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Plan Your Easter: Activities, Shows And More

The city has endless activities to offer for kids and their families on school holiday - Ragnhildur Finnsdottir explores

Published on March 21st 2012.

Plan Your Easter: Activities, Shows And More

Legoland Discovery Centre is a great place to visit over the end of term break. It has over 2 million LEGO bricks, a Kingdom Quest, 4D Cinema, workshops, Miniland and many more interesting things to see and do.

Tickets are £16.20 at the door or from £8.10 online, depending on time of entry. It's open daily from 10am to 7pm and guests should allow at least 2-3 hours for their visit. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Legoland Discovery Centre is located within the Trafford Centre at Barton Square, M17 8AS. Click here for their website.

Chill Factore is the place to go for skiing and snowboarding and also for tubing, lugeing and sledging along with other snow filled activities or for rock climbing. They will also have a Chille & The Chocolate Factore event this Easter filled with chocolate and sweets activites.

Ticket prices differ between activities. Chill Factore has a special offer from 31 March- 15 April where parents pay kid's prices. Chill Factore is located at the Trafford Quays Leisure Village at Trafford Way, M41 7JA. Click here for their website. 


Hyde Leisure Pool has water slides, wave machine, water geysers and more fun water activities. A family trip to this swimming pool is a great day out during a school holiday.

Tickets are £1.20-£5.10 depending on age. Family tickets are available for £13.20. Hyde Leisure Pool is located on Walker Lane in Hyde, Tameside, Sk14 5PL. Click here for more information. 

Chester Zoo is a train and bus ride away from the city. Aside from the fabulous activities Chester Zoo will also open a new exhibition for Easter on 1 April, Dinosaurs Bite Back with 19 robotic replicas of the creatures that roamed the earth millions of years ago.

Tickets are £11 for children and £15 for adults. The zoo is open an hour longer during the school holidays, from 10am to 5.30pm. Click here for more information. 


Airkix offers indoor skydiving or bodyflight for everyone, aged 4 and up. It uses a vertical wind tunnel to mimic a free fall, making it a child safe activity.

Prices are from £29.99. Airkix is located in Trafford Quays Leisure Village, M41 7JA. Click here for more information. 

Aerial Extreme has an adventure course suitable for children and adults 1.1m and taller. Set yourself free and climb, swing and jump across an obstacle course and speed down a zip wire.

Tickets are £20 for children and £25 for adults. Aerial Extreme will be open from 10.30am to 4pm during the school holiday. It´s located at the Trafford Centre, M17 8AA. Click here for more information. 

Daytona Manchester is an indoor karting venue with a heated karting stadium. It is suitable for all ages, 8 years and above.

Tickets cost from £24.00. Daytona Manchester is located at Trafford Park on Wharfside Way, M17 1NF. Click here for more information. 


The Manchester Museums all offer great exhibitions and shows for kids to visit and many of them have special programmes running for children as well.

People's History Museum has Bugs and Beasties craft table and family friendly trail from 31 March to 15 April. It is a family friendly activity where participants help the museum to find all the bugs that could damage its collections.

Click here for more information. 

Museum of Science and Industry has many interesting exhibitions and shows for the whole family. The Planetarium is for everyone aged 6 or older and gives a great view of the stars and planets. There are also steam train rides and a 4D theatre. Experiment is a hands-on experience of science for the whole family that runs daily.

Click here for more information. 

The Whitworth Art Gallery has special events planned for the school holidays. They offer workshops such as Creative Customising on 1 and 15 April and Cotton Capers on 3, 5, 10 and 12 April where participants re-use and recycle old garments. They also have Arty Picnics on 4 and 11 April for families to meet an artist for creative activities.

Click here for more information.

Cbeebies Live! is showing at the Manchester Arena on 8 April. LazyTown's Stephanie and Sportacus save the day with the help of Mr Tumble, Postman Pat, Squiglet, Zingzillas and Jess The Cat and some surprise guests.

Tickets are £17.00-£25.25. Click here for tickets.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea is showing at the Lowry from Tuesday 10 April to Sunday 15 April. It´s a family show filled with magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos with the tea-guzzling tiger.

Tickets are £9.00-£12.00. Click here for tickets.

The Teenage Market is Stockport on 1 April is a place for youngsters to show off their creative skills. The market will run from 12pm-4pm and feature DJs, live music, comedy, camera workshop, tea stall and more.

Admission is £1.00, but students and concessions get in for free. The market will be at Stockport Market Hall. Click here for more information.

Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival is on 31 March and 1 April in Bury. There will be a children's craft activities and entertainment workshop with face painting, magician, balloon sculpting and more and also a giant Easter egg competition. The workshops and activities take place at the Ramsbottom Civic Hall.

Click here for more information.

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