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Discover our recommendations for other local activities and online resources.

We’ve  put together a list of recommendations for local activities and online resources to spark your imagination further!

Local Activities

Access Space

Access Space is where people interested in art, design, computers, recycling, music, electronics, photography and more, meet like-minded people to share and develop skills, and work on creative, enterprising and technical projects. Keep an eye on their website and social media, and join the mailing list to hear about upcoming events, exhibitions and workshops.

Bright Box Makerspace

Bright Box Makerspace creates sneaky learning opportunities for everyone, young and old, to learn creative problem solving. They do this by creating playful spaces to explore tech, engineering and arts with the help of role models. This summer, they have workshops for children, families and adults at their Makerspace in Castlegate.

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Code Club

Code Club is a nationwide network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. Visit the website to search for your local club (there are five in Sheffield), or to find out how you can volunteer, host or start one of your own!


Makers, based on Abbeydale Road in Sheffield, is a place where you can find, make, and remake things. Check out their website to find all sorts of crafty activities, including a regular Laser Cutting for Kids workshop!


Pimoroni is a company of makers and educators based in Sheffield. Check out their website to find all sorts of fun and educational activity kits for kids of all ages!

Sheffield Hardware Hackers and Makers

Sheffield Hackspace (Sheffield Hardware Hackers and Makers) is a non-profit, member-run hackspace in central Sheffield. Their aim is to build a community to help people in Sheffield get involved in the creative use of technology and tools for hobby-scale projects. Current members are working on projects from Raspberry Pi and Arduino to textiles, wood/metal working and High Altitude ballooning. Check out their blog and calendar to see what they’re up to and how to get involved.

UTC Sheffield

University Technical Colleges (UTCs) offer 14-19 year olds the opportunity to take a highly regarded, technically-oriented course of study alongside their academic qualifications. Students benefit from top quality facilities that reflect the modern workplace and teachers with industry experience.

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Advice for parents of kids living digital lives. Useful news and advice about new apps, games and internet safety concerns.


Scratch is a free coding platform and community where kids can create stories, games, and animations to entertain themselves or share with others around the world.

Toca Boca

Toca Boca makes a range of digital toys that you can play with your kids. They believe that the best way to learn is through play for the sake of play, and they do it in a safe way without advertising or in-app purchases. See the full range at their website.

Who makes apps for kids?

Who makes apps for kids is a huge collection of kids apps and books compiled by Chris O’Shea, British artist and designer who explores play, human behaviour and engagement through interaction design and the visual arts.

You can visit the web page ( or subscribe to the Twitter list to stay up to date with his recommendations.

Chris also formed Cowly Owl (, which designs digital toys for children and parents to play together, exploring creativity.

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Beasts of Balance

Sensible Object

A game of strategy and balance in which you build a tower of animals on your table-top, and then help them evolve in a connected digital world.

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The Quiet Hour

11:00 - 12:00, 29 June & 6 July

If you have sensory requirements, or find sound overwhelming, please join us for The Quiet Hour.

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Pippin Barr

36 different versions of the classic arcade game Pong, each one imagining the original game in a slightly different way

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Bennett Foddy

QWOP is a simple game about running extremely fast down a 100 metre track

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Arthur Masson with La Sophiste and 3 Hits Combo

Instead of using buttons on a controller, the player controls old portable video games by moving in the game area drawn on the floor.

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Maker Table

Tuesday 25 - Sunday 30 June, Friday 5 and Sunday 7 July

The Playground Maker Table is open for you to take part in hands-on digital and creative making.

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