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Time may have lost all meaning with the current coronavirus lockdown and we’re sure the approaching Easter holidays has been a daunting prospect for most families.

However, there are still lots of things to do virtually in NewcastleGateshead that you can enjoy as a family, online from your home. Find out what your favourite NewcastleGateshead attractions are planning when they take their events online which, we hope, will help keep you and the children busy over Easter.

Family Blog EASTER Life Science

Life Goes ONline at Easter

Alongside a whole host of great activities and experiments, Life Science Centre invite you to create your own 'Spring Wobbler' as part of their Life Goes ONline virtual series. There will be four videos of Easter themed activities shared all week with the last ones shared on Good Friday and Easter Monday. All activities use stuff you'll probably already have in the house so have a go and let Newcastle's popular science attraction know how you get on using #LifeGoesONline on social media. 

Story times with Seven Stories

Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children's Book have partnered with publishers Andersen Press, who are famous for the Elmer the Elephant series, to bring you regular, live story times. Join Seven Stories on their Facebook page every Friday morning at 10am to listen to a story read to you by an author. Once you've listened to Good Friday's story (which is called Clem and Crab), why not follow the illustrator's step-by-step guide to how to draw a crab here?

Families wondering how best to chat to their children about the coronavirus pandemic can now download a free copy of a new book which will help you explain coronavirus to kids. The book has been created with the help of a top scientist, two head teachers and a child psychologist as well as brilliant illustrations you will recognise by the Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. 

Get arty with Laing Art Gallery

Get your crayons out and have fun colouring in Laing Art Gallery's masterpieces! Choose from two colouring in sheets which can be downloaded here and then see the original artwork that hangs in Newcastle's city centre gallery using their online collection catalogue. Every Tuesday, join Laing Art Gallery's Little Artists on their Facebook page for a new creative activity that you can try at home. Watch this week's Laing Art Gallery Little Artists session here.

Head to Knight School with Newcastle Castle

Have you ever fancied learning how to be a knight? Well... now's your chance. Don some tin foil and gather the kids - Newcastle Castle have produced some virtual lessons on their YouTube channel which will leave you feeling chivalrous and ready for battle!

An Egg-cellent Activity from Discovery Museum

Newcastle's Discovery Museum is a brilliant day out for all the family. However, with government restrictions in place - they have gotten creative with ways to keep you busy instead. They ran a competition (which has now closed) to let your imaginations run wild! They asked families to use recycled materials and at least one egg – real, chocolate or an egg shape – to create an innovative invention. The entries for competition may have ended but you can still have a go, just for fun! 

Get creative with BALTIC

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead have produced some at home creative resources including a pack inspired by their Judy Chicago exhibition which encourages you to create your own sketchbook. Download the Judy Chicago Sketchbooks Resources here.

Go behind the scenes at WWT Washington Wetland Centre

We’re enjoying the wildlife attraction near Sunderland's posts on social media. Their keepers are still looking after the birds and wildlife that live on the reserve. Why not take a minute to browse through WWT Washington Wetland's Centre's posts to find out what life is like for a keeper?

Go back in time at Beamish Museum

Families with young children can enjoy a virtual visit to award-winning North East attraction, Beamish Museum with everyone's favourite CBeebies TV presenter, Mr Tumble! You can watch the episode of Something Special: We're All Friends, which was filmed at Beamish Museum, on BBC iPlayer here

Discover North East history with Iles Tours

Local tour guide Alex Iles is offering virtual history lessons and workshops for children. The online teaching sessions run for 6-8 weeks and the first course starts on Monday 13 April. Learn about a wide range of history from pre-history to Romans; Anglo-Saxons and Vikings to Norman history with the workshops aimed at KS1 and KS2 children.  Sessions can be booked as individual slots (at £6 per child) or as block of multiple sessions (discounts apply for multiple bookings)

Find out more about Alex's online history lessons and book your slot here.

Show off your rainbows!

Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums (TWAM) have a vast and impressive archive collection that documents North East art, history, everyday life and innovation throughout the years. The  organisation is keen to document how the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the lives of people living in Tyneside. Many families have been creating rainbow pictures to display outside their houses or drawing rainbow chalk pictures on their driveways as a sign of solidarity and hope during the coronavirus lockdown. TWAM are asking you to take photos of these amazing rainbow pictures that you have made and email them to be included in this historic collection. Find out more here. 

Keep an eye on our social media channels across Twitter and Facebook for more ideas of what's on and how you can keep busy virtually doing the current lockdown. Stay safe and happy Easter! 

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