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Kids’ activities in Manchester: things to know before you go

This is your guide to kids’ activities in Manchester – answering some frequently asked questions.

What are some indoor activities for kids in Manchester?

Living in one of the UK’s rainiest cities is no reason to stay home at the weekend. There are tons of indoor activities for kids in Manchester, from games of mini golf to snow sports. Lots of them are pretty active, too! Check them out here:

  • Chill Factore is a great place to take the kids for some wintry wonders. Thrill seeking little (and not so little) ones can take skiing or snowboarding lessons, try out downhill tubing, slide the snow luge or do a bit of old-fashioned sledging. Clothing hire is available and there’s more than a few great deals on Groupon.
  • Rock Over Climbing offers another great outdoorsy experience under cover. There’s something even for children as young as two, with different age ranges getting the chance to take on bouldering and rope climbing, as well as parkour and soft play. It’s a great, safe environment for kids to burn energy.
  • Trampolining is another great energy-burning, gravity-defying activity. The first time you go you’ll be amazed at some of the moves the kids pull off!

Where can I take my toddler in Manchester?

Why not take them to the nearest soft play centre? They’re a great opportunity to let your kids mix with others and run wild in a nice squishy environment. You’ll often get the opportunity to treat yourself to coffee and cake, and a nice sit down into the bargain!

Some great options include the iPlay Zone at Sky High Adventure in Droylsden, Just Giggle at Stockport, and That Fun Place in Bolton.

Can kids go paintballing?

Generally yes, although the policy tends to vary between venues. Paintball Network, for example, says it has hosted birthday parties for children as young as 10 - and has a location right by Worsley to the south-west of Manchester.

Paintball HQ Manchester, meanwhile, allows kids over the age of 12 to participate.

There are sites elsewhere that will allow kids as young as eight to play a low impact version of the game. Any player under the age of 18 will usually need parental consent.

What are some outdoor activities for kids in Manchester?

If the weather’s good, there’s plenty of fun to be had in the great outdoors of Manchester, along with a wide array of sports-based activities.

There are loads of great places to try paintballing near Manchester and, as mentioned above, a lot of them will let kids play. Parental participation is strictly optional!

Or, if you’ve tried indoor climbing with the kids, and your little explorers want to get to grips with real rock, try it out with Pure Outdoor Ltd out at Bamford – it’s a little further afield in the Peak District but the authenticity can’t be beat.