A father and daughter at a Big Fish Little Fish rave

Hoop’s top five family events

The team at Hoop (a popular app that helps parents discover family activities) have picked out some of their top events for families attending this year’s Manchester Science Festival.

“At Hoop, we work to promote opportunities that spark children’s curiosity and encourage learning through exciting, hands-on activities. Manchester Science Festival is a fantastic chance for children to learn about the world around them and discover a love for science early on. We’re excited to bring you our picks for this year’s festival.”

The Hoop team’s top choices are:

The Flash Bang Show
Saturday 20 October
Spark your curiosity and blast your senses with these exciting demonstrations, exploring everything from fireworks to hydrogen rockets. Live commentary will reveal how the science of solids, liquids, gases and combustion comes together to create colourful explosions and popping chemical reactions.

Deep Ocean Lab with Greg Foot
Monday 22 October
Ever wondered what you could find at the bottom of the ocean? Join Blue Peter science wiz Greg Foot on an exploration to discover the secrets of the deep sea. Learn about this mysterious world and its crucial importance through videos filmed 1,000ft beneath the surface.

Art Junkies
Monday 22 October
Transform junk into incredible art and learn how innovative science is used to recycle everyday rubbish. Artist and recycling guru Maryanne Royle and Dr Karl Williams, the Director for the Centre for Waste Management, will reveal special tricks to recycle what we throw away in exciting new ways.

Science Rocks, Climbing Rules
Wednesday 24 October
Give your brain and body a workout with this unusual introduction to rock climbing and bouldering. Discover how forces, gravity and stability come into action as you jump and climb on different rock surfaces.

Big Fish Little Fish: Animal Fantastical
Sunday 28 October
Unleash your wild side at this roaringly brilliant family rave with DJ Chad Jackson. The whole family can have a boogie, colour in a mural and meet Safari Phil’s creepy crawly friends. Lose yourselves in a world of bubbles, confetti and balloons, with plenty of crafting, storytelling, a baby chill area and even a licensed bar.

Hoop is a free app that helps families discover what’s on for kids. Listing over 80,000 different family activities and events each week from interesting workshops, like those at the Manchester Science Festival, to local baby and toddler groups, dance classes, sports clubs and more.

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