10 Things to Do in Manchester with Kids (2019)

As parents, we always want to see the happy smiles on our children’s faces. To see them smiling from ear to ear brings us a fulfilling and assuring emotion that we are doing this parenting thing right. Are you looking for ways to treat your kids to a fun-filled weekend? No need to go too far. Manchester is a city where kids can enjoy a variety of activities to make their day a memorable one. You will not run out of activities, whether a nature trip, puzzle solving, artistic activity, or a blood-pumping experience, once you are in Manchester as there are a multitude of choices to choose from. In this article, we will list the most recommended things to do in Manchester with kids.

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1. Climb and Swing Free at Rock Over Climbing

Cost: $7.8 to $12.4

Climb and Swing Free at Rock Over Climbing

Children are probably the bravest people we know. As kids, they usually don’t have the concept of what’s scary. They just want to have pure fun. Sometimes, we are even the ones who get scared when they try things which we think are too physical or too complicated for their young age. But when you think your kids want to have an adventure to prove their physical abilities, try taking them to Rock Over Climbing in Manchester. This indoor climbing area boasts of safe and thrilling vertical activities for the children. There are trained instructors to guide your kids as they explore their climbing abilities, so parents can just sit back and enjoy watching the little ones have fun. Rock Over Climbing also welcomes little children in its soft play centre. We bet you’ll have fun, too, seeing the kids climb and swing free at Rock Over Climbing. You can do climbing activities at Rock Over Climbing daily, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for soft play and adventure zones, and from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on weekdays and until 8:00 p.m. on weekends for the bouldering zone. Admission per child (ages 5 to 13) is $7.8 and $12.4 for adults. For little kids in the soft play area, admission starts from $5.2.

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2. Play Secret Agents for a Day at the Spy Mission Treasure Trail

Cost: $8 to $10

Play Secret Agents for a Day at the Spy Mission Treasure Trail

The life of a secret agent or a spy always seems interesting, don’t you agree? Uncovering clues, trying to solve a mystery, and succeeding in finding the answer to a problem have made kids and adults engrossed. At the Spy Mission Treasure Trail in Manchester, your whole family (yep, including the kids) can pretend to be a spy organization uncovering the mysteries and the treasures lying beneath the history of the city. As you go along, you will work with the kids as a team. Together, you will solve every puzzle to be rewarded with a clue to get you on to the next stage of the challenge. You and the kids will be treated with the relevant history of Manchester as a city in England. There are no time restrictions and no guide requirements as well, so it will definitely be the effort of your entire family. You can visit the Spy Mission Treasure Trail in Manchester at any day and for a cheap price. It will cost your family at most $10, since the fee is per trail and not per person. Ready for an endless mystery solving for the whole family?

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3. Test Your Skills at the Crystal Maze Experience

Cost: $39

Test Your Skills at the Crystal Maze Experience

If you are familiar with the entertainment culture in the United Kingdom, you would know about the Crystal Maze Experience as one of the country’s most popular games on television. Currently, Manchester has revived the original concept of the Crystal Maze Experience so the young generation can experience the fun of the game. If you have teenagers on the family, there’s no excuse not to take them to play here. An indoor play area, the Crystal Maze Experience features different adventure zones, namely, Futuristic, Aztec, Industrial, and Medieval. Each zone tests the players’ mental and physical skills with the challenges. This is a game which is ideal for a group of friends or your children as a team. Everyone can contribute to unlock the rewards of each challenge. Thus, the Crystal Maze Experience is also a great way to teach your kids the significance of teamwork and trust. Every challenge a team completes will earn them a Crystal, which accumulates for the team to have more time in playing the final challenge, called The Crystal Dome. This challenge will surely get the competitiveness out of your kids. Visit the Crystal Maze Experience from Thursday to Sunday. It opens at 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, 1:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Fridays, and 4:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Thursdays. Admission costs $39 for all age range.

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4. Channel Kids’ Creativity at Emily’s Paint a Pot

Cost: $10 to $46

Channel Kids’ Creativity at Emily’s Paint a Pot

Art is something everyone shares an appreciation for. With its various therapeutic uses, art is proven to heal, de-stress, recover, and express. Children love art as well. They may not know it, but they express themselves in the colors they use and the drawings they make at school. At Emily’s Paint a Pot in Manchester, your kids will be treated to a colorful day. They can squeeze their creativity as they try to paint pots of all shapes and sizes. They can also try building a teddy and painting a shirt for it. Plus, you can take the kids’ masterpieces home to display their newly found artistic freedom. Emily’s Paint a Pot is open daily, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Mondays until Saturdays, and from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. There is no entrance fee. You only need to pay for the pots your kids have painted. Pottery painting with the kids may be a relaxing activity, but one that is filled with colors (literally) and satisfied giggles from the young artists.

5. Climb a Wall with a Twist at the Vertical Chill Ice Wall

Cost: $26 to $52

Climb a Wall with a Twist at the Vertical Chill Ice Wall

Another activity you can do if you have teenagers in the family is ice wall climbing in Manchester. If they have already experienced rock climbing on the usual wall climbing centers, for sure they wouldn’t want to miss climbing on a unique platform – an ice wall. The Vertical Chill Ice Wall in Manchester is an indoor climbing area for teenagers and adults. It has two floors and is made cool (-12°C) by the refrigerated unit in the middle of the facility. The kids can climb the 8-meter concave ice wall, and imagine being at a scene with Elsa in “Frozen” who didn’t let the cold bother her. Don’t worry, all equipment needed for the climb (i.e. axes, crampons, harness, helmets, gloves, face clothing) can be rented from the facility. The Vertical Chill Ice Wall is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Tuesday to Saturday) and 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Sunday). Admission costs vary according to the type of activity you want to do: Learn to Ice Climb costs $52, Climb and Hire costs $39, and Turn Up and Climb costs $26. For sure, the kids won’t say no to such an adventure at Vertical Chill Ice Climb.

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6. Discover Virtual Reality Wonders at ImmotionVR Manchester

Cost: $26 to $39

Discover Virtual Reality Wonders at ImmotionVR Manchester

Technological innovation is on its peak. Children can’t spend an entire day without opening their gadgets. And we can’t blame them, because technology has wonders which do not fail to amaze us. Ever heard of VR or virtual reality? This cutting-edge technology has been making a name in children’s entertainment. In Manchester, a play area which incorporates the use of virtual reality in its gaming experience welcomes both kids and adults. The ImmotionVR lets the kids discover the wonder of virtual reality experiences. Kids are required to put on a VR headset and enjoy an adventure which seems real but is actually just an imagined world. Inside ImmotionVR, kids can enjoy full-body virtual games. You can watch them scream their lungs out as they ride a virtual wild rollercoaster or become extra competitive as they participate in a crazy gun battle. Plus, ImmotionVR has lots of family-friendly activities for you to bond over the magic of technology. You can visit ImmotionVR Manchester daily, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Mondays to Saturdays, and from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays. Admission costs $26 for 30 minutes of VR experience and $39 for an hour of VR experience. Children of all ages are welcome to enter ImmotionVR.

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7. Experience Some Fun in the Snow at the Chill Factore

Cost: $9

Experience Some Fun in the Snow at the Chill Factore

Who doesn’t love the snow? For sure, children won’t raise their hands when you ask them this question. Don’t worry, at any day of the year, you can take them to the Chill Factore in Manchester. This indoor snow center has plenty of activities for the whole family, regardless of the weather outside. There’s the Snow Park which can be done by your whole family. There is also the Downhill Donuts with its bumpy adventure, the Luge Slip ‘n’ Slide, and the Snow Luge. There is also the Mini Moose Land and Moose Hoose for your kids under 4 years old. You can also enroll the kids for a snowboarding or skiing lesson for an affordable fee. The whole experience at the Chill Factore isn’t as expensive compared to the fun your kids will get. Admission for each child only costs $9 and adults can go inside for free.

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8. Swim with the Sharks at Sea Life Manchester

Cost: $20 to $25

Swim with the Sharks at Sea Life Manchester

One place every kid won’t get tired of visiting is the aquarium with its collection of lovely sea creatures. In Manchester, you can take the kids to the Sea Life Manchester for them to have a unique aquatic adventure. Yes, they won’t just do sightseeing as with typical aquariums around the world. The kids will get wet to witness the marvelous marine life at the Sea Life Manchester. As they explore the aquarium, the kids can have a closer look with more than 5,000 marine creatures, including sharks, jellyfish, seahorse, fish, octopus, starfish, crabs, and all sorts of sea creatures. They will also be able to check out the ocean tunnel, the seahorse nursery, the rocky hideout zone, and the stingray bay. Moreover, the kids can explore caves as well as immerse in an interactive turtle beach experience. They can also touch a real crab and a starfish at the touchpool experience. In essence, the kids will have fun exploring the life under the sea while they learn about a multitude of organisms they only see in television screens. The Sea Life Manchester is open daily, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. You can enter this aquarium for an admission fee of $20 per kid (ages 3 to 17) and $25 per adult (ages 18 and above).

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9. Test Golfing Skills at the Treetop Golf Adventure

Cost: $40 to $63

Test Golfing Skills at the Treetop Golf Adventure

If you think golf is an activity solely for adults, you are definitely mistaken. Golf adventures can be an enjoyable experience for the kids as well. At Treetop Golf Adventure in Manchester, kids can try a hand at golfing in the adventure park’s two mini indoor 18-hole courses. On top of a golf game, the kids can explore a jungle fun in the rainforest, where they can experience the stalagmites at Bug Canyon or the magic at the Ancient Explorer. The Treetop Golf Adventure offers a unique golf experience for the young ones daily, from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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10. Break Out a Room at Escape Reality Manchester

Cost: $21 to $29

Break Out a Room at Escape Reality Manchester

When you’re inside a locked room and have nothing but clues to make you escape, would you accept the challenge? We’re sure your kids would. At Escape Reality Manchester, your whole family can have a great time together as a team as you unlock the door of your chosen room. You will be given 60 minutes to solve every puzzle, find every clue, and complete every challenge. What’s great is that everyone can join in the fun and in solving the brain teasers. You’ll feel that an hour is such a short time really when inside the Escape Reality Manchester. Tickets for the Escape Reality change depending on the number of persons per team. The more you are in the family, the cheaper the ticket per person is. For instance, six members on a team will pay $21 per person, five members will pay $22.3 per person, four members will pay $23.6 per person, three members will pay $26.3 per person, and a two-member team will pay $29 each.

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We’d love to hear how your day with the kids went. Tell us about your experiences in Manchester below.

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