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Half-term: things to do in Manchester (Feb 13 - 21)

Art workshop at Manchester Art Gallery
What are you doing this February half-term?

Get arty at the Gallery

There are lots of opportunities to get creative at Manchester Art Gallery this week.

Highlights include: Chinese art workshops to mark Chinese New Year in Manchester (Sun 14 Feb); build a boat and voyage around the gallery looking for stormy seas (Tue 16 - Fri 19 Feb); or make a cartoon flip book with the artist whose exhibition Animalation is at the Gallery (Sun 21 Feb). All events are free.

Grown-ups may want to explore the Frank Cohen and Ron Mueck exhibitions upstairs, or the Wallpaper exhibition at the Whitworth Art Gallery

For details, go to the Manchester Galleries website.

Explore Manchester's past

It's the only national museum in Manchester and it's re-opening is an event we simply could not ignore. The People's History Museum is back after a £12.5m redevelopment and the construction of a brand new wing. Teach the kids about Manchester's part in the march towards democracy with exhibitions on protest and displays of trade union banners. Opens on Saturday 13 Feb.

More details at the People's History Museum website

Families at war and peace

Two boys at the Imperial War Museum North
Go large at Imperial War Museum North

OK. Something else for both the kids and the grown-ups.

Youngsters: get inspired by some of the larger objects on display such as the First World War artillery gun, or the East German Trabant car and make your own jigsaw to take home. (13th, 20th 15th February 12 - 3pm).

Meanwhile, mums and dads can look round exhibitions on the Berlin Wall or the work of award-winning photographer Don McCullin .

More details at: Imperial War Museum North

Street beats at the Zion

There are range of sessions for bored kids and teenagers at the Zion Arts Centre this half term. Create African beats, practise playing the drums; learn how to be a top radio DJ with All FM; hone your skills with the UK champions of street dance; Or discover all there is to know about the music business with MC Crystalize! Then see how creative your youngsters have been with an end of week session on Saturday 20 Feb. There is small cost for most sessions.

For details, go to the Zion Arts Centre website.

A walk through history


There is a guided walk which will tell the story of ten objects chosen to represent Manchester in a History of The World.

The free walk will take place at 11am and 2pm, every day from Monday 15 February to Sunday 21 February inclusive. Each walk will take approximately two hours, beginning at the Museum of Science and Industry on Liverpool Rd, Manchester and ending at the Manchester Museum on Oxford Rd.

More details at: A History of the World

Be an animal keeper

A chance to experience what working in the children's zoo is all about at Walton Hall & Gardens near Warrington. You'll be mucking in to muck out so old clothes are essential. Places are limited so please book in advance on 01925 601617. Aged 5 and above. Parental supervision is required.

More details at: Walton Hall & Gardens

A boat ride into the air

How can you go up - or down - in a boat? Board the Edwin Clark boat, and take a unique ride on the Anderton Boat Lift, travelling 50 feet up - or down - between the River Weaver and the Trent & Mersey Canal. Learn how the Cathedral of the Canals is a master of Victorian Engineering. The Anderton Boat Lift is three miles from Northwich, Cheshire.

More details at the Anderton Boat Lift website.

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