Rainy City Loves The Weekend: 10 Things To Do

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We’ve had our first official theme going in here at Rainy City Kids with our giving week. We’ve heard how the stupendous Ellie decided it was time to give back after receiving valuable support and is now running a CIC, about ways to give at Christmas and an amazing charity that supports families in the home. Now we resume normal service with our weekend round up, we hope you find something for you and your loved ones to enjoy together this weekend…

Lighting the Legend, Ordsall Park

Start the weekend off right with Lighting the Legend, a night time voyage of discovery around Ordsall. The celebration starts at the Library, walking many of Ordsall’s loved streets, finally arriving in Ordsall Park for the lantern installation and firework show from the firey magicians at Walk the Plank. We think this sounds pretty amazing, and great for anyone who can’t quite let go of bonfire night…

Ordsall Library, Friday 10 November from 6pm, free but donations welcomed

Prestwich Mums Autumn Fair

The mums of Prestwich have got together for their annual autumn fair. This year they are supporting two fantastic charities: Syria Relief and Greater Manchester Home Start (you can read our feature here) and the fair will feature a children’s activity hour as well as lots of lovely stalls, so it’s a chance to stock up on Christmas goodies too.

St Margaret’s Church, Saturday 11 November 11am-4pm, free entry but donations welcomed

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Christmas at the Manchester Craft & Design Centre

For the first time in ages I have actually started my Christmas shopping what seems like way ahead of schedule. However, it has been more of the TV tie-in merchandise involving lovable but overqualified pups sort than the thoughtfully selected, one-of-a-kind gift shopping I had envisaged. Looks like I’ll be able to sort that at this Saturday’s event at the MCDC, with live music, complimentary mulled wine and mince pies and Christmas crafts to keep the kids busy while I peruse the jewellery. For other people of course.

Manchester Craft and Design Centre, Saturday 11 November 11am-5.30pm, free

The Magic Fish, Sale

A classic Indian tale retold through dance, storytelling and beatboxing for young thinking minds. Vishnu, one of India’s shape-shifting Supergods, wakes up after sleeping for thousands of years to find a greedy demon called No-Knowledge has taken earth’s most precious treasures for himself. Enlisting the help of King Manu to save the essentials for life, Vishnu changes his form into something quite unexpected! In this interactive performance, boys and girls are invited to join King Manu’s adventure in a new production to enchant all children. Recommended for 5-9 year olds.

Waterside Arts Centre, Saturday 11 November, tickets £7-9

The Hunting of the Snark, Bury

A riotous ragtag gang of bold adventurers including the Boy, the Banker, the Butcher, the Baker, the Bellman and the knitting Beaver set off on a quest to catch the mythical Snark… on the journey they encounter the Jub Jub bird, the sly Bandersnatch and the dastardly Boojum… Can a Snark be caught with soap? Will the Beaver escape the hungry Butcher’s clutches? Will the Baker remember his name? Does anyone know what a Snark actually looks like?

The Met, Saturday 11 November 2pm, tickets £12

Lantern Walk, Levenshulme

Bring your willow or jam jar lantern, come for refreshments & sharing community spriit! Sing songs and walk together. Wrap up well!

Cringle Park, Saturday November 11 3.30-5.30pm, tickets £10 for household/

Autism Friendly Early Opening, Manchester Museum

Activities take place before the Museum opens to the general public and there will be a quiet room available too. In November Nature’s Library and Vivarium galleries will be open earlier. Come along to enjoy and explore together. At this month’s early open there will also be a short ‘pop-up’ performance by Manchester University’s Music Society. The quintet of musicians will play some fun, nature-themed music in a relaxed setting. Second Saturday of every month. Drop-in, free. Autism Friendly: for children and young people aged 5-16 with a parent or carer and siblings welcome.

Manchester Museum, Saturday 11 November from 9.15am, free

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The Snowman, Opera House

When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a nighttime adventure full of dancing penguins and reindeer. But will the Snowman escape the clutches of Jack Frost? Based on Raymond Brigg’s much-loved book and featuring Howard Blake’s classic song Walking In The Air this is guaranteed to give you all the Christmas feels.

Opera House, Saturday & Sunday various times, tickets from £15-£40

Junior Park Run, Salford

A free weekly 2K timed fun run for children between 4-14 years old. All abilities welcome, and the run is marshalled. Course takes place on tarmac,uneven paths and grass. Free parking at venue.

Buile Hill, Sunday 12 November 9am, free

BBC Children’s Screening, HOME

A family screening of some of the best BBC Children’s programmes produced in the North of England, including The Clangers, Danger Mouse and Postman Pat. As there are a few episodes it is recommend for age 6+. Booking is recommended for this free screening. Part of the Manchester Animation Festival.

HOME, Sunday 12 November 10.30am free but book ahead

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Balance Bikes, National Cycling Centre

Sweet session for pre-cyclists with plenty of support for nervous parents as well as riders. At the start of each session, the coach will ask if anyone is new and if necessary advise that the parent/guardian stays on the flat area with their child until their confidence has grown.

National Cycling Centre, Sunday 12 November 11am, £3.60 (Mcr resident) & £5.50 (others)

We hope you found something you like, or if you have something to add to the list just pop it in the comments! For more November ideas, have a look here. We also note that it is Remembrance Sunday on the 12th, with a parade in the city centre followed by two-minute silence at 11am.

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