Activities for children, young people and families
Events and activities
Fuelled – Get Crafty kids. Sessions designed for children with a disability – Dates: 10, 11, 24, 25 August – 10am to 1pm
Get Crafty – artist specials. Sessions designed for adults with a disability – Dates: 3, 10, 17, 24 Aug, 2-4pm
ARTivities – New icons
New Icons themed craft sessions available in the Gallery. Community mosaic and street art wall.
Free, booking required for ticket to the centre (families). Daily throughout August – 10am-4pm
Generation Project – primary school exhibition and cultural prize draw.
Free, no need to book. 21 July until 31 August.
Daily throughout August (normal site opening hours) 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, North Lincs Museum and Normanby Hall Rural Life Museum
We have some exciting new workshops taking place this summer at The Baths Hall which will get your children active as well as creative! If your child likes musical theatre, crafts, circus skills and dance then these workshops might be just for them!
Movement Tales Workshops
We are very lucky to have Laura Fuller, a Dance teacher for over 15 years, specialising in Dance Education, running some fun filled workshops this summer.
Tuesday 9 August and Tuesday 30 August (Times to be confirmed)
Sessions are £5 per child.
- Morning Sessions for Toddlers/pre-school children (45 minutes) – What Makes Me a Me? by Ben Faulks
- Afternoon Sessions for Key Stage 1 (45 minutes) – George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl
- And Key Stage 2 (1 hour) – Gangster Granny by David Walliams.
All sessions will use the text of the book as a stimulus to aid Movement and Dance. Children will have the opportunity to go on a journey through the book, whilst moving their bodies in ways that correlate to the literature. Together, we bring the book to life and create play and imagination for active learning.
Sessions will focus on the following areas:
- Communication and language (verbal and non-verbal)
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
Booking is only available through the box office on 01724 296296, or in person at the Balls Hall during opening hours – Monday to Friday 10.30am to 4pm and Saturday 12 noon to 4pm (excluding August). The box office is closed on Bank Holidays.
Dance Camp! With Lauren Budd
We have an exciting brand new offering this summer to join Lauren Budd, a local performer and owner of Studio 7 Theatre Arts, who has appeared in several of Scunthorpe’s Pantomime’s alongside Annie Fanny since 2017 – this year she will be playing the role of Cinderella! These dance camps are a fantastic opportunity to develop skills and confidence in performing arts and are a brilliant introductory activity. No dance experience is needed to join in these workshops – they are open to all abilities.
The dance camp workshops are open for anyone ages 5-10 years. Limited spaces available – £25 per child for a full day workshop
Thursday 11 August (10am – 3.30pm)
Join Lauren for a fun-filled day of dance, arts and crafts, games and more based on the popular Disney Film ‘Encanto’.
Dance and sing along to your favourite songs ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’ and ’Surface Pressure’, decide on your own magical superpower whilst we design our family trees and make your own flowers like Isabella. This high energy day is jam packed with activities such as animal quizzes, Encanto bingo and colouring to keep all ages entertained. This workshop is danced based, working on contemporary/lyrical and street dance styles.
Friday 12 August (10am – 3.30pm)
Join Lauren for an action packed ‘Greatest Showman’ themed day. Join in with our circus games, learn how to juggle/be a puppet master and dance along to ’This is Me’ and ‘Come Alive’. This workshop will be musical theatre based, as we put together a mini circus show to incorporate story-telling all whilst showing off our amazing talents! This workshop is Musical Theatre based, however we will work on our contemporary and street dance styles during this workshop.
Booking is only available through the box office on 01724 296296, or in person at the Balls Hall during opening hurs – Monday to Friday 10.30am to 4pm and Saturday 12 noon to 4pm (excluding August). The box office is closed on Bank Holidays.
This school summer holiday, why not drop in for breakfast at the following Community Hubs and enjoy browsing in the library while you are there?
Breakfast and Books is for children, their families and carers. All welcome; just drop in, there is no charge.
- Riddings Community Hub, (Facebook page) – Tuesdays – 9.30am to 11am
Dates: 26 July, 2 August, 9 August, 16 August, 23 August, 30 August
- Brigg Community Hub, (Facebook page) – Thursdays – 9.30am to 11am
Dates: 28 July, 4 August, 11 August, 18 August, 25 August, 1 September
- Scunthorpe Central, (Facebook page) Fridays – 9.30am to 11am
Dates: Friday 29 July, 5 August, 12 August, 19 August, 26 August, 2 September
Scunthorpe Central and Riddings Community Hub are on the ground floor (accessible slope to front door for both).
Brigg Community Hub events will take place in a second floor meeting room in the hub building . There is a passenger lift in the hub building.
Date – 25 August 2022
Time – 2 – 4.30pm
Venue – Scunthorpe Central
If you love manga ( Japanese style comics), join us for some manga themed fun at our Manga Meet-Up.
The Meet-Up will provide a chance to meet local manga fans, play some manga themed games, take part in a manga themed quiz and the opportunity to try your hand at drawing “manga style” with our comic crash course.
Drinks and Japanese themed snacks are provided.
Entry £1, please book via Eventbrite.
If any additional information is required, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
There has never been a better time to visit Normanby Hall, with the region’s first Go Ape, two new playground areas, new membership packages and a programme of events. As well as the Hall, Farming Museum, Gift Shop and Stableyard Café, enjoy historical woodland and a leisurely stroll around our Walled Garden. Whether you want a treetop adventure or a relaxing day out in a glorious setting, there is so much to enjoy.
Visit the Normanby Hall Country Park website for information about events and activities taking place over the summer.
Music Madness – a fun coding activity being held at Scunthorpe Central – 17 August, 2pm to 4pm
Make your own cardboard guitar, add some simple electronics and coding to create your own playable guitar. This activity is suitable for those aged 8 years and above.
Parents do not need to stay with their children, but are welcome to do so. If you wish to stay with your child, please only book one place for the child.
A drink will be provided.
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If you’re looking for ways to keep children entertained and active this summer, North Lincolnshire Council’s NL Active has a jam-packed timetable of activities over the six-week holidays. From snorkelling and sea scooters to junior gym and racket sports, there’s something for everyone at NL Active centres.
Free swimming is back and is available at all five NL Active pools (Ancholme Leisure Centre, Axholme North Leisure Centre, Baysgarth Community Hub, Riddings Community Hub and The Pods). The free-swimming sessions can be found on the swimming pool timetables under Summer Daze. There’s also free swimming at Epworth Swimming Pool Mondays to Fridays, 12noon to 1pm.
Learn to swim at Ancholme Leisure Centre, Axholme North Leisure Centre and The Pods over the summer with NL Active’s group and one-to-one crash course swimming lessons. The swimming lessons are delivered over five days and will improve children’s water confidence, skills, and swimming strokes.
Other swimming pool activities include the popular mermaid sessions, and new snorkelling and sea scooter experiences. The mermaid sessions are taking place in all NL Active pools, the snorkelling sessions are at Ancholme Leisure Centre and The Pods, and the sea scooter sessions are at Ancholme Leisure Centre, Axholme North Leisure Centre, Riddings Community Hub and The Pods.
Racket sports are half price for juniors over the six-week holiday. If watching Wimbledon has given you a taste for tennis the half price offer also includes the outdoor courts at Axholme North Leisure Centre and Epworth Leisure Centre. All equipment is provided. If badminton is your thing, Ancholme Leisure Centre is holding weekly coached sessions on Mondays for beginners and club players.
If you fancy getting together for a kickabout with your friends, children aged 16 and under can play football on the Isle of Axholme with discounted 3G hire Monday to Friday, 8am to 4.30pm at Axholme North Leisure Centre and Epworth Leisure Centre.
NL Active has added additional junior gym sessions to the timetables over the summer holidays. New for this summer is also the junior rig workout sessions at Ancholme Leisure Centre and The Pods. These functional workouts will show you how to use the rig and other gym-based equipment to keep active and will get 11 to 16 year-olds used to working out in a gym environment.
You can find out more about all the NL Active summer holidays activities on the NL Active webpage.
For those wanting to keep active outdoors over the summer, there are a number of activities in parks and playgrounds across North Lincolnshire.
Baysgarth Park and Central Park have Park Fit, a self-led 10-station circuit course that uses QR codes to demonstrate the exercises at each station.
There’s also the new outdoor gym at Baysgarth Park. The outdoor gym features safe and inclusive equipment that includes cardio and strength activities for beginners through to exercise pros – and even better, it’s all free to use.
Entry to the museum is free and the opening times are Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm and Sunday 1pm to 4pm.
Check out what’s on this summer for children and young people on the What’s On page on the museum website.
Each activity has accessibility information listed on the event page. Booking is required for some events.
We are planning selfie competition to encourage customers to take a selfie in the market at the various booths, tag the market and share on social media. The prize is family ticket (4 tickets) to Vue Cinema! For a movie of your choice. You can enter the competition between 30 July and 13 August.
For further information please check St John’s and North Lincolnshire Markets Facebook page.
Other activities in the market
There will also be colouring stations around the market throughout the summer and a children’s play area.
There will be a live music, face painting, Princesses – with ‘’A Sprinkle Of Magic Parties”, art and craft with gigantic junk modelling and play areas with games.
Summer Reading Challenge
There is a dedicated area in St Johns Market on the first floor. This includes colouring, quizzes etc and an area to sit and read. Please note, this is not a supervised activity and parents need to stay with their children.
The market are also doing Junk box modelling on Saturdays during the holidays and we will have Community Hub staff on site at the market on Saturday afternoons to support the Summer Reading Challenge sign up.
Street Sport is back! For young people aged 8 to 18 years.
Each child requires an adult to complete the registration for on their first session. For further information please call 01724 297270.
Crosby One Centre,
Digby St, Scunthorpe, DN15 7LU
Everest Rd Playing Field, DN16 3EB
4.30pm – 5.30pm
6.15pm – 7.15pm
Playing Field, DN16 1JN
Village Hall Playing Field, DN20 9DY
4.30pm – 5.30pm
6.15pm – 7.15pm
Baysgarth Leisure Centre, Brigg Rd, DN18 5DT
Top Park, Marmion Dr, Winterton, DN15 9XZ
4.30pm – 5.30pm
6.15pm – 7.15pm
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Gadgeteers will take place in all of our libraries until Saturday 10 September.
Children just need to come along to the library and sign up for free, then read six books before the end of the challenge. Children who need to join the library first will need consent from a parent or carer.
During the Summer Reading Challenge, they will need to tell staff at the library about what they have read each time they visit. There are fun incentives to collect along the way and a medal and certificate at completion.
Read more abut the Summer Reading Challenge.
For a free family day out packed with wildlife and nature don’t miss Waters’ Edge Country Park and Visitor Centre. Explore 110 acres of country park and nature reserve, discover how green you are with our interactive displays or just chill out by the ponds and feed the ducks. Little ones will love our reading corner and giant games and can burn off energy in our outdoor play areas.
In the Visitor Centre you will find the gift shop which stocks a variety of locally crafted gifts including jewellery, toys and games, handbags, scarves, books, stationery and wildlife surveillance equipment.
Enjoy quality coffee and food, whilst taking in the spectacular views over the Humber Estuary at Honey Pot Café located within the centre, with outside decked seating area in the summer. The Honey Pot Café is a privately owned and managed café within the Visitor Centre.
Please note – only guide dogs are allowed in the centre.
Follow Waters’ Edge on Facebook and find out what’s on in the centre and country park.
Visit the Waters’ Edge website for details of other events.
Broughton Youth Club
Monday 6:30pm – 8:00pm (school years 5-7) *
Tuesday 6:30pm – 8:00pm (school years 8-11)
*Booking required, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kirton Youth Club
Monday 6:30pm – 8:00pm (school years 5-11)
Tuesday 6:30pm – 8:00pm (school years 5-11)
- North Lincolnshire Council Events
- Positive Activities North Lincolnshire – This Facebook site is for young people aged 13-18 yrs and their parents/carers.
- Events & Activities For Kids In The Scunthorpe Area – Facebook group advertising lots of great activities.
10 minute shake up your summer
Better Health and Disney have launched the 10 Minute Shake Up campaign. The campaign uses some of kids’ favourite characters from Disney’s Encanto and Frozen, Disney and Pixar’s Lightyear and Marvel’s The Avenger, to inspire kids to be more active whilst having fun throughout the summer.
Visit the NHS Better Heath website for lots of boredom-busting activities will help them reach the recommended 60 active minutes they need every day!
Additional activities and virtual activities
North Lincolnshire Museum
Lots of arts and crafts to try – or get into gardening with North Lincolnshire Museum.
Check out what’s on this summer for children and young people on the What’s On page on the museum website.
Get creative and share your art projects with 20-21 Visual Arts Centre
Join the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre Facebook group for some great crafts.
Visit the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre website for more information about What’s On this summer.
Art and pottery courses at Waters Edge
Take a look at the art and pottery courses on offer at Waters Edge Country Park in Barton upon Humber.
Make real life masterpieces with Tate Kids
Interested in art? Tate Kids brings information and ideas on the world of art to your doorstep. You can learn about everything from modernism to surrealism through their videos.
Create your own jigsaw puzzle
Create, play and share jigsaw puzzles at Jigsaw Planet.
You will also find jigsaws for children and adults at North Lincolnshire Museum.
Develop your child’s communication skills with the BBC’s Tiny Happy People
Tiny Happy People help you develop your child’s communication skills. Explore simple activities and play ideas and find out about their amazing early development.
Building young brains with the Big Little Moments
Babies and toddlers are growing and learning every day and the little moments you share can make a big difference. From morning time to bedtime, waiting for the bus to playing together, every moment is a chance to help build a child’s brain.
Complete an online distance learning course
Kick-start your online learning and sign up for a distance learning course with North Lincolnshire Adult Education and Community Learning. From Principles of Business Administration to Understanding Nutrition and Health, there’s something for everyone.
Some courses are currently free of charge.
Learn British sign language
Learn a new skill with actor and dancer Natasha Lamb, who has been teaching children and families British Sign Language.
Learn digital skills with Learn My Way
The Learn My Way website has a series of short courses to help you get the most out of being online, including advice on using Office programs, finding a job and managing your money online. A useful resource for complete beginners or those wanting to build up their skills, knowledge and confidence.
Create your own fantasy world and games with code
Barclays Bank have created a code playground where they offer free and fun coding sessions for young people, parents and professionals.
You can create music, build and star in your very own computer games.
The North Lincs Camera Club is a relaxed friendly environment where people can get together and discuss photography.
Love photography? Some of the biggest names in the imaging industry are sharing top tips and techniques to try at home through free classes and webinars.
Make food matter – love food hate waste
To truly understand why edible food gets chucked away we’d like you to become an investigator. We want you to monitor how much food you and your family throw away at home for one week.
Visit the lovefoodhatewaste website – includes downloadable food diary, asto-nosh-ing food facts, kids recipes and much more.
Sort your sock stuff out – love your clothes
Keep your family’s odd, mismatched or holey socks out of the bin by trying some of these 101 uses for a lonely sock – or get crafty and make yourself a member of the sock posse.
Visit the loveyourclothes website.
The action pack – recycle now
Help make our world a better place and teach others about recycling.
How to get active in North Lincolnshire
Follow the NLActive facebook page to find the latest ideas, tips and advice on how to get active – including details on what’s happening in North Lincolnshire.
For the latest information on youth activities visit the Positive Activities website.
Join the world’s largest treasure hunt
Geocaching.com currently has around 561 geocaches located within 10 miles of Scunthorpe. This is a great way to get outdoors and explore.
Build your own running plan with Curly’s Athletes
Curly’s are helping people to build their own running plan with lots of advice on everything from strength and conditioning to endurance and rest.
Exercise videos by NHS fitness studios
The NHS have a wealth of fitness videos and apps that anyone can use, featuring everything from aerobic exercise, to pilates and yoga.
Work out with Sport England
Join the movement with Sport England who have put together a range of ideas that people can access to stay active.
Getting active when you find exercise difficult with Age UK
People who are building up their strength and fitness can find some great ideas at Age UK, including exercises to help you after a fall, operation or if you have limited mobility.
Take part in a Funetics activity
England Athletics have launched ‘Funetics’ – a programme that has been designed to reflect the requirements of the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2. Their website has videos demonstrating FUN activities based on fundamental core movement skills: running, jumping and throwing.
Look after your mind and body with Her Spirit
A personalised coaching and community app for your mind and body – including live daily workouts, a weekly podcast, weekly community challenges, weekly live meditations, and immune boosting recipes.
Try a relaxing yoga session with Cosmic Kids Yoga
It’s important to take time to look after physical and mental wellbeing.
Reduce anxiety and take part in Yoga by visiting the Cosmic Kids Yoga YouTube channel
Dance along to the Greatest Showman with Oti Mabuse
Get your dancing shoes on with Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse as she leads online dance classes, including popular classics from Frozen and The Greatest Showman.
Helpful advice for mums to be or new mums with This Mum Moves
Learn more about the benefits of an active pregnancy and continuing activity after childbirth, as well as ideas to help you move more.
Join the North Lincolnshire Youth Council
If you are aged between 11 and 19 (up to 25 with special educational needs and disabilities) and you want to voice your opinions and have your say, you can join the Youth Council and promote your views and that of your peers.
Join a friendly community of fellow mums with the Mush app
Mums who use the Mush app can find friends with kids the same age, attend virtual meetups, get advice from parenting experts and fellow mums, and join chat groups based on everything from their due date to their love of reality TV.
20 of the best podcasts for teens from Good Housekeeping
Good Housekeeping have created a list of the top 20 podcasts for teens, that offer a whole range of topics such as ‘Part-Time Genius’, ‘Song Exploder’ and ‘Mental Music’
Watch storytime videos with Play Avenue
Messingham based Play Avenue are filming stories for little ones to enjoy, with the help of their lovely dogs.
Blast into space with local children’s author Addy Farmer
In ‘A Place Called Home’, Eddy, Freddy and Blip blast off into space, landing on extraordinary planets and meeting extraordinary creatures. But what will happen when they encounter the terrifying black hole in space? Will they ever get home again? A rhyming story of adventure and bravery that’s out of this world!
Download a bestselling e-book on BorrowBox
Escape into a good book and let your imagination fly! With the free BorrowBox service from North Lincolnshire Libraries, you’ll be spoilt for choice. There are a wide range of titles from authors including Lee Child, David Walliams, James Patterson and Hilary Mantel.
Enjoy a great selection of titles with RB Digital app
With a library card from North Lincolnshire libraries, you can download a fantastic selection of e-books, audiobooks, magazines and more for free through the RB Digital app.
Access more than 700 magazines and newspapers with the PressReader app
Read your favourite magazines for free with the PressReader app. Download the PressReader app and use the Library option to sign in.
Storytime with David Walliams
Listen to a free story read by bestselling author David Walliams.
Bring culture into your home with BBC Arts
The BBC are streaming performances of poetry, ballet, music and film as well as providing ideas for art activities at home.
Watch a production with National Theatre at Home
The National Theatre are streaming weekly recorded performances on their YouTube channel. Previous shows include Jane Eyre, One Man, Two Guvnors and Twelfth Night.
Watch a West End show
Bring the West End to your living room every Friday evening, featuring recorded performances of top musicals from Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, including the Phantom of the Opera.
Live stream concerts
The show must go on! Songkick have brought together a list of some of the best live stream performances coming up around the globe.
Enjoy a trip to the canal without opening your front door
As an alternative to visiting in person, the Canal and River Trust are building a vast library of canal-related films, images, interactive content and stories for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home.
Set off on a cultural adventure and step inside some of the world’s best museums from the comfort of your home with a virtual tour.
Explore Normanby Hall and the Rural Life Museum
Virtual visitors can explore Normanby Hall and The Rural Life Museum – enjoy the stunning period rooms and exhibitions from the comfort of your own home.
Visit North Lincolnshire Museum
The Streetlife Museum of Transport, Hull
Climb aboard and explore 200 years of transport history and walk through a 1940’s high street.
The British Museum, London
The British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture, and includes world-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies.
The Natural History Museum, London
Discover the world from your living room with 360 tours of nature walks, trails and fossil hunting as well as panoramas of the Antarctic.
The Louvre, Paris
The largest museum in the world is also home to one of its most impressive art collections, including the iconic ‘Mona Lisa’, by Leonardo da Vinci.
The Vatican Museums, Rome
Explore one of the world’s greatest art collections, assembled by popes since the 17th century. The virtual tour includes the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo.
Activity ideas for people living with dementia
The Alzheimer’s Society have put together a blog of online activity ideas for people living with dementia, including puzzles and music playlists.
The ThinkNinja app brings self-help knowledge and skills to children and young people (10-18 years old) who may be experiencing increased anxiety and stress.
Bugsy Batty: The Coronavirus
It can be hard to talk to children about the coronavirus. Author Virginia Dellow has written a story, ‘Bugsy Batty’ to help explain the changes they might be encountering.
Watch the animals playing at Messingham zoo
Messingham zoo are keeping everyone entertained with videos of their adorable animals, including monkeys and meerkats.
Spot a panda at Edinburgh zoo
Watch animals including pandas, tigers, koalas and penguins on live webcams from Edinburgh zoo
Bring the forest home with virtual reality
Get back to nature and entertain the children with Forestry England. Visit a tree nursery, explore forest machinery and learn about different habitats for wildlife with their virtual tour.
Explore the hidden worlds of the National Parks
Follow National Park rangers on their journeys around volcanoes, fjords, caverns and canyons.
Draw the bug face!
Wildlife and nature fans can find lots of activities, drawing ideas and fun facts sure to make you scream on BBC Earth Kids.
Build an online animal habitat with Switch zoo animal games
The Switch zoo website features learning resources for children to watch, listen and play games about animals.