Wed 19 & Thu 20 Feb, 10.00-18.00
You’re invited to BALTIC Family Days, two free days of creativity and play for you and your family! Come together at BALTIC with artist Richard Bliss to create circles of love and fill the space with images, colours, textures, ideas and words.
Discover BALTIC’s views, exhibitions and take part in activities that explore how we care for one another, ourselves and what we might create when we work together. BALTIC Family Days will take place throughout the building and include pop-up activities as well as performances by local community groups. For families with children of all ages.
BALTIC Family Days includes the following free activities:
Growing Me, Growing You
You and your family are invited to join BALTIC artists Sophie Lisa Beresford and Soodabe Nazarhaghighi to explore how we can take care of ourselves and the natural world. Decorate a pot, plant a seed and take it home to nurture and watch it grow.
Circles of Love
Join artist Richard Bliss to think about who you care for, and who cares for you. Experiment with materials. Try out drawing, painting and sculpture using found objects to create your own circles of love and support.
Artist Megan Randall and pupils from Carr Hill Community Primary School invite you to Creative Kindness, taking place throughout BALTIC Family Days. Try out some of the materials and techniques they’ve been experimenting with at International Art Club, including making bunting using natural dyes and flower origami with seed paper.
Head to the Relaxation Room on Level 1, open across BALTIC Family Days, a space of care for you and your baby. Sit back and enjoy complimentary herbal tea and a hand massage, provided by volunteers at The Comfrey Project.
Wonder & Wander
10.30 on both days
Join a member of BALTIC's Learning team for a Wonder and Wander tour of one of our current exhibitions where you and your toddler can explore themes of care and connection through sensory materials, movement and sound.
Pop up performances
11.00 & 12.00 on both days
There will be pop-up musical performances by the Rock Choir North East at 11.00 and 12.00 taking place in the River Terrace. Singing along is optional, but highly recommended.
Discover Arts Award
13.00, 14.00 & 15.00 on both days
Achieve your Discover Arts Award, a certificate and introductory award for children and young people aged 5 and above. Guided by BALTIC staff, you will explore the galleries, take part in an activity and share your discoveries with friends and family. After Family Days, we’ll post out a certificate to celebrate your achievement.
16.00 on both days
Spend some creative time with BALTIC Crew to find out more about contemporary art in an informal and imaginative way. Take a mini tour, play games and enjoy fun creative activities linked to our current exhibitions. For children aged 13 and under with their families.
Chill out in the Sensory Room in BALTIC’s Learning Lounge, Level 2, for a quiet space to play and explore sensory toys, projections, sounds and materials.
Relax in the Picnic Area where you and your family can eat your packed lunch, enjoy a free drink and pick up our special Family Days lunch box offer.
Useful tips for your visit:
Accessibility: BALTIC is fully accessible to pushchairs and wheelchairs, with a Buggy Park available across the two days. Find out more about BALTIC’s accessibility here.
Baby Change & Toilets: There are toilets and baby change facilities throughout the building, with free nappies available on request. Just ask a member of BALTIC Crew if you require a nappy.
Picnic Area: You're welcome to bring your own packed lunch to BALTIC Family Days and eat it in the Picnic Area, located in the River Terrace.
Breast feeding: Breast feeding is welcome throughout BALTIC.
Water station: There is a Water Station located on the Ground Floor for you to refill water bottles on your visit.
Cloakroom: Lockers are available to use on the Ground Floor to store items during your visit. Lockers require a £1 coin to operate.
Family Day Opening Times: BALTIC Family Days activities will run 10.00-18.00, 19 & 20 February 2020.
Family Day Lunch Offer: BALTIC Kitchen are offering Kid's lunch boxes throughout BALTIC Family Days. Mix and match four items to create a tasty lunch box; choose from apple juice, orange juice or water, along with ham or cheese sandwiches, crisps, raisins or a sweet treat. Lunch boxes are priced at £3.50 each or £6.00 for two.
Getting to BALTIC: BALTIC is easily accessible by bus, metro, car or on foot. For more information and directions see here.