Manchester News & Reviews

Local News & Reviews in Greater Manchester February 2015:

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Awesome Engineers and LEGO®: the perfect partnership!

Get ready for some fantastic creativity on offer for children aged 6 – 12 this February. Awesome Engineers Ltd are running workshops around the country, encouraging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills through model making programmes.  Each workshop involves building an original LEGO® machine, which demonstrates a key maths or science idea and is great fun to make!   There will even be a free-play area with LEGO® and DUPLO® bricks to occupy brothers and sisters. The workshop is running in Manchester on Thursday 19th February – to book your place visit 

What will you and the kids be wearing on March 27th?

One of the UK’s most important national cancer awareness and fundraising events returns in March this year. Wear A Hat Day 2015 will take place on Friday 27th March and funds raised will support long-term research into one of the biggest killers of children in the UK. 
Wear A Hat Day is organised by leading UK charity Brain Tumour Research. Running for six years now, the charity will be issuing the first-ever Wear A Hat Day Awards in 2015. Families, schools, colleges, universities, businesses, clubs, social groups – indeed anyone taking part in Wear A Hat Day across the UK can register on the website and join in the excitement across the nation on March 27th. 
Wear A Hat Day awards will be granted for children and /or schools demonstrating extraordinary Wear A Hat Day events – be it amazingly imaginative hats, novel fundraising ideas for the day, perhaps even record-breaking hat-related events, alongside exciting initiatives to maximise awareness of the cause.
Taking part in Wear A Hat Day 2015 is simple. Register today by visiting Fundraising materials – including posters, leaflets, fridge magnets, pin badges, wristbands quizzes and hat making instructions – will be available from the charity from February 2015. 
For further information email or call the charity on 01296 733011.

Help a child with Educate for Life

Educate for LifeEducate for Life runs an innovative primary school called Hunar Ghar in a remote village in Rajasthan in northern India. Most of its 258 pupils, ranging from four to fourteen, are the first in their families to ever go to school. The facilities are basic; there is no access to electricity or running water, the classrooms are built of mud and stone and there are no tables and chairs. 
However, the children at Hunar Ghar are well nurtured and thriving. They are not only gaining good literacy and numeracy skills, they’re also becoming confident, imaginative young learners. Demand for school places is growing and they need more support. 
£10 a month provides everything needed – teachers, books, uniform – to sponsor a child’s education at Hunar Ghar. Choose to support a child, and your family will follow their story through regular updates. Find out more

Calling all performers – time to enter the “Razz’s Got Talent” competition!

Razzamataz Manchester South Theatre School launched in September and has had a fantastic first Razzamataz Manchester, performing arts school for childrenterm. Students had a great reception when performing at Chorlton High Schools' Winter Fayre in December, and now principal Caroline Larcombe is holding a 'Razz's Got Talent' competition! This is for all local children aged 6-17, both current and non-students, and auditions will take place on March 14th. One talented winner will receive a year’s scholarship to this inspirational theatre school! For more details contact Caroline at Classes in Dance, Drama & Singing take place every Saturday at Chorlton High School during term time between 9am-1.30pm.

New Nature Discovery gallery at Manchester Museum

Manchester Museum new Nature Discovery GalleryOnce upon a time, there was an enchanted world full of trees and meadows with creatures up on high and deep inside the undergrowth…Take the family on a journey to Manchester Museum’s newly renovated Nature Discovery gallery, an imaginative space that encourages children to lead their grown-ups through an exploration of the natural world. Under 5’s and their families can search for creatures, create fantastical stories based on the natural world and immerse themselves in a series of habitats. 
‘The Forest’ provides a focal point for the gallery with a beautiful and enchanting 3D paper ‘story book’ art installation, developed in collaboration with artist Helen Musselwhite. Between the paper cut trees, visitors will be able to glimpse a variety of animals, from small insects to large creatures, highlighting the beauty and diversity of our natural world. Entry is free, and, for more information visit the Museum’s website at