20 things to do with kids in Newcastle 2022: fun activities for children and families near me

There’s something for everyone in Newcastle…

Newcastle is a vibrant city with something interesting located around almost every corner.

The city is full of fun things to do for people of all ages and for any kind of interest or hobby.

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Here is a snippet of things you can do

1 - Newcastle United Stadium Tour

Newcastle United are set to sign Galway United starlet Alex Murphy.

Walk in the footsteps of your black and white heroes and go behind the scenes of the famous old stadium in an immersive tour.

Tours are available during the year, and prices vary depending on which tour you want to take.

2 - Mr Mulligan’s Golf 

Opening hours: 10am-10pm

Mr Mulligans becomes a strictly 18 and over venue after 8:45pm every day.

Prices: Adult (12 & over) 18 holes - £10 - 27 holes - £12.50/ Child (under 12) 18 holes - £8.50 - 27 holes - £11/ Family of 4 -1 or 2 Adults & 2 or 3 Under 12’s - 18 holes - £32.50 - 27 holes - £42

3 - Life Science Centre

The centre is full of exciting discoveries waiting to be made, the recommended latest time to visit to take in all of what the centre has to offer is 3pm.

Prices:Adults (18 & over): £13.50/ Concession (Over 60s, Students, Unwaged): £10/ Child (aged 5-17): £7.25/ Child (aged 4 and under) £0.00/ Carer Ticket (Please bring proof) £0.00

Opening hours: 10am-5pmMonday - Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

4 - Beamish

Katie and Whillan Beck from the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Preservation Society will be at Beamish Museum for the Steam Gala this weekend (9th & 10th April)

Although a little further out than most things to do in Newcastle, the museum is well worth a visit.

The world famous open air museum transports you back in time to show you what life was like in the north east in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Tickets and passes can be booked through the website.

5 - Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art

The famous gallery located on the banks of the Tyne has been a favourite spot for people of all ages for almost 20 years.

The gallery is free to enter, and has activities and works all of the family can enjoy.

No booking is required ahead of your visit.

6 - Visit the Angel of the North

The Angel of the North in Newcastle with sculptor Antony Gormley. Photo credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

An exploration of Newcastle and the surrounding area wouldn’t be complete without a trip to see Anthony Gormley’s famous Angel of the North.

The creation has kept watch over the A1 motorway since 1998.

Durham Rd, Low Eighton, Gateshead NE9 7TY

7 - Newcastle Castle 

Located in the city centre, the castle is steeped in history.

Tickets are priced between £5.75 and £25.50 and are available online and at the castle.

Donations can also be made towards the upkeep of the historic building

8 - Discovery Museum

The science museum is full of fun activities all year round, making it a place where you can visit more than once every 12 months.

9 - Stephenson Steam Railway 

Celebrating the influence of the north east on the birth of the railway, tickets to the museum are free for children under four and £7 for adults.

The museum is a commemoration of George and Robert Stephenson, who spent 20 years in North Tyneside developing their pioneering ideas which helped spread railways and locomotives around the world.

10 - Prudhoe Castle 

Located to the west of Newcastle, the castle makes for a great day out for all the family.

The cost of admission to the castle varies, and can be bought through the English heritage website.

11 - Newcastle Theatre Royal 

The Bedknobs and Broomsticks company

With shows all year round, you’re sure to find something that all the family will enjoy.

To keep track of upcoming shows, check out the theatre’s website where prices will also be available as well as information on how to book tickets.

12 - Newcastle Eagles Basketball 

The Eagles mens and womens teams play  at the fantastic Vertu Motors Arena in the city.

Games take place through most of the year and tickets will be available through the box office website.

13 - Sage Gateshead 

One of the most iconic buildings in Tyneside, the Sage almost always has a packed schedule of events.

The best place to keep track of these is through the official website.

14 - Metrocentre 

The MetroCentre is reopening

With a huge range of shops, cafes and restaurants, the Metrocentre is still one of the best places to go with family and friends for some retail therapy in our region.

The centre has been a staple of shopping in the region for over 35 years.

15- The Great North Museum

The museum has a range of permanent displays and guest exhibitions all year round, and is free entry with donations welcomed by the museum.

Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4PT https://greatnorthmuseum.org.uk/

16 - Newcastle Climbing Centre

The centre is located within an old church and is recommended for use by people aged nine and above.

There is a wide variety of climbing options, and prices to match these which are displayed in full on the centre’s website.

17 - Laing Art Gallery

The gallery’s exhibitions can be enjoyed throughout the year, and some parts of the museum can even be booked out for special events such as weddings.

18 - Inflatespace Newcastle

This huge inflatable theme park really is fun for all the family.

Available for individuals, groups and parties, the full list of prices is available through the website.

19 - Fun Shack Newcastle 

An ideal place to let your little ones run off some energy, the Fun Shack is a huge indoor play area.

With activities for children aged up to 14, the play area is sure to be a hit with children of any age.

Prices and opening times are available on the website

Unit A3, Benfield Business Park, Benfield Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 4NQ https://www.funshack.co.uk/newcastle/find-us/

20 - Tyneside Cinema 

With a 1930s art deco style, the independent cinema has three screens and shows all of the latest blockbuster hits.

Information about what the cinema is showing and how much tickets are is available through the cinema’s website.

The cinema is located on Pilgrim Street, a short walk from the Tyne Bridge.

10 Pilgrim St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6QG https://tynesidecinema.co.uk/