We love Manchester. It's where my eldest daughter lives. It's where Ella plans to go to university. It's a home from home for us. There is always so much going on and so much to do.
The Lowry is a great spot to visit. It boasts an art gallery, three theatres, a cafe, gift shop, exhibition spaces, activity workshops and as from today a brand new family activity space known as The Lookout. I was invited to the official opening today along with Ella, Kizzy and Freddy.
It's free to enter the building and families get a warm welcome with a focus on fun and learning for all ages. The Lookout is a lovely, light and airy space where children can play, curl up with a book or practice their drawing skills. It overlooks the Quays with excellent views to inspire budding artists. The Lookout is sponsored by Derwent who supply art supplies for kids to use.
The space is open everyday 11am to 5pm except on Saturday when it is open from 10am to 5pm, and is free to use. It is a great place to enjoy whatever the weather, adding another reason to visit The Lowry. There is a great play area for the under 5's with puzzles and story books.
The Lookout has a programme of family friendly activities. Freddy enjoyed taking part in a puppet making workshop. The activity was demonstrated and then the children were able to create their own.
He made a great horse puppet using a paper plate and some arty bits and bobs, based on War Horse, a theatre production of which is coming to the theatre soon. He called his horse Ben and was very proud of it!
CBeebies favourite Alex Winters came to the launch event and was on hand to entertain the little ones. Freddy was very proud to show him his horse puppet! Alex liked his golden tail.
Alex entertained the children with a fabulous interactive story telling session. Freddy was really excited to join in with Alex's version of We're Going On A Bear Hunt, which he knows from nursery. It was lovely meeting Alex and he was so good with the children!
|Photo by Andrew Robinson|
We had a brilliant time in The Lookout. We were treated to lunch and were really impressed by the latest family friendly facility available at The Lowry, especially as it is free to use. It was great to catch up with some of my blogging buddies and to meet Alex too!
For more information visit www.thelowry.com