Discover the wonders of light this winter and explore the magical, creative ways it can brighten up our worlds with a host of free, illuminating shows and activities from Saturday December 20 at Manchester’s Museum of Science & Industry.

Witness crazy electrical inventions from the past, enjoy light themed storytelling and create a unique piece of light craft to take home and brighten up dark, wintry days in our bright and bumper family friendly programme

Pi is the Museum’s cool new space for getting up close with science – which is running daily throughout the holidays.

As the winter nights draw in, take part in glow in the dark science, and discover the wonders of glow sticks. How do they work? How can they be used to write a top secret luminous letter to Santa? Help us set off an exploding glow in the middle of the Power Hall.

Learn about the first electrical circuit to light up Manchester in the Museum’s brand new and interactive science show, Circuit City.

Take part in three crazy inventions to test some of history’s most bizarre electrical creations in this fun, surprising and lively half hour show bringing a buzz to the story of electricity. Watch a daily engine demonstration in the Power Hall featuring the Buxton engine – which uses steam power to turn a dynamo and generate electricity.

In Secrets of the Sky, a fun, fusion of story-telling and art, visitors can ignite their creative spark using fluorescent materials and UV lighting to design funky art work that will glow in the dark. Older children, aged 7 plus, can experience painting with light in the dark in special pre-bookable Light Painting workshops. Each 90 minute session, running on Sundays 21 and 28 December offer participants a fantastic opportunity to get to grips with long-shutter speeds to create some beautiful photos.

Head of Learning, Natalie Ireland comments:
”Our illuminating winter programme offers visitors of all ages lively, hands-on and surprising ways in which to discover the wonders of light and power. By showing how light can be used creatively, through our brand new science show, workshops and story-telling sessions we are enabling and encouraging our visitors to think differently about light and the science behind it.“

Circuit City*
20th Dec 2014 – 4th Jan 2015

Free – No need to book. Just drop in
Daily 13:40 – 14:10
Suitable for all ages.

History has thrown up some bizarre electrical inventions, and we’re going to use them!

Following the first electrical circuit to light up Manchester, we’ll use three crazy inventions to test the different rules of electrical safety, in this fun, surprising and interactive science show.

*Circuit City has been created with Support from Electricity North West

The Secret in the Sky
20th Dec 2014 – 4th Jan 2015
Daily 11:00 – 15:30 (Session times: 11am – 12 noon, 12.30pm – 1.30pm and 2.30pm – 3.30pm)
No need to book – just drop in.
Suitable for all ages.
In the city at night, something is missing, but what? Using fluorescent materials and UV lighting, we’ll discover the answer. Be a part of the mystery in this unique, awe-inspiring combination of craft activity and story time.

Light Painting
Sunday 21 Dec 2014 and Sunday 28 Dec 2014
11:00 – 16:30 ( (90 Minute Sessions run at 11am; 1pm and 3pm
Tickets are free but booking is essential: or
Suitable for ages 7 and older.


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