The Ministry of Lost & Found is back at Manchester Central Library for a brand-new expedition. Fizzing with free family fun, there’ll be music making, stilt walking and hula hooping, plus an exciting immersive experience in The Ministry cellar.

On Saturday 14 September, 11am-4pm, families are invited to join Frankie Found on a mission to find Leo Lost at Central Library.  Is Leo lost, hiding somewhere or has something more mysterious happened?

Fizzing with free family fun, families will be greeted by Frankie at the Lost & Found Office and from there, will join the search party led by Frankie’s Ministry friends on the mission around the iconic library building.

In the company of Fenella von Hoop, Professor Arty Farty Pants and Kabantu Junk Band, they’ll be the opportunity to take part in a hula hooping performance, find new sounds with the junk orchestra in the music library and craft origami bookmarks in the Reading Room.

Families will be treated to a performance by Miss Dotty Marbles, the Ministry’s librarian who has lost the plot, and in her other life stars in Channel 4’s Drag SOS.

New to this year’s event is The Ministry Cellar, the home of lost and unknown creature Boggo. An immersive experience, which promises to delight, families will be given the challenge of infiltrating the cellar without waking Boggo. The task is to find the golden keys to unlock the door, which could lead them to Leo.

Families can also go on a treasure hunt looking for Leo’s lost items, dress up and play at the Lost & Found office and lose their inhibitions with the Ministry Minions, the team of young people volunteering at the event.  Being a library, story time sessions are also on the agenda, along with the opportunity to explore the Children’s Library and get lost in the joy of reading with your family.

Produced by Z-arts, The Ministry of Lost & Found brings together some of Manchester’s most respected children’s theatre performers and artists, promising to be a both memorable and enjoyable high-quality family arts experience.

Jude Jagger, Creative Producer says: “Last year we welcomed hundreds of families to The Ministry of Lost & Found and this year we hope to welcome even more! Free to attend, the event gives families the opportunity to have a wonderfully crazy and curious day in Central Library. My tip for the day is to try and speak to all of the Ministry staff, you never know what joy you might unearth in your investigations!”

Saturday 14 September
Free event, no need to book*
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