Family Fun this Feb Half-term at MAC

This February half-term at Midlands Arts Centre, we’re hosting a wealth of family-friendly performances, workshops, creative courses and special events to entertain adults and kids alike.

Join us and get involved in making, seeing and doing activities, and have a half-term to remember.


Discover the magic of puppetry and fairytale inBeastly Belle
Sat 15 – Sun 16 February | 11am & 2pm | Prices from £8.50 | Foyle | Ages 4+

Combining stunning 1920s Hollywood aesthetics with a contemporary twist on the classic Beauty and the Beast tale to delight a 2020’s audience, this stunning show creates a spectacle for the whole family to enjoy. Follow the journey of young heroine Belle as she’s swept off her feet by a greedy film producer. Will Belle escape the world of glitz, glamour and good looks, or will she return to her roots and come to understand and accept the Beast?

Be inspired by the works of one of the world’s best-loved children’s writers withRoald Dahl & The Imagination Seekers
Fri 21 February | 2pm | Sat 22 Feb | 11am & 2pm | Prices from £8.50 | Theatre | Ages 5 – 11

All around the world, Roald Dahl’s words are disappearing, not only from books but children’s minds too. Now, only an organisation known as the ancient guild of tale tenders can save the stories – and they need your help. Join us for a theatrical and interactive experience, following the thrilling story through performance, games and creative play featuring favourites from Roald Dahl’s collection, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG and The Twits along the way. 

One-off Workshops

Get dancing with an internationally-acclaimed dance-circus company in Motionhouse’s Workshops for Kids!

Motionhouse Workshop: Creative Dance Camp
Mon 17 & Tue 18 Feb | 10am – 3pm | £45 | Foyle Studio | Ages 8 – 11
Join us for two days of fun discovering creative dance with Motionhouse’s professional dancers – suitable for newcomers to dance and those with some experience! Unleash your talent and develop your own skills during this special course.

Motionhouse Workshop: Dance on Film
Wed 19 – Fri 21 February | 10am – 3pm | £65 | Randle Studio | Ages 12 – 17
Work creatively to develop your own choreography! Your results will be captured and edited into a short film by Motionhouse’s team. You’ll even be able to share the film afterwards with family and friends!

Creative Courses

MAC Creative Camp: Shoebox Stop Motion Animation
Mon 17 – Fri 21 Feb | 10am – 3pm | £120 | Music Studio 1 | Ages 6-11
Learn how to create a short film from scratch using stop-frame animation techniques, build and animate sets and watch them come alive!

Colourful Capers
Tue 18 Feb | 10am – 3pm | £24 | Weston Studio | Ages 6-11
Experiment with a range of techniques and media to make vibrant multi-coloured artworks. Play with lights, colour mixing and even make your own paints!

Magical Puppets
Tue 18 Feb | 10am – 3pm | £24 | English Studio | Ages 6-11
Make your own magical puppets such as fairies, elves, witches and warlocks – then bring them to life through the wonderful art of puppetry.

Young Creative Presenters
Wed 19 Feb | 10am – 3pm | £24 | Performance Studio |Ages 10-17

With the help of an experienced television presenter, you’ll learn how to present YouTube vlogs, Snapchat, InstaTV or Facebook Live videos confidently.

Stamp Making
Thu 20 Feb | 10am – 3pm | £24 | Weston Studio | Ages 6-11

Create your very own handmade stamps out of any material you like, and then use an ink pad to print your image anywhere!

Family Art Techniques
Fri 21 Feb | 10am – 3pm | From £39 | Drawing and Painting Ages 6-11
Be inspired by the illustrations of Quentin Blake and learn about marbling, collage and simple etching processes to create a family masterpiece.

Find out more by visiting our website at, and make sure you enjoy lots of family fun this half-term.