 55780

Fun afternoon of NERF gun battles and Crazy Carts. All equipment hire included.

£9 per player. Booking recommended on (07486) 55780.
Age 4+.

Pet Crafts (St Mary’s Heritage Centre)

Thurs 20th Feb 2020, 10:30am – 12:30pm

St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead, NE8 2AU
Tel: 0191 433 4699

Thursday 20th February is National Love Your Pet day! Show some love to your pet and to other pets in your community with fun crafts to take home with you. Refreshments available.

£2 per child, drop in.

Playing by the Riverbank (Central Library)

Wed 19th Feb 2020, 11am – 3pm

Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Rd, NE8 4LN
Tel: 0191 433 8420

Part of the MAPS Festival programme, exploring the riverbank through play. Workshops, activities and games including: stop motion animation workshops, small world play, design a tote bag to take home, make your own tiny garden and more.

Free, drop in.
Some workshops bookable on arrival.

Pop Up Performances (Sage Gateshead)

Tues 18th Feb 2020, 12.30pm: String Celebration
Wed 19th Feb 2020, 12.30pm: Handel’s Water Music

St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR
Tel: 0191 443 4661

Free family performances in the café area by members of Royal Northern Sinfonia. Performances last approximately 20 minutes. Listen and learn all about the pieces, then make your own violin or boat at the craft stand.

Free, drop in.



Pyjama Party (Moppets Bop It)

Sun 23rd Feb 2020, 2 – 4pm

All Saints’ Church, West Avenue, Gosforth, Newcastle, NE3 4ES
Tel: 07702 039 775

Pyjama themed disco. Pop on your favourite pjs or onesie bring your teddy and let’s get dancing!!! (That includes you grown ups too!)

£5 per family. Drop in.
Ages 0-8.

Stay and Play (Trinity Square)

Mon 17th & Wed 19th Feb 2020, 11am – 2pm

Trinity Square, Ellison Walk, Gateshead, NE8 1AG
Tel: 0191 500 7050

‘Stay and Play’ sessions in the Tesco Atrium, with arts, crafts, activities and games to keep the little people entertained!



Table Top Sale (The Nest)

Sun 23rd Feb 2020, 10am – 2pm

Durham Rd, Low Fell, NE9 5AN
Tel: 07949 039 270

Table top sale with second hand goods, including toys and books. Grab a bargain and stay for lunch at The Nest.

World Book Day Costume Swap (Watergate Cafe)

Fri 21st Feb 2020, 11am – 1pm

Watergate Forest Park, Gateshead, NE11 0AN

Take the expense, hassle and waste out of costume hunting for World Book Day (5th March). Join in and help give your once worn costumes a new lease of life. Drop your clean, gently worn costumes off between the 1st – 19th February and receive a ticket to exchange for a nearly new costume on 21st February.