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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Gardens at Dunham Massey in Altrincham

Dunham Massey

  • Altrincham
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Dunham Massey During the First World War this magnificent Georgian house set in a peaceful deer park was dramatically transformed into a military hos...

A little girl at Go Ape

Go Ape Rivington

  • Bolton
  • Outdoor
  • High Ropes Courses

Go Ape Rivington is a course like no other, with the only zip wire over water in the Go Ape family! Pair that with a whole load of other high ropes f...

Girl at birthday party at Wacky Warehouse - Waggon and Horses in Wilmslow

Wacky Warehouse - Waggon and Horses

  • Wilmslow
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Wacky Warehouse at the Waggon and Horses has plenty of colourful adventure play equipment crammed into a climbing maze that will entertain the kids a...

Wild Things

  • Stockport
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Your little animals are in for an awesome time at Wild Things, with multi level adventure play frames crammed with jungle themed treats like the tige...

Indoor soft play frame and football arena at Let Loose Soft Play in Stockport

Let Loose Soft Play

  • Stockport
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Let Loose Soft Play! is a brand new children's play centre in Hazel Grove, Stockport. Kids always have something to do with a huge play frame to expl...

Cafe seating area at Toyfields in Leigh

Toyfields

  • Leigh
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Toyfields Toyfields is a brand new children's adventure play centre full of colour and fun, bringing exercise and excitement to children up to 11 yea...

Baby girl in ball pit at Wacky Warehouse - Mottram Woods in Longdendale

Wacky Warehouse - Mottram Woods

  • Mottram in Longdendale
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

This branch of Wacky Warehouse at Mottram Wood Pub offers the usual high quality, multi storey play zone (up to height 4ft9) which comprises the main...

Cineworld Leigh

Cineworld Leigh

  • Leigh
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Dive into the world of classic movies, action-packed adventures and animated wonders at Cineworld Leigh. Share the magic of the big screen with your...

Dock at Etherow Country Park in Stockport

Etherow Country Park

  • Stockport
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Etherow Country Park is a wonderful place to go for a day out surrounded by beautiful scenery, multiple lakes and walkways. Birdwatchers will find pl...

Painted pottery at Happy Potter in Stockport

Happy Potter

  • Stockport
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Happy Potter brings the magic of ceramic art and crafting fun to anyone who enters! This is a family activity with a difference – whatever you paint...

Kids jumping on trampolines at Total Adrenaline in Trafford

Total Adrenaline

  • Mottram in Longdendale
  • Indoor
  • Trampoline Parks

If your littluns love to throw their weight around (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?) Total Adrenaline will be a perfect fit. Here, bouncing is only...

Piglets at Smithills Open Farm in Bolton

Smithills Open Farm4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(3)

  • Bolton
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Set on 70 acres of rolling countryside is the family run Smithill Open Farm. There are over 25 animals to meet. From traditional farm animals such as...

Outside view of Smithills Hall in Bolton

Smithills Hall

  • Bolton
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Smithills Hall One of Bolton's more original family homes, Smithills Hall is a dignified Grade 1 listed building, full of history and drama with an 8...

Girl on bicycle at Moss Bank Park in Bolton

Moss Bank Park4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Bolton
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

All parents know first-hand how stressful it can be keeping your kids entertained on a tight budget. Thankfully, places like Moss Bank Park exist. Ad...

Union Pacific Train at Brookside Miniature Railway in Poynton

Brookside Miniature Railway

  • Poynton
  • Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

Brookside Miniature Railway, located in Brookside Garden Centre in Poynton, offers a superb train ride for families and enthusiasts along a half mile...

Family on Spy Mission Trail

Uppermill Spy Mission Treasure Trail

  • Oldham
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Are you and your gang of super spies ready for an adventure? On the Uppermill Spy Mission Treasure Trail you’ll need to bust clues and crack a deacti...

The Garden House Marple

The Garden House Marple4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(3)

  • Marple
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Home to ponies, pygmy goats, alpacas and lots more adorable animals, The Garden House in Marple is a lovely urban farm to visit with your kids. It’s...

Kids climbing at Rope Race Climbing and Activity Centre in Stockport

Rope Race Climbing5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Stockport
  • Indoor
  • Activity Centres

Here at Rope Race they run climbing session for all ability, from the regular Kids' club and school holiday activities, Birthday parties and dedicate...

Rough n Tumble

  • Stockport
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Rough n Tumble have 3 large play frames and interactive equipment suitable for children aged 0 to 12 years! So you can bring your big jobs along with...

People kayaking at Hollingworth Lake Activity Centre in Littleborough

Hollingworth Lake Activity Centre

  • Rochdale
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

As the weather warms up, Hollingworth Lake Activity Centre is the place to be. Adventure is the first order of business with activities both on the l...

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