As the nights get colder, the days get shorter and live entertainment returns to normal, Manchester and the surrounding areas are brimming with events and activities for children of all ages. Here’s our round-up of some of the best family activities and fun days out taking place across the region in the coming weeks.
Interested in science? Head to the Science and Industry Museum and discover all there is to know about the body, the textile industry in Manchester and many more fascinating facts.
This October half-term it’s time return to the age of the dinosaurs. The Teach Rex crew and their roarsome dinosaur friends are on their way to Manchester, for the awe-inspiring, interactive Teach Rex puppet show.
And Halloween is creeping just around the corner. Climb aboard the hair-raisingly spooky Halloween Ghost Train this October and join ghastly ghouls and terrifying monsters, wicked witches and chilling zombies, and a whole host of creepy yet wonderful delights to spook the entire family. You can head to the Pumpkin Patch at Tatton Park Farm, where you can pick your perfect pumpkin and visit Tatton’s medieval hall to take part in a creepy quest! And the much loved (and feared) Halloween In The City is back to haunt Manchester over the Halloween weekend, with a petrifying programme of Halloween-themed events taking place across Manchester city centre.
Here’s one for the football fanatics and a rainy weekend in Manchester. Prepare for a day of football discovery, penalty shoot-outs, interactive play and much, much more, with family activities at the National Football Museum.
Here are our picks
Light Up Lancaster is back and taking place on 5-6 November, with an astounding array of new light-themed installations and activities aimed to enchant and transport audiences into a mesmerising, glowing world without boundaries.
Pick a perfect pumpkin at the Pumpkin Patch at Tatton Park Farm this October. You can also visit your favourite farmyard friends and participate in The Lost Crystal quest taking place at Tatton’s medieval grounds.
Head to the Science and Industry Museum this Half Term and discover all there is to know about the body, the textile industry in Manchester, and much, much more.
Climb aboard the hair-raisingly spooky Halloween Ghost Train this October and join ghastly ghouls and terrifying monsters, wicked witches and chilling zombies, and a whole host of creepy and terrifying, yet wonderful delights, to seriously spook the entire family.
Are you ready to get creative and build new, colourful worlds with your pre-schooler? Come along to the interactive parent-child Little Play Squad Sessions at Legoland Discovery Centre at the Trafford Centre, Manchester, designed for parents and children aged 2-5.
The National Football Museum in Manchester boasts a variety of football-themed activities for people of all ages. Prepare for a day of football discovery, penalty shoot-outs, interactive play and much, much more.
Doodle Den: Playful Protests at People's History Museum at People’s History Museum, City Centre and online, Until 31 December 2021, free entry
Hunker down with blankets, cushions and whatever takes your fancy to create a Doodle Den and use the People’s History Museum’s online resources to creatively explore important topics including climate change, LGBT+ Pride and migrant rights.
Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank is a perfect way to keep children (and their adults) busy while learning from home.
British Textiles Biennial 2021 has an impressive list of headliners, including Maxine Peake, Lubaina Himid and fashion designer Patrick Grant.
Taking place during Blackpool’s annual Illuminations display, Lightpool is a celebration of spectacular art works and live, illuminated performance across the iconic town.
Get ready for an immersive, digital, gaming adventure at the Arndale Centre in Manchester.
Join Showroom this half term break for a spooky double bill of Tim Burton films in the run up to Halloween.
Looking for a family-friendly Halloween adventure? Join Rusticus Arts for a magical quest around Tatton Park’s Medieval Old Hall.
An online, interactive workshop, led by artist Lydia Meiying, where you will learn to create exquisite paper cherry blossoms. In China, cherry blossom signifies new beginnings and the remarkable beauty of nature.
An incredible wonderland of outdoor arts, masquerade and pint carrying competitions in Penrith.