February half term: things to do with the kids 




Trafford Centre

LEGOLAND® Discovery centre is marking the launch of the new LEGO® Batman™ film from February 10.

Visitors can enjoy taking a photo with the caped crusader, a themed scavenger hunt and LEGO Batman™-inspired LEGO build activities.

The new Jurassic Ranger Experience arrives at SEA LIFE Manchester from the 16th February onwards.

Visitors will discover the depths of the ocean and step-back in time, learning how the pre historic beasts of the ocean have lived on in their ancestors, and interact with some of the most powerful predators that once roamed our seas, allowing you to get hands on with some of the creatures.   

There are also a number of interactive activities to help children learn and engage with the Jurassic range.

There will be an interactive dino-digital game, with state-of-the-art technology screens and infrared lighting, which allows guest to meet the mighty Megalodon, one of the largest and most ferocious creatures of the prehistoric seas, and feed a deadly Plesiosaurus.

Lowry Outlet, Salford

Lowry Outlet will host two weeks of free LEGO brick fun, from Saturday 11th February 2017- Sunday 26th February 2017, including a treasure trail of life-size LEGO Brick characters featuring princesses and a smoke breathing dragon! LEGO themed activities run from 11am-4pm each day.  

Other LEGO activities during the two weeks include a LEGO treasure trial and a LEGO brick mosaic where visitors are invited to help build a giant mystery mosaic, made with over 120,000 LEGO bricks to reveal a hidden picture.

Police Museum, 57A Newton Street, Manchester

The Greater Manchester Police Museum has two open days during February half term – Tuesday, 21 February, and Thursday, 23 February.

Admission is free and the museum is open from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

Read the Dadsdayoff review of the Greater Manchester Police Museum and Archive.

Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road, Manchester

Steam, Sweat and Spinners: Sights and smells of Victorian Manchester this February half term

Over February half term the Museum of Science and Industry will be full of the sights and smells of Victorian Manchester with Steam, Sweat and Spinners, a series of interactive shows and workshops led by the Explainer team.
Experience the sights, smells and sounds of steam with thunderous steam engine demonstrations. Find out about the hard work and sweat which went into working in a mill and get hands on with the Goo in the Loo workshop.

You can also join Cotton Mill Circus story time to work in a factory by day and circus by night and make your very own stories and tales with our magic lanterns workshop. Strike a pose in the Victorian photo booth or gather round the old Joanna for a good old-fashioned sing-along. Plus ride the 1830 Express find out how Manchester changed the world via an exploding balloon and a flying beach ball.

The museum will also have a Victorian-style funfair in its upper yard – see the world from the top of the Big Wheel, win at Hook-a-Duck, and ride a magical carousel horse.

Museum of Science and Industry

February 11 – 26, 2017

Free admission

For full times and listings, visit msimanchester.org.uk.

15% off Travelodge stays

Thinking of having a few days away this February half term? Travelodge is offering 15% off bookings. Click on the link for the Travelodge Voucher Code.

Salford: various activities

Visit the Salford Community Leisure website for a range of activities. 

Sale Waterside arts centre

Join Cbeebies regular Patrick Lynch as he brings to life the madcap adventures and heroic tale of everybody’s favourite feline, Puss in Boots. Presented by Lyngo Theatre from February 14-16, this classic furry tail features puppets, hidden trapdoors, a working windmill and an avalanche of fruit and nuts – all performed on a sloping stage. It is an ideal show for first time theatre goers, and is recommended for ages 4-8.

Little people are also in for a treat on Friday 17th February, with Blunderbus Theatre Company’s brand new adaptation of the timeless tale of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Brought to life with an irresistible blend of music, puppetry and storytelling – set in an enchanting and magical toy shop – this funny and heart-warming show is ideal for 3-7 year olds and their big people too.

In Lolly Pops and Circus Props on Sunday 19th February, children not only get the chance to listen to the exciting stories of Lolly – as she runs away from the circus to embark on new adventures in the big world – they can join in too. Fusing songs, circus skills and oodles of imagination, Artful Playground present a wonderfully interactive and imaginative theatre experience for all the family.

For older kids, who fancy a spot of spying this half term, we have the very thing. Join experienced and professional forensic scientists, SPI (Science, Participate, Inspire), for a full on espionage experience. Get hands on and up close to the real life work of crime scene investigators. White suits, gloves, masks and all the other essential kit for a day of finger-printing, clue-hunting and code breaking will be provided. Forensic Science in Action is suitable for ages 7-11 and runs on Monday 13th February, from 10am to 3pm. You bring the packed lunch and we’ll bring the crime scene!

Mini movie fans have two great films to choose from on Monday 20th February, with Shaun the Sheep Movie and Flushed Away. Both films are suitable for all ages and pre-schoolers are even half price! For all fans of the loveable sheep and animation of all kinds, there is also still time to catch Waterside Arts Centre’s acclaimed exhibition, Puppet Masters Return with Aardman Studios, running until April 1st. This fantastic exhibition is packed full of original props, puppets and production artwork from many of Aardman’s most famous films and characters. From Timmy Time and Wallace and Gromit to the Pirates! In An Adventure with Scientists!, this really is the perfect half term treat for film fans big and small. Entry is free.

If you prefer your entertainment a little more lively and raucous, join us on February 25th for a spot of ComedySportz – our monthly improv show. Largely aimed at ages 8+, this comedy-fuelled evening features two teams as they battle it out with wit and wacky songs in quick-fire rounds, sketches and games. Audience participation encouraged – sense of humour essential.

The Waterside’s weekly Family Club will be in full swing during February Half Term too offering a range of crafty activities for little makers and their handy grown-ups. Make a small reindeer to mount on your wall using paper pulp, wire and tissue on Saturday February 11th; in celebration of our Aardman Exhibition, create a clay 3D cheese and cup of tea fridge magnet on Saturday 18th February or a 3D card on Saturday 25th February.

Full information on all these shows and activities plus listings of the Waterside Arts Centre’s complete Spring Season – including theatre, live music, workshops, films, comedy and much more – is available via watersideartscentre.co.uk.

Sale Waterside Listings:

Family Club: Make a reindeer
Saturday 11 February
10am – 12pm
Drop In – no booking necessary (first come first served basis)
£1(for Family Club members)/ £2.50 (for non Family Club members)
Suitable for ages 4 +
 
Forensic Science in Action
Monday 13 February
10am-3pm
Booking essential: Box Office – 0161 912 5616
£30/£25(for siblings)
Suitable for ages 7-11
 
Puss in Boots (Lyngo Theatre Company)
Tuesday 14 February – Thursday 16 February
11.30am and 2.30pm
£8.50/£6.50
Suitable for ages 3-8
Box Office – 0161 912 5616
 
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Blunderbus Theatre Company)
Friday 17th February
11.30am and 2pm
£8.50/£6.50
Suitable for ages 3-7
Box Office – 0161 912 5616
 
Family Club: 3D Magnets
Saturday 18 February
10am – 12pm
Drop In – no booking necessary (first come first served basis)
£1(for Family Club members)/ £2.50 (for non Family Club members)
Suitable for ages 4 +
 
Lolly Pops & Circus Props
Sunday 19 February
11.30am and 1.30pm
£8.50/£6.50
Suitable for ages 3-7
Box Office – 0161 912 5616
 
Film Screening: Shaun the Sheep Movie
Monday 20 February
11am
£5 (£2.50 for pre-schoolers)
Rated: U
Box Office – 0161 912 5616
 
Film Screening: Flushed Away
Monday 20 February
2pm
£5 (£2.50 for pre-schoolers)
Rated: U
Box Office – 0161 912 5616
 
Family Club: 3D Cards
Saturday 25 February
10am – 12pm
Drop In – no booking necessary (first come first served basis)
£1(for Family Club members)/ £2.50 (for non Family Club members)
Suitable for ages 4 +
 
Comedysportz
Saturday 25 February
6.30pm
£7/£5
Suitable for ages 8+
Box Office – 0161 912 5616
 
Exhibition: Puppet Masters Return with Aardman Studios
Ongoing until 1 April
Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm
Free – drop in
Suitable for all ages
 
WATERSIDE ARTS CENTRE
Waterside Arts Centre is a thriving and vibrant arts venue in the heart of Sale in Trafford, Greater Manchester. Comprising a theatre, art galleries, studios and workspaces, the Centre is an important regional hub for both performance and visual art.
It is a major touring venue for theatre productions, music groups, comedians and art exhibitions, while at the same time providing a vital resource for the local community. The Centre hosts classes, seminars and workshops on subjects ranging from drama to salsa and poetry to tai chi. It also regularly serves a base for regional music and performance groups including Touchdown Dance, Sale Chamber Orchestra and Trafford Youth Orchestra. A brochure containing a full list of all the Centre’s performances, exhibitions, classes and events is produced three times a year (January – April, May – August and September to December).

The Centre is supported by Trafford Council, Arts Council England, Manchester Airport and Lauriston School Trust. Waterside Arts Centre forms part of the Sale Waterside Complex which overlooks the attractive Waterside Plaza and Bridgewater Canal.

FAMILY CLUB
This is our weekly action packed, arty and fun-filled Saturday club. Just drop in anytime on Saturday mornings between 10am and 12pm, (except where stated otherwise). Activities cost £1 per child with Family Club membership or £2.50 a child for non-Family Club members. All our activities are suitable for children aged four years and over accompanied by an adult (unless stated otherwise). There are a limited number of spaces available on some sessions. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Families are invited to join us our fantastic Family Club for just £7.50 per family per year (September to September) for a range of benefits including:
· Discounted theatre tickets
· Over half price entry to Saturday morning Family Club activities
· Invitations to exclusive events
To join, just pop along to our box office at any time to complete a membership form – we will then provide you with your family club membership card. 

Cheshire East

SHIFT – a high tech project from Cheshire East Council celebrating digital arts and technology – is hosting a series of half term events in Cheshire East, with events taking place at Crewe Library and Print Mill in Macclesfield. (Find out more at http://www.shift-digital.co.uk/)

All sessions run from 10-12 and 1-3, unless otherwise stated, for children accompanied by a grown up. All events are free but some places are limited. Details of how to reserve a place are listed where relevant below
Monday 20th February

Makey Makey Human playable keyboard

Use your body to make music in this quite literal hands-on activity – where each child’s hand becomes playable. Take it in turns to tap out a tune and make different sounds through the power of touch and a bit of tech. It’s not every day you can become part of a human keyboard. Crewe Library. Drop In. Free. Suitable for all ages.

Tuesday 21st February:
Copper Circuits Workshops

Join one five west for a creative copper circuits workshop. Make your very own take home light-up posters and cards from a very simple circuit made using copper tape. When the circuit is completed with a push button, the led will light up. This fantastic workshop offers the fundamentals of how circuits work. Timed sessions run from 10-12 and 1-3. Each session lasts 45 minutes. Crewe Library. Suitable for ages 7 and upwards. Booking: 01270 375295 crewe.library@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Makey Makey Human playable keyboard

Use your body to make music in this quite literal hands-on activity – where each child’s hand becomes playable. Take it in turns to tap out a tune and make different sounds through the power of touch and a bit of tech. It’s not every day you can become part of a human keyboard. 10-12 Macclesfield Print Mill, Drop In. Free. Suitable for all ages

Wednesday 22nd February:

Interactive Monster Makers

Even tiny tots can learn about tech this half term. In this drop in family workshop, use conductive ink to create a circuit and make your very own take home monster. Bare Conductive is non-toxic electrically conductive ink that enables everybody and anybody to draw circuits and connect electrical components. Crewe Library. Suitable for all ages. Drop In 10-12 & 1-3
Create your own Light up animal head badge or flower bracelet
Using simple e-textile components, and the most simple and basics of circuit building, crafty kids can create and customise their very own wearable tech badge or bracelet to brighten up their weekends before a return to school beckons! Suitable for ages 5 and up, Macclesfield Print Mill. Session runs 10.00, 10.45 and 11.30 Booking via the Print Mill’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/theprintmillmacc/

Thursday 23rd February:

PatternCraft

Discover the joys of crafting, fusing old and new technologies. Come along to create an 8×8 punch-card design using traditional punch and hammer. Feed your card into the reader and by the magic of Python code, converting the physical holes into binary files of 0s and 1s, build it on a Minecraft Map. Family drop in activity. Crewe Library. Drop In 10-12, 1-3. Suitable for all ages

Interactive Monster Makers

Even tiny tots can learn about tech this half term. In this drop in family workshop, use conductive ink to create a circuit and make your very own take home monster. Bare Conductive is non-toxic electrically conductive ink that enables everybody and anybody to draw circuits and connect electrical components. Macclesfield Print Mill. Suitable for all ages. Drop In 10-12

Friday 24th February:

Create your own Light up animal head badge or flower bracelet

What nicer way to the end the week than with a spot of LED lunacy… Using simple e-textile components, and the most simple and basics of circuit building, crafty kids can create and customise their very own wearable tech badge or bracelet to brighten up their weekends before a return to school beckons! Crewe Library. Suitable for ages 5 and up, Booking: 01270 375295 crewe.library@cheshireeast.gov.uk 10-12, 1-3