No need to feel there’s no sparkle this January. We have found it for you and captured it in our trusty guide to the best family things to do indoors and outdoors this month and beyond.
New adventures to be had at museums and galleries include the chance to create patterns from light and incredible contraptions at new exhibition Patternarium at Eureka! in Halifax. While you are there, don’t miss the chance to leap around the recently restored Piece Hall.
In Manchester don’t miss the return of the Outdoor Art Club at The Whitworth, the chance to unlock the secrets of your DNA at the Science and Industry Museum, and to step into the watery worlds and enchanted forests of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s imaginations in the new A World Inside a Book exhibition at Z-arts.
We also preview the best family Chinese New Year shenanigans and quality theatrical fixes at the RNCM and Waterside.
For those desperate to fill those shiny new 2019 diaries book now for outdoor spectacle Zara at The Piece Hall, and our favourite family festival Just So which has released details of new areas to adventure through this year.
Check out our free family things to do in Manchester guide for more ideas in this penny-saving start to the year.
Here are our picks
The UK’s first immersive exhibition of the much-loved tales of Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler. Expect enchanting forests, miniature towns and watery worlds.
Explore a maze of mirrors and take part in Star Wars inspired sound battles in over 20 new state-of-the-art experiences in this new exhibition.
Make tracks for Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum. A one-in-a-lifetime chance to see Stephenson’s Rocket return to the site of the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway for the first time in over 180 years.
One of the headline events from last year’s Manchester Science Festival, this super-charged exhibition tells the story of our quest to understand, unlock and master the power of electricity.
Bookworms rejoice! The first exhibition to celebrate illustrator Quentin Blake’s decades-long partnership with author and childhood friend John Yeoman promises literary larks and crazy characters for all.
The Everyman’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto is as much of a festive tradition as matching Christmas jumpers and a trip to Father Christmas’ grotto.
This new performance work is the culmination of a project with Kinship Carers. A compassionate tale of hope, courage, love and determination.
Head to Exchange Square to catch a glimpse of the giant, glittering Golden Dragon that has taken up residence there this Chinese New Year in Manchester
Join CFCCA for a digital image making workshop taking inspiration from the anti-aesthetic, memes and old school internet imagery in it’s current exhibition ‘Chinternet Ugly.’ Led by artist Emily Tilzey, this practical workshop will cover digital surface drawing, painting, image layering and over exposure.