Half term family fun at the Science and Industry Museum

Manchester Science and Industry Museum will have a Victorian Funfair

Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum has a host of family fun activities in-store for February half term with workshops, rocket racers and even a funfair.

Helter-skelters, hook-a-duck, a carousel and a chair-o-plane are amongst the rides which will keep family entertained.

So, what’s on at Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum?

VICTORIAN FAIRGROUND
Time: 10.30–16.30
Age: Various restrictions apply
All the fun of the Victorian fair comes to the museum’s Upper Yard. From the Ferris wheel to the helter skelter, it’s guaranteed to be a scream.
Make the most of your fairground trip with the Science and Industry Museum’s special offer of 6 tickets for the price of 5 when you book in advance online – see website for details.

ROCKET RACERS
Time: 11.00, 11.30, 12.00 and 12.30
Age: Recommended for ages 7 and older
The next train to depart platform 1 is… yours. Create and build your very own train to travel down the track, just like Stephenson’s Rocket. Big wheels, small wheels, no wheels—it’s up to you as you design the train of the future. Is yours a winner like Rocket, or more of a milk float?
This activity is free, but booking at the front desk is required (limited availability).



THE GREAT BRIDGE BUILD OFF
Time: 14.30–16.30
Age: Recommended for ages 5 and older
It’s time for your technical challenge. The carriages are loaded, the engine is warm, the driver is ready, but you need to build a bridge for the train to go over. Collect your materials and build your bridge within the time limit.  Then see your creation put to the test—will it support the train and cargo?

SCIENCE SHOWDOWN: FANTASTIC FIRSTS
Time: 11.30 and 13.30
Age: Recommended for ages 5 and older
An extra special half term Science Showdown between Saturday 16 and Sunday 24 February. Three ordinary people who went on extraordinary journeys battle it out in an epic showdown. Who’ll be crowned the winner? You decide.

EARLY YEARS ENGINEERS
Time: 14.00
Age: Recommended for toddlers and young children
Especially for budding engineers and train drivers, these rucksacks have everything you need to ‘work’ in the Power Hall—oil the engines and don’t forget your train driver’s hat.



TEXTILES DEMONSTRATION
Time: 10.30, 12.30 and 16.00
Age: Recommended for ages 5 and older
Go back in time to the working mills of 150 years ago, experience the deafening sounds of the machinery and find out what life was like for thousands of cotton mill workers that made Manchester the world’s first industrial city.

ENGINE DEMONSTRATION
Time: 11.00, 12.30 and 15.00
Age: Recommended for ages 8 and older
Find out how one of the Power Hall engines works and discover these machines’ role in the Industrial Revolution with daily demonstrations.

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