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Preview: October half term at Stockton’s ARC

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October half term at Stockton’s ARC

If you’re looking for some half term fun to keep the kids entertained then look no further than ARC.

Breaking the Ice from Theatre Hullaballoo is a charming tale about a real polar bear and a husky who were captured on camera in the wild as they developed an amazing friendship. This cosy feel-good show has plenty for kids to laugh along to and there will be a 15 minute free Stay and Play session afterwards. The show is part of this year’s Take Off Festival and will be performed on Saturday 22 October at 11am and 2.30pm.

Kubo and the Two Strings is the much anticipated stop-motion animated adventure from Studio Laika, the creators of big hit stop-motion film, Coraline. A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armour worn by his late father in order to defeat a spooky spirit. This is one for Harry Potter fans and is ideal for a not-so-scarey fright at the cinema before Halloween. Screenings are taking place on Saturday 22 and Tuesday 25 October.

Jack and the Beans Talk is a twist on the classic fairy tale from leading children’s theatre makers, Garlic Theatre. One day, Jack swaps his pet cow for some magic beans and soon starts to hear a whispering in the breeze and a giant rumble in the sky, but will Jack make it back home in time for tea with his mum? The show runs on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 October at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

Mrs Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Childrenis another fantastic family film which is based upon the best-selling novel. When Jake discovers clues that link to a local mystery, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, he realises that the home is not all it seems, and he must find out who is real and who can be trusted. The film will be screened from Friday 28 October – Thursday 3 November.

The grooviest disco for teeny tots is back on Saturday 29 October from 10am – 12pm, so make sure you dress up your little pumpkins for the Club Groovy: Not So Spooky Halloween Ball! Themed games, music and lots of frightfully friendly fun will be had by the club groovy team, so make sure you grab your tickets before they sell out for the biggest Halloween party in Teesside for 0-7 year olds.

Tickets for these events can be bought by calling the Box Office on 01642 525199 or by booking online at

Breaking the Ice
Saturday 22 October
Time: 11.30am & 2.30pm
Price: £6 Family (4 people) £20
Age: 2 – 5 years
Run time: 40 mins plus 15 min Sat and Play

Kubo and the Two Strings
Saturday 22 October
Tuesday 25 October
Time: 11am
Price: Full price £3.50, Family ticket (4 people) £12

Jack and the Beans Talk
Thursday 27 and Friday 28 October
Time: 11.30am & 2.30pm
Price: £6 Family (4 people) £20
Age: 3 – 7 years
Run time: 45 mins

Mrs Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (12A)
Friday 28 October – 5.15pm
Saturday 29 October – 11am & 2pm & 5.15pm
Thursday 3 November – 2pm
Full price £6.50, there are also concession prices for families, students and people aged over 50.
Audio description is also available for this film. The screenings of this film on Saturday 29 October at 5.15pm and Thursday 3 November at 2pm are subtitled screenings for people who are hard of hearing.

Club Groovy – No So Spooky Halloween Ball
Saturday 29 October
Time: 10am – 12pm & 1 – 3pm (sold out)
Price: £6 for 1 adult and 1 child, £3 for each additional child and adult
Age: 0 – 7 yrs

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