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)
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.
Chinese Arts Centre (< 1 mile)
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.
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)
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)
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. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to...
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!
Beast Rampz Skatepark (2 miles)
Beast Rampz Skatepark
Boasting 27500 sq ft of urban indoor skate space plus wall rides and dedicated BMX section.
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.
Salford Watersports Centre (2 miles)
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.
The Lowry (2 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 Britain's most popular artist alongside contemporary art plus a wealth of fabulous theatre entertainment...
Manchester United Museum and Tour (3 miles)
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)
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)
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)
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.
Jump Nation (4 miles)
Jump like a superhuman, run like an astronaut, or practice your high dive into the foam pit: with this vast floor of connected trampolines angled at the walls, exercise has never been so much fun! With under 5s' zone too!
Pottery Corner (4 miles)
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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)
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.
Pik a Pot n paint (5 miles)
Pik a Pot n paint
is a paint your own pottery craft studio. We offer a fun and relaxing environment for people of all ages to come and express their creativity. It’s the perfect place to celebrate or a treat for the kids!
Thanks for all the great things to do in Manchester 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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