Take a look below for loads of fantastic things to do with kids in Manchester for you to browse easily & quickly. If you know of any other great attractions or family days out not listed below, please get in contact.
Things To Do & Days Out near Manchester
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National Football Museum (< 1 mile)
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.
IMAX Manchester (< 1 mile)
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.
Rock Over Climbing (< 1 mile)
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!
Greater Manchester Police Museum (< 1 mile)
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.
Kids Play Area at Rock Over Climbing (< 1 mile)
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!
Manchester Spy Mission Treasure Trail (< 1 mile)
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 Art Gallery (< 1 mile)
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.
Vertical Chill Ice Wall Manchester (< 1 mile)
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!
Manchester Bus Tours (< 1 mile)
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.
The Peoples History Museum (< 1 mile)
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...
LomoWall Manchester (< 1 mile)
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!
Museum of Science and Industry (< 1 mile)
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.
Projekts Indoor Skatepark (< 1 mile)
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.
Monolos (1 miles)
Monolos is an Halal American Diner complete with a indoor play centre. We also boast a Xbox Gaming zone and toddler area. We offer diners the experience of having a relaxing meal whilst the kids run wild and enjoy themselves
Museum of Transport (1 miles)
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!
Laser Quest Manchester (1 miles)
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.
The Manchester Museum (1 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. Brilliant if you're looking for things to do in Manchester with kids!
Manchester City FC Experience (2 miles)
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!
Elizabeth Gaskells House (2 miles)
Elizabeth Gaskells House ELizabeth Gaskell's House is the beautifully restored home of the famous Victorian author and her family. There are exploration trails suitable for all ages and activities in each of our stunning Period Rooms. Also visit the Tea Room, Garden and current exhibition.
National Cycling Centre (2 miles)
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.
BBC Tour at MediaCityUK (2 miles)
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.
CBBC Tour at MediaCityUK (2 miles)
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!
Manchester Climbing Centre (2 miles)
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!
Helly Hansen Watersports Centre (2 miles)
Helly Hansen 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.
The Lowry (2 miles)
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!
Manchester United Museum and Tour (3 miles)
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!
Imperial War Museum North (3 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.
IWM North (3 miles)
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.
Daytona Karting (3 miles)
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.
Head Over Heels Fairytale Play (3 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.
Aerial Extreme Manchester (3 miles)
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!
Heaton Park (3 miles)
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.
Emilys Paint A Pot (4 miles)
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.
Jump Nation (4 miles)
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.
Pottery Corner (4 miles)
Pottery Corner Friendly pottery painting studio with loads of items to work with plus decoupage, silver clay, and seasonal activities or events.
Toybox Carvery and Funbox Playbarn (4 miles)
Toybox Carvery and Funbox Playbarn Double levels of play adventure are waiting to entertain the smalls inside this family friendly Carvery restaurant.
Heaton Park Golf Centre (4 miles)
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.
Donkey Sanctuary (4 miles)
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!
Fuzzy Eds at the Band Stand (4 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. With new outdoor beer garden too!
Debdale Outdoor Centre (4 miles)
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!
Land of Play (4 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.
Sea Life Manchester (4 miles)
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!
Legoland Discovery Centre (4 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?
Intu Trafford Centre Play Zone (5 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!
Paradise Island Adventure Golf (5 miles)
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!
Laser Quest (5 miles)
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!
Namco Funscape Manchester (5 miles)
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!
The Funhouse (5 miles)
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!
The Play Area (5 miles)
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.
Anchors Away (5 miles)
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.