January 2017

Christmas is over and kids are back to their schools and nurseries, but there is still much to do in the museums of Manchester…

Untill 8 January

Bolton’s Winter Festival
Bolton’s Winter Festival offers something for all the family from the popular covered ice rink, super fun snow slide, magical Santa’s Grotto and festive artisan markets.
Giant snow slide
Feel the wind in your hair as you whip down this terrific 55 metre snow slide, sponsored by The University of Bolton. The dry slope snow-tubing slide is so much fun you will want to go on it more than once! With all tickets at just £2 and only £5 for three rides you’re sure to come back for more.
Bolton Town Centre
Victoria Square
Bolton BL1 1SA
Tel:: 0843 208 1854

Until 8 January

Manchester Ice Rink
This year Manchester Ice Rink moves from Spinningfields to the stunning courtyard of the old London Road Fire Station as part of the Winter Gathering, a magical winter experience featuring street food stalls, bars, markets, an art gallery and a programme of live music and DJs.
Manchester Ice Rink
London Road Fire Station,
London Road,
Manchester, M1 2PH
Tel: 01618209718

Last chance to see yearlong event – finishes 17 January

Octopus Hideout at Sea Life Manchester
The Giant Pacific Octopus and the Common Octopus are two of the smartest creatures in the marine world, both able to solve puzzles and negotiate complex mazes. There was even a case of a common octopus in Germany using a carefully aimed jet of water to fuse a particular light bulb it was unhappy with…not once, but three times!
Sea Life Manchester, intu Trafford Centre
Tel: 0871 221 2483

January – February Daily 10.00-17.00

Museum of Science and Industry- Experiment
Stare into the mirror of infinity, create a tornado, and watch your own skeleton ride a bicycle. Play with 25 hands-on exhibits and see science in action.
Could you lift a MINI? Find out how the power of gears can give even the weakest of weaklings super strength.
Be mesmerised by bubbles passing through giant columns of coloured liquids to demonstrate viscosity, see how many of the city’s homes can be lit by using household waste as power, and measure your reactions against the speed of light.
Museum of Science and Industry
Liverpool Road Manchester M3 4FP
Tel: 0161 832 2244

January – February Daily 10.00-17.00

The Revolution Manchester Show Recommended for ages 5 to 11
This lively show tells the story of how science and industry came together in Manchester, shaping our lives today. With explosions, flying, dancing, and audience participation you’ll see how Manchester built our world.
Museum of Science and Industry
Liverpool Road Manchester M3 4FP
Tel: 0161 832 2244

4 January 6.45pm – 8.15pm
22 February 6.45pm – 8.15pm

Air Raid Shelters – Children’s Explorer Tours
Exciting children’s version of the ever popular Explorer Tours.
Brave the darkened tunnels as you go back in time and experience the life of a child during the war.
Suitable for ages 7+
Price: £3.95 per child, £3 accompanying adults
Air Raid Shelters
61 Chestergate, Stockport, SK1 1NE
Tel: 0161 474 1940 www.stockport.gov.uk/topic/air-raid-shelters

20 January 10.30am – 12 noon

Experitots: 1, 2, 3 lets count
These popular creative activity sessions for under-6s feature puppets and storytelling to introduce the wonders of science to knee-high explorers and to help toddlers get the most out of our hand-on science gallery Experiment. This month’s session explores 1, 2, 3 lets count.
£3 for one child and one adult, £2 for additional child
Limited place, booking recommended
Museum of Science & Industry
Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4FP
To reserve a place: 0161 833 0027


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