Top Free Family Friendly Events - January & February 2020
It's a new year and a new decade! It may be the first month of the year but your favourite theatres, arts centres and libraries have already sprung into action, ready to welcome families.
There's lots of events going on throughout January and February, here's our round up of the Top Free Family Friendly Events for you to get involved with.
Beeing Special, Manchester
Thursday 23rd January, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3ER
Meet Little Bee, the bee who wants to be different! Join in the busy bee dance, search for flowers in the museum and follow Little Bee’s adventure to find out how he becomes the hero of Victorian Manchester. This will be a fun, interactive story session with puppets, song, dance and a craft activity!
This is a Family Friendly activity, suitable for under 5s and their grown ups.
Dress-up Weekend, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Saturday 25th January, Seven Stories the National Centre for Children’s Books, 30 Lime Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 2PQ
Book character costumes are not just for World Book Day! Dust them off, re-use and recycle them and join Seven Stories on the last weekend of every month for some costume capers and plenty of fancy-dress fun. Staff will also be dressed up as their favourite characters and ready to chat about their favourite books!
Join for Character Themed Crafts in the studio and enter the Characters on Parade between 11:30am and 2:30pm.
Grown-ups, don’t let the young ones outdo you - feel free to come along as your favourite book characters too. There is also a discount in the café and coffee shop for any adult dressed to impress!
Every Voice: Come and Sing Day, Galashiels
Saturday 25th January, Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), Mac Arts Centre, Bridge Street, Galashiels, TD1 1SP
Come and join for a day of singing workshops for families with children who identify as disabled or with additional needs. Join for a get-together of like-minded singers - no previous experience required! Sing a mixture of old favourites and help write a song together. MAC are inclusive and welcoming to those who use different or non-verbal forms of communication.
Ah, Ludwig!, London
Saturday 2nd February, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DT
A 1970s television icon, this surreal, mischievous and Beethoven-playing ovoid makes a Barbican/Guildhall School debut with live musical accompaniment as part of the Barbican Beethoven Weekender.
Forty-three years after the magical egg-shaped being first graced our television screens, come and see all 25 episodes of this classic children’s animation Ludwig, with revised soundtracks arranged and composed by members of Guildhall School’s Electronic Music department.
The programmes will be narrated by the voice of the original TV series, Jon Glover. Binge on the entire series or just drop in for a few episodes!
The Guildhall Session Orchestra and Director Mike Roberts help bring Ludwig – and Beethoven – to a new generation in these free, informal performances for all ages.
Theodor Kern: Portraits, Luton
Wednesday 5th February, Wardown Park Museum, Old Bedford Road, Luton, LU2 7HA
A new display of Theodor Kern’s oil paintings on display in Wardown House. Austrian born artist Theodor Kern (1900-1969) started his early painting career in the early 1920s. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, and was a diverse artist trying his hand at many different styles.
Scribble and Sketch at Redcliffe Children’s Centre, Bristol
Saturday 8th February, Royal West of England Academy, Queen’s Road, Clifton Bristol BS8 1PX
Ideal for families of all ages, Scribble and Sketch offers a free morning of fun and informal art and drawing activities, often inspired by the current exhibitions. These sessions are designed for children and grown-ups to take part in together. Come and get creative in this friendly and relaxed environment - everyone is welcome.
Half Term at National Railway Museum, York
15th – 23rd February, National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ
Take a step into the clever world of coding in the future-focused half term, with robots, dancing, toys and stories. We are surrounded by technology in the modern world we live in, and it's coding that makes a lot of things work.
In February half term, come and discover how we needn't be scared of words like "data" and "coding" with fun hands-on activities that break down these concepts and build confidence.
Free entry for all throughout the holiday.
There are thousands of family events on the Fantastic for Families website, many of them free. See the full list of activities for you and the children this January.