Finally, we can say goodbye to what feels like the longest month ever and start to really enjoy 2023. There are so many family events and activities taking place in Manchester and the north over the coming weeks and months, and here are our top picks.
Here’s one for the budding scientists – from 18 February – 5 March, discover the really wild side of science at Chester Zoo. Explore the fascinating world of animals, including getting hands-on with no other than elephant poo. Yuck!
And older little ones aged 4-7 are invited to step inside the dark, dark, hilarious world of FunnyBones at The Lowry. This is a brand new, special storytelling adventure based on Janet and Alan Ahlberg’s much-loved children’s tale.
Looking further ahead, in May it’s time to splash into some deep-sea family fun at The Spongebob Musical at the Manchester Opera House, where our favourite underwater spongey character has floated all the way to visit us from his home under the sea.
Also coming up very soon: Izzy Gizmo brings an energetic, live performance to The Stoller Hall on 4 February, and on 11 February head to the charming and funny Cardboard Carnival at The Edge to experience 45 brilliant minutes of playful puppetry and creative joy. Zipping through to the end of February – get ready to tap those toes at Marty and the Party at HOME Manchester, and head to The Lowry for a glorious adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s The Smartest Giant in Town.
Additionally, there’s still time to enjoy the interactive Fairy Tales wonderland at Z-Arts. An innovative and enchanting exhibition that transports children aged 0-8 and their grownups to a magical world, full of storytelling and immersive play.
Here are our picks
Enjoy a touching adaptation of the bestselling book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Families will be laughing throughout in this beautiful adventure with the smartest, kindest giant in town.
A world premiere exhibition comes to the Science and Industry Museum. Suitable for children and adults alike, Turn It Up: The Power of Music is an interactive experience exploring the science of music’s mysterious hold over us, and how it drives us to create, perform, feel and share.
Visit the Outdoor Art Club at the Whitworth Art Gallery, jam-packed with creative activities designed to encourage your little ones to play freely while exploring nature and the outdoors with family and friends.
Keep the kids entertained this half term, with songs, puppetry and delight as our favourite singing mermaid tries to escape the cunning circus master!
Families of Manchester! Do you just LOVE gaming? This summer, head to Power UP at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester for an out-of-home, extraordinary gaming experience like never before.
Keep the kids entertained this half term with a variety of Indian inspired cultural and creative movement activities, and inspiring arts and crafts workshops for children, young people and families.
Head to the Geronimo Festival 2023 to experience children’s entertainment & activities, music, food stalls, camping, and loads of fun!