It can be really difficult to find fun things to do with your toddlers at the best of times - nevermind during a global pandemic! We know there’s only so many times you can sit through their favourite film, read that same story or play the same games inside the house before going stir crazy. If this sounds familiar to you, don’t worry.
We’ve got you covered with our guide to the best things to do with toddlers in Manchester City Centre, so before you know it, you’ll be safely venturing out for a fun-filled afternoon with your little ones that the whole family will enjoy. From finding your favourite underwater creatures to sledging down snowy slopes on a huge donut, you and your toddlers can get set for some action packed adventure right on your doorstep with this handy guide.
1. Discover A World Underwater at the Trafford Centre’s SEA LIFE
Location: SEA LIFE. Barton Square, intu Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8AS
Price: Parent and Toddler Ticket - £14
Both you and your kids will love diving into a whole world underwater at Manchester’s SEA LIFE centre. Here you can come face to face with some of the ocean’s most magnificent creatures, learning all about the conservation of our planet and participating in the centre’s interactive activities on your way around. Prices start from £14 for an adult and toddler admission, but be sure to book online in advance to secure your slot and get the best deal.
2. Create Your Very Own Teddy Bear’s Picnic
Location: Various locations
With an impressive selection of parks and gardens in and around Manchester city centre, you’re sure to find the perfect site for a teddy bear’s picnic your little ones will enjoy. Simply pack a rucksack with your favourite sarnies, snacks and a blanket and you’re good to go! But don’t forget those all important teddies too! Check out our handy guide to Manchester’s parks and gardens to find your nearest park, or why not venture a little further afield to one you’ve never visited before?
3. Awaken Your Inner Scientist at the Science and Industry Museum
Location: Science and Industry Museum. Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4FP
With events on all year round, there’s always so much fun to be had at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester. Whether your little one is into space exploration, steam trains or just getting stuck into new ideas and activities. The Science and Industry Museum here in Manchester provides hours of fun for both you and your little ones. What’s more - it’s absolutely free to visit and has its own cafe so you can grab a coffee or a cake after a day of exploring!
4. Craft a Masterpiece Keepsake at Pottery Corner
Location: 34 Beech Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Greater, Manchester M21 9EL
Price: £50 for framed clay hand/footprints
If you’re looking for a quieter place to spend a morning or afternoon with your toddler, head over to Pottery Corner in Chorlton-cum-Hardy. Just 3 miles out of the city centre, this hidden gem is definitely not to be missed. One of their most popular activities for toddlers (and babies) is clay hand and footprint making, and it’s no surprise given how sentimental the finished products are! You can choose from 36 different colours, and personalise it with your child’s name and age. Also - Pottery Corner is pet friendly, so the whole family can enjoy a day out!
5. Wrap Up And Get Your Skates on at Manchester’s Chill Factore
Location: 7 Trafford Way, Trafford Park, Stretford, Manchester M41 7JA
Price: £100 for 3 x 50 minute sessions
If there’s any Frozen fans or Ice Age fans in your household (adults included), you’ll love a visit to the Chill Factore for a session in their mega Snow Park! From sledging to snow slides and even donut lanes to keep the whole family occupied and burn off some steam. For those looking to learn a new skill, why not book some sessions with their trained instructors? Available for children aged 4+, the Mini Mooses beginner’s class is a great way to safely introduce your child to a new hobby!