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Family Friendly Beamish Museum Kathryn Sophie Tilly 4 1 Beamish Museum

A trip to NewcastleGateshead is guaranteed to banish boredom for good with a great range of family-friendly activities on offer.

Family Friendly GNM HERO Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle

Choose from the best attractions to keep the whole family entertained from a trip into outer space at Life Science Centre where the wonders of modern science are revealed, or a chance to explore the farthest reaches of history at Great North Museum: Hancock where you can even meet their life-size dinosaur skeleton!

Newcastle and Gateshead have plenty of excellent free museums, like Discovery Museum, and art galleries, such as Shipley Art Gallery, which have hands-on exhibits and creative events especially tailored to mini culture vultures.

Budding writers and illustrators will love Seven Stories which is the UK's National Centre for Children's Books. Explore exhibitions of original illustrations and first drafts from creators of children’s books. Take part in interactive events and lively storytelling sessions which will bring stories to life every day.

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Burn off steam at The Valley Climb in Ouseburn and try a new physical challenge as a family when you have a go at bouldering or get competitive with a round of themed crazy golf, Angry Birds at Metrocentre in Gateshead.

Lovers of the great outdoors should head to WWT Washington Wetland Centre to encounter all sorts of wildlife from mini-beasts to a flock of flamingos. Families wanting to travel back in time can enjoy an immersive visit to Beamish Museum and get hands-on with history every day. Tynemouth Aquarium is a short Metro ride from Newcastle city centre and a great family day out at the coast.

Families can hop on the Metro and be at the coast, in the city centre or visiting some of the region's most iconic landmarks in no time! Take the kids for free on the Metro and Shields Ferry with an offer which allows for up to three kids aged 11 and under to travel for free all day, every day when accompanied by a fare-paying adult. Find out more here.

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