Ways To Keep The Kids Entertained at Home This Easter
As the warmer weather closes in and the city begins to open up, there’s still loads of exciting activities for you and the little ones to enjoy this April. While it may not be the bank holiday celebrations we had planned for, we’ve put together a guide to help parents keep little brains ticking, young hearts racing and pearly whites showing while we spend the school holidays at home this year.
CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP: I'VE GOT THE GOLDEN TICKET!
Have you got a budding author on your hands? If so, listen up! Our friends at Seven Stories are saving the day once again with fantastic virtual events to keep youngsters thinking during the school holidays. So, what is the I’ve Got the Golden Ticket workshop all about? Collect your ‘golden ticket’ and get ready to design your dream factory - Willy Wonka-style! Do your conveyor belts dispense sparkly kittens? Will your visitors go on a mysterious pirate-themed treasure hunt? Whatever you come up with - the more adventurous the better - learn about how to come up with the best describing words to really let your imagination go! Headed up by Stephanie and Lauren from the Children’s Literature unit at Newcastle University, kids will leave the Zoom workshop full of terrific tips and techniques for story writing.
EASTER EGG CATAPULTS: VIRTUAL WORKSHOP
8 & 15 APRIL
Ready, aim, fire! Our friends at Discovery Museum have a cracker of a workshop going on this April, as they’re welcoming families from across the city to take part in an exhilarating Easter egg catapult extravaganza! The task is simple; we all know that the Easter bunny has lots of eggs to deliver, and so Discovery Museums are challenging your little cherubs to build a catapult to make their job easier! Information on how to get involved and the lowdown on the materials you’ll need are all available via their website.
What better way to explore our city than jumping on the saddle and zooming round the city with loved ones all day? Get up sharp, have a hearty breakfast and get those two wheels blown up as this bank holiday weekend is the perfect chance to get out and about, have some fun and feel the wind in your hair on your trusty steed! Start your two wheel excursion down by our stunning Quayside. Down here, you can find wide paths (perfect for those still getting accustomed to the saddle), panoramic river views and a plethora of foodie spots to satisfy your post-ride refreshment needs. Whizz past the Tyne, bypass the city’s seven bridges and simply enjoy being in the great outdoors. It’s cycling bliss!
ART LAB EASTER 2021
Looking for home crafts to keep the kids busy this half term? BALTIC have got you covered thanks to their Art Lab Easter packs - filled with fun printed activities to explore, inspire and make! Including everything from postcard colouring-in, to recipe card ideas and artist-designed activities to really get your creative makers thinking, it’s a great way to keep brains ticking while we spend the Easter holidays at home. BALTIC worked together with artist Isabella Carreras to create these fun, tasty and creative packages, so head over to the BALTIC website for more information on how you can get your hands on one!
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE AT THE STAND
While The Stand Newcastle waits in the wings for reopening, grown-ups spending the Easter break at home can look forward to a side-splitting Saturday night set, LIVE from The Stand Edinburgh. Saturday Night Live at The Stand guarantees giggles from start to finish, featuring some of the finest talent in the comedy circuit. Pour yourself a glass of the food stuff, put your feet up and enjoy an evening of cracking comedy - you’ll feel like you’re back at The Stand Newcastle in no time!
LIFE GOES ON-LINE!
The Life Science Centre’s online hub has been a total savior when it comes to tracking down unique at-home learning during lockdown - and the virtual team just keeps on delivering the goods, to ensure there’s plenty on offer to keep kids entertained throughout the Easter holidays. From safe home experiments, to crafty activities, virtual tours and ‘Outdoor Explorers’ demonstrations, this creative corner of the internet is the gift that keeps on giving. Check it out this Easter - it’s a great chance to learn something new while having fun with the whole family!
STROLL IN THE PARK
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and zoom over to Leazes Park, where you can take a break and bask in the glorious sunshine rays with little ones! A popular spot for dog walkers, fitness enthusiasts and nature lovers, Leazes Park is the oldest park in the city and is well worth checking out this bank holiday weekend - if the British weather decides to hold up! Why not make it a picnic in the park too? You can enjoy a taste of the Toon in the great outdoors this spring with a trip to one of our lush, green spaces with a bag full of a picnic of goodies from the Grainger Market, soak up the sun and spend some quality time with loved ones outdoors! Don’t forget to tag us in your Insta snaps: @newcastlene1.