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Manchester Science Festival Family Weekender

From Friday 20 August to Sunday 22 August, Manchester Science Festival presents a weekend packed with family fun, themed around exploring our changing climate and ideas for a better world.

The festival has partnered with CBeebies and CBBC to bring a special version of Grace’s Amazing Machines to the museum (21 and 22 August) along with screenings and activities around Hey Duggee, Blue Peter and Newsround.  

Enjoy special activities inspired by the shows with our Explainers and learn more about recycling and reusing, then find out how much your dinner is costing the planet with growing and sustainability group, Sow the City.

Find out what's on at the Manchester Science Festival Family Weekender below. Book your free museum admission tickets for the 20, 21 or 22 August to enjoy the Festival activities as part of your visit to the museum.

What's on

A women in riding leathers sat on a motorbike

Grace’s Amazing Machines Live

Date: 21–22 August 2021 
Time: 10.45, 11.45, 13.15, 14.15, 15.15 (booking required)
Age: Recommended for ages 7 and older

Meet CBeebies' very own motorbike rider, Grace from Grace's Amazing Machines, as she introduces some amazing green machines in this special live version of her show. Spaces for this event are limited, so make sure you add a free ticket to Grace’s Amazing Machines Live to your basket along with your museum admission ticket. 

Drop-in activities 

Throughout the weekend, you can enjoy episodes of your favourite BBC children’s shows, including Hey Duggee and Blue Peter, then get creative with hands-on activities inspired by the shows in our fun drop-in sessions. 

On 20 and 21 August, follow your curiosity to our colourful Get Curious structure to learn more about the big ideas and innovations that are changing our world today. 

Find out how much your dinner is costing the Earth at our market stall with a twist and learn how eating seasonal produce could help save the planet with growing and sustainability group, Sow the City, on 21 and 22 August.

Get ‘on your bike’ and put your leg power to the test with Electricity North West on 22 August. Discover how much energy is needed to power some of your favourite gadgets with their special electric bike and find out more about the role that electricity can play in decarbonisation and the move towards renewable energy. 

Plan your visit 

All Manchester Science Festival Family Weekender events are free to enjoy as part of your visit to the museum. Plan your visit and book your free, timed tickets to enter the museum in advance. 

Part of the Science Museum Group