Look ahead to 2018: Family Entertainment

For families getting restless now that the festivities are ending, worry not. We’ve rounded up just a few events that everyone can look forward to in 2018. From adventures in storyland to an aquatic Cinderella, there’s no excuse to stay sat at home.

Junior Open Exhibition

Until Sun 21 Jan, (Free)
Hull Maritime Museum

If you haven’t already, head to the Maritime Museum to see some of the finest work from our young people. The annual exhibition is a showcase of artwork produced by those aged 15 and under. Over 190 artworks are on display, so there’s a chance you might spot the work of someone you know. With everything from drawing and painting to collage and print making there’s a real variety – keep your eyes peeled for City of Culture inspired works, plus a selection of works inspired by Jackson Pollock.

Explore Art: Gallery Expedition

Every Tuesday during term-time, 10 – 11.30am (Free).
Ferens Art Gallery

There’s no age limit on culture, so head down to Ferens Art Gallery for a gallery expedition especially catered to those aged 5 and under. Budding artists can explore texture, light, shape and colour with a whole host of activities guaranteed to keep them entertained. Art materials, movement, song (and toys thrown in for good measure) will have the kids busy, while you can take in the beautiful surroundings of the gallery.

Great Adventures in Storyland

Sat 20 Jan, 10am – 12pm (£4).
Hull Truck Studio

The Story Menders are back and they’re here to fix stories once again, so sit back and let the kids get to work lending a helping hand. The stories in question are a crazy jumble, some missing beginnings, middles or ends – and other clues seem to be missing too. Calling on the children’s imaginations and sense of adventure this is a perfect Saturday morning activity to start the weekend off right.

Hull Truck Theatre Workshop - Great Adventures in Storyland

Back To Ours Festival

Tues 13 – Sun 18 Feb 2018
Community venues across Hull

Although the details are still a closely guarded secret, the next Back To Ours Festival is guaranteed to bring the finest in family-friendly entertainment to community venues all across the city. Stay tuned for more announcements soon…

Object Handling at the Maritime Museum

Every Thursday, 12.30pm – 2.30pm (Free)
Hull Maritime Museum

Get up close with the objects in the Maritime Museum’s collections. It’s all hands on deck as the museum’s volunteers take you and the family through objects from the collection. Previous objects have included huge vertebra from a whale’s back bone (certified to drop a few jaws) and a harpoon used by Hull whaling men. Head down to see what they have on offer in the new year.

Red Riding Hood and the Wolf

Tue 27 – Thu 29 Mar, 11am, 2.30pm (£10)
Hull Truck Studio

There are some key words missing from this play’s title – big and bad. Little Angel Theatre have playfully reimagined the fairy-tale classic, teaching us the age-old adage that there’s two sides to every story. Robyn (our main character) unable to relate to Red Riding Hood, asks the question ‘what if they got it wrong?’. Cue the gentle wolf with a broken heart. Suitable for ages 7 and up, and proclaimed ‘a new and charming way of introducing an old story to a fresh audience’ by Time Out, this is one performance you won’t want to miss.


Little Nippers

Every Tuesday in Jan, 9.30am – 11am (Initial £12.50 standard admission and then free for 12 months)
The Deep

Little Nippers is the perfect opportunity to get children under the age of 2 acquainted with the sea and all its treasures. Learn a little more about our blue planet with this session that includes a sing-a-long and story time in the soft play area. The included light snack is an added bonus and there’s no need to pre-book either. Plus, you get to enjoy all the incredible marine life – make sure you leave some time for the penguins.

Mermarella – Cinderella of the Sea

Sat 6 Jan, Sat 20 Jan, Sat 3 Feb, 2pm (£5 – £8)
Indigo Moon Studio Theatre at Scrapstore Studios

A Cinderella story for modern times, this tale unites the fresh waters of the Nile with the salt waters of the Mediterranean. Mermarella must confront her differences in a foreign world. What’s brilliant is that all of this is brought to life with skilled, exquisite puppetry and shadow theatre – something everyone can marvel at. There’s an opportunity to have a go with the puppets too in an interactive section, so you and the family can decide where the story goes next. The Beverley-based theatre company have toured internationally and have even produced work for hit TV series Peaky Blinders, so don’t miss these puppet masters in action.

Awful Auntie

Thu 17 – Sun 20 May, various times (£13.50 – £18)
Hull New Theatre

David Walliams has made waves as an author and now his stories have been adapted for the stage. Awful Auntie was the biggest selling children’s book of 2014 and now you can get acquainted with Stella on stage. She unwittingly sets off on a trip to London with her parents, only to wake up from a coma three months later with only her Aunt Alberta to fill in the gaps. Frights, fights and tales of friendship unfold. Imaginative set design, the ghost of a chimney sweep and a car chase make this an energetic performance that will have the whole family gripped.

ArtWaves Festival

Sat 12 – Tue 15 May, 9am (Free)
Bridlington Spa

ArtWaves festival is back and it’s bigger and better than ever. The region’s flourishing visual arts festival presents traditional, digital, contemporary and urban art catered for all ages. Whether you simply want to browse or get involved with workshops and classes (we recommend booking early), the festival caters to all. The newest addition to the festival is Submerge, aimed at young, new and emerging artists, and there’s set to be extra fringe events starting from Mon 7 May. Check ArtWaves for updates on the line-up, set to be announced in early 2018.