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Fri 21st Feb

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.

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Breastfeeding Support (LLL Tyne and Wear)

Fri 21st Feb, 11:45am – 12:45pm

Learning Skills Centre, Gateshead Interchange, West Street, Gateshead, NE8 1BH

Mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding. An informal group on the first and third Friday of each month for all breastfeeding or pregnant ladies, whether you have an issue or just fancy a chat! Parking: Charles St or Tesco car parks nearby (charges apply).

Free, drop in.

Community Weaving Workshop (Thought Foundation)

Fri 21st – Sat 22nd Feb, 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.

Crafting Fun (Bertie’s Play Barn)

Mon 17th – Sat 22nd Feb
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.

Eco Workshops (Williby Roc’s CIC)

Tues 18th Feb, 10:30 – 11:30am: Feed the Birds
Thurs 20th Feb, 11am: Children’s Woodwork Workshop
Fri 21st Feb, 10:30 – 11:30am: Feed the Birds

Bilton Hall Community Trust, Taunton Avenue, Jarrow, South Tyneside, NE32 3RT
Tel: 07975 501 069

Make bird feeders and learn woodworking skills creating wall hanging mobiles and mini bug hotels. Children can explore the Project Dirt garden with all the activities and crafts on offer, then finish with marshmallows and hot chocolate around the campfire.

From £7 per child. Booking required.

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

Mon 17th – Sun 23rd Feb, 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.

Graveyard Trail (St Mary’s Heritage Centre)

Tues 18th – Sat 22nd Feb, 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.

Make an Upcycled Planter (Blue Bear Studio)

Fri 21st Feb, 10 – 11am

@The Castle, St Hilda’s Church, Blaydon, Gateshead, NE21 4NN
Tel: 07519 621 761

Fun workshop on how to turn a plastic bottle into a cute animal-themed planter. You’ll also get a little houseplant to take home with you and put inside your planter once the paint has dried!

£8 per child. Booking required.

MAPS Festival

Sat 15th – Mon 24th Feb

A festival of music, art and play for children and their grown ups, taking place in venues across Newcastle and Gateshead.

Sat 15th Feb
10am @ Star and Shadow Cinema: Fart Orchestra!
2pm @ Star and Shadow Cinema: Hen Ogledd + Mogic Workshop

Sun 16th Feb
10am @ Gosforth Civic Theatre: Voguing Workshop
11:30am @ Gosforth Civic Theatre: Family Lip Sync Workshop
2:30pm @ Gosforth Civic Theatre: The Bon Bons Cabaret

Mon 17 Feb, 2pm @ Gosforth Civic Theatre: Stealing Sheep
Tues 18th Feb, 10am @ BALTIC: A Playful Protest!
Wed 19th Feb, 11am @ Gateshead Central Library: Flow ~ river adventures

Thurs 20th Feb
10:30am @ The Cumberland Arms: Lizzo Appreciation Society
1pm @ The Cumberland Arms: Womble Club
2:45pm @ The Victoria Tunnel: Grime Time

Fri 21st Feb
10:15am & 12pm @ Cobalt: Cats v Dogs! A battle in clay
10am – 5pm @ Seven Stories: Seven Stories Takeover – A day of play!

Sat 22nd Feb
10 + 11:30am @ The Cumberland: Beat it! Body Percussion + Rhythm Jam Workshop
3pm @ The Cumberland Arms: Paddy Steer – An Intergalatic Gig

Sat 22nd – Mon 24th Feb
10am @ BALTIC: Space Octave – MAPS Festival Commission

Meet & Greets (Dream Big Role Play Centre)

Mon 17th Feb, 3 – 5pm: Afternoon Tea with Mary Poppins
Fri 21st Feb, 9.30am – 12pm: Pizza Making & Pizza for Lunch
Sat 22nd Feb, 9.30am – 12pm:
Breakfast with Marshall Paw Patrol
Sun 23rd Feb, 10am – 12.30pm: Meet and Greet the Gruffalo

Grange Villa, Durham, DH2 3LN
Tel: 0191 370 1320

Special sessions with meet and greets with Mary Poppins, Marshall and the Gruffalo and pizza making. At role play village with outdoor play area.

£10 per child. Booking required.

Metrognomes Intergalactic Extravaganza (intu Metrocentre)

Mon 17th – Fri 21st Feb, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm
Sat 22nd – Sun 23rd Feb, 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 Meerkats (Gateshead Libraries)

Chopwell Library: Mondays 10 – 10.30am
Pelaw Library: Tuesdays 11.15 – 11.45am
Leam Lane Library: Thursdays 10 – 10.30am
Crawcrook Library: Thursdays 2.15 – 2.45pm
Birtley Library: Fridays 10.30 – 11 am
All year round

Stories, rhymes, activities and crafts.

£1 per child, drop-in. Under 5’s.

Mini Musicians (Sage Gateshead)

Monday: 9.45am, 11am & 1pm
Tues, Fri & Sat: 9.45am & 11am
Wednesday: 9.45am
Thursday: 1pm & 2.15pm
All year round, exc bank holidays

St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 2JR
Tel: 0191 443 4666

Weekly 1 hour family music making sessions with fantastic and friendly live musicians. Sing, dance and play, learning the foundations of music whilst making new friends.

£3.50 per person (discounts for siblings/full/half term bookings).
Booking recommended. Under 5 years.

Parties (It’s A Small World Washington)

Thurs 20th Feb, 1.30 – 3pm: Neon themed Party
Fri 21st Feb, 1.30 – 3pm:
Half Term Party

12 Donkin Road, Washington, Sunderland, NE37 1PF
Tel: 07415 056992

Disco & party food, at role play cafe with mini village and baby area.

£6 – £7.

Peter & Petula’s Slumberland Sing-Along (Walton-Gunn Productions)

Thurs 20th – Fri 21st Feb
1.30 – 2.30pm / 3.30 – 4.30pm

Armstrong’s Bar, Stanhope Road, South Shields, NE33 4BQ

Santa’s Naughty Elf star Wayne Miller is back as Peter Plank…with his sister Petula! They are together for a night of mischief, music and mountains of panto style fun!

From £7.53 per ticket

Read & Play (Thought Foundation)

Fridays 10.30 – 11am
All year round

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

A nurturing and creative class, where tiny humans explore books, sensory play equipment and have social time with other little ones.

£3 per tiny human, drop-in.
Babies to pre-schoolers.

Rhymetime (Gateshead Libraries)

Wrekenton Hub: Mondays 9.30 – 10am
Leam Lane Library: Mondays 2.30 – 3pm
Blaydon Library: Tuesdays 2 – 2.30pm
Birtley Library: Wednesdays 10 – 10.30am & 11 – 11.30am
Central Library: Fridays 9.30–10am, 10.15 – 10.45am & 11.15 – 11.45am
Crawcrook Library: Fridays 10 – 10.30am
Pelaw Library: Fridays 10 – 10.30am
(all year round, exc bank holidays)

Reading, songs and rhymes.

£1 per child, drop-in (excluding Central, booking required).
Birth – 5 years old

Sleeping Beauty Panto (Springwell Village Community Venue)

Mon 17th – Sat 22nd Feb, 7pm|
**Sat 22nd Feb FULLY BOOKED**

Fell Rd, Springwell Village, Gateshead, NE9 7RP
Tel: 0191 416 2630

Family pantomime, sleeping beauty.

£6 per ticket. Booking required.

 

Snowdrop Walk & Picnic (Conkers Life)

Fri 21st Feb, 10:30am – 12:30pm

The Hagg, Lintzford Road, Hamsterley Mill, Rowlands Gill, NE39 1ND
Tel: 07836 323 022

A family walk through the fields and into the woods, looking for signs of Spring. Enjoy a BYO Picnic and have hot drinks around the fire. The wooded part of the walk is not pram friendly so baby wearing is essential.

£10 in advance (£13 on the day)

St Marys Heworth Treasure Tots

Fridays 9.30 – 11.30am
All year round

St Mary’s Heworth, Heworth, NE10 0UT (opposite Metro)
Tel: 0191 469 6211

Toys & books for babies and toddlers (bumps welcome too!). Coffee & company for mums, dads, grandparents and carers. Snack provided.

£1 a child (50p siblings)

Unicorn Cupcake Decorating (Blossom Pamper Parties)

Fri 21st Feb, 2pm

156 Prince Consort Road, Bensham, Gateshead, NE8 4DU

Each guest will receive: glitter bubble braid, face glitter, unicorn cupcake decorating and
donut shake.

£15 per child. Booking required.

World Book Day Costume Swap (Watergate Cafe)

Fri 21st Feb, 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.