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February 2020 half term at QUAD


This February half-term, Derby QUAD has an exciting range of activities for families and young people of all ages.


FREE – Make and Take Day, Monday 17th February, 11am-4pm, for all ages

QUAD’s popular family friendly artist-led creative sessions are suitable for families with children of ages.

Choose from a range of craft materials to make whatever you want and take it away afterwards – just bring some imagination! The drop-in sessions are free.


Build Your Own Video Game workshop, Monday 17th February, 10.30am-3pm, £25, ages 7-11

A chance to learn how to design and build a video game that can be played online at home. 

KidsQUAD are creative activities open to children aged seven to eleven years, without grown-ups. booking is recommended and a packed lunch is required.


MinecraftLAB Survive workshop, Wednesday 19th February, 11am-4pm, £22.50, ages 8-16

A series of fun creative sessions at QUAD for ages eight to sixteen focused around the popular game Minecraft, focusing on specific objectives and a community-themed build.

Join QUAD’s Minecraft team for a day of ‘Survival’, Minecraft’s original game mode where players must collect resources, build structures, battle mobs, manage hunger, and explore the world in order to survive.

Advance booking is recommended as there are limited places remaining, a packed lunch is required.


FREE – Teardown! Reimagine! Saturday 22nd February, 1.30-4pm, ages 8+

An animation workshop with UK artists Anna Bunting-Branch and Aliyah Hussain to explore the themes in QUAD’s new digital exhibition ‘Warm Worlds and Otherwise’ by deconstructing machines to create animated characters, sounds and new worlds.

The workshop is free, but booking is essential.


FREE – VR Day, Friday 21st February, 11am-4pm, ages 8+

Explore the digital world of virtual reality (VR), including a VR story room ‘The Lift’; decision making sci-fi experiment ‘Playing God’; ‘Beat Saber’ competition; plus, creative VR experience ‘Tilt Brush’.

  • The Lift is a chance to travel through time and space to meet a long extinct dinosaur or be transported back to the trenches of WW1 to hear the stories of the Empire’s forgotten soldiers. Designed by Metro Boulot Dodo, this walkaround VR Storyroom uses a headset for you to explore the past.
  • Playing God is an interactive VR thought experiment that lets you imagine you are the captain of a space station, a space station suddenly presented with a humanitarian crisis. Designed by Leicester based Artist filmmaker Ben Fredricks, it challenges its audience with a series of scenarios and questions.
  • Beat Saber is a virtual reality rhythm game which takes place in a surrealistic neon noir environment, with the player using light sabers to slice blocks that represent musical beats. Developed by Derby-based Beat Games, Beat Saber sessions need to be booked in advance – the cost is £4 per 10 minute session.

VR Day takes place in QUAD on Friday 21st February. The drop-in day is free to attend apart from the Beat Saber sessions which can be booked in advance or on the day.


Cine Kids: Spies In Disguise, daily between Saturday 15th and 23rd February, £4 for kids club members, for all ages

Smooth, suave super spy Lance Sterling (Will Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) are almost exact opposites.

This unlikely duo are forced to team up for the ultimate mission that will require an almost impossible disguise – transforming Lance into a brave, fierce, majestic… pigeon.


How to book…

For more information or to book tickets, call QUAD on 01332 290 606 or see the QUAD website.


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