top ten things to do this Half Term in Manchester

The kids finish school for another week soon and I need to find lots of things to entertain them so I thought I would compile a list of the top ten things to do this May Half Term in Manchester.

Geronimo Festival

Geronimo will be at Tatton Park this May Bank Holiday weekend (May 23 – 25) and has an amazing line up of shows and activities for families to enjoy. As well as getting to watch some of your childrens favourite cbeebies stars such as Mr Bloom, Katy Ashworth and Alex Winters you will also be able to climb trees, do craft activities, go dancing, check out some animals and so much more. There really is so much to do and we can’t wait to go and check it out

Museum of Science andIndustry

#HookedOnMusic: Strictly Science
Saturday 23 May – Sunday 31 May 2015
May Half Term also sees the return of our ever-popular #HookedonMusic quiz, testing musical knowledge and tastes in this fun, frantic and fast-paced game-show running in between the silent disco. There are even prizes to be won! Teeny boppers and toddlers can also get in on the #HookedOnMusic action too in our Jungle Disco. Join Roary the Lion, the King of the Jungle for this energetic and interactive storytelling session and help the animals get ready for the big jungle hop. Recommended for the under 5s. The Museum’s #HookedonMusic Citizen Science experiment has already seen over 200,000 people world-wide play the musical online game – helping scientists identify what makes a tune catchy. Now – through public participation in our silent discos – scientists will investigate whether it is the catchy hook alone that makes the tune popular, or if other factors influence musical choices.
Obviously there is lots of other fantastic things to see and do at the Museum of Science and Industry. We especially love the experiments hall so make sure you head there too.

Imperial War Museum

Family Days: Work and Play
Daily between Saturday 23 May and Sunday 31 May
Find out how hard children worked on the home front during the First World War, from growing food to knitting warm clothes for soldiers. Then drop into the Open Studio to decorate your own wooden toy for some well-deserved play time. The whole family can get involved through craft activities and object handling. Join in with family story telling at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Don’t miss the last chance to explore special exhibition From Street To Trench: A World War That Shaped A Region and discover how you might have helped the war effort as a young person. See for more details.

Lowry Theatre

Heading to the theatre is a great day out especially at the Lowry where you can also do a bit of shopping and grab some dinner too. Two fabulous family shows coming to the Lowry this Half Term include Basil Brush and The Stick Man.

Lost Carnival

I have heard such a buzz about this recently and I am over the moon to now have the opportunity to attend myself. From the people behind the Just So Festival this event promises to capture imaginations. Shrouded in mystery the event promises spellbinding theatre, circus, music and visual trickery. At just £10 per person this event looks to be an amazing day out and I just can’t wait to share it with you.sps[ellbinding theatre, circus, music and visual trickery

Legoland Discovery Centre

Legoland Discovery Centre has been giving a makeover to the Duplo area and the new Duplo Farm Play area will be opened in time for the May Half term holidays. Free admission to LDC will be given to all Duplo fans that visit dressed as a farmer or farmyard animal when accompanied by a paying adult. There will also be some prizes to win in colouring competitions and best fancy dress outfit.

Sealife Centre Manchester

Sea Life Manchester will welcome the Octonauts Captain Barnacles and Peso this May half-term. They will be available for meet and greets. As well as the usual fun of the Sealife Centre there will also be badge making sessions so children can create their own Octonauts badge. Don’t for get to visit the new CLAWS exhibit which has only recently opened.

Play Factore

Sometimes you just need to take the kids for a run around and if the weather is rubbish or you fancy having a nice cup of coffee and leaving them to burn off some energy then Play Factore is the perfect place to take them.

Dog Bowl

We always love going to Dog Bowl for the food as well as the bowling and with their kids bowl free on a Monday it is something we love to take advantage off. If you have not eaten at Dog Bowl you really should and with the kids dinner consisting of a starter, main course, a dessert and a soft drink for just £6.50

Mad Hatters Tea Party

Inspired by our new ceramics exhibition, Jarred, head down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass to join the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.
We have lots of exciting crafts planned that will keep the whole family entertained.
Make a magnet, decorate a badge, fashion a mad hat, help create a giant tea party mural, and much more!
Time: 11am-2pm
Venue: Touchstones Rochdale