Finding fun things to do with the kids has been really difficult recently, especially with the rules and regulations brought about by the ongoing pandemic. But don’t fret - we’ve got you covered with our roundup of fun activities and ideas for things to do outside with the kids in Manchester!
From solving hidden clues on a treasure hunt to swinging high above Manchester’s Heaton Park and taking the plunge at Salford Quays, there’s something every child will love in our latest roundup of things to do outdoors with the kids in Manchester.
1. Explore What’s On Your Doorstep With Huntfun
Location: Manchester city centre
Price: From £6.99 + p&p
Huntfunt is a fantastic way to discover Manchester’s local attractions, get some fresh air and test your detective skills by solving the clues! What’s more, during your treasure hunt you and the kids will find out all sorts of interesting facts and details about places such as the town hall, St. Anne’s Church, Urbis and Manchester Cathedral. There are many ways of getting involved with Huntfun, either download a print out from their website, order one online or get one on your smartphone or tablet! You can also request a personalised hunt to make it extra special.
2. Make a Splash at Salford Watersports Centre
Location: 15 The Quays, Salford M50 3SQ
Price: From £5
Kids aged 8 and above can be some of the most difficult to entertain, especially when it comes to activities that aren’t the most energetic. That’s where Salford Watersports Centre comes in! Whether it’s building rafts, kayaking, wake boarding or open water swimming, if your child likes the water, they’ll have hours of fun here at the Quays.
3. Meet Some Furry Friends at the Donkey Sanctuary
Location: Green Fold, Manchester M18 8RJ
Price: Free admission, donations welcome
All of the family will love meeting the donkeys here at Manchester’s Donkey Sanctuary. Here you’ll learn all about these fantastic animals, their history, what they like to eat, donkey terminology and more. This is a great way to teach your children the importance of animal welfare and how to treat animals. What’s more, the centre is inclusive of both children and adults with disabilities, making it a perfect day out for the whole family to enjoy. While you’re there, you can also find out more about how to adopt a donkey, which can be an ideal birthday present or treat for your child.
4. Swing, Jump and Climb at Treetop Trek Manchester
Location: Heaton Park, St Margaret's Rd, Manchester M25 2GT
Price: From £13
Next up is the fantastic woodland adventure that awaits at Treetop Trek in Manchester’s Heaton Park. There are courses available for the whole tribe at Treetop Trek, from treetop nets suitable for those under 5, to the mini track available for kids age 5 and upwards and the spectacular full treks, perfect for both adults and children. With 14 thrilling ziplines and 20 sky high challenges, the adrenaline junkies amongst you will never forget this action-packed experience.
5. Let Them Run Wild at Heaton Park
Location: St Margaret's Rd, Manchester M25 2GT
With over 600 acres to explore, Heaton park is by far the biggest of Manchester’s parks and gardens. Whether you decide to set up a picnic in the sun, have a kickabout in one of the park’s three full size pitches or jump on a rowing boat for a paddle, the possibilities are endless at Manchester’s Heaton park. If your children are a little younger, they’ll love the land train which takes you around the park to enjoy the views! Or perhaps a visit to the animal centre where they can meet alpacas, goats, pigs and rabbits!