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These are Greater Manchester’s top places to keep younger kids entertained according to Molly Whitehead-Jones, founder of “mums group with a difference” Mamas Collective.

Museum of Science & Industry

Though some of MOSI’s displays aren’t that suitable for tiny children (mill machinery and unstoppable little hands don’t mix), up on the first floor you’ll find the ‘Experiment!’ exhibition which offers tons of interactive displays and plenty of space to run around. There’s also a brilliant and totally kiddo-friendly restaurant if you really want to make a day of it.

Mini Moose Land at Chill Factore

Though they’re way too young to take to the ski slopes here, little ones can get their own share of snow-based fun in this specially designated area for under 4s. It’s a white winter every day here –wrap them up extra warm and let them loose in the ice maze, mini sledging ramp and igloo.

Smithills Open Farm

If you’re blessed with fine weather for your day out, this is a good shout – kids can get up close to all the traditional farm animals you’d expect, as well as some you might not (like llamas, chinchillas and meerkats). There’s also a bouncy castle, donkey rides and adventure playground for older siblings.

Legoland Discovery Centre

If you’ve got a potential future architect on your hands, they’ll go wild for this giant interactive play zone, which also offers three rides and a 4D cinema. (And it’s just across from the Trafford Centre if you can somehow convince them to behave so you can enjoy a short shopping trip afterwards.)

Runway Visitors Park

One for the aviation enthusiasts, this is the ideal place to plane spot. You can take a tour of one of the five iconic aircraft on site, enjoy views of Concorde as you eat your lunch in the restaurant, and let them burn off a bit of extra energy in the outdoor play area.


Science and Industry Museum
The Science and Industry Museum building

Home to the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station, and the world’s first railway warehouse. Encounter amazing objects and find out about ideas that were born in Manchester and changed the world forever.

Chill Factore
Sports and Leisure Centres
Chill Factore

Looking for the perfect place to have fun with the family? Manchester’s real snow centre Chill Factore is the ideal destination for any family adventure.

Smithills Open Farm
Country / Royal Park
Smithills Open Farm

A family day out to remember, everyone loves visiting Smithills Open Farm.

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre
Adventure Park / Playground
Family outside Legoland Discovery Centre

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester is the ultimate indoor LEGO Playground and offers an inspirational and unique day out for all the family!

Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park
Spectators at the Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park

The Runway Visitor Park is next to the busy runways of Manchester Airport with raised viewing areas so you can stand literally just a few metres from the planes as they take-off and land.



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