Rainy day ideas for places to go with children in Cheshire.
The Spotty Pig Craft Cafe
The Spotty Pig is a craft cafe where you can just pop in and create either a ceramic, wood, fabric or decopatch masterpiece. Or simply just enjoy our great coffee and cakes.
It is the perfect party venue with prices starting at £10.95 per child
We are Virtual Reality Escapes Chester’s first and only Virtual Reality Centre
We are Virtual Reality Escapes, the north west’s only Virtual Reality centre. Based in the centre of Chester only a stone’s throw away from the popular shops, pubs and restaurants means we are an ideal place for a family day out, group party or children’s party for people living in or visiting Chester!
We have 6 of the world’s best Virtual Reality headsets.
We have a fantastic selection of 25 of the best Virtual Reality video experiences and games.
Our VR headsets allow you to swim with whales under the sea, climb the Rocky Mountains for amazing viewpoints and breath-taking scenery and fly into space to help Han Solo defeat the storm troopers on the latest Star Wars production.
We also have a selection of different experiences you can do as a group. Come with your friends and family and try survive the zombie apocalypse together as a team!
Our helpful and friendly team of staff will be able to guide you into choosing the perfect selection of experiences for your session and will be on hand to give support and assistance at any point during your time with us.
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Alsager Leisure Centre
Swimming pool. hockey/soccer pitch, sports hall etc. Courses in swimming, badminton, trampolining, gymnastics, soccer etc. Parties.
Antz in your Pantz
Themed indoor soft play centre with separate toddler and babies area as well tunnel slides, cannon balls, indoor football pitch.
0161 962 2266
Drop in art & craft room at Antz in your Pantz play centre. Offers children 2-16 the chance to make something amazing to take home.
0161 962 2266
Barnaby’s Play Barn
Indoor playbarn. Aerial runway, slides, ladders, ballpools, labyrinths,etc. Under 5s area. Refreshment area for parents to watch kids play. Parties
Barony Sports Complex
Children’s play area, roller-hockey & skateboard rink, tennis courts. All weather football pitch & grass pitches.
Bean & Brush Family Art Cafe
We are a truly independent licensed art cafe, offering the very best in food and drink. We offer paint a pot & Decopatch 7 days a week, we host the best arts & craft parties.
0161 973 2140
Birchwood Leisure and Tennis Complex
Sports hall for badminton, basketball, volleyball. Tennis courts which can be booked for casual use. Junior tennis lessons. Creche.
Pottery painting cafe in the heart of Stockport – we have a beautiful party room available to hire with reasonable and flexible packages on offer.
0161 480 5139
Broomfields Leisure Centre
Swimming pool with parent & baby sessions, kids’ fun sessions, aqua natal, swimming lessons. Kids’ football, gymnastics, trampolining. Astrotruf pitches. Sports hall. Children’s parties.
Science discovery centre. Interactive exhibits and hand-on science and technology displays. Family events and free workshops for kids.
0151 420 1121
Bring your family to Charleys Ceramic Café and paint together, a range of great items.
0151 538 7215
Cheshire County Sports Club
Indoor and outdoor facilities inc. sports hall, floodlit synthetic pitch, all weather facilities, athletics track. Kids parties, 7-a-side etc.
Cheshire Craft Workshop
We offer Potter’s Wheel, paint-a-pot, candle dipping, badge-making and various craft activities for children, preschools, afterschool clubs and adults.
Quote KG11 for 15% discount off any activity
Cheshire Military Museum
Exhibits showing life for Cheshire soldiers and their families. Interactives. Trench display.
Demonstrations. Kids’ crafts – candle dipping, painting and construction, clay models, badge making. Play area. Kids’ parties.
Christleton Sports Centre
There’s plenty of ways for your little ones to have fun at Christleton Sports Centre, including sports clubs, fun swim sessions and our fantastic Holiday Fun programmes during the school holidays!
Independent cinema in Macclesfield.
Cheap tickets for kids’ films on weekend mornings and school holidays.
Teams of 3 to 6 people are locked in a room. You need to solve puzzles and find clues. And escape within 60 minutes.
After being locked in an underground bunker following a radiation leak, it’s now time to leave as you’ve limited oxygen left. Only 60 minutes of breathable air remains – will you escape in time?
Children’s indoor play area specialising in private parties.
Congleton Leisure Centre
Swimming lessons, large and small pools, sports hall. Kids’ parties.
Touch screen computers, pull out figures & voice-overs telling story of Congleton. Medieval boat, coin hoards.
Frequent plays for children inc Xmas pantomime.
Crewe Swimming Pool
30 metre swimming pool & teaching pool. Swimming lessons, family fun swim sessions, disable swim sessions.
Cinema often showing children’s films.
Local theatre used by local and amateur theatre groups.
Dewa Roman Experience
Climb aboard Roman galley, walk through reconstructed Roman streets. Fortress excavations. Hands-on studio: try on roman armour etc.
Ellesmere Port Sports Village
Your little ones will love Ellesmere Port Sports Village! There’s lots of fun to be had, including Topsy Tumbles soft play sessions, Wet ‘n’ Wild inflatable swim sessions, and lots of sports clubs operate out of the centre too.
0151 659 1010
Energi Trampoline Park
Get your kids down to Energi Trampoline Park Wilmslow to bounce off some energy or for a fabulous kids birthday party!
Spacious, exciting and adventurous indoor activity centre combining multi level play area, baby and toddler areas with a healthy eating cafe. Parties.
Macclesfield, Bromborough & Chester
Play and party centres. Baby playpen, separate toddler & main play frames, 2 sports areas. Clean, safe & secure.
Triple level challenging equipment plus a smaller version for under 4’s. Can be hired for parties.
An exciting play & party centre aimed at under 9’s. Come join our safe and stress free Giddy experience in Warrington.
Kids Guide users quote GK 241 for a 2 kids for 1entry offer
Great Sankey Leisure Centre
Great Sankey, Warrington
Martial arts, trampolining, gymnastics. Sports hall, floodlit astro turf pitches. Swimming pool. Parties.
Chester from pre-history to today. Romans, fossils, quizzes, interactive exhibits. Some kids’ workshops.
Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker
Secret nuclear bunker only declassified in 1993. Visit govt HQ, BBC studio etc. Emergency TV broadcasts. Soviet Spy Mouse Trail for smaller kids.
Local theatre holds family show at Christmas. Youth theatre.
Haslington Cricket Club
Haslington near Crewe, CW1 5SE
Haslington Cricket Club has a playbarn in a lovely country setting. Free to under 18 months, there are highchairs, play-on toys, food facilities, changing facilities and children friendly music plays all the time.
Head Over Heels
Chorlton & Wilmslow
Large indoor play area with play structure, toddler section and cafe. Parties.
0161 881 4433
Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre
Sports hall, holiday schemes, kids’ parties, children’s karting events.
Glebe Farm, Peel Lane, Astbury, Congleton, CW12 4RQ
Jack-In-The-Green craft studio and gift shop offers pottery painting, decoupage and lots more for all ages from babies to adults. Visit our miniature gardens, spot the fairy charms. Based at Glebe Farm, Astbury, Congleton a free all weather attraction.
Warrington and Widnes
Huge playframe climbing wall, bowling at Warrington, golf and cars at Widnes. Something for all ages. Kids’ parties.
01925 444622 and 0151 422 9928
Jenny Wren’s Ceramics
Stockton Heath village in Warrington
Little pottery painting cafe. We specialise in providing pottery mementos and can help you to make your little people’s hand and foot prints come alive and last forever. Children’s parties.
Science centre with cafe. There are interactive exhibits, 35 acres of gardens including play area and a planet path trail.
01477 571 766
Accessible, inclusive activity centre for disabled children & young people and their families. Offering Rebound Therapy, play & sensory. Birthday parties.
0161 637 2800
We offer great art activities for children ages 4 years and upwards at our afterschool art clubs, school holiday clubs and at parties.
Kingsway Leisure Centre
25 metre swimming pool and learner pool. Swimming lessons including 5-day intensive swimming course, group and individual lessons. Sports hall & gym. Creche. Dance studio.
Knutsford Leisure Centre
Swimming pool with swimming lessons from 3 years. Sports hall for badminton, basketball, 5-a-side, volleyball, netball & indoor cricket nets. School holiday courses. Children’s birthday parties.
Knutsford Little Theatre
Local community theatre with junior section.
Little Moreton Hall
Free guided tours of hall, a famous example of Tudor half-timbered architecture. Herb garden, knot garden. Picnic lawn. Regular living history and musical events & family activities throughout year.
Lymm Leisure Centre
Lymm High School
Swimming pool, swimming lessons, football coaching, all weather pitch, rollerblading, badminton, school holiday scheme for 5 – 9 year olds (mini sports, play, arts & crafts) and coaching days in such sports as trampolining, soccer, basketball and tennis.
Macclesfield Leisure Centre
Sports hall & athletics track. Soft play activity centre with slides, ball pool & soft blocks. Swimming pool, toddler pool, children’s swimming lessons. School holiday courses. Kids’ birthday parties.
Macclesfield Silk Museums
4 museums. Fabric and clothing exhibits. Working looms, hands-on activities. Try weaving designing and printing.
Macclesfield Superbowl proudly offers 14 lanes, an animated scoring system and an onsite bar and diner – offering you a fun-filled evening to remember. So whether you visit as a couple, family or group of pals, get ready, steady and bowl!
01625 616 428
Malpas Sports Centre
Bishop Heber High School, Malpas
Indoor and outdoor dry leisure facilities.
Middlewich Leisure Centre
Sports hall, badminton, tennis, netball, soccer. holiday schemes, kids’ parties.
Sale, South Manchester
Paint a Pot studio where all budding artists, young and old, can come and create their very own ceramic masterpieces to be glazed and fired by the Minikin Team.
Tells the story of Nantwich through the ages. Quizzes and special child-friendly displays during holidays.
Nantwich Players Theatre
Has a youth theatre for year 7 upwards. Professionally run workshops and annual production.
Nantwich Swimming Pool
Indoor swimming pool, outdoor brine pool (closed in winter), teaching pool. Aqua natal sessions.
Neston Recreation Centre
There’s plenty of fun to be had at Neston Recreation Centre! Your little ones will love our Wet ‘n’ Wild swim sessions which are full of inflatables and pool toys. The centre is also home to the Neston Falcons Cheerleading club, and is a great birthday party venue too!
0151 336 5741
North West Face
Climbing wall. Taster sessions, tuition and kids’ climbing club. Party packages.
Northgate Arena is full of fun for the whole family! As well as being a fantastic party venue and home to numerous sports and martial arts clubs, the leisure pool is great for your little ones and offers a water slide!
Northwich Memorial Court
There’s plenty of fun to be had at Northwich Memorial Court! As well as Topsy Tumbles soft play sessions and Wet ‘n’ Wild inflatable swim sessions, the centre is also a great venue for birthday parties. Don’t forget to check out the What’s On guide to find out about upcoming kids shows!
Special sessions for parents with babies & very young children. Some autism friendly screenings.
Holmes Chapel, Cheshire
Children’s indoor play centre, party rooms, coffee lounge.
A fabulous indoor and outdoor family fun play and party centre which is really different from all the rest.
Indoor children’s play and party centre with giant 3 lane astra slide, trampolines, football court, dedicated areas for little ones.
Poynton Leisure Centre
20 metre swimming pool with lessons from 6 months.
Pyramid and Parr Hall
Plays, pantomimes, live music.
Quarry Bank Mill
Restored cotton mill. Try weaving, dyeing cotton etc. See how hard children worked. Water wheel. Woodland/riverside walk. Play area. School holiday activities for all the family. Picnic facilities. Trails and tracker packs. Cycle route.
Cinema with cheap kids tickets weekend mornings.
Rope Race Climbing & Activity Centre
Indoor climbing & activity centre providing a full range of activities for 7 years plus. School holiday activities and clubs.
0161 426 0226
Rudheath Leisure Centre
Dry leisure facilities and outdoor sports provision.
Run Of The Mill Play Centre & Restaurant
Fun, friendly, spacious & safe soft play centre & restaurant in Stockport. Toddler activity sessions twice every day & a deliciously fresh, tasty menu. Parties.
0161 494 7137
Indoor children’s play centre, children’s party centre, cafe.
Runcorn Swimming Pool
Swimming pool, children’s swimming lessons. Kids’ birthday parties.
Sandbach Leisure Centre
25m pool. Aquatots and family sessions. Sharks Swimming Club. Sports halls, tennis and netball courts, table tennis. Children’s parties.
Heaton Moor, Stockport
Shavington Leisure Centre
Sports hall, all-weather football pitch, multi-use games area. Football, badminton. Hall available for kids’ parties.
Silver Blades Ice Rink
Altrincham & Widnes
Fun parent and toddler session, toys on and off the ice, Qualified coach for 30 mins, parents welcome to skate or just have a coffee.
Sir John Deane’s Leisure Centre
Swimming pool and children’s swimming lessons. Tennis, sports hall and all-weather pitch. Holiday fun club.
Sir William Stanier Leisure Centre
Sports hall & roller skating rink.
SplashZone – Gulliver’s World
SplashZone is a fully heated indoor water play factory for children up to 13.
01925 444 888
Tattenhall Recreation Centre
Cricket, football, tennis, squash courts.
Indoor bowling centre. Often have special offers.
The Boardroom Climbing
The Boardroom, Queensferry
With it’s amazing designs, dedicated kids wall, big open space and great staff, it’s a fab place for kids and adults alike.
Summer holiday activities, family taster sessions, kids’ club and children’s parties. Please call to book.
Kids love climbing…
Theatre and arts centre. Touring shows, family events and dance. Pantomime.
0151 907 8360
The Firs Pottery
Pottery throwing, kids holiday workshops.
The Hat Works
Special exhibitions, children’s events, craft workshops in holidays and special family activities. Children’s tours (booking essential).
0161 355 7770
Children’s softplay centre offering parents the chance to relax in comfortable cafe. Children’s parties available 7 days a week.
The Potters’ Barn
Hassall Green, Sandbach
Family Fun. Make clay animals, Paint Pottery or try the Potters Wheel. Pottery parties. Wet weather activities.
The Spotty Pig Craft Cafe
Pop in and create either a ceramic, wood, fabric or decopatch masterpiece. Or simply just enjoy our great coffee and cakes. The perfect party venue.
01244 311 318
Tip Top Productions
Local theatre company which performs a whole range of shows for all the family.
Totally Intoart Art Studio
An exciting art zone where children can have fun creating and making in a friendly studio. Children can bring out their creative skills.
Trafford Community Leisure Trust
Altrincham Leisure Centre
Sporting activities for young children, such as Baby Ballet, Under 5’s trampolining classes, Baby Boogie, Swimming, & Tiny Teds.
0161 926 3255
University Church Of England Sports Centre
Ellesmere Port, Cheshire West
Offers a wide range of sporting facilities including large synthetic pitch, large sports hall, fitness suite, dance studios and more.
0151 339 4352
Urban Air Trampoline Park
Jumping up and down on a small, enclosed trampoline in your back garden is only good for seeing what next door’s up to. So dump that and get yourself to Urban Air Trampoline Park in Winsford – Unit 9, Navigation Park, CW7 3RL.
Victoria Community Centre
Sports hall, all-weather football pitch, 7-aside and 11-aside pitches family centre. Holiday playscheme. Pre-school. Kids’ parties.
Virtual Reality Escapes
Chester, Upper Northgate Street
We are Virtual Reality Escapes the North Wests Only Virtual Reality Centre. Based in the centre of Chester only a stone’s throw away from the popular shops, pubs and restaurants means we are an ideal place for a Family day out, group party or children’s party for people living in or visiting Chester.
KGCH1 for 10% off an hour session
Kids’ A.M. cheap tickets weekends and school holidays.
08712 240 240
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
Fossils, Egyptian treasures. Family friendly exhibits. Holiday activities.
Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse (formerly the Salt Museum)
History of Cheshire’s salt industry. Interactive exhibits and free kids quiz sheets. Special events and school trips.
Wild Things Soft Play Centre
Wild Things is a jungle themed giant soft play frame suited for children aged 2 – 10 years. Children’s parties.
0161 440 9040
Wilmslow Leisure Centre
Swimming pool with children’s swimming lessons and parent & child sessions. Sports hall, holiday courses. Floodlit pitch for 5-a-side football, basketball and tennis.
Winsford Lifestyle Centre
Join in the fun at Winsford Lifestyle Centre! Your little ones will love the Wet ‘n’ Wild inflatable swimming sessions, and it’s a great place to hold a birthday party too!
Indoor Kids Play Centre. Fun for everyone from 0+ years. 4 Lane astra slide and many more funbelievable features. Parties.
01244 681233 (Saltney)
01244 533022 (Queensferry)
Woodford Lodge Sports Centre
Indoor and outdoor sports facilities.
Woolston Leisure Centre
Swimming pool, aqua natal and family fun sessions. Kids’ swimming classes. Kids’ parties. Creche. Outdoor football pitch.