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BALTIC Family Days
February 2022

23 & 24 February FREE Drop-in

Wednesday 23 & Thursday 24 February 10.00-18.00

FREE Drop-in

Please note: If you are planning to visit and can use public transport we would recommend it as our car park got very busy on Family Day, day 1. The Voltra 53/54 bus drops on the quayside just along from BALTIC and picks up from Newcastle city centre or from Gateshead Interchange plus Bensham and near Saltwell Park. You can find the timetables at

There is another car park, Quarryfield Road Car Park just up the bank from BALTIC opposite Gateshead College. As the site between Sage Gateshead and BALTIC is currently under development if you use the Sage Gateshead car park you won’t be able to come down the usual steps to BALTIC and it would mean a longer walk than usual.

About the day Play and make together at BALTIC Family Days this February Half Term. Enjoy two free days of creative activities, suitable for families of all ages and abilities.

Family Days activities will explore science-fiction, fantasy, nature and alternative universes, taking inspiration from artist Ad Minoliti’s colourful exhibition Biosfera Peluche / Biosphere Plush.

Take part in art workshops, fun activities and family tours. Drop-in, no booking needed.

Wednesday 23 & Thursday 24 February

Join a Wonder & Wander tour at 10.30am & 11.30am, where your toddler can play with materials, movement and sound.

Get creative in a Meet & Make workshop exploring fantasy, nature or science-fiction. Make something to take home with the help of an artist. Drop-in to sessions at 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm.

Explore the world through imaginative play at Toddler Time, taking place in Front Room, 10am-6pm.

Borrow a hula hoop and have a spin and a twirl at Hula Time on Level 1, 10am-6pm.

Drop-in to the ArtMix Hub on Level 2 for ArtMix Open Studio from 12pm-2pm. Meet with ArtMix members and chat to them about their work - great for families with young people aged 13-19.

Join a Creative Workshop in Learning Lounge led by pupils from Carr Hill Community Primary School. Drop-in 11.30am-1.30pm.

Explore Ad Minoliti’s colourful exhibition Biosfera Peluche / Biosphere Plush in the Level 4 gallery. Lounge on beanbags, take a colourful selfie and encounter some interesting animal figures.

Get active, play and imagine in artist Albert Potrony’s interactive exhibition equal play in the Ground Floor gallery.

Have fun in Learning Lounge on Level 2, with games, toys, books and creative activities.

Chill out in the Sensory Room on Level 2, a quiet space with sensory toys, projections and lights.

Enjoy a free hot drink or squash with snacks in Front Room on the Ground Floor. Relax here after a day of play!

Useful tips for your visit

Access: BALTIC has step-free access. There is a Buggy Park available throughout Family 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 and wipes available on request, just ask a member of BALTIC Crew.

BALTIC Front Room: You can bring your own packed lunch to BALTIC Family Days and eat it our Front Room, located on the Ground Floor. You can enjoy free hot drinks, squash and snacks here too, donations welcome.

Feeding: BALTIC is breast and bottle feeding friendly, you can feed your baby wherever you like on your visit.

Lockers: Lockers are available to use on the Ground Floor to store items during your visit. Lockers require a non-refundable £1 coin to operate.

Opening times: BALTIC Family Days activities will run Wednesday 23 & Thursday 24 February 10am-6pm.

Getting to BALTIC: BALTIC is easily accessible by bus, Metro, car or on foot. For more information and directions see here.