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Events for children and young people

Please be aware that there may be limited spaces for each activity and courses often fill up quickly. We recommend calling as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Sessions at the library are given on a first come, first served basis using your child's library card.

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21 January 2022
10:30 to 11:30
01325 405060
Head of Steam
Non members £2 per adult, children 5 and under are free, included in Family annual passes
Darlington Borough Council

Booking is required for this fun messy play session with our friends from Little Learners. Booking opens the week before at our Station Scamps session or call or email the museum to book. Places are limited to ensure everyone gets a turn and we have social distancing.

Please note this session is from 10.30-11.30am.

04 February 2022
10:00 to 12:00
01325 405060
Head of Steam
Non members £2 per adult, children 5 and under are free, included in Family annual passes
Darlington Borough Council

Come and join our friendly session for children aged 5 and under and their grown ups. We have railway themed play that includes messy and role play, as well as the chance to explore the museum. Meet new friends and have fun!

11 February 2022
10:00 to 12:00
01325 405060
Head of Steam
Non members £2 per adult, children 5 and under are free, included in Family annual passes
Darlington Borough Council

Come and join our friendly session for children aged 5 and under and their grown ups. We have railway themed play that includes messy and role play, as well as the chance to explore the museum. Meet new friends and have fun!

Out of the Blue
16 February 2022 to 19 February 2022
09:30 to 14:40
01325405680
The Hullabaloo
£10
Theatre Hullabaloo

A spellbinding intimate performance for babies and toddlers age 6 to 18 months and their grown-ups. A perfect introduction to live theatre – full of captivating images and intriguing sounds – followed by an opportunity for the babies and toddlers to play too! He’s waiting. Waiting for something to arrive. Ding, dong, doorbell. “Package for you.” A parcel. Unwrap it… “What’s inside?” And there’s paper to play with – scrunch, crunch, tear, rip, rustle. Hiding… “Peekaboo”. And then, out of the blue, a wonderful surprise – the most special delivery of all… This show is suitable for 6-18 months and their grown ups. Performance times: February 16th - 18th: 10am - 10:40am 11:30am - 12:10pm 1:30pm - 2:10pm February 19th: 9:30am - 10:10am 11:30am - 12:10pm 2pm - 2:40pm Duration: 40 minutes

This event is not run by Darlington Borough Council.


18 February 2022
10:30 to 11:30
01325 405060
Head of Steam
Non members £2 per adult, children 5 and under are free, included in Family annual passes
Darlington Borough Council

Booking is required for this fun messy play session with our friends from Little Learners. Booking opens the week before at our Station Scamps session or call or email the museum to book. Places are limited to ensure everyone gets a turn and we have social distancing.

Please note this session is from 10.30-11.30am.

22 February 2022
09:15 to 13:40
01325405680
The Hullabaloo
£3 - £10
Theatre Hullabaloo

Join storyteller, Chris Connaughton, for some toad-ally awesome storytelling sessions. Performance times: 10:15am - 10:55am (2-4 years) 11:15am - 11:55am (5-7 years) 1pm - 1:40pm (2-4 years) Duration: 40 minutes.

This event is not run by Darlington Borough Council.


23 February 2022
11:00 to 15:30
01325 405060
Head of Steam
Included in admission and yearly passes
Darlington Borough Council

Construction Kids are back and bringing along lots and lots of lego for children to create their own models and race down the track

For further details contact Musuem reception on 01325 405060

Play in 2 days
23 February 2022 to 24 February 2022
10:00 to 16:30
01325405680
The Hullabaloo
£30 per person for both days
Theatre Hullabaloo

Two fun-packed, drama-filled days for children to create a brilliant new play to perform to friends and family later on the second day at The Hullabaloo.

Please note that this is a two day activity taking place on Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 24th February. Participants should attend both days. 23rd February is 10am - 4pm 24th February is 10am - 4:30pm with a 20-minute sharing at 4pm The sharing will take place at The Hullabaloo. Suitable for 6-12 years.

This event is not run by Darlington Borough Council.


25 February 2022
10:00 to 12:00
01325 405060
Head of Steam
Non members £2 per adult, children 5 and under are free, included in Family annual passes
Darlington Borough Council

Come and join our friendly session for children aged 5 and under and their grown ups. We have railway themed play that includes messy and role play, as well as the chance to explore the museum. Meet new friends and have fun!

Chill-abaloo
26 February 2022
09:30 to 11:00
01325405680
The Hullabaloo
£7 - £14
Theatre Hullabaloo

Relax at The Hullabaloo, 90 minutes of mindful activities including yoga, storytelling and soundscapes for you and your little one. Performance times: 9:30am - 11am (0-3 years) 12pm - 1:30pm (4-7 years) 2pm - 3:30pm (0-3 years)

This event is not run by Darlington Borough Council.


04 March 2022
10:00 to 12:00
01325 405060
Head of Steam
Non members £2 per adult, children 5 and under are free, included in Family annual passes
Darlington Borough Council

Come and join our friendly session for children aged 5 and under and their grown ups. We have railway themed play that includes messy and role play, as well as the chance to explore the museum. Meet new friends and have fun!

A Square World
05 March 2022
11:00 to 14:45
01325405680
The Hullabaloo
£7 - £24
Theatre Hullabaloo

A Square World is an honest, touching and quirky story of three friends and what happens when an unexpected change leaves one of them left out in the cold. Together they decide to redefine the rules of the square world in which they live and soon discover their lives won’t be square ever again! This non-verbal story uses simple design and object manipulation to create an imaginative world where anything can happen. This endearing and funny performance looks at the unfairness of being left out in a world designed for everyone else but yourself. Suitable for 4-8 years. Performance times: 11am - 11:45am 2pm - 2:45pm School performances are available 3rd and 4th March 2022, contact Theatre Hullabaloo for more information.

This event is not run by Darlington Borough Council.


11 March 2022
10:00 to 12:00
01325 405060
Head of Steam
Non members £2 per adult, children 5 and under are free, included in Family annual passes
Darlington Borough Council

Come and join our friendly session for children aged 5 and under and their grown ups. We have railway themed play that includes messy and role play, as well as the chance to explore the museum. Meet new friends and have fun!

18 March 2022
10:30 to 11:30
01325 405060
Head of Steam
Non members £2 per adult, children 5 and under are free, included in Family annual passes
Darlington Borough Council

Booking is required for this fun messy play session with our friends from Little Learners. Booking opens the week before at our Station Scamps session or call or email the museum to book. Places are limited to ensure everyone gets a turn and we have social distancing.

Please note this session is from 10.30-11.30am.

01 April 2022
10:00 to 12:00
01325 405060
Head of Steam
Non members £2 per adult, children 5 and under are free, included in Family annual passes
Darlington Borough Council

Come and join our friendly session for children aged 5 and under and their grown ups. We have railway themed play that includes messy and role play, as well as the chance to explore the museum. Meet new friends and have fun!

Baba Yaga
05 April 2022 to 16 April 2022
10:00 to 19:00
01325405680
The Hullabaloo
£7-£24
Theatre Hullabaloo

A deliciously dark and funny fairytale where danger skulks but safety is closer than you think... A sister and a brother are forced to flee from their home only to find themselves alone in a whole new landscape. A New-Place. Surely they will find safety here? But shshshsh! Just beyond in a chicken-leg house, lurks the most dangerous new danger, of the snap-you-up-and gobble-you-down-if-you’re-not-careful variety. The most infamous of witches. The most unpredictable of adversaries. The lip-smacking, chiddler-nicking, fear-smelling Baba Yaga! Stand by for magical shenanigans and belly-laughs aplenty which celebrates the brilliance and bravery of children (if you can stop shaking in your socks that is!). A dark new fairytale, where danger skulks in the least expected corners, but safety is closer than you think. ‘Shshshsh! She’s here!’ Suitable for 6+ years Performance times: 9th April – 11am and 2pm 12th April – 2pm 13th April – 11am (BSL) and 2pm 14th April – 2pm (NDF) and 6pm 16th April – 11am and 2pm Duration: 60 minutes School performances are available the 5th - 8th April 2022, contact Theatre Hullabaloo for more information.

This event is not run by Darlington Borough Council.


08 April 2022
10:00 to 12:00
01325 405060
Head of Steam
Non members £2 per adult, children 5 and under are free, included in Family annual passes
Darlington Borough Council

Come and join our friendly session for children aged 5 and under and their grown ups. We have railway themed play that includes messy and role play, as well as the chance to explore the museum. Meet new friends and have fun!

Secret Owl Society
21 April 2022
10:30 to 11:30
01325405680
The Hullabaloo
£7 - £24
Theatre Hullabaloo

Everyone knows owls are wise, so why not come and hear some magical, mystical and often hilarious stories told by a very special Owl. Come and be a part of…. THE SECRET OWL SOCIETY Blending facts, folk tales and modern children’s literature, families will be taken on an interactive story journey and can make a special owl themed craft to take home. It’s bound to be an absolute HOOT! Suitable for 3-7 years Performance times: 10:30am - 11:30am 1pm - 2pm (Neurodiverse Friendly) 2:30pm - 3:30pm Duration: 60 minutes - 30 mins interactive storytelling / 30 mins craft activity

This event is not run by Darlington Borough Council.


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