What's On for Kids & Teens : September 2023

This post contains adverts and some of these events will require pre-booking. Please click on the blue links to check for booking/more information and check with venues direct for the most up-to-date information. This post is in the process of being updated. 

What's On for Kids & Teens : September 2022


September highlights

Swim. Eat. Play. at PaddlePod 

This fantastic deal is available at all three PaddlePod sites - Killingworth, Whitley Bay at Shiremoor 

These sessions are just £8.50 per person and include: 
  • A 60 minute swim in a heated pool with pool toys and floats available 
  • A panini/sandwich and hot drink for adults and a kids meal for children from the welcoming on-site cafe 
  • A play in the PaddlePod play area (which have just been revamped and look gorgeous) 
These sessions are exclusively for children aged 0-5 years, each adult can be responsible for up to two children in the water (or feel free to bring more than one grown up). Under 1s go free (food will not be provided for under 1s). 

Check dates and times and book here: https://paddlepod.co.uk/swim/baby-preschool/

Todder Takeover at Discovery Museum

πŸ‘©‍πŸ‘§This Tiny Sparks special event, designed specifically for toddlers aged 3-5 years old is back on Wednesday 20 September

⌚️ Time slots: 10am-11am / 10:15am-11:15am / 10:30am-11:30am/ 10:45am-11:45am/11am-12noon/11:15am-12:15pm/11:30am-12:30pm. Why not arrange to meet up with friends? Book here: https://discoverymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/tiny-sparks-toddler-takeover

😎 Toddlers will have the chance to take over the galleries on the first floor with a selection of self-led toddler friendly activities on offer

Activities will include:

πŸ‘·‍♀️ Building and Construction Zone
πŸ‘©‍✈️ Dressing Up Area
πŸ•΅️ Toddler Friendly Sorting and Counting Activities
πŸ‘ The Chance to Handle Exciting Museum Objects

πŸ₯° Early Years Staff from across Tyne & Wear Museums will also bring along some Toddler Friendly Activities from Great North Museum, Shipley Art Gallery, Laing Art Gallery, Stephenson Steam Railway & Boxes of Delight, Loans Box Service

πŸ‘‰ Tickets are just £2.75 (+bf) per toddler with accompanying adults and babies going free (book a ticket for everyone in your group). Book here: https://discoverymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/tiny-sparks-toddler-takeover

😊 The vibe is relaxed and welcoming. Feel free to explore the activities at your own pace and try as much or little as you like. You'll be given a leaflet with activity information on arrival. Younger siblings are more than welcome to come along too - just book them a free ticket.

Feel free to explore the rest of the museum before / afterwards.

πŸ‘€ Top Tips for Visiting Discovery Museum with your Toddler πŸ‘€

πŸš‚ Discovery Museum is a short walk from Newcaslte Central Station. Why not travel by train or Metro?

🚘 Limited car parking is available outside the museum on Blandford Square (NE1 4HZ) or Grainger Town Multi-Story Car Park (NE1 4AU) is a few minutes walk away

πŸ‘ Don't miss the Shaun the Sheep on the Tyne Sculpture located just outside of the museum

πŸ‘©‍🦽The museum is accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs with lifts to all floors and a changing places toilet

🚾 Baby change facilities are available in the male and female toilets on the ground, second and fourth floor

🍰 There is a child-friendly cafe in the museum selling hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, cakes and children's lunchboxes or you're welcome to bring a packed lunch - just ask staff on arrival for where the packed lunch space is that day

North Sea Weekender Silent Disco at Cullercoats 

Taking place at Cullercoats Beach on Saturday 23 September, the inaugural North Sea Weekender Silent Disco is all about family. 

A full bar selling soft and alcoholic drinks will be available at both events. 

There are two events to choose from: 
  • Silent Disco Tots (1-3pm) 
    Expect a fun packed two hours with a laid back family beach vibe. There will be beach games, lots of dancing and party hits and the grown ups won't be forgotten with the DJ spinning hits from the 80s, 90s and 00s too. A perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

    This event is recommended for families with younger children but all are welcome. Find out more and book tickets here. 

  • Silent Disco for All (4pm-7pm) 
    The perfect event for families with tweens/teens (although all ages are welcome). Why not plan to meet up with friends as a final farewell to summer on the beach?

    Expect live DJs and party vibes for music loving families without the 18+ age restriction. Find out more and book tickets here. 

The SpongeBob Musical at Newcastle Theatre Royal 


🍍 The SpongeBob Musical is heading to Newcastle Theatre Royal from 5-9 September.

Book your tickets (including half price kids) here:  Book The SpongeBob Musical including half price kids tickets. 

🍍 Recommended for all ages (kids aged 6+) , this hilarious show will take you on a journey right to the bottom of the sea

🍍 Starring Pop Idol's Gareth Gates and Divina De Campo from Ru Paul's Drag Race, you can expect toe-tapping songs and music alongside stunning visual effects and costumes as you are transported to another world for a couple of side-splitting hours

🀿 And of course, there will be bubbles

This is a fantastic offer and looks like it will be a super fun show.

Book your tickets (including half price kids) here:  Book The SpongeBob Musical including half price kids tickets. 

*Kids go half price with a full paying adult! Offer applies to price bands 1-5 all performances except Saturday 2.30pm, one Standard ticket must be purchased.
Add the number of Standard & Child tickets you require to your basket and the discount will automatically apply.

Great North Run & Junior Great North Run 

The Mini and Junior Great North Run takes place on NewcastleGateshead Quayside across Saturday 9 September. The atmosphere is always fantastic but do expect the area to be busier than normal. The event is now closed for new entries but if you are going along to spectate or already have your tickets, you can find out more about the schedule / what to expect here. 

The AJ Bell Great North Run takes place on Sunday 10 September. You can find out more about the route and event timetable here. 

Heritage Open Days 

Heritage Open Days take place between 9-18 September. They're an opportunity to get behind the scenes or visit a local historical/cultural venue completely free of charge. You can read more in my North East Heritage Open Days guide. 

30 September & 1 October 


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