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28 May 2018 - 01 June 2018

The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, at South Shields, has unveiled a half term programme packed with craft sessions, coding and even laser cutting – all along the theme of mystical, mythical creatures.

To tie in with its hugely popular exhibition, Monsters! The Good, The Bad and The Cuddly, which runs until January 2019, the venue is giving youngsters the chance to let their imaginations run riot in creating characters of their own.

Arts and crafts sessions held on Monday 28 and Thursday 31 May will give them the chance to make dragon and unicorn themed crafts, while coding club on Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 will take them on a quest for treasure.

With help from staff at FabLab @ The Word, youngsters aged between six and eight can learn all about sequencing, loops, conditional logic and debugging as they ad their dragon and blast through a mystical jungle.

And a second session on each day, aimed at nine to 11-year-olds, will explore interactive coding in a fun and creative workshop, while FabLab is also hosting a drop-in session on 30 May for those keen to try their hand at laser cutting.

On Thursday 31 May, nine to 14-year-olds can learn all about laser cutting, with a special monster-themed session, while those under seven can listen to magical tales of unicorns and dragons at a series of storytelling sessions on Friday 1 June, with songs, arts and crafts.

“And, of course a visit to our Monsters! Exhibition is a must,” said Tania Robinson, Head of Marketing and Culture at The Word.

“Visitors can meet Boris Karloff’s classic movie monster in Dr Frankenstein’s lab, see what it feels like to be held by King Kong and take a selfie with Sulley from Monsters Inc.

“So, we’ve got plenty on offer throughout half term to keep little monsters of all ages thoroughly entertained.”

Arts and Crafts sessions on Monday 28 and Thurs 31 May will be held from 10am to 11am and 2.30pm to 3.30pm and cost £1 per child, to be paid when entering StoryWorld. Maximum one adult per child and children under eight must have an adult present.

Coding Club sessions on Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 May will take place from 10am to 11am and 11.30am to 12.30pm and tickets cost £3.50 per child.

Monster Laser Fun for Children will be from 1pm to 3.30pm on Thursday 31 May and tickets cost £12.50 per person.

Magical tales of unicorns and dragons will be on Friday 1 June at 10.30am, 12.45pm and 2.15pm. Tickets cost £3.50 child/ £2.50 adult / £10.50 family of 4/ under 12 months £1 to be paid at the shop on the day/ £25 group ticket (10x tickets).


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