Whether they’re sporty, arty, bookworms, or nature-lovers, there are all sorts of free activities for young Mancunians on offer during the school holidays this Easter.
With a huge range of things to do, this Easter is the perfect time for children to try something new, or pursue their existing hobbies at their local library, leisure centre, sports venue, gallery or park.
Manchester offers an incredible range of free places to go and things to do during the Easter holidays, with the majority of activities being completely free of charge.
Highlights of the packed events calendar include:
All about bees for Kids with the Heaton Park Beekeepers – This fun activity for encourages young people aged 8 – 14 years old to learn more about the amazing world of the honey bee. Places are free, but limited – email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest (Thursday 13 April Heaton Park Dower House, 1pm – 3pm).
Meet the Donkeys – From Monday 3 April – Friday 14 April, the Manchester Donkey Sanctuary is offering families the chance to meet their wonderful team of donkeys. The friendly animals love to meet new people, so discover their unique characters and stories at Debdale Park (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 3pm – 5pm / 10am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday).
Easter Nature Trails – In partnership with the RSPB, free self-led Easter-themed nature trails suitable for children up to the age of 16 are on offer at Fletcher Moss Park (Wednesday 5 April, 10am – 3pm) and Chorlton Water Park (Wednesday 12 April, 10am – 3pm). With spring in the air, take part in a signs of spring nature quiz trail to explore and find out more about the creatures that live at these sites.
Creative kids have lots of opportunities to get crafty at libraries citywide this Easter.
Miles Better Art Club for kids – Create your own Spring wreaths, Easter chicks and unicorns – there’s something fluffy and fun for everyone to make! (Miles Platting Library, Thursday 6 April 3.30pm – 5.30pm)
Easter Crafts – Design and decorate your own Easter Egg, or step out in style in your very own ‘designer’ Spring bonnet. The free activity is suitable for 4 – 12 year-olds (Thursday 13 April, Moss Side Powerhouse Library, 3.30 – 4.30pm). Central Library is also offering free spring crafts sessions for 4 – 11 year olds (Wednesday 5 April / Wednesday 12 April, 2 – 3pm).
Lego Clubs for Children – Calling all Master Builders, aged from 4 – 12 years – come along to our Lego Club sessions and make everything awesome! All Lego is provided. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by a parent or carer (Avenue Library and Learning Centre Tuesday 11 April 10.30 – noon / North City Library Wednesday 12 April, 10.30am – 12pm).
Sports and Leisure centres
Free swimming is on offer for Manchester residents aged under 17 during the school holidays. Visit www.better.org.uk/manchesterfreeswimming to find out more and register for free sessions.
A multi-sports camp takes place in east Manchester at the Manchester Regional Arena for local 5-13 year-olds this week, where children can try everything from boxing to dancing. Available from only £10 per day, or £40 for the full week for Manchester residents. To secure your place or find out more, visit www.superactivecamps.org
Activities in sports ranging from squash, tennis, cycling, BMX and basketball are on offer at venues citywide. To search for sports happening in your neighbourhood, go to www.mcractive.com.
Activities at arts centre HOME include a free Introduction to Voguing, as part of the HOME Young Creatives programme (Sunday 9 April, 1.30pm – 2.30pm or 3pm – 4pm). ‘Vogue’ is one of the foundation street dance styles, which is still influencing contemporary artists like Beyoncé. This fun and practical workshop is for 15-25 year olds. No dance experience is required, but booking is essential – www.homemcr.org.
Spring Studio – In the spirit of the recently refurbished Whitworth’s monthly Outdoor Art Club sessions, this free drop-in studio brings art, nature and creativity together, come rain or shine. Come and get creative at the Clore Learning Studio and meet artists who are using natural resources, inspired by pattern, shape and colour in both the great outdoors and the work of Barbara Brown, the golden girl of Heal Fabrics in the 1960s and early 1970s. Families should come dressed and prepared for all weathers (Mondays – Fridays, 3 -14 April. 11am-4pm). Visit www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk to find out more about what is on offer during the Easter holidays.
Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Luthfur Rahman said: “This Easter, we’ve pulled out all the stops to offer a fantastic variety of activities, available for everyone, for free, so no matter what your interests, there’s sure to be something for you to get involved during the Easter holidays.”
For full details of the range of activities on offer in Manchester this Easter, go to www.manchester.gov.uk/allsortstodo.