We love to visit new places. You will always find me rambling about our days out, our adventures and places we have stumbled across. Whilst researching what options I had to entertain my 3-year old toddler in the centre of Manchester I stumbled across the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). I was keen to find something that would be of interest, something that would offer Lil G a challenge as well as being relatively close to Spinningfields for us to walk to.
Today, I bring you both Lil G’s and my thoughts on the MOSI. We put it to the test on Saturday and we were not disappointed.
He LOVED it. It was a lovely trip. There is so much we didn’t get to see. What we did see we thoroughly enjoyed. We will most definitely be returning to explore further. We visited on a Saturday, I expected the museum to be very busy what with it being half terms but actually, given the size it coped with the number of children and their parents well.
This is a really straight forward place to find. There is a car park below the museum. There is a free bus from Manchester Piccadilly train station which drops off just down from the entrance, it is the No 2. Or, as we did you could make your way to Spinningfields, taking a stroll through the city centre and then it is just a short walk.
On entering the MOSI we were welcomed by a really lovely guide who on noticing the age of Lil G highlighted specific areas which would best suit his age and attention span. She recommended we visited the Experiment area, The Steam Train and the Power Hall. There were also a number of events running throughout the day in each of the spaces of which two were suitable for us. Lil G opted for the Doodle Bots session. I found all the staff to be extremely helpful, kind enough to point us in the right direction as we made our way through the Museum.
In Lil G’s words…
I had fun mummy, my favourite part was building a doodle bot, spinning the doughnut (he means dome) and riding on the steam train. Can we go again mummy
Looks like we will be going back then! My thoughts are…
The facilities, the cafe, the different areas to visit and the buildings were all very impressive. It was easy to navigate around. Staff present throughout. Most areas which were age appropriate really grabbed Lil G’s attention. We had an adventure. We had fun. Watching Lil G’s face taking in all the different areas and individual attractions was wonderful to watch. For those parents that have more than one child, or pushing a pram, please note that there are a lot of steps however in the main building there are lifts. For the most part there are also ramps providing easy access however in the Power House there are several areas which require you to either lift your child up to see certain attractions (toy train set) or guide them up and down steps.
For the summer holidays the MOSI hold a number of interactive sessions called ‘Summer Holidays: Imagine it, Make it, Move it’. This is where we made our Doodle Bot. Lil G was very intrigued. It was a great set up. Various stations for the little ones to work at. What I really liked about this session was that my 3-year old was able to make most of the Doodle Bot himself with just a little help from me.
As we made our way to the exit we stumbled across a number of computers, which allowed you to take a picture of yourself, a version of a selfie which Lil G and I are partial too. The picture was then projected onto a huge sculpture which fascinated my little boy. You are able to share this picture via twitter and facebook allowing you to keep a copy. Our picture is at the bottom of the sculpture…
NB We were provided with free tickets to specific events in order to review the museum