Let in the Stars FREE Family Festival


If you’re looking for something fun and festive to do with the kids this weekend then the Let in the Stars Family Festival has it all!

With Christmas just around the corner, now is the perfect time for some festive family fun.

Stanley Grove Primary Academy and the Manchester Children’s Book Festival have teamed up to host a FREE family event this Saturday featuring an afternoon of activity at Longsight’s community festival of stars, winter, science and crafts.

MCBF Director Kaye Tew said, “We’re thrilled to partner with Stanley Grove on this event and to support the Read Manchester campaign.  The programme of activity for the day is inspired by the Manchester Writing School’s ‘Let in the Stars’ poetry anthology. With input from Manchester Museum, University of Manchester and Jodrell Bank, the theme of stars is picked up across a host of activities for all ages.”

This family-friendly festival is open to everyone, students, parents and children will all find something to enjoy. The MCBF Storytelling Tent will be there with festive themed sensory stories and there will be an opportunity to make Chris Riddell lanterns and celebrate all things poetry and stars.

Emma Martin, Artist and Creative Lead at Stanley Grove Primary Academy said, “We are very excited as our festival for Longsight is shaping up to be our best one yet! The Lord Mayor of Manchester is opening the event, which will include scientists to experiment with, artist, poets, musicians, great games and prizes followed by a lantern parade – all for free! It will be an inspiring and exciting day for our pupils and whole community!”

There’ll be something for the whole family to explore and do!

In the library

Jodrell Bank sun activity
Ukelele Workshop, learn to play Twinkle, Twinkle Little star
Manchester Museum meteor Handling
Stop Go Space Animation
University of Manchester, experiments with heat and light
Star Biscuit decorating
Manchester Children’s Book Festival, Let in the Stars book stall & homemade bags
Chris Riddell Inspired Alien Lantern Making
Poetry Buskers, storytelling, bookmark making and much, much more

Next door in the Pakistani Community Centre:

Star Lab –  inflatable planetarium
Poetry performances and making
Islamic Art
Islamic Star Weaving
Refreshments, Moon Rocks (popcorn) and star toast!

Outside the Library

Star Jars
Manchester Star Scape
Let it Glow, installation that grows over the day
Reach for the Stars Installation
Star crowns and more!

Followed by

The event will take place at Longsight Library and the Islamic Centre next door on Saturday 17th December from 12-4pm. The lantern parade starts at 4.30pm at The United Church of God, Rushford Street and will finishing at the front of the library and Pakistani Community Centre for hot chocolate.



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