The Ultimate Guide to What's On for Kids & Families across North East England - January 2018

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Welcome back to my regular guide to what's on for kids in the North East. I am changing the format slightly in 2018 and will be posting a monthly guide rather than a new post every week - this is based on reader feedback as often events have sold out by the time I post about them and a monthly guide will give you more time to plan.



The monthly guides will be published on the first Thursday of every month and shared as a note near the top of my Facebook page (handy if you need to come back to it at any point). I'll also update this post throughout the month as new events and deals are published so make sure you pop back. Let's jump straight into January 2018.........



Family Deals | January 2018

Here are some of the family deals available throughout January - some of these sell out quickly so you need to be quick! I'll update this section throughout the month so please let me know if youspot any good deals. Always check t&c's before booking.


  • Seven Stories are offering up to 35% off single entry and annual passes 
  • Ice Skating and Dino Jaws entry at Life Science Centre from just £5
  • 4 soft play passes for Pirates Cove in Jarrow for £7
  • Ten Pin Bowling for up to 6 people for £12 when you join MFA Bowling Family Club
  • 30% off Jump 360 Newcastle 
  • Save up to 60% on afternoon tea at Great North Museum 
  • 25% off a Virtual Reality Experience at Pirate Escape Rooms Whitley Bay
  • Half price surf lesson in South Shields
  • Bowling & Food for 6 people for £10 at The Dunes South Shields 
  • Children eat free (from the children's menu) when accompanied by a paying adult at Paradiso, Newcastle.
  • Buy One Get One Free Bowling at Namco Gaming, intu Metrocentre (Monday - Thursday until 8 February. T&Cs apply) -
  • 2 burgers for £12 at GBK, intu Metrocentre 


Family fun throughout January



Children's Theatre | January 2018

  • 14 January | Bear & Butterfly at Sage Gateshead | 
  • 16 - 20 January | Seussical the Musical at Gala Theatre, Durham | 
  • 16-21 January | Whitley Bay Panto Society presents Snow White at Playhouse Whitley Bay | 
  • 24 January | Bear & Butterfly at Gala Theatre |
  • From 31 January | Shrek the Musical at Sunderland Empire | 

National Trust Events | January 2018 

It's a quiet month at National Trust properties this month but even without a special event, they're still worth a visit for a nice winter walk.

  • 7 January | Souter Bird Race at Souter Lighthouse |
  • 27 & 28 January | Feed the birds weekend at Gibside |



What's On | 6 & 7 January 2018 

  • 6 January | Art Classes for 10-25 year olds at Laing Art Gallery | 
  • 6 January | Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Children's Film Club, Tyneside Cinema | 
  • 7 January | Kids ride for £1 at Tanfield Railway | 
  • 6 & 7 January | Create a Stained Glass Window Hanging at Palace Green Library | 
  • 6 & 7 January | Trolls/Lego Ninjago for £1 at Empire Cinema, Sunderland | 
  • Wombling Weekend at Seven Stories | 


What's On | 13 & 14 January 2018

  • 13 January | Sound Art for 10 - 13 year olds at Baltic | 
  • 13 January | TechyTots (Superheroes) for 2-6 year olds at The Word |
  • 14 January | Kids ride for £1 at Tanfield Railway |
  • 13 & 14 January | Lego Ninjago / My Little Pony for £1 at Empire Cinema, Sunderland 
  • 13 & 14 January | Shadow Puppets at Palace Green 
  • 13 & 14 January | Yarn Bombing Story Weekend at RSPB Saltholme


What's On | 20 & 21 January 2018 

  • 20 January | TechyTots (Paddington) for 2-6 year olds at The Word 
  • 20 January | Make a Magical Fairy Garden at Gateshead Central Library
  • 21 January | Decorate a Hot Chocolate Mug at National Glass Centre
  • 21 January | Kids ride for £1 at Tanfield Railway 
  • 20 & 21 January | Sing/My Little Pony for £1 at Empire Cinema Sunderland
  • 20 & 21 January | Create a Toadstool at Palace Green Library
  • 20 & 21 January | Yarn Bombing Story Weekend at RSPB Saltholme


What's On | 27 & 28 January 2018 

  • 27 January | TechyTots (Monsters) for 2-6 year olds at The Word 
  • 27 January | 3D Bear Mask Making Workshop at Seven Stories 
  • 28 January | Hands on Science for ages 13+ at Life Science Centre 
  • 28 January | Kids ride for £1 at Tanfield Railway 
  • RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch 
  • 27 & 28 January | Make your own Cerberus Puppet at Palace Green Library
  • 27 & 28 January | Sing/The Nut Job 2 for £1 at Empire Cinema Sunderland 
This weekend is the Big Garden Bird Watch. You can use this free bird spotter tool to track the birds you spot. Benefits include: 
  • Tracking your bird sightings from anywhere in the world
  • Easy to use and navigate
  • Seeing what birds have been discovered near you
  • Share sightings on social media
  • Develop your own profile
  • Add user photos
  • GPS enabled location
Big Garden Birdwatch with Birdspotter

Let me know if you have any January plans. 

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The Ultimate Guide to What's On for Kids & Families across North East England - January 2018






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  1. It sounds a great idea posting monthly!
    What a great round up! Thank you :D x

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