Crafty Kids (April - July 2024)

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Best suited to 2-5 year olds but younger children also welcome.

Young girl in a gallery looking at crafts to join in with


Tuesday 2 July

Tuesday 16 July


Crafty Kids sessions take place on Tuesdays during term time.




New price £3 per child plus small booking fee. 

Number of places

10 child tickets per session.


Pre-booking strongly advised.

Please book a ticket for all children who'll be participating. 

We do accept walk ups but this is subject to there being enough spaces available.  We only run the session if enough people have pre-booked.

Due to space restrictions we request only one adult per participating child.  Additional adults can attend by booking an 'additional adult' ticket.


A fun-filled session led by our friendly Early Years specialists, Julie and Jenny. Each session is based around a theme found in the artworks, such as colour, texture, line and animals.

Discover the gallery with your little ones, and support their early development in a fun and relaxed way. In these sessions, families will discover the artworks, get creative with a range of art materials, and explore the gallery together. There'll be stories, songs, and fun creative activities - all designed to actively engage pre-schoolers with the gallery.

We'll gather in our cosy lounge for stories and singing. No need to sit still for long though - we'll be going exploring, doing treasure hunts around the gallery, and playing creatively to help us discover the artworks on display. At each session you'll make something to take home, using a wide range of art materials which are not too messy.

Session themes:

18 June: 'Walk the dog' - Meet 'Tinto' and make your own dog to explore the gallery with. This date has been CANCELLED. 
2 July: 'Clock mouse' - Go on a hunt to find the missing mice from our clock. Make your own clock and mouse puppet. 
16 July: 'Crocodile Eggs' - Hunt the missing eggs, before making a crocodile puppet to take home. 

Best suited to 2-5 year olds but younger children also welcome.

Parent/carer reviews:

'Excellent use of resources and a great way of introducing young children to the art gallery. Julie is excellent at interaction with parents and children.'

'Excellent session, well planned short activities for the children. Lovely interaction with the children and parents. Thank you very much.'

'Lovely session. Well paced and very interactive - our first time but we'll come again'.

'Julie was so welcoming and made sure to speak with each child. The children really enjoyed the crafts and exploring the gallery. Brilliant!'

Can't make these sessions? Our sister venue, the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle, runs Little Artists sessions on Mondays during term time. The sessions follow a similar format to Crafty Kids and are led by friendly Early Years specialists. Find out more about Little Artists.