Enjoy a 'Crafternoon' It's a classic for a reason! Dig out whatever materials you can find around the house - nothing fancy, scraps of paper, old jars, toilet rolls etc are all fine - and get your creative juices flowing with a new project. If you and your kids are yet to try the wonderfully relaxing benefits of colouring in, now is the time to jump aboard that bandwagon. Print out colouring pages from the internet and pop some music on while you make rainbows with your family.
Discover Your Library I know school is over so your kids might think that learning officially stops, but that's not the case. Visit your local library and allow your children to roam the shelves freely - who knows, they might discover an interest in history or art, and from there the books will take them to thousands of new worlds without ever leaving your sight!
Tour the History of the Toon
If you're keen to continue discovering new things, download (or order to print) a copy of the Curious About Newcastle Self-Guided Tour. You can enjoy uncovering Newcastle's extraordinary past, and the kids will love the treasure-hunt-style quizzes along the way.
Get Dancing! Whatever the weather outside, you can get active and keep your kids moving even in a small space. Try some free hip-hop lessons in the comfort of your own living room and get that heart pumping. If they're confident enough, perhaps the kids could put on a concert for you? Complete with fancy lighting, costumes and popcorn, of course.
Visit the Life Centre Enjoy a host of special events at Newcastle's own Centre for Life. With science exhibitions and interactive shows there's bound to be something on that catches the attention of the whole family
Cuddle a Cat Book yourself in for some quality time (and delicious food) with ten quirky cats at Mog on the Tyne, the first ever cat cafe to come to the town. For a small admission fee you can grab a drink and a light lunch and play with the adorable animals that call this place home.
Break out the Puzzles With a small allowance and a visit to local charity stores, it's surprising what you can find. Look for jigsaws and board games that everyone can get involved in, and set up the dining room table for a proper games afternoon.