Manchester School Holidays 2019: Things to do, activities and ideas
Ready for the 2019 Manchester school holidays? If you haven’t started planning yet, you may need a hand in picking the things you want to do with the kids first. We’ll make planning easier for you! First, we’ve listed the exact Manchester school holiday dates for this year and then - a selection of the top 5 most popular Manchester attractions on Day Out With The Kids. Let’s get started!
Manchester School Holiday Dates
- Spring Term: Thursday 3rd January 2019 – Friday 5th April 2019
- February Half Term: Friday 15th February - Monday 25th February 2019
- Spring Holidays: Friday 5th April 2019 - Thursday 18th April 2019
- Easter Weekend: Friday 19th April - Monday 22nd April 2019
- Summer Term: Tuesday 23rd April 2019 – Tuesday 23rd July 2019
- Early May Bank Holiday: Monday 6th May 2019
- Summer Half Term: Friday 24th May - Monday 3rd June 2019
- Summer Holidays: Tuesday 23rd July 2019 - Monday 2nd September 2019
- Autumn Term: Monday 2nd September 2019 to Friday 20th December 2019
- October Half Term: Friday 25th October 2019 - Monday 4th November 2019
- Christmas Holidays: Friday 20th December 2019 - Monday 6th January 2020
Top Things to do in the Manchester School Holidays
Manchester Spy Mission Treasure Trail
Have you ever tried doing a treasure trail with the kids? If you haven’t the Manchester school holidays are a great time to have a go. The Manchester Spy Mission Treasure Trail will turn your usual family walk in the city into a game. You’ll be running around, searching for clues and by the time you complete your mission, your trivia knowledge about Manchester will have improved a great deal.
The good thing about Treasure Trails is that they require minimal planning. All you have to do is purchase a booklet online and use it to explore whenever you like. Since the booklet is available instantly as a PDF, you could even venture on a spontaneous mission any day you like.
SEA LIFE Manchester
Life under the sea is fascinating and SEA LIFE Manchester is one of the best places in the country to discover it. From an interactive 3D experience exploring the life of sea turtles, to a shark infested shipwreck, and a rockpool full of local creatures to meet - you’re in for a journey both you and your kids will remember for a long time.
Young nature explorers won’t want to miss out on the educational daily talks and feeding sessions. There are lots of curious facts you can learn, including what seahorses eat and how much fish a shark needs for one meal.
The Crystal Maze Experience
If you loved the Crystal Maze on telly as a child, you’ll definitely want to introduce your kids to the Crystal Maze Experience! The game is all about teamwork, which makes it the perfect activity to bring the entire family together. Faced with mental and physical challenges in 4 different themed zones, you’ll soon be drawn into the game and you’ll feel the thrill of battling against the clock.
To be honest, even if you turn out to be no good at the games, you’ll still have a cracking time, laughing all the way through the experience. Don’t forget to take a family photo in those bright team jackets you’ll be given at the beginning!
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is a great attraction to visit if the weather during the Manchester school holidays isn’t on your side. This is an indoor heaven for LEGO fans featuring LEGO-themed rides, workshops and activities. Plus, the mini version of Manchester made out of 1.5 million bricks is a must-see, even if you’re not easily impressed!
The bottom line is that if you like LEGO, this is a dream attraction to visit, no matter how old you are. In fact, LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester is so popular that they had to enforce a rule saying that adults must be accompanied by a child, in order to gain entry.
Museum of Science and Industry
Who doesn’t like a free attraction?! Add the Museum of Science and Industry to your list of things to do during the Manchester school holidays for a healthy dose of educational fun - all free of charge. The city has a rich history worth exploring, so take the opportunity to learn what’s happened in Manchester from the industrial revolution era until today. There are plenty of resources and workshops available to make the experience exciting for the little ones too.
A big draw for 2019 is Stephenson's Rocket. The legendary locomotive, which serviced the world’s first inter-city passenger railway, returns to Manchester for the first time in 180 years. Don’t miss the chance to see it!
Need more inspiration for your next family adventure? Find more things to do during the Manchester school holidays on Day Out With The Kids.
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