Manchester with children

We unfortunately never made it to Manchester when we lived in the UK – although it was certainly a place we’d hoped to go. How could you not want to go to the city where The Beatles played their very first ‘proper and professional’ gig back in 1962? But Manchester isn’t just for adults who love music. There are lots of activities for families too, and this guest post tells you more about these…

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The Manchester area is literally brimming with activities for children, making it a fantastic place to visit with the family. There are plenty of family friendly Manchester hotels to choose from at, so book a stay in this vibrant town and discover what it has to offer.

Manchester with children:

Aerial Extreme

For a fabulous treetop adventure right in the heart of the city, look no further than Aerial Extreme at the Trafford Centre for enjoying your time in Manchester with children. Here you can swing, jump and fly through the air, up to 27 feet above the ground. A great activity for adrenalin junkies.

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Here in Manchester, you can experience what it’s like to skydive just a few feet off the ground at Airkix. Children from four years old (and adults) can enjoy the feeling of flying at this unique attraction. You’ll be joined by an instructor who’ll teach you to go up, down, forwards, backwards and even turn as you fly through the air. Not to be missed.

Namco Funscape

Located at the Trafford Centre, Namco Funscape is a fantastic entertainment complex for enjoying Manchester with children. It offers 18 bowling lanes, a 16 car Dodgem track, American pool hall and a huge amusement arcade. A great place to while away a rainy afternoon.

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Sea Life Manchester

Packed full of 5,000 creatures, Sea Life Manchester is a great aquarium to visit. With fun talks, the opportunity to watch feeding time, a touch pool where you can hold a crab or stroke a star fish and a quiz trail around the attraction, there’s so much to see and do. A kids’ favourite is the walk-through tunnel, giving a glimpse of what it’s like under water as sharks and rays swim overhead.

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Legoland Discovery Centre

Even big kids (a.k.a. adults) love Lego. And at Legoland you can get a Lego factory tour, build and test your own race car, watch a 4D film and pedal around the centre on the Merlin’s Apprentice Ride. A great place for birthday parties, Legoland has something for everyone – boys and girls alike.

Museum of Science and Industry

Have fun and improve your child’s education at the same time by visiting Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry. Your children can play in the My Den area – a new pop-up display in the Textiles Gallery. They can also ride the Morphis motion simulator and if they are under six they can participate in the Experitots – hands-on activities in the Experiment Gallery.

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National Football Museum

Manchester is known for its football history and culture and the best way to experience this first hand is to visit the National Football Museum. With free entry, you can take advantage of all the activities for children on offer, such as the toddler group activity sessions and the baby music and movement classes. Kids under five can enjoy the Discovery Zone and older children can have a play with the FootballPlus+ simulations.

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Whatever you decide to do in Manchester, there is plenty to keep children of all ages entertained, whatever the weather.

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