Date:               Thursday 25 July

Venue:             The Discovery Museum Blandford Square Newcastle

Time:               10am to 2pm

On Thursday 25 July, local families with young children are being invited to the Discovery museum to take part in a series of fun, free activities that will give them the chance to share stories, sing songs and play games together.

The activities will take place at the Small Talk table in The Discovery Museum from 10am to 2pm alongside craft activities that the museum is also running. There’s no need to book – families can just turn up!

Children who take part in the activities will be given a free tote bag to take home, filled with goodies including a brand new book, bubbles, activity sheets and a fridge magnet.

The event is part of the National Literacy Trust’s Small Talk project, which aims to help parents turn the things they are already doing with their children every day into new opportunities to fill their child’s world with words.

The activities on the day will be supported by early years professionals from the National Literacy Trust.

Sarah McDermott, Small Talk Project Manager at the National Literacy Trust, said: “We are thrilled to be hosting our Small Talk event in Newcastle and hope that lots of families will come along to The Discovery Museum on 25 July to give some of our chat, play and read activities a go! It’s completely free and families will get to take home some fantastic goodies – including a brand new book and activity sheets – to help them carry on the fun and learning at home.”

The Small Talk event is being supported by Read North East, a campaign to raise children’s literacy levels in the region by encouraging parents to chat, play and read with their babies and young children. Read North East is led by the National Literacy Trust in partnership with the North East Literacy Forum, and supported by Penguin Random House UK, the Education Endowment Foundation and Greggs PLC.

Parents can visit the website for fun videos and simple activities to inspire them to chat, play and read with their child at home every day.