Nestled between Easter and summer, the May half-term sometimes gets neglected. With the chances of a sun-soaked week being high, why waste it by sitting around the house all day? To help your family make the most of the upcoming school holiday, here’s our guide to the best child-friendly activities and days out happening around Manchester.
CBBC Tour at MediaCityUK
Let your children get up close to everything they love about CBBC. The interactive tour lasts approximately an hour and a half, offering behind the scenes access to programmes such as Blue Peter and Newsround. Kids can even have a go at being a CBBC presenter! Just remember to keep your phone handy so you can capture the look of joy on their faces.
Legoland Discovery Centre
Lego is possibly the best toy ever made. By putting over two million bright bricks under one roof, the Legoland Discovery Centre encourages a child’s imagination to run free. Attractions include the LEGO City: Forest Pursuit Driving School, a 4D cinema experience, and the Ninjago City Adventure play area. Fun and educational, Legoland is a haven for creative young minds.
National Football Museum
The National Football Museum is a special place for footy mad boys and girls. The Football Plus+ interactive games and challenges put youngsters in the boots of their favourite players. The Discovery Zone is an area where under-fives can enjoy dressing up. And for older fans, there’s a wide selection of world-class exhibitions celebrating the beautiful game’s history.
Home to the UK’s longest indoor ski slope, Chill Factore specialises in exhilarating experiences. From speeding down slopes on sledges and snow tubes to the huge ice slide, the park offers plenty for the whole family to enjoy. During the school holidays, Chill Factore also run kids snow camps for ski and snowboard loving youngsters.
Yes, it’s a 40-mimute journey from the city, but Go Ape is well worth the drive. Set in 950 gorgeous acres of the Delamere Forest, this treetop adventure provides everything you need to unleash your inner monkey. Ziplines and obstacles combine with rugged terrain and picturesque reservoirs to make Go Ape a must visit attraction.
The Manchester Museum
The Manchester Museum’s incredible galleries are packed full of natural treasures. On any given day, kids can handle ancient objects and discover amazing stories about artefacts from all over the world. During the May half term, there’s a special junk modelling session, encouraging children to get crafty after being inspired by the newly opened ‘Object Lessons’ exhibition.
SEA LIFE Manchester
Feed turtles, staredown sharks and finally find Nemo in an underwater adventure the kids will never forget. SEA LIFE Manchester’s astonishing aquarium is packed full of interactive experiences, immersive environments and inspirational fun for all ages. The Octopus Hideout and its eight-armed star is a new exhibition that young and old are falling in love with.
Animation Nation workshop
Animations Nation run stop motion workshops across the country. Sometimes referred to as Claymation, stop motion animation is the technique used for Wallace and Gromit, Pingu, Shaun the Sheep and many other beloved children’s programmes. During the May half term, Animation Nation is running a free workshop in Manchester for disabled children and those with additional needs aged eight to 18.
Jump Ninja is a trampoline park that has recently opened in Salford. With over 60 interconnected trampolines, you’ll be bouncing off the walls with the same stealth a to the UK’s first augmented reality climbing wall, which uses projected light technology to pit climbers against each other in a collection of fun games.nd agility as a real-life ninja. The park is also home
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a flying child! Available to children aged four and above, Airkix is the UK’s largest indoor skydiving complex. The experience of a free fall descent is created by four giant fans which are used to create tunnel wind speeds of 170mph. Suitable for both beginners and experts, Airkix offers twice the ‘flight time’ of a typical skydive.
If you’re a visitor to Manchester, we have several hotels in excellent locations to make your stay as relaxing as possible.
Hallmark Inn Manchester South is just a short taxi ride from the city centre. This beautiful budget hotel boasts comfortable beds for a good night’s sleep, free access to super-fast Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service and a delicious breakfast to set you up for a day’s adventuring.
If you have a plane to catch, Hallmark Hotel Manchester Airport will help you get to and from the city airport’s three terminals quickly and easily.
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