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DIY Activities with Kids in Manchester

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Five of the best hands on places to keep the kids busy this Spring

When the rain starts to fall and the kids start to get restless, you could spend endless hours searching for something to keep them occupied, to no avail. Put down that Frozen DVD and sling away that Nintendo Switch. We’ve rounded up five of the best hands on places to visit that will let your child’s creative juices flow as their imagination runs wild.

Image credit: Create It via Facebook

Create It

37 Wilmslow Road, Cheadle, Stockport, SK8 1DR

Nestled in the heart of Cheadle sits Create It, a cheery craft cafe for children of all ages. Whether you want to unleash your inner artist and paint some pottery or fancy a little bit of Decopatch, gluing and sticking to your heart's content, there is something for everyone to get artsy with. The team also specialise in 'Love Imprints' - clay imprints and silver imprint jewellery - giving you the opportunity to create priceless, personalised memories and gifts that you'll treasure forever. That’s not just finger or foot prints - the paws of your canine and feline friends can also be cast.

Manchester Wizard’s Spellbook Treasure Hunt

The Albert Memorial, Albert Square, Manchester, M2 5DB

An activity doesn’t need to be creative for it to be fun - there are many trails and treasure hunts that run across the city that test the brains of both adults and children alike. One such is the Manchester Wizard’s Spellbook Treasure Hunt. The wicked Abby Cadabra has put a horrible curse over Manchester, dooming the City to years of never-ending rain. It's up to you and your bunch of treasure hunters to put your heads together, solve the clues and discover the location of the magical spellbook that will bring the sunshine back. Discover Manchester in a whole new light with this spellbinding self-guided tour.

For more information or to download the handbook click here. ​​​​​​​

Image credit: Legoland Discovery Center via Facebook​​​​​​​


LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester, Barton Square, The Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8AS

Legoland has been a staple of countless people’s childhood and the Legoland Discovery Centre brings the famous toy set to life. Easily accessible due to its location in The Trafford Centre, Lego springs to life with its multiple activity zones and a seemingly endless amount of Lego bricks (Miniland itself features over 1.5 million bricks alone!). Where else could you find yourself in Space, battling Ninjas and saving a princess all under one roof? From assisting Professor Brick-a-Brack build actual Lego bricks in the Factory, to building, testing and racing your own Lego racer, you’ll find a whole afternoon has passed in the blink of an eye!

Science and Industry Museum

Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4FP

The mention of a museum may result in a groans and moans but this will all be forgotten the minute you walk in. The Science and Industry Museum is just one of Manchester’s many museums, packed full of interactive exhibits and activities giving kids the opportunity to play and learn hand in hand, their earlier grumbles a mere memory! The ‘Experiment’ Gallery is a must visit; stare into the mirror of infinity, create your own tornado or even watch your very own skeleton ride a bicycle. They won’t be able to believe their eyes!

The Place to Potter

Heaton Park Garden Centre, Bury Old Road, Manchester, M25 2SW

Heaton Park may be the perfect place for a day in the sun, but when the rain starts to fall, The Place to Potteris there to save the day. If you go potty for pottery painting then this family friendly cafe is the place for you. From pottery to slime making to building your own bear, this cosy arts and craft hub gives you the chance to be as creative as you like, rain or shine. Though this space has been designed with children in mind, giving them a place to splash paint around to their hearts desire without you having to worry about the washing up, it also runs a number of activities for adults, including flower arranging.