As we all come to terms with life in lockdown 3.0, we are pleased to say that despite the heavy restrictions, there are, thankfully, plenty of family-friendly goings-on – particularly online.
Round up the family for a live-streamed morning sing-song with songwriter Matt Hill (Quiet Loner) who will soon have your babies and toddlers fully initiated in the art of protest song – expect classic tunes from the likes of Bob Marley, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan.
Calling budding writers big and small! Join Seven Stories on their creative writing workshop: It’s A Wonderful (Magical) World where your kids will become budding writers for the morning and learn about magical world-building and how to turn out-of-this-world ideas into pen-on-paper stories.
Do bedtime a little differently! Get cosy and snuggle up for a livestreamed, multi-sensory story session via the People’s History Museum’s Facebook page. It’s a perfect way for your tots to prepare for a snooze at the end of the day.
For rail enthusiasts big and small, celebrate steam’s golden age with a trip on the Flying Scotsman this Easter. Locomotive No. 60103 is the stuff of legends! Not least because, incredibly, it was the world’s first steam train to officially travel at 100 miles per hour, subsequently securing its pivotal place in rail history.
Away from the screens, some theatres do now have dates for shows taking place in real life including the fabulous family favourite (and Julia Donaldson classic) Zog. What’s more, Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever showing in spring could prove to be one of your family’s best outings of the New Year.
We are so grateful to National Lottery players, The National Lottery, DCMS and Arts Council England for supporting our freelance writers during this crisis. This means that, although venues remain shut and campaigns cancelled, our writers can be reengaged to help arts organisations and artists across the North of England share their online content with our culture-hungry readers.
In light of the ongoing upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we are updating these pages regularly as things change so do check back for new family friendly activities. In the meantime, be sure to check out our full guide to the best online events from organisations in Manchester and the North too.
Here are our picks
There’s no place like home? Boring! Join Seven Stories (The National Centre for Children’s Books) on their Creative Writing Workshop: It’s a magical (wonderful) world for a journey into literary discovery. Your tots will become budding writers for the morning and learn about world-building, harness their creativity, and turn out-of-this-world ideas into pen-on-paper stories.
Horrible Histories Live On Stage! – The Best Of Barmy Britain is back in theatres. The show is jam-packed with real facts, gutsy action and trademark slapstick! Entertain your little ones for the afternoon and enjoy history at its unfiltered best.
Flying Scotsman at East Lancashire Railway, 2–4 April 2021, from £12.4 - Book now
Celebrate steam’s golden age with your little ones! The Flying Scotsman returns to East Lancashire Railway this Easter, and you and your family have the chance to soak up breath-taking views on this famous icon of rail history.
It’s Peppa’s Best Day Ever! Join Peppa Pig and all her friends as they embark on an epic, fun-filled adventure. With all the familiar faces and plenty of chuckles and trademark snorts, your little ones will be captivated.
Don’t miss the children’s classic Zog live at The Lowry! This new adaptation is jam-packed with lively songs from Joe Stilgie and is sure to have your little ones up in their seats, singing along while cheering the loveable Zog on.
Celebrate the spirit of adventure, learn more about the Cumbrian landscape and uncover the inspiration behind Arthur Ransome’s classic tale.
Join Lauren and Stephanie from the Children’s Literature unit at Newcastle University, as they launch into space in search of your creative writing skills.
Previously postponed due to Covid-19, we’re pleased that The Jungle Book is set to run at Oldham Coliseum in April 2021.
An epic and extraordinary travelling artwork will set off from the Turkish – Syrian border for Manchester this April. Adventurous and inventive, this is the first event to be announced for MIF21.