My children go back to school today and I am already missing the fun adventures we've had this summer. It is just 6 weeks until October half term though, so I have decided to throw myself into planning a fantastic fun-filled half term break and I'll be making sure we get the most out of every second.
This year, we are very excited to be working with the Juice Festival which is an arts festival for young people, children & their families plus under 25s in NewcastleGateshead. As the event has such a fantastic range of activities planned, I thought I would write a post with a few initial details and if anything catches your eye, you can save the date.
The Big Juice Family Day | Saturday 22 October | A free day of family events & performances at various venues across NewcastleGateshead including the Discovery Museum and Trinity Square.
Day of the Dead - Family Celebrations | Saturday 29 October | Juice Festival has once again teamed up with ¡VAMOS! Festival and will be celebrating Latin America's most popular holiday. Day of the Dead will take place at ¡VAMOS! Social in Newcastle and will involve colourful costumes, face painting, live performances and more.
Big Juice Read | Thursday 27 October (Gateshead Central Library) & Friday 28 October (Newcastle City Library) | A day filled with Roald Dahl themed crafts and fun workshops to celebrate the centenary of the treasured author's birth.
Make it Digital | Thursday 27 Oct | Shipley Art Gallery will present a day of digital crafts and activities.
Great North Explorers | Tuesday 25 October & Wednesday 26 October | The Great North Museum: Hancock will be brought to life by theatre company November Club with a series of pop-up performances inside the museum.
Mirror Mirror | Thursday 27 October & Friday 28 October | Northern Stage presents two inclusive performances for families and young people with additional needs. This multi-sensory performance set inside a beauty parlour is a feast for all senses.
Downside Up | Monday 24 October & Tuesday 25 October | Bare Toed Dance return to Northern Stage and wow audiences with their aerial show. The dancers will fly, climb and spin. Perfect for children aged 5-11 including those with additional needs.
Windibops | Wednesday 26 October | Dance City invites audiences to the Windibops lab to meet three dancing scientists who will be explaining all about flatulence and global warming. Expect lots of interaction with test tubes, cows and fart jars!
The Hogswallops | Friday 28 October & Saturday 29 October | Northern Stage will host this loud, funny and colourful show for families which blends circus skills, clowning, juggling and storytelling.
Stateless | Friday 28 October & Saturday 29 October | This brand new piece of dance theatre at Dance Coty examines journeys, humanity and tolerance as the lives and fate of people crossing borders is explored.
Six Legs | Tuesday 25 October | The magical world of insects will be expllored through puppetry during this performance for children aged 4-7 and their families at Gateshead Central Library. Expect lots of audience participation and fun.
Art Life | Wednesday 28 October | Art Mix have developed a film series for Juice Festival exploring the issues important to young people, inspired by BALTIC's exhibitions.
Anime Attacks | Saturday 22 October | Anime and Japanese culture fancs can enjoy a day of cosplay, music, art, fashion and more at Gateshead Central Library and Leisure Centre
Mapping the City | Monday 24 October, Wednesday 26 October & Friday 28 October | This is your chance to make your very own map of Newcastle in a series of workshops and accompanying exhibition at Newcastle Central Library. Younf people can re-create our city through their own eyes, uncovering secret and hidden places they like and removing those they don't.
Frequencies | Monday 24 October | The Sage Gateshead will host a day of music making workshops which will give young musicians the chance to meet and learn from other musicians and industry professionals.
WOW! I honestly cannot wait for October Half Term now. Juice Festival takes place from Friday 21 – Saturday 29 October 2016. Visit www.juicefestival.co.uk for more information. A full programme will be announced soon and I'll be writing a few posts with age-specific activities and ideas in the run up to the festival, but for now, if anything has caught your eye, make sure you pencil it into your diary.
Let me know which part of the festival has caught your eye.