Family Activities

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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!


Activity Table

Two boys holding up paper monsters, Activity Table. Artivities, 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.

Check out what we have in store below!
Date Artivity Inspired by Info
May 16, 17, 18, 19 Build your own city Brick City Using a range of paper folding techniques, we’ll show you how to build your own architectural wonder.
May 20, 23, 24, 25, 26 Brick City masks Brick City Create a Brick City mask of your own design, inspired by Lego’s iconic mini figures.
May-27 Brick City dress-up Brick City Dress up your own Brick City paper model.
May 30, 31 Brick City puppets Brick City Make mini figures come to life with these handmade Brick City puppets.
June 1, 2 Brick City picture puzzles Brick City Take your love of Lego to the next level by using family photos to create personalised Brick City picture puzzles.
June 3, 6, 7, 8, 9 A world in your pocket Brick City Create your own micro world that fits right in your pocket.
June 10, 13, 14, 15, 16 Felt Friends Jo Miller: Bones of Me Make reading fun with these friendly animal bookmarks.
June 17, 20, 21, 22, 23 Shoebox Homes Brick City Create your own cardboard room – the perfect new place for Barbie or Ken!
June 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 Mandala Madness Drawing for Sculpture Use collage and paper layering to create your own stunning mandela pattern.
July 1, 4, 5, 6, 7 Cartoon Capers Drawing for Sculpture We’ll show you how to draw cool cartoons – in 3D!
July 8, 11, 12, 13, 14 Puppet Pals Space Cadets: Blood and Bone These skeleton puppets are bound to tickle your funny bone!
July 15, 18, 19, 20, 21 Wild Wire Drawing for Sculpture Using wire, visitors can create 3D drawings that are part sculpture and part illustration.
July 26, 27, 28 A fan of Summer  Summer 2017 Fight the summer heat with a homemade fan!
Jul-29 Inside Out Space Cadets: Blood and Bone Wear your insides on your outsides with this clever, handmade body bib.


Artivities Extra

Helena in 20-21 Uniform and girl, Artivities Extra, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre

New for 2017 – Artivities Extra! Led by a visiting artist or one of our helpful gallery assistants, our free workshops in the education room are fun for all the family.

Check them out below.

July 22: Papier-mâché bowls.

August 26: Clay hand dishes.

September 23: Felt animal purses.

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.


Stick ‘n’ Splodge

Child playing with clay, 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.