MCR Kids July Edition: Top Ten Things to do with Kids in Manchester

Hello there,

So it’s July, yay!  Summer holidays are around the corner and the sun is shining, no wait, we are in Manchester, it’s still raining.

Oh well, we still have loads of ideas for brilliant things you can do to keep the little ones entertained this month, with some fun thrown in for the big kids too!

We’re not sure if it’s the appalling weather but we seem to be all about the food this month. We would love it if the sun was shining and we could pack up a picnic and head to the park, but for now why not indulge yourselves and check out these fab food offerings.



New on the Sale scene this month is Mustard, an American style eatery from the husband and wife team originally behind Oca. We love that they have a great ‘Mini Mustard’ menu for the little ones and cocktails for the grown ups, need we say more?! Check them out on Facebook here.


The Hideaway

A lovely little café hidden away in Urmston. Originally know as the Sponge Sisters and selling their amazing cakes at markets, they then branched out to open The Hideaway. They still sell their delicious cakes, don’t worry! We love it for breakfast, the Eggs Benedict is to die for, but they also have a lovely lunch menu and serve afternoon tea too.

What’s really exciting this month is that they are starting up a new ‘Sponge Kids’ cookery class beginning from the 27th July. Aimed at children aged 4-10 years the classes will include a demonstration by a chef or baker, children will then have a chance to cook and eat their own food and their accompanying adult can relax with a coffee. Winner!

Check them out on Facebook or Twitter for details.

Once your tum is full why not try working it off with one of these fun activities.

You’ll have to be quick on the uptake for these next three events, happening this weekend (9th-10th July)


Sale Arts Trail

Now in its third year, the Sale Arts Trail is a weekend event held in various locations around Sale. It provides an opportunity for local professional artists of many disciplines to exhibit their work. The locations, mostly cafes and studios, are mapped out and families can pick up a map and explore the trail. There will be live artist demonstrations along the way and even an Arts Market this year.  There is also a competition for children this year, so get your little ones involved!

Check out the Facebook page for more details.


Our Kid x Big Fish Little Fish

Big Fish Little Fish is the hugely popular events organiser behind family raves all over the country. Their tickets don’t hang around for long, so if you want some then get down to Our Kid in Chorlton this Saturday, where there will be raving, crafting and all the other usual awesomeness you can expect from these two. Double the fun!


Manchester Sky Ride

 This year will be the final Manchester Sky Ride, so if you and your kids love nothing more than being out and about on your bikes don’t miss out. The Sky Ride is taking place on Sunday 10th July, you can still sign up for free here.

The route is 10km, and is open from 10am-4pm. You can start when and where you like and can stop off to enjoy free activities along the way.

Don’t worry if you’ve already got plans for this weekend, there is plenty more happening over the rest of the month too.


One Big Summer Weekend

Kick off the school holidays with a whole weekend of FREE family fun, we love a freebie we do.

This event sounds fantastic with a whole host of things going on from jazz, to a teddy bears picnic, storytelling teepees to a performance of Michael Rosen’s ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’.

The event takes place 22nd-24th July in the city centre. All the details here.

Talking of school holidays, we know that it can be tough keeping the kids entertained for six weeks, so we’ve rounded up some of the best summer ‘camps’ and events happening throughout the week for you. It’s ok no need to thank us!


Olly’s Woodland Learning Course

If you have a little outdoor explorer at home then why not check out this fab 5 day outdoor learning course from Olly’s Woodland Learning and Impact Tuition. It’s running from Monday 8th-Friday 12th August.


Simply Cycling

Another one for the cyclists amongst you, but really anyone will enjoy this! Simply Cycling takes place at three different locations (Wythenshawe, Longford and Boggart) on various days and is fun for the whole family. You don’t need to book just turn up and at just £2 a session it’s a total bargain. There is an amazing variety of weird and wonderful cycles so there really is something for everyone!

Check out the website here and find Simply Cycling across social media.


Something for the weekend?

Saturday Playhouse at The Lookout

If rain stops play (again!) why not opt for some indoor, crafty fun instead at the Lowry.

This weekly Saturday morning art session is now free for families and there is a different theme each week. The session runs from 11am-12.30 and you can check out details of each weeks theme here.


Strawberry Picking.

If the sun does decide to make an appearance, strawberry picking is the activity du jour it appears, if the abundance of photos featuring strawberry-red-mush-covered toddlers on my Facebook feed is anything to go by! Joking aside, what better way to spend a sunny day than outdoors exploring and harvesting.

Check out Kenyon Hall Farm and Poynton Fruit Farm locally.


We hope that’s enough to keep you busy, and if you do happen to try out any of our suggestions please, please let us know on our social media channels. You can find MCR Kids on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


We would also love to hear if you know of any local, not-to-be-missed events, so leave us a comment and we will be sure to share it with the world! Well our little corner of it at least.


Happy July everyone,


MCR Kids x