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Derby Family Arts Network Half Term Events - Derby Days Out

Derby Family Arts Network Half Term Events

The Derby Family Arts Network have a great selection of welcoming and accessible events for families this February half term! From craft activities to digital exploration there's something for everyone.



Half Term Trail at Derby Museums


Sat 19 – Sun 27 Feb


From £1 – Free to Derby Museums Family Friends


Find out about Pangolins to mark World Pangolin Day on Saturday 19 February.  Use your expert skills of observation to find out more about these shy animals as you journey around the museum, writing down your observations as you go. Complete your field notes to become a nature champion and win a prize.



STEAM Tots (Drop-in session)

Museum of Making, Silk Mill, Derby

Sat 26 Feb 

10am – 11.30am

Free – or give what you think

For ages 2 - 5 

This loose parts play session offers a sensory and playful exploration of objects and materials, stimulating children’s curiosity, imagination and experimentation.



LEGO Mazes Half Term (Drop-in session)

QUAD, Market Place Derby

Fri 25 Feb

For ages 8+

Drop in between 11am -1pm and 2pm – 4pm

Come and join us to try out some interactive mazes! 

Participants will have a first-ever test play of the artist’s work-in-progress and can explore a 3D maze in a virtual world. Participants can use LEGO to prototype a maze idea and build their interactive maze with the game engine Unity. The drop-in session aims to explore the core concept of 3-Dimensional Interaction and will provide an experience to digitise creative thinking utilising cutting edge technology.


CK: sing 2 (U)

QUAD, Market Place Derby

Fri 18 – Sun 27 Feb (subtitled screenings available)

From £4

Buster Moon and his all-star cast of animal performers prepare to launch their most dazzling stage extravaganza yet …in the glittering entertainment capital of the world. There’s just one hitch: They first have to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star—played by legendary music icon Bono, making his animated film debut—to join them. Featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton and more.


All tickets are £4.00 for Cine Kids Club members (which includes the whole family and their guests). Membership is now FREE and available from QUAD Box Office to families with children under 16. Call 01332 290606 to join and become eligible for discounted tickets.

Non-members also welcome, who will be charged the standard cinema ticket price. Please remember to bring your Membership card to the screening as proof of membership will be checked at Box Office.


CK: Ponyo (U) 

QUAD, Market Place Derby

Sat 26 and Sun 27 Feb

From £4

In this classic animated adventure from Studio Ghibli a feisty baby goldfish/mermaid called Ponyo runs away from her home in the sea, and ends up stranded on the shore, She is rescued by Sosuke, a human boy who lives on a nearby clifftop. Ponyo yearns to become human herself so that she can be with Sosuke, but many obstacles stand in her way.

All tickets are £4.00 for Cine Kids Club members (which includes the whole family and their guests). Membership is now FREE and available from QUAD Box Office to families with children under 16. Call 01332 290606 to join and become eligible for discounted tickets.


Cranky Contraptions Workshop

Museum of Making


Tue 22 Feb


For ages 7+


From £10


Workshop running times: 

10.15am – 11.45am / 1pm – 2.30pm

Make your own spring themed automaton* inspired by the special exhibition Cabaret Mechanical Theatre In this maker-led workshop you will be guided through the process of making a crank machine, and then use your imagination to bring your machine to life.

Booking essential



Listen Love Learn


QUAD, Market Place Derby


12.30pm – 2.30pm


£1 per adult

Listen Love Learn is a weekly creative programme for families with children under 5 years - led by artists Charlotte Tupper and Mandy McKirdy.

Join us at QUAD every Tuesday afternoon 12.30-2.30pm with your little ones, to engage in creative activities in a relaxed and supportive environment.

Sessions host a variety of professional visitors to give you help, advice and signpost to all things under 5’s, with the Family Health Service visiting us monthly to check in, give advice or offer support.

Join us for a fun and stimulating afternoon of conversation, creativity and sharing!

The sessions are very informal and set in a friendly, relaxed environment.


Allenton Hippo! 🐾


21st February 10am - 12pm


St Martin's Community Hall, 6 Flint Street, Allenton DE24 9BH

Using inspiration from local history, Artcore is a running a free family art workshop, celebrating and recreating the Allenton Hippo. Families are invited to come along, learn about the famous Allenton Hippo and create their own crafted hippo to take home with them. We will provide all materials for you!





Running 3:15pm - 5:30pm in QUAD's Participation Space. 


Suitable for ages 8-14 years


£5 booking essential


Join us in this half term for a MinecraftLAB which will draw inspiration from the title of the Future Focus exhibition in the QUAD Gallery. On 22 February in 1997, the world's first adult mammal clone was produced by scientists in Edinburgh – creating ‘Dolly the Sheep’. In this Minecraft session we will imagine what the future may look like, with the ability to clone. MinecraftLAB’s are open events as part of QUADs Minecraft programme and focus on specific objectives. This series of workshops focuses on a creative build.



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