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Treats for toddlers: Five events for under-fives

You’re never too young for science – that’s what we think anyway. There are plenty of events at this year’s Manchester Science Festival that will keep even the fidgetiest toddlers and pre-schoolers entertained. And even better, our picks are all free!

Meet Miro the robodog at the Robot Playground (Saturday 21 October and Sunday 22 October, 10am-5pm, Museum of Science and Industry) or try out your dance moves with robot Nao. Sing-along to science at the Ensonglopedia of Science (Monday 23 October, 2.30pm-4pm, Central Library) – packed with fascinating facts and rib-tickling refrains, this alphabetical science symphony is music to your ears, and will strike a chord with every audience.

A man singing, surrounded by cartoon science objects.

Image: Ensonglopedia of Science

Who knows what other scientific secrets are hidden in the library? Make a second visit for Science @ Central (Wednesday October 25, 10am-4pm) and read up on the fascinating history of science in the city and get hands-on with the collections – as well as some Lego robots.

Make something amazing with The Science Studio (Monday 23 October – Friday 28 October, 2pm-5pm, Manchester Craft and Design Centre) where a week of demonstrations and hands-on experiments will let you see a range of weird, wonderful and curious processes in action as artists create everything from jewellery to vessels sculptures and artworks. Adults and toddlers alike will find something brilliant to make.

Then get streetwise with science with Jon Chase, whose sci-fi raps have made him a star, at the Hip Hop Science Stop Weekender (Saturday 28 October and Sunday 29 October, 10am-5pm, Museum of Science and Industry). You’ll also get to interact with all sorts of multimedia exhibits, take part in a series of street science challenges and see how science can be explored using cheap products and waste materials that most people throw away.

Want to see more family events? Click here for our full family programme – including dinosaurs, family raves and robots.