mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, has lots of family friendly events and activities this summer, many of them free. Ranging from regular hands-on art activities for all the family, through to special one-off events such as a photographic portrait day and an intensive art summer school, there is something on offer for children of all ages. Families can also pick up a range of free family resources, including activity guides and outdoor garden games. The gallery’s café offers a family-friendly menu, high chairs and indoor and outdoor seating. mima’s shop sells arty gifts and pocket money souvenirs to take away. Entry to mima is free too.
Tuesdays-Fridays July 24 – August 31, 11am-noon
(mima’s regular free Art Trolley sessions continue as normal every Saturday, 1-4pm)
Hands-on art activities for all the family. Drop in. Free.
Every Sunday over the summer holidays, 12.30-3.30pm
Hands-on art activities suitable for all the family. Drop in. Free.
Please note, café mima is not open on Sundays.
Saturday July 21, 12noon-4pm
Have your family portrait taken at mima. Bring a favourite object from home or use one of the gallery’s mystery props. Families will receive a digital copy of their portrait and additional prints can be ordered from evephotography.co.uk,
£10 per photograph. Please note: this is a drop in session, so there may sometimes be a queue.
Tuesday July 31-Friday August 3, 10.30am-2.30pm
A fun four-day creative summer school for 8-12-year-olds. Activities include drawing, making and indoor and outdoor games. Bring a packed lunch.
£50 per child. Please book in advance.
Wednesday August 8, noon-1pm, 1-2pm, 2-3pm
Taking inspiration from mima’s exhibition metadomestic: Contemporary design and craft, families can make their own colourful kite to fly in Centre Square.
£4 per kite. Limited spaces (maximum 30), please book in advance.
Fridays August 10, 17, 24, 31, 10.30am-12.30pm
Creative workshops for 8-12-year-olds, with printing, drawing, creative games and clay.
£5 per child. Price includes refreshments. Please book in advance.
For further information or to book for any of mima’s events, phone mima reception on 01642 726720 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.