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

Girl looks through kaleidoscope at Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

Science and Industry Museum3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

A delectable mix of science, industry and history makes the Science and Industry Museum an exciting and educational day out for kids and adults alike...

ODEON Cinema room

ODEON Manchester Great Northern

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

A trip to the flicks wouldn’t be complete without a big, old bucket of popcorn and an ice cream or two. Tuck in at ODEON Manchester Great Northern. W...

Manchester Central Library

Manchester Central Library

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Landmarks

Introduce your kids to the wonderful world of books at Manchester Central Library.  Inside the Secret Garden, a special kids’ area, the little ones c...

Cells at Greater Manchester Police Museum

Greater Manchester Police Museum

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

At the Greater Manchester Police Museum, discover the stories of cops and robbers while learning loads about local history in one of the city’s earli...

Father and son at Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Manchester Art Gallery was a finalist in the 2010 Guardian Family Friendly Museum of the Year award. That's because they have lots on offer for famil...

Manchester Spy Mission Treasure Trail

Manchester Spy Mission Treasure Trail

  • Manchester
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Transform a regular day out with the kids in Manchester into something truly special with the Spy Mission Treasure Trail. Watch your tots get totally...

Bus for Manchester Bus Tours

Manchester Bus Tours

  • Manchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Manchester Bus Tours is a 2-hour tour on an open-top bus to visit the main sites in the city centre as well as the surrounding districts running on S...

Photos on wall at LomoWall Manchester

LomoWall Manchester

  • Manchester
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

If you're in the area do make time to stop and visit the LomoWall in Piccadilly Bush, it's an unusual sight that will pleasantly surprise the whole f...

People on tour at BBC Tour at MediaCityUK in Salford

BBC Tour at MediaCityUK

  • Salford
  • Indoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

BBC Tour at MediaCityUK are now home to a whole host of BBC channels and programmes including favourites such as Match Of The Day, Blue Peter, Dragon...

Kids roleplaying at CBBC Tour at MediaCityUK in Salford

CBBC Tour at MediaCityUK

  • Salford
  • Indoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Bring your kids’ favourite characters to life with a trip to the CBBC Interactive Tour at MediaCityUK. Home to classics like Blue Peter and Horrible...

Bowling lanes at Dog Bowl in Manchester

Dog Bowl

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Ready, set, strike! Cross the pond for bowling and American dining at Dog Bowl. There are five full sized bowling lanes so whether you’re set for a s...

Outside view of Ordsall Hall in Salford

Ordsall Hall

  • Salford
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Pay a family visit to the 12th century Ordsall Hall to discover the story of the Hall and some of the fascinating characters who lived there through...

People sailing at Helly Hansen Watersports Centre in Salford

Helly Hansen Watersports Centre

  • Salford
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Water Sports

A visit to Helly Hansen Watersports Centre, previously known as Salford Watersports Centre, is a fun packed adventure for all the family. The fantast...

Family completed escape room at Clue HQ Manchester

Clue HQ Manchester

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Do you have what it takes to escape Clue HQ Manchester? In groups of six solve puzzles and follow clues to escape one of two themed rooms. In Detonat...

Kids skate boarding at Projekts Indoor Skatepark in Manchester

Projekts Indoor Skatepark

  • Manchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

The Projekts Indoor Skatepark welcomes riders of skateboards, scooters, inlines and BMXs and those who have yet to start on any of them! On Saturday...

Vue cinema screen. Source: PinkNews

Vue Manchester Lowry

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Step into a different world for a few hours and experience something totally extraordinary. Jump into movie magic at Vue Manchester Lowry, where you’...

Kids at The Lowry in Greater Manchester

The Lowry

  • Salford Quays
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Lowry is full of colourful things to see and do. Kids love The Lowry's bright orange staircases, sloping blue floors and purple and glass walls b...

Passengers on Manchester River Cruises

Manchester River Cruises

  • Manchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Get a totally unique perspective of Manchester from their historic ship canal, with Manchester River Cruises. On the Princess Katherine - yes, she ha...

Outside view of IWM North (1) in Manchester

IWM North (1)

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries
Outside view of Imperial War Museum North in Manchester

Imperial War Museum North

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Imperial War Museum North, or IWM North, provides an exciting free day out for all the family and brings to life stories of how war has shaped lives...

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