Places to go & days out in Manchester

boy with small goat in petting zoo

Animals, farms & zoos 

delighted children and an artist making pottery in a craft studio

Arts & crafts studios

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Big days out & theme parks

little girl leaning out of steam engine platform

Boats, trains & automobiles

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Eating out with children

Young blonde girl in red hooded top peeps around gap in a hedge

Historical buildings, castles and gardens

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Indoor play centres

toddler boys exploring mechanical toys

Museums, science & galleries

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Outdoor fun

toddler staring out of rain covered window

Rainy day ideas

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Sports venues

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Theatre & cinema

 

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Winter at Spinningfields

6th November 2014 – 4th January 2015 Deansgate, Manchester Manchester Ice Rink is back 6th November 2014 – 4th January 2015 and better than ever. Nestled on The Lawns besides The Lawn Club and The Long Bar. Manchester Ice Rink is the only open air ice rink in Manchester City Centre.

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James And The Giant Peach

12th December 2014 – 3rd January 2015 Waterside Arts Centre, Manchester Roald Dahl’s wonderful story adapted by David Wood with music and songs by Olly Fox makes ‘a really tasty treat & just peachy-perfect for the 5s to10s’ The Guardian.

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Winter Wonderland Manchester

13th December 2014 – 4th January 2015 EventCity, Manchester Looking for something to do with the kids over Christmas?. Want to get out of the house? Then come along with the family this Christmas and experience the UK’s LARGEST indoor Winter Wonderland at EventCity next to The Trafford Centre, Manchester.

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

13th December 2014 – 11th January 2015 The Lowry, Salford We’re going to The Lowry We’re going to see a Bear Hunt What a beautiful play! We’re not scared….

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Winter Warm-Up

December 28,29: 2014 Bolton Fascinating for children! 27 old stationary steam engines have been rescued and lovingly restored, some of the engines which once powered the cotton mills of Lancashire.  Most will be running in steam from 10.00am to

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Winter Watch Snow Birds
29th November 2014
Grosvenor Museum, Chester
Make a spectacular snow bird with a streaming tail and join the fun on the Winter Watch parades.
2-4pm
Free drop-in session.

Victorian Christmas Weekend at Speke Hall
29th & 30th November
Festive fun at Speke! Visit the Hall, decorated for a traditional Victorian Christmas, enjoy lots of family activities, listen to live Christmas carols in the Great Hall and pay a call on Father Christmas. Open 11am-4pm. £3 to visit Father Christmas.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/speke-hall/things-to-see-and-do/events/

Match
30th November 2014
The Lowry, Salford
Join us for a heart-warming, magical and life affirming tale for all the family. Experience beautifully inventive storytelling, puppetry, song and live music in this spellbinding production. Incredibly uplifting and raw, playful and tender, Match is pure delight for younger audiences.
www.thelowry.com/events/theatre-shows/children-and-family-shows

Annie
27th – 30th November 2014
Liverpool Empire
Pre-Christmas performance of that much-loved favourite ANNIE. This amateur production is presented Birkenhead Operatic Society Trust.
http://www.liverpooltheatres.com/empire.htm

Manchester Ice Rink at Spinningfields
6th November 2014 – 4th January 2015
Deansgate, Manchester
The family focused sessions are the first three sessions of the day when all the skating penguins are on the ice and the staff will also provide hands on assistance.
http://manchestericerink.co.uk/

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