Whether it’s brushing up on your family beatbox skills or becoming a champion Puddle Jumper – there are plenty of things to do with the kids during February half term (Sat 16 – Sun 24 February 2019) in Newcastle, Gateshead and beyond. We’ve pulled together a list of brilliant events taking place at top venues and attractions in the North East so you will have something to do every day of February half term.

Rusty 4D Motion Ride at Life Science Centre Newcastle

Open daily. Admission applies.

Wow – it’s all go at Life Science Centre this February and you will be hard pushed to find a quiet moment on your visit this half term. After a brief closure to have a rejig of their major exhibition and install an impressive, giant moon, Life Science Centre has reopened with a Big Bang. Join in with weird and wonderful science experiments that you can try in your very own kitchen. Take a ride on their new 4D Motion Ride as you get catapulted on an exciting extra-terrestrial adventure with Rusty the robot.

Friday 15 – Sunday 17 February 2019. Ticketed.

Family time just got a revamp! New for 2019 – Maps is a festival mixing up music, art and play for children and their grownups. Get stuck into family raves, comic book workshops and family beatbox sessions at venues and attractions across Newcastle and Gateshead. This is edgy, creative, fun and definitely a great way to spend time together as a family as you kick start February half term. Many events have booked up already BUT there are still events with spaces available so take a look and snap up the last tickets!

Centre open daily. Check website for specific event times. Ticketed.

Celebrate the joy of being yourself with Seven Stories this month as they unveil their latest exhibition all about Elmer the patchwork elephant. As always, families can enjoy themed activities throughout half term which will keep little ones busy. Stomp, strut, play, pounce with Elmer as you and your family explore your creativity. Let your imaginations fly and head to the National Centre for Children’s Books for a multicoloured adventure.

Daily during February half term. Free

Take a break from shopping and set the children on the hunt for Big Bugs around into Metrocentre. From honey-bees to ladybirds, butterflies to grasshoppers, you’ll have the chance to examine the features of these 12 giant, intricately designed creatures without the need of a magnifying glass.

Monday 18 – Friday 22 February. Drop in to the Farm, activities have specific timings.

Ouseburn Farm is a brilliant haven packed with cuddly creatures, farmyard favourites and bursting with greenery in the centre of busy city life. The farm has a cracking daily line-up of activities including your chance to join Richie the Farmer in his free Farmer’s Club. Get hands on when you learn how to be Guerrilla Gardeners and Slime Spies. This is a fabulous and FREE day out for the family with a tasty café on site. Some activities come with a small charge.

Saturday 23 February, 2.15pm. Ticketed.

Northern Stage are well known for their lively, family-friendly performances and Showstopper! The improvised Musical promises to deliver once again. This time – the show is in the kids’ hands. Help warm up your children’s imaginations and get ready to throw out suggestions galore as you explore magical kingdoms and help shape the story right in front of your eyes.

Friday 22 & Saturday 23 February 2019. Ticketed

Do you think you know all the words to The Greatest Showman soundtrack? Well – put that to the test and sing your hearts out in Discovery Museum’s stunning Great Hall to the smash-hit musical. This will be quite the show too with circus performers, face painting, singing and some serious fun!

Wednesday 20 February, drop in between 10am-5pm. Access Hour (ticketed), 5pm-6pm.

Free... free... free... BALTIC have got a whole heap of fun planned for you on Wednesday 20 February and yes, did we mention, it's all free? Always offering a quality day of family fun, BALTIC won't let you down this February Half Term when they roll out the mask making, whip out the glow sticks and introduce you to their animal-inspired, playful exhibition by Heather Phillipson - The Age of Love. There is a quieter, more accessible Access Hour between 5-6pm for families and visitors on the autistic spectrum. You will need to book tickets for the Access Hour, otherwise, drop in and have fun!

Saturday 16 - Sunday 24 February. Free entry and just drop in (unless stated)

Whether it's rock pooling or Pangolin hat making to celebrate World Pangolin Day (go along to find out and then tell us what that may be), there is bags of free fun to be had for families at Great North Museum: Hancock.

Open daily. Call to book.

Thrill seekers ages 8 years and over can let off steam at Newcastle's TeamSport Go Karting track this February half term with a choice of competitive race event, F1 experiences and time trails.

February half term activities further afield

WWT Washington Puddle Jumping Championships

Saturday 16 – Sunday 24 February. Admission applies.

If you've ever wanted to add "Champion Puddle Jumper" to your CV - WWT Washington have just the thing. The Puddle Jumping Championships is a great event for anyone looking to get outdoors and bounce off some energy whatever your age or “jumping ability.” While you’re at WWT Washington, make sure to pop along to their Guide in a Hide events or take a Walk with a Warden to find out more about the wildlife on the reserve.

Admission applies but if you book online before you visit, you can save 10%.

Saturday 16 – Sunday 24 February. Admission applies

You’re in for a wild, undersea adventure at Blue Reef Aquarium this February half term. Daily tours will run throughout half term and knowledgeable guides will introduce you to exotic creatures from around the world in a full sensory tour of the sea. Make a day of it and explore the coast, take a bracing winter walk along Longsands with a well-earned stop off at many of the cosy cafes such as Crusoe’s and The View in Tynemouth or Peaches and Cream and The Boatyard at Cullercoats.

Saturday 16 - Sunday 24 February. Admission applies

Marshmallow toasting. Fairies' hair bracelet making. Shelter building and nature orienteering. Just some of the fantastic Bushcrafts on offer for your little outdoorsy tikes at The Alnwick Garden during February half term. All activities take place daily (check their website for the timetable) and are included as part of your admission to the garden.

Saturday 16 – Sunday 24 February. Admission applies.

Enjoy a visit to one of the most historic sites in the region – Hadrian’s Wall at Chesters Roman Fort. Do you think you have what it takes to be a Roman Soldier? Be put through your paces at Chesters Roman Fort as you take part in marching drills and hear stories about life in the Roman army.

Saturday 16 – Sunday 24 February. Admission applies. Small additional charge applies to the ice rink.

You don’t need us to tell you to visit Beamish Museum – it is a guaranteed great day out. This February half term is all about getting creative and being inspired by artists like Norman Cornish and William Morris. There will be plenty of hands-on activities to get involved with all week including Make Do and Mend activities like patchworking, knitting and crocheting in Land Girl’s cottage and farmhouse. The popular outdoor ice rink will still be available for you to show off your skating skills.

Saturday 16 – Sunday 24 February. Admission applies.

Recruitment is underway at Belsay Hall for a new butler. Enrol in Butler School this February half term and find out what life was really like “downstairs” in a Georgian grand stately home.

Open daily. Free exhibition.

A new exhibition from South Shield’s library, The Word will have you cracking codes and deciphering secret communications. Discover how secrets were shared during war times and explore how modern technology helps us communicate today.

Take a look at our What’s On pages or get some inspiration of places to explore in Newcastle, Gateshead and beyond. There are also plenty of family-friendly restaurants and cafes to refuel during February half term.  

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