There's endless options to keep kids entertained in Manchester this year, from Dippy the dinosaur to the Ninja Academy there is something for everyone and who knows - it might even bring out the inner child in you too!
Make yours an adventure trip to Manchester with the family!
For the toddlers (12-24 month)
Perfect for those toddling tots who love big cats; The Tiger who came to tea and the Adventures of Mog the forgetful cat (Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Manchester, M15 5ZA). Join the Tiger for some tea or explore with Mog through a giant cat flap – perfect for kinaesthetic learning as the exhibition is fully interactive.
For pre-schoolers (2-5 years old)
Explore ideas that could change the world from using your imagination to making something that moves, the Science and Industry Museum is packed with many answers to the questions little ones ask. (Free entry, Liverpool Road, Manchester M3 4FP). Alternatively, explore the oceans wildlife and meet the Mermaids at the Sea Life (Trafford Centre) or visit a land made from Lego, race a LEGO vehicle off-road into the woodland and visit the DUPLO LEGO farm at the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre (Trafford). Grab your wand and explore Manchester at your own pace with a book of Clue for you to defeat the curse cast by Abby Cadabra the Wicked Witch (Spinningfields).
For the big kids (6-12 years old)
Reach great heights at the Manchester Climbing Centre, perfect for building confidence or break out the inner ninja within at the World’s largest Ninja park at 40,000sq FT – perfect place for releasing energy with spider walls, a sea of wings and more. Why not try the outdoor 36-hole dinosaur-themed mini-golf experience (Dino Falls Adventure Golf – Trafford Centre). With realistic moving dinosaurs, winding rivers and an erupting volcano – this adventure golf will bring out the competition at any age. Burn that extra energy at the Play Factore (Trafford Quays Leisure Village) with the largest play frame in the UK with tunnels, slides and giant obstacles is just the beginning for every adventure possible, with an indoor climbing frame, football pitch and basketball court and a Zip Wire there is something for everyone.
For the teenagers (13-19 years old)
Spread your wings and fly at the indoor skydiving at Ifly (Trafford Quays Leisure Village) in a vertical wind tunnel or hit the slopes at Chill Factore Trafford Quays Leisure Village) for lessons to freestyle or simply Downhill Donuts for a real snow adventure. Embrace your inner Stig at Team Sport Karting on a multi-level go-kart track (Central Manchester) and take first gold – make sure to get a photo or it didn’t happen.