Family things to do in Manchester and the North

Gemma Gibb, Families Editor

We can almost smell the summer.

Some mighty fine museum offerings include a brand new exhibition at Salford Museum and Art Gallery which offers a way into its quirky collections in bite-sized chunks. One of our favourite museums for families, leave time to saunter down Lark Hill Place and let loose in Peel Park.

Check out our half term and free things to do in Manchester guides for more ideas.


Here are our picks

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Families 17 May 2017–3 May 2019,

Wonderlab at the Science and Media Museum

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.

Rocket courtesy Science Museum
Exhibitions 25 September 2018–28 April 2019, FREE

Rocket Returns to the Science and Industry Museum

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.

Exhibitions 18 October 2018–28 April 2019, FREE

Electricity: The Spark of Life at the Science and Industry Museum

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.

Activity 20 October 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Documentary Challenge at IWM North

Make and feature in your own mini-documentary at IWM North.

Families 5 December 2018–1 June 2019, from £5.25

Patternarium at Eureka!

Generate shapes, patterns and artworks. Bring to live in vivid colour the hidden patterns that surround us in this new digital and mechanical experience by Halifax artists IOU.

A World Inside A Book courtesy Suzi Corker
Exhibitions 12 February–26 October 2019, from £6

A World Inside a Book: Gruffalo, Dragons and Other Creatures at Z-arts

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.

Families 6–28 April 2019, FREE

Easter Egg Hunt at Lyme

Explore the garden at Lyme and take the whole family on a nature adventure. Complete the trail to receive a chocolate prize.

Families 8–28 April 2019, FREE

Easter Egg Hunt at Little Moreton Hall

Search the garden for ingredients for a Tudor remedy and enjoy a chocolate treat as a reward.

Families 2 May 2019, FREE

My First Protest Song at People’s History Museum

Throughout history people have used songs to help express their ideas. Join singer/songwriter Matt Hill (Quiet Loner) for this multi-sensory workshop full of toe tapping tunes from times of change. M

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Families 6–28 April 2019, from £5.25

Steampunk Science at Eureka!

Families 23 March–9 June 2019, Dunham Massey admission prices apply (free for National Trust members) £2.50 for Easter Egg Hunt

Percy the Park Keeper – One Springy Day at Dunham Massey

Families 5 December 2018–1 June 2019, from £5.25

Patternarium at Eureka!

Activity 20 October 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Documentary Challenge at IWM North

Families 6–28 April 2019, FREE

Easter Egg Hunt at Lyme