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What’s On: February

There’s lots happening this month, here’s our pick of where to head and what to see!

‘Pig’ Celebrations for Chinese New Year in Liverpool.

The Year of the Pig festivities will start on Friday 8 February with a focus on the Chinese arch, which was gifted to the city by Shanghai twenty years ago as a symbol of the twinning relationship.

From 7pm on the 8 and 9 February, there will be lion dancing and Chinese influenced street theatre in and around the arch, which will build up to a unique projection and pyrotechnic show at the arch, and on surrounding buildings. Called The Quest for the Arch, the projections follow the journey of a little girl and a pig from Shanghai to Liverpool.  The soundtrack will provided by musician and composer Jah Wobble and will feature a live element to the performance. It will end at around 7.45pm.

The Chinese arch street entertainment, the lumiere and pyrotechnic show will also take place on Sunday 10 February from 6pm.

Building up to Sunday’s main day of celebrations, from 28 January, thousands of Chinese lanterns will adorn city centre streets and Chinatown, and a number of buildings including St Luke’s Church (the Bombed Out Church), Everyman & Playhouse Theatres and Sefton Park Palm House will turn red in homage to China.

Sunday (10 February) will see the usual traditional celebrations take place, which last year attracted around 25,000 people. They include a number of street and stage performances, family workshops, a fairground, parades, firecracker displays and of course the popular Chinese market on George Street selling gifts, souvenirs and mouth-watering Chinese food.

The family friendly activities will start from 11.30am and take place in and around Great George Square and Nelson Street.  The event will end at 6.45pm.

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Family Concert – Science Fiction Classics

Sunday 10th February 2.30pm

Join presenter Alasdair Malloy and conductor Gavin Sutherland as they join forces with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for this fantastic adventure through ‘Time And Relative Dimensions In Space’!

Have close encounters with out-of-this-world favourites from large and small screens, including music from Star WarsThunderbirdsKnight Rider and Futurama. You can travel Back to the Future in a DeLorean, trek through the stars in The Enterprise – and watch out for despicable villains like Gru and Darth Vader along the way.

Join in the fun and come dressed up as your favourite sci-fi character!

Liverpool Philharmonic Family Concerts are a great way for children and adults to come together to experience a full symphony orchestra performing music live. Concerts last about one hour. Fidgeting is allowed, and the whole family is welcome, so come along and give it a try!

Children are invited to have a go on a variety of instruments from 30 minutes prior to each concert at our Instrument Petting Zoo.

For more information and to book tickets, visit www.liverpoolphil.com or call the Box Office on 0151 709 3789.

Baby Club at The Everyman Cinema, Liverpool

Cinema with a baby? Hooray for Everyman Cinema, Liverpool, who have launched ‘Baby Club’.

The club for those with babies runs every Tuesday and Thursday and is films will screen around 10am (check weekly for specific timings).  They’ll be screening popular favourites as well as the latest releases, and the price for a ticket (£10.50) which includes a hot drink and slice of cake.  Please note that they only permit adults with babies in to these screenings, and the babies have to be under the age of 12 months.  So what makes these showings different from others? Well as well as being baby friendly, they leave the lights up a little and drop the volume so it is much easier for little ones.

www.everymancinema.com/liverpool

The Museum of Science & Industry : Be amazed this half term!

There’s an amazing journey in store for families this February half term. So, get a move on for fun, thrills and laughs!

Climb aboard their Rocket Racers workshop where visitors can design their very own train of the future. Take a pit stop at the Science Showdown for some live experiment fun before parking up at The Great Bridge Build Off and use your skills to bridge a gap between two cities. For  younger visitors, collect one of the Early Years Engineers Power Packs from the front desk (though be quick, as availability is limited!) and join in a special tour of the Power Hall where under 4s can help keep the engines in tip top condition.

Outside, in the yard, it’s time to roll up, roll up! and take a spin on our Victorian style fairground. Scream down the Helter-Skelter, win a prize on Hook-a-Duck, race horses on the Carousel, get seriously dizzy on the Chair-O-Plane and more.

There’s the chance to get a job in a cotton mill with textiles demonstrations, see the machines that made Manchester great in the Power Hall and lift a Mini, create a hurricane or watch your own skeleton ride a bike in the hands-on gallery, Experiment.

Say hello to Stephenson’s Rocket, one of the world’s first train engines and marvel at the earliest intercity passenger railway station where Rocket worked. In the exhibition Electricity: The spark of life, take a look at the incredible natural force that has inspired scientists and inventors for centuries and may hold the key to keeping us moving in the future.

Free admission, charges apply to some activities.

www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk

Heaps on offer this half term at Storyhouse, Chester

Den building, LEGO masterclasses, coding workshops and theatre performances are among the activities on offer for youngsters at Storyhouse during February half-term.

For seven days the city arts venue will have a programme of family activities, including LEGO workshops by winners of Channel 4’s Lego Masters, a talk by prolific children’s illustrator Nick Sharrat plus performances, films and free arts and crafts.

Alex Clifton, artistic director at Storyhouse said: ‘This half-term Storyhouse will be a hive of creative activity, a place for families to build dens together, design computer games, or watch a film or show.’

Families can enjoy a performance by acclaimed improv kings Noise Next Door (16 Feb) when they bring their acclaimed show At Sea to Storyhouse’s main theatre. Plus, celebrated children’s illustrator Nick Sharrat will give a talk packed with tips for budding artists.

Den building is back – the popular workshop that uses household junk to create amazing hiding spaces, whilst Thursday 21 February is dedicated to Lego making in a workshop led by winners of Channel 4s Lego Masters. Other workshops include computer game design, coding and stop-motion animation. There will be also be a Play in Day project for juniors aged between 7-11, aspiring theatre makers will write, direct, rehearse and perform a single play in one day.

Every day the children’s library will have free arts and crafts inspired by dragons.

Meanwhile Storyhouse’s cinema presents the latest in the How to Train Your Dragon franchise in The Hidden World.

To find out more and book visit www.storyhouse.com

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