Half-term fun lined up for youngsters

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DOZENS of activities will be going on throughout half-term to help parents keep youngsters entertained.

Writing and art workshops, touring cinemas and even a re-enactment of a strike for free school dinners are among the events taking place.

The Children’s Network, a Durham County Council-run support group for the parents of children with disabilities, is arranging the touring film sessions.

Shrek Forever After will be shown at several locations, including on Monday at Shotton Hall Conference Centre in Peterlee at 10.30am and on Friday at Cornerstones, Chester-le-Street, at 10.30am.

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens will also have several events on during half-term.

Today, families and children will be able to make pop-up portraits and create artwork of their favourite rock stars decorated with their lyrics.

On Monday, there will be a Lewis Carroll Day at the Winter Gardens with a riddle trail and a fashion show of character costumes from Alice in Wonderland with students from City of Sunderland College.

A Murder Mystery event will be held at the museum for 11– to 14-year-olds on Wednesday and on Friday events will be themed around witches, wizards and ghouls, including broomstick making.

For more information and to book places call the learning team on 553 2323.

After last year’s glass painting success, the National Glass Centre is giving children the given the chance to look around the exhibition and then design and make a solid glass mosaic with the centre’s Education Team.

The event, on Tuesday, costs £15 and booking is essential.

Staff at Beamish Museum are also planning special activities to mark an event in 1917 when 1,000 children of Washington and Usworth miners took part in a strike for the right to have free school meals.

Food prices had rocketed, demand for coal decreased, miners were dropped to half-shifts and their families went hungry. The children, encouraged by their fathers, fought for school meals as was their right under the law and after two days the authorities relented, the children returned to school and were fed potato, leek and carrot soup.

Throughout half-term, Beamish will recreate elements of the strike with activities for visitors and displays around the museum and on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday children from schools in Washington who have been working on the project will recreate the march at Beamish.

Dalton Park at Murton also has lots of activities planned throughout half-term to keep youngsters entertained, from baking muffins to making puppets.

Diggerland in Langley Park, Durham, which has been closed for winter was due to reopen today.