Things To Do With The Kids In Manchester This October
It can be difficult keeping the kids entertained through the school holidays; and with the Autumn break quickly approaching, parents across the U.K will be desperately searching for things to do to fill the days.
October has a great selection of Halloween events, but across Manchester there are a number of different events going on which kids will love.
MANCHESTER SCIENCE FESTIVAL
England’s biggest science festival returns with another season of eye-popping events for all the family to enjoy. The museum of Science and Industry team up with other venues across Manchester to host festivals jam-packed with hands on family activities.
For those on a budget – the science festival events are mainly free and readily available to all.
This year’s festival headliner is the blockbuster exhibition ‘Robots’ from October 19. Exploring humanities quest to recreate themselves in robotic form; children can enjoy the themed activities at the Robots Playground with Miro the Robodog and Nao the dancing robot.
An immersive installation giant spider web will fill the MOSI’s 1830 Warehouse where visitors can reach the roof, crawling through winding passageways and cocooning corridors. The festival runs from Thursday October 19 to Sunday, October 29.
GMP MUSEUM OPEN DAYS
For two days in half term The Greater Manchester Police museum is opening its doors for a free event from 10:30am to 3:30pm.
The event lets the whole family learn about the different operations within the police force, including the North West Underwater Search and Recovery Unit and the Tactical Dog Unit.
FAMILY ARTS FESTIVAL, THE LOWRY
Relive the thrill of the carnival atmosphere with the Family Arts Festival. A week-long celebration of the circus; featuring clowns, acrobats and open-air theatre.
The Circus House hosts free workshops in acrobalance, juggling and plate spinning on Friday, October 27. Followed by opportunities for visitors to test their mettle on the tightrope on Saturday, October 28.
The event at The Lowry runs from October 21 to 29 and includes a performance of Michael Morpurgo’s enchanting ‘Why the Whales Came’ in the Quays Theatre, Circus in a box; a playful duet of handstand artists and a world-famous company of clowns led by Slava Polunin.
So why not put the family up in a hotel in Manchester and visit some of the best events on offer that will exercise the imagination – or at least keep them quiet for five minutes.