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Your ULTIMATE Guide to What's On for Kids & Families in the North East | February Half Term 2017


I absolutely can't wait for February Half term this year. We always try and stay local and support our North East venues in this holiday and this year is no different. I'll be posting daily reviews of various events across our region so keep your eyes peeled for those. 


This post has taken HOURS to write and it's testament to just how much there is to do in our region. Many activities are free too so there's no need for the kids to complain that they're bored. Please be aware that events/timings/costs can change so always double check details for yourself before you head out.

If you'd like to see more posts like this, please give our North East Family Fun page a like and join our North East Days Out Facebook group. You can also find me posting photos from across the North East over on Instagram here.


Daily Events



11th - 26th Feb |  Dig for it, Fossil Rubbing & Code Breaker Trail at Preston park

18th - 26th Feb | NE Puddle Jumping Championships | WWT Washington

18th - 26th Feb | Snowdrop planting at Wallington

20th - 24th |  50 Things at Seaton Delaval Hall

18th - 26th Feb | Washington Children's Strike Commemorations at Beamish

18th - 26th Feb | Free Dino Pals Crafts at Woodhorn

18th - 26th Feb | Rainforest Family Trail at Sunderland Winter Gardens

20th - 26th Feb | Food themed play time at intu Metrocentre

Saturday 18th February


February Half Term at Lightwater Valley
  • 10:30am - 3:30pm
  • £6 per person
  • Pre-bookable event

CoderDojo at Life
  • 11am - 1pm
  • FREE
  • Pre-bookable event

Making Space | Animation at Life
  • All Day
  • Included with regular admission
  • No booking required


Moana Inspired Art Class at Great Park
  • 9:30am - 10:30am
  • £6.50 per child
  • Tickets must be pre-booked 


Fossil making at Preston Park
  • 10am - 3pm
  • Included with museum admission (donations welcome)
  • Drop in activity


Timecraft | A Geek in Egypt at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery
  • 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm
  • £6 per person
  • Tickets must be pre-booked 

Teddy Bear Hospital at Discovery Museum
  • 11m - 4pm
  • FREE
  • Drop in event

The Bear & the Piano with David Litchfield at Seven Stories
  • 11am
  • £3 per person + regular admission
  • Tickets can be pre-booked 


Winter bingo at Gibside
  • 11am - 3pm
  • Included with admission
  • Booking not needed 



Sunday 19th February



February Half Term at Lightwater Valley
  • 10:30am - 3:30pm
  • £6 per person
  • Pre-bookable event 

Making Space | Animation at Life
  • All Day
  • Included with regular admission
  • No booking required 

Baby Valentines Ball at Rising Sun Country Park
  • 10:15am and 11:30am
  • £7 per baby
  • Tickets must be pre-booked 

Matinee Film at Discovery Museum (WALL-E)
  • 1:30pm
  • £3 per ticket
  • Tickets must be pre-booked 

Big Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Booster Cushion Theatre at Seven Stories
  • 11am
  • £3 per person + regular admission
  • Tickets can be pre-booked 


Piecing Together the Past at Preston Park
  • 10am - 3pm
  • Included with regular admission
  • Drop in event 


Jurassic Park Screening at Preston Park
  • 1pm
  • £2 per person
  • Advance booking required 


Winter bingo at Gibside
  • 11am - 3pm
  • Included with admission
  • Booking not needed 

Monday 20th February



February Half Term at Lightwater Valley
  • 10:30am - 3:30pm
  • £6 per person
  • Pre-bookable event 

Muffin Lab at intu Eldon Square
  • 11am-4pm
  • FREE
  • No booking required 

Meet The Gruffalo & Gruffalo Crafts at Alnwick Garden
  • 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm
  • Included with regular admission
  • No booking required 

Making Space | Pingball at Life
  • All day
  • Included with regular admission
  • No booking required

Timecraft | Reconstructing the Roman Fort at Sagedenum
  • 10am, 11:30am, 1pm and 2:30pm
  • £6 per child
  • Tickets must be pre-booked 

Bearspotting with David Roberts and Michelle Robinson at Seven Stories
  • 3pm
  • £7 per child (includes one adult & a copy of the book followed by book signing. If you wish to see the rest of the centre, regular admission applies)
  • Tickets must be pre-booked 

Creatures Up Close at Gateshead Central Library
  • 2pm and 2:45pm
  • £2.50/£3 per person
  • Tickets must be pre-booked in advance 

Crafty Animations at Gateshead Central Library
  • 2pm - 4pm
  • £5 per person
  • Tickets must be booked in advance 

Wild Art at Gibside
  • 11am - 3pm
  • Included with admission
  • Booking not needed 

So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs at Tyne Theatre & Opera House
  • 2pm
  • from £12.50
  • Tickets must be booked in advance 


Build a bird box at Souter Lighthouse

  • 11am - 4pm
  • £4 per box
  • Just turn up 



Tuesday 21st February


February Half Term at Lightwater Valley
  • 10:30am - 3:30pm
  • £6 per person
  • Pre-bookable event 

Volcano Cookies at intu Eldon Square
  • 11am-4pm
  • FREE
  • No booking required 

Mask Making Workshop at Cineworld Dalton Park
  • 11am - 3pm 
  • FREE
  • No booking requires 

Making Space | Pingball at Life
  • All day
  • Incuded with regular admission
  • No booking required 

Timecraft | Reconstructing the Roman Fort at Sagedenum
  • 10am, 11:30am, 1pm and 2:30pm
  • £6 per child
  • Tickets must be pre-booked 

Cog Creations and Steampunk Automa at Discovery Museum
  • 11am - 3pm
  • Paper crafts are FREE, Metal crafts £2 per person
  • Drop in event 

New Inventors | Out with the old and in with the new at Discovery Museum
  • 2pm
  • £6 per child 
  • Must be pre-booked 

Bearspotting with David Roberts and Michelle Robinson at Seven Stories
  • 10:30am
  • £7 per child (includes one adult & a copy of the book followed by book signing. If you wish to see the rest of the centre, regular admission applies)
  • Tickets must be pre-booked 

Make a Movie in a day at Gateshead Central Library
  • 9:30am - 4:30pm
  • £20 per child (8-14 years)
  • Tickets must be pre-booked 

Just 4 Larks 2 Day Creative Writing Workshop for aged 8-12 years at Northern Stage
  • 10am - 3:30pm (across 2 days - 21st & 22nd Feb)
  • £30 per day
  • Tickets must be pre-booked 

Fossil making at Preston Park
  • 10am - 3pm
  • Included with museum admission (donations welcome)
  • Drop in activity 

Pokemon Go at Pelaw Library
  • 10am - 12noon
  • £1 per child
  • Drop in activity

Make a Hedgehog Home at Great North Museum
  • 10:30am - 12:30pm
  • £6 per box (one per family)
  • Drop in activity 


Wellyteering at Gibside
  • 11am - 3pm
  • Included with admission
  • Booking not needed

Bird crafts at Souter Lighthouse
  • 11am - 4pm
  • £1
  • Booking not required 


 Make a Bird Feeder at Rising Sun Country Park

  • 1pm - 3pm
  • £3 per child
  • Must be booked in advance 


Wednesday 22nd February



Terrible Tusks and Terrible Teeth at Hardwick Park
  • 11am - 3pm
  • £3 per child
  • Drop in event 

Build a bird box at Souter Lighthouse
  • 11am - 4pm
  • £4 per box
  • Just turn up 

Doctor Brussels Worm Farms at intu Eldon Square
  • 11am-4pm
  • FREE
  • No booking required

Making Space | Pingball at Life
  • All day
  • Included with regular admission
  • No booking required 

Creative Baby at Shipley Art Gallery
  • 1pm - 2:30pm
  • £5 per session
  • Pre-booking essential

Amazing Art Family Day at Sunderland Winter Gardens
  • 11am - 3pm
  • FREE
  • Drop in activity

Animal stories from around the world at The Word, South Shields
  • 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm
  • £3.50 per person
  • Tickets must be pre-booked 

Spirits of the Sea at the National Glass Centre
  • 10:30am, 1pm and 3:30pm
  • £6 per person
  • Tickets must be pre-booked

Powerful Pyramids at Oriental Museum Durham
  • 1pm - 3pm
  • Included with museum entry (which is just £3.50 per family)
  • Drop in event

Time Kitchen at Discovery Museum
  • 11am - 2pm
  • FREE
  • Drop in event
Rhodie Bashing at Gibside
  • 11am - 3pm
  • Included with admission
  • Booking not needed 

Junk Modelling at Stephenson Railway Museum
  • 11am - 3pm
  • £1 to join in
  • Drop in event 

Pokemon Go at Whickham Library
  • 2pm - 3pm
  • £1 per child
  • Drop in activity 

.....and The Cow Jumped Over the Moon at Customs House, South Shields
  • 2pm
  • from £7.50
  • Tickets must be pre-booked 

Autism relaxed opening at Great North Museum

  • 9am - 10am
  • FREE
  • Booking is essential


Thursday 23rd February


 Minecraft Mayhem at Felling Library
  • 10:30am - 11:30am
  • FREE (bring your own tablet - limited numbers available)
  • Drop in activity 

Bird crafts at Souter Lighthouse

  • 11am - 4pm
  • £1
  • Booking not required 


Get Crafty | Tell Us About It at Shipley Art Gallery
  • 10am - 2pm
  • £2.50 per child
  • Drop in event 


Mask Making Workshop at Cineworld Dalton Park
  • 11am - 3pm 
  • FREE
  • No booking requires 

Making Space | Pingball at Life
  • All day
  • Included with regular admission
  • No booking required 

Dinosaur Tales at The Word, South Shields
  • 10am, 11:15am and 2pm
  • From £2.50
  • Tickets must be pre-booked 

Foil etching at Discovery Museum
  • 11am - 3pm
  • FREE paper crafts, £2 for foil etching
  • Drop in event 

Northumbria Drama Students present........Bears!
  • 12noon - 5pm (regular intervals)
  • Included with centre admission
  • Free ticketed event on a first come, first served basis 

Creatures Up Close at Leam Lane Library
  • 2pm and 2:45pm
  • £2.50/£3 per person
  • Tickets must be pre-booked in advance 

Creatures Up Close at Rowlands Gill Library
  • 11am and 11:45am
  • £2.50/£3 per person
  • Tickets must be pre-booked in advance

Microbit coding at Gateshead Central Library
  • 2pm - 3:30pm
  • £3 per child
  • Tickets must be pre-booked in advance 

Star gazing - an introduction to astronomy for families and beginners at Cherryburn

  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • £5 per person
  • Tickets must be pre-booked


Fossil making at Preston Park
  • 10am - 3pm
  • Included with museum admission (donations welcome)
  • Drop in activity

Make a heart at Gibside
  • 11am - 3pm
  • Included with admission
  • Booking not needed 

.....and The Cow Jumped Over the Moon at Customs House, South Shields
  • 2pm
  • from £7.50
  • Tickets must be pre-booked 


Friday 24th February



Making Space | Pingball at Life
  • All day
  • Incuded with regular admission
  • No booking required 

Mythical Beast Building with Chalk at Shipley Art Gallery
  • 10:30am - 12 noon
  • £2.50 per person
  • Pre-bookable event 

Rainforest Family Day at Sunderland Winter Gardens
  • 11am - 12:30pm and 1:30pm - 3pm
  • FREE
  • Drop in event 

Dinosaur Tales at The Word, South Shields
  • 10am, 11:15am and 2pm
  • From £2.50
  • Tickets must be pre-booked 

Monstersaurus at Sage Gateshead
  • 11am & 2pm
  • From £11.29
  • Tickets must be pre-booked 

Northumbria Drama Students present........Bears!
  • 12noon - 5pm (regular intervals)
  • Included with centre admission
  • Free ticketed event on a first come, first served basis 

Winter bingo at Gibside
  • 11am - 3pm
  • Included with admission
  • Booking not needed

Build a bird box at Souter Lighthouse
  • 11am - 4pm
  • £4 per box
  • Just turn up 

Lets Play Engine Driver and Guard at Stephenson Railway
  • 11am - 3pm
  • FREE
  • Drop in event 

Superhero Friday at Birtley Library
  • 10:30 - 11:30am
  • Small charge for some activities
  • Just turn up 

.....and The Cow Jumped Over the Moon at Customs House, South Shields
  • 2pm
  • from £7.50
  • Tickets must be pre-booked 

Fire and Ice Festival in Durham
  • 1pm - 6:15pm
  • FREE
  • No booking required 

Saturday 25th February



The Storyteller at Northern Stage

  • 10:30am and 12noon
  • £4 per person
  • Tickets must be pre-booked 


Making Space | Scribble Bots at Life
  • All day
  • Incuded with regular admission
  • No booking required 

Fossil making at Preston Park
  • 10am - 3pm
  • Included with museum admission (donations welcome)
  • Drop in activity 

Winter bingo at Gibside
  • 11am - 3pm
  • Included with admission
  • Booking not needed

McDonalds & Batman Lego Activity Day at Dalton Park
  • 12noon - 6pm
  • FREE
  • No booking required
Fire and Ice Festival in Durham
  • 1pm - 6:15pm
  • FREE
  • No booking required



Sunday 26th February


Mary Eleanor Bowes Birthday at Gibside
  • 11am - 3pm
  • Included with admission
  • No booking required 

Making Space | Scribble Bots at Life
  • All day
  • Included with regular admission
  • No booking required 

Phew! What a list! If you'd like to see more posts like this, please give our North East Family Fun page a like and join our North East Days Out Facebook group. You can also find me posting photos from across the North East over on Instagram here. 


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4 comments

  1. Wow that must have taken you forever! I'll be referring to it. It's going out on my Fb Friday morning. I'll pin it now.

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    1. It did take forever - worth it though. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Wow! What a fantastic list...
    We're hoping for a couple of days out during the holidays. This has been a great help. Thank you x

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    1. You're welcome - I honestly can't wait for February Half Term :D

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