The People’s History Museum has loads of great events on for kids, and is one of the most child-friendly places I’ve been to. All the staff just can’t do enough to help you, there are super-clean toilets with changing facilities, lifts to all floors and Busy Bee explorer packs for children. The building is clean, modern and incredibly spacious, so it’s perfect for prams and pushchairs.
Charlie and I went down to a storytelling session called My Ordinary’s Prize, which told the story of how someone had stolen Mr Ordinary’s thinking and doing. The interactive session thoroughly gripped the toddlers, and was followed by a craft session (pictured: learning officer and storyteller Catherine O’Donnell at craft session).
The story was just the right amount of time, with Catherine making great animal shapes out of just material. It definitely had me gripped, when I wasn’t busy chasing round after Charlie, who was a little too young to appreciate the story.
Overall the museum is always worth a visit as the exhibitions are fully interactive with games and puzzles, as well as things to touch and try out all the way round. Telling the story of politics, democracy and society through the modern history period, the museum has a focus on Manchester’s part in these things (naturally).
Re-opened in 2010 after a £12.5m renovation, which included a restoration of the Pump House and a new four storey extension, it’s open every day from 10am to 5pm.
If you go to the what’s on section of the website, you can search for all family-friendly activity.
People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3ER.
T: 0161 838 9190
Open Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm. Open Bank Holiday Mondays.