Your go to guide for activities and trips in Trafford
Here are our top picks for things to do in Trafford:
Parks and play areas
Abbotsfield Park (picture taken from the Urmston and District Model Engineering Society Facebook page)
There are a multitude of parks to pick from in Trafford and here are our best ones that feature lots of fun things to do:
Abbotsfield Park is a fantastic park with the added bonus of a miniature railway for the children to play on. This is available for trainspotters of all ages on a Sunday. The train takes you round the park and is run by Urmston and District Model Engineering Society. They also have two play areas, a tennis courts and a bowling green for all to use.
Longford Park is the largest municipal park in the borough and covers over 54 acres. The key attractions here are the pets corner, the climbing boulder and the athletics track. Within the park there are junior and senior play areas as well as tennis courts and basketball courts. They have regular Simply Cycling sessions here too, which are a must do keep fit activity. You will definitely keep your children entertained here.
Soft play centres
Adventure Forest Play Centre (picture taken from their Facebook page)
There are so many soft play centres in Trafford and it was hard to choose, but, here are our top three:
Adventure Forest Play Centre is in the heart of Trafford Park and is one of my favourite soft play centres in the whole of Manchester. It is a family venture, run by two sisters, who definitely knew what they were doing when they designed the place. It is spacious, well set out and features lots of exciting play equipment for the children. The food is great and all at a very reasonable price. On the first Sunday of every month the centre is closed to the public because they host an autism friendly/additional needs session.
Play Factore is hailed as the UK's largest indoor family entertainment arena and you can certainly see why. Terrifying slides, zip wires, arcades and football pitches are all there to be taken advantage of. The under 5s area here is fab and features an interactive toddler room with an iClick floor to develop children's movement.
Land of Play was one of the first play centres I ever took my little girl to and the prices are very reasonable here. Children aged 1-3 pay £4.99 (peak), over 3s pay £5.99 (peak) and adults are free. They have a large baby area here, motorised go karts, and a brand new football pitch. They also have regular Zumbini sessions for babies and their carers on a Friday morning.
Child-friendly places to eat
Bean and Brush Café
These are the best family friendly cafes in Trafford. Not only do they offer excellent food but they host a vast array of activities and events:
Javes Café and Delicatessen is situated in Urmston and hosts its own kids corner which makes it a very popular option to eat with children. They run various activities and hold many events during the school holidays. Over Easter they ran the following events: messy mornings, meet the animals, art and craft sessions, slime making and baking. With delicious cakes and toys for the children, this makes for a very family friendly café.
Poppies 11 is also in Urmston and it is a fantastic meeting place for friends and family. The Poppettes play area is fully stocked with imaginative toys and activities for the children to play with. They also have a toddler based workshop space behind the café which is used for many different activities and events.
Bean and Brush is an inviting and family friendly café in the heart of Sale. They offer a range of fresh, delicious and locally sourced food and a wide range of refreshing beverages. Overlooking the café is the Art Studio, where you can try your hand at a range of art projects, from paint a pot to decopatch. The studio is stocked with all manner of pots and projects, so you can let your artistic side run wild. I loved creating a decopatch unicorn!
Attractions and places of interest
Manchester Sea Life
Trafford is the must go to destination for attractions. Here are our top three:
Dino Falls Adventure Golf has recently opened at Trafford Golf centre and is the perfect activity for all dinosaur loving children. It features 18 holes of action-packed adventure golf in a dramatic Jurassic setting. As you make your way through the course there are a range of dino facts to learn and keep your children entertained.
Manchester Sea Life and Legoland Discovery Centre are two great attractions in Barton Square in the Trafford Centre. They do great combi tickets for both attractions and even better annual passes. Legoland has 4D cinema experiences, a range of rides, a factory tour, miniland and a duplo farm. Every Tuesday and Thursday they hold 'Little Playtimes' sessions which involve Bingo, storytelling and workshops. There is also soft play at both attractions, the Legoland one is the best by far.
The Toy House in Urmston offers a sanctuary for families, including those with disabled children. They offer a helping hand and provide access to specialist toys and equipment. They do a range of sessions for children of all abilities and they include; messy play, outdoor play, stay and play and sensory activities. It is an independent charity that works in partnership with the local community and is a great place to check out.
Keep fit and sporting activities
Trafford isn't just the home of Manchester United Football Club. There are so many more sporting activities for your children to enjoy besides football:
Oxygen Freejumping opened in 2016 and has 150 interconnected trampolines for you to explore as well as a giant air bag to jump in to. They have dodgeball courts, volleyball courts, reaction walls and a Bear Grylls obstacle course. We love the Little O's sessions that are held from 10-11 every day. They are for under 5s and include sensory play and activities to keep everyone entertained for the full hour.
iFLY Indoor Skydiving is perfect for the bigger kids. It is situated in the heart of Trafford City and you can soar like a bird in the first 14ft (4.3m) diameter iFLY wind tunnel to be built in the UK. They have wheelchair access and highly trained instructors and they welcome flyers of all abilities. They have a superb viewing platform for those who would rather spectate and here you can watch some awe inspiring flyers taking to the air in front of you. This is an activity for those who fancy something a little different.
Planet Ice Altrincham is fun for all the family. If you are look for something different to do with your toddlers then the Penguin club is definitely one to attend. These are run every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and include a number of toys and penguin aids to get your children used to the ice. Older children can also get involved in ice dancing and ice hockey, with plenty of options for all abilities.