Things to do with toddlers in Manchester

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If you’re part of a toddler’s support team, planning is your friend. So we’re pleased to present you with our guide of things to do with toddlers in Manchester. Of course, no matter how well-prepared you are there are no guarantees that your outing will go smoothly, but it’s a wonderful city for young children to explore. A compact size and flat terrain make it easy for kids to navigate under their own steam, and you’re never too far from somewhere to stop for a play.

If you want more things to do with the kids, check out our regularly updated families guide which picks out the best cultural adventures for families in Manchester and the North.

Here are our picks

  • 1. The University of Manchester Community Festival 2023

    The University of Manchester Community Festival 2023
    Image courtesy of The University of Manchester.

    The University of Manchester Community Festival, 10 June 2023, free entry - Find Out More

    Curious minds of all ages can enjoy this treasure trove of learning and fun at The University of Manchester.

  • 2. RHS Garden Bridgewater

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    RHS Garden Bridgewater, Occupation Road (Off Leigh Road), Worsley, Salford, Greater Manchester, M28 2GU - Visit now

    Are you looking for a family day out in Manchester where your little one can run around safely and freely? Head to the spectacular 154-acre RHS Bridgewater Garden in Salford and enjoy some outdoor fun!

  • 3. The Snail and the Whale at The Lowry

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    The Snail and the Whale at The Lowry, Salford, 3–5 June 2023, from £16 - Book now

    Embark on an adventure across oceans and seas with a tiny snail and a ginormous whale, as The Snail and the Whale returns to The Lowry, in a critically acclaimed musical adaptation of the bestselling book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

  • 4. LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

    LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

    LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, Manchester Barton Square, The Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8AS - Visit now

    Great for kids big and little, LEGOLAND is a great day out for families. Children under five can enjoy the DUPLO Farm, and then have a tumble and play in the soft play area, no big kids allowed!

  • 5. Outdoor Art Club at The Whitworth

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    Outdoor Art Club at The Whitworth, Manchester, Until 15 July 2023, free entry - Visit now

    Visit the Outdoor Art Club at the Whitworth Art Gallery, jam-packed with fun and creative activities designed to encourage your little ones to play freely while exploring nature and the outdoors with family and friends.

  • 6. The East Lancashire Railway

    East Lancashire Railway

    The East Lancashire Railway, Bury Bolton Street Station,, Bury,, Lancashire, BL9 0EY - Visit now

    Toddlers love nothing more than watching the steam trains come in and shouting ‘Choo Choo’, just before they hop on board and wave out of the windows. A great day out for the whole family.

  • 7. Heaton Park

    Heaton Park, Middleton Road, Higher Blackley, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M25 2SW - Visit now

    Heaton Park and Farm is a great option for toddlers. Head to the Animal Centre where your little one can cuddle the cute animals and hopefully learn a few new words and sounds along the way! Lots of picnic spaces and green grass guaranteed. Perfect for toddlers to roam around safely.