FREE things to do with the kids this weekend in Manchester

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Manchester Family Arts Network brings second family fun day for children and families to the city this November

If you’re looking for some family fun to brighten up your weekend then look no further. This Saturday a selection of the best arts and cultural venues from across Manchester will come together to showcase the cities cultural offer for children and families.

The venues will be taking over Manchester’s Central Library’s on Saturday 26th November to bring you an afternoon of free activities for the whole family to enjoy from 12-4pm.

Central Library will transform into an action-packed arts hub filled with creative arts activities including a film screening of the Jungle Book, a chance to explore the National Football Museums archive, football themed fancy dress, colouring-in, poetry writing and drawing.

The Whitworth will bring a mini Frost Fair to the library with creative activities to get involved in throughout the day, while Z-arts will take audiences on a journey exploring family and heritage through creative arts. Audiences will be able to hear tales from living history characters including a Belle Vue circus ringmaster, a Victorian schoolma’am and a mill worker from Islington Mil, with live storytelling from children’s performer Emily Capstick.

Family Arts Networks are an initiative of the Family Arts Campaign. Manchester’s Family Arts Network is a group of venues from across Manchester that are collaborating to ensure that all Manchester families can get involved in creative events and activities. The Network has expanded to include 23 venues and for the Family Arts Festival 2016, over 70 events across 24 days. Events include storytelling, dance, music, theatre, visual arts, digital and films – so there really is something for everyone.


Follow the Manchester Children’s Book Festival on Twitter @MCBFestival to keep up with all the fun – and don’t forget to tag us in your photos! #McrFamilyFun

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