Family Activities

20-21 Visual Arts Centre is a family focused venue. We offer a host of free workshops, activities and events suitable for children and young people of all ages including special exhibitions, catering and our popular children’s parties.
Drop in art and craft activities inspired by our exhibitions run every Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm in the gallery, and are suitable for kids of all ages.
These activities are free but any donations towards the cost of materials are gratefully received.
For more information about our family-focused events and activities, please read on!

Artivity Table

Activity Table at 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!

Our activity table is open 10:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays.

Date Artivity Inspired by Info
November 1, 2 Small Shakespeare Genetic Moo: Love in Idleness Take home your own mini Shakespeare – he makes the perfect paper pal or desk buddy.
November 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Colourful Catherine Wheels Bonefire Night Celebrate Bonfire Night in style with these paper Catherine Wheels!
November 11, 14, 15, 16, 17 Poppy Crafts Rememberance Day Make your own paper poppy and wear it with pride.
November 18, 21, 22, 23, 24 Terrific Tudor Houses Genetic Moo: Love in Idleness Make your own Tudor-inspired house, just like the one Shakespeare lived in (but smaller, obviously).
Nov-25 Christmassy Crafts Christmas Celebrate Scunthorpe Town’s big annual Christmas Light Switch-On with some Christmassy crafts from around the world.
November 28, 29, 30 Christmassy Crafts Christmas Celebrate Christmas with a difference this year with these festive crafts from around the world.
Dec-01 Christmassy Crafts Christmas Celebrate Christmas with a difference this year with these festive crafts from around the world.
December 2, 5, 6, 7, 8 Fabulously Festive Cards Christmas Make a personalised Christmas card for someone special – it’s the thought that counts!
December 9, 12, 13, 14, 15 Theatrical Friends Genetic Moo: Love in Idleness Perform your own minature plays with these theatrical finger puppets.
December 16, 19 Snow Mobile Christmas Make a festive mobile to hang over your bed this holiday season!
December 20, 21, 22 Festive Elves Christmas Create an elf for your shelf (disclaimer, elf does not actually have to go on a shelf).

Artivities Extra

Helena in 20-21 Uniform and girl, Artivities Extra, 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!

January 27: Pastel drawing with Christine Williams

February 24: Textiles workshop with Nicky Dillerstone

March 31: Painting with Dominic Heffer

April 28: Clay workshop with Karen Raithby

May 26: Photography workshop with Les Monaghan

£5 per person. Sessions are from 1:00pm to 3:00pm and are suitable for ages 5+. Due to the popularity of our workshops attendees must book in advance, as we have a maximum of 20 spaces. To reserve a spot for you and your family, please call: 01724 297070 or email

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 ‘n’ Splodge sessions are just £1 per child and run every Thursday morning from 10.30am to 12:00pm. There’s no need to book – just drop on by.

For more information, please call 01724 297070 or email

Baby Massage

20-21 is one of the venues that offer baby massage and baby yoga classes via Rachel’s Positive Touch Baby Massage.

Baby massage classes are spread over a four week period, and are suitable for children aged four-weeks-old to crawling stage. Baby yoga is also a four week class, and is best suited to kids aged eight-weeks to walking. As well as offering a wealth of emotional and physical rewards, baby massage and yoga are unique bonding experiences for mother and baby, and is provided in a supporting and nurturing environment.

Tuesdays 10:00am to 12:00pm. Baby Massage is £25 for four weeks. Baby Yoga is £16 for four weeks.

To book your spot or for more information, call Rachel Tuxford on 07769328115 or email

If you have enjoyed out 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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