Family friendly activities and films for summer holidays

12 July 2018

We have a range of family friendly activities for people looking for things to do in Derby over the summer holidays, including craft activities, digital sessions, workshops and film screenings. These include workshop sessions where children can be left unaccompanied, or those for the whole family to enjoy together.

Download a list of workshops here.

Get Creative

Summer Make and Take are free craft sessions for the whole family. Exploring a broad theme of ‘the Internet’, the weekly sessions with artist Helen Jackson offer a chance to create, make and then take the artwork home afterwards. Suitable for families with children aged three and above, Summer Make and Take takes place every Thursday in August (2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th August). There will be two free drop-in sessions each Thursday, from 10:30am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:00pm.
Families can also come along to FREE Art Friday at QUAD. ‘Free Art Friday’ is a local movement where artists gift an original piece of art-for-free to the public. FREE Art Friday at QUAD is chance for creative minds to try things for the first time or explore new possibilities, materials are provided. The sessions are suitable for ages sixteen and above or for any age children with adult participants. FREE Art Friday at QUAD takes place Fridays 20th July, 24th August and 21st September, the free drop-in sessions take place from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.
There is also a programme of digital workshops over the summer.
Digital Days: Glitching the Internet is a free exploratory creative session to try out coding and apps and create internet-inspired glitch art with digital artist Ashley James Brown. Suitable for families with children aged five and above. Digital Days: Glitching the Internet takes place in QUAD on Saturday 4th August, drop in from 11:30am to 4:00pm.
Do you know the Way? Memes and the Internet is a series of free workshops where participants will be invited to discuss, create and adapt memes. Originating in genetics, memes have now become a staple of the adopting, adapting and sharing visual nature of the internet. Suitable for those aged ten to sixteen years. Do you know the Way? Memes and the Internet workshops take place in QUAD every Monday in August (6th, 13th, 20th & 27th August) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. The workshops are free but advance booking is advised, and participants can book on any number of workshops.
KidsQUAD: Short Circuit! Is a chance to play and experiment with every day conductible materials and to make an interactive artwork with digital artist and designer Roma Patel. ‘KidsQUAD’ are activities for children aged seven to eleven without their parents. KidsQUAD: Short Circuit! takes place on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th August, from 10:30am to 12:30pm, the cost is: £22.00 for both sessions and places need to be booked in advance.
DigisQUAD: Conductive is also working with artist and designer Roma Patel to experiment with conductible materials and creative technologies to build a circuit-based artwork. Open to young people aged twelve to sixteen who can be left unaccompanied for the sessions, DigisQUAD: Conductive takes place in QUAD on Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th and Friday 10th August, from 1:30pm to 4:00pm, the cost is £33.00 for all three sessions.
CreativeLAB sessions ‘Hack the Net’ and ‘Creative Tech’ are free workshops exploring creative technology. Hack the Net looks at “hacking” the visual look of any website using Stylebot, while Creative Tech introduces the creative uses of technology. The free, drop-in sessions are suitable for those aged five and above. CreativeLAB ‘Hack the Net’ takes place in QUAD on Friday 10th August, from 2:30pm to 5:30pm.  CreativeLAB: Creative Tech takes place in QUAD on Friday 24th August, from 2:30pm to 5:30pm.
MinecraftLAB: Fake News! Is a chance to take part and collaborate with others in building a world that tells a fake story, inspired by real news and explore how telling a fake story can have real consequences…. MinecraftLABs are part of QUADs Minecraft programme and these workshops will focus on a community-themed build. Suitable for ages eight to sixteen years, MinecraftLAB: Fake News! takes place in QUAD the last three Tuesdays in August, (14th, 21st and 28th) with morning sessions taking place from 10:00am to 12:30pm and afternoons from 1:30pm to 4:00pm. Participants can book on any number of sessions, the cost per person per session is: £8 (or £14 for two sessions) and advance booking is recommended.
For adults interested in knowing more about Minecraft, but who don’t know where to start, QUAD will be running a Minecraft for Grown Ups session. If Redstone, Skins, Ender Portals and Creepers sound like a foreign language, this is a chance to try out Minecraft’s creative potential and discover more about this hugely popular game for all ages. Suitable for those aged eighteen and above only, AlcoBlock – Minecraft for Grown Ups takes place on Wednesday 8th August, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm and the cost is £8 per person which includes two drinks. Advance booking is recommended.
Digital Days: Bots for Good - Coding the Internet is a chance to explore how we can programme the internet for good. Led by artist and developer Ashley James Brown, participants will use a variety of devices to create social media bots with a single goal: to do good! Digital Days: Bots for Good - Coding the Internet takes place in QUAD on Saturday 18th August. There are two sessions, one for ‘beginners’ aged ten to thirteen years from 10:00am to 12:30pm; and ‘Intermediate’ for those aged thirteen and above, from 1:30pm to 4:00pm. The cost is £10.00 per person and booking is recommended.

In the Cinema...

QUAD will also be holding daily ‘Cine Kids’ family friendly film screenings during the summer holidays. Films will include Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Incredibles 2, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Patrick, Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie, The Big Bad Fox And Other Tales, Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation and Ant Man And The Wasp. Cine Kids are family friendly screenings for families with children of all ages, taking place daily on weekends and holidays.

All tickets are £3.50 for Cine Kids Club members. Cine Kids Club Membership is free and available from QUAD Box office.