An action-packed week of fun activities is in store for children and families during February half-term.
Councillor Jim Beall, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Leisure and Culture, said: “Whether you are a Harry Potter fan, enjoy an outdoor adventure or more daring activities like the High Ropes climbing course, there’s plenty going on this half-term that will keep families of all interests and ages entertained. These six ideas are just a handful of activities on offer but there are many more, including low-cost and free events, to give your children a special treat. Keep an eye on our events pages and social media for more so that you don’t miss out.”
Ordinary Wizarding Levels: an interactive Harry Potter quiz
Imagination Station, Thornaby Central Library
3-4pm, Thursday 20 February
Calling all Muggles! Do you know your Bowtruckle from your Boggart? Drop into the Imagination Station at Thornaby Central Library and test your Harry Potter knowledge at this exciting quiz. Entry is free of charge and all participants will receive a certificate of commendation. Ordinary Wizarding Levels is part of a programme of library events. To see the full programme, visit www.stockton.gov.uk/libraries
Out and About in Stockton-on-Tees
Enjoy the great outdoors this half-term and visit some of the many parks, nature reserves, woodlands and green spaces across the Borough. Take in the local wildlife, enjoy watersports on the River Tees, or a leisurely walk. For more inspiration pick up the Council’s free Out and About Guide which features 12 great destinations as well as suggested walking and cycling routes. To see the list of parks and to download an Out and About Guide visit www.stockton.gov.uk/parks. Guides are also available in all Stockton-on-Tees libraries.
Preston Park Museum & Grounds
From 11am, Saturday 15 and Saturday 22 February
Led by Preston Park museum’s resident performing arts students, this fun interactive session is perfect for little explorers to discover the skills needed to be a true adventurer. Guests can also visit the Museum upstairs to find out about real-life local explorers and the discoveries they made on their travels. Suitable for ages four and above. Entry to Explorer School is free with the cost of a museum ticket. For further information visit www.prestonparkmuseum.co.uk
Oh No, George!
11.30am and 2.30pm, Friday 21 and Saturday 22 February
Oh No, George! is the delightfully playful tale of a dog who wants to be good but just can’t resist temptation. Adapted from the award-winning picture book by Chris Haughton, this new show for children and their families uses acrobatics, slapstick comedy and live music to bring George’s chaotic and joyful escapades to life. For ages three and above. Tickets are £6 each or £4.50 per person for groups of six or more. Book online at www.arconline.co.uk or call 01642 525199.
10am - 4pm (last admission 3pm), Wednesdays to Sundays during school holidays
This colourful jungle of climbing walls boasts 21 unique and exciting walls, each showcasing their own design with themes like Tetris, a frozen castle, snakes and ladders and an electrifying lightning bolt. Go Climb also offers a 22ft vertical plunge slide, a daring leap of faith challenge and a dizzying spiral of rising towers. ‘Quiet Climb’ sessions for children with autism and other special educational needs are also available. Suitable for ages four and above. Tickets cost £8.50 for juniors, £10 adults or £32 for a family ticket. Book online at www.goclimb.co.uk or call 01642 551381.
Air Trail High Ropes
Various opening times
Family members of all ages can challenge themselves to scale the heights at the thrilling high ropes course alongside the River Tees. Cross a range of wobbly rope bridges, tight ropes, cargo nets, balancing beams, and swinging stepping stones. Take on the mighty ‘walk the plank’ challenge, then whizz along two full-length zip wires to complete a high-flying mission. There’s also adventures to be found for smaller explorers with the Air Tykes course which sits directly underneath the main structure. Tickets cost £3 for an Air Tykes ticket, £11.50 for individuals or £41.95 for a family ticket. Book online www.airtrail.co.uk or call 01642 265454.
For more information on these events and more visit www.stockton.gov.uk/events