I hate to say it, but Christmas kind of starts here… even if you haven’t been shopping yet, or committed to which set of grandparents are coming for Christmas dinner (the ones prepared to cook it I say) it is still oozing into our consciousness. We have started on our Christmas listings with a round up of the sweetest festive plays, (click here to enter our competition to see The Bear at The Waterside) but we know there is time for some good old unChristmassy fun too before we all get completely covered in glitter and tinsel, so we hope you enjoy this distinctly unfestive list of fun things to do this weekend…
Saturday Spectacular, Central Library
To celebrate Explore Your Archive Week, join the library for a range of fun activities for all the family. Plus don’t forget the Central Library Lego Club in the city link area from 2pm (children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult).
Central Library, Saturday 18 November 12pm-4pm, free
Facepainting, Lowry Outlet
We always enjoy a little trip down to Salford Quays. In aid of Children in Need there will be faceprinting opposite the Clarks Outlet (ideal if you are due a shoe update).
Lowry Outlet, 17-19 November 12pm-4pm, suggested donation of £2
Big Fish Little Fish Second Birthday Bash
Family fun for the post-rave generation of parents. Helping parents be responsibly irresponsible since 2013. Mark Archer (Altern8) will be doing a DJ set playing (grown up) dance music on the multi-sensory dance floor with glitter cannons, bubbles and giant parachute dance. Themed craft area with giant mural, and playdoh table. Play area with tents and tunnels and baby chill out space with mats and small ball pool. Licensed bar, free transfer tattoos and glowsticks. You have until this evening (Thursday) to enter our flash giveaway of two prizes of a family ticket here.
The Birdcage, Sunday 19 November 2-4.30pm, adult £8.50, child £6.50, pre-walkers free
Peel Park Wild Walk
Come along with expert forager and naturalist David Winnard from Discover the Wild for this informative and fun guided walk through the park, the Meadows and along the River Irwell. Booking (essential) by emailing email@example.com or calling 0161 7934219.
Peel Park, Saturday 18 November 12.30pm, free
Wall-E, Stretford Community Cinema
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. A breakout room will be available for families needing a break during the screening. Please note that children need to be supervised at all times including in the breakout room. For every three children, at least one accompanying adult must be present. Doors open at 1.30 for the 2pm screening.
Stretford Public Hall, Sunday 19 November 1.30pm, tickets from £1.50
Big Saturday: Ganesha, Manchester Museum
A day of art, history and dance for all the family. Part of the programme of arts celebrating South Asian culture and a beautiful stone sculpture of Ganesha. Free, all ages, no need to book, just drop in.
Manchester Museum, Saturday 18 November 11-4pm, free
Oliver Jeffers, Waterstones
Beloved author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers will be talking about his new book Here We Are. Inspired by the birth of Oliver’s son, Here We Are is a moving and engaging book in which Oliver takes the reader on a journey through a series of notes introducing planet Earth. We love Lost and Found and Up and Down in this house so we will be sure to pop along.
Waterstones Deansgate, Saturday November 18 at 4-5pm, book ahead
Family Fun Day, Sapporo Tepanyaki
Sapporo Teppanyaki have regular family fun days with face painting, balloon modelling, pan-juggling, shooting sauces and flaming grills. Having chefs flip a fried egg on your hat might seem full of potential embarrassment to grown-ups but it is fantastically exciting to little ones. Booking ahead advised.
Sapporo Tepanyaki, Sunday 19 November, from £5.95 for a kid’s meal
Open Doors, Manchester Art Gallery
Open doors is a creative workshop especially for autistic children and children with other social communication issues, their families and carers. There will be a designated quiet room in the gallery, a space away from everything to feel safe and calm. For children and young people aged 5-16. Call Katy McCall on 0161 235 8869 if you have any questions or would like to find out more.
Manchester Art Gallery, Saturday 18 November 9.15am-12pm, free
Family Fun Day, Chorlton Book Festival
Come along dressed as your favourite character for a day full of fantasy, spend the morning getting crafty, and then join the fantastic children’s author and poet Craig Bradley in the afternoon. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Everybody welcome.
Chorlton Library, Saturday 18 November 11am-4pm, free
We hope that has sorted you out! If you fancy planning ahead, check out our November round-up and keep an eye for more Christmas ideas soon.
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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.