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Get a move on! February half term family fun at Science and Industry Museum

We have an amazing journey in store for families this February half term. So, get a move on for fun, thrills and laughs!

A Victorian carousel at the museum

At our Rocket Racers workshop, visitors can design their very own train of the future. Then, they can take a pit stop at the Science Showdown for some live experiment fun, before parking up at The Great Bridge Build Off to use their skills to bridge a gap between two cities.

For our younger visitors, we have Early Years Engineers Power Packs at the front desk (though availability is limited!) and a special tour of our Power Hall, where under 4s can help keep our engines in tip top condition. 

Outside in our yard, it's time to roll up, roll up and take a spin on our Victorian style fairground. Scream your way down the Helter-Skelter, win a prize on Hook-a-Duck, race your horse on the Carousel, take a spin on the Chair-O-Plane and more. 

There's also the chance to get a job in a cotton mill in our textiles demonstrations, to see the machines that made Manchester great in our Power Hall, and to lift a Mini, create a hurricane or watch your own skeleton ride a bike in our hands-on gallery, Experiment.

We also currently have Stephenson's Rocket, one of the world's first train engines, on display at the site of the first intercity passenger railway station where it worked over 180 years ago!

In the exhibition Electricity: The spark of life, we look at the incredible natural force that has inspired scientists and inventors for centuries, and may hold the key to keeping us moving in the future.

Free admission, charges apply to some activities. 


Time: 10.30–16.30
Age: Various restrictions apply

All the fun of the Victorian fair comes to the museum's Upper Yard. From the Ferris Wheel to the Helter-Skelter, it's guaranteed to be a scream.

Make the most of your fairground trip with our special offer of 6 tickets for the price of 5 when you book in advance online.


Time: 11.00, 11.30, 12.00 and 12.30
Age: Recommended for ages 7 and older

The next train to depart platform 1 is… yours. Create and build your very own train to travel down our track, just like Stephenson’s Rocket. Big wheels, small wheels, no wheels—it’s up to you as we design the train of the future. Is yours a winner like Rocket, or more of a milk float? 

This activity is free, but booking at the front desk is required (limited availability).


Time: 14.30–16.30
Age: Recommended for ages 5 and older

It's time for your technical challenge. The carriages are loaded, the engine is warm, the driver is ready, but we need you to build the bridge for our train to go over. Collect your materials and build your bridge within the time limit.  Then we’ll put your creation to the test—will it support our train and its cargo?


Time: 11.30 and 13.30
Age: Recommended for ages 5 and older

Join us for an extra special half term Science Showdown between Saturday 16 and Sunday 24 February. Three ordinary people who went on extraordinary journeys battle it out in our latest epic showdown. Who’ll be crowned the winner? You decide.


Time: 14.00
Age: Recommended for toddlers and young children

Especially for budding engineers and train drivers, these rucksacks have everything you need to ‘work’ in our Power Hall—oil our engines and don’t forget your train driver’s hat.


Time: 10.30, 12.30 and 16.00
Age: Recommended for ages 5 and older

Go back in time to the working mills of 150 years ago, experience the deafening sounds of the machinery and find out what life was like for thousands of cotton mill workers that made Manchester the world's first industrial city.


Time: 11.00, 12.30 and 15.00
Age: Recommended for ages 8 and older

Find out how one of our Power Hall engines works and discover these machines' role in the Industrial Revolution with daily demonstrations from our Explainers.

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For hi-res images or more information, please contact Kate Campbell-Payne on 0161 606 0213 or email 

Part of the Science Museum Group