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!

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The Carrs Park

  • Wilmslow
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The Carrs Park is a popular park following the Bollin River with a circular walk of around a mile, plenty of paddling opportunities and a well equipp...

Hollingworth Lake view

Hollingworth Lake Country Park and Visitor Centre

  • Rochdale
  • Outdoor
  • Lakes

Fancy a day out in nature? Head off to Hollingworth Lake Country Park and enjoy the great outdoors with the kids. Soak in the stunning scenery, have...

Kids jumping into foam pit at AirVault Trampoline Park in Bolton

AirVault Trampoline Park

  • Bolton
  • Indoor
  • Trampoline Parks

A fun filled arena of around 90 interconnected trampolines suitable for kid and adults alike. Whether you want a game of dodgeball or to practice you...

Mum and baby in sensory room at Party and Play Funhouse in Bolton

Party and Play Funhouse

  • Bolton
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Who's excited to wiz down the zip-line at the largest children's soft play centre in Bolton? With both an indoor and outdoor play area, Party and Pla...

Map and booklet for Lymm Ducks and Drakes Spy Mission Trail

Lymm Ducks and Drakes Spy Mission Trail

  • Lymm
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

A perfect way to get families and friends out exploring - the Lymm self-guided themed Treasure Trail. On this Trail, your mission is to foil the fien...

Play2 Diggle

  • Oldham
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Play2 Diggle (previously known as Bouncers Play Centre) welcomes families and children aged 8 and under to experience Saddleworth's newest play and p...

Toddlers playing at Wacky Warehouse - Bee Hive in Bolton

Wacky Warehouse - Bee Hive

  • Bolton
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

The air conditioned Wacky Warehouse at the Strawberry Field features a family restaurant with children's plus multi level adventure play structure su...

Christmas crafts at The Star Tree Studio in Littleborough

The Star Tree Studio

  • Littleborough
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

The Star Tree Studio provides high quality, fun, educational art, craft and creative activities all within a venue at the heart of the local communit...

Person horse riding at Hargate Hill Equestrian Centre in Glossop

Hargate Hill Equestrian Centre

  • Glossop
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

Hargate Hill Equestrian Centre is a riding school and fishery just outside Glossop. We have a great selection of well schooled horses and ponies who...

Toddler soft play area at Dizzy Rascals Indoor Play Centre in Poynton

Dizzy Rascals Indoor Play Centre

  • Poynton
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Dizzy Rascals Indoor Play Centre Dizzy Rascals is the brand new, one of a kind indoor soft play centre located in the beautiful town of Poynton, East...

People riding horses at Matchmoor Riding Centre in Bolton

Matchmoor Riding Centre5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Bolton
  • Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

BHS approved Matchmoor Riding Centre offer a variety of well-mannered mounts for lessons, which are available for all ages. Scenic hacks available, s...

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Vue Bolton

  • Bolton
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Gather the whole family, and head off for a great day out! Jump into movie magic at Vue Bolton, where you’ll find all your favourites, from exciting...

Kids on low rope course on Adventure Playground at Tatton Park in Knutsford

Tatton Park

  • Knutsford
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Tatton Park is a brilliant place for a family day out, with 4 attractions to enjoy, and a combined entry ticket option that allows you to see all of...

Hollywood Bowl Bolton

Hollywood Bowl Bolton

  • Horwich
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Ready to Rock `n Bowl? Prepare to face the kids in a bowling showdown at Hollywood Bowl Bolton. Bowling is safe and fun for players of all ages. We r...

People in costumes at Jitterbugs Adventure Play Centre in Littleborough

Jitterbugs Adventure Play Centre

  • Littleborough
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Jitterbugs Adventure Play Centre is a different concept in soft play and so much more as they have fantastic activities, games and events for childre...

Indoor soft play frame at Whistle Stop Play Cafe in Glossop

Whistle Stop Play Cafe

  • Glossop
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Whistle Stop Play Cafe (previously Rooney and Moos) features a 3 level play structure with separate baby and toddler areas and is suitable for ages 6...

Boy painting at Works of Heart in Bolton

Works Of Heart

  • Bolton
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Pottery painting doesn’t have an age! Share some fun arts & crafts time with your tots and create something special together at Works of Heart po...

White Stork flying at Gauntlet Birds of Prey in Knutsford

Gauntlet Birds of Prey, Eagle & Vulture Park

  • Knutsford
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Meet some of the world's most amazing flying predators up close at Gauntlet Birds of Prey Eagles and Vulture Park. Some parks have eagles, some - owl...

Studio at The Pot Painting Shed in Glossop

The Pot Painting Shed

  • Glossop
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Don’t let the weather spoil your plans! Go to The Pot Painting Shed and have fun getting creative indoors. As long as you have an artistic flair, age...

Garden of flowers at Manor Park in Glossop

Manor Park

  • Glossop
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Manor Park is a popular Glossop park ideal for day trips with the kids, offering a large and well equipped children's play area plus a miniature rail...

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