Does your little one love getting creative? Then they will love Mini Makers, a messy fun workshop at The Customs House…

Due to popular demand, creative youngsters will have double the fun this half term as the Learning and Participation team at The Customs House have increased the number of Mini Makers sessions!

The holiday activity programme for children aged 11 and under attracted around 200 children and their grown-ups last summer alone.

Loved by many, its popularity has led to an afternoon session being added to the existing morning time slot, starting on Monday 17 February.

Mini Makers will now be open from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4pm on Mondays during the school holidays; including February, May and October half term and the Easter and summer holidays.

Each session has a dedicated theme, with subjects such as street art, eco-crafts, poetry, dancing and mini beasts.

Children also get to try a range of media, from ink and watercolour to animation, in a session inspired by South Shields artist and animator, Sheila Graber.

Elizabeth Kane, Learning Officer at The Customs House, said: “Mini Makers gives children time and space to mess about and get creative. Our incredible regulars, staff and volunteers create a fun and friendly atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.

“The sessions have been so popular we have decided to move to two sessions each Monday in 2020 school holidays.

“By putting on two sessions and keeping the number of places capped, you will still get the same level of attention and interaction, but we can work with even more people. I look forward to seeing many more Mini Makers becoming regulars.”

Last year, intu donated £5,000 to The Customs House Trust, backing Mini Makers and other charitable activities. This enabled Mini Makers prices to be frozen at just £2 per child, which continues into 2020.

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