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

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Manchester

There are lots of great things to do in Manchester to keep all the family happy...especially the football lovers!

Ok, let’s get the obvious one out of the way first. If you’ve got Manchester United fans at home, going to Old Trafford is a must, the 80-minute Manchester United Museum and Tour will be like a dream come true. In the mood for a bit more football on your family day out? Visit the National Football Museum and explore some of the most iconic moments in the sport’s history.

Kick off those football boots and head back into the city for a bit of bite-sized LEGOLAND fun. The LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is the perfect attraction for  LEGO lovers of all ages, featuring over 2 million bricks, LEGO rides and more!

How about diving deep into the secrets of the world’s oceans? Take the kids to SEA LIFE Manchester where you can spot a clownfish, feed giant turtles and seek out an eight-legged friend in the Octopus Hideout. Another great indoor attraction in Manchester is the Science and Industry Museum. They've got quite the exciting events schedule too. 

Feeling cheeky? Check out these 5 ideas for family days out in Manchester that our lovely days out expert Lisa put together. 

Want to check when the next school holiday is so you can plan your family days out? We've got a handy list of the Manchester school holiday dates right here.

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Soul Bowl

Soul Bowl

  • Morecambe
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Head out to Soul Bowl in Morecambe and enjoy a fun-packed bowling adventure for the whole family. Play a classic game of tenpin bowling on one of the...

Outside view of Shugborough Estate in Stafford

Shugborough Estate

  • Stafford
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

At Shugborough Estate, you’ll have the chance to discover the secrets of a historic Georgian mansion and its inhabitants. The building is surrounded...

Outside view of Knaresborough Castle

Knaresborough Castle

  • Knaresborough
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

A majestic stronghold of medieval kings, even nowKnaresborough Castle towers imposingly over the River Nidd and is guaranteed to get little imaginati...

Wacky Warehouse The Barley Mow

Wacky Warehouse The Barley Mow5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Stafford
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Finding a place to eat out with the kids isn’t easy. Keeping the little ones entertained is important, so Wacky Warehouse is the perfect addition to...

Owl flying at The Owl Experience in Haughton

The Staffordshire Owl Experience and Birds of Prey Rescue Centre

  • Haughton
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Get in a flap for The Staffordshire Owl Experience and Birds of Prey Rescue Centre : home to lots of friendly, feathery faces, and those are just the...

Inflatable obstacle course at Knaresborough Pool in Harrogate

Knaresborough Pool

  • Harrogate
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Knaresborough Pool arguably ranks as the local children's favourite with the emphasis very much on family and fun with its hot water bubble pool and...

Family on Spy Mission Trail

Knaresborough Spy Mission Treasure Trail

  • Knaresborough
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Have you got your thinking caps on? You’ll need them as the Knaresborough Spy Mission Treasure Trail is devilishly tricky and full of clues that need...

Mum and daughter at Playmania Indoor Playcentre in Mansfield

Playmania Indoor Playcentre

  • Mansfield
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Playmania is spread up across 3 great levels for the bigger kids, with a great slide departing from each floor right up to the huge triple lane racin...

Finished crafts at Paint a Pot in Derby

Paint a Pot

  • Derby
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Paint a Pot is based in the craft village at the heart of Markeaton Park, Derby. We have a wide range of blank pottery shapes for you to decorate. Gr...

Staff with toddler at Crazy Tykes in Wetherby

Crazy Tykes5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Wetherby
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Crazy Tykes is a indoor soft play centre with slides and ball pool as well as a ball shower and for the big boys and dads a cannon ball shooting area...

Kids jumping at Air Kings Trampoline Park in Doncaster

Air Kings Trampoline Park

  • Doncaster
  • Indoor
  • Trampoline Parks

Air Kings Indoor Trampoline Park is pure fun for all ages, boasting wall to wall Trampolines that you can literally bounce off, twin lane Slam Dunk"...

Kids playing at Freestyle Trampoline Parks in Kirkby In Ashfield

Freestyle Trampoline Parks & Soft Play

  • Kirkby-in-Ashfield
  • Indoor
  • Trampoline Parks

Love trampolining? Go big! Have the bounce of your life at Freestyle Trampoline Parks, currently the largest indoor trampoline park in the East Midla...

Girl looking at pottery at Lets Paint Pottery in Prestatyn

Lets Paint Pottery

  • Prestatyn
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

The perfect place to get stuck in and create! Let's Paint Pottery offers fun for all the ages, where you can pick your own pottery to paint & dec...

Entrance to Markeaton Park in Derby

Markeaton Park

  • Derby
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Markeaton Park is a family friendly open space with lots going on! A large free play area is ideal to help blow the cobwebs away and there’s a high r...

Kids jumping on trampolines at i-Jump Trampoline Park in Mansfield Woodhouse

i-Jump Trampoline Park

  • Mansfield Woodhouse
  • Indoor
  • Trampoline Parks

Aspiring acrobats, Olympians and even ninjas are welcome to master their moves at i-Jump Trampoline Park. With over 55 interconnected trampolines and...

Bowling alleys at Mansfield Superbowl

Mansfield Superbowl

  • Mansfield
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Whether you enjoy adrenaline filled All Night Bowling or a quiet afternoon with the ramps and bumpers out, Mansfield Superbowl is the perfect place f...

Pottery pieces at Clayfever in Tadcaster

Clayfever

  • Tadcaster
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Clayfever offers ceramic painting for all ages, whether your 0 or 90! All abilities are welcome and they have tons of ideas to help you create your v...

Boy shooting at Blyth Activity Centre

The Tournament Ground

  • Worksop
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

Get ready for an exciting, action-packed day at The Tournament Ground ! Located in Robin Hood Country, the centre is a great place for your little on...

Hickory Dickory's Playhouse

  • Derby
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Hickory Dickory's Playhouse is frankly a treat for the lot of you! Well organised, well-spaced, well designed and well located, even dad's going to a...

Play area at Lanky Bill's Fun Shack in Langley Mill

Lanky Bill's Fun Shack5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Langley Mill
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

At Lanky Bill's they welcome adventurous children under 4ft10 to get some entertaining exercise in their multi-level soft play facility. They'll hard...

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