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 

little girl leaning out of steam engine platform

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

young boy in colourful ballpool

Indoor play centres

toddler boys exploring mechanical toys

Museums, science & galleries

group of happy children racing across sunny park

Outdoor fun

toddler staring out of rain covered window

Rainy day ideas

boy with helmet and rope on climbing wall

Sports venues

family in a cinema auditorium

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.


The Family Pet Show

25th -26th October 2014 Event City, Manchester The Family Pet Show attractions include dog agility displays, a mini-farm with micro pigs, goats and sheep, and Safari Phil and his critter zoo.  Then there are our free flying birds, a pet fashion show, double-decker play bus,


Family Funday

26th October 2014 Aintree Racecourse Bring the whole family for a fantastic day out featuring loads of FREE entertainment for the children, ranging from


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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Heaton Norris Park – SK4 1JA Wednesday 5th November, 2014 Remember, remember the 5th of November…. That’s exactly what we do every year @ Heaton Norris Park (SK4 1JA), in Stockport. For the past 6 years, the Bridgeway Church and other local churches & charities have partnered together to keep this time honoured tradition alive […]


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If your kids are Frozen fans or you simply want them to decorate their own pumpkin without using a sharp knife, here’s the perfect solution: a cute Olaf pumpkin.


Little Sports Coaching School Holiday Programmes

Little Sports Coaching School Holiday Programmes

Little Sports Coaching are holding school holiday sessions for boys & girls aged 4 to 12 years. There are programmes in Cheadle, Wilmslow, Crewe, Gorton and Oldham. For details contact 0800 032 1806 Like Little Sports Coaching on Facebook Follow @little_sports on Twitter