Getting kids excited after Christmas can be a bit of a hassle, but there's a ton of awesome activities going on around the North East that are sure to get them interested. We've rounded up our favourites for February and March, so that you can always keep them busy.
The Big, Big Block Build @ The Discovery Museum - Sun 12 Feb, £3 + booking fee
Ever imagined what Newcastle would look like if it was built with lego? Find out with The Big, Big Block Build. The sky is the limit with this workshop, which encourages kids to work together to recreate famous Newcastle landmarks with a twist. Give the Tyne Bridge wings, it'll look awesome.
Unusual Outfitters @ The Discovery Museum - Sat 18 Feb, £5 + booking fee
Steampunk is fashion with a technological edge, and that's exactly what you'll be creating in this workshop. Bring along a hat, headband or a pair of gloves, (or just any clothes you can get your hands on) and transform them into a steampunk masterpiece with the help of ornaments, sewing machines and soldering irons - adults on hand to help!
Maker Space: Animation @ Life Museum - Sat 18 - Sun 19 Feb, Free with Life Science Centre ticket
If animation is more your style, try your hand at making different types of animation that can then be replicated from home. Workshop will include making a simple spinning illusion, as well as stop motion animation for budding film makers. The event is free, but you'll need a ticket to the museum.
Maker Space: Pingball machine @ Life Museum - Mon 20 - Fri 24 Feb, Free with Life Science Centre ticket
Want to be a pinball wizard? Now you can be, by making your own 'pingball' machine - like pinball, but a little more creative. Use magnets, elastic bands and blocks to create a maze to run your marble through, then aim for targets and challenge your friends.
Maker Space: Scribble Bots @ Life Museum - Sat 25 - Sun 26 Feb, Free with Life Science Centre ticket
Scribble bots will see you creating your own scribbling robot; take some pens, attach a motor and a bit of mechanical know-how, and you're away. Build the motorized contraption yourself, and watch it come to life as it creates its own drawings and scribbles.
Maker Space: Paper Circuits @ Life Museum - Sat 4 - Sun 5 Mar, Free with Life Science Centre ticket
Ever think your drawings could use a little bit more pizzazz? Now you can actually light them up with Paper Circuits. Introduce a simple circuit to your drawing and watch it light up, or buzz. You'll make the circuit yourself using copper tape, LEDs and card; experts on hand for guidance and advice.
Codebreaking @ The Discovery Museum - Sat 11 Mar, £5 + booking fee
Calling all history buffs and wannabee script kiddies, this coding event is for you. Using vintage computer hardware, try your hand at decoding the secret communications that helped to bring World War Two to an end. Eat your heart out Alan Turing.
Giant Cardboard Inventing @ The Discovery Museum - Sat 18 & Sun 19 Mar, £3 +booking fee
If your child has ever climbed in a cardboard box and pretended it was a rocket, this workshop is for them. Large scale cardboard, recycled junk and a bit of expert engineering know-how will see their creations come to life. No prior knowledge of inventing required.
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