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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Free Indoor Play Areas in Newcastle (Perfect for Under 5s)

Newcastle City Centre is home to some lovely indoor play areas - some are a little bit hidden but they're worth hunting out if you're on a budget and the weather isn't too great. If you'd like to keep up to date with ideas and things to do for children and grown-ups in Newcastle City Centre (aka the best city in the world), please follow my brand new Facebook page 'Visit Newcastle' here. 

1 - Laing Playspace 

Free Indoor Play Areas in Newcastle (Perfect for Under 5s) - Laing Art Gallery Play Area
Credit - Laing Art Gallery
The Laing Playspace is located inside of the Laing Art Gallery just off Northumberland Street. It's FREE to visit and features a dressing up area, circus-themed dens, light table and toys. There's a pushchair parking area, feeding area and you can grab a coffee from the cafe too. Find out more here.


2 - Sage Playspace 

The Sage on NewcastleGateshead Quayside has it's very own play space with toys for children to enjoy, a role play area and free buggy park too. You can find out more here. 

3 - Baltic Sensory Area 

Free Indoor Play Areas in Newcastle (Perfect for Under 5s) - Baltic Sensory Room
Credit - Baltic 



Visit the Baltic on NewcastleGateshead Quayside and head up to Level 2 to enjoy their FREE baby sensory area. Expect sensory toys, projections, sounds, materials and a sensory wall too. Find out more here. 

4 - Factory Kitchen Toy Area

Free Indoor Play Areas in Newcastle (Perfect for Under 5s) - Biscuit Factory Toy Area



Not a play area as such, but the Factory Kitchen inside of the Biscuit Factory in Ouseburn has a tucked-away toy area for children. There are toys, drawing materials and games too. Find out more here. 

5 - The Mouse House at Great North Museum 

Free Indoor Play Areas in Newcastle (Perfect for Under 5s) - Mouse House Great North Museum
Credit - Great North Museum 

The Mouse House is a special area of the Great North Museum dedicated to under 5s. Expect dressing-up, holes to crawl through, books and more. Find out more here. 

6 - Fenwick Toy Department 

Free Indoor Play Areas in Newcastle (Perfect for Under 5s) - Fenwick Toy Department


Not exactly a play area but I feel like Fenwick deserve a mention. Their toy department regularly host special events including LEGO play tables, face painting and toy demos. Keep an eye on their Facebook page to keep up to date with what's on.


7 - Play Tyne at Discovery Museum 

Free Indoor Play Areas in Newcastle (Perfect for Under 5s) - Play Tyne Discovery Museum
Credit - Discovery Museum 

Not technically free, but at just £1.50, I think Play Tyne at Discovery Museum is worth a mention. This water play area is themed around the River Tyne. There's lots of fun to be had with cars, boats and bridges. Aprons are provided but it's probably best to bring an apron along. Find out more here.



If you'd like to keep up to date with ideas and things to do for children and grown-ups in Newcastle City Centre (aka the best city in the world), please follow my brand new Facebook page 'Visit Newcastle' here.

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