Our hands-on maker space for budding inventors, designers and makers






Open weekdays 10am - 4pm (self-led activity)

Open weekends and school holidays 11am - 3pm (facilitated activity)

Closed occasional weekends for special PLAY+INVENT events - see What's On for details


Free, weekdays

£1.50 per child, weekends and school holidays

Visitor Information

Join us to make, invent and get creative. From drop-in making to family friendly events, the PLAY+INVENT Space is an exciting place for children and their families to explore and build their own inventions.

Find out more about our family friendly events

Watch our Play + Invent trailer

Little Inventors takeover 

Throughout the duration of Great Exhibition of the North, this space will be home to the Little Inventors North 2030 Challenge.  The display will proudly showcase children's inventions that have been brought to life by local Northern makers. 

Alongside the exhibition visitors will have the opportunity to:

  • Design their own weird and wonderful invention
  • Have a chance to prototype their design using card
  • Build and construct using K’nex and Lego

This offer will run for the duration of The Great Exhibition, 22 June - 9 September.

Please note, our PLAY+INVENT programme will resume as normal from Monday 18 September. 

Hire PLAY+INVENT for a Birthday party

IMPORTANT NOTICE: We will not be taking party bookings in this space from June to September (inclusive) due to our participation in the Great Exhibition of the North

The date that these party packages will resume is to be confirmed. 

Our party packages for Play Tyne will be available throughout the summer. 

Party prices: 

PLAY+INVENT hire: £50
Function Room hire: £40
PLAY+INVENT and Learning room hire: £85

Let the kids get inventing with exclusive use of our PLAY+INVENT space and learning room where you can serve your own birthday tea, play party games and music and hire your own entertainer.

Parties can be booked for Saturdays and Sundays between 11am and 1.30pm and on Mondays to Fridays in school holidays between 10am and 12.30pm. Access is allowed to the party room 30 minutes before the start for any decorating or set-up. Suitable for up to 25 children.

To book please contact the Discovery learning team: or (0191) 277 2183.