Fun things to do in Sunderland for the whole family as the sunny days return to the city, the coast and beyond… 


Get fit for FoL














We’re making 2021 the year of fitness and wellbeing, and our friends at the Foundation of Light have a storming challenge for all members of the family to dive into this spring! 

Listen up… the warmer weather is returning and the brighter nights are just around the corner, so what better time to get the legs pumping and raise some cash for one of our city’s hugely inspiring charities – the Foundation of Light? 

How do I get my clan involved? Well… kids, parents, aunties and uncles – you name it – are invited to run, walk or cycle 20 miles and donate £20 to help the inspiring folk at FoL to continue giving local children access to sport and football across the city. 

It’s a win, win for fitness enthusiasts, those wanting to shake the lockdown pounds and a great fun thing to do in Sunderland with the kids.

To get involved, head over to the FIT for FoL Facebook group and then make any donations via JustGiving.




Lady Kitt: Art Confined

Norfolk Street Gallery have made the most of lockdown by shifting a powerful exhibition by Lady Kitt online for families across Wearside to enjoy from home.

‘Art Confined, Norfolk Street; social art with social distance’ is a vibrant exhibition that captures the trials, tribulations and unexpected joys we’ve all experienced during the pandemic. 

Featuring giant paper sculptures of bright pink and purple recycled paper, this exhibition comes complete with descriptions from co-authors, spoken and musical elements as well as 3D digital scans. A perfect virtual pastime for when rainy days strike and a great kids activity in Sunderland.  




Story Explorers














Perfect for children aged 6 and under, join Sunderland Music Hub, Sunderland Libraries and Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens for a storytelling singalong set amongst their weird and wonderful collections! 

A joint project that will take your little one on a musical adventure and spark creativity with a selection of favourite children’s books.




Dinosaurs and Fossils

Sunderland Culture’s free family takeaway pack will be dinosaur themed this Easter – full of fun facts and activities to try at home including a dinosaur egg hunt, dino dioramas and salt dough fossil prints!




Poems of Town














Shout out to any budding young musicians, writers, poets or performers from Sunderland! 

Sunderland Culture have teamed up with Mercury Award nominated band Field Music and poet Paul Summers on the hunt for young people aged 13 – 19 years interested in developing their own music and lyrics for a performance at Arts Centre Washington in the Spring. 

All levels of experience are welcome for this free opportunity so sign up now!




Spring Bingo

Get out and about and explore nature on your doorstep with Sunderland Museum’s Spring Bingo clue-sheets. 

Can you find all the spring themed plants, animals, birds and objects?




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