Visitors searching for things to do with the kids in Newcastle and the North East during October half term will not be short of activities. Whether it is Halloween and pumpkin carving or a chance to get creative, many of the top attractions and venues in the region have a packed family programme guaranteed to keep everyone happy.
Life Science Centre (Fri 19 October – Sun 3 November 2019) – Families can get hands-on at the major science attraction and get gory, crafty and gooey as well as uncover some of the mysteries of science with their team. Families can be transported to another dimension with the launch of Life Science Centre’s brand-new Space Zone which opens on Saturday 26 October 2019.
Spooky Belsay Hall (Sat 26 October – Sun 3 November 2019) – Belsay Hall and Garden in Northumberland are looking for the best-dressed witches and wizards. Head to the English Heritage venue and go on a wicked witch-themed quest as well as making a creepy craft to take home.
Where’s Wally? The Big Museum Hunt at Great North Museum: Hancock (Sat 19 October – Sun 3 November 2019) – Kids can collect an activity sheet and join the hunt for Wally around the museum, listen to some seriously spooky stories, meet the street scientists and get their hands on some real-life creepy crawlies!
Halloween Evenings at Beamish Museum – Wander the vast grounds and buildings of the historic attraction and be ready to stumble upon tricks and treats at every corner. Beamish Museum is a brilliant and award-winning attraction for all the family
Ghost Tours and Bone-Jangling Events at Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books (Sat 19 October – Sun 3 November 2019) – Bust some moves at Seven Stories bone-jangling Spooky Jazz Party or head on a Ghost Tour of Seven Stories’ historic building to discover who may once have lived there.
Star Wars Craft and Big Family Space Travel at Sage Gateshead (19 – 27 October 2019) – Families can take part in free craft sessions and make a Star Wars inspired space craft every day from 11am.
Spooky Night at the Discovery Museum (Thu 31 October 2019) – Families can celebrate Halloween with a spooky night at the museum which includes creepy crafts and a devilish disco amongst other activities.
The Alnwick Garden of Screams (19 – Thu 31 October) – The Alnwick Garden are dishing out some spooky thrills over Halloween if you dare step into their Ghoulish Garden or take a turn around the Garden of Screams. Expect to discover spooky creatures and skeletons on their garden trails. Take part in potion making and create your own wand to take home.
Nauseating Nature at WWT Washington Wetland Centre – Get back to nature … but beware, there may be a few more tricks than treats awaiting families this Halloween! Get ready to learn horrid facts about nature and brave the sensory boxes to see what’s inside when you take on Nauseating Nature.
Little Biscuits Get Arty at The Biscuit Factory (29 and 31 October) – Get creative and experiment with a variety of artistic techniques and materials – the sessions led by professional art teachers include lantern making, having a go at printing, experimenting with wire and a chance to create a cobweb tiara.
Piglet Petting, Calf Feeding and Pumpkin Carving at Ouseburn Farm (Tue 22 October – Sun 3 November 2019) – Get down on the farm and hands on – There is also chance to do some classic pumpkin carving at Ouseburn Farm too so get creative!
Tickets are required for many of these events so please book early to avoid disappointment!