Festival Family Fun Day: Part 1

It was all systems go at the Manchester Children’s Book Festival Family Fun Day today, a free public event which took place in the Geoffrey Manton Building at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Among this morning’s exciting goings-on, the METMUnch stall had lots of fresh fruit and vegetables ready for the tasting, which were transformed into yummy smoothies on the spot. For the more creatively minded, a team from The Lowry were on hand to help people create their own pop-up comic book heroes, the People’s History Museum were making coats of arms and members of the Manchester Children’s Book Festival crew were lending a hand with sea monkey decorations.
Ordsall Hall took us on a supernatural journey into the past with their Young Ghost Hunters’ Club stall featuring people in authentic Tudor clothing. The Imperial War Museum Northalso gave the day a historical twist with their First World War-themed stall, where children met puppet characters and made their own unique souvenirs. Other highlights included a visit to the storytelling tent from the National FootballMuseum.

We spoke to some of the children to find out what kinds of fun activities they had planned:

Fifi, age 7, said: “I’m looking forward to drawing things with crayons and the parade.” 
Shakira, age 7, was drawing a picture of herself with a friendly cat. When asked what she was looking forward to about today, she said, “Lots of things, really. I might go and get my book signed by one of the authors.”
Akchyata, age 5, said: “I’ve made a caterpillar and a butterfly. I’m going to put them in my bedroom.”

 

By mid-morning, the Atrium was full to the brim with people crafting and chatting. Downstairs in Lecture Theatre 1, a very special guest had arrived. Cerrie Burnell from CBeebies had come to talk to everyone about her new book, ‘Snowflakes’, and to meet all her fans. Look out for our dedicated blog post about Cerrie’s visit later on today.

There was also an opportunity to enter a prize raffle, to be in with a chance of winning one of the Festival’s uniquely handcrafted sea monkey toys. Later on, the sea monkeys took centre stage in their own special parade. Stay tuned for Part 2 of this to find out about their adventures!

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