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Super Inventors – Our May half term programme

27 May – 4 June 2017

  • 27 May – 4 June 2017, 10am – 5pm
  • Various age restrictions apply
  • Free
  • Throughout the museum
  • Step-free access throughout. Read our facilities guide for full accessibility information.

What's the difference between an inventor and a superhero? Can you ever be both? Find out this May half term with our super fun holiday programme. Collect a Super Inventor trading card at each activity and discover which inventor was the most super of them all.

Pop Bottle Microscopes

The Hive, Wonder Materials, Great Western Warehouse
Drop-in between 11am – 1pm
Ages 7 and over

What's stronger than the Hulk and nearly as see-through as the invisible man? Graphene! Grab some tape and investigate graphite by building your own pop-bottle microscope in this hands-on workshop.

Pop Bottle Microscopes

The Super Power Show

Revolution Manchester, Great Western Warehouse
11am and 1.30pm
Ages 7 and over

POW! KABLAM! Join us for exploding experiments and electrifying demonstrations as we find out all about power. Discover some super inventors and the powers they used to move their machines and the world. 

Creative Coding

Revolution Manchester, Great Western Warehouse
Drop-in between 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Ages 7 and over

What do you get if you add 1 and 0? You get computers, laptops, smartphones and even robots. Discover how to code and spell your own name in binary and turn it into a necklace or wristband in this hands-on workshop.  It's sure to be 01100110 01110101 01101110.

Picture of the engine demonstration at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

Engine Demonstration

Power Hall
12pm, 1pm, 3pm
Ages 7 and over

How can the stuff that comes out of your kettle power a whole factory? This interactive engine demonstration will show you how steam can power an engine the size of an elephant and how it still powers our homes today.

Manchester Mills

Textiles Gallery, Great Western Warehouse
10.30am, 11.30am, 2pm
Ages 5 and over

What's a flying shuttle? How fast is a speed frame and how can you create a twist? Join us for a live demonstration of our textiles machinery as we turn plants into clothes. Plus discover the difficult jobs that went along with such powerful machines.

Activities for Under 4s

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

Super Power Packs

Available from the Main Information Desk, Great Western Warehouse

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, its our Super Power Packs. Hire out a pack free of charge for the day and let your little superhero explore the museum with their super tools, gadgets and gizmos. Don't forget to return your packs to the information desk before you leave!

My Den

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 take some time out during your visit.

Soft Play 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.

While you're here...

1830 Express at the Museum of Science and Industry

These super activities are just the start of your adventure through the Museum of Science and Industry. While you're here, you can also step back in time and take a ride on the 1830 Express, see some huge planes in the Air and Space Hall, or even try to lift a Mini in Experiment!. Explore the website to find out what's on and plan your visit for May half term.

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