As October half term looms, parents will be forgiven for the sudden onset of panic that comes with trying to muster up a week’s worth of entertainment for the little ones.

Fear not though, we’ve handpicked a variety of things that will be going on throughout half term—and what’s better, all of them are free for kids!

Maybe don’t hit that panic button quite yet…

Kids go free at Alty FC | Tue 26 Oct | Kick off 7:45pm

To celebrate their upcoming televised home game, Altrincham FC will drop ticket prices to just £5 as the side welcomes Solihull Moors to the J. Davidson Stadium.

Going one better, kids under the age of 12 will be allowed in for free, on what is sure to be a historic evening for the club.

Tuesday’s game will be shown on BT Sport, the first time Altrincham have been selected for a home televised National League match in 13 years.

J. Davidson Stadium, Moss Ln, Hale, Altrincham WA15 8AP
HOME's Fire Garden | Fri 22 Oct & Sat 23 Oct

HOME is transforming an empty lot into a mesmerising walkthrough of handcrafted fire sculptures and flame-lined paths.

The creation comes from award-winning pioneers of outdoor art, Walk the Plank, and is a surefire way to add some much-needed warmth to the beginning of half term.

2 Tony Wilson Pl, Manchester M15 4FN
Get Curious at the Science and Industry Museum | Sat 23 Oct-Sun 31 Oct

Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum is hosting a week of activities all inspired by their upcoming, groundbreaking exhibition: Cancer Revolution: Science, innovation and hope. 

Coinciding with the exhibition will be an array of free activities, from journeys around the body to the venue’s ever popular Get Curious events, which will see scientists and experts showing off the latest developments in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

Explore John Rylands library | Open Thu-Sat | 10:00am-12:00pm & 1:30pm-5:00pm

The John Rylands library is one of Manchester’s most stunning and unique buildings, and spending a portion of your afternoon within its walls will leave you gasping at its beauty.

Opened to the public in 1900, the jaw-dropping neo-Gothic creation was originally founded by Enriqueta Augustina Rylands in memory of her husband.

These days visitors can look around inside for free, though advanced booking is required.

150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH
Open Doors at Manchester Art Gallery | Tue 26 Oct | 10:00am-12:00pm

Manchester Art Gallery will host a series of creative sessions designed especially for autistic children and their families.

Each month different artworks and ideas are created and discussed with the gallery’s artists and volunteers. Sessions are run by Nadia from Autism for the Arts, who is passionate about creating access to cultural venues for people with autism and other social communication issues.

A quiet room is also available during the session.

Mosley St, Manchester M2 3JL
People's History Museum | Open Wed-Sun | 10:00am-4:00pm

With two main galleries, both of which are free to explore, The People’s History Museum offers the perfect chance to delve through some of the most important moments in history that have shaped society as we know it.

Discover the Match Girls’ Strike of 1888 through an innovative arcade style game, or immerse yourself in the strikes that changed the face of protest using augmented reality technology.

Left Bank, Manchester M3 3ER
Halloween in the City | Sat 30 Oct & Sun 31 Oct

Those beloved monsters will be taking over rooftops across Manchester again, as the Halloween in the City Photo trail returns.

Along with our tentacle-waving pals, The Monster Lab will set up shop on Exchange Square, where kids can make their own mini monsters, conduct spooky experiments and take part in ‘slime school’, which is being run by CBBC’s Scream Street.

To kick the weekend off, Walk the Plank will be holding their Monsters Welcome Procession parade, which will see puppets, stilt walkers and a five-piece band marching through Market Street. The parades will take place on Saturday at 1:00pm, 3.00pm and 4.00pm, and again on Sunday at 12.00pm, 1.00pm and 3.00pm.

Across the city centre
Fri 22 Oct - Mon 1 Nov
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Fri 15 Oct 2021