Rainy City Loves the Weekend: Ten Family Adventures

I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to get that semi-joyous (lots to do, social occasions, wardrobe changes), semi-frazzled (ditto) feeling I get when I just don’t have any down time. So this weekend I’m going to suggest taking it easy. Oh we still have our list of things to do of course, but for the next couple of days I’m going to pick just one thing (ok maybe two things) that I really love. Who’s with me? From books to music to crafts to, er, fire, there is something to appeal to everyone here. Oh and don’t forget skateboarding, planning your next theatre visit (and entering our competition to win theatre tickets here). What was it that I said about taking it easy?….

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Fire Garden at Peel Park

Ok so not quite the weekend but we really wanted to give this one some love. The flames will be dancing amongst the trees and across the river to music. A million shadows, fire sculptures, twirling smoke, heat and leaping flames will capture your imagination. Dress warmly and head out to this free family friendly event designed in partnership with Walk The Plank. They will also be launching the thirteenth Salford Food and Drink Fortnight, celebrating our city’s food and drink heroes. You’ll be able to grab a bite to eat and a drink from some of our best local producers.

Peel Park, 13 Oct, 6pm to 8pm, free

Levenshulme Language Day at Levy Market

Head over to the market for a fantastic selection of global street food including Croatian specials from Cantina, authentic dishes from Soi Siam, Canadian-style poutine from The Blue Caribou Canteen, Mauritian nibbles from MC streetfood, Middle Eastern snacks from FaFa’s Kitchen and lots more! PLUS, an epic list of stalls packed full of unique and artisan goodies – watch this space for the fulllineup!

The Multilingual Manchester team will be running family-friendly language games and activities for all ages from their stalls, and we’ll also have incredible live music from talented global musicians from Levenshulme’s own Lingua Franca World Music Agency.

Levy Market, Saturday 14 October, 10am to 4pm, free

Family Reading Day at Central Library

The Family Reading Day at Central Library has to be the main event for families at this years Literature Festival. The venue for a start takes some beating; we could while away hours in this place with nothing more to do than scour the shelves for our next bedtime reads. But on the 14 October, on top of the usual browsing, a whole host of literary activities will descend on the library for us to enjoy. Alongside the book exchange and free crafting activities there will be a jam packed schedule of authors running story times and workshops throughout the day. Read on for more details….

Central Library, Saturday 14 October, 10am-4pm, book tickets ahead

Family Day at Little Moreton Hall

A day exploring digital arts at one of Cheshire’s oldest properties proves you’re never too old to discover new techniques. Workshops will be led by international composer and sound artist Scanner (Robin Rimbaud) and local art collective Wild Rumpus (Creators of the Just So festival).

Little Moreton Hall, Saturday 14 October, 11am to 5pm, free

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Let’s Ride Pop-Up at Debdale Park

Whether you want to ride for fun or fitness, this free monthly pop-up event gives you the chance to ride a traffic-free cycle circuit as many times as you want, at a pace that suits you. The event is open to all ages and abilities and the circuit is easy to ride, with volunteers on hand throughout, ensuring peace of mind and safety for all cyclists. For those wanting to take things up a gear, British Cycling Go-Ride coaches will also be available to help you improve your cycling skills, and local Ride Leaders and Breeze Champions will be there on the day to tell you more about other cycling opportunities in Manchester with HSBC UK Guided Rides and HSBC UK Breeze.

Debdale Park, Saturday 14 October, 2pm, free

Manchester School of Samba Workshops

Join the Manchester School of Samba for a noisy, fun-filled celebration of the joys of being alive using dance and percussion at our two fantastic Samba workshops! Learn some of the drum rhythms or dance steps (or both!) used by Brazilians at carnival time and transport yourself all the way to Rio de Janeiro!

Sale Library, Saturday 14 October. Session one 11am, session two 2pm.Open to all ages. No experience needed!

Book online at Eventbrite (select the required time first) or by contacting 0161 912 3189 or libraries@trafford.gov.uk. A free National Libraries Week event.

RNCM Young Explorers Concert

The latest in the RNCM Young Explorers Series, celebrates children’s classics with some of the best characters around. Paddington Bear and Peter Rabbit will be making an appearance along with Young Explorers mascot, Phileas Fox, who will be back from his travels to say hello! In these circumstances, dressing up as your favourite children’s character is very much encouraged…

Royal Northern College of Music, 15 October, 2pm, tickets from £6

The Junk Child: Autism Friendly Performance at Manchester Museum

In a world where no trees grow, with a sky full of smoke, and mountains made of trash, only the Junk Child can help to put things right and make the sun shine again. Head to Manchester Museum as they enter the junk world on an exciting adventure that examines our impact on climate, and what we can do to help prevent climate change. Expect beautiful puppets, funky ‘junk’ music, and imaginative storytelling.

Manchester Museum, Saturday 14 October, 10.30am, free but book ahead

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Bunting Making, Old Trafford Library

Be creative, join in the fun – help design and make colourful bunting for our brand new library with artist Fi Smith. Everyone welcome! This activity is suitable for ages 8+. Younger children are very welcome but will need adult supervision.

Saturday 14 October, drop in any time between 10.30am and 3.30 pm. A free National Libraries Week activity.

Autumn Steam Gala East Lancashire Railway

The leaves may be falling but the steam is still rising at the East Lancashire Railway at the last large scale steam event of the year. Take to the rails on an all steam timetable comprised of home fleet engines and special guest locomotives.

East Lancashire Railway, 14 & 15 October, tickets from £14

Extraordinary Beasts, Urmston Library

Far back in the mists of time, explorers returned from their travels with tales of strange creatures. Find out about griffins, unicorns, mermaids and centaurs with illustrator Katy Jones. Create your own extraordinary beast.

Saturday 14 October, 11am, suitable for 4 to 11 year olds. Book online at Eventbrite or by contacting 0161 912 3189 or libraries@trafford.gov.uk. A free National Libraries Week event.

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Disney on Ice: Passport to Adventure

If you are looking for a showstopper then head on over to our review of Disney on Ice. Our reviewer says: It was such a lovely evening and my two-year-old loved it so much. She ran round the arena at the end of the night with a Mickey Mouse balloon singing ‘I love Mickey’ and ‘I’m so happy’. High praise from such a gruelling critic.

Disney on Ice: Passport to Adventure is on at Manchester Arena from 11-15 October, you can book tickets here.

Well hopefully that has sorted you out with a few ideas for this weekend. Want our regular weekend guides straight to you inbox? Enter your email address below, why not, it’s free! You can also follow us on Facebook or Instagram.  And thank you for taking the time to read our blog, we love hearing back from you and if you have any suggestions for our pages, just comment below, we’d love to hear.

As always, if something on this list has taken your fancy, we highly recommend checking on the links provided to make sure a session hasn’t been moved or cancelled before you travel.

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