Are your little ones mad for it? Good news! There are enough cool and fun days out this October half term to keep them happy all week. Manchester will keep inquisitive minds busy with the Science Festival and Creative Family Arts Festival events. If you want to get into the country: zoos, parks, gardens and forests all over the place have holiday fun planned too. And just because kids are out of school doesn’t mean they have to be out of the learning zone. There are workshops for everything from movie-making to mask-making happening this half-term.
From a public snooze in the Chronarium Sleep Lab to Northern Lights at Godlee Observatory, the Sensory Sound Pit and Pinhole Peepers, Manchester Science Festival has half-term packed end to end with family experiences this year. Younger kids can discover new ways of counting, drawing, listening and seeing – sounds like science, feels like playing. Virtual reality experiments, lessons in hacking and e-game tournaments are just a few of the teen-shaped adventures. Plenty of what’s going on is free. And there are venues all over the city and beyond. So suspend belief: you could end up in Harvey Nichols just as easily as the Museum of Science or Jodrell Bank.
When: 20 - 30 October
Where: Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester. Free Metroshuttle buses run from Manchester Piccadilly to the museum (bus number 2)