The Manchester Museum
Owned by Manchester University the museum is a classic family day out and must visit for families, with exhibitions on dinosaurs, ancient archaeological finds, Greek, Egyptian and Roman cultures and civilisations. It’s easy to spend the whole day there because the range of exhibitions will have something to interest everyone. The live animals area is especially fun and exciting for children of all ages.
The admission is free, the museum boasts a café, indoor picnic area, baby changing facilities and the cafe has milk warming facilities for parents as well.
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Heaton Park is the largest park in Manchester, it comprises of a Grade 1 listed 18th Century house, Heaton Hall. They also have an 18 hole golf course with a driving range, an animal farm, boating lake, charming woodlands, beautiful gardens as well as two adventure playgrounds.
In addition, the park contains an observatory, a volunteer run tram system for when you tire after all that walking and exploring. Finally, you can finish off your trip in their restaurant or lakeside tea room.
All in all a day out to Heaton Park promises to have wonderful activities for kids in Manchester as well as the whole family.
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Jump nation is an indoor trampoline park with a total of 139 wall to wall trampolines, it makes for an exciting indoor kids activity.
There are reserved areas for younger kids, under 6 so they too can have a fun day out in a safe environment. Older kids have the rest of the arena at their disposal where they can bounce about and burn some energy. Parents too are encouraged to join in and have a good time otherwise there is a viewing area and café where you can watch your children, have a bite to eat and unwind.
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National Football Museum
For all the lovers of this great game, whatever team you support this Museum is engaging, informative and boasts some incredible football artefacts such as the 1966 World Cup.
There are a lot of interactive exhibitions and activities for kids and adults alike. It’s a fun way to learn more about a worldwide celebrated sport and how it’s changed through time.
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Knowsley Safari Park
If you’re looking for things to do with kids near Manchester you don’t need to go any further than Knowsley Safari Park. The 550 acre Safari drive houses over 700 wild animals including baboons, lions, tigers and camels to name a few.
Aside from the exciting wildlife, Knowsley has amusement rides and kids’ play areas.
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Legoland Discovery Centre in the Trafford centre is ideal for kids aged 3-10. Kids can spend hours playing and building with Lego, one of the main attractions of Manchester’s Legoland is ‘Miniland’, which is a miniature construction of famous landmarks across the Northwest of England.
There are lots of activities to take part in building workshops, the Fire Academy indoor playground, cinema and the interactive Kingdom Quest lasergun ride.
Legoland Discovery Centre also features the only dedicated Lego shop in the north of England and you’ll find all sorts of play sets most toyshops don’t stock.
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Manchester Art Gallery
In the 2010 Guardian Family Friendly Museum of the year award, Manchester Art Gallery was a finalist. It has a lot of family attractions such as the Clore Art Studio, free family friendly resources and facilities as well as a café.
It’s not a huge gallery but the collections are among the best outside of London making it a must see gallery.
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