Today was a uni day for me, which meant that the boys needed to entertain themselves for the morning, minus moi. With my uni being smack bang in the middle of Manchester it was a good chance for them to work their way through the various exhibitions the city has to offer and with more than 10 museums in just the city centre alone, they had more than enough options to choose from. For the boys it was a no brainer though, Dino obsessed Theon opted for the Natural History Museum, whilst car mad dad picked the Science and Industry Museum.
Knowing that I’d been to the Natural History Museum a gazillion times (to be fair it really is good enough to warrant multiple trips), Yianni opted to go there first so that they’d be done in time to meet me from my study session allowing for us all then to go on to the S&I Museum as a family. Plus I really wanted to see the Tim Peake exhibit!
The museum is made up of three different buildings, the first of which houses an awesome collection of vintage cars and aeroplanes outlining the history of transport and some of mans most amazing aeronautical and mechanical feats.
Just a short walk across the road is the main hub of the museum where the Tim Peake and ‘Experiment!’ exhibits are housed.
“On 15 December 2015, Major Tim Peake embarked on the Principia mission to the International Space Station, where he spent six months orbiting Earth. Thanks to extraordinary leaps in communication technology, we watched as he broadcast live experiments and walked in space.”- Presented by Samsung and The Science Museum Group.
Aimed at space enthusiasts of all ages, the Tim Peakes’s Spacecraft Exhibit will run until May 13th. Like everything else encapsulated in the museum it’s absolutely free.
For me the greatest aspect of the museum is the way they’ve managed to cater themselves to all ages; at only 19 month old Theon was able to wonder around and actively participate in all the interactive displays.
Considering we visited on a Saturday, the museum itself was not that busy which meant we were able to have a go at everything without waiting in line and more importantly that there was always a free chair for me to rest my pregnant cankles!
Depending on the weather (we lucked out and managed to go on the one sunny day Manchester had to offer this year), the museum has both a Cafe and Bistro as well as various in and outdoor seating areas for those who wish to take their own packed lunches.
The third and final building is the locomotive centre, where budding steam enthusiast can discover the role railways played in shaping the modern world. Set up on actual tracks with cobbled streets and vintage decoration to fully immerse you in the moment and take you back to the hey day of these magnificent machines.
Despite calling them all ‘bus’, Theon had a fantastic time wondering the ‘streets’ between the trains; he ”toot, tooted” and ”choo chooed” the entire way home.
However, the greatest parental win of the day was just how exhausted he was by the end of it all, being able to run about and have a go at everything left us with one very happy, worn out boy and ultimately a full nights sleep!
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