For children and families

Free Family Saturday

Every Saturday

Every Saturday 11am – 1pm and 2 - 4pm, Learning Studios

An intriguing family activity with a firstsite artist and a different theme each week all based on the firstsite exhibition. It's entirely free and you can stay for as little or as long as you like.

8 November - New World Cities
Explore the world's best ideas for city living and create your own model town in this special World Urbanism Day event. If you could re-imagine your town what would it look like? Use giant wooden Mecanno, cardboard and your imagination; what will you create?

15 November - Build an Organ
To connect with The Moot Hall Organ Project firstsite invite you to join extraordinary maker, musician and artist Duncan Chapman to create your own giant art alternative version of a working organ.

22 November - The Colour of Sound
The Moot Hall Organ Project comes to firstsite to investigate the colour of sound using organs as inspiration, with artist Duncan Chapman.

29 November - Amazing Animation
See the special screening of Toy Story on 22 November to mark the 10-year anniversary of its release, then bring your favourite toys to this animation workshop to learn how to bring them to life in lots of different ways.

6 December - Minecraft: Christmas Printing Party
Join us for a day of Minecraft inspired art.

  • Print creatures on cards, wrapping paper or paper to take home and paper to decorate our minecraft inspired tunnel with.
  • Add your very own touch to our MASSIVE CREEPER!
  • Help us create our very own Minecraft world by painting and printing on blocks.
  • Enter the minecraft tunnel and make your own sound effects which you can play back.

13 December -  Frozen: Christmas Decorations
Make beautiful frozen-inspired snowflakes and icicle-shaped clay decorations to adorn your Christmas tree and home.

20 December - Christmas Recycled Wreaths
Be inspired by the rich history of wreaths, from Roman emperors to Greek olympians, harvest celebrations and, of course, Christmas - make a stunning decoration for your front door entirely from stuff which can be recycled.

10 January - Sensory Exploration
To link with the interactive exhibition in the University Space, come along and try your hand at sculpting in clay.

17 January - Associate Artists
Join some of the artists working with firstsite to see what they have been up to in their previous week’s residency. Try out some of their techniques and create your own artwork.

24 January - Comical Comics
It's Global Belly Laugh Day so hold on to your sides and create a colourful comic about you, your family and your friends.

31 January - Carnival!
It’s Carnival festival season in Europe so join in with our mini carnival. Including mask-making, face painting, float creation and a bit of carnival dance.


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