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It's time to brighten up the winter break with our de-light-ful shows, workshops and demonstrations.

Light Showdown

Daily at 11.30 and 13.30
Revolution Manchester Gallery, Great Western Warehouse
Recommended for ages 5 and older
Free drop-in show


Join our Explainers for a Science Showdown all about Light.  UV, infrared, and visible light all want your vote… who wins? You decide. Join us for bright battles, hidden messages and lightbulb moments in this interactive science show. 

Glow Detectives

Daily at 11.00, 11.30, 12.00 and 12.30
Room 2, Learning Loft, Great Western Warehouse
Recommended for ages 7 and older
Free to take part, though tickets are required due to limited capacity (book at the information desk)

Discover a hidden world in this fantastic fluorescent workshop. Find out what materials glow and why, then turn a torch* or your smartphone into a detector to reveal what's glowing in the museum and in your home. 

*Torches provided. Please note that UV-A lights are used in this workshop.

Light Catchers

14.30–16.30 daily
Revolution Manchester Gallery, Great Western Warehouse
Recommended for ages 5 and older
Free drop-in activity

Get creative with all the family and make your own Light Catchers in this fun and easy workshop. Test it with light to see what colourful patterns, shapes and shadows you have made. Then take it home to create even more. 

Power Packs for Early Years Engineers

Daily at 14.00
Limited packs available from the front desk
Recommended for toddlers under 4

Pick up a Power Pack from the front desk and join one of our Explainers to explore the sights, smells and sounds of the museum's giant engines. This is a special guided session on how pretending and play can make the adventure even better for younger visitors.