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Things to do with Kids in Manchester – October Half Term 2019

by Kim (follow)
What's on in Manchester for Kids. October Half Term Edition

The Half Term break has come around quickly, and whether you’re a working mum or not, sometimes you need a helping hand to keep everyone entertained and inspired! That’s where a day trip, show, workshop or class can be perfect.

Here’s what’s on this October Half Term in the Greater Manchester area. There’s something for everyone, so no one will miss out!

Kids' Holiday Snow Camps at Chill Factore in Trafford

At Manchester's indoor real snow centre Chill Factore, children can take their first steps into the skiing or snowboarding world or, even improve on their existing snow skills with their fantastic Kids' Holiday Snow Camps.

Running on select dates this half term they're a great way to spend the holidays.

Image: /www.chillfactore.com


Each camp runs from 10am-6pm, with a mix of slope time as well as fun activities in the Snow Park.

When: Sat 19 October - Sun 3 November from 10am - 6pm.
Where: 7 Trafford Way, Trafford City
Age Group: 3-16 years
Cost: See website for accurate pricing.
More Info: Visit the Chill Factore website for more info.

Halloween Fest at Martin Mere

If you're up for an action packed day out with the family that everyone will love, Martin Mere is the place to go.

Daily events on offer are Pumpkin Hunts and Carvings, Broomstick Flight Training and a Canoe Scarefari.

Don't forget to check out the daily environmental talks and the huge play area!

Image: wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/martin-mere/whats-on/halloween-fest


When: Sat 19 October - Sun 3 November
Where: WWT Martin Mere, Fish Lane, Burscough, Lancashire
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: Activities price varies. Check website for more details. Park entry £7.65 for kids 4-16 years and £14.30 for adults. Family (2 adults and 2 children, 4-16 years) is £37.30. Kids under 4 are FREE.
More Info: Visit the WWT website for more info.

It's Time to Be a Hero with the PJ Masks at intu Trafford Centre

Kids can enjoy some extra special hero fun at intu Trafford Centre as Catboy, Gekko and Owlette from PJ Masks make an unmissable appearance at this FREE and fun-packed event.

Image: intu.co.uk/traffordcentre/events/its-time-to-meet-the-heroes


Kids can also enter a competition to win a special PJ Masks prize bundle worth over £100 by sharing their photos and hero moves on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter account using the hashtag #PJMasksHero.

When: Tuesday 22 October at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.
Where: intu Trafford Centre
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: FREE.
More Info: Book your FREE tickets here.

Wizard Academy at Bury Bolton Street Station

Kids can join a wacky cast of wizards on a madcap magical adventure to save the Grand Old School of Wizardry.
Budding Witches and Wizards will join their teachers for their first day at the Grand Old School of Wizardry and take part in an interactive adventure. Kids will practice spellwork and learn about magic as they rescue one of the school's magical artefacts from a band of villainous warlocks.

Image: eastlancsrailway.org.uk


What's included:
One return trip from Bury to Rawtenstall hauled by a magical heritage steam train
A two hour trip with some of the East Lancashire Railway's wackiest wizards
Wizard themed activities
Plenty of photo opportunities

When: Thursday 24 & Friday 25 October.
The morning event will begin promptly at 10:25am and finish at approximately 12:30pm. The afternoon event will begin promptly at 2:30pm and finish at approximately 4:40pm.
Where: Bury Bolton Street Station.
Age Group: 5 years & up.
Cost: Adults are £14 and Children £9.50. Tickets are limited and must be pre-booked here.
More Info: Visit the Lancashire Railway website here.

Dear Zoo at Quays Theatre

Dear Zoo, the children's classic book returns to the stage in October, just in time for the half term!
Rod Campbell's best-selling lift the flap book has delighted generations of young readers since it was first published in 1982 and has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide.

This production will delight all those who have read the book (both young and old) as it unfolds with child-engaging puppets, music and lots of audience interaction.

Image: thelowry.com/whats-on/dear-zoo/


When: Friday 25 October - Sunday 27 October.
Where: Pier 8, The Quays, Salford.
Age Group: 2 years & up.
Cost: £16.00.
More Info: Book tickets here.

Upside Down House at Trafford Centre

Don't miss the new attraction that's arrived outside the Trafford Centre in time for the October half term. An eye-catching Upside Down House has opened up for families to explore!

The house is arranged over two storeys and fully furnished with a kitchen, bathroom, living room art and bedroom. Visitors are invited to walk on the ceiling and 'lose themselves going downstairs to go up and letting their imagination run riot as they capture the perfect photo.

Image: manchestereveningnews.co.uk


When: Begins in October. 10am daily and closes at 8pm weekdays and 9pm at weekends.
Where: intu Trafford Centre.
Age Group: All Ages.
Cost: £5 per person (kids under 3 are FREE). Advanced tickets can be bought online.

Science and Industry Museum in Manchester

If you have a young engineer in your home, head along to the Science and Industry Museum and witness a People Powered Party which relies on cyclists to get the music pumping and lights flashing. It's incredible and not to be missed!

The Museum has more than 30 activities, workshops and shows taking place over the two-week break and families can themselves use six dynamo bikes to power their own disco and explore the key principles of eating, energy and exercise.

Image: manchestereveningnews.co.uk


Another highlight is The Juggling Of Science where families can watch juggling duo Ben and Fred, a.k.a. Frederike Gerstner and Ben Nicholson, use their ball skills to explain the wonders of science.

When: Wednesday 23 October - Wednesday 30 October. From 10am – 4:30pm (drop in).
Where: Liverpool Road, Manchester.
Age Group: 5 years & up.
Cost: £8 for Adults. Kids are FREE.
More Info: See a full list of What's On via the Museum Website.

Ascarium at Sea Life

Sea Life is taking on a spooky twist this half term as the venue is transformed into an Ascarium. Families are invited to explore the ocean depths and discover the spooky creatures lurking beneath the surface.

Image: visitsealife.com


Kids will be challenged to help the resident Sea Witch protect all the attraction’s creatures from the terrible curse, collecting all the magical ingredients needed for the only spell that can help save the aquarium.

When: Until November 3.
Where: Barton Square, intu Trafford Centre.
Age Group: 5 years & up.
Cost: £16.95. All tickets and need to be booked in advance online.
More Info: Visit the Sea Life Website.

Looking for more things to do with the kids?
Why not go behind the scenes at Old Trafford and take a Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour.
Swing by Treetop Adventure Golf for an epic mini golf adventure with two indoor, 18-hole courses, plus cracking coffee, tropical cocktails and tasty jungle grub.
Head to Chester Zoo, the home to over 21,000 endangered and exotic animals based in beautiful, award-winning gardens and is the nearest large zoo to Manchester.
Checkout the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester. The ultimate indoor LEGO Playground which offers an inspirational and unique day out for all the family.
Visit Play Factore, the UK’s largest indoor play centre.
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