February is full of possibility. Here’s our trusty guide to the best family things to do indoors and outdoors this month and beyond. For more ideas see our extensive half-term guide.
New adventures to be had start with being the first to feast your eyes on Big Up! This brand new production from Theatre-Rites and 20 Stories High is set to raise the bar in what theatre for kids can achieve.
We’ll be heading to Leeds to check out the Mer-folk (yes really) at the boundary-breaking Human Aquarium installation.
We also can’t get enough of returning to the gloriously restored and reinterpreted Quarry Bank, not least for new adventure story trail by author Philip Ardagh.
In the museum and gallery world head to the Science and Industry Museum, Police Museum and Manchester Museum for more new shenanigans than you can shake a stick at.
For those keen to book ahead, spend your pennies on 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 and its final tier of tickets already. Yikes!
Here are our picks
Head back to the nineteenth century for adventuring of the highest order at Quarry Bank. New trail by author Philip Ardagh reveals the working lives of the kids at the Mill.
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.
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.
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.
Express your creative streak at The Whitworth this half term.