Children's activities are included in the ticket price over half term at the Tutankhamun exhibition – so it's the perfect time to take the kids for some fun with the Pharaoh. There's a Family Fun Day on Saturday 19 February (10am-5pm) and half-term activities take place from 21-25 February (11am-4pm).
Budding Egyptologists will learn how to create their own amulet to protect from the Pharaoh's Curse.
The Family Fun Days have that adult and kid-pleasing formula of both 'educational' and 'fun'. Little explorers can take the trail through time and try their hand at unravelling an ancient mystery. It's the ultimate treasure hunt as they follow the symbols, track down the gold, and crack the codes to discover the Pharaoh’s secret, as the tomb comes alive once more.
Budding Egyptologists will also learn how to create their own amulet to protect from the Pharaoh’s Curse, meet real explorers and get the chance to make their mark on the Pyramid of Wishes at the trail's end. Each child will leave with a free gift as a memento of their visit to see the Pharaoh.
Ideal for children aged 3-11 years old, the Family Fun Days have been devised by local storyteller and drama teacher Cathy Roberts, who is also responsible for the successful annual Pirate Muster at Liverpool’s Albert Dock. Cathy will be in daily residence to entertain children and enrich their experience of the exhibition.
She said, "I'm delighted to be involved with this spectacular exhibition. The story of Tutankhamun is timeless, and with treasure, spells, and even a curse written in the language of legends, it's sure to make memories that last a lifetime."
If you don't make it this half term, you've still got until 26 March to see the exhibition. Due to demand, its run in Manchester has been extended by four weeks before it continues on its European tour to Brussels.
The extended schedule includes a special final lecture on Ancient Egypt in Manchester by Professor Rosalie David, the first female professor in Egyptology in Britain, and the first to receive an OBE in recognition of her services in Egyptology.
To close the exhibition's time in Manchester, it will be open from 5pm until midnight on Saturday 19 March to host Tutankhamun Farewell Night. The organisers are planning a memorable night of family entertainment and eye-opening tours.
‘Tutankhamun – His Tomb and His Treasures’ is based at the Museum of Museums at the Trafford Centre Manchester. Children under five visit free. Places for the Family Fun Day and half term activities are limited. To make a booking and for a full list of the current Family Fun Days visit the Tutankhamun website.