Family friendly stuff to get stuck into

Wherever you find yourself in Newcastle and Gateshead, there’s a knocking bet that you won’t be far from something brilliant when it comes to family focused and/or friendly delights to dip into.

So, if you’re blessed with youngsters of your own, or consider yourself an award-worthy aunt, uncle, grandparent, godparent… or just a bloody lovely friend who enjoys being at the top of the ‘cool’ league table when it comes to your mates’ kids, you won’t run out of things to do here.

And it is because there’s just so much going on, that this section of the website is a bit of a work in progress. Keep your eyes on this space, but in the meantime, allow us to point you in the direction of a few smashers to keep you busy.

Centre for Life

Currently sporting its ever-popular ice rink among the Christmas-themed delights of Times Square – where the Centre for Life has made its home – you’ll find this popular attraction just a triple toe-loop away along the way from Newcastle Central Station.

Boasting a boatload of permanent displays and activities to keep kids of all ages entertained and educated in equal measure – we are particularly fond of the 4D ride and planetarium – there’s also a calendar of temporary exhibitions and events to keep you going back. We can’t wait for the Museum of the Moon, which will run from February 2 to March 31, 2019.

Great North Museum, Hancock

Great in all senses of the word, this is a nailed-on recommendation to spend a few hours with your small humans.

Permanent displays around themes of Natural Science, Archaeology, Geology and World Culture are shown off in imaginative fashion in the likes of the Living Planet and Hadrian’s Wall galleries are always a treat to explore – interactivity boxes are well and truly ticked – meanwhile, there’s lots of events and family activity sessions to get your teeth into to.

Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books

A cast iron diamond in Newcastle’s cultural crown, the joy of children’s literature is evident left, right, centre and sideways at Seven Stories, which you’ll find nestled at the heart of the Ouseburn. Housing an ever-growing collection of jaw dropping jewels from some of the genre’s best known and loved authors and the books they’ve written, it really is a must visit place.

Offering a multi-floor museum – including a magical storytelling attic – and a bookshop to work overtime for, there’s a programme of exhibitions and events all designed to catch, fuel and delight the imaginations of kids from babies upwards.

Stepney Bank Stables

Whether you’re a seasoned saddle sitter or a novice horse rider, Stepney Bank Stables – also in the Ouseburn – has much to offer. Unless you don’t like horses.

With both indoor and outdoor arenas and a squad of experienced staff, you can choose from a variety of lessons depending on age, confidence, experience and budget. It’s also a top place for a birthday party with a difference.

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Sitting on the Gateshead side of the Millennium Bridge, there’s a regular stream of family stuff to dive into whether you’ve got a baby or a teenager in tow.

Often inspired by the current crop of exhibitions which span the gallery’s many floors, meet and make art sessions, a pop up sensory room, guided and interactive tours and seasonal workshops are among the offer for families – and there’s always the opportunity to simply explore the exhibitions and take in the stunning views over the Tyne.