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February Half Term Events and Activities at QUAD

29 January 2018

Family Friendly events for February Half-term, including STEM focused workshops, a Make and Take Day, Minecraft workshops and Family Friendly films. Download an A4 sheet with activities & events here.

‘Build a ‘Bot’ workshops are STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) focused workshops which see QUAD working with engineers from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The two workshops, one for families and one for young people, offer a chance to build and code a drag-race robot. Working as a team, participants will create a working robot to keep and enter a ‘Robot Day’ competition event, which takes place in QUAD in March. Teams will also have the option to upgrade their robots in their own time after the workshop to compete in other challenges. No previous experience is required.  

There are two Build a ‘Bot’ workshops taking place in QUAD, on 17th February for families and friends with children aged between seven and twelve years (this is now SOLD OUT), the second workshop on 24th February is aimed at young people aged twelve to sixteen years, without adults. ‘Build a ‘Bot’ workshop runs from 10:00am until 4:00pm, the cost is £7.50 per person and booking is essential. 

QUAD’s popular Make and Take Day is a chance for families to and make some craft with mixed materials. Families with children of all ages can drop into the free session and make whatever they want, with whatever materials are available - imagination is the only stipulation! Make and Take Day takes place in QUAD on Monday 19th February from 11:00am to 4:00pm. 

A KidsQUAD workshop for ages seven to eleven years, will create ‘Cameraless Selfies’. This print and collage workshop is a chance to make a unique selfie without using a camera. KidsQUAD: Cameraless Selfies takes place on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th February, from 10:30am to 12:30pm on each day. The cost: £22.00 for both sessions. 

For any young ‘Blue Planet’ fans who want to learn more about the natural world around us, a fun and informative ‘A Plastic Ocean’ event will be held on Wednesday 21st February (1:00pm – 4:30pm). There will be craft workshops, showing children creative ways to make new things from old ‘rubbish’ materials, and screenings of ‘A Plastic Ocean’. There will be two showings of the 22-minute long film (at 1:30pm & 3:30pm), and a talk by Belper-based activists, Kids Against Plastic (2.30pm). This event, organised by Derby City Council and hosted in QUAD, will educate and inspire children to make positive changes for our planet, and is free to attend.

For fans of the game Minecraft, MinecraftLAB: Utopia Part.1 is a full day workshop for children aged between eight to sixteen years to build an imagined utopian city designed by young people. (This is now SOLD OUT)

This workshop will be followed by MinecraftLAB: Utopia Part.2 during the Easter holidays. Building upon the foundations laid down in the first workshop, MinecraftLAB: Utopia Part.2 continues to develop a utopian vision of cultural identity and heritage through the equality of economics, governance and justice. 

MinecraftLAB – Utopia Part.2 takes place on Wednesday 28th March, from 10:30am to 4:00pm. The cost is £25.00 per person for the full day and tickets need to be booked in advance. Participants are recommended to bring a packed lunch, drinks will be provided throughout the day.

Participants can attend both workshops or just one of them. 

There will also be Family Friendly Cine Kids screenings every day during half-term. Cine Kids are QUAD’s family focused film screenings held every weekend and during the school holidays. During half-term there will be two films, Early Man and Coco.

Early Man (PG) is the latest feature film from Nick Park and the creators of Wallace And Gromit and Chicken Run. Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth. It tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his bronze age city to save their home. On sale now.


Coco (PG) is the new film from Disney Pixar when aspiring musician Miguel decides to unravel the mystery of his family’s ancestral ban on music. To do this he must travel to the Land Of The Dead to unlock some secrets.

All Cine Kids tickets are £3.50 for Cine Kids Club members. Non-members also welcome, at the standard cinema ticket price. For more information on Cine Kids, films and screening times, please see:
https://www.derbyquad.co.uk/cine-kids.aspx