Hello, February is over! In the blink of an eye. I'm so looking forward to the lighter nights in March. Summer is just around the corner... right? As always there are a whole host of events for kids, or places to visit, and this post might give you a few ideas. If you'd like my handpicked picks delivered to your email inbox every fortnight, then you can sign up for it here: Bubele.
Another great place for ideas is Instagram - even soft plays look more appealing through a filter! I was surprised that there wasn't a hashtag which brought together all of things that you can do with kids in the North East, so I started my own. Check out #newcastlewithkids for some ideas about places to visit, and if you are on instagram then (a) follow me and (b) use the tag #newcastlewithkids on any photos you are uploading of the places you've taken the kids. Although its called #newcastlewithkids it's is for anywhere in the North East.
Below is a roundup of some of the places Instagram has taken the kids this month. Enjoy.
There have been a few new exhibitions opening at some of our fab museums.
Woodhorn Museum - The reports from parents visiting the Brick Dino's at Woodhorn have been really good. Dinsoaurs made out of lego - what is not to love? If you'd like to read a proper review then both bloggers Babyfoote and My Boys Club have got lots of info and photographs. Otherwise here are a couple of photos to enjoy.
#newcastlewithkids Great family day out at #woodhornmuseum . #BrickDinos #littlestoriesofmylife #kidsforreal #illuminatechildhood #lifecloseup #nothingisordinarynt-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A post shared by My Boys Club (@my_boys_club) on
We've been loving the Baltic this month, with two visits. One just to the permanent kids area in the Quay on floor two (pics at the bottom of this post), and the other for their Squishy Spaces event which was great but sadly only on for 4 days - keep an eye on the Baltic as they do fab family events. We also loved the Bears exhibition at Seven Stories - although our picture is from their permanent play space where our toddler LOVES this trainset, and @emski_tryingtofindmyway's photo came from the cafe! We shall try to get a better Bears photo for next month (instagrammers we need you to tag!)
• ☁️ S Q U A S H Y ☁️ • Back at @balticgateshead today for the Squashy Spaces exhibit where there was light up balls, more cotton wool than ever been seen before in one place before and arts and crafts which as usual my two completely ignored. They were loving the musical instruments though. #newcastlewithkids ##daysoutwithatoddler #welovenortheast #ourweekendadventure
• 🚂 T R A I N T R A C K 🚂 • This fab train track is at @7stories Brilliant place to visit if you have pre-schoolers to about 7 or 8 I would say. Lots of dressing up, toys, trails to follow and things to do. Sometimes we pop in just for the book shop too as they have a great selection of gifts 🎁. #newcastlewithkids #traincrazy
Brilliant Bairns loved bowling at Lane Seven, and it looked like the Indie Disco from Chalk was brilliant fun. I love how happy @jaynepowell74's brood looked, and nomipalony had such a great time she forgot to take off her rainbow facepaint before going into the shop. If you are gutted to have missed it, I think there are a few tickets left for their events celebrating International Women's Day - either their Respect disco, or the airplane themed Mighty Girls event.
We've battled Storm Doris, and we headed to Kielder Water and Forest Park to go Gruffalo spotting, which we loved. Country Heart and Home also went on the look out for Gruffalos at Hamsterley Forest. North East Family Fun had a great time at Washington Wild Fowl Park - I'm in love with this otter - so cute. Underfoote had a very windy walk at Northumberlandia.
How cute is this otter who resides at @wwtwashington ? We loved learning all about him during feeding time. I swear this looks like he is praying they bring him chocolate! Haha! Watch more from the Otter talk on our vlog from the day - link in profile ☝🏻️ . . . #ottersofinstagram #otters #wwt #wwtwashington #wetland #animals❤ #animalsdothefunniestthings #prayforchocolate #natureatitsbest🍃 #naont-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A post shared by Collect Moments Not Things (@northeastfamilyfun) on
emski_tryingtofindmyway is on a tour of the best kids cafe in the North East, visiting Cappuccino Kids and The Little Play Cafe both in South Shields. Whilst we went to one of our favourites - Wheelbirks Parlour to 'ahhhh' over the calves in the stables, and drink milk from the jug (toddler only - not me!)
Today we went to a fab little cafe with a great play space in South shields- for anyone local! Love places like this where you can enjoy a coffee😍☕ and still have eyes on your little ones while they play 👌 they also had a little arts & crafts session on 1-2pm which I think is on most Saturdays atm #familyfun #supportlocalbusinesses #daysoutwithkids #newcastlewithkids #southshields #cappucinokids #northeast
• 🥛 D R I N K U P 🥛 • Anyone else's kids have weird demands. Apparently milk tastes much better out of the jug, and therefore Big Toddler must always drink it. All fine and well until he's downed your mate's before they've had the chance to add it to their tea ☕️🙈. Picking my battles (and this wasn't one of them) at @wheelbirks this afternoon. #tinynegotiator #diva #parentoftheyear
I hope you've enjoyed our first #newcastlewithkids roundup. There are even more pictures to be found using the hashtag on instagram, and please remember to tag us in any great places that you visit.
Newcastle with Kids hashtag Sprog on the Tyne