Sully from Monsters Inc. has taken up residence in South Shields - here's how to meet him (for free)

I have a huge soft spot for Monsters Inc. Released in 2001 when I was just 17 years old, I was obsessed with this film and still have my Sully soft toy my mam bought me from the Disney Store to this day. It's a film that has stood the test of time and my own children now love it just as much as I do. When I heard that Sully himself was going to feature in the Word's new Monsters exhibition in South Shields, I visited ASAP. Unfortunately, I made the rookie error of not checking Facebook first and the exhibition was temporarily closed for the day. I was gutted! So we tried again during May Half Term and this time, our trip was more successful. 

The Monsters exhibition continues at The Word in South Shields until 6 January 2019. It's completely free to visit and easy to get to with ferry, metro and bus links very close by. The exhibition is just on the right as you enter the building and I was honestly jumping for joy as I realised there was actually a mock-up of Boo's room. So cute! We visited during half term and it wasn't overly busy - plenty of opportunities to take photos.

The exhibition does not just focus on Monsters Inc. Expect to learn about lots of monsters old and new who have featured in books, film and tv over the year. There are lots of recognisable faces from Frankenstein to King Kong and Shrek.

We loved how interactive the exhibition was with lots of opportunities for little ones to listen to their favourite monsters, complete puzzles, watch TV shows and read fun facts. It's honestly one of the best free exhibitions we've visited in a while, the kids didn't want to leave!

As well as the monsters exhibition, there's always lots going on at The Word with a full calendar of events, thousands of books and interactive fun on every level. We always stop by the free craft area on the ground floor which features changing activities - at the moment there's the opportunity to design your own monster. Again, this was free and perfect for all ages. There's also a monster trail to complete and an interactive pod where you can drag digital words along the wall to create your own story.

On the upper levels there are iPads where you can create your own pictures, interactive games to play plus lots of little nooks where you can read a book in one of the two children's areas.

Not forgetting the viewing points overlooking the Tyne, a cafe and gift shop too.

I can highly recommend a trip to The Word this year. It's perfect for kids and grown-ups who have a soft spot for Monsters. We ended our trip with a ride on the Shields ferry which is just outside of the Word for fish and chips on the fish quay and then a nice walk along the prom to Tynemouth. You can also pair a visit to the South Shields Museum which is along the high street on the opposite side of the metro station (and also free).

Have you met Sully yet? Let me know if you do visit. 

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Sully from Monsters Inc. has taken up residence in South Shields - here's how to meet him (for free)


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  1. Wow, it looks so fun! Would love to meet Sully too!


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