Family Activities over the Summer Holiday

20 July 2017
Over the six weeks summer holidays QUAD will have a family friendly programme of creative workshops for all ages, daily Cine Kids film screenings and a new exhibition which are themed around a season of ROBOTS. 


Every Thursday in August SummersQUAD offers a free drop in, family friendly creative workshop suitable for all ages. The workshops will be exploring all things Robotic from Cube Craft to skins for our Participation Robots. Join QUAD artist Helen Jackson in creating, making and bringing machines to life in our drop in creative sessions for the whole family. SummersQUAD takes place on Thursdays 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st of August, with two sessions from 10:30am to 1:00pm and from 1:30pm to 4:00pm.

Every Friday in August, LearningLAB offers free drop in, family friendly workshops suitable for all ages. LearningLAB is a chance to explore and experiment with materials provided for each session.
iPad Creative Play on 4th August is a chance to use iPads for Facebook, Youtube or creative apps.

Digital Give it a Go on 11th August offers digital ‘make and play’ on and off screen from Makey Makeys to After Effects. 

Minecraft for Grown Ups (and little’ns too) on 18th August is a chance for grown-ups and children, to give Minecraft a go and discover its possibilities. 

Free Art Friday on 25th August is part of Free Art, a local movement where artists gift an original piece of art-for free-to the public. 

LearningLAB takes place on 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th August from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.

For children aged seven to eleven years KidsQUAD:Summer holidays is a chance to work with artists spending two fun packed days making robot inspired art. KidsQUAD:Summer holidays workshop takes place on Monday 31st July & Tuesday 1st August from 10:30am to 3:00pm. Children can be left unaccompanied during the workshop, the cost £44.00 for both sessions, booking is essential and a packed lunch is advised. 

CreativeLAB: Glitch is a creative family friendly session for those aged five and above to create glitch art and try out code, photoshop and apps with artist Ashley James Brown. CreativeLAB: Glitch is a free, drop in workshop which takes place in QUAD on Saturday, 12th August from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

VR Playground is a chance to try out Virtual Reality. Join QUAD artists and Industry professionals for a day of VR games, experiences and more, suitable for all ages, although those aged under thirteen will need to be supervised. VR Playground is a free, drop in workshop which takes place in QUAD on Saturday, 19th August from 11:00am to 4:00pm. 


In QUAD Gallery the summer exhibition explores themes relating to robots, artificial intelligence, online networks and synthetic biology. Our Friends Electric, Adventures in Robotics, AI and Other Stories will feature film works; robotic sculptures and automata, and prints and drawings produced by robots or AI ‘life-forms’. The exhibition highlights our hopes and fears for a present and future increasingly shaped by technological advance, concerned with the idea of robots and AI replacing humans in the workplace and AI machines rebelling against us, yet advances in robotics and synthetic biological research also point to a future free of disease, where we live longer and our lives are made easier. Our Friends Electric, Adventures in Robotics, AI and Other Stories will be on display in QUAD Gallery, Derby, from 1st July until 10th September and is free to visit.  


In QUAD Cinemas Cine Kids Family Friendly Films screening over the summer will include: Spark (U), Cars 3 (U), Despicable Me 3 (U), Captain Underpants (U) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (12A).

The season also includes two films as part of the ROBOTS season. Return To Oz, from1985, when a storm has propelled Dorothy back to Oz, but things aren’t as she left them, and The Black Hole, from1979, where a research craft encounters a spaceship, deserted apart from a long-lost scientist. Cine Kids are screenings for families with children of all ages, taking place daily on weekends and school holidays All tickets are £3.50 for Cine Kids Club members. Cine Kids Club Membership is free and available from QUAD Box office.

Photo by Charlotte Jopling