Spring Holidays at the Science and Industry Museum

Shekina Rose, Families Editor
spring holidays at the science and industry museum
Science Museum Group - © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Spring Holidays at Science and Industry Museum, Castlefield 2 — 18 April 2022 Entrance is free — Visit now

Families of Manchester and the North are invited to the Science and Industry Museum during the Spring Holidays for some fun-filled family time, packed with discovery and creative activities. From 2–18 April, the museum is hosting fun family activities, exploring construction, Manchester’s innovative and world-changing ideas, and some of the cleverest contraptions ever made!

Explore Manchester Firsts and celebrate innovations that have taken place in Manchester throughout history right through to the present day. Hands-on activities and live-science shows will immerse people of all ages in Manchester’s iconic heritage and the cutting-edge, revolutionary science still taking place in our city.

Head to the Mega Makers indoor playground to create your own fun and games. Be inspired by the incredible building work happening across the museum’s historic site and build all sorts of exciting contraptions by connecting, stacking and assembling foam cubes, bricks, cogs, curves, and cylinders of all shapes and sizes.

Spring Holidays at the science and industry museum
Mini Movers and Construction Packs. Photo: Jason Lock.


There will be opportunities to use your investigative and problem-solving skills at Science Stops around the museum, run by expert Explainers who know a thing or two about the intricacy of a clever contraptions and how they work. You will learn how to turn a small seed of curiosity into a marvellous creation, using arts and crafts to design these concepts.

Visit the Textiles Gallery and see the fantastical display A Quiet Afternoon in the Cloud Cuckoo Valley, designed by Rowland Emett, creator of the inventions in 1965 film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Watch the three dimensional cartoon display spring to life at a daily demonstration, featuring whirring cogs, toasting teacakes and catching butterflies!

Magnetic art in Experiment gallery. Photo: Chris Foster


And for the curious experimenters out there – the Spring Holidays programme invites you to see science through a new lens in the museum’s revamped, family-friendly gallery, Experiment. A brand-new selection of immersive experiences invite you to explore and play with science, and discover new scientific facts. Experiment on your temperature, and find out about heat energy with the fascinating thermal camera. Use magnets to create art, and tell stories and make shapes at the shadow wall. Family favourites such as testing your own strength with a Mini and watching your own skeleton ride a bicycle are still available for everyone to enjoy.

Thermal Camera in Experiment gallery. Photo: Christ Foster.


There are all sorts of activities to do during the Spring Holidays at the Science and Industry Museum, for people of all ages. For the littlest discoverers aged 5 and under, ask at the welcome desk to borrow a Construction Pack, where you will find a hi vis jacket, a hard hat and wooden tools! For the tiredest visitors, big or small, you can sit back and settle down at story time, presented by the Explainer team at various times throughout the day.

Buzz wire in Experiment gallery. Photo: Chris Foster


Entry to the Science and Industry Museum is free, but booking is required. Please book by clicking on the link below.

Spring Holidays at Science and Industry Museum, Castlefield 2 — 18 April 2022 Entrance is free Visit now

Where to go near Spring Holidays at the Science and Industry Museum

Teppanyaki Chinatown

A Japanese teppanyaki restaurant in the centre of Chinatown. The focus is on high-quality food with a minimum of theatrics. It doesn’t disappoint.

Music venue
Castlefield Bowl

The Castlefield Bowl is an outdoor events pavilion in the inner city conservation area of Castlefield in Manchester. The 8000-capacity arena is often used for food festivals and music events.

Great John Street Hotel in Spinningfields in Manchester.
Great John Street Hotel

A converted Victorian school house nestled on the edge of Spinningfields, the Great John Street Hotel has a relaxed and decadent atmosphere.

Bar or Pub

Cask is a well-loved pub on Liverpool Road in Manchester. It has an excellent selection of continental beers and a cosy beer garden.

Event venue
Castlefield Viaduct

Launching in summer 2022, the National Trust and Twelve Architects and Masterplanners will be bringing a new lease of life to Castlefield Viaduct.


Every piece in IDAHO has something special and will guarantee to make your homes, offices and wardrobes feel a little more inspiring.

Versa Manchester Studios

Formerly the Old Granada Studios, VERSA Manchester Studios is evolving into a dynamic Studio Campus with TV, Film, Motion Capture and VR / AR Studios alongside a glamorous new Soho House.


Cibo is one of the newer Italian restaurant to open in Manchester. Modern Italian food in snazzy city centre surroundings.

What's on: Families

Culture Guides

Music in Manchester and the North

Fresh concert seasons, forward-thinking festivals and a revolving door of amazing gigs. Things are looking bright as spring comes into view.

Exhibitions in Manchester and the North

February is a month of love so art lovers in the North - rejoice! There is lots to choose from: two photography festivals, gorgeous crafts and shows celebrating local talent.

Two Japanese girls lean their heads on their hands looking out of a window, bored.
Cinema in Manchester and the North

This month's film picks include 90s action flicks, contemporary Japanese independent cinema, and a festival curated by the next generation of film programmers.