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Sage Gateshead's exciting Spring programme for families announced

Posted on 10 January 2017

Kids missing the Christmas celebrations? There’s a whole host of exciting activities for all ages at Sage Gateshead to keep families busy in the New Year, and plenty to banish the January blues and half term boredom as the brand new January-April 2017 ‘For Families’ programme is announced – bursting with ideas to keep the kids busy right up until Easter!

Calling all little monsters! Monstersaurus (Friday 24 February, 11am & 2pm) is a monster-ously good new show for under 7s based on Claire Freedman’s (author of Aliens Love Underpants) bestselling book. The energetic show is full of thrills, spills, magic and mayhem to delight the whole family, with original music and plenty of audience participation for a half term treat. Combine it with free Half Term Arts and Crafts on the Concourse (Saturday 18 –Sunday 26 February, 11am-2pm) to keep little fingers busy.

Get the kids started in classical music as Sage Gateshead’s new series of 45-minute concerts, Classics 4 Kids, continues with Julian Rachlin and Royal Northern Sinfonia playing Beethoven classics on Saturday 11 February (2pm), and Thomas Zehetmair picks up the baton on Saturday 22 April (2pm). A wonderful opportunity for youngsters age 5+ to hear shorter, bite-sized sections of classical music in the right environment for them – and grown-ups will love it too. Not to be left out, for babies under 12 months Baby Sinfonia (Tuesday 28 March, 11am & 1.30pm) returns – sway, rock and bounce with your baby or just sit back and enjoy the music in soothing surroundings.

Gateshead International Jazz Festival (GIJF) is back for a jazz-filled weekend Friday 31 March-Sunday 2 April with special concerts for families. Family Show with the Instant Composers Pool (Saturday 1 April, 2pm) is open to all ages and provides a whistle-stop tour of this Dutch jazz orchestra’s many styles with a chance for audience members to become ‘instant composers’ too! Family Jazz All Stars with Zoe Gilby (Sunday 2 April, 11am) is an unmissable family show including songs from jazz down the years and distinctive takes on popular classics. Perfect for all the family – from children to grandparents.

The Easter holidays are filled with budget-friendly activities for families. Under 7s can sing, dance and hop along with Sage Gateshead’s fantastic Early Years musicians (bunny ears and Easter bonnets encouraged!) in the Big Family Hop! (Tuesday 11 April, 11am, 1pm & 2.30pm); take an unexpected journey with The Owl and the Pussycat (Saturday 8 April, 11am & 2pm) in a joyful retelling of the Edward Lear classic for little explorers using puppets and live music; and follow clues around the building that leads to a chocolate surprise in the Easter Trail (Saturday 1 April-Saturday 15 April, 11am-4pm).

Sage Gateshead’s ever-popular early years classes for under 5s, Babies Babble & Play (suitable for 0-12 months) and Under 5s Sing, Play & Dance (suitable for 0-4 years) begin their Spring Term from Monday 9 January. These fun, interactive sessions are designed to support children in developing musical and social skills through singing, movement and music-making. Customers can book for one-off sessions or special deals are available for whole term bookings.
Alongside the huge selection of performances and family events, Sage Gateshead will be offering special family breakfast and lunch platter menus alongside Monstersaurus (Friday 24 February. 11am & 2pm). Customers can book a table in the Brasserie when purchasing a ticket at Ticket Office to round off the Sage Gateshead experience and make it extra special.

The January – April 2017 ‘For Families’ guide is out now. To find out more about these family activities view our online guide here, or, to book tickets please book online at, or visit Sage Gateshead’s Ticket Office either in person (open from 12noon) or by calling 0191 443 4661. Family tickets are available for many performances.

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