Looking for inspiration for family things to do as we head into the latter end of summer? Look no further…
Last month we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar mission, which saw the first humans land on the moon. If it’s sparked your family’s interest in all things intergalactic then we’ve got some space themed fun for you. The Sun at the Science and Industry Museum explores our favourite star and brings us closer to it than most of us are likely to ever come.
To find out more about our solar system head to Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre for their daily Telescope Walking Tours of the iconic Lovell Telescope. At World Museum in Liverpool, take a journey through space and time in the fully immersive cinema experience of their Planetarium Shows.
If space isn’t your thing, then fear not. There’s plenty more to explore, from the amazing interactive exhibits of Digital Dimensions at Eureka, to the immersive world of Alice in Wonderland at the Atkinson.
Check out our free things to do in Manchester guides for more ideas.
Enjoy the rest of summer!
Here are our picks
Join one of the Centre’s Explainers as they take you on a tour of the iconic Lovell Telescope. Find out how it came to be and discover more about the ground breaking research it enables.
The final call for 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.
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.
From designing the highest quality furniture, to sourcing the latest fashions in wallpaper, textiles and fittings, Thomas Chippendale created a world of interiors for Nostell. Roll up your sleeves and discover the designer in you with creative family activities every school holiday
Discover how Victorian gentlemen protected their moustaches from tea, which monarch’s pair of stockings reside in Salford, get up close to incredible art and more.
Rugby League is born and bred in West Yorkshire. From its beginnings in Huddersfield in 1895 to the Super League superstars of today, celebrate over 120 years of blood, sweat and tears. This special exhibition takes a close look at the clubs within the Wakefield district, Castleford Tigers, Featherstone Rovers and Wakefield Trinity as well as further afield clubs in West Yorkshire. The exhibition includes fantastic rugby-related objects from kits, balls and trophies to programmes, tickets and fan equipment. Highlights include the rugby shirt of legendary 1880s Wakefield Trinity player Harper Oliver Hamshaw, the ball with which Castleford’s Arthur ‘Brus’ Atkinson broke the record for the longest penalty kick in 1929, and the iconic Slazenger Torpedo rugby ball from the 1960 Rugby League Challenge Cup final at Wembley, when Wakefield Trinity beat Hull 38-5! In partnership with the West Yorkshire Local Authority Museum Partnership (WYLAMP) as part of We Are West Yorkshire.
Discover how children’s rights have changed over time in a brand new exhibition at Quarry Bank, Rights of the Child.
The Explore and Draw stations are open daily and are free to use.
Look out for Explore & Draw stations in The Hepworth Wakefield’s galleries. Borrow looking tools, handling objects and drawing materials to explore the galleries and create artworks.
The gallery have up to three stations in the galleries for you to use and explore. Each station links to their temporary exhibitions or collection displays and contains activities, objects and books related to the artworks. Enjoy drawing in the galleries, look in new ways at the artworks, feel objects and materials connected to exhibitions, or sit and read together.