May Half Term Activities (31 May – 5 June)


Here is the Little Tigers pick of child-friendly events going on near you this Half Term.

Catch a Show at Waterside

Waterside Arts Centre, 1 Waterside Plaza, Sale M33 7ZF
A film (rated U) called ‘Inside Out’ on 1st June at 2pm. Live theatre (age 8+) with ‘Error 404’ on 4th June at 11.30am & 2.30pm.

Forest Explorers

Delamere Forest, Delamere, Cheshire CW8 2JD
Get outside and enjoy nature during Half Term with Delamere’s events: Forest Tots, Den Building, Forest Fairies, Junior Explorers and Family Forest Fun.

Events at Tatton

Tatton Park, Knutsford, WA16 6QN
As well as the ongoing Roald Dahl celebrations, on Wednesday 1st June there’s an interactive Bug Workshop (part of Amazed by Science week), Willow Weaving and Cycling Boredom Busters. There’s also a Family Birdwatch on 3rd June and a classic car spectacular on the 4th.

Live Theatre at the Lowry

The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays M50 3AZ
3rd & 4th June: The Hollywood Special Effects Show (interactive & explosive family show). Sunday 5th June, 1pm & 3pm: The Very Magic Flute – Imaginative theatre show with big laughs. Beautiful puppets, magical transformations, for deaf & hearing audiences (age 3-7).

Half Term Fun at MSI

Museum of Science & Industry, Liverpool Road, Manchester M3 4FP
Events include Heart to Hearts (what would our machines say if they could talk? Ages 8+), Engineer Eric’s Difficult Day (interactive science show – recommended ages 5-11) and Explosions: A Blast from the Past (discover the difference between fire & explosions)

Explorer Tours

Stockport Air Raid Shelters, Chestergate, Stockport SK1 1NE
An early evening event for kids age 7+. Children’s Explorer Tour – brave the darkened tunnels as you go back in time and experience the life of a child during the war Thursday. 2nd June, 6.45pm – 8pm

 The Great Big Noise Festival

The Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, Manchester M2 7DH
Daily performances, games, crafts and workshops for the under 12s. Including Ground Control, Flicker & The Flying Books, The Allotment, Fireside Tales with Grandad, Cake and Space Cadets Academy.

Craft Activities at Hatworks

Hat Works Museum, Wellington Road South, Stockport SK3 0EU
Wednesday 1st June, 1.30pm – 4pm: Get a Head, Get a Hat! (Shape, paint and decorate a straw hat however you like). Tuesday 31st May, 1.30pm – 4pm: Screen Print a T-shirt (learn how to screen print, then design and print your own t-shirt ready for the summer). Thursday 2nd June, 2pm – 4pm: Decorate a Plate (use ceramic pens/paints to decorate a plate and take it home to ‘fire’ it ready for breakfast). Booking essential for all events.

Amazed By Science Events at Jodrell Bank

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Macclesfield, Cheshire, Sk11 9DL
Monday to Friday, various times: Cheshire Beekeepers Stand (learn the ancient craft of beekeeping from real beekeepers). Bee Backpacks (explore the life of a honey bee). Live Beekeeping Demonstrations (view hive inspections from behind netted screens). Tuesday – Friday: Aliens Science Show – Ever wondered if there are any aliens out there? (booking advisable). Destination Space – hands-on science (hands-on family session, exploring what life has been like for British astronaut, Tim Peake)

National Trust Dunham Massey

Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 4SJ
Daily events from Tuesday to Saturady, including Go Barefoot Painting, Make a Fat Ball Bird Feeder, Create with Clay, Wild Art and Teddy Bear’s Picnic.