Summer Holidays

Baby to Pre-school Classes & Activities


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ABC 123 (Central Library)

Tuesdays 5 – 5.45pm
Weekly throughout July & August.

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

Stories for families with English as an additional language.

Free, drop-in. All ages.

Babba Club (The Nest)

Mondays 10 – 11.30am
All year round exc Bank Holidays

The Nest Café, 417-419 Durham Rd, Low Fell, Gateshead NE9 5AN
Tel: 0191 4414590 / 07949 039 270

Connect, make friends, share giggles and support each other through the tricky bits, along with lots of toys and a sing-song. Take time to connect with other parents and babbas in a friendly, no-rush environment. .

Free, drop in.
0 – 12 months.

Baby Bugs (Music Bugs)

Thursday 1st, 8th & 15th August: 11 – 11.45am

St Mary’s Centre, Church Chare, Whickham, NE16 4SH
Tel: 07414906834

These multi-sensory classes provide a perfect introduction to music and singing for your baby. Babies enjoy being held, rocked, swayed and soothed, with lots of new songs (plus old favourites) that you can enjoy together at home.

£5 (sibling discounts). Age 0-walking.

Baby M+Ms (The Baby Hub)

Monday 12th- 26th August (3 weeks)
9.45am: Mini M+Ms (crawling to 2 years)
11am: Baby M+Ms (0-1 year)

Tuesday 6th – 27th August (4 weeks)
1.15pm Baby M+Ms (0-1 year)

Pineapple and Bears, Spa well Road, Blaydon, Gateshead, NE21 6RT
Tel: 0191 447 2050

Music, movement and sensory classes, with a different theme each week. Filled with lots of action songs, dancing, bubbles and sensory fun.

£5 per session, book online (www.the-baby-hub.co.uk)

Beebots in Space! (Gateshead Libraries)

Birtley Library: Thurs 25th July
Chopwell Library: Thurs 1st August
Wrekenton Library: Wed 7th August
Blaydon Library: Mon 12th August
Crawcrook Library: Mon 19th August, 2.30-3.30pm
Leam Lane Library: Wed 21st August
All sessions 10.30 – 11.30am unless stated otherwise.

Create a planet and programme the beebot to travel around the galaxy.

Free, book in advance. 2-6 years.

Books, Bumps & Babies (Central Library)

Wednesdays 3pm – 3.45pm
All year round

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

For new and expectant parents. Share books and bonding with your bump or baby. Come along and meet other parents.

Free, drop-in.
0-2 years.

Bouncy Castle & Soft Play (Deckham Children’s Centre)

Tuesdays, 9.30 – 11.30am
Mon 22nd July – Fri 30th August (except 30th July)

The Elgin Centre, Elgin Road, Gateshead, NE9 5PA
Tel: 0191 433 5100

Bouncy castle & soft play shapes. Height and age restrictions for bouncy castle.

£1 per child, drop-in (places limited)
Under 5 years (plus siblings up to age 8).

Bouncy castles and soft-play (Birtley Leisure Centre)

Wednesdays: 9.30am – 1.30pm
Fridays: 12.30 – 3.30pm

Durham Rd, Birtley, Chester le Street DH3 2TB
Tel: 0191 433 5797

During school holidays the sports hall at Birtley Leisure Centre is transformed into a children’s paradise, with two bouncy castles and a fun soft-play arena.

£2.50. Up to 8 years.

Breastfeeding Together Group (Thought Foundation)

Thursdays 10.30 – 12.30pm
All year round

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

A gathering of breastfeeding mums to support one another. Amanda Dunbar (Lactation Consultant from Milk & Mums) will be on hand to answer breastfeeding questions and support you through any difficulties. There is a imaginative play space for the little ones and cafe serving lunch and treats.

Free, drop-in.

Creation Station Family Fun (Teams Children Centre)

Monday 5th August: 10am – 11am

Teams Children Centre, Rose Street, Gateshead, NE8 2LS
Tel: 07452 815 444

Summer family fun session with space-themed arts and craft activities.

£5 per child (siblings £2.50). Ages 2-10 years.

Creation Station Family Fun (Teams Children Centre)

Monday 19th August: 10am – 11am

Teams Children Centre, Rose Street, Gateshead, NE8 2LS
Tel: 07452 815 444

Summer family fun session with arts and craft activities based on the Sam and Poppy farmyard books.

£5 per child (siblings £2.50). Ages 2-10 years.

Drama Workshop (Bravo Performance)

Tuesdays 10 – 10.45am
The Ark, Main Road, Ryton, NE40 3UG
Wednesdays 10 – 10.45am
Thought Foundation, Clarity House, Durham Road, Birtley, DH3 2TB
Term time only, from 6th Jan

Tel: 07419 141 234

Turn up and join in the fun with a parent and toddler drama adventure!

£5, drop-in (sibling discounts).
14 Months – 5 Years

Family Bugs (Music Bugs)

Tuesday 30th July, 6th & 13th August: 10am – 11am

St Helen’s Church, Bell Vue Bank, Low Fell, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE9 6BQ
Tel: 07414906834

There’s a real family feel to these classes as siblings, grandparents, childminders and friends come together to sing and share the music making experience. A wide range of sensory props and activities keeps everyone engaged.

£5 (sibling discounts). Mixed ages.

Family Bugs (Music Bugs)

Thursday 1st, 8th & 15th August: 10am – 11am

St Mary’s Centre, Church Chare, Whickham, NE16 4SH
Tel: 07414906834

There’s a real family feel to these classes as siblings, grandparents, childminders and friends come together to sing and share the music making experience. A wide range of sensory props and activities keeps everyone engaged.

£5 (sibling discounts). Mixed ages.

Intergenerational Baby Yoga (Kalma Baby G)

Monday 22 July: 10am

South Chowdene Care Home, Chowdene Bank, Gateshead, NE9 6JD
Tel: 07590 726707

A relaxed fun environment offering yoga inspired stretches to music, song and rhyme with lots of sensory props. Once sitting unaided the focus is on balance coordination and milestones. Also some stretches for parents and little ones to promote bonding.

£7.50. 6 weeks to crawling.

 

Intergenerational Toddler Yoga (Kalma Baby G)

Monday 22 July: 11am

South Chowdene Care Home, Chowdene Bank, Gateshead, NE9 6JD
Tel: 07590 726707

Our sessions make development fun with benefits for young bodies and minds.  Classes are a mixture of yoga, dance and gymnastic elements, with stretches and moves to songs and music. Props are used focusing on balance, coordination and motor skills.

£7.50. Crawling – 3 years.

MAPS Festival: PlayShapes (BALTIC)

Sat 20th – Thurs 25th July, 10.15am – 5.30pm
45 minute sessions throughout each day.

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

Using colourful cubes, families can make dens, seats and obstacle courses, where they can climb, slide, crawl, balance, jump or roll. Then work together to create a game of giant 3D Tetris.

£3.50 per person (including parents/carers). Booking required.

Messy Play (Little Learners)

Mon 22nd July: 11am-12pm & 1.30-2.30pm
Mon 5th August: 10.30-11.30am & 1-2pm
Mon 19th August. 10.30-11.30am & 1-2pm

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

Encouraging exploration through messy play, sensory experience, mark making and movement. You and your little one could be squishing spaghetti, squashing play dough, splashing paint and bursting bubbles.

£6.80 (plus booking fee of £1.12).
Recommended for babies sitting unaided and preschool.

Messy Play (Little Learners)

Mondays 1.30 – 2.30pm
22nd July – 31st August

Blaydon Youth & Community Centre, Shibdon Road, Blaydon, Gateshead, NE21 5LU

Award-winning messy play & mark making class. Come along and let your child make their mark in the paint, gloop, sand, play dough and much more!

£6 per session when block booked, book online. 5 months to 5 years.

Messy Play (Little Learners)

Saturdays 10.30 – 11.30am
22nd July – 31st August

Dunston Community Centre, Collingwood Terrace, Dunston, Gateshead, NE11 9DU

Award-winning messy play & mark making class. Come along and let your child make their mark in the paint, gloop, sand, play dough and much more!

£5 per session when block booked, book online. 5 months to 5 years.

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.

New Starters Family Yoga (Kalma Baby G)

Wednesday 28th August
Kells Lane Primary: 9.30 – 10.45am
Oakfield Primary: 11am – 12.15pm
Harlow Green Primary: 12.30-1.45pm

Cromer Avenue Church Hall, Cromer Avenue, Gateshead, NE9 6UQ
Tel: 07590 726 707

Classes for children starting primary school in September – meet your new class mates, have yoga fun and make a Kalma Jar to help with feelings about starting school. With a variety of safe yoga postures, games and partner work.

£12.95

Rainbow/Sensory Room (Leam Lane Children’s Centre)

Thursdays, 1.30-3pm
22 July – 30 August

Leam Lane Children’s Centre, Cotemede, Leam Lane, Gateshead, NE10 8QH
Tel: 0191 433 5100

The Rainbow room offers lots of play opportunities including home corner, baby area, dressing up, craft activity and lots more. The sensory room is designed to encourage children’s learning and development through the use of their senses, movement and co-ordination.

£1 per child, drop-in (limited numbers).

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

Seaside-Themed Event (Gateshead Children’s Centre)

Deckham Children’s Centre: Tues 30th July, 10 – 11.30am
Chowdene Children’s Centre: Wed 7th August, 10 – 11.30am
Teams Children’s Centre: Wed 14th August, 1.30 – 3pm
Birtley Children’s Centre: Wed 21st August, 1.30 – 3pm

Tel: 0191 433 5100

The sea-side themed indoor event will include crafts, a treasure hunt, songs, sand and water play.

£1 per child, booking required.
Ages 0-5 (siblings up 8 years welcome)

Sensory Room (Deckham Children’s Centre)

Monday – Thursday, 9am – 5pm
Friday, 9am – 4.30pm
Mon 22nd July – Fri 30th August

The Elgin Centre, Elgin Road, Gateshead, NE9 5PA
Tel: 0191 433 5100

A safe place for children to play while supporting the development of senses, equipped with music, lighting and specialist equipment.

£1 per child per hour, booking required. Under 5 years.
(last admission one hour before closing)

Space Camp: Moon Buggies (Gateshead Libraries)

Blaydon Library: Wed 7th August, 10am – 12pm
Birtley Library: Tues 27th August, 10am – 12pm

Create your own battery propelled space buggy with our Digital Team.

£5, book in advance. All ages.

Space Chase: One Button Benny (Central Library)

Thursday 29th August, 10.30am – 12pm

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

We’re reading all about robot One Button Benny and making our very own Benny to take home!

£3, book in advance. 3-5 years.

Stay for a Play (Shipley Art Gallery)

Fridays 1 – 2.30pm
From 21st June

Prince Consort Rd, Gateshead NE8 4JB
Tel: 0191 477 1495

Explore the gallery in a fun and relaxed way with our magical magnifiers, art bears and backpacks. Play mats and materials for your little ones to use will be available in our early years area.

Free, drop-in.
Ages 2-5.

Stay & Play & Well Child Clinic (Deckham Children’s Centre)

Tuesdays 1.30 – 3pm
Mon 22nd July – Fri 30th August

The Elgin Centre, Elgin Road, Gateshead, NE9 5PA
Tel: 0191 433 6300

Baby weighing and advice from health professionals and a fun, friendly drop in play session.

Free, drop-in.

Storytime (Central Library)

Wednesdays 2.15 – 2.45pm
All year round

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

Join us for stories and activities.

£1 per child, drop-in.
Under 5 years.

The Treehouse (Deckham Children’s Centre)

Mon & Fri, 9.30-11.30am & 1-3pm
Wed & Thurs, 1-3pm
22nd July – 30th August

The Elgin Centre, Elgin Road, Gateshead, NE9 5PA
Tel: 0191 433 6300

Drop into our Treehouse room! Lots of toys and play opportunities.

£1 per child, drop-in (limited places, first come first served).
Under 5 years.

Toy Time (Deckham Children’s Centre)

Wednesdays, 10.30am – 12pm
Mon 22nd July – Fri 30th August

The Elgin Centre, Elgin Road, Gateshead, NE9 5PA
Tel: 0191 433 6300

Themed sessions and the opportunity to try our resources that can be taken home.

£1 per child (Free for toy library members).

Trike Time (Deckham Children’s Centre)

Tuesdays, 12.15 – 1.15pm
Mon 22nd July – Fri 30th August

The Elgin Centre, Elgin Road, Gateshead, NE9 5PA
Tel: 0191 433 6300

Try out a range of ride-ons, bikes and trikes.

£1 per child (free for toy library members).

Tuneful Tiny Humans (Thought Foundation)

Wednesdays 10 – 10.45am
All year round

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

Join our wonderfully magical muscian Paige as she takes your tuneful tiny humans on a muscial journey with her guitar, ukulele and other acoustic instruments. The sessions are filled with singing, dancing, movement and fun!

£5 (siblings £3).
Under 5 years.