Despite you-know-what, there are, thankfully, plenty of family-friendly goings-on to keep the little ones entertained.
Winter is one of the best seasons to take in Tatton Park’s breathtaking beauty and their outdoor Scavenger Hunt activity guide is packed with exploratory activities to inject some purpose into your stroll or stomp across the sprawling parkland.
As we all hunker down during the latest lockdown, gathering cushions and blankets to create a Doodle Den sounds perfect and, using the People’s History Museum’s Doodle Den resources has the added benefit of helping your kids develop their understanding of important topics such as climate change, LGBT+ Pride and migrant rights. Other family-friendly crafting activities include Early Years Atelier with The Whitworth and The Fabric of Protest.
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.
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.
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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
Doodle Den: Playful Protests at People's History Museum at People’s History Museum in Manchester, City Centre and online, Until 31 December 2021, free entry
Hunker down with blankets, cushions and whatever takes your fancy to create a Doodle Den and use the People’s History Museum’s online resources to creatively explore important topics including climate change, LGBT+ Pride and migrant rights.
Winter Scavenger Hunt, online, Until 28 March 2021, free entry - Visit now
Tatton Park’s Winter Scavenger Hunt activity guide is packed with exploratory activities to inject some purpose into your stroll or stomp across the sprawling parkland. Occupying over 1,000 acres of land in Cheshire, the Tatton estate could more properly be called a pleasure garden and winter is one of the most breathtaking seasons to explore the vast landscape. Grab your waterproofs and sensible shoes for a fun-filled family walk.
Science Learning at Home, online, Until 31 December 2021, free entry - Visit now
Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank is a great way to explore some of the observatory’s themes online. The current #CaptureTheMoon series includes photography-based projects – with tips for achieving clear images using a camera or phone, along with art-based activities for younger children – which include making your own moon craters and packing bags with items fit for a trip to the moon! On top of all that, you can find an introduction to the best stargazing apps for budding astronomers big or small.
Prepare for flight with two new friends as they take to the skies, leaving the every-day behind in pursuit of faraway lands. Following the success of The Goose who Flew Lots of Odds’ latest theatre production sensitively explores themes of loss, bereavement and grief in a format that is entertaining, light and full of music, song and physicality.
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.
Round the family up and head outside for this wonderful story walk adventure from Stand and Be Counted Theatre. Perfect for livening up a lockdown walk.
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.
The Yorkshire based theatre-company Wrongsemble bring this wonderful new take on the well-loved classic to audiences for Christmas 2021.