Friday, 12 February 2016

Half Term in Tyne and Wear

Whoop Whoop , it's officially half term HOORAH. If (like me) you have not yet planned anything DO NOT PANIC! I'm here, we can do this, here are our top picks for the week.....

South Tyneside 

Sports Activities (prices Vary )
The Council are running a great sports programme this February for prices and more details click here. Kids just need suitable clothin a packed lunch and enthusiasm.

A Day In Shields (free excluding food and shopping)
South Tyneside has an amazing range of activities on offer and places to visit. You can spend the day wandering along the beautiful coast of South Shields, stopping to rock pool at Camel island or behind Trow Rocks then head through one of the beautiful Marine Parks to play in the park or wonder at the landscapes. 

Then wander down Ocean Road for some world famous fish and chips before heading into town to pick up a bargain or browse the market.

The Rabbits Tail at The Customs House (£7.50)
From the team that brought you the SELL OUT shows, Santa's Naughty Elf,  and Wendy the Witch, comes The Rabbits Tail
Peter Plank tries really hard to get his work done but everything seems to go wrong. When he discovers Mr Rabbit has a magic tail he thinks he has the perfect plan to make him the hero of the village - the only problem is the evil Goblin King has kidnapped Mr Rabbit. Can Peter save the day, stop the Goblin King in his tracks and make all his dreams come true?

The Rabbit

Spineless at South Shields Museum (free but donations welcome)
Alongside the great permanent exhibitions at the museum, I'm very excited that South Shields museum is currently hosting Spineless, you can read about our preview of the exhibition launch here. Its a great addition to a lovely museum and well worth the visit


Life Science Centre February Half Term 2016 (normal admission pricing applies)
We always enjoy a trip to Life and the kids loved seeing all the Robots at the new exhibition During half term from 13-21 February, Life will be celebrating everything sci-fi with some special guests across the week featuring Jedi, rebel soldiers, robotics experts and everyone’s favourite bad guys the Daleks!

  • Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 February:  Meet Rebel Legion, renowned Star Wars costume specialists.
  • Monday 15 February: Meet the Experts from York Robotics Lab who’ll be bringing humanoid robots as well as their swarm bots (we’ve heard of swarming bees but swarming robots……)
  • Tuesday 16 February: Think Physics: Robot orchestra drop in activity
  • Wednesday 17 & Thursday 18 February: From the team that brings you Robo Challenge, enter the Robo Arena
  • Thursday 18 & Friday 19 February: Northern Charity Daleks: let the invasion commence!
Robot will be at Life from 23 January – 17 April 2016. Access to the Robot exhibition is included in the admission price to Life. Please see for more details.

And dont forget you still have time to skate .....


Polar Explorer At The Great North Museum (Free, Donations Welcome)

Discover what life is like in the coldest places on Earth in the new Polar Explorers exhibition for families with younger children. The resilient ways of life of people and wildlife living in polar extremes will be explored in this immersive exhibition, inspiring young minds through sensory and accessible stimulation. There are also lots of themed talks and activities planned during half term, details here 

Circus Skills Discovery Museum (free, suggested donation £3)

18/2/16 30 minute sessions running between 11 and 3
If you fancy yourself as the next circus act performing in the Big Top, then take part in one of our fun, interactive sessions for those aged five and upwards.
The circus skills you'll try have the forces at their core (balance, speed, push and pull), making this a fun session to learn and develop creativity. 

Intu Eldon Square Free Kung Fu Panda Activities (FREE)

To celebrate the cinema release of Kung Fu Panda 3, intu Eldon Square is joining forces with DreamWorks to treat young shoppers to three days of free, panda-themed craft activities this February half term. 

From 11am till 4pm, from Tuesday 16 - Thursday 18 Februarythe Kung Fu Panda craft station (outside Debenhams) will give little cubs the chance to immerse themselves in all things Kung Fu Panda related, including character face painting and glitter tattoos.

Children will be invited to design unique Kung Fu headbands, create Chinese lanterns and fans, as well as customising their very own panda and dragon masks. In addition, every family visiting the craft station will be invited to enter a free lucky draw to win cinema tickets to see Kung Fu Panda 3 when it opens in March. Once the kids are fully kitted out, families can pick up a free activity pack and work together to complete the Kung Fu Panda trail set throughout the shopping centre.

Sign up to the Kids' Club and  make sure you're the first to know about upcoming events and activities at intu Eldon Square.


Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Alomg side all the usual exhibits of Sunderland history local art and culture,  you can take part in Dino Creations on 19/02/16 and build your own T-rex. Dont forget to follow the dino trail to get your sticker too.

North East Puddle Jumping Championships at Washington Wetland Centre

No matter what your age or puddle-jumping ability, everyone is welcome. See who can produce the biggest and best splash in special competition puddles, with efforts being judged on:
  • The enthusiasm of the jumper
  • The creativity of the jump
  • The height of the splash
Win daily prizes and take part in the craft activities in the discovery centre.
Time: registration for puddle jumping daily from 2pm (with competition commencing immediately afterwards and the winner announced at the end); crafts daily from 1 to 3.30pm.

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