February half-term falls from Monday 20th to Friday 25th for most schools in Manchester, so what better way to keep adults and kids alike entertained than with our pick of what’s on.
1Creative cooking workshops at intu Trafford Centre
2Football fun at National Football Museum
The National Football Museum is putting on games and activities for all ages this half-term with free admission. There will be daily skills sessions from the 20-25th February at both 11am and 2pm with a chance to enjoy a workout with expert coaches. For those who prefer the tabletop game rather than the real thing, there are free Subbuteo sessions on select afternoons. And even more good news for gamers, as a pop-up Arcade Club will be installed from 14th February to 5th March with unlimited play on a range of retro favourites for just £5. Football freestyler John Farnworth will bring his magical stage show to the museum on Tuesday 21st February, and be sure to check out the ongoing 1966 World Cup Exhibition. Ideal for adults as well as kids.
3Enjoy a jam-packed day out at Great Northern Warehouse
4Party with Lego at The Lowry Outlet
5Be a Jurassic Ranger at Sea Life Manchester
Walk through an underwater dinosaur world and discover the depths of the ocean, as new interactive exhibition Jurassic Ranger launches at Sea Life Manchester (at Intu Trafford Centre) on Thursday 16th February. Families can learn more about prehistoric beats of the ocean and even get hands-on with them during Ranger Experience Sessions. Enjoy an interactive dino-digital game with state-of-the-art technology screens and infrared lighting, allowing guests to meet the mighty Megalodon. There are more artefacts to look at than ever, thanks to Sea Life Manchester partnering up with Lancashire Wild Life Trust to bring a range of fossils, and every Jurassic Ranger guest will receive a fossil shark tooth. Prices start at £10.95 when booked in advance online.
6Big wheel, carousel and all the fun of the fair at MOSI
A Victorian-style funfair complete with favourite vintage rides will be coming to The Museum of Science and Industry for half term. Travel back to Victorian Manchester with the Steam, Sweat and Spinners series of interactive shows and workshops, with steam engine demonstrations and even a chance to ride the 1830 Express. Entry is free but charges apply to the train rides and funfair, running from February 11th-26th, 10am till 5pm.
7Snow Park fun at Chill Factore
The UK’s longest indoor ski slope is at Chill Factore at Trafford Park and there are plenty of activities for all ages. Families can enjoy the Combo 35 – a 1 hour Snow Park pass – with sledging, luge and even a snow engineers area ideal for toddlers – followed by a taster session on skis or snowboard for just £35.
8Moscow State Circus in Manchester
One of the world’s most spectacular circuses is in Manchester this February, as Moscow State Circus will be at Eventcity from the 10th till the 26th February. They will be performing Miracles – a show which will have the whole family on the edge of their seats – including acrobatics, high-wire tricks and unicyclists. Prepare to be amazed.
9Lots of fun and laughs at The Lowry
Plenty of family-friendly shows at The Lowry theatre this half term. Start off with Comedy Club 4 Kids on Saturday 18th February with some of the best stand-up and sketch acts on the circuit. Sunday 19th sees the arrival of The Ugly Duckling – a classic tale told through music and storytelling. Other theatre fun before half-term ends includes Shark in The Park and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
10Bee Inspired at The People’s History Museum
Feel the buzz this half-term as the People’s History Museum launches a range of activities celebrating the worker bee – an iconic symbol of Manchester. Interact with A Hive of Industry on Wednesday 22nd February from 1pm-3pm. Here children can learn more about the bees featured on objects and banners in the museum galleries. Plus all the family can explore Main Gallery One together from Saturday 11th until Sunday 26th February, with Cartoon Craft Tables giving all you need to create your own cartoons from scratch. Free entry, with suggested £3 donation.