As a creative and cultural powerhouse in the north, Manchester has loads of exciting May Half Term Activities events for families all throughout the year. So if you haven’t booked a holiday for May Half Term holidays and you’re starting to fear this kids climbing the walls, have a look at our list of 5 things to do with kids in Manchester.  There are live shows, craft workshops, open air exhibitions and lots more to choose from.

If you need somewhere to refuel after all this activity, check out our recommendations on child friendly restaurants in Manchester.

So let’s explore what you could do with your kids for May Half Term Activities:

1. MakeFest at the Science and Industry Museum

Describing itself as a “weekend of tinkering, testing, coding and creating, this hugely popular family event returns for 2019 . Recommended for ages 6 and above, kids can enjoy a whole host of free activities , whether they are into science, engineering, art or technology.

They can also solder their own light up badge, drive a lunar buggy, make a robot, build a bridge and create a musical instrument from rubbish. Endless opportunity for inquisitive minds.

Address: Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 4FP

Opening Hours: 25th and 26th May from 10am – 6pm

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2. The Lowry & Quays Culture Summer Festival

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The Lowry is a unique creative space for art, theatre and music, and a firm favourite with families in Manchester. This half term there are Live stage shows of popular books like Dear Zoo and Zog, as well as the launch of “Lookout” it’s Saturday Playhouse” – a free weekly art activity in the lookout – a dedicated children’s space.

The Quays Culture Summer Festival also runs in and around The Lowry from 30th May- 2nd June.

Overall, it is a celebration of circus, art and dance, where free interactive exhibitions include Arboria – a sensory world of light and colour that little ones will love exploring.

Address: Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ

Opening Hours: Open daily, 10am – 6pm. (Performance times for shows may vary.)

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Please note: Some exhibitions at Quays Festival need to be booked online in advance. Click here for more info.

3. A World Inside a Book: Gruffalo, Dragons and Other Creatures.

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Address: Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester . M15 5ZA

Opening Hours: Check the website below to book your time slot

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4. On the Beach’s Great Northern Summer​

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Source: Visit Manchester

Following 2018’s successful launch, the huge artificial beach in Manchester city centre is back for 2019, getting kids and parents in the holiday mood.

From May to August, families who head to Great Northern Square, one of Manchester’s most popular leisure and shopping destinations, will find 50 tonnes of sand, giant deckchairs and picnic tables.

So if the sun is shining this half term, pack the kids up for a day at the beach – bucket and spade and all!

Address: Great Northern Warehouse, 235 Deansgate, Manchester, Manchester, M3 4EN

Opening Hours: 4th May – 31st August 2019

5. Our Friends Electric @ The Refuge

Source: The Refuge

The Refuge is a creative, multi-purpose venue in Manchester’s city centre, where you will find a restaurant, bar, gallery space, winter garden, and other relaxed spaces to hang out. Over the late May Bank Holiday Weekend there are family friendly events where kids can create their own artwork or make 3D paper flowers in the courtyard.

Last but not least, your children can have a go at lino printing, enjoy a silent disco, storytelling sessions and more.

Address: Oxford St, Manchester M60 7HA

Dates: Check the events schedule at the below website

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If you believe we have missed some great May Half Term Activities in Manchester, feel free to reach out to us!

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