This half term there are loads of activities that you can take part in from the comfort of your own home. Here are a few of our highlights on what you can do this week and beyond.

Manchester Science Festival

12th to 21st February

The Science and Industry Museum presents 10 days of online scientific celebration as Manchester Science Festival goes digital.

With an exciting programme of talks, exhibitions, debates and activities exploring our changing climate and ideas for a better world, is available to enjoy online from home, including the Royal Photographic Society Science Photographer of the Year exhibition, showcased from Manchester for the very first time. 

It will provide fun and inspiring experiences to enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

Childrens Football Writing Festival

15th to 19th February

The National Football Musuem‘s online festival sees four authors reading from their books at 11am each day. Designed to spark the imagination of football crazy youngsters, the talks will be broadcast on the museum’s YouTube and Facebook chanels. Each will last around 10 minutes. The festival will also include simple writing challenges to encourage children to pick up a pen and transfer some of their football flair to paper.

Lantern Making – An online workshop

9th to 23rd February

To celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Ox the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art have created a free lantern making workshop that you can take part in from home, you will learn to make 3 different lanterns using simple, readily available materials and techniques.

International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day is a celebration of the nearly 200 languages spoken in Manchester and of the cultural diversity that is one of the city’s strengths. Here at Manchester Libraries we’ve got a fabulously fun-packed free day of activities for all ages and from all parts of the world. Rock out to West Indian folk and ska music, join our multilingual StoryTime for younger children, or dance and drum along to classical Indian rhythms. There’s so much to do and see – dancing, singing, music, STEM science to try at home, stories, crafts, games and poems!  

Check out our Facebook page for multilingual Story Time 15th to 19th February at 11am. Tune into our Twitter and Facebook pages on Saturday 20 February from 10.30am for a whole day of online events.

There are many other events taking place across Manchester and you can find out more about them on


There are different workshop and events every day over half term which are suitable for all ages. There are creative craft sessions to performances, and adventures.

The highlights are Dust, Curious Investigators and the Bright Sparks activities.

Raindrop to Corporation Pop

15th January to 30th April

This online exhibition from Gallery Oldham as a very watery feel. This exhibition explores water from the start of its journey in the clouds through all freshwater aquatic environments using objects chosen from across the Gallery’s collection. We have created some audio descriptions of the exhibition – have a listen to learn more about the exhibition and objects on display.

If you are missing a day out to the zoo, why not try a virtual visit to Chester Zoo

Let the Zoo come to you. As you can’t go to the zoo right now, Chester Zoo is bringing the experience to your home. Experience amazing animal antics LIVE from your living room! Watch live animals on Chester Zoo YouTube channel and join the animals and zoo keepers for brunch.

If you need any ideas on other activities that you can take part in from home then please get in touch with the visitor information team at