Half Term Activities

18 May 2016

There's a variety of activities during half term...

QUAD’s Digital Artist in Residence, Ashley James Brown will run a series of Creative Digital Activities for 7-11 year olds to have the chance to experiment and get creative with digital technology. 

Building Computer Games from (with) Scratch - Thursday 2nd June from 10:30am until 12:30pm, FREE

A chance to learn how to use the popular visual programming language Scratch to create new games. Inspired by games such as Flappy Bird, PacMan and Crossy Road, young people will develop skills in programming, interactivity and game design. 

Crafty Robot Racer Bugs - Thursday 2nd June, 1:00pm – 3:00pm. £2.50 per person (to cover parts) 

A session around rebuilding technology for new purposes to create our own ‘Hex Bug’ style racing drawing machines that will leave neon trails behind as they travel across the paper covered floor to create random generative artworks. Devices can be taken home to keep afterwards. 

Marvellous Machines - Friday 3rd June from 10:30am to 3:00pm, FREE (participants will need to bring a packed lunch for this session.)

Marvellous Machines combines coding, digital technology and cardboard crafting skills to build games, contraptions, machines and robots to perform simple, fun and outrageously silly tasks. Work with LittleBits, Lego, cardboard and craft materials to construct machines then add lighting systems, build pinball machines, mega led superhero style arm blasters, scribbling devices, 3D rotating waving signs, tickle machines, nodding cats, noisy robots and more! 


NSPCC Big Board Game Day - Saturday 28th May, from 11:00am to 4:00pm - Suitable for all ages, free drop in

For fans of both traditional and new games, QUAD will be teaming up with Derby On Board Games and Galactic Models to celebrate the NSPCC Big Board Game Day 2016. QUAD will be offering a fun packed day of games that are breaking the mould and regenerating the board game genre. Bring your own games or try something new from the games and demos available. 

KidsQUAD Animation: Day of the Dinosaurs! - Tuesday 31st May and Wednesday 1st June from 10:30am to 12:30pm, £22.00 for both sessions
For 7 - 11 year olds. Write your own story, develop characters and backdrops to bring a movie to life through animation, with a dinosaur theme! .

DigisQUAD: 3D Digital Scenes - Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June from 1:30pm to 4:00pm, £33.00 for both sessions. 

For 12 - 16 year olds to explore 3D digital technology and create a 3D scene or landscape.


Lego Saturday takes place in QUAD every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am until 4:00pm in the Family Friendly Resource area just outside QUAD Gallery. Lego Saturday is a free activity for children aged three and above (and grown-ups!) to come and have a play with Lego, all children should be accompanied.