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Winter holiday fun

From aluminium to zirconium, the chemical elements are the building blocks of life, the universe and everything. This winter holiday we're wishing the periodic table a very happy 150th birthday with a look at everything from slime to the Sun.

Create your own gloop, design a brand new element to put on the periodic table and find out how stars like the Sun rely on the chemical reactions taking place at their cores for their power.  

Plus, you can soak up the Sun whatever the weather outside with a visit to our major exhibition (where the kids can go for free), experience thunderous working textile machines in our daily demonstrations, discover how early computing took off right here in Manchester with the Manchester Baby and take a trip to the oldest surviving passenger station in the world.

Special events

Science Showdown: The Sun

Time: 12.00, 13.00 and 15.00

Three facts about one big star, but which one is best? To help you decide, volunteer to be trapped in a bubble and find out how the Sun powers life on Earth in this fast and funny science show.

Slime Factory

Time: 11.00– 13.00 (4 booked sessions)
Age: 5 and older

Come and join the gloop gang! Mix your own sticky, yucky stuff in our Slime Factory workshops.

Element Inventors 

Time: 14.00–16.00 (drop in)
Age: 5 and older

Make and model your very own imaginary element to help build our brand new periodic table and become a creative chemist. It could be as dangerous as Kryptonite or as beautiful as gold!

A Star Is Born

Time: 11.00 and 13.30
Age: 0–4 years

Hear about the birth of a star in this relaxed story telling session for under 4s.

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