Yes half term is upon us, Christmas is but a memory and the next bank holiday is Good Friday. So rather than your house getting pulled asunder and frantically trying to find a play date at a moment’s notice. We’ve had our eyes peeled and our many spies, yes that’s you, informing us of great events happening up and down the country to help us get through this coming week in one piece. Sorry if we haven’t included sometime near to you this time, but if you see something of interest, let us know over at editorial@Clothes-Make-the-Man.com
If you haven’t done so already, get yourself down to Glasgow’s People’s Palace before 26th March for Fizzers: 10 Years of Caricature it features over 120 international icons and Scottish celebrities as you have never seen them before – each captured in caricature by five leading artists from the Scottish Cartoon Art Studio. Adele, Lady Gaga, Bay City Rollers, Rihanna and Bob Dylan are just a few of the singing super stars whose Fizzer has been created for this exhibition, along with a special tribute to David Bowie featuring several caricatures of his unique stage personas.
‘Fizzer’ is Glaswegian slang for face and, at this new exhibition, visitors of all ages can delight in the drawings of well-known Fizzers from across the world, then share their favourite on social media using #fizzers10
If you want to get your lil ones hooked on classics head over to the Cockpit theatre who have teamed up with Beak and Claw Productions this half term to offer children a chance to experience original bitesize theatre productions including opera, puppetry and Shakespeare for just £1. Enjoy short chunks of new childrens’ shows from opera to puppetry to Shakespeare. Then get involved with a Q&A session with their creators where you can offer feedback and suggestions. There’s also a storytelling workshop before each session, so kids can start making shows of their own.
Ever wondered how do chameleons change colour? What makes grasshoppers leap so high? How do bats see at night? Head south of the river to meet a robotic rhino, a squid with 18-foot tentacles and a huge house fly with a vacuum cleaner mouth at the Horniman Museum’s Zoo for larger-than-life robot animals made from familiar machines and gadgets. This family-friendly exhibition features larger-than-life animals that have been innovatively recreated using a variety of familiar machine parts and gadgets to reveal how their real life counterparts see, eat, hunt and hide. Remember Adults pay £7.70, kids £4.40
Just in time for half term is Arcade Club at the National Football Museum, with over 50 classic arcade games available to play. Arcade Club is home to Europe’s largest collection of retro and classic arcade and video games, from arcade originals like Donkey Kong and Pacman to classic sports sims like Super Hang-On and Virtua Striker.
Admission to the Arcade Club is £5 (£4 for National Football Museum Season Ticket members, free for Under-4s), and all machines are free to play.
Although not technically half term, keep an eye out for Family rave planners Big Fish Little Fish as they are hosting a Madchester indie special event at The Factory FAC251 with DJ Dave Booth, who has performed sets for Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets, New Order and at Spike Island for the Stone Roses etc.The event is taking place from 2pm to 4.30pm on Sunday, March 5.
Bristol & Bath
If you go down to Avon Valley, all month long, you can experience all sorts of magical adventures, stories and more. Fairy Tale activities and crafts, including; make your own crown and grow your own beanstalk, Story telling, Dress up as your favourite fairytale character and join in with the Fairy Tale Parade;Find the fairy tales around the Park with the Story Trail; take part in their fairy tale quiz, and even the chance to win a prize.
Entrance to the event included in your admission to Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park. Some additional charges may apply.
Join Dusty Duck in the fun and helping kids create the biggest, craziest splash possible and make sure you grab your wellies, dress up warm, (maybe even a spare change of clothing) get outside and join in the ‘splashtastic’ puddle jumping championships, back by popular demand, being held across the UK at all nine of The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust wetland centres this February half term.
Puddles will be set up for you to warm you up and practice in with the competition starting at 2pm. It is 50p to enter and every contestant will receive a ‘splashtastic’ sticker to acknowledge their puddle jumping skills.
Lastly, if we do have to retreat indoors, what about a movie down the flicks. After the huge global success of The Lego Movie, yes everything is awesome, it was only a matter of time before we would succumbed to the charms of the inevitable spin-offs. So first up in Batman’s very own single movie. This is a great example of something for the whole family, kids will love it, we have strong females characters, Adults won’t be bored by it. What’s more to be said, just go to it.