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Places to go & days out in Manchester

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Animals, farms & zoos 

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Arts & crafts studios

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Big days out & theme parks

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Boats, trains & automobiles

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Eating out with children

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Historical buildings, castles and gardens

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Indoor play centres

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Museums, science & galleries

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Outdoor fun

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Rainy day ideas

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Sports venues

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Theatre & cinema


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Last chance to try the Easter Giant Duck Hunt at Martin Mere
Come down to Martin Mere this Easter holiday and take part in our annual GIANT Duck Hunt taking place every day throughout the Easter Holidays. Search for our colourfully named rubber ducks in the grounds. It is 50p to enter and prizes will be awarded for everyone who takes part.

It's also your last chance to visit MOSI's 3D: Printing the Future Exhibition
Discover how 3D printing is revolutionising the fields of medicine and engineering, radically changing the way that medicines and body parts are designed and produced. Explore how 3D printing has democratised design, unleashing a wave of innovation across the globe.
No need to book – drop in any time.
Suitable for all ages.

Easter Trail and Spring Chicks at Ness
3rd – 19th April 2015
Ness Gardens
Family fun at Ness Gardens this Easter. 10 – 5
£1/trail. Garden admission applies.

Easter Holiday Activities: Nature Discovery at Manchester Museum
Explore, discover and make stories at Manchester Museum this Easter. Don’t miss a visit to our newly renovated Nature Discovery gallery for under 5s and their families. Create sock puppet animals in our Discovery Centre and take them with you as you explore the museum galleries and see what, and how many other animals you can find.
Drop in, free, all ages

Alice in Wonderland at Speke Hall
This is your chance to escape everyday life into a magical oasis. Families can join the White Rabbit on a whirlwind adventure through Wonderland and experience Speke Hall as you’ve never done before. Hunt for her majesty’s stolen tarts on an indoor trail and join the Red Queen in a game of croquet or the Dodo in a crazy Caucus race. If running around isn’t your cup of tea, why not pay a visit to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Rooms and enjoy a scone or two?

Where Caterpillars Go
18th April 2015
The Brindley Runcorn
An intimate and magical experience for each audience member, which includes an interactive play session! The show is recommended for children under 5.

For many more ideas for places to go this weekend, visit www.kidsguide.co.uk
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