Spend a day at Bill Quay Farm in Gateshead. It’s open seven days a week, and entry is free. See the pigs, goats, geese, sheep and hens before heading to their small mammal area to learn about chinchillas, Chinese hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and ferrets. Great for when you’re at a loose end with the kids.
Let your kids’ creative juices flow in the beautiful Laing Art Gallery on the first Saturday of every month in an inclusive art class for 10 to 15-year-olds. They’ll work with professional art educators and learn different mediums or techniques each month. Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle
Kids filled with energy? Send them to Rock Antics in Middlesbrough and Newton Aycliffe for junior clubs teaching the basics of climbing, belaying and bouldering on the impressive climbing wall facilities. Grouped according to age, the sessions will help them develop balance, coordination, strength, fitness and confidence. (P.s. They also run extra classes during school holidays!) www.rockantics.co.uk
You’ve heard about it (and maybe read about it in Living North). Now’s the time to do it. Just download the app (it’s free). Pick a geocache to find. Use the app to navigate to the location. Find the geocache. Be warned: Once you start, you won’t want to stop!
Be the operator of a big, human-powered sound machine in a futuristic workshop, where making noise is mandatory. Generation Noise is a fantastic family-friendly exhibition where your little ones create their own music. 31st January–10th April, DLI Museum and Art Gallery, Aykley Heads, Durham www.generationtour.org.uk
We’re still loving the National Trust’s 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 3/4. Why not climb a huge hill at Penshaw Monument, hunt for bugs at Cherryburn or go bird watching at the Farne Islands?
Visit Allen Banks and Staward Gorge, one of the largest areas of ancient woodland in Northumberland, for a day full of fresh air and exploring. Kids will love the very wobbly bridge over the River Allen! Near Ridley Hall, Bardon Mill, Hexham