Rainy day ideas for places to go with children in Manchester.
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Adventure Play at Rock Over Climbing
City Centre, Manchester
The perfect way to entertain kids no matter the age, offering Manchester City Centre’s biggest kids’ play centre. Kids can move between the toddlers area, state of the art soft play, climbing walls and adventure area, all while the parents chill out on our comfy sofas and enjoy food from our new Cafe.
0161 288 1218
Indoor skydiving in a wind tunnel for 3 years – adult. Simulates what it feels like to free fall.
All Star Lanes
“So long trashy chain bowling centres” -VOGUE
All Star Lanes is a brilliant day out for the whole family, from the bowling to the delicious milkshakes and food, our friendly staff are experienced in keeping your young ones entertained!
We welcome all our younger guests and offer reduced rates.
Bolton Market Place Shopping Centre
Amazonia is situated in the newly renovated vaults in Bolton’s Market Place shopping centre it compromises of not only a play area for kids aged 1 years old and upwards but also contains an 18 hole adventure golf course as well as a cafe where the adults can relax and let there tribe run wild.
20% discount on all entry prices when using code KG003
AMF Bowl Wigan
AMF Bowling is Wigan’s premier entertainment centre offering ten-pin bowling, Quasar, Amusements, Diner and Licensed Bar. We cater for kids of all ages. Our fantastic Birthday Party packages guarantee a birthday to remember. Call us for details…
0844 826 4282
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
Autism friendly Thursdays at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester
LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester
Autism friendly Thursdays
Thursday afternoons during term time we will be Autism friendly from 2pm til 6pm, by placing extra trained staff around the attraction, turning off the music, limiting the sound effects and making the lighting as standard as possible throughout.
Autism friendly Thursdays at SEA LIFE Manchester
SEA LIFE Manchester
Autism Friendly Thursdays
Every Thursday during term time will be Autism friendly from 2pm until 6pm. We will turn off the music, make our lighting as standard as possible and place extra trained staff around the attraction who can answer questions and provide assistance.
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
Bolton Library and Museum Services
For a fun family day out and inspiration for all, Bolton’s Museums and Libraries are the place to go.
Bounce Central UK
The very best indoor trampoline park in Manchester! Interconnected trampolines, air bags, rollover blocks & basketball lanes.
Book online now to Bounce!
Unit 4 – Labtec Street – Swinton – Manchester – M278SE
0161 794 0677
Renowned concert hall. Some family events and family oriented concerts.
Monthly music and sensory sessions for babies and toddlers.
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
CBBC Interactive Tour at MediaCityUK
Children aged between 6 and 11 will love the CBBC Interactive Tour at MediaCityUK, the home for CBBC.
0370 901 1227
Central Art Gallery
Family friendly gallery with holiday workshops.
0161 342 2650
Trafford Quays Leisure Village, Manchester
Manchester’s Indoor Real Snow and Climb centre. The UK’s longest indoor real snow slope. Ski and snowboard lessons. Dedicated beginner slope. Fun snow activities for young and older children. Climbing wall. Parties.
Screens all the big new releases. Cheap tickets for kids’ films on weekend mornings and school holidays.
Clownaround Children’s Play & Party Centre
Eccleston Chorley plus mobile playbus up to 30 miles radius
We offer 3 party venues all under one roof! Indoor soft play, double decker play bus and build your own bear parties
Some family shows, ballet and visiting stage shows. Annual pantomime for families.
Darwen Library Theatre
Touring shows, pantomimes etc.
Depot Climbing Centre
Trafford Park, Manchester
Active birthday parties and kids clubs with a difference. Whilst the parents kick back and relax in our Cafe area, the young ones have an action packed time at the UK’s largest, newest and most advanced climbing centre.
A sure fire way to keep your youngsters and friends talking for weeks.
0161 848 9495
More of the same Black Dog Ballroom brilliantness complete with five ten-pin bowling lanes! Expect ball dispensers inspired by the brand’s own black dog, Bruce the Patterdale Terrier, gleaming wooden floors and fantastic food made with only the best local produce.
18th century mansion including Victorian servants “below stairs”. Ghosts! Sawmill. Gardens & extensive picnic lawns. Boredom Busters during school holidays. Free children’s quizzes/trails. Cycling for under fives.
Eddie Catz Softplay
Family run 4 floor soft play area based on MotherCare at Manchester Fort.
Admission prices: 0-1 £2, 1-4 £3, 4-7 £4
Opening times: Mon-Sat 9-6, Sun 11-5
Classes held weekly
Also a small area for the under 2s to play
Ball pits, slides, giant balls, tunnels. Lots of fun!
Edge Theatre & Arts Centre
Shows unique, small scale threatre shows. Plus music and theatre clubs for kids.
Emily’s Paint A Pot
For the young and the young at hearted alike to come and get creative. We have a huge range of crafts to choose from including ceramic painting, foam clay, decoptach, mosaic making and glass painting. We can also make keepsakes such as clay imprints, stone outprints and 3D castings. Party room and a feeding room with baby facilities.
Eureka! The National Children’s Museum
Halifax, West Yorkshire
A magical place where children play to learn and grown-ups learn to play. Discover the world around you through 100s of hands-on exhibits.
Gioco Play Centre
Largest indoor soft play & party centre in Wigan! Exciting features include roller slide, tube slides, go kart track, football pitch, ball pools, sky glide …
01942 248 222
Gracie Fields Theatre
Range of musical and theatrical shows including children’s shows and annual pantomime.
Greater Manchester’s Museum of Transport
Nearly ninety historical vehicles, of which a large proportion are buses and also the prototype for Metrolink trams.
0161 205 2122
Head Over Heels
Chorlton & Wilmslow
Large indoor play area with play structure, toddler section and cafe. Parties.
0161 881 4433
Imperial War Museum North
Focuses on how war shapes lives. Frequent family friendly events and activities.
0161 836 4000
Jodrell Bank with its famous huge white telescope is one of the best places to take kids for a science-themed day out. The interactive exhibits are very child-friendly with lots of opportunities to turn dials and push buttons. During school holidays there are additional activities including science shows and sessions aimed at the under 7s. Outdoors there are 35 acres of gardens including outdoor exhibits, play area and a trail. The cafe has a great view of the Lovell Telescope.
Picture the scene, wall to wall trampolines as far as the eye can see, all connected together to form one huge indoor trampoline park. Now imagine angled trampolines forming the sides so you, your family and friends can literally bounce off the walls! This is what you will find at a Jump Nation!
0845 609 0799
Accessible, inclusive activity centre for disabled children & young people and their families. Offering Rebound Therapy, play & sensory. Birthday parties.
0161 637 2800
Children’s Soft Play Centre, for ages 0-11! See our website for more details, prices, photos and party information!
0161 724 7402
We offer great art activities for children ages 4 years and upwards at our afterschool art clubs, school holiday clubs and at parties.
Stockport Sports Village
Battle it out with your friends or colleagues with our range of exciting games, from Death Matches and Tower Conquest, to the exciting Zombie Hunt.
Laser Combat provides the latest laser equipment including wireless headsets and is played outside on our specially designed course.
0161 494 3140
Laser Quest Trafford Centre
Experience Laser Tag entertainment at our award winning attraction. Since opening in 2003 over 1 million brave players have entered our fully air conditioned labyrinth and experienced the sheer adrenaline rush of the worlds most advanced and loved laser game. We are open 7 days a week, 10am to 11pm. Party packages available.
Legoland® Discovery Centre Manchester
Barton Square, intu Trafford Centre, Manchester
Legoland® Discovery Centre Manchester – over 2 million Lego® bricks under one roof! With a café and our Legoland Discovery Centre Shop, enjoy one of the most unique things to do with kids in Manchester. Why not be transported to an underwater world next door at Sea Life Manchester!
0844 844 8181
Manchester Aquatics Centre
Two 50-metre pools plus separate diving and leisure pools. Offers children’s swimming lesson.
Large touring shows.
Manchester Art Gallery
Fine and decorative art. Interactive Gallery for children 5 – 12 years old featuring real artworks and hands-on activities. Monthly family art club for accompanied 6-11 year olds. Workshops for babies and young children.
0161 235 8888
Manchester City Football Club Stadium & Club Tour
Take the Manchester City Stadium and Club tour at the home of the Premier League Champions. See the Trophy itself, the home players changing rooms, sit in the managers seat and much, much more.
Egyptology, science for life gallery, mammals, birds and live animals, collections of fossils and minerals. Kids’ workshops and activity sessions. Monthly “Big Saturdays” family activity days. Monthly under 5s sessions with storytelling, art & crafts.
0161 275 2634
Manchester United Museum & Tour
Blending historical exhibits with state-of-the-art interactive experiences, the Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour brings the remarkable legend to life like never before and takes you behind the scenes of one of the world’s most famous football stadiums.
0161 868 8000
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.
Museum of Science and Industry
MOSI is open daily and is free! It tells the story of the history, science and industry of Manchester – the world’s first industrial city. The permanent exhibit has lots of interactive hands-on activities kids will enjoy. Stare into the infinity mirror, make your own tornado, watch bubbles rise through giant coloured columns and much more. There are science shows and frequent activities for children at weekends and school holidays.
Museum of the Manchester Regiment
The Museum tells the story of the Manchester Regiment soldiers through the objects they left behind including uniforms, equipment, weaponry, souvenirs and medals. Art activities and family workshops in the holidays.
Close until summer 2016 for refurbishment.
The Trafford Centre, Manchester
Family entertainment centre; bowling, dodgems, video games. Ideal for school or club trip. Kids’ and teen birthday parties.
0161 749 1111
National Football Museum
The biggest and best football museum in the world.
0161 605 8200
Screens all the big movies including family friendly films. Offers Odeon Kids cheap tickets at weekend and in the school holidays. Special sessions for parents with babies & very young children. Some autism friendly screenings.
Hosts touring family shows and, of course, the popular annual pantomime.
Family plays and touring shows.
Oulder Hill Leisure Complex
25m swimming pool and children’s learner pool. Extensive sports facilities including grass pitches and astroturf. Children’s activities.
Oxygen Freejumping Manchester
Trafford Way, Manchester
We’ve got 150 interconnected trampolines for you to explore, a mega airbag to practice your moves, performance trampolines so that you can gain some serious airtime, dodgeball courts to challenge your friends, reaction walls to test your speed, and lots more activities to get you bouncing!
Paint a Pot
Paint A Pot is an art & craft centre in Radcliffe. We stock a wide variety of pottery from plates & cups to dragon & fairy figures to choose from and you have a choice of paint, foam clay and decopatch to decorate your items. We also have soft clay for hand & feet imprints.
0161 258 9558
Family plays and touring shows.
Park Bridge Heritage Centre
Medlock Valley, Ashton under Lyne
Restored remains of industrial buildings & railway lines. Includes Stables Tea Room.
0161 330 9613
Space-age indoor play centre with play frame, themed party rooms and Aunty Gravity’s Café.
01706 627 627
State of the art, family entertainment centre houses largest play frame in Europe, indoor laser quest arena, full Go-Kart track, & extensive toddlers soft play area.
0161 748 6851
Playkidds Play Centre And Sensory Room
PlayKidds play centre and sensory room is situated just off the East Lancs road in Swinton.The facilities include a toddler structure, a three tier play structure, a sensory room. A go kart track where you can learn about road safety. A sports court, a healthy eating coffee shop and party rooms.
Kidsguide users can quote KG001 for 10% discount Monday to Friday
345 Moorside Road Swinton M27 9HH
Portland Basin Museum
Ashton under Lyne
Restored nineteenth century Ashton Canal Warehouse. Trails and activities for children. Picnic tables. Canal boat trips.
0161 343 2878
Come visit us in our paint your own pots studio! We have lots of things to paint for you or a special present. Children’s parties.
Play area based within Botany Bay with party options available. Open every day.
Rock Over Climbing
Manchester, City Centre
Come and experience our ‘Clip go Climb’ adventure zone. Young adventurers will pull on a climbing harness, CLIP into an auto-belay, GO and CLIMB. Our adventure leaders will guide you through the adventure climbing zone. Parents can watch and relax whilst enjoying a coffee from our brand new Cafe.
0161 288 1218
Platting Lane, Rochdale
Rollercity Rochdale is the North West’s Premier Roller Skating Centre. A great day out for children and adults alike looking for a fun, safe and lively family disco atmosphere. We have an on-site American style Diner, making us a perfect children’s (and adults’) party venue.
01706 648 544
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
Royal Exchange Theatre
Sometimes hosts family plays and smaller productions by visiting companies in this beautiful iconic building.
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
Salford Arts Theatre
Salford Arts Theatre is an independent theatre which produces affordable theatre for all. Award-winning young performers company.
Sea Life Manchester
Barton Square, intu Trafford Centre, Manchester
Be transported into an incredible underwater world at Sea Life Manchester and lose yourself in over 2 million Lego® bricks next door at Legoland® Discovery Centre.
0871 221 2483
Shows all the major film releases.
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.
Snakes and Slides Soft Indoor Play Centre
Indoor play centre. Children’s parties.
0161 653 1221
Indoor bowling centre. Often have special offers.
Swinton’s premier indoor play centre for ages 0-12. Parties.
0161 727 8222
The Hat Works
Special exhibitions, children’s events, craft workshops in holidays and special family activities. Children’s tours (booking essential).
0161 355 7770
Our wild multi-level play areas are clean and safe and offer unlimited fun for even the most adventurous explorers – with trampolines, slides, ball pool, aerial runway and even a mini roundabout for toddlers!
0844 324 9995
Leading arts and cultural centre in the North West. Theatres, galleries and frequent family activities. Many family friendly shows. Lots of free family activities including art workshops and theatre workshops. “Saturday Playhouse” Art workshops most Saturdays. Regular dance drama & craft sessions for under 5s and school age children.
Award-winning venue showing frequent family shows. Also, children’s drama workshops and courses.
0161 761 2216
The People’s History Museum
Museum dedicated to the ‘extraordinary story of ordinary people’, offering a new look at the lives of working people over the last 200 years.
0161 839 6061
Frequent family-friendly stage shows, music & dance performances and Christmas pantomime. Plus classic films on the big screen.
The Star Tree Studio
Littleborough, Rochdale, Oldham, Manchester, Lancashire
The Studio provides a wide range of art & craft activities for children of all ages, including painting and Decopatch, baby, toddler and preschool creative classes, workshops, school holiday activities, art & craft birthday parties and a toy shop!
Arts and Heritage Centre with lots of family activities. Free entry to the museum and art galleries. School holiday events. Cafe
Tower of Fun
Children’s party and indoor adventure play centre specialising in children’s birthday parties and a fun day out.
0161 652 0638
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
Large chain of cinemas showing all the major releases. Take a look at the Mini Mornings for cheaper kids’ film screenings.
Waterside Arts Centre
Sale, Greater Manchester
Frequent family shows. Kids’ workshops. Check out their good value family club membership. Regular family-friendly Comedysportz shows.
Intu Trafford Centre, Manchester
Described as the ‘World’s First Virtual Nature Reserve’, Wild Immersion aims to take consumers into real-life wildlife locations, having filmed over 140 species in over 40 countries. Visitors wear their own individual headsets and from a comfortable seating area, are transported around the world to run, swim and climb with creatures in their own habitats.
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
Multi level play structure with slides, ballpools, toddler area and cafe. Parties.
01204 576 719