Top Ten Things to Do With Kids in Manchester: May Half Term Edition

So the half term holidays are here, and if you aren’t lucky enough to be jetting off to the sunshine then we’re sure you’ll already be wondering what to do with the kids over the break. We’ve got loads of ideas to keep kids entertained, come rain or shine. Yeah we know, this is Manchester, bound to be raining then, eh?!


1.Roald Dahl’s Tremendous Adventures at Tatton Park

Top of the list is the fab Roald Dahl adventure that is running all summer at Tatton Park. There is absolutely loads going on to celebrate 100 years of Roald Dahl and we will definitely be giving this a visit, why not make a day of it?

For all the details check out the website here.


2. Whitworth Art Gallery School Holiday Drop-In Sessions

We all know how much days out can add up to in the school holidays, so we are all for a freebie.

The Whitworth is offering free drop in sessions including storytelling, sculpture and shadow play. Session run from 30th May-4th June at various times. Great for creative little ones, check out all the details here.


3. The Lowry Outlet Food Festival

Are you less into arts and crafts and more about the food? We hear ya! Why not try the Lowry Outlet Food Festival? With live music, crazy golf, kid’s cookery sessions and street food stalls, it promises to be fun for the whole family. Check out the website here to book tickets to a celeb chef demo or turn up on the day to enjoy free kid’s cookery sessions, running every hour from 11am-4pm


4. National Football Museum

 If the half term brings typically Mancunian weather, why not head for the National Football Museum, they have plenty going on over the holiday’s. And no it’s not just for boys! Check out the line up here.


5. Imperial War Museum North

 Another rainy day option is the Imperial War Museum. Offering craft and storytelling sessions around the theme ‘Animals and War’, this one is not only fun but educational too!


6. Red House Farm, Dunham Massey

It may not be a well kept secret anymore, but if the sun shines one of our favourite places to visit is Red House Farm. We love it because you can spend as much or as little as you like here. Pop in for a play on the swings and slides, or make a full day of it, muddle your way around the maize maize, take a tractor ride and of course enjoy an ice cream! Find all the info here.


7. Cheshire Ice Cream Farm

 Talking of ice cream, if you fancy venturing a little further a field, then Cheshire Ice Cream Farm is the place to be. It’s a great day out with plenty to keep kids of all ages entertained. It’s a good idea to book in advance, as some activities are very popular. We especially recommend the indoor sand and water play at Honeycomb Canyon, and of course the ice cream. Spotting a theme here?!


8. Waterside Arts Centre

Do we have any theatre lovers or book worms here? If so, take a look at The Waterside in Sale. They usually have plenty going on during school holidays, including craft sessions and film screenings. They also have an outdoor performance of Ratburger coming up. It’s based on the David Walliams book of the same name, so if your children love his stories check out details and book tickets here.


9. Art/Pottery Cafes

If you’re after a quick morning or afternoon activity, and maybe a bite to eat or a much needed coffee, why not try out one of the various art cafes. Our favourites include Minikin Emporium or Bean and Brush Art Café, both in Sale, or Pottery Corner in Chorlton. You could even get the kids to make something cute and use it as a gift for Father’s Day. Two birds, one stone.


10. Altrincham Market

After all that, the adults will deserve a treat too. Head to the wonderful Altrincham Market House. Keep the kids happy with a pizza and enjoy some fantastic food and maybe even a glass of wine too! Go on, you’ve earned it!


If you’ve got any recommendations for great things to do with kids, or know of any hidden gems in and around Manchester, why not let us know. You can get in touch over on our Facebook page, MCR Kids Collective or find us on Twitter or Instagram. We’d love to hear from you!