Boasting some fascinating museums, adventurous soft play centres, and unique craft clubs. Manchester has a great selection of indoor attractions. But how will you know which ones are worth a visit?

Luckily, BabyBreaks has done the hard work for you, and researched the Top 5 Indoor Activities in Manchester.

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1. Science and Industry Museum

Showcasing Manchester’s journey through the industrial revolution right through to the present day. This unique museum offers a great mix of science and history. Children can learn through interactive exhibitions and live demonstrations, and they even have the chance to conduct their own experiments!

There are extra activities and workshops at the weekends and during the school holidays – check the website for up to date events.

Address: Address on Google Maps

Opening Hours: Open daily, 10am – 5pm


2. Emily’s Paint a Pot

A creative workshop where you can paint pottery, build a teddy bear (and paint him a t-shirt!) or make a 3D casting of your family’s handprints. Choose from a wide range of clay ornaments – dogs, dragons, Christmas baubles, whatever takes your fancy! Then, paint it in any colour of the rainbow, before it is glazed by expert potters, ready for you to take home. A fantastic place to flex your creative muscles and keep all ages entertained. A creative experience among great things to do with kids in Manchester.

Address: Address on Google Maps

Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am- 5pm. Sundays 11am – 5pm


3. Legoland Discovery Centre

Aimed at children aged 3 – 10, Legoland Discovery Centre is the ultimate indoor LEGO playground with 3 rides, 10 LEGO build & play zones, a 4D cinema LEGO models of local landmarks. Hours of fun can be had building and creating, without any of the mess you would have to clean up at home!

Combined tickets for Legoland and Sea Life start at £16.95 when you book online, and the second ticket is valid for 12 months, so you don’t need to visit both on the same day.

Address: Address on Google Maps

Opening Hours: Open daily, 10am – 6pm


4. Sea Life Manchester

Children will love this amazing aquarium, home to over 5,000 creatures including awesome sharks, tiny seahorses, colourful jellyfish and graceful rays. There’s an interactive turtle beach experience, a “touch pool” where you can hold a crab and stroke a starfish, plus a  kids quiz trail to complete along the way. Enough reasons to be featured on our list of great things to do with kids in Manchester!

Address: Address on Google Maps

Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 6pm


5. The Lowry

A creative space for art, theatre and music, The Lowry is a gallery with a difference. The building itself is like a work of art, with bright orange staircases, sloping blue floors and purple and glass walls. There are three theatres showing children’s performances and puppet shows, whilst the Lowry Galleries showcase work by LS Lowry plus regularly changing exhibitions from local and international artists.

Little ones can draw, read and play in the The Carole Nash Lookout, or attend art and drama workshops at the weekends.

Address: Address on Google Maps

Opening Hours: Open daily, 10am – 6pm. (Performance times for shows may vary.)


Old and young alike will love Manchester city, it’s a great destination for a family break, with city centre attractions plus fresh air and open spaces to explore. If the weather permits, check out our places to go & days out with children in Manchester. And also try our selection of child friendly restaurants and cafes in Manchester. Also great family friendly hotels & holiday rentals

We hope you will enjoy spending some fantastic time with your children and will experience the best Indoor Activities in Manchester we have chosen for you.

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