March 2017

Untill 12 March

LEGO® Batman™ Movie Days
Superhero. Crime-fighter. Master Builder. LEGO Batman™ is all of those and so much more. Come meet Gotham City’s Caped Crusader during this celebration of the Warner Bros. feature film, which will include photo ops with the scene-stealing star, a themed scavenger hunt and LEGO Batman™-inspired LEGO build activities.
LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre,
Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8AA

Daily 10:00 – 17:00

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.
Recommended for all ages
Museum of Science & Industry
Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4FP
To reserve a place: 0161 833 0027

Daily 11.30 – 16.00

Wythenshawe Park Farm
Just a hop, skip and a jump from the children’s play area next door is Wythenshawe Park Farm. This working, countryside, community farm gives children the chance to learn where their food really comes from, as well as watching, feeding and meeting the animals on site. There are cows, sheep, goats, pigs, ducks, horses and a prize-winning herd of Hereford cattle! The breeding programme at the farm means there are often baby animals to visit too! The farm shop sells locally grown seasonal fruit and vegetables, fresh meat and eggs from the hens.
Wythenshawe Park,
Wythenshawe Road, Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, M23 0AB
Tel: 0161 946 0726

Daily 11:00 – 17:00

Museum Mouse’s Musical Meander
Museum Mouse is learning all about music! Come and enjoy our new trail as museum mouse travels around the Museum.
Suitable for all ages
Stockport Museum
30/31 Market Place, Stockport, SK1 1ES
Tel: 0161 474 4444

2 March 10.30am – 11.15am

Toddler tales
Find a cosy corner, pull up a cushion and listen to fun stories. Join in playtime, creating a storyworld of your own.
Suitable for families with children 5 and under.
The John Rylands Library Deansgate
150 Deansgate
Tel: 0161 306 0555

2, 9, 23 March 17:00

Foundation Contemporary Technique Class
Due to popular demand, The Centre for Advanced Training in Dance (CAT) offer Contemporary Dance Technique Classes to male and female dancers who would like to explore the world of contemporary dance.
These Foundation Level classes will begin to lay a valuable foundation of knowledge and skills in contemporary dance technique and the creative process for participants who are new to contemporary dance.
Price : £3.50 weekly or £28.00 for the full course.
The Lowry,
Salford Quays. Manchester
Tel: 0843 208 6000

3 March 13.00pm

A Child’s Cinderella, Birmingham Royal Ballet First Steps
This hour-long, interactive show, specially adapted for children aged from three to seven, features ballet excerpts from Cinderella, performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s amazing dancers and orchestra, interspersed with scenes in which a storyteller introduces the children to the music and the leading characters, and shares some technical magic.
A feast of dance, music, costumes and lots of fun, this is a perfect introduction to ballet.
Recommended age: 3- 7 years
Tickets £10.00
The Lowry, Salford Quays. Manchester
Tel: 0843 208 6000

4 March 11am – 3pm

Illustration Masterclass for Young People
Our illustrator-led masterclass is a one-off workshop to give young people a practical insight into the practice of illustration and draughtsmanship. Work with an artist to explore a wide variety of styles and disciplines, and create new work of your own.
Recommended age: 11-18
Price : £9
The Lowry,
Salford Quays. Manchester
Tel: 0843 208 6000

Saturdays and Sundays, 4,5,11,12,18,19,25,26
12:00 and 14:00

Engineer Eric’s Difficult Day
Learn how a steam engine works in this interactive show right in the heart of the pulsating Power Hall. It’s lots of fun and a little bit loud.
Forgetful Fireman Fred is learning how to get Pender the steam locomotive up and running, but when Engineer Eric leaves him to his own devices, Fred’s going to need to call on the help of his friends.
Museum of Science & Industry
Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4FP
Tel: 0161 833 0027

4, 11, 18, 25 March 11am – 12.30pm

Lookout, It’s Saturday Playhouse!
A free and weekly art activity for children and their families in our dedicated Lookout space for families. Each week we lookout for what we can see both inside and outside, taking inspiration from our theatres, galleries and surrounding landscape at Salford Quays and MediaCityUK. There’s something new to do every Saturday morning!
Suitable for ages 5 – 11.
The Lowry, Salford Quays. Manchester
Tel: 0843 208 6000

5,12,19,26 March 5-7 year olds: 11.30am-12.30pm 8-11 year olds: 1.00pm-2.30pm

Flying Saucer Drama Clubs
The Exchange’s Flying Saucer Drama Club returns this year with an explosion of colour, music and good old fashioned storytelling!
Join workshop leader Kate Colgrave-Pope to play lots of drama games, build confidence, make new friends, release your imagination and ignite a sense of fun!
5 -7 Years – Monster Mash Up – finding your inner monster!
Mask making, inventing characters, discovering new and imagined worlds, going on wild adventures and making lots and lots of mess!
8 – 11 Years – Pop up Paintings!
Inspired by famous paintings from around the world, we will be using our storytelling and devising skills to celebrate the fantastical and making the impossible seem possible by bringing these masterpieces to life before our very eyes!
Royal Exchange Theatre,
St Ann’s Square, Manchester, M2 7DH
Tel: 0161 833 9833

10, 24, 31 March 10am – 10.45am & 11am – 11.45am

Under 5s First Steps
Weekly dance workshops for children aged under 5 and their families. Come along and feel the groove as your little one explores their creativity and has tons of fun! This season we will wriggle, jiggle and jump as we explore stories, rhythm and music through our bodies.
Suitable for ages 2½ – 4½ .
Tickets £3.50 (£1.75 Salford residents)
The Lowry, Salford Quays. Manchester
Tel: 0843 208 6000

11 March 9.30am – 10.15am, 10.15am – 11.00am, 11:00am – 11:45am

Baby and Toddler – Storytelling and Play session
Bring your little ones to Quarry Bank, for a special storytelling and play session just for them.
Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate
Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4LA
Tel: 01625 527468

14, 28 March 10.30-11.15am, 11.30am-12.15pm

Baby Explorer interactive story and sensory play sessions
Specially devised stories, inspired by Manchester Museum collections, that include music, songs, props and real objects, supported by a range of playful sensory resources for babies to explore.
Free, book one week in advance
Manchester Museum (Nature Discovery gallery, floor 1)
Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL
Tel: 0161 275 2648

14, 28 March 13pm – 13.45pm

Musical Baby Explorers
Live music and songs session, inspired by Manchester Museum collections, supported by a range of playful sensory resources for babies to explore. A space to play, share and discover together.
Free, book one week in advance
Manchester Museum (Nature Discovery gallery, floor 1)
Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL
Tel: 0161 275 2648

18 March 10.30am – 3.30pm

Pi: Platform for Investigation
Sponsored by Siemens UK, Pi: Platform for Investigation is a monthly event where families discover cutting edge research that’s happening right now in and around Manchester and the North West.
Each month our partners from universities, research centres and other organisations take over our purpose-built high-tech platform, complete with computer ports and experiment tables, to introduce visitors of all ages to important innovations via conversation and fun.
Age: 8+
Museum of Science & Industry
Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4FP
Tel: 0161 833 0027

18 March 14.00 – 15.00

Get back in the kitchen! Women as cooks and chefs 1650-1950 with Dr Annie Gray
Join Dr Annie Gray, resident food historian on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet, and presenter on BBC series Victorian Bakers as she explores the role of women in the kitchen, both as paid professionals and unpaid domestic labour.
Price: £8
Quarry Bank
Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4LA
Tel: 01625 527468

24 March 10.30am – 12 noon

Experitots: Senses
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 Senses.
£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

25 March 10am – 6pm, 26 March 10am – 5pm

The Fertility Show
If you are looking to start a family and need advice or information about fertility, or want to explor treatments option such as IVF, egg and sperm donation and surrogacy, this is a good place to get access to so much fertility expertise in one place at one time.
Tickets will go on sale in January 2017
(Tickets: £12 (£15 on the door) for each day or £20 for a 2-day, with seminar tickets, £3 each.)
Manchester Central Convention Complex,
Windmill St, Manchester M2 3GX

25 March 14:00 – 15:00

Behind the scenes – machines
One Saturday a month we invite you join us as we look at the Mill and its machinery in more depth. Led by our expert team, this is a real opportunity to find out more about this fascinating place.
Quarry Bank
Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4LA
Tel: 01625 527468

25 March, 9.30 – 11.30

Early Birds
Early opening for families with autism, offering the opportunity to explore the Hall when it’s quiet. Enjoy family trails and activity boxes. Staff will be on hand to help you to learn about the Hall.
Bramall Hall
Bramhall Park, Hall Road, Bramhall, Stockport
Tel: 0161 474 2020

25 March, 11:15

Easter Bunny Run in aid of the Neuromuscular Centre
Easter Bunny Run is a sponsored run with a bit of a difference – there will be 100 paper eggs to locate along the route. Return them in exchange for real chocolate Easter Eggs!
Upon arrival, collect your Bunny Ears, which are included in the entry price.
Choose between 3km or 5km distance.
You are also welcome to walk, jog or even hop in aid of NMC!
This event is suitable for all ages and levels of ability and fancy dress is also encouraged!
Upon completion, we will be handing out goody bags to every participant.
Price:£7.50 adult, £5 child, under 5 free.
Blakemere Village,
Sandiway, Cheshire, CW8 2EB
Tel: 01606 861733

26 March 11am – 12.30pm

Relaxed Playhouse!
On the last Sunday of every month Relaxed Playhouse is an accessible visual art activity for children with additional needs aged 5-11 and their families.
Led by an experienced visual artist this laid back activity will offer families the opportunity to spend time together doing something creative and having fun.
Suitable for ages 5 – 11.
Free, places are limited, book in advance
The Lowry, Salford Quays. Manchester
Tel: 0843 208 6000

26 March 12:00- 16:00 (1h slots)

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea
Treat your Mum on Mother’s Day with a delicious afternoon tea at Quarry Bank. Our afternoon tea includes a selection of dainty sandwiches, handmade scones with jam and cream, Victoria sponge, lemon posset and mini raspberry tarts.
Free glass of Prosecco for each mum.
Price: Adult £19.95,Child £12.95
Quarry Bank
Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4LA
Tel: 01625 527468

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  • Museum of Science and Industry

    The Innovation Race: Manchester’s Makers Join the First World War

    28 March – 17 April 2016

    June 1915. Britain is facing a munitions crisis.
    Lloyd George calls for help. Manchester’s makers respond.
    The race is on.

    Marking the 100th anniversary of the Ministry of Munitions, The Innovation Race: Manchester’s Maker’s Join the First World War unearths hidden stories of innovation, invention and ingenuity.

    From shell production and sprinkler systems, to Ferranti fuzes and aerial cameras, Manchester’s makers waged war from the shop floor and turned their factories into weapons of mass production.

    Visit our WWI theatre jukebox, design your own defence technology and find out why British victory could have been determined by a seagull.

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