Family Arts Ambassador

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 Captioning.

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
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.
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 emailing

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 carers.
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 paintings.

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 eccentricity.
The event will take place between 11am and 4pm in Derby City Centre and feature our well-loved St George’s Day parade which will be leaving The Spot at 11:30am.


The Family Arts Campaign aims to support organisations in providing high-quality activities for families and in growing and broadening the number of families taking part in the arts. It is supported using funding through Arts Council England. Visit
for more information.
Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. They support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature and crafts to collections.