Family picnic beside Gateshead Millennium Bridge

The spring has returned and the Easter holidays are on the horizon. There are plenty of family-friendly activities to keep children busy during Easter in NewcastleGateshead from hands-on workshops and craft sessions to new exhibitions at your favourite attractions. Families looking for things to do during the school holidays will be pleased to hear that there are also a great range of free events taking place

Read on for our guide to keep your kids busy during Easter in Newcastle and Gateshead.  .


Have an art filled day out this Easter and explore the new exhibition at BALTIC.  Start your day at the Cereal Disco & Doodle sessions that take place every every morning Wednesday - Sunday for the Easter holidays. Enjoy breakfast, a boogie, and a doodle in Front Room for free! After you have enjoyed a boogie at breakfast, why not take a look at the new exhibition on the ground floor? BALTIC's Open Submission in association with Fenwick is an exhibition showcasing over 100 artists from the North East. The group exhibition spanning painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, film, and installation work is now open to the public. Try and spot your favourite piece, there's even a detailed artwork on a metro ticket!

Play and learn at museums across NewcastleGateshead

The abundance of museums in NewcastleGateshead means you will be never short of educational days out. Many of the Tyne and Wear Museums are free entry too, meaning the day out doesn't have to break the bank. Head to Discovery Museum and explore the new exhibition Spirit of Invention. The exhibition from The National Archives consists of contemporary technology alongside eye-catching inventions from the Victorian era – including a ventilating top hat and a typewriter for visually impaired people. With hands-on interactive activities, visitors of all ages can try their hand at designing and inventing.

Head to space at Great North Museum: Hancock in their new exhibition, Space Investigators North East. This immersive exhibition takes you on a multi-sensory journey into the hidden worlds of the Universe. Whilst on your 'galactic voyage' through this exhibition you can discover some of the objects of astronomical importance that were designed and made right here in the North East, as well as learning about the cutting-edge astronomy research that still takes place in the region today.

Budding scientists can enjoy a day out at Life this Easter where there are many 'egg-celent' events taking place. Unleash your creativity and engineering skills with the Egg-Mobile Challenge and  grab a lab coat and explore the science behind the age-old tradition of rolling decorated eggs down grassy banks. Get hands-on and find out what factors influence the speed of eggs. Make sure to check out the Wow Zone and get hands-on with multi-sensory exhibits including light play, dramatic demonstrations controlled by you and the ‘Big Machine’ which stands over six metres tall!

Go back in time at Beamish

With its authentic period buildings, working farms, vintage trams, and costumed characters, Beamish provides an immersive experience that allows visitors to take a step back in time. From wandering through the cobbled streets of the Edwardian town to exploring the bustling shops of the 1940s, Beamish offers a glimpse into the everyday lives of people in the past. There will be traditional Easter themed events taking place throughout the Easter holidays, so don't wait to get involved!

Enjoy a film at Tyneside

A day out at Tyneside Cinema is fun for all the family. The independent cinema offers an unparalleled cinematic experience and holds regular Family Film Club screenings. Watch Pixar film Luca and be whisked away to the the sun-kissed plains of the Italian Riviera, where a young merman discovers his magical ability to transform into a human! After the film, why not head into Tyneside Bar and Cafe and enjoy some refreshments. Find tickets here. 

Take part in an Easter Egg hunt

Get involved in one of many Easter egg hunts this Easter. There are numerous Easter egg hunts scattered across the city. Families can embark on a thrilling quest to discover hidden treasures across multiple venues in NewcastleGateshead. 

Join Tynemouth Priory for a cracking adventure quest. Hunt for clues in the grounds, track down the Easter eggs and get rewarded with a tasty chocolate treat. You can take on the quest every day of the school holidays, and it costs just £2 to take part on top of the entry ticket price. There's no need to book, and you can pay when you arrive at the site. Find out more.

Head to St Johns Kingston Park Church for a free Easter egg hunt. Alongside and after the Easter egg hunt, there will be a range of fun activities for families and children, including Connect 4 and Egg & Spoon races. Find out more. 

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