Summer holidays are terrifyingly imminent and that means not only irritatingly noisy thirteen year olds at the self-checkout of Tescos everywhere, but also six whole weeks in which to entertain your offspring.
Let’s thank our Mancunian stars that the Museum of Science and Industry was saved because they have the whole long slog covered. From July 19 all the way through to the end of August and the relief of Back to School, the museum is show casing a ‘jam packed’ programme that is great for kids without being eye-wateringly boring for parents.
The summer programme starts off on Saturday the 19th with ‘Pedal Power’, an exhibition tapping in to the current Tour de France cycling hype that celebrates the rich heritage of Manchester’s cycling. Among the imaginative and interactive exhibition, you will find a miniature Velodrome complete with its very own time trial bike. Are your kids faster than Jason Kenny? I’m sure they’ll want to find out.
It wouldn’t be the Museum of Science and Industry if not for educational value, and this debut exhibition will boast scientists and cycling experts who are on hand to demonstrate how gears work and the importance of aerodynamics.
July will continue with these engaging themes as the Manchester Mini Maker Faire takes place over the weekend of July 26 and 27. Over fifty of the UK’s creative cream of the crop have been invited to show off, engage and inspire with their adult and child pupils.
Workshops for adults and kids will be available both inside and outside throughout the weekend, and features include a ten foot, functioning bicycle made entirely out of the scraps of other, discarded bicycles.
The best bit? Most of the workshops will be free.
All this is running as part of the Museum’s Imagine It, Make it, Move it summer programme for all the family. Other events running as part of this are their free Inventors Wanted and Punk Science shows – which all bring science to life. And whilst at MOSI, why not drop in to see the current Collider Exhibition, which will transport you into the world of the Large Hadron Collider. This exhibition is ticketed. For times and information on all of the above just check out the website…
Suddenly the Last Day Of Term doesn’t seem so bad.
Find out more online at mosi.org.uk
And find out about the Mini Maker Faire here: