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Donkey Sanctuary Largely an assisted therapy centre, but you can also visit rescued donkeys in their dotage, use the visitor centre, and enjoy nature walks and cycle routes. Access may be restricted so ring ahead!
Sea Life Manchester An amazing aquatic array of curious creatures, plus interactive touch pool and 3D interactive claw, Europe's first Sea Bed Walk and the chance to feed a giant turtle! Plus new Octopus Hideout!
Wythenshawe Park Farm The Farm offers an exciting opportunity for children to learn about where food comes from and witness the hustle and bustle and all the elements of a working countryside farm within an urban setting. There is a play park and lots of other facilities as well.
Lancaster Park and Animal Farm is a children’s petting farm where children can meet, touch and feed the animals. We have a range of animals from horses and sheep to rabbits, chipmunks and many more. Play areas with swings, slides and children’s rides are dotted along a scenic nature walk.
Legoland Discovery Centre Step inside and it's like you have just jumped into the biggest box of Lego bricks ever! Enter Merlin's magical potion room and discover a Lego wizard's world of spells and sorcery. With over 2 million Lego bricks under one roof, what will you discover?
Museum of Science and Industry The whole family has fun at MOSI in Manchester. Situated in five large buildings packed with exciting galleries, exhibitions and daily events, there is something for everyone to experience and enjoy.
The Lowry Visitors can enjoy guided tours, the Meet Mr Lowry film, work by Britain's most popular artist alongside contemporary art plus a wealth of fabulous theatre entertainment and participatory activity for all ages!
Museum of Transport 100 years of public transport history from a horse bus of 1890 to the prototype Metrolink tram of 1990, with tea rooms, gift shop and friendly experts!
Greater Manchester Police Museum Imagine stepping back in time to a Victorian Manchester, a hidden city of gas lamps and narrow alleys, of slums and unruly alehouses: someone had to uphold the law! History is brought back to life at the Police Museum.
The Manchester Museum Come face-to-face with live frogs and snakes, meet Stan the T.rex or see a helmet made from the skull of a porcupine fish! Draw, play and relax, get up close to objects, follow trails or borrow a backpack full of gallery activities. Brilliant if you're looking for things to do in Manchester with kids!
Hat Works The only museum in the UK dedicated solely to the hatting industry, hats and headwear! An award winning interactive Visitor Attraction housed in a restored Grade ll listed ex hat factory. Fun and educational.
The Peoples History Museum This social history museum chronicles the lives of Manchester's working people during the past one hundred years. They have specifically family friendly exhibits which change monthly, but otherwise definitely an educational visit, so check our local listings and follow up with something fun to reward...
National Football Museum Experience the world's greatest sport at the National Football Museum. Whether you’re planning a casual stop with your family or a young fan's special treat, they want you to enjoy your visit to the world's biggest and best football museum.
IWM North Part of the Imperial War Museum, IWM North brings to life stories of how war has shaped lives over the past century. A varied programme of events, activities and hands-on interactive displays makes the subject matter accessible to all ages.
Manchester Art Gallery Art Gallery with lots on offer for families, including the interactive Clore Art Studio, free family friendly resources and facilities, such as Tool Belts, Story Bags, and a Handling Trail. Free to visit.
Bolton Steam Museum - is a great place for young children of all ages (3 to 93!) Our volunteers have rescued and restored 27 old stationary steam engines, some of the engines which once powered the cotton mills and woollen mills of the north of England. Children love the sounds, smells and the huge wheels turning.
Imperial War Museum North A museum presenting a fascinating timeline of 20th century conflict, giving a good sense of a history of modern war and wartime experiences. Lots of interactive displays to enjoy. Free to visit.
Bolton Museum Aquarium and Archive We have an free admission Aquarium containing freshwater fish from all over the world plus a Library offering a wide range of books and computers with free internet access. We also have an extensive Museum collection for study and enjoyment.
Hyde Leisure Pool Large pool in a Leisure Centre with features such as slide, wave machine, and lazy river style area, plus water cannons, geysers, and bubble pool, as well as standard swimming facilities.
The Pelican Centre offer standard, teaching and diving pools with regular 'fun and floats' sessions, kids' parties and holiday activities. For toddlers the Swim Tots' session includes music and toys! New developments coming soon!
Splashzone Warrington Ultimate indoor water factory filled with sprays, springs, spouts, spinners, streams and super slides, and heated to the perfect temperature. A number of 2 hour sessions available, with limited numbers to prevent overcrowding. Splashtastic parties catered for too!
Head Over Heels Fairytale Play Offers 3 levels of soft play fun reaching a mind blowing 6.5m height. The fastest way to get down is on the fiery 3 lane astro slide: if you can make it past the Dragon! A funtastic way to exercise and meet new friends.
Fuzzy Eds at The Bell House An indoor play building with a large number of games and play structure children under 4ft 9ins tall. We also hold Parent and Toddler sessions during the week. An excellent place to go for a good night out as the complex also has bowling, a cinema, health club, bingo and a Travel Lodge.
Fuzzy Eds at the Band Stand Indoor play area with differing zones for smaller and bigger kids, part of a family restaurant with kids' menu. With new outdoor beer garden too!
Wacky Warehouse - Mottram Woods Large indoor play zone over several levels, packed full of big fun and physical challenges plus a smaller area for the smaller kids with plenty of somewhat gentler action there too. One of the many good places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in Manchester.
Land of Play A stimulating, safe, fun, healthy recreation area for children of all age groups, creating an atmosphere for pantomime and make believe.
Anchorsawayplay Challenging state of the art playframe, with separate zone for babies and toddlers. Loads of activities and features to stimulate minds and bodies. Restaurant and café on site. 3 fantastic party rooms for celebrating special occasions.
The Fun Depot Bright and cheery age segregated play areas, a peaceful sensory room, fully equipped sports court, and a dedicated nursing and feeding room.
Jungle Mayhem Indoor soft play centre suitable for ages 0 to 11. Fantastic soft play frame including 4 lane slide and ball pool with suction tubes and ball shower! Separate baby and toddler area with Little Tykes Cars. Sports Zone and Dance Machine!
Rough n Tumble Everything's been designed to stimulate and entertain all ages ranges from the wicked slides to sweet interactive light music beams! There are 3 huge play frames and loads of interactive equipment suitable for under 12s.
Funtastic Play Centre Indoor Play Centre. 0 to 10 years. Play frames, Slides, Trampolines, Ball pools, fabulous elevated Sports Court, Toddlers area, Cafe, Meal Deals, Parties, Parking, Holiday Club and much more. Specifically designed from a parent’s point of view.
Anchors Away is packed with 3 levels of fun physical play features including a tube slide, large ball pool, a twin lane Astra slide, physio balls, swing balls and much more! Boasting 3 varying sections, every age is catered for with their own special play zone.
Play Factore The tallest indoor play frame in the world at over 15m high with an amazing astra slide that stretches over 40 metres long! Plus laser tag arena and electric go karts: be prepared to have to drag the kids out!
Snakes and Slides The play centre has dedicated play zones for babies, toddlers and juniors, a spacious area to play football and basket ball and a brand new children's go kart track!
The Funhouse With multi level main frame and enclosed toddler zone, plus electric go karts and the games area with air hockey and pool tables. Also do parties!
Wobbly Bobs A state of the art fully fitted multi level play structure, featuring 3 lane waterfall astra slide, spiral tube slide, swing balls, aerial glide and loads more. With under 5 and toddler zones too.
Coach House Brewers Fayre Multi level adventure play equipment featuring ball ponds and other classic fun features plus a dedicated toddler zone. Attached to family restaurant.
Bizee Kidz Bright and welcoming multi level play frame for children 0 to 12 (approx), featuring designated areas for pre walkers and toddlers, boasts 4 lane astra slide, sports pitch, disco room and cafe.
Play at Diggle An exercise oriented play facility with loads of trampolines and gymnastic play equipment! Exhausting features include trapeze bars, climbing walls, gigantic bouncy slides and a dedicated Little Tykes' Play Corner. Cool!
Go Wild Bury Features include 3 lane astraslide, a helter skelter slide, canon ball shooters, ball pool, spinning poles, rope bridges, toddler area with own special features, and great CCTV coverage so you can truly keep an eye on hem.
Gioco Play Centre The largest indoor soft play and party centre in Wigan. Multi-level with exciting features including a roller slide, tube slides, go kart track, football pitch, ball pools, sky glide and many more! Providing a safe, secure and stimulating play environment, catering for children from 0 to 12 years.
On Safari Offers a lush safari themed multi level adventure play structure plus other features including a dedicated toddler zone and kiddie car area.
The Play Area Soft Play Area and Creche at The Trafford centre, offering both unsupervised and supervised play with plenty of features and toys to keep the kids entertained, and dedicated area for under 6s. Great venue for children’s parties. Open daily.
Toybox Carvery and Funbox Playbarn Double levels of play adventure are waiting to entertain the smalls inside this family friendly Carvery restaurant.
Curly Whirleez Largest indoor play centre in the area with multi level play frame, and separate toddler area. Includes café, sports court, gymnastics room and 4 party rooms! Open daily with plenty to keep the kids amused.
Mischief Makers Indoor play and party centre with a small baby section, toddler zone with ball pit, wobbly skittles and swing, and area for 5 to 11 year olds with 3 level play frame, astroslide, helter skelter and basketball court.
Wacky Warehouse - Paper Mill Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant.
Wacky Warehouse - Red Robin Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant.
Kids Play Area at Rock Over Climbing is a new kids' play area in Central Manchester, with two great slides, a castle, tunnels and dozens of toys to play with. Bring the kids down for free until Christmas. After Christmas it’s still fantastic value to bring the kids!
Sparkles Play Centre 3 level castle themed play area with huge ball pool and separate baby and toddler areas with their own ball pool and slide.
Cheeky Cherubs Soft Play Centre is a large adventure play facility, also featuring the Early Learning zone packed with dress up clothes, crafts materials and dolls houses, plus PCs and Wii in the ICT Suite for over 11s!
Intu Trafford Centre Play Zone Give the smalls a break from the retail experience with a quick trip to the play zone! With ball pool, slides, climbing nets, tube crawls, rope swings and loads more to let the kids stretch their legs and vocal cords!
Playkidds Play Centre and Sensory Room is an indoor play centre with a sensory room for children with individual needs. Sports court. A healthy eating coffee shop, Go Karts, party rooms and road safety training. Special characters are all around the centre. Wheel chair accessible.
Manchester United Museum and Tour Come and see for yourself why more than 200,000 people, every year, visit the Museum of this iconic team! Plus Stadium and Unique Tour options!
Staircase House Explore domestic history throughout the house, peel back the bedclothes of the four poster bed, sit at the 18th Century dining table, and try your hand at quill pen writing!
The Runway Visitor Park Take a front row seat to watch the planes take-off, explore real planes, take home a souvenir and round the day off with a guided tour of BA's flagship Concorde!
Chill Factore brings the complete Alpine ski village experience to the UK for the first time. It's fun for all the family, whether skiing, snowboarding, or enjoying the other snow activities available like playing in the Snow Park!
Silver Blades Ice Rink There are different kinds of skating session at the rink, such as Public Skating, After Skool Skate, Chill Out, Disco Skate, Easy Skate, Disco Revival and Family Skate sessions.
The Skate Station Great roller skating indoor family fun. We pride ourselves on providing a safe and fun environment. All children must be accompanied with a parent guardian. All adults must be accompanied with child. Sizes Jnr 8 to Adult 12. Refreshments and snacks available from our onsite cafe.
Wigan Roller Rink offers classic family roller skating with a variety of sessions including themed music, rink games and family times.
Nevada Roller Rink Classic family friendly roller skating rink for some fun, exercise and skill development.
Roller City Rochdale is a family friendly 15,000 sq ft facility. A variety of session types available including roller derby.
Burrs Activity Centre Loads of options for adventurous kids over 8 years including kayaking, canoe polo, abseiling, rafting, orienteering, adventure games, archery, indoor climbing wall and an awesome new high ropes course for over 10s!
Debdale Outdoor Centre Activities include dinghy sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking, rock climbing, abseiling, gorge scrambling, orienteering, camping, multi activity days and team building activities! Wow!
Vertical Chill Ice Wall Manchester At a constant -12°C their 8 metre concave real ice climbing wall presents a steep challenge to both novice and accomplished climbers! Strict lower age limit of 14 years old, with conditions. Seriously cool, in every sense!
Rock Over Climbing Friendly folk await to introduce all the basic safety and climbing techniques allowing children of almost any age, who can relax and have fun while developing their physical ability at the same time. New indoor play zone too!
Airkix Indoor Skydiving Airkix Indoor Skydiving makes for the ideal family day out, for families looking for something special. Referred to as 'The Smile Factory', ear-to-ear grins are guaranteed. What's more, anybody can fly from the ages of 4 to 104! Pre-booking advised, so book now to experience the magic of flight!
Projekts Indoor Skatepark Under cover skatepark with well maintained, classic features to practice or show off on, depending on your skill level! We run beginner sessions on Saturday and Sunday mornings 10am - midday for £5. Come along and have a go! We provide all equipment, pads and safety gear.
Salford Watersports Centre is based on Salford Quays not far from the centre of Manchester. We offer a wide range of exciting watersports and outdoor activities including; sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing, raft building and bellboating. You can also climb to the top of our 8 metre high indoor climbing wall as well.
Aerial Extreme Manchester is a high ropes adventure course involving a series of challenging obstacles set at varying heights above the ground. You'll find yourself tackling fun obstacles such as rope bridges, scramble nets, zip wires, swinging logs and balance beams, plus many more!
Manchester Climbing Centre is a climbing centre in Manchester. We provide indoor and outdoor climbing. We offer Birthday Parties, Kids' Clubs, Taster Sessions and courses for adults and children. All this in a beautifully converted Victorian church with a mezzanine level cafe. Book Online!
National Cycling Centre Britain’s first indoor Olympic cycling track with a comprehensive programme of activities that are suitable for all levels of ability. There is also a BMX track and a Mountain Bike trail, plus a Skills Zone. Also has courts for other sports.
Jump Nation is the most Family Friendly Trampoline Park in the UK with 139 trampolines all joined together! We also offer kid’s parties, dedicated under 6s area and a viewing area in Cafe Nation for the parents.
AirVault Trampoline Park A fun filled arena comprising 90 interconnected trampolines suitable for all ages, plus dodgeball, foam pit and slam dunk features!
Jump Xtreme Trampoline Park Bolton offers over 115 interlinking trampolines, a dodgeball court, tumble tracks, basketball slam dunk hoops, mini trampoline are for under 4s and an xtreme stunt airbag: try some new tricks! Not to forget a superb cafe for the parents!
Tenpin Parrs Wood is a bowling centre located in Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre. We have 28 modern fully computerised lanes, American Pool tables, Amusement Arcades all catered towards families and kids. There is also the Beach Road Cafe Bar for some delicious meal and snack options as well as a Costa Coffee.
AMF Bury offers 24 lanes of modern auto-scored tenpin plus bumpers and rolling ramps, so bring everybody, even the ones who can't throw! It's anyone's game!
AMF Hollywood Bowl Manchester Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
AMF Wigan offers 28 lanes all packing the auto scoring systems, the ball-rolling ramps and the pop up gutter guards plus a full range of ball sizes. Family tournament time! Plus quasar.
Namco Funscape Manchester Tenpin and glow bowling, arcade, ping pong table, and some really nippy bumper cars! Loads to do, loads of fun: take everyone! You even win prizes for strikes!
Strike Ten Bowl is a Ten Pin Bowling Alley in Rochdale. We also have a Laser Quest arena, arcade area, bar and Diner.
Daytona Karting Bambino Karting is available at all of Daytona's Race Venues for drivers aged 5 to 7 years (as well as for 8+). All 3 venues have designed and built dedicated beginner circuits for the Bambino Experience.
Team Karting Indoor Entertainment Centre - is an indoor go-karting track in Rochdale, North Manchester. We have a unique all-tarmac, all-weather track and great facilities!
Manchester Spy Mission Treasure Trail Explore Manchester with the kids on this self guided Spy Mission themed Treasure Trail. Suitable for the whole family, can you solve the clues set on buildings, statues and monuments to crack the code and save the world?
Manchester Bus Tours 2 hour tour of Manchester on an open top bus to see the sights in the city centre and surrounding districts on Saturdays and Bank Holidays.
East Lancashire Railway The service operates historic steam trains from Rawtenstall to Heywood passing over viaducts and through tunnels.There are special events throughout the year, such as Santa Specials and Friends of Thomas the Tank Engine.
Abbotsfield Park Miniature Railway Also know locally as 'Chassen Park', this is especially worth visiting on a Sunday when the Urmston and District Railway Society operate a miniature train around the park.
Springfield Park Model Railway Model railway in a good sized park with a childrens play area, space for games and picnics, pond with geese and ducks to feed, football and cricket pitches plus tennis courts and outdoor gym.
Heaton Park is a great Animal Centre, two dedicated children's play areas providing a range of activities for children aged from 3 years up to 14 years, rowing boats, tram rides, pitch and putt and more.
Wythenshawe Park Loads to do with orienteering, football pitches, tennis courts, Horticultural Centre with Tropical Safari Walk, pitch and putt course, plus loads of differing woodland to explore.
Bruntwood Park Large Park with loads of recreational and sporting facilities and including a large play area, separate toddler play area, conservatory restaurant and refreshment kiosk.
Moses Gate Country Park This free park and local nature reserve not only has serene woodland, waterside and nature trails, but also Bolton's largest adventure playground and horse and cycle routes too! Try and find something you can't do here!
Daisy Nook Country Park 40 hectares of country park with woodland, canals, river, picnic sites, bird watching, orienteering, fishing and play areas for under 5s and over 5s will blow away the cobwebs!
Tandle Hill Country Park 48 hectares of country park plus play area, cafe and countryside centre.
Etherow Country Park A lively area of riverside walks and woodlands that is a haven for wildlife. Great place to go with the family and to bring your dog. Sailing club, fishing and remote controlled boating available.
Blackleach Country Park A charming place for a picnic by the playground, which you may well have to share with the ducks. Plus go fishing, cycling, hiking or enjoy one of the nigh innumerable events in the Visitor Centre! Busy busy!
IMAX Manchester An IMAX film is a futuristic ride of adventure and spectacular 2D and 3D effects, taking you through the cinema screen and into the heart of the action.
Pottery Corner Friendly pottery painting studio with loads of items to work with plus decoupage, silver clay, and seasonal activities or events.
Bean and Brush Family Art Cafe Family Art Centre with a studio and a cafe, offering a selection of crafty experiences including paint a pot and decopatch with handmade gifts you can then take away. There are Art Clubs for kids during summer holidays too!
Emilys Paint A Pot studio is for children of all ages to explore their creativity. Choose from a wide range of arts and crafts including ceramics painting, decopatch, foam clay, glass painting and more. Imprints and castings are also available from newborns upwards.
Manchester City FC Experience Combine the rich sporting history of Manchester City Football Club with a 90 minute tour of the awe inspiring City of Manchester Stadium. A must for fans of all ages!
LomoWall Manchester An extremely artistic wall covered in thousands of images which form a mosaic from a distance; well worth seeing if you're in the area but not the basis for an entire day trip. Inspiring stuff!
BBC Tour at MediaCityUK Kids can tour the halls behind their favourite shows, plus they have the chance to take part in their own television production in their interactive studio.
Stonerig Raceway Scalextric attraction that has 9 large themed tracks you can race round, each offering different challenges. All the tracks are computerized with great features like F1 starting grid, recorded speed, and lap counting. Plenty to keep everyone entertained!
CBBC Tour at MediaCityUK Kids age between 6 and 15 years will love this tour behind the scenes of their favourite shows, plus they have the chance to take part in their own television production in their interactive studio!
Bolton Skatepark A smashing recent outdoor addition to Bolton with ramps, bowls, ledges, quarter pipes, jump boxes, banks, hubbas and rails!
Ince Skatepark A small but perfectly formed set of concrete ramps on tarmac base with a quarter pipe, flat bank and fun box, great for beginners and set in a simple park good for football or kite flying.
Matchmoor Riding Centre BHS approved facility offering lessons, scenic hacks and a recognised Pony Club.
Carrington Riding Centre BHS approved facility offering lessons including a Parent Child class, plus scenic hacking, mechanical horse riding simulator and BHS qualification training.
Manchester Riding for the Disabled offers disabled and able bodied riding lessons for over 4s, menage, off road hacking and courses in stable management available.
Glen Jakes Riding School offer outdoor fun riding lessons for everyone, we cater for children’s parties, Parties, Horse riding private and group lessons, Jumping competitions, Hacks and Walkouts for special requirements and learning difficulties, Stable Management Courses.
Laser Quest Cool super modern laser tag arena plus amazing Laser Matrix feature and The Rock climbing facility! 3.5m of cunning climbs and plush padding, just incase! One or another, or all of them: plenty of activities for all!
Quasar Wigan Ultra modern hide and seek played with loads of opponents with infra red weaponry and vest sensors in an immersive and atmospheric arena. No bruises, no mess, just zapzapzap!
Sector 7 Laser Pursue your enemies through swirling fog and semi darkness, armed with your trusty laser gun! Essentially hide and seek with infra red weaponry, harmless fun like living a computer a game!
Laser Quest Manchester is an indoor laser tag centre located in Manchester used by children and adults. Laser Quest Manchester specialise in hosting children’s Birthday Parties.
Heaton Park Golf Centre Features 18 each of pitch and putt or championship golf courses, plus First Tee Coaching Sessions available at their academy for ambitious kids! Absolutely loads to do in surrounding Heaton Park too.
Paradise Island Adventure Golf Prepare to experience something pretty unique, two eighteen hole indoor mini-golf courses set amidst a tropical paradise inside the Trafford Centre, Manchester. Forget Crazy Golf: this is Adventure Golf!