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October half term

From the centre of the solar system to the middle of the dance floor, the Science and Industry Museum is the place to be this October half term.

Power up the party and find how the food you eat fuels your fun, see a juggling show explain the atom, build the city of your dreams, and light up your days with our sun-themed workshops. Try everything from engineering challenges to drawing with robots and more. Plus, soak up The Sun with a visit to our major exhibition and find out about our closest star.

Special events

PEOPLE POWERED PARTY

Date: 23–30 October
Time: 10.00–16.30 (drop in)
Age: Recommended for ages 5 and older

Get the party started from the saddle of a bike with our pedal-powered disco and find out how the food you eat gives you the power you need to dance all night (or day).

THE BIG BUILD

Date: 23–30 October
Time: 10.00–17.00 (drop in)
Age: Various age recommendations apply 

No hard hat required as you build the city of your dreams, accept an engineering challenge or create a moving robot with building bricks in this workshop for the whole family.

THE JUGGLING OF SCIENCE

Date: 27–31 October
Time: Show – 13.00; workshops – 11.00–12.00 and 15.30–16.30
Age: Show – ages 7 and older; workshops – all ages

Join Frederike Gerstner and Ben Nicholson, winners of this year's Josh Award, the UK’s national award in STEM communication, as they juggle for science—literally. Watch their show bring the atomic world to life and take part in their workshops to find out more.

THE SUN

Date: Open daily until 5 January 2020
Price: Adults £8, concessions £6. Children go free with a paying adult. 

Soak up The Sun and find out more about our closest star with a visit to our major exhibition, and don't forget to pick up a free family trail to help you explore the exhibition together.

Find out more here.

WHAT'S INSIDE A LITTLE SUN LAMP?

Date: 28 October – 3 November
Time: 11.30–12.30 and 12.30–13.30
Age: Recommended for ages 8 and older

Hold the power of the sun in your hands and find out what makes Little Sun lamps shine. Grab a screwdriver and investigate how they work and how this simple idea has brought light to millions of people around the world. 

Tickets are on a first come first serve basis—please book your free ticket at the Conversation Space. 

MAKE A LAMP SHADE

Date: 28 October – 3 November
Time: 14.00–16.30 (drop in)
Age: Recommended for ages 5 and older

Create your own beautiful lamp shade, test it on a Little Sun lamp and take away your creation to use at home.

PI: PLATFORM FOR INVESTIGATION – POWERED BY SIEMENS

Date: 19–27 October
Time: 10.30–15.30
Age: Recommended for ages 8 and older

Get up close and find out more about everything, from looking at the stars and healthier hearts to maths in fashion and the future of travel at our special daily Pi: Platform for Investigation – Powered by Siemens.

Find out more here.

SCIENCE SHOWDOWN

Date: 19 October – 3 November
Time: 11.00, 13.00 (except 27–31 October only) and 15.00
Age: Recommended for ages 5 and older

Join our Explainers for a battle of experiments in this daily interactive science show. Themed around either the Sun or People Power, find out what makes our nearest star tick or how to you can run a car with some powerful poop. What will win? You decide!

MINI MOVERS

Date: 19 October – 3 November
Time: 11.00 and 13.30
Age: Recommended for under 5s

Especially for our younger visitors, this Makaton-friendly adventure around the museum will have you whirring like a cog and turning like a crank to find out how our bodies work like machines.

CRANK-BOTS

Date: 23–30 October 
Time: 10.00–16.00 (drop in)
Age: Recommended for ages 5 and older

Use your muscle power to get your robot artist drawing, and create a unique piece of artwork for you to take home.

BRIGHT SPARKS

Date: 23 and 26 October
Time: 10.00–16.30 (drop in)
Age: Recommended for ages 7 and older

Join Electricity North West as they take over the museum. Build light up circuits, discover how electricity powers your home and become a real bright spark yourself.

WATERS WACKY LAB

Date: 24 October
Time: 10.00–16.30 (drop in)
Age: Recommended for ages 5 and older

Waters are back at the museum for some wacky and wonderful science busking.

POP-UP ENGINEERS

Date: 28 October – 1 November
Time: 10.00–17.00 (drop in)
Age: Recommended for ages 5 and older

Spin the wheel, play Jenga and find out how engineering really is all around us by chatting with our volunteer STEM Ambassadors. Then, find your inner engineer through games and quizzes.

Big Draw Festival: What's on your mind, Manchester?

Date: 30 October
Time: 10.00–17.00 (drop in)
Age: Recommended for ages 5 and older

See some of the 10,000 'thinking caps' created by Manchester school children for the Big Draw Festival. Then grab a blank paper hat and make your own at this one day only workshop.

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