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Things to do this February half-term

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Published on February 18th 2011.

Things to do this February half-term

The Lost World Adventures at the Lowry Outlet Mall
Saturday 12 – Sunday 27 February, 11am - 4pm

Calling all dino-mad, adventure loving boys and girls. Make this February half term the most action packed yet with free ‘Lost World Adventures’ and activities. There’s heaps of fun for all the family including craft workshops and 3D dinosaur model making. Handle real life creepy crawlies at the long-awaited reptile experience. Walk with a mighty, 6ft, animatronic Stegosaurus dinosaur and learn all about them, their natural habitat, what they ate and why they became extinct from the guest palaeontologist. There will be three interactive shows throughout the day at 12pm, 2pm and 3pm.

A team from The Manchester Museum is in the mall offering visitors the chance to handle a selection of genuine, Lost World, artefacts and join-in their interactive Craft Workshops Plus, play Dinosaur Hide-and-Seek around the centre. There are prizes to be won, medals to collect alongside balloon making, limbo dancing and face painting.

For full information on all the event and times visit website at www.lowryoutletmall.com
Lowry Outlet Mall, The Quays, Salford Quays, M50 3AH.

Half Term offers at The Chill Factore
Monday 14 – Friday 25 February, 10am – 6pm

Families visiting Manchester’s Chill factore at half term are in for a pleasant ‘snow-prise’ with up to 40 per cent off snow activities. Special offers include money off family tickets on snow activities – whether trying skiing or snowboarding for the first time, whizzing down the slopes in snow tubes or on the ice luge slide, or exploring the children’s snow play area, there’s something for everyone. If you can’t choose which activity to have a go at, newly launched day packages offer kids a real taste of the Alps. They include both ski and snowboard taster lessons and 45 minutes on the luge ice slide. The packages give families more than three hours on the slopes and save a family of four (two adults, two juniors) more than £120 on standard prices.

Clothing hire is included.

Activities during half-term break include face painting and appearances of Chill Factore mascot, ‘Chille the Snowboy’. There are also some great food offers at restaurants within the Alpine village, with ‘kids eat free’ at Chiquito’s, family pizza deals in the Mont Blanc restaurant and a Nando’s meal prize up for grabs in Chille’s fun quiz.

For bookings and more information please visit the website at www.chillfactore.com or call 0161 749 2222. Advance booking recommended on all activities. Chill Factore Trafford Way, Manchester M417JA.

Anumal Antics at the Imperial War Museum North
Saturday 19 to Sunday 27 February, 1pm – 4pm

Find out how some furry friends joined the sailors aboard ships and submarines. Join in with free hands on activities for all the family inspired by the animals in the All Aboard: Stories of War at Sea exhibition. Kids can make their own animal puppets and masks to take home during the creative workshops in the learning studio. For full information visit the website on www.iwm.org.uk/north. Imperial War Museum North, The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, Trafford Park, Manchester, M17 1TZ.

History of Computing at MOSI
Saturday 19 – Sunday 27 February, 10am – 5pm

Marvel at how Manchester changed the world at MOSI’s breathtaking new Revolution Manchester gallery, which includes the very latest digital technology, or get interactive with science in the new experiment gallery. This year MOSI is celebrating the year of computing, as it marks the 60th anniversary of the creation of the Ferranti Mark I computer - the world's first commercial computer. At half-term there'll be computing fun for all the family with lots of hands-on events and activities. Meet computer pioneer Alan Turing and hear about his fascinating and tragic life, or go on a computer game nostalgia trip in the games lounge and try out classic games from the 1980s through to the very latest in X-Box games. For full information please visit the website on www.mosi.org.uk. MOSI (Manchester Museum of Science and Industry), Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4FP. Free.

Fun with Ben and Holly at Middleton Shopping Centre
Wednesday 23 February, noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm

Say hello to Ben and Holly – stars of popular tots show Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom.

The colourful costume characters will be meeting and greeting young fans of the magical animation, which can be seen daily on the Nick Jr channel, at the shopping centre. The friendly pair will be shaking hands, posing for pictures and handing out free stickers. Ben is a young elf and is best friends with Princess Holly, a young fairy princess who is still learning to do magic properly. Middleton Shopping Centre, Limetrees Rd, Middleton, Greater Manchester M24 4EL. Free.

Tutankhamun Family Fun Days and Holiday Activities at The Museum of Museums
Saturday 19 February, 10am -5pm
Holiday Activities
Monday 21 – Friday 25 February, 11am – 4pm

Bring your little explorers along for a day with the Pharaoh, jam-packed with exciting free activities included in the ticket price. Sure to keep the whole family, including adults entertained, the family fun days will provide educational, fun and stimulating things to do, such as face painting, walking acts, workshops and much more. Take the trail through time and try your hand at unravelling an ancient mystery. Follow the symbols, track down the treasures and crack the codes to discover the Pharaoh’s secret, as the tomb comes alive once more. Budding Egyptologists will also learn how to create their own amulet to protect from the Pharaoh’s Curse, meet real explorers and get the chance to make their mark on the Pyramid of Wishes at the trail's end. Each child will leave with a free gift as a memento of their visit to see the Pharaoh. For more information please visit the website tutankhamunmanchester.com. The Museum of Museums, The Trafford Centre, Phoenix Way, (off Barton Dock Road), Urmston, Manchester, M41 7TB.

Fun at the Runway Visitors Park at Manchester Airport
Monday 14 – Friday 25 February, 8am - dusk

Manchester Airport’s Runway Visitor Park is gearing up for the first school holidays of 2011, with a host of child-friendly aircraft tours. Now the park’s raised viewing areas mean you can stand literally just a few metres away from real ‘live’ planes as they go past, with around 600 aircraft movements every day. The park is also home to a variety of retired planes, which are open for visitors to tour and explore, including the spectacular supersonic airliner, Concorde and former RAF military spy plane, Nimrod. There’s also a DC-10, Avro RJX and a retro Trident airliner, offering a glimpse of what flying was like in the 1960s and 1970s open for visitors to explore. Throughout the half-term break the park will be offering a new child-friendly Concorde tours, available without booking on a turn up and go, first come first serve basis. For more information please visit www.manchesterairport.co.uk. The Runway Visitor Park, Sunbank Lane, Altrincham, WA15 8XQ.

Free Activites at the Manchester Libraries
Monday 21 – Friday 25 February, times vary

Bring along an old T-shirt and transform it into something much more fabulous with fabric paints and T-shirt printing. There’s also glass painting and paper basket weaving. Let your imagination run wild as you invent your own caped crusaders. Learn about the Japanese art of Manga and create your own piece of artwork with Manga face painting. For full information please visit the website here. Various library locations throughout Greater Manchester. Free.

Take Over Week at Zion
Thursday 24 – Saturday 26 February, times vary

This half term Zion will be presenting a range of activities for young people to get involved in – organised entirely by the young leaders of Zion. February's half term will open a whole range of creative activities involving arts and drama and even an under 16s club night. The week has been programmed by the Young Leaders Group as an opportunity for Zion's home grown talent to take control of Zion and choose their own activities as well as giving them the unique opportunity to organise and manage events in a professional arts centre. For a full list of event please go to www.zionarts.com. Zion Arts Centre, 335 Stretford Road, Hulme Manchester, M15 5ZA.

Get ready to rumble at Albert Halls, Bolton
Saturday 19 February, 7.30pm

Fans of American Wrestling are getting ready to rumble with a brand new bout of this popular sport at the Albert Halls, Bolton. An all-action night of grappling fun is on the cards – a perfect way to kick start the half-term holiday. The live family show features the World Championship Rumble Spectacular - an all-in wrestle where competitors are eliminated by being thrown out of the ring over the top rope. Also featuring in this frenzied night of entertainment is Tag Team Mania and a Ladies best of three contest. For tickets and further information go to www.alberthalls-bolton.co.uk. The Albert Halls, Victoria Square, Bolton, BL1 1RU. Tickets: £12 (or £10 concessions).

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Gorton PeopleFebruary 21st 2011.

Loads of free sports activities for young people in Gorton all through this week:

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