Plan your week with some family friendly fun
Our friends at Family Friendly have been helping us to hunt down some great fun for the half term.
There’s loads going on, with great children’s theatre shows, Big Draw activities and much more.
Touring Autumn 2013
Join the three performers as they clown, tumble and play their way through an energetic, laugh out loud 60 minutes.
It’s Mikey’s first day at the radio factory but when he discovers a rebellious radio mysteriously transmitting the voice of a child, Mikey can’t help but play along! As mischief ensues, will Mikey’s first day at work be his last?
Part of the North West Children’s Theatre Festival Big Imaginations
Find out more and book tickets at statikthetour.co.uk
Bring the whole team to the National Football Museum!
Open daily, Free admission
There’s so much to do at the National Football Museum this half term, it’s sure to get the whole family cheering.
Fancy a flick instead of a kick? The Subbuteo Challenge Cup Final on Saturday 19th October sets the scene for the half term holidays, followed by a fantastic three day Big Draw event starting on Monday 28th October. Come along and make a ‘doodlebot’, print football scores and get creative with a different artist every day! Manchester Science Festival comes to the museum on Tuesday 29th October with some hands-on learning about footie fitness.
For more information visit nationalfootballmuseum.com
Manchester Science Festival
Thursday 24th October – Sunday 3th November, MOSI and across Greater Manchester
From crazy contraptions to slime, bugs and rockets, kids of all ages will love getting stuck in at Manchester Science Festival this half term.
Play, create and experiment with your scientific side at MOSI and across Greater Manchester where there will be a whole host of mucky, noisy, creative and exciting things happening to entertain and inspire the city’s future scientists.
For more information visit manchestersciencefestival.com
Family Arts Festival at The Bridgewater Hall
October 2013, The Bridgewater Hall
Explore music and storytelling at The Bridgewater Hall this half term.
Enjoy The Pied Piper and other stories or create your own horrible historical Halloween harmonies at Gunpowder, Arson and Spots.
Most days during half term week, families can drop in for free Big Draw art activities alongside treasure hunts in the foyers, a visit from the Whitworth Art Gallery, and a special children’s menu in the Stalls Café Bar.
To book tickets call 0844 907 9000 or visit bridgewater-hall.co.uk
Unravelled at Manchester Art Gallery
Tuesday 29th October – Friday 1st November
1 – 3pm. Free admission no need to book. Suitable for families with children aged 2 – 11.
Create colourful artworks from threads, inspired by Grayson Perry’s tapestries The Vanity of Small Differences (on show from Thursday 24th October 2013 – Sunday 2nd February 2014).
For more information visit manchestergalleries.org/families
The Big Draw at IWM North
Thursday 31st October
11am – 12.30pm & 2 – 3.30pm. Free, booking required. Suitable for ages 7+
Families are being invited to take part in the world’s largest drawing festival this October – whether you’re a budding artist or you don’t know a paintbrush from a pencil.
What would you choose to draw to show tomorrow’s museum visitors? A Harrier Jump Jet, a cuddly toy dog made from an army blanket, or an evacuee’s suitcase?
Explore our collections and displays, get inspired and get doodling. Then bring your drawing and turn it into a one-off work of art in the monoprinting workshop led by artist Annabel Dover, whose work is on display in the Catalyst: Contemporary Art and War exhibition.
Booking is essential. To guarantee a place book by calling 0161 836 4000 or email email@example.com
For more information visit iwm.org.uk
Half Price Bowling at Dog Bowl
Whitworth Street West. Monday 28th October until Friday 1st November.
50% off kids bowling.
This half term break kids can enjoy a game of bowling for half price at Dog Bowl on (just £2 per person) from 12pm-6pm as part of their half term offering.
Kids are catered for in the restaurant with a specially devised three course children’s menu available for just £6.50 which also includes a soft drink. Expect ball dispensers inspired by the brand’s own black dog, Bruce the Patterdale Terrier, gleaming wooden floors and a whole lot of fun!
Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre
Barton Square, The Trafford Centre, Saturday 19th October – Sunday 3rd November
Seriously spooky goings on! The LEGO pumpkins are back!
Expect freaky fun at the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre as MINILAND is taken over by glow in the dark ghastly ghouls and frightful phantoms!
Join the hunt through MINILAND and count the ghost Minifigures, build a LEGO brick Witch in the Model Builder’s Workshop, and check out the LEGO bats and spiders around the attraction.
There will be spooky fancy dress contests on Saturdays and Sundays with daily chances to win annual passes to the the attraction as well as other tricks and treats! There will also be scary facepainting for all children who attend the attraction over the weekends.
For more information visit legolanddiscoverycentre.co.uk
Dino half term fun at The Trafford Centre
Intu Trafford Centre, Thursday 28th October - Saturday 2nd November
In anticipation of the forthcoming release of Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie The Trafford Centre have some half term adventures of the Jurassic kind.
- Dinosaur Mask Workshop
- Reptile Show
- Dinosaur egg decorating and colouring
- Dinosaur key ring & bag danglers
For more information visit traffordcentre/dinohalfterm
UCI Track Cycling World Cup
National Cycling Centre, Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd November
Championship track cycling returns to Manchester.
For the first time since 2011, this November sees the world’s best cyclists meet on the home of British Cycling with the UCI Track Cycling World Cup.
Across the three days of competition, the leading male and female cyclists in the world will compete across all the Olympic Track Cycling disciplines in this next step on the road to Rio.
For more information visit trackworldcup.co.uk
Whatever you do – have a great time!
Alison x (your 4Manchester Women Editor)
Photographs: Dog Bowl, Manchester Art Gallery, LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre, The Royal Exchange, Statik, Manchester Science Festival, The Bridgewater Hall, MediaCityUK, IWM North.