Half Term Fun In Manchester + Kids Go Free Offer

The Art Of Brick

The Art Of Brick

The Art of the Brick, Unit 5 Great Northern Warehouse, Peter Street, Manchester, M2 4EJ

If you have a Lego fan in the family then a trip to Manchester to The Art Of Brick is a must. Perfect for all ages the exhibition of just under 100 pieces of art, by corporate lawyer turned award-winning artist Nathan Sawaya features mesmerising sculptures made up of more than a million iconic LEGO® bricks. Pieces include life-size human models , famous works of art and a  T. rex skeleton made out of 80,000 LEGO bricks. 

If you are looking for a mess-free, creative family day out then I would recommend you come and see the exhibition. It’s the perfect way to inspire budding artists and engineers to start building their own masterpieces.

From Monday 10th February – Sunday 23rd February, The Art of the Brick Manchester is offering one free child’s ticket with every paying adult ticket.

This February Half Term offer will be available on all pre-booked tickets and at the Box Office.  Pre-booking on the website is recommended to secure your time slot.  

For more information and to book tickets for The Art of the Brick Manchester visit www.aotbmanchester.co.uk 

* We have kindly gifted our tickets in return for an honest review. 

Dinosaur at The Art Of Brick

Almost Famous

100-102  High Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1HP

The expression ‘ A picture paints a thousand words ‘ springs to mind here. We tried to get a table at the Almost Famous next door to the exhibition but with a 45-minute wait, we jumped in a taxi and visited the Northern Quarter branch. This was a great decision as the ‘original’ Almost Famous was much quieter and we got a table straight away. As an FYI it is up 3 flights of stairs so not suitable for anyone with pushchairs or really little ones. Charley ( aged 4 ) didn’t have any problems.

The menu consists of lots of burgers and varieties of fries all washed down with milkshakes, cocktails or beers. Its walls are covered in contemporary art and the kids loved looking around at the different prints. Almost Famous is child-friendly with a great children’s menu and plenty of colouring sheets to keep them quiet while you relax ( and enjoy a drink ). Food-wise the portions are big. I would suggest ordering a burger each and then sharing a couple of different sides. The hot wings are a must but will set your mouth on fire.

Harry was in his element here and loved the cool, city vibe ( and the even cooler, pretty waitress who fussed over him). It was a really enjoyable, stress-free meal that had us all smiling with satisfaction by the time we left.

Harry eating a burger at Almost Famous

Black Milk

Black Milk,88 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LF

I’m sorry I am showing you all this lovely food but if you don’t go and visit Black Milk on your next trip to Manchester you are missing out. Still full from our lunch at Almost Famous we decided to take a late-night visit to Black Milk for milkshakes & waffles. Prepare for sugar overload here and roughly 1,00000000000 Slimming World syns.

I decided to try the heart-shaped waffles with Nutella & strawberries + White chocolate pouring sauce. Even writing it makes my mouth water. Charley has a classic strawberry milkshake, Harry had a blueberry smoothie & Lee had a ridiculously big chocolate sundae. For anyone thinking of visiting, sharing a dessert would be a great option as they are big enough for two. The eyes bigger than their bellies family struggled to finish and ended up taking most of it away for a midnight feast.

Black Milk is a lovely place for a family treat or a cute date night. A fabulous backdrop for all your #InstaFood photos and the perfect end to a day in Manchester.

Charley having a milkshake at Black Milk

Heart Shape waffles at Black Milk

Renaissance Manchester City Centre

Blackfriars Street, Manchester  M3 2EQ United Kingdom

We decided to mark the start of half term by staying over at the Renaissance Manchester City Centre. It a great central location, the family rooms are huge with 2 double beds and for a Sunday night, it only cost £90.00. We parked the car overnight at the old Boddingtons brewery carpark which was cheaper than the hotel carpark and only a 2 minute walk away.

The hotel is nice and quiet and a great base for exploring the city. Both the kids loved staying over and making it a ‘holiday’ and it also meant that I & Lee could relax and enjoy a couple of drinks with our meal.

We choose a room only rate but having stayed at the hotel before I can say the breakfast selection is large and has something for everyone.

Harry and Charley sat in bed at the Renaissance Manchester City Centre

I hope you have enjoyed today’s post and it has inspired you to take a trip to Manchester. It was a nice short family break and we can’t wait to visit again.

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