As soon as I started reading the list of activities my 5 year old was enthralled. He got a Spy Pen for Christmas and he's been really interested in what spies do. Animals On A Mission, Spy Binocular Crafting and Gadgets And Disguise are right up his street.
So today we went out! Yeeeay!! It's been ages. It's over 2 weeks since I had my leg operation and so far I've only managed the school run 3 times, my outside world experience has been limited to that and the gorgeous Sim's birthday party.
The Imperial War Museum North is located between Manchester and Salford, near the Trafford Centre. It's right by both the BBC Media City and the studios where they film Coronation Street. It was a gloriously cold and fresh morning and a rare blue Manchester skyline.
|ITV's Coronation Street in front|
and over the water on the right the BBC
This is my favourite photo of the day. One of the Thompson Twins spying on someone disguised as Ricky Tomlinson....
One of my children didn't want to dress up....the one on the left in case you weren't certain....
Next we were allowed to get 'hands on' with some of the objects in the museum. The rangefinder was fascinating for my 5 year old.
Then we were let loose to explore the museum. There are some amazing exhibits, notably for us at least, the actual war-battered tank and Harrier Jump Jet...and the cannon, which my 5 year old remembered from the storytelling was drawn by 6 horses.
The large exhibition space is also where the Big Picture Show takes place. The lights go dim and a soundtrack fills the room. Several different films that work together are projected all around on the walls, so wherever you are, you are able to watch. We watched the Horrible Histories®: Rotten Rationing Big Picture Show and it was brilliant. The boys were stunned, but not at all scared.
The Rotten Rationing Big Picture Show lasts around 7 minutes and we were told all about rationing in simple language and with fantastic animation and pictures. They couldn't make 'Imitation Banana' sound good though....
The Imperial War Museum North houses plenty of reminders that Britain has been at war constantly with someone since 1962 - and if you include the Cold War, far longer than that..
|A huge section of steel recovered from the World Trade Centre|
You can see for miles.....really....
The Imperial War Museum is free to visit although some extra activities can carry a small charge. The large car park is pay and display. It is open daily from 10-5 except 24, 25 and 26 December. Going to the top of The Air Shard costs £1.20 for adults and 60p for children.
We were given free entry and parking to the Imperial War Museum North.