Half term is nearly upon us, and if you’re anything like us you’re scrambling for ways to keep your kids entertained.
When it comes to kid-friendly activities, we’ve got you covered, rain or shine (well, rain and high winds, maybe sleet and snow too). Take a look at our list of the best activities for children this half term below:
TeamSport Indoor Karting
Crank up the adrenaline with TeamSport Indoor Karting. This half term, head to the Trafford Park or Victoria locations for a day out. Band together with other parents on Monday and get 20% off on parties of 20 or more, or race for up to 30 minutes for half price on Wednesdays. The best part? The post adrenaline-rush crash. Suitable for children eight and over. Prices from £20pp, including race suit and helmet hire, safety briefing, and electronically timed lap print outs.
Go Ape Rivington
Kids swinging from the chandeliers? Channel that energy with Go Ape’s Treetop Challenge. Test their limits and your own at dizzying heights on thrilling high-speed zips, free-fall swings and daring canopy-height crossings high-up from the forest floor. It’s suitable for adults
and families with children aged 10 or older who are over 1.4m tall. Prices from £20pp.
Dippy the Dinosaur
Calling all Jurassic World enthusiasts: Dippy, the world famous 70 ft long cast dinosaur skeleton centrepiece of London’s Natural History Museum, is making his way around the country and will be in Manchester for half-term. Dippy was on display in London from 1905 and 2017 and is now touring museums around the world. Head down to Number One Riverside to see Dippy and its accompanying exhibition at Touchstone Rochdale for a day of prehistoric fun. The best part? It’s completely free.
Why wait around for the snow to arrive so that you can get a thrill on a makeshift toboggan? Take yourself and the kids to the snow instead and head to the UK’s longest indoor ski slope at Chill Factore. Make the most of half term with a Junior Lift Pass, which allows you to put your feet up while your children perfect their skills. Younger kids? Children under four can play in real snow at Mini Moose Land, while the popular Snow Park is available for kids aged 4 and over, where they can sledge, slide and race down the real snow slope. Junior Lift Passes are available from £15 per hour.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Have tea with the tiger and explore the world of Mog at this interactive exhibition at Z-arts in Hulme. You and your child will take part in arts and crafts activities, join the tiger for tea and hear about his surprise visit to Sophie and her mummy. After the story, you’ll take a trip into the world of Mog the Forgetful Cat, and get to see Mog’s family house firsthand. Children under eight can help Mog find the eggs for her breakfast, explore the garden, and a range of other activities. Suitable for children up to eight years old, and tickets are available for just £8.