Ski Rossendale (8 miles)
Dry Ski Slope offering skiing and snow boarding session and lessons for all ages and ability levels. Kids' Club held every Saturday morning, with classes for 2 different age groups. A great outdoor activity for all the family to enjoy!
Chill Factore (13 miles)
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!
Sportsman Inn and Leisure (15 miles)
Sportsman Inn and Leisure
Their slope is covered in a highly advanced material called Snowflex that provides an as close to snow experience as you will get. Skiing, snowboarding, tubing and a great indoor play area to dry off and warm up in!
Runcorn Ski Centre (31 miles)
Runcorn Ski Centre
A small outdoor dry ski run, with 90m, 40m, and 30m slopes with 3 lifts servicing, also offering lessons.
SNO!zone (34 miles)
- home to the UK's longest REAL snow slope, so you can get a kick out of real snow all year round. There is a main slope for experienced slope users and a dedicated lesson slope for beginners or you can try tobogganing with family and friends.
Stoke Ski Centre (41 miles)
Stoke on Trent
Stoke Ski Centre
Comprehensive ski and snowboard facilities with lessons pre-bookable. Kids welcome.
Legoland Discovery Centre (13 miles)
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?
Donkey Sanctuary (11 miles)
Visit rescued donkeys in their dotage and explore with the kids the significance of treating animals with respect and kindness. Animal contact, visitor centre, nature walks and cycle routes also available.
Lancaster Park and Animal Farm (5 miles)
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.
Wythenshawe Park Farm (16 miles)
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.
Museum of Transport (9 miles)
Museum of Transport
100 years of public transport history from a horse bus of 1890 to the prototype Metrolink tram of 1990.
Greater Manchester Police Museum (10 miles)
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.
National Football Museum (10 miles)
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.
Chinese Arts Centre (10 miles)
Chinese Arts Centre
Now known as the The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art this is a sensory explosion of diverse exhibitions that will captivate and stun. Family Day offers extra access and art activities! Also the site of Redeye.
Manchester Art Gallery (10 miles)
Manchester Art Gallery
Art Gallery with lots on offer for families, including the interactive Clore Art Studio, free family friendly resources and facilities and a popular cafe which offers childrens meals.
The Peoples History Museum (10 miles)
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...
Museum of Science and Industry (11 miles)
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 Manchester Museum (11 miles)
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. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to...
The Lowry (12 miles)
is a spectacular waterside building housing theatres, galleries, restaurant, cafe bars, gift shop and Tourist Information Centre. Visitors can enjoy guided tours, the Meet Mr Lowry film, work by BritainÂÂs most popular artist alongside contemporary art plus a wealth of fabulous theatre...
IWM North (12 miles)
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.
Imperial War Museum North (12 miles)
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 Steam Museum (12 miles)
Bolton Steam Museum
is a great place for young chidlren 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.
Hat Works (15 miles)
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.
Manchester Aquatics Centre (11 miles)
Manchester Aquatics Centre
The fantastic venue purpose built for the Commonwealth Games. There are special family sessions which offer a calm and enjoyable environment to develop skills and confidence in.
Hyde Leisure Pool (12 miles)
Hyde Leisure Pool
Features include slide, wave machine and lazy river style area, plus water cannons, geysers and bubble pool as well as standard swimming facilities.
Tyldesley Pool (15 miles)
Now known as Tyldesley Pelican Centre they 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 in a safe and controlled environment.
Splashzone Warrington (24 miles)
Ultimate indoor water factory filled with sprays, springs, spouts, spinners, streams and super slides plus the Mickey Mouse Club House soft play area for younger children not so keen on the water.
Mischief Makers (< 1 mile)
Indoor play and party centre with a small baby section, toddler zone with ball pit, wobbly skittles and swing, and area for 5-11 year olds with 4 level play frame, astroslide, helter skelter and basketball court.
Sparkles Play Centre (4 miles)
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.
Play (5 miles)
Play centre with a three storey play frame for juniors and a separate play area for toddlers and babies.
Snakes and Slides (5 miles)
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!
Wacky Warehouse - Paper Mill (6 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Paper Mill
Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant.
Go Wild Bury (6 miles)
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.
Toybox Carvery and Funbox Playbarn (6 miles)
Toybox Carvery and Funbox Playbarn
3 levels of play cage fun inside this family friendly Carvery restaurant plus a small outdoor play area too for when the weather is good.
Jungle Mayhem (7 miles)
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!
Bouncers Play Centre (8 miles)
Bouncers Play Centre
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!
Funtastic Play Centre (8 miles)
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.
Curly Whirleez (9 miles)
4 level play frame, separate toddler area, cafe, gymnastics room, sports lounge, sports court, fitness for kids, 4 Party Rooms and much, much more!
The Fun Depot (9 miles)
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.
Kids Play Area at Rock Over Climbing (10 miles)
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!
The Funhouse (10 miles)
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 (11 miles)
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.
Fuzzy Eds at the Band Stand (11 miles)
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.
Land of Play (12 miles)
Land of Play
A stimulating, safe, fun, healthy recreation area for children of all age groups, creating an atmosphere for pantomime and make believe.
Anchors Away (13 miles)
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.
Wacky Warehouse - Mottram Woods (13 miles)
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.
Head Over Heels Fairytale Play (13 miles)
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.
Intu Trafford Centre Play Zone (13 miles)
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!
The Play Area (13 miles)
The Play Area
Very secure play centre within the Trafford Shopping Centre with a multi-level play frame for bigger kids and a dedicated Little Tykes play area for under 6s.
Coach House Brewers Fayre (13 miles)
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.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Dry Ski Slopes and Indoor Skiing near Rochdale 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 Greater Manchester can enjoy the great day out as well.
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