Arts Derbyshire


Derby is Fantastic for Families This Easter!

Sat 9 April – Sun 24 Apr 2022

Venues and organisations in the Derby Family Arts Network are making sure that this Easter
is Fantastic for Families. QUAD, Artcore, Baby People, Deda, Derby Live, Derby Museums,
Derby Theatre & Sinfonia Viva will bring a fantastic variety of creative events to families
across Derby city including film, art, music and theatre with many activities being free.
With the support of national organisation the ‘Family Arts Campaign’ all the Derby
organisations are signed up to the ‘Family Arts Standards’ offering families extra support
and reassurance that their unique needs as visitors have been considered. The standards are
also in place to help families feel confident they can return to venues during COVID and
choose activities most suited to them.

Sarah Bulmer, Derby Family Arts Ambassador based at QUAD said: “Derby has so much to
offer families this Easter. It’s amazing to see such a great selection of events and activities
for families to try out and experience together.”

To find out what’s happening across Derby venues and organisations, families can visit the
Fantastic for Families website at You can also keep up with
the latest news on Facebook and Instagram @fantasticforfamiliesderby
For further information and quotes please contact Sarah Bulmer on

Here is just a selection of Fantastic for Families activities in Derby this Easter:
The Emperor’s New Clothes
Derby Theatre
Fri 1 April – Sat 16 April 2022
Under 16s: £12.00 / Standard: £15.00

Derby Theatre, Hiccup Theatre and Polka Theatre bring you the greatest fake news story ever told!

The Emperor likes nothing more than a fashion parade and you are all invited to ohh and ahh at his talent and eye-popping outfit. Hilarious and heart-warming, magical and musical, The Emperor’s New Clothes is a stylish theatrical treat for all ages.

All performances will have fully integrated British Sign Language and

SQUIDGE – Theatre Performance
By Wriggle Dance Theatre
Thur 14 April 11:30am & 2:30pm 
Adults: £10.00 / Children: £8.00
Recommended age 3-8 years.

Squidge is a fun and interactive dance performance with live music and digital projection. It takes a light-hearted look at our sense of touch and how it influences our everyday lives.

At the heart of the show is a tale of friendship, compromise and how each and every one of us need
touch to make us feel alive! A shared experience for children and their grown-ups. Explore magical
light-up boxes full of exciting textures for little hands which will delight and tickle your senses.

KidsQUAD: Retro Game Make & Play with BLOXELS
Tue 19 April 12.45 – 14.45pm
Creative workshops for ages 7-11 without your grown-ups! 

Create and play your own retro style video game, and power up to include a cinema screening
of Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (Cert TBC)
Learn level design, character animation, and game mechanics in this workshop with Helen Jackson! You will use the BLOXELS app to create your own characters, environments, power-ups, hazards and more.

Workshop + Film package: Power up your trip to QUAD with a screening of Sonic The Hedgehog
2 after the workshop, including popcorn! Participants will be accompanied by a member of QUAD
staff during the film.

Booking is essential by: Tuesday 12th April 
Times:  Workshop + Film + Popcorn:  Starts 12:45. End time will be confirmed once we receive confirmed information on the running time of Sonic The Hedgehog 2.
Cost*:  Workshop only: £10 
Workshop + Film + Popcorn: £15 

*If you are eligible for free school meals, please contact our Education Curator to discuss how we
can support you attending this workshop:

Carnival Costume and Photo Shoot Extravaganza!
Fri 22nd April 1pm – 3.30pm
FREE event
For ages 12 – 18  
Booking is essential by 14th April 2022 

Come along to QUAD to create your own carnival masks, wear incredible carnival costumes, and
model and photograph them in a photoshoot using professional level equipment! This unique
collaboration with QUAD and EMCCAN will give young people the chance to express who they are
and what they want to become! Limited spaces available, please book your place by


CK: Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (Cert TBC)
Fri 8 Apr – Thur 21 Apr

The world’s favourite blue hedgehog is back for a next-level adventure in Sonic The Hedgehog 2.
After settling in Green Hills, Sonic is eager to prove he has what it takes to be a true hero.  Cine
Kids are family focused film screenings every weekend and during the school holidays. All tickets are
£4.00 for Cine Kids Club members (which includes the whole family and their guests). Membership is
now FREE and available from QUAD Box Office to families with children under 16. Call 01332 290606
to join and become eligible for discounted tickets.

Dinky Disco Easter Special
Sat 9 April 2.30pm
All ages welcome – under 1s go free.

A mini rave for little ones and grown-ups with DJs, dancing, smoke machines and disco balls!
If you require a ticket for a baby under 1 then please contact our Box Office on 01332 370911. Ticket
provides entry and either free face painting or games. Individual tickets must be purchased for
children and their grown-ups.

Easter Egg Hunt Trail
Markeaton Park
Sat 9 Apr – Sun 24 Apr

Can you find all six Easter Eggs hidden around the park? Download your Markeaton Park Easter Egg
Hunt Trail map from will
help you find all six Easter Eggs hidden around the park.

Family Friday: The Easter Moon
Derby Museum and Art Gallery
Fri 15 April 10am – 11.30am

In this session the whole family is welcome to play, make and have fun together.  Each one is
focused on a theme to help you and your family explore your creative sides. This time we will be
exploring the magic of the moon and discovering why it is the moon that decides when Easter falls,
as well as looking at the mesmerising moons of Derby’s most famous artist, Joseph Wright.
Presented as part of The Art That Made Us Festival.
Drop-in session, suitable for families.

Steam Tots
The Museum of Making
Sat 23 April 10am -11.30am
FREE – Give What You Think

This play session offers a sensory and playful exploration of objects and materials, stimulating
children’s curiosity, imagination and experimentation.
Drop-in session, suitable for children 2-5 years old with their

Trail: The Art That Made Derby
Museum of Making (see opening times)
Sat 9 April – Sun 24 April

£1 per trail sheet / FREE to Derby Museums Family Friends.
As part of the BBC Art That Made Us Festival, this trail puts the spotlight on some of the Museum’s
most intriguing pieces of art, telling the story of Derby’s unique character and the spirit of its people.
See the city through a different lens and imagine it’s exciting future.

Crafty Tuesdays: Groovy Prints
Pickford’s House
Tue 12 Apr 10am – 12pm
Suitable for families

Drop-in session. FREE- Give What You Think
Design your own patterned fabric inspired by the flamboyant spirit of 1960s fashion.
*Accessibility restrictions to the upper floors.

Crafty Tuesdays: British Pop Art
Pickford’s House
Tue 12 Apr 10am – 12pm
Suitable for families

Drop-in session. FREE- Give What You Think
Travel back in time to the era of British Pop Art.  Follow in the footsteps of founding member Richard
Hamilton, who was an English painter and collage artist who launched the movement in the late 50s.
Through the medium of collage create bold pictures drawing upon today’s cultural icons.
*Accessibility restrictions to the upper floors.

Pickford’s Plot: Nature Creative
Pickford’s House
Thu 14 April 1-3pm

FREE – Give What You Think
Nature focused session in Pickford’s garden where you can unleash your creative side, from
observational drawing, poetry and create art using the natural elements of the garden.  Immerse
yourself in nature and see what happens!

Family Friday: Earth Day
Derby Museum and Art Gallery
Fri 22nd April 10am – 11.30am
Drop-in session
FREE – Give What You Think

In this session the whole family is welcome to play, make and have fun together.  Each one is
focused on a theme to help you and your family explore your creative sides. In this session, we will
be thinking about how we can look after our planet as part of Earth Day. Using everyday items we
usually throw away or recycle, we will experiment with different visual effects to create expressive

St George’s Day Celebrations
The Spot in Derby
Sat 23 April 11am – 4pm

Join us as we celebrate Merrie Olde England, with Morris dancing, a craft fair, and lots of English
The event will take place between 11am and 4pm in Derby City Centre and feature our well-loved StGeorge’s Day parade which will be leaving The Spot at 11:30am.


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