It can be a blow if it rains at weekends or the school holidays, but if there's one thing we can rely on it's our unpredictable weather! And, when it’s time to take a break from home entertainment this half term, it’s good to know there are still a variety of indoor attractions to keep everyone entertained. Here are just a few great ways to while away a grey day…
Sharpen your footie skills at the National Football Museum!
At the National Football Museum this half-term there’s interactive storytelling, free skills sessions and so much more; and if you’re lucky, you might even meet museum mascot Pickles the Dog! The museum has family friendly displays, a Discovery Zone for under 5s, and fun Football Plus+ games including Penalty Shoot Out. For great, year-round value check out the Football Plus+ season ticket which offers unlimited Football Plus+ and exclusive discounts – it’s the perfect way to keep the team entertained on rainy days. Open daily in Manchester city centre, admission is free, and the café and shop have plenty of pocket-friendly deals. Visitor information can be found at www.nationalfootballmuseum.com
or call 0161 605 8200.
Fall in love at the Whitworth at the grand re-opening!
The family friendly Whitworth re-opens on 14 February 2015 after a £15 million development which has transformed Manchester’s gallery in the park. Alongside new spaces to explore there are ten opening exhibitions, new commissions indoors and out and a host of free art, music, walks, performances and family fun including a café in the trees.
The opening weekend gives a flavour of what the new Whitworth has to offer; specially commissioned music performances and workshops for babies, large-scale indoor art picnics and new ways to explore art and nature, including toddler welly walks. So, if you can, go and spend Valentine’s weekend or half term with them and fall in love with a gallery that has been utterly transformed. Find out more at http://whitworth.manchester.ac.uk
It’s all going on at MOSI, Victorian style!
Experience the smells, sounds and sights of Victorian life at MOSI this half term when Steam Sweat and Sewers returns for eight fun-filled days from 14 - 22 February. From story-telling and fairground fun to photo-booth frivolity - this family friendly extravaganza brings to life the vibrant, steam-powered days of 19th Century Manchester. Witness the transformation of the museum's former railway yard into a colourful fairground. Discover just how filthy Victorian Manchester was in Goo in the Loo - a hands-on workshop shedding light on the city's drainage systems! Additional activities include weaving workshops and machinery demonstrations. For details visit www.mosi.org.uk
Jumpin’ Jupiter! It’s Solar System Week at Jodrell Bank
There’s a packed week of Science Shows at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre from the 16th-20th February with loads of exciting things to discover about our Solar System. Why is Venus such a dangerous place to go? Why is taking an everyday object to Neptune not such a good idea? You’ll also get the chance to try some hands-on experiments to learn what Earth has in common with Venus and Mars and how gravity changes from place to place. And for those keen to know more, don’t miss out on the Meet the Expert session to ask a probing question or two! Pre-booking is recommended as places are limited, so call 01477 571766 or visit www.jodrellbank.net
Manchester Museum hosts the Climate Science Challenge!
Head down to Manchester Museum on Saturday 28th February for the Climate Science Challenge Big Saturday! Be a scientist for the day and join researchers and curators in their quest to explore Earth’s climate. If you can’t wait until the Museum opens at 10am, go along to the Museum’s Early Opening for Early Birds (9-10am) - enjoy self-led tours, object handling and craft activities in the Museum’s Nature’s Library gallery. On Saturday 21 March, you can explore the human body from head to toe with Researchers from The University of Manchester and from 9am you can explore the Museum’s Living Worlds gallery at the Early Opening for Early Birds. All activities are drop-in and free; for more details visit www.museum.manchester.ac.uk