YOUNGSTERS enjoyed a range of activities to keep them occupied during the school holiday.
Hartlepool Borough Council and Durham County Council staged a string of events in libraries and community venues aimed at giving families the chance to enjoy quality time together.
Free activities lined up at Hartlepool’s libraries included craft sessions, exploring the world of endangered animals and read and rhyme sessions.
There was also fun in east Durham as Sure Start centres staged a range of sessions to mark National Family Week.
Debbie Usworth, senior family worker at Sure Start in County Durham, said: “National family Week was a perfect chance for families to come to their children’s centre and enjoy spending time together.”
A craft session was also held at the Saltholme RSPB nature reserve where visitors at the site, off Seaton Carew Road, Hartlepool, got to celebrate the return of common terns which lay their eggs on islands covered in cockleshells.
Reserve staff gave people the chance to make cockleshell jewellery and sculptures from clay.