While many seasonal attractions are still closed until spring, here’s a roundup of some of the activities happening in the northeast for the holidays, which run from February 18.
After years of preparation, the new 1950s terrace is finally opening in time for the start of the school year in February. There will be a week of celebrations from February 19-27 where people can explore the new John’s Café, Middleton’s Quality Fish and Chips, Elizabeth’s Hairdresser’s and a recreation of the 1950s home of famous North East artist Norman Cornish. You can visit as part of your unlimited pass, but you’ll need to pre-book a timeslot
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Newcastle’s Life Science Center is going wild this semester, with experiments, live shows and hands-on activities with an animal twist. Families can help build a bug hotel, try out a “grease glove,” or learn how kangaroos keep their cool in the desert. Meanwhile, an award-winning film in the planetarium explores the world beneath the ice, revealing its mysteries and the central role it plays in sustaining life on earth. In Space Zone, visitors can launch their own rocket and be the boss of Mission Control; see how astronauts poop in space or step into a replica of part of the International Space Station. Gaia – a brilliant “Earth” model seven meters in diameter adds the WOW factor to a visit. Created by British artist Luke Jerram, Gaia highlights the fragility and wonder of our planet and its habitats and is one of only five permanent art installations in the world. Children under 7 will especially enjoy their own dedicated play area, Discovery backpacks and handy pop-up play stations. And it’s the last chance to marvel at the fantastic creations of professional LEGO® artist Warren Elsmore, including “brick movies” movie posters and the 1.5m model of Space Uni Kitty from the movie LEGO. The science center is open Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission recommended at 3 p.m.). Everything is included in the price of a science center ticket. Some activities have age restrictions or recommendations – see life.org.uk for details.
There’s plenty of fun to be had at Adventure Valley in Brasside, Durham. There are six play areas to discover, including on-farm entertainment, plus a host of indoor and outdoor attractions. Halfway through, visitors can take part in a gourmet goat trail to feed the kids. Pre-book your tickets at www.adventurevalley.co.uk
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There are daily craft activities at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens during the mid-term holidays. They include Artful Bodies on Monday, February 21, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can use different parts of their body to create amazing art to music. Fully engage your senses and get creative using a range of tactile materials in this inclusive workshop. This workshop is inspired by the works in the exhibition Where There’s Space to Grow. £2 per child, adults free
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