Things to do in October half term: 13 ideas to keep the children occupied in the North East this week

October half term has arrived but you may be stuck for ideas to keep the children busy.

Monday, 28th October 2019, 12:13 pm
Updated Monday, 28th October 2019, 4:34 pm
Check out this list of things to do over half term.

You have a full week to find fun things to do and here is our list of what you could get up to across the North East.

It's your last chance to hunt for the sculptures in Elmer's Great North Parade. Find the 50 large sculptures and 114 smaller ones across Gateshead, Sunderland, Newcastle and North Tyneside until November 1.
Head to Mackies Corner to see the giant inflated tentacles and then enjoy the Sunderland Lights Out event from Friday, October 25 until Sunday, November 3 with a Halloween parade, a creatures trail and a trick-or-treat trail.

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Jarrow ‘s Viking Centre will be hosting a ‘dragons day’ on October 31 featuring knights, maidens and a robotic dragon which is 7ft tall and 16ins long.
From Monday, October 28 to Thursday, October 31 watch the glass blowing demonstrations at Sunderland's National Glass Centre as glass blowers create a glass pumpkin for Halloween.
The venue is expecting more than 10,000 visitors for its Halloween event. Over 12s can experience The Garden of Screams from 5.30pm to 9pm from October 28 to October 31.
Friday, November 1 will be the final day to see this half-term panto at The Customs House.
Get the kids back to nature with the chance to pet and feed a host of animals, including sheep and lambs, goats and kids, miniature donkeys, calves, hens and chicks, alpacas, llamas, ponies and pigs. It's based at Blackhall Colliery and open seven days a week, from 10am to 5pm.
Wrap up warm and head to the Holy Island Causeway but remember to check the tide times before you go.
Whatever you fancy seeing, there's something on for everyone at Sunderland Empire Theatre.
National Centre of the Written Word's free exhibition Amazing Space is still ongoing marking 50 years since man first set foot on the moon from 9am to 7pm.
Children can build a bird feeder at Souter Lighthouse on Monday, October 28 for £3.
Head to the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool between October 29 - 31 where children can create their own halloween bookmark and more crafts between 11.30am and 3.30am.
Start the Christmas lists early or just head out for some window shopping.