With Christmas over, many kids are looking for ways to combat the back-to-school blues - and parents may already be trying to find activities that will give them something to look forward to until half term arrives. With that in mind, we have compiled some great suggestions for things to do in Salford during January and February, which will entertain both young and old alike.
Visit the Lowry
As one of the family entertainment hubs in Salford, the Lowry always has something going on and during February, a host of dinosaurs will be visiting. Dinosaur World Live is a fantastic stage show that uses clever puppetry to introduce you to the wonders of the prehistoric world, including favourite creatures such as Triceratops and T-Rex. Bring your loudest roar and discover some of the planet’s most intriguing reptiles. The show will be playing from 16-18 February and is suitable for children aged three and up.
Power up with a gaming experience
The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester is a favourite among the places to visit in Salford, thanks to the wide range of activities available. From 11-26 February, kids have the chance to enjoy an interactive gaming experience like no other. With video games from the past five decades - many of which will give parents a sense of nostalgia - friends and families can face off in a multi-player showdown. Introduce your kids to Sonic and StreetFighter, let them show you how to play Minecraft, and prepare to release your competitive streak.
Discover new stories
Children and parents alike will love the new Z-Arts children’s library in nearby Hulme. With comfy seating and a huge array of colourful kids’ books, it’s the perfect place to discover new stories - and even take one or two home with you. The library also has a selection of events for babies and pre-schoolers on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, including Rhyme Time, Mini Move & Groove, and Baby Book Club.
On 22 February, The Children’s Cookery Adventure offers a chance to get kids from 6-14 years interested in the culinary arts. Expert tutors will be at the Vegetarian Society Cookery School, teaching kids how to whip up delicious dishes from pink hummus to rainbow cookies - all from scratch. There are also food-themed activities such as a mini foraging walk, so kids can learn to identify edible plants and collect them for their meals.
Got mermaid-mad kids? Then the Portico Library is where they’ll want to be in half term. Discover images and stories of mermaids and mermen in the two-hour ‘Mermaids Across Cultures’ family workshop, which includes Roman art and Ghanaian folklore. You can also make mermaid-inspired art with the Creative Society Manchester.
If you’re looking for activities in Salford during the new year, don’t miss Dinosaur World Live at the Lowry. At just 50 minutes long with no interval, it’s perfect for shorter attention spans, and kids will get the chance to meet some of the stars after the performance. Book your tickets before they become extinct!