Get Creative with Mini and Mega Maker Mondays

Published: 10th February 2018

Get creative in the school hoidays with the return of Mini and Mega Makers.

This monday (Monday 12th Feb) it’s our first session of Mini and Mega Makers here at The Customs House. The theme is Lord Lambton After the Worm inspired by last years incredible pantomime The Lambton Worm.

Mini Makers is all about making, creating and exploring as a family. Mini Maker sessions are  for children 11 and under with their grown ups and runs from 11am to 1.30pm. Sessions are £2 and children stay for as long as they like with their adults. Tickets are available from the box office on the day on a first come first served basis.

Mini Makers at The Customs House

Mini Makers at The Customs House

Mega Makers runs on the same day and is a little bit different. We ask young people to stay from 2.30 to 4pm for an hour and a half creative challenge. No grown ups are allowed. Tickets are still £2

Mega Makers at The Customs House

Mega Makers at The Customs House


Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve collected some questions from parents and carers of Mini and Mega Makers who joined in throughout 2017. We hope these will answer any of your queries…

  • How much? Children’s tickets for Mini and Mega Makers are £2 from the box office, accompanying grown-ups are free.
  • Do I need to book in advance? You can but there are also limited numbers of tickets available on the day.
  • Do we have to come from the whole session? For Mini Makers you can stay for the whole or part of a session and you don’t need to arrive at 11am. For Mega Makers because we have designed a creative challenge to last about 90 minutes young people should stay for the whole session. After 2.45pm we won’t admit anyone else to Mega Makers.
  • Do I have to come to every session? We know family life can be extremely busy so Mini Maker sessions are designed to be stand alone. This is also true of Mega Makers.
  • What should my child wear? We don’t have aprons so don’t come in your best outfit! Mini Makers isn’t messy play but we use paints etc. Same goes for Mega Makers we use all sort of creative art materials and we wouldn’t want to ruin anything special.
  • I have a baby with me do they need a ticket? If they aren’t taking part in Mini Makers no. There is limited room for prams in Daltons 5.
  • Can organised groups come? If you are a child minder or providing school holiday activity its best to book online to ensure there are enough places. It would also be useful if you could email [email protected] so we can check child to adult ratios are safe.
  • Where does the session happen? Feedback told us people preferred sessions in Daltons 5 workshop across from the main house on the ground floor.
  • How can I get to Mini and Mega Makers at The Customs House? 10 mins walk from South Shields metro/bus station, 5 mins walk from Shields Ferry, free car park onsite… or speak to Richmond Taxis.
  • What else can I do with the kids in South Shields? Enjoy a meal in the Green Room, take a look at the exhibition in the gallery, watch a film , visit The Word, pop into South Shields Museum, enjoy our beautiful Marine Parks, the beach, funfair… definitely the place to be with the family in the school holidays.
  • Do you take photos? With your consent we post images from sessions on social media follow Learning & Participation at The Customs House on Facebook or @customshouseLP on Twitter.

If your question hasn’t been answered please email [email protected] or leave a telephone message on 0191 427 8189 and Elizabeth, our Learning Officer and session leader, will get back to you as soon as possible.


The Port of Tyne is proud to support The Customs House as a sponsor of projects which help young people gain confidence and skills towards employment.