Saturday, June 26, 2021

9 Days Out for Tweens & Teens at The Gate, Newcastle

The Gate is a very underrated venue for days out with tweens and teens I think. There is loads to check out! We love visiting and it is suitable for all weathers. 

9 Days Out for Tweens & Teens at The Gate, Newcastle

Play Virtual Darts at The WonderBar 

9 Days Out for Tweens & Teens at The Gate, Newcastle - WonderBar Virtual Darts

Interactive Darts at WonderBar is SO much fun and in my opinion, much better than regular darts. There are lots of different games and family challenges and you can order food and drinks to enjoy at your table as you plat. Prices are really reasonable too (£15 per lane per hour off peak). Find out more and book here. 

Throw Axes at Game of Throwing 

9 Days Out for Tweens & Teens at The Gate, Newcastle - Axe Throwing

Game of Throwing is a relatively new indoor axe throwing arena, suitable for ages 10+, it is an alternative day out in Newcastle and a chance to develop a new skill too. Find out more and book here. 

Try VR Gaming at YuMe World 

9 Days Out for Tweens & Teens at The Gate, Newcastle  - YuMe World

YuMe World is a free to visit video game arcade with a dedicated VR zone. It's free to visit and you can enjoy as many games as you like with a top up swipe card system. Find out more here. 

Take a Selfie at Selfie Central 

Selfie Central is a dedicated studio where tweens and teens can take snaps and create Tik Tok video. Find out more and book here. 

Treat them to Nandos

9 Days Out for Tweens & Teens at The Gate, Newcastle  - Nandos

Most tweens and teens love a trip to Nandos and the Gate is home to their own branch. Find out more here. 

Watch the Latest Blockbuster at Screen X at Cineworld

A few years ago, we watched Captain Marvel at Cineworld Screen X (you can read Steve's full review of the movie here) and I was honestly blown away by this experience. This auditorium uses 5 projectors to beam the film onto both the main screen AND the cinema walls (which have been lined with a special material) to give a fully immersive 270 degree view.

It takes a lot to impress teenagers I think but as soon as the first Screen X trailer hit the screen, you could see everyone's eyes widen and there were audible 'wows' from most people in the audience. You actually feel as if you are part of the movie and I had to hold onto my seat at one point as I felt as if I was flying through the air.

Screen X does not utilise the technology 100% of the time so you won't end up with motion sickness but when it does pop up throughout the film during key scenes, it definitely adds more to the movie and will impress even those teens who are usually blasé about this kind of thing.

The seats in this screen are super comfy, have loads of leg room and even recline. If you want to impress a teen or tween this year, tickets to see a movie at Screen X will do the job.

Find out more here. 

Gaming The CTRL Pad

5 Days Out for Tweens and Teens at The Gate, Newcastle  - inside The CTRL Pad
Image credit | The CTRL Pad 

The CTRL Pad is a Video Game Lounge inside of The Gate and perfect for tweens and teens who enjoy their gaming

The lounge is staffed and packed with retro games and new releases. There are cool gaming chairs and it actually looked pretty chilled when we walked past at the weekend.

If gaming isn't your thing, they have a selection of board games too and The CTRL Pad looks like the perfect place to stop for a coffee with tweens and teens in tow. There are some pretty good deals about at the moment.

Find out more here. 

Try to Escape the Escape Rooms

5 Days Out for Tweens and Teens at The Gate, Newcastle  - The Escape Rooms Newcastle

The Gate Newcastle is home to it's very own Escape Room. Escape Newcastle currently features an Alien Escape in their venue at The Gate which is a 60 minute 'out of this world' game.

I am RUBBISH at Escape Rooms but it's something Harry and Heidi really enjoy and is actually good for family bonding too. Here Come the Hoopers tried the Christmas-themed Escape room here last year. You can read their review here.

Find out more here. 

Play Giant Games

One of the biggest surprises of our recent trip to The Gate for me was their collection of FREE giant games on level 2. These were all in fantastic condition and a great way to kill time between activities (may not be available whilst Gov restrictions are in place). 

5 Days Out for Tweens and Teens at The Gate, Newcastle  - Free Giant Games

There are lots of games to choose from including giant battleships, ping pong and scrabble - you simply need to turn up and play. Our favourite was this oversized game of table football which turned into an epic boy vs girl battle within our family. It was lots of fun running up and down the length of the table and following the ball. Definitely a welcome addition to The Gate (or maybe they've been there a while and I'm late to the party??) and something we'll probably check out every time we visit now.

5 Days Out for Tweens and Teens at The Gate, Newcastle  - free maze

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