20 Best Things To Do In Greater Manchester Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Greater Manchester

Better be ready to make some sweet childhood memories together as dozens of cool things to do in Greater Manchester are just waiting to be explored! 

 

From touring the Manchester United Stadium with your mini football fans to delving into the exciting world of science at Science and Industry Museum, there’s plenty to do in and around Manchester. 

However, family days out in Greater Manchester aren’t always about the big city. There’s the rural charm of Smithills Open Farm and of course the nostalgic feel of a scenic steam train ride with East Lancashire Railway to experience.

More days out inspiration incoming! Karren, a travel blogger and a mum of 3 has shared her top 10 picks for things to do in the North West - you’ll find some ideas of what to do in Greater Manchester on there too. If you want a more unusual day out in the region that’s also free, we absolutely adore the Donkey Sanctuary and we think your kids will fall in love with it too. 

Now, take a look at the Manchester school holidays and get started on your planning!

Find your perfect day out

A man and a little boy playing golf at Treetop Adventure Golf in Manchester

Treetop Adventure Golf Manchester

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Crazy Golf

Looking for an epic adventure? Then head over to Treetop Adventure Golf in Manchester, where a tropical themed mini-golf paradise awaits you. Grab yo...

family pointing doing the Manchester Treasure Trail

Manchester Wizard's Spellbook Treasure Hunt

  • Manchester
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

If you want to add something special to your family day out, look no further! The Wizard’s Spellbook Treasure Hunt in Manchester is a self-guided tou...

A little boy looking at a train at East Lancashire Railway in Bury

East Lancashire Railway

  • Bury
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

All aboard the East Lancashire Railway! Step back in time and enjoy a family day out like no other with a spectacular 12-mile steam train ride throug...

Two people in an escape room at Escape Hunt

Escape Hunt Manchester

  • Manchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Turn your next family outing into a proper adventure - head out to Escape Hunt Manchester and experience the thrill of an escape room challenge along...

Three people racing at TeamSport Indoor Karting Manchester Trafford

Teamsport Indoor Karting Manchester Trafford Park

  • Stretford
  • Indoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

Ideally located just 15 minutes from the city centre, TeamSport Trafford Park (formerly Daytona) provides a great day out for the whole family. Total...

Arial photo of the ball pit at Inflata Nation Manchester

Inflata Nation Manchester

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Bounce your way towards a whole lot of fun at Inflata Nation Manchester - the inflatable theme park for the whole family. With an incredible double-d...

Girl climbing at Rock Over Climbing in Manchester

Rock Over Climbing

  • Manchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Climbing

If your children are climbing the walls in the holidays, or even over the weekend, then take them to Rock Over Climbing. It’s the perfect place to ge...

Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Salford Museum and Art Gallery

  • Salford
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Ready to discover a true local gem? Take the kids to Salford Museum and Art Gallery and journey back in time with a fascinating collection of permane...

City Centre on huntfun Manchester trail

Huntfun Manchester

  • Manchester
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Enjoy a different kind of a family walk in town - solve clues and follow a trail to complete the challenge of the huntfun treasure hunt in Manchester...

Family at TeamSport Indoor Karting Manchester

TeamSport Indoor Karting Manchester

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

Race on down to TeamSport Indoor Karting Manchester! The new 550m multi-level circuit will have you feeling like you're taking part in the Grand Prix...

Dog mascot at National Football Museum in Manchester

National Football Museum

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The National Football Museum is a great place for the active family to have some fun and learn more about your favourite sport! Throughout the museum...

Outside view of The Peoples History Museum in Manchester

The Peoples History Museum

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Bless your little one’s cotton socks and bring your family to The People’s History Museum.  Come and learn about the importance of Manchester’s cotto...

Manchester Codebreaking Walk

Manchester Codebreaking Walk

  • Manchester
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Put a twist to your family day out in Manchester - download the Tramble App on your smartphone and get ready to complete the Manchester Codebreaking...

Inside soft play frame at Monolos in Manchester

Monolos

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Welcome to your new favourite place to eat! At Monolos you don’t need to compromise on good food to ensure the children have space to play! Built to...

Escape Reality Manchester

Escape Reality Manchester

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Looking for something the whole family can do together? Visit Escape Reality Manchester, pick your favourite from a huge range of escape rooms and tr...

Vue cinema screen. Source: PinkNews

Vue Manchester Printworks

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

The cinema is a great day out, and it doesn't matter if it's tipping it down or it's all sunshine! Jump into movie magic at Vue Manchester Printworks...

ImmotionVR Manchester

ImmotionVR Manchester

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Up for something new and exciting? Step into the world of cutting-edge technology at ImmotionVR Manchester. Discover what virtual reality experiences...

Vintage buses at Museum of Transport in Cheetam Hill

Museum of Transport

  • Cheetam Hill
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Take a trip back in time with one of Britain's biggest collections of restored buses, coaches and trams at the Museum of Transport. From a Victorian...

Man climbing ice wall at Vertical Chill Ice Wall Manchester

Vertical Chill Ice Wall Manchester

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Climbing

Vertical Chill Ice Wall Manchester is an impressive refrigerated unit running through the middle of this climbing shop's 2 floors! Inside at a consta...

Dome at Crystal Maze Experience in Manchester

The Crystal Maze Experience

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Parents who loved the original will jump at the chance to share this with their kids; The Crystal Maze is a little slice of nostalgia and simply tonn...

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