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

father and young daughter on a theme park ride

Big days out & theme parks 

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Boats, trains & automobiles

toddler girl eating in restaurant

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

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Museums, science & galleries

group of happy children racing across sunny park

Outdoor fun

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Rainy day ideas

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Sports venues

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Theatre & cinema


What's on highlights

Family Arts Festival 2014

17th October – 2nd November 2014 Various venues A huge variety of exciting, innovative and interactive events for all generations of the family .


Manchester Science Festival

23rd October – 2nd November 2014 Manchester From 3D printing in action, the world’s biggest fractal and the wonders of the universe from Siberia to the solar system, kids of all ages will love getting stuck in with our packed programme of family activities.


October Half Term Fun at the Chill Factore

25th October – 2nd November 2014 Chill Factore, Manchester Looking for something active to enjoy with the children this half term? Head to Chill Factore for all the thrills of the snow – with Sledge o Mania, Downhill Donuts, the Luge Slip n Slide and Mini Donuts too. There’s even


Spectacular Stars Science Show

27th – 31st October 2014 Jodrell Bank This half term don’t miss out on our action packed science show. We will be discovering how stars are born, why they are different colours, what a star is made from and what happens when a star dies. The show will include a gravity defying


The Gruffalo & The Gruffalo’s Child

30th October 2014 The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3WS Julia Donaldson’s hugely popular story of The Gruffalo has sold over 10 million copies and won numerous prizes for children’s literature. Join us for this family showing of the acclaimed films The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, accompanied live by Royal Northern Sinfonia,


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Fireworks events tonight 31st October:

Fantastic Fireworks at Gulliver’s World
31st October-1st November 2014
Gulliver’s World, Warrington
Bring the family to Gulliver’s World for a day of theme park fun and fantastic fireworks! As our spooky week comes to an end we’ll be hosting a sensational fireworks display to light up the night sky.
The impressive display will be a perfect way to end a magical day out at Gulliver’s. We have a huge selection of rides and attractions to entertain the whole family. Gulliver’s will be open later than usual, which means you have more time to explore our park!

Sydney Arms Halloween and Bonfire Party
31st October 2014
Sydney Arms, Crewe
This year’s annual Halloween and Bonfire Party is set to be the biggest yet ! This year we have the biggest hand fired fire works display in Crewe from the British champions “Blitz”
We also will have the biggest bonfire in Crewe and surrounding area to keep you all warm through out the night
We have hot food, candy floss and doughnuts, toy stalls and fair ground rides
Hollywood nights will be performing live along with an outdoor disco
Twisted horror will also be back this year and this year they are building an outdoor and indoor maze set to be more scarier than last year! ! !
Punch and Judy will also be here to keep the little ones entertain ! ! !
Fancy dress is optional but prizes will be handed out for the best children & adult costume!
Gates open at 5.30 pm
Fireworks at 8.00 pm

Leverhulme Park Community Fireworks
31st October 2014
Leverhulme Park, Bolton
Free community firework display and funfair. The fun starts at 6pm with the opening of the fair, which includes rides and traditional favourites black peas, toffee apples and candy-floss.

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