Cineplay Festival ran from Friday 19th August - Sunday 21st August, across venues in Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead. It was three days of playful, immersive cinema, workshops and activities for young children and their families. Featuring scooter adventures, secret screenings, live scores, coding, dancing, baby power ballads and more!

Friday 19th August

Baby Social: Baby Power Ballads, Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Library

Join us for a baby power ballad singing session, as we introduce the little ones to music from films you’ll love. Clear that throat and get ready for some seriously great songs from Back to the Future, Stand By Me, Pulp Fiction and many more. Our resident Chalk musician, Joe, will be leading the fun in front of a back drop of clips from the films. We’d love it if you could teach your babies to power grab – that’s doable, right?

Red Balloon + Scooter Tour, Saltwell Park

Grab your map, hop on your scooter and prepare for an adventure in Saltwell Park! 
On your way you'll be given clues from musicians and performers to find the secret cinema. Once you’ve arrived, rest those weary scootered out legs and settle down to watch one of the most beloved children’s films of all time, The Red Balloon. 

The Kid with Live Score + School of Slapstick, Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Library

Welcome to The School of Slapstick! Children (and grown ups!) will have the chance to learn some physical comedy moves with our specially designed workshop from Circus Central. Choose props and costume, then pose in our photobooth. You'll be slipping on banana skins, falling down and walking into walls! 

Followed by a screening of The Kid. As Charlie Chaplin’s first feature as star, director, writer and producer celebrates its 95th anniversary we will introduce this timeless gem to a new generation. The 1921 moving, funny and affectingly personal The Kid will be screened with a live pianist.

Saturday 20th August

MILK: Breakfast Club Coffee Rave, Cobalt Studios

Our family club night is back for an early morning edition. The Breakfast Club Coffee Rave will pay homage to John Hughes as we screen excerpts from his back catalogue set to a soundtrack of 80s big hitters! Featuring our infamous MILK bar, music that will get you bouncing , shoulder pad swinging and power grabbing. There’ll be a live DJ spinning some inescapable 80s floor fillers, dancers to get the party going and a lot of coffee.

Baby Social: Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Cobalt Studios

Bring your little one to a relaxed screening of everyone’s favourite late 80’s teen comedy, Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Staring a young Matthew Broderick as the ultimate a high-school super-slacker, who embarks on a trip to Chicago in his dad's Ferrari with his two pals; the (reluctant) best friend Cameron and his girlfriend, Sloane. While they are taking in what the city has to offer school principal Ed Rooney is convinced that Ferris is, not for the first time, playing hooky. Full of japes and high jinks, this John Hughes film is going to make you feel you didn't have just a few hours sleep! We can't think of a better role model for your little ones, can you?

Sunday 21st August

PlayLab: Kids Coding + Science Shorts

Join us for a morning of all things coding! This workshop is designed with little ones (and big ones!) in mind. We'll be delving into squishy circuits using conductive and resistant play-doh to build electronic sculptures that light up, move, and make sounds. We’ll be bringing along our favourite bricks for a lesson in Scratch Lego and having a try at playing a banana piano (yes, you heard us right) with Makey Makey.
Alongside our making workshops we’ll be screening some technology inspired shorts and animations.

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids + Science Play

Step into a world of giant ants, shrinking children and some mad science! Presented in partnership with Tech For Life at Campus North, join us in the science lab, as we create wonder and excitement with our hands on experiments suitable for all the family. Create a mad scientists hat, get chased by our Bee Bot and run from the giant ant! We'll be programming LEDs lights and making stop-motion animated robots before embarking on an action packed journey down memory lane as we screen the classic Honey, I Shrunk The Kids.

Supported by Film Hub North, led by Showroom Workstation. Proud to be part of the BFI Film Audience Network.