So after Christmas and before New Year, it can all feel a bit underwhelming, and there’s only so much you can do in the house. Yes, even in that house that’s now groaning with new toys. Somehow they’re not as appealing as they were in the Argos catalogue. So what’s on for toddlers and young children in the Newcastle area?
I’ve had a scout about and found some fun things for the family to enjoy in Newcastle and nearby. I’ve listed events that have tickets available. Please check before you travel to these in case things have changed or all bookings are full.
Sage Gateshead – Big Family Festive Sing and Dance
29th -30th December. Tickets available at 1pm and 2.20pm sessions on both days.
Together with the Early Years musicians, there will be singing, dancing, and playing through festive favourites all celebrating the spirit of winter. Feel free to wear your favourite festive outfit – the musicians will be sporting theirs!
Activities and content will be ideal for under 7s and their families. Each session lasts around an hour. Tickets £4 each or family ticket £12 (for 4 people, at least one to be a child). For more information and to book see the Sage Gateshead website.
Newcastle Guild Hall to St Mary’s Heritage Centre Guided Walk
30th December at 11am.
If you fancy a walk through the city with Newcastle City guides with mince pies to look forward to at the end, then this one is for you. £4 or £3 per concession. For more information see the website.
31st December 11am to 3pm drop in. Free.
Make a lantern to use while you’re watching the Newcastle New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival. Of course, you could just make one, even if you’re not going to watch the parade! Battery operated lights for the lanterns are available for a small charge. For more information see the website.
Sunderland Winter Gardens
Until 3rd January.
Sunderland Winter Gardens still have their Christmas tree trail on this week, where you can follow the clues and learn about Christmas and festive traditions. Collect all the symbols and at the end you can pick up a festive prize. £2.50 per entry. See their website for more information.
National Glass Centre
29th December 10:15-4pm drop in.
This one is for children aged 4 and above, but younger children will probably enjoy watching the free glass blowing too. The cafe is worth a visit while you are there! Create a beautiful hanging glass decoration in the winter wildlife glass painting workshop ready to take home to hang on the tree or give as a gift. £3. See the National Glass Centre website for more info.
Playhouse Whitley Bay – Aladdin
29th December a few tickets left for 1pm show
30th December tickets left for both 1pm and 4.30pm shows
31st December there are about 5 tickets left but only two seats together for 1pm show.
Aladdin is a traditional pantomime for the whole family! Featuring Steve Walls, Tyneside’s favourite entertainer, alongside an all star-cast, including Shane Lynch. Tickets from £21 plus fees. See the Playhouse website for more information.
Until 3rd January 1.00 – 3.30pm
Join in the family festive fun this Christmas and enjoy creating a variety of Christmas crafts in the Discovery Centre (small costs apply). Admission fee for the Wetlands Centre (save 10% if you buy online), £8.26 per adult, £4.18 for children. Under 4s go free. See the WWT website for more info.
Seaton Delaval Hall
31st December drop in 11am – 3pm. Free.
Seaton Delaval Hall is a National Trust property, so you’ll need a membership for this one, or else pay the admission fee. There are craft activities on for the kids, which are free when you’re in. Make a new year’s resolution and bury it in a time capsule somewhere in the grounds. See the National Trust website for more information.
None of these float your boat? Read these ideas for free days out in Northumberland for toddlers. Or what about soft play suitable for a toddler in Newcastle and nearby? Don’t forget the benefits of a run around in the park – North Tyneside has some brilliant playgrounds.
Are you sorted for New Year’s Eve? I’ve some family-friendly ideas for New Year’s Eve in Newcastle and nearby. Don’t forget the first day of the New Year – here are some family-friendly things to do in the North East on New Year’s Day.
What have you got planned this week in the North East with young children? Let me know if I’ve missed an event off, please!