Gateshead ALive - 10 Events For Tweens, Teens & Little Ones This Spring

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I've said this a few times before but I absolutely love the diverse range of events Gateshead Alive put on throughout the year. Their events are always free or low-cost and there's something for everyone from messy-play parties to the chance to try animation for older kids and dance camps for tweens and teens. Here's my guide to this Spring's highlights, make sure you check out the Gateshead ALive Facebook page for full event listings and more ideas.


Thoughtful Huge Family Painting | 18th February |  Caedmon Hall (Gateshead Central Library) 


Gateshead ALive - 10 Events For Tweens, Teens & Little Ones This Spring  - Thoughtful Huge painting

Are you looking for something creative and fun to entertain the kids this half term? This is the event for you. The Thought Foundation team will be visiting Gateshead Central Library to facilitate a huge floor painting and want you to get involved. Definitely an event to wear your old clothes to and get your creative juices flowing. There are several 30-minute sessions throughout the day and tickets are just £3 for each person who wishes to take part. You can find out more and book online here.


GemArts Mini Mela | 21 February | Gateshead Central Library 

No need to book - FREE drop-in event 


Gateshead ALive - 10 Events For Tweens, Teens & Little Ones This Spring  - GemArts Mela

Expect a jam-packed day full of free, family fun with the GemArts Mini Mela. Expect visual arts, music and dance from around the world. Or why not try something new? There will be a chance to try steel pans, calligraphy and more. See the Facebook event for further details.

Imagine Gateshead | 19 February 11am-3pm |  Trinity Square

No need to pre-book - FREE drop-in event 

Gateshead ALive - 10 Events For Tweens, Teens & Little Ones This Spring  - Imagine Gateshead

This free family event is suitable for all and designed to get us thinking about the future. There will be a variety of mini activities for you to try including making your own dream jar, try some stop-go animation, create your own characters for a future Gateshead, fold your own origami butterfly and cover it with your favourite things about Gateshead and more. Find out more here. 

Happy Hearts Workshop | 23 March 10am | Gateshead Central Library 



Gateshead ALive - 10 Events For Tweens, Teens & Little Ones This Spring  - Happy Hearts Workshop


In celebration of the International Day of Happiness, you're invited to join Bethan Laker to make, decorate and paint blocks to take home and make you smile. This workshop sounds like a fab workshop for adults to try with their tweens and teens to take part in together and take some time out to remember what makes us smile. Find out more and book online here. 


Chicken Licken - A Tale Jam  |  29 March (1pm) & 30 March (11am) | Gateshead Central Library


Gateshead ALive - 10 Events For Tweens, Teens & Little Ones This Spring  - Chicken Lickin

I used to love this tale when I was little and I'm delighted that this story is being brought to life in Gateshead this Spring. The musical storytelling will share the hip chick's adventurer which is accessible to all. Tickets are a bargain at £5.50 each and available to pre-book online here. All ages are welcome, the venue is fully accessible and carers go free (see ticket booking page for details).

Easter Culture Camp : GLOW UV Performance & Light Show | 10 April - 9:30am-4:30pm | Gateshead Central Library 


Gateshead ALive - 10 Events For Tweens, Teens & Little Ones This Spring  - Easter Culture Camp

This event is perfect for tweens and teens and the chance to spend a full day with a professional dancer exploring dance and circus skills and then bringing them to life with technology. Expect UV glow costumes, light up hula hoops, light gloves, props and more. Parents can return at 4:20pm to watch a special mini performance. Remember to bring a packed lunch. Find out more and book online here.

NB - There are additional Culture Camps for 8-14 year olds running on 18 April (Muscial Theatre - find out more and book here) and 28 May (pop-up animation - find out more and book your tickets here)

Artventurers Easter Party | 17 April 10:30am/1pm | Caedmon Hall (Gateshead Central Library)

Pre-book tickets here (ages 6months - 5years +parents/carers)

Gateshead ALive - 10 Events For Tweens, Teens & Little Ones This Spring  - Artventurers Easter party


Join Artventurers for their fabulous Easter Party in Gateshead. Expect lots of messy fun including painting, collage making, messy play, crafts and music. Tickets are £6 per child (adults go free) and can be pre-booked online here. 



I Weigh | 9 April 6pm (running time 80 minutes) | Gateshead Central Library 

Pre-book tickets now (Ages 12+ and adults) 



I Weigh is a brand new theatre show by young people with Mortal Fools. Aimed at ages 12+ and grown-ups, this show will take you on a fun and poignant journey through living life in a world where you might not feel good enough and have a distorted perception of self-image. Tickets are a bargain at £3 per young person and £5 per adult. Find out more and buy your tickets here. 


Late Shows in Gateshead | 18 May 7pm-11pm | Multiple Venues Across Gateshead 

No need to pre-book - FREE drop-in event 


Gateshead ALive - 10 Events For Tweens, Teens & Little Ones This Spring - The Late Shows Gateshead


The Late Shows are back and Saturday 18 May is Gateshead's night to shine. Various venues will be opening their doors after hours and you can grab the coveted orange glow stick and get stuck into a huge range of activities on offer. The fill programme of events is still to be announced so save the date for bow and keep an eye on The Late Shows website for details. The event is famuly-friendly and all ages are welcome.

Elmer Family Day | 30 May 11am - 3pm | Gateshead Central Library 

No need to book - FREE drop-in event 


Gateshead ALive - 10 Events For Tweens, Teens & Little Ones This Spring - Elmer Family Day


Celebrate Elmer's 30th birthday with this FREE family day. Expect activities with Artventurers, free face painting, Elmer-themed activities and the chance to have your photo taken with one of the Elmer Sculptures ahead of Elmer's Great North Parade which runs from August-November this year. What a fantastic opportunity to grab a sneaky peek! You can find out more here. 


Let me know if you're planning on attending any of these events - we can't wait for The Late Shows. 

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