The Great North Museum
If you are looking for a great place to while away the hours (and all for FREE to boot) you should be sure to check out the Great North Museum where you can explore 350 million years of evolution, complete with a life-size dinosaur skeleton!
This is a wonderful cultural space with loads to see and do for all the family, thanks to an eclectic mix that includes Helen Sharman’s astronaut suit, artefacts from Greek mythology, Egyptian Mummies, pieces from Hadrian’s Wall, dinosaurs, crystals from around the world, and a stellar planetarium.
If that wasn’t enough to tempt, then make sure you check out the Living Planet display, which gives you the chance to investigate and study hundreds of fascinating creatures using a mixture of hands on displays and interactive touch screens. There are live animal tanks, which are always a big hit with younger children, as well as a virtual aquarium, full-sized models of an elephant and a great white shark too!
Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books
With seven floors of exhibitions, storytelling and learning spaces, Seven Stories is the perfect place to let your imagination run wild. With unique exhibitions showcasing children’s favourite authors and stories, a visit here will be a real page turner.
This museum and bookstore is the home to some of the most cherished pieces of UK children’s literature. You’ll find the original artwork of The Tiger Who Came to Tea, a draft of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse and notes from Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series.
Seven Stories is accessible for all ages and is a real hit with the parents and grandparents too. You will love seeing titles from your childhood, and when you’re finished you can pass the great memories those books have given you onto your own children. A day out filled with memories and a chance to make new ones they can treasure forever.
Spy Mission Treasure Trail
Take the story of Newcastle into your own hands with a Spy Mission Trail from Treasure Trails, a guidebook that takes you on a self-guided tour of Newcastle, cracking clues along the way.
Over a 2 mile route and 22 clues, you’ll need eagle eyes and serious problem-solving skills. Begin the trail at the north end of the iconic Millennium Bridge and, if you’re lucky, see it being tilted! From here you’ll cross several lesser-known bridges and discover hidden historic sites, all the while keeping an eye out for leads on signs, plaques and buildings across the city.
This family-friendly trail can be done at your own pace, with a free mobile service if you get stuck on a clue… if you think you’ve completed the mission, correct answers are entered into a monthly draw to win £100!