MCR Kids: Summer Holiday Edition

Top Ten Things to do around Manchester with Kids.


Sale Art Zoo

This fantastic community project kicked off with its launch day this weekend and already it looks like it’s going to be a huge success! The brain child of Two by Two and involving local school and artists, it celebrates the local entrepreneur George Mottershead who founded Chester Zoo in 1931. It also highlights the very best of Sale, including its parks, cafes, and open spaces and will run all summer. Pick up a Sale Art Zoo trail map from Sale Library, Waterside Arts Centre, Bean and Brush, Serendipitea, Traders Outlet, or Café 56 amongst others and get out and explore with your little ones!


Manchester Art Gallery and The Whitworth family sessions.

Continuing with the art theme, we are once again including The Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery in our round up, because to be honest you can’t beat a bit of free, arty, crafty fun! We are so very lucky to have these galleries on our doorstep, so be sure to check out their summer offerings, including Manchester Art Gallery’s Summer Trends workshops and The Whitworths Summer Studios.


The Imperial War Museum

Another favourite of ours offering plenty of free fun is the Imperial War Museum. A great day out in itself, the museum is also offering plenty of free workshops for kids and families over the summer holidays. From blackout bling, to pom-pom toys and animals and war storytelling sessions there’s sure to be something that suits your interest, check out the full programme here.


999 Day at Intu Trafford Centre

Thursday 4th August is the date for this years 999 Emergency Services day at the Trafford Centre. This now annual event will showcase a range of vehicles, demonstrations and displays. Who doesn’t love a ride in a fire engine?! Whilst you’re there why not pop over to Barton Square and enjoy the ‘beach’? Again all free with some payable rides and attractions at Barton Square.


Red House Farm

Another firm favourite, we’ve been visiting here for over 10 years, it’s hard to beat Red House Farm for a local day out. A year-round attraction with its fab play area, super sand-pit and gorgeous tea rooms, it also offers plenty of seasonal attractions too. Of course in the summer months the main event is the fantastic Maize Maze and entrance to the maze also includes access to the climbing wall, inflatable slides and bouncy castle and the straw mountain.


Dunham Massey

The gorgeous Dunham Massey House and Gardens is great for a stroll around any time of the year, but there is loads happening to keep little ones entertained over the summer months. With a variety of themed weeks, including Picnic Week, Ranger Week and Victorian Week, there’s something for everyone. The highlight of the programme for us is ‘Run Away with the Circus’ a summer spectacular of shows, juggling and story tellers dreamt up by the amazing Wild Rumpus, it’s going to be out of this world. Make sure you get down there between now and 9th August and check out the full programme here to plan your visit.


Tatton Park

We’ve mentioned this one before, but if you haven’t been already be sure to check out Roald Dahl’s Tremendous Adventures at Tatton Park this summer. There is a full programme of events running through until October. Save money with a Totally Tatton Twit Ticket, entry for 2 adults and up to 3 children for £27.50.


Trafford Libraries

Continuing with the Roald Dahl theme, there’s loads being offered by Trafford Libraries this summer. If you haven’t already, then get the kids signed up the Big Friendly Read Summer Reading Challenge and check out Trafford Libraries offering of story, activity and craft sessions here.



Simply Cycling.

Let’s hope the weather holds and there will be plenty of opportunity for outdoor fun over the holidays. For a good value session that the whole family can enjoy, check out Simply Cycling sessions at various locations around Manchester.


Why not try out a session at Longford Park? Once you’ve worked up a sweat and worn out the kids, try coffee and cake at the fabulous Caffeine & Co.


Local Parks

Talking of parks, they are the ultimate free, family fun. Assuming of course it isn’t raining! Some of our local favourites include Chassen Park in Urmston with its mini-train and fab play areas for the kids. Also Walton Park in Sale, of course Longford Park near Chorlton, and more recently Stamford Park in Altrincham, which is now home to The Café in the Park. The Café in The Park, the latest venture from The Counselling and Family Centre is a nice little addition to the park and aims to be a community hub. It is also holding some lovely sessions and activities from the likes of Mini Music in the Park and Hartbeeps.


We hope we’ve managed to find something for everyone. As always if you know of any fantastic events, businesses or happenings in and around Manchester, let us know so we can spread the love! Keep an eye on our social media channels for all the latest. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Plus, *exciting news klaxon*  keep your eyes peeled for a little something from MCR Kids X Our Kid coming up over the summer holidays! Details coming soon, eeek we cannot wait!


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