LightNight: 15 Interactive events the kids will love

There’s so much family fun to be had this Friday at LightNight.

LightNight returns on Friday 18 May 2018, unlocking the doors of Liverpool’s best-loved and lesser-known arts, culture and heritage venues late into the night. All the family is welcome as performances, exhibitions, tours, talks and parties kick off from 5pm at 5 key locations around the city.

Whether you fancy a choir in the St George’s Quarter, VR in the city centre, light and sound at the Baltic, building bridges on the waterfront or shaking your thing with a Bollywood theme at Hope Street, there’s something for everyone to explore.

We’re looking at treating the kids to something out of this world after school on Friday with 15 Family Friends LightNight activities they’ll love. Which ones are on your list?

1 – Space Ribbon, FACT

Experience life in the futuristic fast lane and try your hand at racing the Space Ribbon on the big screen. Will you design and drive a winner? More info here. 

2 – Revolutionary Nature, Liverpool Cathedral

Pens and paper at the ready! You’re invited to capture the beauty of flora and fauna at the Oratory and take your picture home to stick on the fridge! More here.

3 – Pitch Yourself Against the Pros, John Lennon Building.

Take part in small-sided football games and see how youcompare to the real life Premier League players with LJMU this LightNight. Games at 17:00, 17:40, 18:15, 19:10 & 20:30. Info here.

4 – Flights of Fancy, Baltic Creative CIC

Have fun transforming everyday objects into beautiful birds, fabulous fish and luscious ladybirds at Baltic Creative, while helping transform an empty space into a menagerie of creatures from the air, the sea and the land! Details here. 

5 – Chill Panda, FACT

Chill Panda is an awesome app that teaches kids about the relationship between heart rate and their emotions. Join in activities that relieve stress and anxiety and press your finger to the screen to find out more! Info here. 

6 – Paper Bridge, Open Eye Gallery

Tate Liverpool is teaming up with Open Eye Gallery, RIBA North West and others to create a 15 metre paper bride made entirely of the aspirations of LightNight visitors, schools and community groups. What will you write? Info here. 

7 – Creating with Clay, Victoria Gallery

You can play with clay at the Victoria Gallery and help artist, Louise Waller to transform unfinished artwork with flowers and leaves. More info here. 

8 – Hyper Brawl, FACT

How cool does this look? FACT is hosting Hyper Brawl Tournament, a no-holds-barred mash up of survival of the strongest. Select your hero, match with a unique weapon and become the Champion that defines the age! All the info here. 

9 – A Beautiful World: Liverpool Biennial, Blackburne House

Take your creative spirit to Blackburne House and make your own drawing, picture or poem. Add it to an ever-growing collage in response to ‘Beautiful world, where are you?’ – the title of Liverpool Biennial’s 10th edition. Info here. 

10 – Transformation at The Everyman

Watch the Everyman transform through a kaleidoscope of colours as the iconic exterior of the theatre lights up for Light Night before heading inside for craft activities and a coffee! Details here. 

11 – Making & Shaking, TATE Liverpool

Check out Tate Liverpool’s Collective’s who will be leading a hands-on workshop making shakers that you can wear and move with, inspired by new exhibition Utupya! More info here. 

12 – Dressing Up Walker Art Gallery

Head over to the Walker Art Gallery on LightNight for Big Art fun and explore, dress up, listen to stories, get crafty and dance to the soundtrack of fashion created by students from across the city. What’s on at the Walker here. 

13 – VR Rcade, FACT

FACT offers you the chance to check out brand new worlds with fellow geeks as VR Rcade opens your eyes to virtual reality this LightNight. The kids will LOVE this! More info here. 

14 – Exploring the Human Face, LJMU John Lennon Building

How cool is this? You can learn the basic principles of how to draw faces, find out how plastic surgeons alter and reconstruct faces using paper cut-outs, and get hands on sculpting facial features and reconstruct faces from plaster casts of human skulls! More details here. 

15 – Feel it, Hear it, See it, Brazilian Carnival, Central Library

Awaken your senses with Brazilian Carnival Culture on Friday with parades, mask making workshops, light and sound displays and more. All the details here. 

You can check out the full LightNight 2018 what’s on listing and plan your night in the city here.

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