Save £££s at top family days out in the North West
Curraghs Wildlife Park The park's natural wetland environment is a haven for endangered wetland wildlife from around the world. There are more than 100 species of birds and animals, of which many rare species are part of international breeding programmes.
Home of Rest for Old Horses 50 retired horses and donkeys. Set in 92 acres of open countryside. There is a shop, cafe and museum. On bus route.
Mann Cat Sanctuary Not a full day and slightly surreal but a very worthy cause: a vast host of rescued cats and kittens meowing about for your pleasure. An important lesson for the kids about looking after animals. Note the limited hours.
Palace Cinema Vintage cinema with state of the art facilities.
Manx Museum Bursting with fascinating artefacts and treasures. The Museum reveals the Story of Mann through film, exhibitions and interactive displays. It is the perfect place to discover Manx history and culture, with a fun series of discovery trails for kids aged 5 to 12.
The House of Manannan The Island's mythological sea god, Manannan, welcomes you to his fascinating Kingdom and guides you through the IslandâÂÂs rich Celtic, Viking and Maritime past.
Cregneash Village Folk Museum A living museum of a Manx upland crofting community including thatched cottages and farm buildings illustrating a traditional way of life around the 19th and early 20th century.
Nautical Museum Isle of Man A fascinationg, tardis like building, originating from the discovery of the 18th century armed yacht, the Peggy, walled up in her boat cellar and now seen as being of 'extraordinary' maritime importance on the National Historic Ships Register.
The Manx Aviation and Military Museum Through the fascinating display of gathered artefacts and memorabilia etc., MAPS hopes to convey the rich heritage of this part of the IslandâÂÂs history for all to appreciate.
Leece Museum A small museum that is free to visit, lots of displays and a spooky basement! The number of fascinating facts and items that you will discover here will surprise you.
IOM National Sport Centre Epic! A leisure pool with 2 slides, flow pool, whirlpools, sprays and geysers; a toddler beach entry pool with jets, sprays and mini slide; a jacuzzi and a competition sized swim pool! Plus sports and track facilities!
Manx Fun Farm Multi level adventure play barn with toddler area plus atmospheric laser tag for all ages! Colourful climbing maze fun for the smalls and the pacifists, and all out warplay for the zap-happy!
Shorties Pirate Adventure Enjoy great coffee and fresh, healthy food in a warm, comfortable and relaxing environment, while your children play safely. 3 separate soft play areas to cater for different age ranges. Come and visit us for a fun packed family time!
Old House of Keys Manx National Heritage has restored the Old House of Keys to provide visitors with an insight into the political life and times of the Island.
Castle Rushen Situated in the heart of Castletown, the IslandâÂÂs ancient capital, Castle Rushen is one of EuropeâÂÂs most finely preserved medieval castles and fortress of the Kings and Lords of Mann.
Peel Castle Overlooking picturesque Peel harbour is the ancient castle and island fortress of Peel Castle set on St Patrick's Isle, where you can unwrap the layers of Manx history within the castle's magnificent walls.
Laxey Wheel Not a full day's worth but an interesting stop: this is the largest working waterwheel in the world!
Rushen Abbey The remains of a medieval abbey, plus gardens and a 14th century bridge to explore. Learn what life what like her with activities for visitors of all ages, hands on fun and interactive exhibits.
Discover Diving Runs snorkelling courses for the whole family (over 8 years) and scuba diving courses for over 12s, all in the beautiful blue waters off the IOM coast.
The Venture Centre Activities include: Archery, Air rifle training, Assault course with ZipLines, Abseiling, Kayaking and Canoeing, Dinghy sailing, Gorge walking, Orienteering, Raft building and Power boating. Phew!
Hot Rocks Climbing Wall is an indoor climbing wall with top rope, lead and bouldering areas. For over 5s.
Onchan Park Karting A 400m oval track offering older kids the chance to kart on 5.5 horse powered Honda engines! Plus indoor and outdoor play, mini golf, dance studio and loads more.
The Great Laxey Mine Railway Ride in a tiny carriage along the half mile of ancient miner routes, past the world's largest remaining waterwheel.
Groudle Glen Railway If you can catch them open then it's a lovely day for small folk keen on trains or a perfect introduction to them. Steam trains and cliff top tea room.
Manx Electric Railway For the best coastal views there is no better way to travel then the Manx Electric Railway. It weaves its way up and down along the eastern side of the island.
Isle of Man Steam Railway The train passes through the countryside. From all sides are trees, grasslands and farms. In the distant on one side, the sea. Never has there been a more pleasant way to travel 15 miles.
Onchan Pleasure Park Loads to do including adventure playground, indoor play facility, karting track, dance studio, mini golf and more besides. An epic family day out!
Silverdale Glen Play area, boating lake and famous water powered merry go round. Waterfalls and lilly ponds in adjacent woodland over little wooden bridge.
Mooragh Park Offering crazy golf, adventure play areas, BMX course, boating lake and a splash pad water play zone! Sports facilities also available and great for stargazing!
Glen Maye Waterfall, beach, cliffs and fern filled woodland plus cliffs alive with seabirds: adventure territory for sure!
Fenella Beach aka Peel Beach Sandy beach by the castle good for sandcastles and paddling, but no proper swimming encouraged for kids as no lifeguards. Pleasingly isolated and natural, no loud arcades and tourist tat!
Northern Swimming Pool A family friendly and fun place for a splash about with different sessions and activities for all ages, including parent and toddler sessions. Also home to a swim school if you want lessons.
Family Library is a bright, colourful and lively centre for young people in Douglas. As well as having all the latest books, DVDs and CDs to borrow we have lots of exciting drop-in crafts, activities, exhibitions and creative workshops to enjoy.
Pennybridge Riding School BHS approved facility offering lessons, riding simulator and recognised Pony Club, plus full 5 hour own a pony style days in the school holidays!
Ballahimmin Riding and Pony Trekking Cen Lessons and trekking from 4 years plus with optional pony leading walk outs to ease into it for first timers. mixed group treks available too so you can all go out together: giddy up!
Grenaby Estates Equestrian Centre Offering pony club, riding lessons, cross country course, indoor and outdoor arenas, polo club with training sessions and a host of friendly professionals to help guide you through it all!
Laserblast High tech, zero contact, adventure combat, set in a massive 3,300 sq feet arena, lit by ultra violet light and surrounded by fog and other atmospherics. Great fun for over 7s, next to Fun Farm!
Onchan Park Mini Golf Simple and addictive miniature golf with a pitch and putt side. Loads of fun with tonnes of extras from the adventure playground and indoor play area to the go karting and dance studio. Epic!
Thanks for all the great things to do in Isle of Man with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Isle of Man can enjoy the great day out as well.
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