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Manchester Museum Bloom Takeover and Pop-Up Shop


Audience Family friendlySuitable for all

Get crafty and creative and join Manchester Museum for a morning of drop-in, hands-on family craft activities inspired by its blockbuster exhibitions and galleries; the Chinese Cultural Gallery, South Asia Gallery and Wild.

The Museum will be celebrating the opening of its Wild exhibition, which will whisk you away to wild places across the globe to explore how people are creating, rebuilding and repairing connections with nature.

Join for family craft activities including:

  • collaging your vision for a Wild Manchester;
  • paper crafting birds and butterflies inspired by those on display in the South Asia Gallery;
  • designing your very own paper vase inspired by those on display in the Chinese Cultural Gallery; and
  • hands-on activities from Ardwick Climate Action.

It’s a free, drop-in event for families – recommended ages seven-plus, together with parents/carers – and younger siblings are welcome too!

And for anyone wanting to buy a memento of their visit, the fabulous Manchester Museum Shop will also be popping up with a selection of Wild-themed family friendly items.

From sustainable toys to beautiful books and ethically sourced gifts – it’s proud to support local makers.

Wu Qin Xi (or Five Animals Qigong)

-11.30am and 12pm

You can also take part in Wu Qin Xi, also known as gymnastics of five animals (tiger, bear, deer, monkey and bird), a well-known traditional form of Qigong physical exercise.

For a long time, Wu Qin Xi exercise has been established as a type of medical sport to provide physical wellbeing and to prevent and treat diseases in China. Each of the animal movements helps a different organ of the body: tiger (liver), deer (kidneys), bear (spleen), bird (lungs), and monkey (heart).

There will be limited spaces for this event, but you can sign up on the day in the Bloom Tent for either 20-minute session (to be held at 11.30am and 12pm).

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