Our top eleven things to do at tomorrow’s Family Fun Day

Our Festival Family Fun Day is back. Bigger and better than ever before! All taking place in the Geoffrey Manton Building, on Rosamond Street West (just off Oxford Road opposite to the Aquatics Centre).

With over 25 exhibitors, a multitude of workshops, special guest appearances from Cerrie Burnell, Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre, underground storytelling, and a whole bunch of free activities for kids of all ages, we thought we’d give you the top ten things to see and do when you arrive.
But there was so much, we had to do a top eleven… 
So, in the spirit of Glastonbury, turn your fun amps up to eleven, and get ready for the Festival Family Fun Day!
11. Arthur’s Dream Boat at the Z-Arts Centre
The award-winning team of Polly Dunbar (as seen on CBeebies’ Tilly And Friends) and Long Nose Puppets bring the cherished story of Arthur’s Dreamboat to the stage. A magical children’s show with puppets so enchanting that everyone will want to sail away with Arthur’s in his boat!
Tickets are also available via Z-arts box office: 0161 232 6089; boxoffice@z-arts.org.
10.  The Out of Schools Exhibition in the Holden Gallery
Located just around the corner from our Family Fun Day, the Holden Gallery showcases the Art School’s Out of Schools Exhibition, a collection of artwork from young people across Manchester. Perfect for any budding Van Gough or potential Pollack!
9. Science and Engineering workshops and activities
Could you be a superhero? Through the power of bioengineering you could be! Check out some of the awesome things happening in the field of biotechnologies and test super-x-ray vision, mega-muscles and remarkable regeneration skills!
Use all that you’ve learnt to design your own superhero!  Then sign up for one of their Simfection workshops, finding out about how real viruses spread by using computer models!
8. Arts, crafts, sea wigs and more!
Come along to the craft tables and have a go at making your own seawig (the sparklier and bigger the better) and then take part in our seawig parade at 1:30pm along with the fabulous Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre! You’ll also be able to be an illustrator yourself and draw a sea monkey, or make one of your very own.
We’ll also be raising money for our partner charity Readwell, so you’ll be able to buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of the Festival sea monkey team!
7. Exhibitors from cultural venues across the city!
Interactive exhibition stands from organisations across Manchester, including The Lowry Theatre, Cultureword, Central Library, Z-Arts, Manchester Museum, Ahmed Iqbal Ullah, Giddy Goat Toys, MMU Illustrations, Ordsall Hall, the Royal Exchange, Bold Beasts Stories, One Education Music, Junkcraft toys and crafts, Readwell, The People’s History Museum, Imperial War Museum, the National Football Museum and our special Photo-booth experience! Phew!
6. Make your own pop-up workshop
Hear a story inspired by some amazing pop-up children’s books, then take part in a workshop to learn how to make your own to take home. Make simple animals, monsters, funny people, haunted houses … and anything else you can imagine! Workshop led by Illustrator and lecturer Desdemona McCannon, and Manchester Writing School tutors Ellie Byrne and Iris Feindt.
5. Free workshops with the People’s History Museum, Emily Capstick & The Royal Exchange Theatre workshops
Meet the author of Mr Ordinary for a storytelling session in our Under-5’s storytelling tent at 11am, then a workshop with the author at 12pm.
The Royal Exchange Theatre will also be running drama workshops throughout the day, exploring characters and storytelling using drama and performance. Thespians, this is your call to action!
4. Under 5’s Storytelling
Come along to the under-5’s storytelling tent for a series of readings and workshops throughout the day from Readwell, Author Fiona Campbell, Cultureword, Emily Capstick, One Education Muscial Making Workshops, Bold Beasts Stories, Ordsall Hall, the National Football Museum, and Junkcraft. Throughout the day and free to pop into!
3. The Underground Book Club
Join young fiction authors Catherine Fox, Livi Michael, Jacqueline Roy, A Bag of Allsorts, and special guests appearance from Shanta Everington for the Underground book club for aged 7 and above. A full day of readings and activities taking place in our lower atrium. 
2. Cerrie Burnell Special Guest Appearance
Cerrie Burnell – as seen on CBeebies – will be making a special appearance at the 2014 Manchester Children’s Book Festival Family Fun Day. Join her for interactive story-telling from her book Snowflakes. Hear from Cerrie reading from her new book, work with Cerrie to make your own special snowflake, and get copies of your books signed.
This special guest appearance is one not to be missed.
1. Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre
Meet Philip and Sarah, the guys behind Oliver and the Seawigs, and the people responsible for bringing all the sea monkey action to this year’s Festival!
Oliver grew up in a family of explorers – but his biggest adventure is about to begin! With his new friends – a grumpy old albatross, a short-sighted mermaid and a friendly island called Cliff – Oliver goes off in search of his missing parents. But, before he can put his rescue plan into action, there’s an army of pesky sea monkeys to contend with… 
Don’t miss this chance to meet the wonderful Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre in Manchester, for a lively journey into the world of Oliver and the Seawigs. Get ready for the grand Seawigs Parade at 1.30pm. Bring your seawigs along or make one on the day at our wigs workshop. 
There will also be the Manmet Munch with plenty of sea monkey goodies and treats, the Atrium Cafe will be open all day serving hot and cold food, and the Box Office will be open to purchase tickets for all of our events!
Visitors to the Festival Family Fun Day will have access to free parking (subject to availability) at Manchester Metropolitan University John Dalton car park between 10am and 5pm on Saturday 28th June 2014. There is additional on-road and multi-storey parking around the All Saints campus, which must be paid for. Directions to the car park can be found here: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/travel/allsaints/
You can keep up with all the action of the day @mcbf2014 or #mcbf2014 on twitter
See you there!

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