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Families With Young Children

Visiting with young children? Grab a Blanket Bag, Treasure Basket or Power Pack and explore our soft play areas tailor made for tiny tots and toddlers.

We believe that the power of play sparks young imaginations and helps to create future Einsteins, Brunels and Curies. Here's what we've got going on for pre-schoolers and their grown-ups, tailor-made for our youngest visitors.

Picture of baby and Blanket Bag from Museum of Science and Industry

Blanket Bags

Price: Free (available from the Information Desk, Great Western Warehouse)
Times: Every weekday outside of school holidays
Age: Recommended for babies that don’t crawl yet

These soft, portable bags unfold into a blanket full of sensory objects for our very youngest visitors.

Treasure Baskets

Price: Free (available from the Information Desk, Great Western Warehouse)
Times: Every weekday outside school holidays 
Age: Recommended for babies that crawl but are not walking
Perfect for mini-adventurers, these baskets are filled with sensory objects that help little minds grow. Want to know more? Join one of our led sessions where members of our Explainer team will give you some insight into child development and how sensory play helps. Free, drop-in, led sessions are available every Wednesday at 11.30 and every Saturday at 10.30.

Picture of child and Power Pack from Museum of Science and Industry

Power Packs

Price: Free (available from the Information Desk, Great Western Warehouse)
Times: Every weekday outside school holidays
Age: Recommended for toddlers and young children
Especially for budding engineers and train drivers, these rucksacks have everything you need to ‘work’ in our Power Hall – oil our engines and don’t forget your train driver’s hat.

My Den

Location: Textiles Gallery
A quieter, more sensory space for families with babies and young children to play together.  With projections, touch-feel wall panels and comfy mats, it’s the perfect place to try-out our Blanket Bags and Treasure Baskets or just take some time out.

Picture of young girl playing in the Experiment! Gallery at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

Soft Play Experiment!

Location: Experiment!
A soft play area especially for young builders and demolishers. Bright blocks that can be stacked, climbed and toppled – all in a day’s work for mini architects and engineers.

Experitots

Price: £3 for 1 adult and 1 child, £2 for each additional adult or child
Location: Experiment! 
Times: Monthly, 10.30am to midday
Age: Recommended for children under 6
These monthly, themed sessions use play, puppets and storytelling to get knee-high scientists and engineers interested in experiments, mathematics and learning through play. Events need to be booked in advance. See here for more details. 

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