Allsorts To Do At Home

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Allsorts to do at home

Allsorts To Do At Home

Manchester’s obviously quieter than usual at the moment, and our buzzing arts, culture, fitness, youth and music scenes are on hold. Our sports centres, art galleries, theatres, libraries and events are in temporary hibernation but you don’t have to be. Behind the scenes, the staff who keep these things going have been busy finding ways to bring recreation to you at home.

To make it easier for you, we've launched a brand new e-bulletin that will deliver ideas and inspiration straight to your inbox so you don't have to go searching for it. Every week, we’ll be rounding up some of the best activities that parents, children, young adults and families can take part in without even leaving the house. There’s Allsorts To Do At Home!

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Zumba with Greg

Get the blood flowing, without anyone seeing how much you sweat, with a bit of virtual Zumba! Manchester’s own Greg McHugh is running free online Zumba classes at 4pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is an ideal way to stay active and have some fun in your own living room.

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Tom Hardy on CBeebies

To the delight of the nation’s children (and many parents), Tom Hardy is making his much-anticipated return to Bedtime Stories on CBeebies. From Monday 27 April until Friday 1 May, at 6.50pm he’ll be reading stories such as Hug Me, by Simone Ciraolo, as your little ones drift off to sleep.

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Withington memory box

Take a trip down memory lane & see what your local area used to look like decades ago! Each week, Archives+ is publishing a memory box online with historic photos from a different area in Manchester. Withington is up first, with worksheets available for you to jot down the memories of your older relatives.

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City Nature Challenge

Are you and your family looking for a way to stay connected with nature and wildlife? The City Nature Challenge is the perfect way to spot creatures and critters safely! See what wildlife you can get a snap of in your garden or from your window and try to identify it!

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Frog Friday Live

Every Friday at 1pm, Manchester Museum invites you into its vivarium for Frog Friday Live. Tune in on Periscope (@mcrmuseum) and find out everything you always wanted to know about frogs but were too afraid to ask!

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World of Music Choir

Northern Quarter venue Band on the Wall has taken its World of Music choir online, bringing interactive singalongs & music lessons into your home. Join folk singer Bella Hardy as she leads you in traditional and modern songs, harmonies and rounds every Tuesday at 6pm.

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Alien Party on Planet Zum-Zee

Join the Hallé Orchestra on a journey to an alien planet for an intergalactic tea party. Recorded at The Bridgewater Hall in December 2019, it’s an out-of-this-world trip for young families with plenty of music, fun and laughs!

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One Mic Stand

The Young Identity collective has uploaded a video version of its fantastic poetry slam event. See ten young poets impress judges with their spoken word skills. This is one that young adults with an artistic interest won't want to miss.

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Read Manchester

Reading for just ten minutes a day has been proven to have loads of positive effects for children and adults. Luckily, the Read Manchester team has collected together an amazing array of online resources to make it easier for your kids to get stuck into a good book or reading activity while they’re indoors.

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Love Where You Live

Keep Britain Tidy is encouraging you to show why you love where you live! Take a picture or video of you and your family making the most of being at home and upload it to Twitter with the hashtag #LoveWhereYouLive.

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