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 12 October

minifigure suncatcher activity

One of the artists whose work is on show in our Brick by Brick exhibition is Hannah Gibson. She explores the possibilities of recycled glass with her unique glass minifigure sculptures. We’ve taken their abstact patterns and beautiful colours as our starting point and are making these minifigure suncatchers. The sun wasn’t shining when we took our photo, but this make still brightened our day!  Come and join us at the ARTivity table for this free craft activity.

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


Half Term at 20-21

Tuesday to Friday 22-25 October

As well as free crafts at our ARTivity table and the interactive LEGO area for our Brick by Brick exhibition, we’ve got loads of free activities lined up for half term at 20-21. Here’s a day by day summary of what to expect when you visit.

Tuesday 22 October

10.30am-3.30pm: LEGO Speed-building Competition

Wednesday 23 October

10.30am-noon: The Big Draw – Life Drawing on the Move

1.30-3.30pm: The Big Draw – Design a Day of the Dead Skeleton

Thursday 24 October

10.30am-3.30pm: LEGO Bridge Building Competition

10.30am-12.30pm: The Big Draw – Day of the Dead Pavement Art

1.30-3.30pm: The Big Draw – Draw Famous Artists on Perspex

Friday 25 October

10am-3pm: The Big Draw Belton Country Park (off site event)


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® Day of the Dead Make and Take

Saturday 2 November 10.30am-3.30pm £7.00

As part of our Day of the Dead Funday, join LEGO®  professional Chris McKnight to make a custom designed ‘Day of the Dead’ LEGO® brick graveyard to take home with you – complete with a spooky skeleton. Each session lasts approximately 20 minutes. Choose from starting times 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm or 3.30pm.

For more information call 01724 297070 or email 20-21.epd@northlincs.gov.uk.  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 2021.epd@northlincs.gov.uk.


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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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