With the school summer holidays over and children back to school, we’ve put together a list of places to go with babies and toddlers in Manchester. With 43 nurseries in our Kids Planet family (and 11 of those in and around the Manchester area) including our newest nursery opening in Worsley this month, here’s some of our favourites we hope will keep parents and babies happy!
Play Factore Manchester
A large toddler play area specifically designed for children under 5 so even the smallest member can play. The toddler area is safely gated and filled with tunnels, 3 slides, soft shapes, tricycles and a soft play area.
Monthly Toddler Tales at The John Rylands Library, Manchester
Find a cosy corner, pull up a cushion and listen to fun stories. Join in playtime, creating a story world of your own. Free, no need to book, just drop in. Family friendly, children 5 years and under.
Dive beneath the waves and come face to fin with over 2,000 creatures! Get up close to majestic sharks, enchanting jellyfish and Ernie and Cammy – our magnificent giant green sea turtles.
Museum of Science and Industry
With a buggy park next to the main entrance the museum brings science and history to life with interactive shows, fun-filled machinery demonstrations and of course, a bit of good old-fashioned dressing up.
There’s a soft play area in the Experiment gallery for young builders and demolishers with bright blocks ready to be stacked, climbed and toppled – perfect for mini architects and engineers. Plus, there’s a quiet, sensory space in the Textiles Gallery with touch- feel wall panels, Treasure baskets and comfy mats.
Heaton Park, Manchester
For an inexpensive day out, Heaton Park, the largest municipal park in Europe has 2 children’s playgrounds a free animal farm, boat rides plus acres of open space for children to play.
Ordsall Hall, Salford
Sensory Storytime sessions for younger children and their adults in the beautiful surroundings of Ordsall Hall, the oldest building in Salford!
Listen to wonderful stories together, have fun singing songs and rhymes, make simple crafts to take home, play with toys and instruments and meet other parents and carers.