October half term at mac Birmingham

There is some great fun to be had at mac Birmingham for the whole family!

Performances at mac


This Autumn, we’ve curated a season of events, visual arts, and workshops exploring the theme of Women & Protest, taking inspiration from Sally Payen’s exhibition: The Fence And The Shadow . Join us as we explore the traditionally “feminine”, “domestic” arts, and the power they hold.

The Power of The Slogan T-Shirt Screen Printing Workshop - Sat 21 Oct, Liz Marchetti, Foyer, Tickets £7.50 / £5 child
Explore the power of the slogan and image, and create your own ‘protest’ T-shirt. Working with foils and a heat press you will create a unique t-shirt to wear with pride.


The Laughing Sole Comedy for Kids - Sun 1 Oct, Sun 17 Dec, Foyle Studio, Tickets £7 / Family Ticket* £24, Ages 5+

An exciting comedy club where the laughs are loud and shared across all ages! Our comedy club is specifically for children and their families, bringing together some of the best acts on the circuit performing family friendly jokes.
Come, join the fun and bring your best joke along with you! Recommended age 5+ but younger siblings are welcome
*Family Ticket for four people (max. 2 adults)



20 Stories High: Headz - Thu 19 Oct, Hexagon Theatre, Tickets £5/£3, Ages 13+
Inside every head lies a secret, a story waiting to unravel. A series of gritty, challenging and humorous contemporary urban monologues that don’t pull any punches.


Wifi Wars - Sat 18 Nov, Theatre, Tickets £12 / £8, Ages 12+

WiFi Wars is the World Record-Breaking live comedy game show where the entire audience play along! Login with your smartphone or tablet (make sure you’ve got plenty of battery!) and compete in a range of games, quizzes and challenges to win the show, and prizes!
Critic’s Choice – Time Out.
“Not to be missed” The Guardian
"Incredible...Amazing... The best night out for classic videogame fans we can think of" Den of Geek



Fierce Festival presents Ant Hampton: Crazy But True - Sun 22 Oct, Theatre, Free, Ages 7+

An insatiable hunger for unlikely facts is something we all share, but children of a certain age are especially drawn to the 'crazy but true' genre, and often collect and trade such extraordinary information, recounting it to peers, parents - passing it on...
7-10 year olds are invited to participate in a 4 hour performance, but you can come and go as you wish, and can stay as long as you want. It seems the world gets weirder every year. The children will expose our part in that - us, the humans who have gone before them.


ROH Live: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Mon 23 Oct, Cinema, Tickets £18 / £16.20, All ages

At a garden party on a sunny afternoon, Alice follows the White Rabbit down a rabbit hole, and events become curiouser and curiouser…
Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland burst onto the stage in 2011 in an explosion of colour, stage magic and inventive choreography. Joby Talbot’s music and Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative, eye-popping designs to create a visual spectacle both children and adults will adore. The delicious result shows the royal ballet at its best, bringing together world-class dance with enchanting family entertainment.


Half Moon Theatre: The Girl and The Giraffe - Tue 24 – Thu 26 Oct, Foyle Studio, Tickets £9 / £7 (£2 Babes in Arms), Ages 3-6 years

One day whilst Girl is playing in her garden, she spots something peculiar on the other side of the fence and comes face to face with a Giraffe! But Giraffe isn't very well and a plaster won’t make him better. Giraffe is sad, and sometimes we need a different kind of plaster for the things you can't always see. Charming puppetry, an enchanting soundscape and beautiful storytelling combine in this sensitive show about wellbeing and friendship, told from a child's perspective.


Ali Cook: The Art of Astonishment - Sat 28 Oct, Theatre, Tickets £13 / £10.50, Ages 8+

The star of West End marvels and big screen spectacles, Ali Cook’s critically acclaimed show is a masterclass of technique across a range of magic disciplines, including close up magic, mind reading, deception, sleight of hand, and escapology, expect an evening of magical invention and re-invention.



mac wrap around - Mon 23 Oct - Fri 27 Oct, 8.30am - 5.30pm
Available on courses that run 10am – 3pm | 6-11yrs | £28 including lunch; £24 excluding lunch
Let us make things easier for you – early drop off and late pick up for your child


mac camp: Animation - SC786 Mon 23 Oct – Thu 26 Oct, 10am - 3pm
All Levels | 6-11yrs | £135 including lunch; £119 excluding lunch
Make a short animated film using stop frame animation techniques from scratch. Create a storyboard, build characters from craft materials and make them come alive with original music and voices!


Baby Creative Play - SC791 Mon 23 Oct, 10am - 10.45am
All Levels | 4-24mnths + PG | £9 per adult & child; £6 per additional person
Come and paint with a spaghetti paintbrush, fingerprint with yoghurt or splash in the water-bath in a friendly and stimulating environment for younger children to investigate a range of resources and creative activities with accompanying adults.


mac Explorers: Paper Capers - SC309 Mon 23 Oct, 10am - 3pm
All Levels | 6-11yrs | £18
Have fun making a world out of paper crafts, from folding paper boats and planes to collage, weaving and even pompoming.


Toddler Art - SC792 Mon 23 Oct, 11.15am - 12pm
All Levels | 2-5 yrs + PG | £9 per adult & child; £6 per additional person
Let your child set the pace as you explore sensory activities and crafts together to boost their imagination, and build social and practical skills.


Relaxed Art Explorers - SC783 Mon 23 Oct, 1pm - 2pm
All Levels | 6-12yrs + PG | £10 per adult & child; £6 per additional person
A welcoming space for children with disabilities or additional learning needs and the whole family to enjoy being creative together.


mac Explorers: Wild Art - SC318 Tue 24 Oct, 10am - 3pm
All Levels | 6-11yrs | £18
Learn how to make your own paints from earth, berries and honey. Use these to make drawings, collages and paintings using more leaves, berries and twigs.


Family Pottery - SC327 Tue 24 Oct, 10am - 3pm
All Levels | 6-11yrs + PG | £25 per adult & child; £15 per additional person
Explore the world of clay together learning all about different hand-building techniques and exciting ways to decorate your clay work.


Family Textiles: Tie Dying - SC326 Tue 24 Oct, 10am - 3pm

All Levels | 6-11yrs + PG | £22 per adult & child; £12 per additional person
Be creative together as a family and learn how to tie dye your own tote bag.


Around The World In 80 Bricks - SC768 Tue 24 Oct, 10am - 3pm

All Levels | 6-11yrs | £25
Come on board a fantastical Around the World journey in 80 Bricks. Take inspiration from the famous Jules Verne tale, create your own adventure, illustrated and recorded in your Explorers Journal and 3D build in 80 bricks. Working against the clock, learn to be resourceful and crafty and complete tricky challenges all in time to catch the happy ending.


Family Photography - SC328 Wed 25 Oct, 10am - 3pm

All Levels | 6-11yrs + PG | £21 per adult & child; £10 per additional person
Spend a day taking photos together as a family and learn how to turn those snaps into works of art.


Introduction to Sewing Juniors - SC313 Wed 25 Oct, 10am - 3pm

All Levels | 6-11yrs | £18
Learn how to sew and create your own personal sewing project such as a soft toy, bag or fashion accessory.


Family Art Techniques: The Woods Inspired By David Hockney - SC780 Wed 25 Oct, 10am - 3pm

All Levels | 6-11yrs + PG | £22 per adult & child; £13 per additional person
Be inspired by David Hockney and Cannon Hill Park as you use a range of materials and methods such as mono-printing and photo-collage.


Jewellery: Silver Gift in A Day - SC779 Wed 25 Oct, 10am - 4pm | £45 per adult & child; £? per additional person
A one day workshop teaching basic metalwork skills while making a small silver gift such as a pendant, a ring, a badge, cufflinks or earrings.


Creative Writing Juniors - SC316 Thu 26 Oct, 10am - 12.30pm

All Levels | 7-11yrs | £10
Learn some top techniques to inspire and hone your creative skills.


Sculpture: Make A Fairy-Tale Character - SC770 Thu 26 Oct, 10am - 3pm

All Levels | 6-11yrs | £22
Make a 3D fairy-tale character sculpture, learn all about clay sculpture techniques and use imaginative ways to decorate your character with coloured slips.


Drawn Out: Young Artists Drawing Workshop - SC771 Thu 26 Oct, 10am - 3pm

All Levels | 6-11yrs | £18
Love drawing? Learn fun and practical techniques broaden your range and improve your skills. Study warm up activities, observational drawing exercises and a few surprise challenges.


Introduction To Batik For Children - SC772 Thu 26 Oct, 10am - 3pm

All Levels | 8-13yrs | £22
Experience the ancient art of batik, produce designs on fabric with wax and use dyes to add beautiful colour to your creations.


Let Us Sing Juniors - SC788 Thu 26 Oct, 10am - 12pm

All Levels | 6-11yrs | £10
Learn singing techniques, musicianship, pitch and rhythm through exciting singing games.


mac Explorers: Make A Circus - SC787 Thu 26 Oct, 10am - 3pm

All Levels | 6-11yrs | £18
Roll up, roll up! Make your very own circus in a day from paper, card and everyday things. Make a Ferris wheel, trapeze artists, animals and of course a strong man to complete your show stopping creation.


Creative Writing For Young People - SC335 Thu 26 Oct, 1.30pm - 4pm

All Levels | 11-17yrs | £10
Are you an aspiring writer or just can’t get started? Learn some top techniques for creative writing for all levels of experience and confidence.

mac Explorers: Costume Making - SC320 Fri 27 Oct, 10am - 3pm

All Levels | 6-11yrs | £18
Spend the day dressing up and making your own costumes - be whatever you want to be from the wide range of materials on offer.


Family Pottery - SC794 Fri 27 Oct, 10am - 3pm

All Levels | 6-11 yrs + PG | £25 per adult & child; £15 per additional person
Explore the world of clay together learning all about different hand-building techniques and exciting ways to decorate your clay work.

Photosocial: One Day Workshop for Young People - SC785 Fri 27 Oct, 11am - 4pm

All Levels | 11-17yrs | £20
Unlock your camera’s potential. Learn how to take better landscape, portrait, travel, and street photographs. Plus create a portfolio and meet like-minded people.

mac Explorers Drama - SC789 Sat 28 Oct, 10am - 3pm

All Levels | 6-11yrs | £18
Be introduced to performance skills through fun games and exercises. Work in groups to create your own stories and short scenes.


mac Explorers: Haunted Hallowe'en Hotel - SC769 Wed 25 Oct, 10am - 3pm

All Levels | 6-11yrs | £22
Check into the Haunted Hotel and create your own spooktacular retreat for all the ghoulish Hallowe’en guests… witches, werewolves and our goblin regulars! Trick the concierge with creaking footsteps in the night then treat yourself at the snack bar.


Spooky Halloween UV Art - SC773 Fri 27 Oct, 10am - 3pm

All Levels | 6-11yrs | £22
Summon glowing ghosties, scary skeletons, eerie pumpkins, witches and monsters with ‘dark magic’ UV paint!


FREE - Halloween Printing With Stencils - Friday 27 Oct 2017, 11am - 3pm

All levels | 6-11yrs + PG | Foyer | FREE
Create Halloween themed printed artworks using a range of spooky stencils.


Young Comic Creators: Creatures, Super Villains And Monsters - SC784 Fri 27 Oct, 11am - 4pm

All Levels | 11-17yrs | £18
Create a concept for your very own comic character and learn how to draw and develop your design.


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