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Get Creative

We’ve got a great range of activities for children and young people at Phoenix, from filmmaking courses to downloadable activities using Scratch.

We run a wide range of events and activities to inspire children, young people and their families, giving them the chance to experiment with new materials and the latest digital technology.

Free drop-in sessions are held throughout the year, particularly during school holidays, along with one-day workshops on subjects like animation, creative technology and filmmaking.

Phoenix is also a host venue for The Spark Festival – Leicester’s annual arts event for children and families – and our wider programme of digital experiences and activities is specially designed to engage and excite people of all ages.

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Cultural Quarter Earlies

Cultural Quarter Earlies brings together FREE family activities across Leicester’s Cultural Quarter, taking place on the second Saturday of every month. Look out for details of our next workshop.

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At Home 3D Design

3D Design 'At-Home'

Exploring a range of digital 3D modelling and design tools, this free video course will take you through the basics of 3D model creation, which can be used in computer games, animations and 3D printing. Suitable for ages 12+.

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Filmmaking 'At-Home'

Using open source and experimental tools to discover filmmaking, this FREE course will take you through some basic techniques for planning a film, making an animation and getting started with editing. Suitable for ages 12+.

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Game Design 'At-Home'

Using experimental tools to discover game design, this free course takes you through the basics of building and publishing story-telling games. The course comprises four video tutorials. Suitable for ages 12+.

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Art-AI Playbook

The Art AI Playbook is a downloadable activity pack for children ages 8-10 exploring artificial intelligence, featured as part of the Art-AI Festival 2021. There are 3 sections: Faces, Patterns, and Words.

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Draw a 'Virtual Room'

In this online tutorial, we’ll show you how to create amazing ‘3D’ drawings that you can view 360°, just like in virtual reality. The activity introduces you to the world of VR and some of the basic concepts behind making virtual spaces.

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Kids 'At-Home' Activities

Create colourful images from text in our latest in our free creative activities for children to download and try at home. There are now 14 different activities available using Scratch, including an interactive fish pond and a virtual pet!

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Spinimate! Family Workshop

Turn your drawings into amazing spinning animations in this free ‘at-home’ activity for children and families all you need is access to a computer or tablet and some paper and something to draw with! Suitable for any age with help from a parent, or age 8+ without.

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Family Workshop Gallery

Our free drop-in workshops give kids the chance to get creative with the latest digital technologies. Take a look at our gallery to see the fabulously inventive work that children have made in some of these workshop sessions.

Explore our family workshops gallery