FRIDAY 15TH - sunday 17th february, baltic centre for contemporary art

Are you and your kids bored of soft play centres and identikit playgrounds? Looking for something creative where you can do your own thing? Then come and try PlayShapes as part of MAPS Festival. 
Conceived by artist Pippa Hale as an antidote to the rigid formats and primary colours of children’s play areas, PlayShapes allow children to create their own sculptures, installations or playscapes.
Inside the gallery you’ll find a number of 1m3 coloured cubes that break down into polygons, rectangular prisms, cylinders and steps that can be reconfigured into limitless combinations to make dens, seats and obstacle courses on which to climb, slide, crawl, balance, jump or roll.
But be warned! Towards the end of each session, kids and grown-ups must work together to reassemble the cubes in a game of giant 3D Tetris. 

PlayShapes will run throughout MAPS Festival, from Friday 15th - Sunday 17th February. 
The session times across all three days are:
Session 1 - 10:15am – 11:00am
Session 2 - 11:30am – 12:15pm
Session 3 - 1:00pm – 1:45pm
Session 4 - 2:15pm – 3:00pm
Session 5 - 3:30pm – 4:15pm
Session 6 - 4:45pm – 5:30pm

The 10:15am session on Friday 15th February and 4:45pm session on Saturday 16th February are special access sessions; a quieter, more relaxed opportunity to visit PlayShapes. Suitable for those on the autistic spectrum and their families, but open to anyone who feels they might benefit. 

All sessions are now sold out.
General Admission, admits one adult and one child - £6
Additional adult ticket - £3
For additional children, you need to purchase a ‘General Admission’ ticket.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets must be booked for all attendees, including parents and carers.

PlayShapes was commissioned by Chalk and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.