Family Activities

20-21 Visual Arts Centre is a family focused venue. We offer exhibitions, free workshops, activities and events which are suitable for children and young people of all ages, and our gallery café dishes up a great children’s menu.
Drop in art and craft activities inspired by our exhibitions run every Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm in the gallery, and are suitable for all.
These activities are free but any donations towards the cost of materials are gratefully received.
20-21 Visual Arts Centre is one of the 750 organisations across the UK who have pledged to meet the Family Arts Standards, a UK-wide recognised quality-mark demonstrating excellence in family provision.
For more information about our family-focused events and activities, please read on.

ARTivity Table

ARTivity Table, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre

Why not drop-in and make the most of our free activity table, where we have a range of “ARTivities” for youngsters to enjoy. Inspired by our exciting exhibition programme, our artivities change on a regular basis, so there is always something new for your kids to try their hand at!


This week’s ARTivities: Saturday 9 November

ARTivity table Totem activity

For our new make at our free ARTivity table this week, we’re looking for inspiration to our Dark Horses exhibition of 20-21 gallery staff artwork. Gallery Assistant John Cocks’ bright, colourful Totem contains elements symbolising important moments of his life. So this week we’re making our own totems. While you could copy ours exactly, we hope that you’ll include elements that are important to you and make your totem unique to you. They’re quite simple to make and Gallery Assistants will be on hand if you need a little help or advice. So come and join us at the ARTivity table and get creative.

Our free activity table is open 10am to 4pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays.

ARTivities Extra
Gallery Assistant Helena with girl, ARTivities EXTRA Workshops, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre

ARTivities EXTRA is our series of workshops for families.  Led by visiting artists or one of our experienced gallery assistants, these sessions are fun for all ages!  Book your place by visiting the gallery or online by visiting our Eventbrite page.

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LEGO® Brick Build Together Workshop for Adults and their Children

Saturday 16 November 1.30-3.30pm  £4.00

Calling all young and young at heart fans of LEGO® bricks! Work together with your youngster to learn some building tips and tricks and then try some building challenges set by LEGO® brick expert Chris McKnight. All children must be accompanied by at least one adult, and all adults must be accompanied by at least one child.

For more information call 01724 297070 or email  To book your place ask in the gallery or visit Eventbrite


needle felt elves

Needle Felt Elf Workshop

Saturday 23 November 10.30am-12.30pm  £18.00

Join Tamsin Anderson for this relaxed session learning the craft of needle felt. You’ll receive step by step guidance to make your own bearded elf (or Santa, if you prefer). Personalise your elf by choosing the colours of his outfit and his beard. Will your elf be a Christmas decoration, a handmade gift for a loved one or a new addition to the household? This workshop is suitable for children over the age of 10 years and for adults, and would make a perfect pre-Christmas treat for a parent and older child to each do side by side.

For more information call 01724 297070 or email  To book your place ask in the gallery or visit Eventbrite


mixed media mouse sculptures by Kathryn Ashcroft

Textile Mouse Making Workshop with Kathryn Ashcroft

Saturday 23 November 10.30am-12.30pm  £18.00

Join Kathryn Ashcroft to create your own mixed-media mouse sculpture on a little wooden block. Your little mouse character will be personalised to tell your own story, with an array of details and props, created using model-making skills combined with stitching and textile techniques. All materials are provided, though participants may wish to bring their own fabrics and other mouse-related treasures to add a very personal touch to their work! Suitable for children age 8+ and for adults.

For more information call 01724 297070 or email  To book your place ask in the gallery or visit Eventbrite


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LEGO® Brick Christmas Tree Decoration Make & Take

Saturday 30 November (Sessions at 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm, 4pm, 4.30pm, 5pm)  £5

To celebrate the switching on of Scunthorpe’s Christmas lights, make this custom designed ‘Christmas Present’ LEGO® decoration to take home and hang on your Christmas tree. You’ll be under the expert guidance of LEGO® specialist Christ McKnight from BrickBox. Each session lasts up to 20 minutes. Suitable for age 8+.

Note for parents/carers: This is a family workshop and we positively encourage parents/carers to participate and support their children. However, if you want to make your own piece alongside your child you will need to book the appropriate number of places, as this ensures that we have sufficient supplies.

For more information call 01724 297070 or email  To book your place ask in the gallery or visit Eventbrite

Stick and Splodge

Two girls in a ball pit, Stick and Splodge, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre

These sessions are full of creative fun for the under-fives. We offer painting and crafts, sand and water play, puzzles, puppets and much more! Stick and Splodge sessions are just £1 per child and run from 10.30am to 12noon every Thursday morning, including during school holidays . There’s no need to book – just drop in.

For more information, please call 01724 297070 or email

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If you have enjoyed our free Fundays and events please support us by making a donation.
To find out about all the events and activities that are taking place at 20-21 please visit our What’s on pages.
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