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!FAB (Families Are Back) @ ARC! is a 12 week calendar of creative activities for children aged 3 - 7 and their families.

We have some brilliant local artists lined up who will guide families through a new activity every week from music making to cooking, arts and crafts to singing and dancing, and more. Most importantly these sessions will be heaps of fun, and don't need any special knowledge or equipment.

We'll be releasing more info about all of the sessions soon, but you can find details of those we've confirmed for now below.

All sessions are priced at £3 per person (children and adults) and are designed for you to participate in together.

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Under the Sea Adventure with Kitchen Zoo

Sat 23 Jan 10am - 11am (online) & 2pm - 3pm (online)


Bob and Hannah from Kitchen Zoo are seeking intrepid under the sea explorers for a Zoom adventure. Make your own divers goggles and snorkel and journey with us beneath the waves to discover creatures from the deep. There will be stories, activities and lots of fun.

Please wear your best under the sea or beach outfit. We can't wait to 'sea' you!

Please bring: cardboard, string, scissors, colouring pens and pencils OR coloured paper and glue.

Band Camp with Emma Bensley
Sat 30 Jan 10am - 11am (online) & 2pm - 3pm (online)

Calling all budding rock and popstars… would you like to find out exactly what it takes to be in a band? If the answer to this question is a humongous ‘YES!’, then come and join Emma Bensley at ‘Band Camp,’ an hour long fun and interactive music making session where you and your family will have the opportunity to develop the skills that every budding musician needs in order to be part of a totally cool and awesome band! Together, we will feel and move to the beat of the music, sing and create our own melodies, drum and create funky rhythms and end the session by writing own very own band song and performing it together in our special band camp ‘gig!’

All you need to bring with you is a small selection of household objects that you can bang, shake or scrape to make some noise with and be prepared to take away some super cool ideas for making music and forming a band yourself!

Let's Make Paper Love Bugs with Polly Abbott

Sat 13 Feb 10am - 11am (at ARC) & 2pm - 3pm (online)


Come and join Polly, for an hour long, Valentine's themed, craft session!

There we will make a paper love bug, complete with a tiny leaf bed! You will be guided step by step on the drawing, cutting and assembling process, but the decoration of your bug is all up to you and your imagination! What facial expression will you give it? What colour will you make it? What will you doodle on its little bug belly?

All you need for this craft is a couple of sheets of paper, tape or sticky glue and pens. You can bring additional materials such as glitter or stickers to decorate your bug but it is not essential.

When you are finished, maybe you could give your bug to a loved one to spread some happiness and love. It is completely up to you!

Magical Forest and Volcano with Jane Bizimana
Sat 20 Feb 10am - 11am (at ARC, tbc) & 2pm - 3pm (online)

Jane is inviting you to create your very own magical forest with a volcano!  An interactive session, where we draw all kinds of exciting animals and magical creatures… all leading to the epic volcano eruption!

All the materials needed are: crayons/colouring pencils, 2+ pieces of paper, sticky tape OR rubber bands, empty 500ml bottle, tray, bicarbonate, vinegar, washing up liquid and food colouring (optional).

Space Adventure with Kitchen Zoo
Sat 27 Feb 10am - 11am (at ARC, tbc) & 2pm - 3pm (online)

Bob and Hannah from Kitchen Zoo are seeking intrepid space explorers for an adventure. Make your own rocket and journey with us above the clouds to discover planets, stars and life beyond our galaxy. There will be stories, activities and lots of fun.

Please wear your best space going outfit. 3...2...1 BLAST OFF!

Please bring: paper, a toilet roll tube, glue, colouring pens and pencils, tin foil, sellotape.

African Dancing and Singing with Jane Bizimana
Sat 6 Mar 10am - 11am (at ARC, tbc) & 2pm - 3pm (online)

Let’s learn to dance and listen to music from countries within the great continent of Africa!

Jane Bizimana is inviting you to join her for a fun session of dancing, singing and drumming from Africa.

Click on this link for two of the songs (please print if possible).

No materials needed.

More dates for your diary

Activity TBC
Sat 6 Feb 10am - 11am (at ARC, tbc) & 2pm - 3pm (online)

We'll add more info about these sessions once details are confirmed. If you would like us keep you updated about these session please email our Box Office team or give us a call on 01642 525199 and we will be happy to contact you once details are available.

How to book

You can book online via our website using the Book Tickets button above. You can also book via the Box Office by calling 01642 525199 during the hours listed below. Our building is currenlty closed due to local COVID restrictions, so we cannot offer in person booking at this time.

Please note: booking for the online sessions will close at 5pm the day before the session This is to enable us to send details of the online session to bookers before the session.

If you experience any issues booking online you can call the Box Office during the hours listed below. Our Box Office team are currently operating remotely on reduced hours, so if we're unavailable please leave a message and we'll return your call.

Box Office hours

Mon: 12pm - 4pm
Tues - Sat: 10am - 5pm
Sun: Closed

How to access the online sessions

All online sessions will be accessed via Zoom. On the Friday before the session you have booked will email you customers a link with instructions to join the  session. You will receive this after 5pm on Friday evening.

New to Zoom?

Zoom is really easy to use, even for firt time users. You can access Zoom via mobile, tablet, or computer in a few easy steps.

  1.  Set up a free account here and download Zoom client here
  2. Click the Join session link in the email we'll send you or use the Meeting ID and Password
  3. The meeting host will let you into the meeting when the session is ready to start
  4.  You can enable your camera and microphone when prompted

In this video Farah from Zoom explains how you can set up your account and download Zoom

Reconnecting Commmunities


Reconnecting Communities is a Great Place Tees Valley project, created to help Tees Valley cultural venues rebuild and strengthen connections with local communities and audiences, during the COVID 19 pandemic.

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