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Rainy Day Family Activities in Greater Manchester

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October is Manchester’s rainiest month – get ready for the wet weather with these family days out

The famously rainy Manchester exceeds expectations of wet weather in October, where it rains an average of 23 days in the month. Luckily, this ever-prepared city has plenty to offer in way of activities for when the heavens open. Get ready for the half term or a month of wet weekends in Greater Manchester.

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National Football Museum

Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, M4 3BG

Home to six floors of football memorabilia, this huge (indoor) museum is a great choice for a family day out. You’ll certainly find something interesting here, regardless of whether you’re a football fan or not! Featuring retro football games, introduction to football in the media and kits from teams through the years, all angles of ‘the beautiful game’ are covered. There are heaps of fun interactive elements, including jumping into Gary Lineker’s shoes and commentating Match of the Day. This day out will cost a small admission fee, but the museum is free for residents of Manchester!

Science and Industry Museum

Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4FP

Manchester was once known as Cottonopolis, owing to its rich history in cotton production during the Industrial Revolution. The city has also been home to some of the UK’s greatest scientific minds, inventors and engineers. This long history is celebrated at the Science and Industry Museum, a fabulous day out for visitors of all ages! Located in one of the UK’s oldest surviving passenger railway stations, a heritage site with two Grade I listed buildings, the entire museum is steeped in Manchester’s great history. Head down with the family for a free day out, perfect for a rainy afternoon. Visit the Air and Space Hall to find out how Manchester’s minds got us on the roads today, or head to the Revolution Manchester exhibition to learn more about the industrial Manchester that built the city’s legacy. The museum offers daily demonstrations and shows, and a gallery devoted to Experimenting, ideal for the kids!

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Play Factore

Trafford Way, Trafford Quays Leisure Village, Manchester, M41 7JA

Rainy weather can leave you with some nervous kids, pent up with un-used energy and sick of finding their own fun around the house. If this is the case for your 1-16-year olds, Play Factore will be your saving grace! Featuring the biggest toddler play zone in the entire country, a 40-metre slide, a huge play frame and even a zip wire – all the boxes are ticked in this handy Trafford Centre location. They even have a virtual reality zone and laser tag – things have really moved on since we were kids! All of this is under one (huge) roof, so you can let hours pass whilst the rain thunders down around you. Just make sure you pack the headache tablets – we can only imagine how loud it must be in this fortress of children.

Legoland Discovery Centre

Barton Square, The Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8AS

Lego lovers big and small will adore a rainy-day trip to the Legoland Discovery Centre, where you can train as a Ninjago, enjoy VR Lego racing and build and test your Lego creations (amongst many more activities). The Master Model Builders at Lego HQ have built a vast Miniland, creating Northern attractions such as the Blackpool Tower and even the cobbles of Coronation Street out of thousands of Lego bricks. There’s plenty of space to make your own Lego or Duplo creations, race Lego cars and even visit the 4D Lego cinema! This immersive Lego experience is all under one roof, making it perfect for the wet and windy weather. You can also upgrade your ticket to include access to Manchester’s Sea Life, costing only £5!

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The Crystal Maze Experience

Lower Byrom Street, Manchester, M3 4FP

For families with older kids and teenagers, The Crystal Maze Experience is the ideal afternoon out. The retro-90s show has undergone a huge revival; not only has the show returned with Richard Ayoade as the presenter, but also the chance to do it yourself in Manchester and London locations! Don a jumpsuit and team up, you have four adventure zones to face, all testing your physical and mental skills. Beat these immersive rooms to win time in the final Crystal Dome! This experience is open to everyone older than 13, so it’s perfect for those kids who are starting to outgrow play frames and huge slides. You do have to have one adult (over 18) per team, so prepare to roll up your sleeves and get involved!