If you’re planning an exciting train trip with the kids, Manchester has plenty of entertainment for all ages. From Chester Zoo to the CBBC Tour, we’ve rounded up the best selection for hours of fun for you and your family.
Play Factore

Play Factore

If you’re looking for family fun, we’ve found the epicentre of entertainment in the Play Factore. Perfect for children from 6 months – 16 years old, the venue is packed with activities to choose from including the largest indoor slide in Europe at 40 metres tall, as well as laser tag and go-karts to name a few.

Where to find it? Trafford Way, Trafford Quays Leisure Village, Manchester, M17 8DD

How much? Free for under 6 months,  6 – 11 months £1.95, 1 – 4 years old £8.95, 5 – 16 years old  £12.95, Adults  £3.95, OAPS  £1.95

Play Factore
Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo

32 miles from Manchester, you’ll find thousands of exotic animals at the very popular Chester Zoo. The 125 acre park is home to creatures of all shapes and sizes with a whole host of activities especially for children. There are daily animal talks lead by the Zoo Rangers where you and your family can learn about elephants, black rhinos, cheetahs and more!

Where to find it? Chester Zoo, Upton-by-Chester, Chester, CH2 1LH

How much? On weekends adult tickets are £20, and child tickets £16.36. Weekdays they’re £18.18 for an adult , and £14.77 for a child

Chester Zoo

Crystal Maze

Remember watching the Crystal Maze? Experience it for yourself at Manchester Crystal Maze! Test your family’s wits and ability to perform under pressure in the four adventure zones as you’re pitted against the clock, winning crystals along the way. The more crystals you collect, the longer you can spend in the dome catching those tokens! Kids must be over 13.



Where to find it: Lower Byrom St, Manchester M3 4FP

How much? From £32.50 per person

Crystal Maze
CBBC Tour at MediaCityUK

CBBC Tour at MediaCityUK

For the budding TV personalities in your family, the CBBC Tour at MediaCityUK provides the perfect taster experience. Home to popular children’s programmes such as Blue Peter, Newsround and Horrible Histories, your children will have the opportunity to see what it’s like presenting the news and weather. The tour is suitable for children aged 6-11.


Where to find it? BBC, MediaCityUK, Salford, Greater Manchester, M50 2EQ, England

How much? Adults: £11.75, kids: £7.75

CBBC Tour at MediaCityUK
Sea Life Manchester

Sea Life Manchester

If Chester Zoo isn’t enough for you (or you want somewhere a little closer), why not discover the creatures of the deep blue at Sea Life Manchester? Apart from walking through vast aquariums and learning about marine life, why not treat your kids by letting them feed a live turtle? You can even feed sharks - if you’re brave enough!

Where to find it? SEA LIFE Manchester, Barton Square, intu Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8AS

How much? From £11.50 per person (when bought online) with extra activities costing more.

Sea Life Manchester
TeamSport Indoor Karting

TeamSport Indoor Karting

Suitable for ages 9 and up, TeamSport Indoor Karting can let your children unleash their inner racer! With 550 metres of track, the facility offers various packages and options for families and individuals alike. Training is available or, if you simply want to watch from the sidelines, food and drinks are also available on-site!


Where to find it? TeamSport Manchester, Victoria Station, Hunts Bank, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 1AR, England

How much? ​From £20 per person.

TeamSport Indoor Karting

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