Planning a visit to Seven Stories with children aged 5-9 years old? Here's our guide to what's not to be missed.


Magic is in the air as we invite you to join in our Northern Ballet’s ‘Merlin’ Dance Workshop. Perfect for both beginners or budding ballet dancers, children will work with an inspiring Northern Ballet dance artist to practise basic ballet exercises, learn a selection of movements from Northern Ballet’s Merlin and to create their own short dance phrases too!  

Speaking of magic, nothing is more magical than nature and we're very lucky to have two Into the Woods We Go… Adventure Awaits sessions led by North East Artist and Writer Abbey Scott, author of the Hiddel Brock Wood book series. This session is a fun, interactive author reading of books from The World of Hiddel Brock Wood series, with woodland activities and crafts. We'll also be heading outside into the area around Seven Stories to connect with our local wildlife. Expect stories, nature crafts and lots of fun!  

Hot chocolate all round after that one! Our coffee shop is open on ground level 10am - 5pm every day in the school holidays - and we have it on good authority from young visitors that the sprinkle cake is delicious!

Exciting poetry experiences await this Easter! Share a love of rhythm and rhyme in a wonderful and exciting session with the Poet from the Peaks, Andy Tooze. The 1-hr session is perfect for all primary school age children who love thought-provoking reading, writing, amusing rhyme, singing and drama. Andy will be signing his books in the bookshop too, which is an ideal opportunity for your family to ask any questions and take a copy of his book home with you for more rhyming fun!

Local authors Kylie Dixon and Laura Maclennan are visiting us with their books - and some fun storytimes and activities too! If you like a bit of silliness (and who doesn't?!), join in the fun on 9/10 April or 15 April.

The storytelling doesn’t stop there, don’t miss ‘The Girl who Planted Trees’ Creative Session with author Caryl Hart. Discover the true story of Saiman, an Indonesian farmer who planted 11,000 trees all by himself and inspired the gloriously illustrated book, The Girl Who Planted Trees

Looking to put pen(cil) to paper? Come along and learn how to draw like a professional illustrator in our Cartoony Critters and Hilarious Humans workshop with Liz Million, local illustrator and author. Liz will share all of her top tips and design secrets with you as you laugh, learn and draw along together in this fully interactive drawing session. You won't be able to believe your own drawing skills at the end of this hilarious session!

Book your places for events now (paid-for) on our homepage and don't forget entry to the rest of the museum is completely FREE! After your visit, why not head for a stroll along the Quayside and pop into the BALTIC museum or hop on over to Ouseburn Farm next door to see the animals.