Saturday, 19 March 2016

Easter Fun In The North East

Eeek we have another school break fast approaching and a bigger one than the last! Never fear though there are loads of things to do in our fabulous region...

Hop & Visit from the White Rabbit (from Alice in Wonderland) Friday 25th – Sunday 27th March (Easter Weekend), 11am £9.50 adult / child, £35 Family ticket Easter Cinema Event: Join us on arrival in the Cinema with Chocolate Milk and a visit from our very own White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, delivering Easter treats. Watch the lovely Hop film about the Easter Bunny’s son and his adventures in Hollywood and then have some madcap family fun by joining in our Easter Egg Hunt / Quiz. Every child gets a Golden Easter Egg to take away. 

Kung Fu Panda 3 (cert PG) Friday 25th – Thursday 31st March, 2pm & 5.30pm £6, £5 Conc., £20 Family ticket 
When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible - learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas. 

How the Koala Learnt to Hug Sunday 3rd April, 2.30pm £8, £7 Conc., £28 Family ticket 

We all love a good hug and none of us more than that most cuddly of critters the koala. But just how did the koala learn to hug? There’s only one way to find out! Join us and our magical outback cast for some great stories, sing along songs, superb games and first class hugging. From The People’s Theatre Company. 

May the Force be With You Party Saturday 9th April, 11am Price – see below * 
Bring your little Luke Skywalkers down to our galaxy, for an afternoon of fun and games and a themed afternoon tea, including Yoda Soda, Princess Leia’s Danish Buns, Wookie Kookies, plus lots more! As well as guests appearances and photo opportunities with the saga’s most exciting characters! Fancy dress optional. 

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Party Sunday 10th April, 11am Price – see below * 

Assemble your little Hulks down to defend The Customs House, for an afternoon of fun and games and themed afternoon tea, including Hulkcakes, Captain America mocktails, plus lots more! As well as guest appearances and photo opportunities with Ironman, Incredible Hulk and Captain America! Fancy dress optional.

 * Party: £8.50, £7.50 Conc., £30 Family ticket Film: £6, £5 Conc., £20 Family ticket Whole event Party & Film: £50 Family ticket

Snow White 31 Mar -2April
Ballet Lorent return to Northern Stage with their brilliant adaptation of Snow White, one of the most well loved Brothers Grimm fairytales explores the true cost of being beautiful; the fear of ageing in front of the mirror; and the beauty inside that counts above all else.
From the creative team who brought you the award-winning RapunzelSnow White will make the whole family wonder, shudder and lose themselves in balletLORENT’s fairytale world.

The Story Teller 2 April
Join Chris Bostock, the Storyteller, on the first Saturday of every month, for a journey of discovery and dreaming, with lots of participation and plenty of fun. Features a different programme of stories for each session.
Listen, enjoy and pass on these memorable stories.

Need A Little Help 5-6 April
Need a Little Help is a deeply moving and joyfully uplifting piece of interactive and physical theatre from award winning ensemble Tangled Feet, working in partnership with children’s theatre specialists, Half Moon.  A unique experience for 3-7 year olds and their families.
Following the success of their award winning production of the musical Hairspray, West End Operatic Society are back and this time with the well-loved family classic Oliver!  Set in Victorian London with memorable characters such as Fagin and the Artful Dodger, the story takes the audience on a journey through Oliver’s adventures and mishaps.
A Host of Easter activities will be held at Beamish including egg hunts, egg rolling and jarping?! Beamish is always and amazing day out and the staff are a great source of information and so approachable and friendly. Last time we went we were shown a gas explosion demonstration! 

My three love a visit to Belsay and its especially brilliant when there are special events on, this Easter  there will be an Easter Quest where you can meet characters from the past and crack the clues on an historic hunt as you explore the magical gardens, hall and castle

Seven Stories 25 March - 10 April
The Easter Holidays are your last chance to see the Illustrating Harry Potter Exhibition and there are loads of activities going on  If you know your Hungarian Horntails from your Swedish Short-Snouts, join in with hunt the dragon egg trails and story times followed by a fierce round of Dragon Bingo.  There are  Maisy activities and themed stories and also Children ages 8+ are invited to take part in a How to decorate your dragon egg workshop.  All the family can meet not one but two authors - Viviane Schwarz and Andy Griffiths - over the Easter Holidays and everyone is welcome to  celebrate Maisy's birthday with story times and themed activities in the Studio. 


Life Science Centre 
There’s lots happening at Life during the Easter break (25 March  – 10 April) to keep the whole family entertained.

Come inside the NEW Brain Zone where you can find out how scientists explore the brain’s inner workings. You can also enjoy the planetarium, SpongeBob SquarePants on the 4D Motion Ride** and Experiment Zone. Don't forget to check out Robot too. The exhibition features over 40 robot models, cyborgs and androids - full size models, heads and toys - from TV shows and films from the past 60 years.

Get crafty in our Making Space - and it wouldn’t be Easter without Life’s chocolate workshops (Good Friday to Easter Monday only) where you’ll get to make your own chocolate and take the taste test – how well do you know your dark from your milk and your white chocolate?

*Chocolate Workshops run from 25 - 28 March and are subject to availability.
**For safety reasons, you must be at least 1.2 metres in height to use the 4D Motion Ride.

The NEW Brain Zone (opening 25 March) lets you understand what’s going on inside your head through exciting, fun activities and exhibits. Explore what makes you ‘you’. Find out how your brain works and how it controls so many of your body’s functions – often without you even realising it.

For a list of free things to do at Easter click here

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