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Fun Indoor Summer Activities in Manchester

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So, it’s official, the summer holidays have arrived! The kids are off school and the sun is shining (hopefully!), but what if it’s one of those typical British summer days where the rain just won’t stop? Fear not because Manchester has a treasure trove of indoor activities that will keep the whole family entertained, rain or shine! So, let’s dive into the delightful world of fun indoor summer activities in Manchester that will ensure your family has a blast during the holidays.

What to do in Manchester

We thought it would be helpful to create the ultimate go-to guide of things to do in Manchester this summer with the kids, so keep reading and get some top inspo on keeping the family entertained while school’s out.

Museum adventures

Manchester boasts a fantastic array of museums that cater to both young and old minds. The Science and Industry Museum is an absolute must-visit.

Located in Spinningfields, and near to multiple train stations, it’s an interactive wonderland where kids can explore the wonders of science, technology, and history. They can marvel at vintage aircraft, and steam engines, and even try their hand at some exciting experiments! They currently have a free holiday programme available that should keep the kids entertained.

Creative fun at art galleries

For mini Picassos and art enthusiasts, a trip to the Manchester Art Gallery near St Peter’s Square will be a memorable experience. This artistic hub features an extensive collection of paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts from various periods.

Manchester Art Gallery hosts a range of exhibitions, all of which are free, making it an interesting and exciting day out. They often hold interactive exhibits that allow kids to get hands-on with arts and crafts, making it an ideal spot for nurturing creativity and having some fun.

Indoor play centres

When the kids have boundless energy to burn, Manchester’s indoor play centres come to the rescue! Places like Play Factore offer a haven of excitement with giant slides, trampolines, climbing walls, and obstacle courses. While the little ones go wild, parents can relax with a brew and enjoy some much-needed downtime.

Bowling bonanza

Ready, set, bowl! Bring the family together for some friendly competition at one of Manchester’s bowling alleys. Dog Bowl near Manchester Oxford Road is a popular choice, offering a quirky atmosphere with its vintage decor and delicious food options. Dog Bowl is the perfect spot if you’re looking for something that will keep both adults and kids happy.

Lane7 is another popular choice for child and baby-friendly bowling. Located in Deansgate and showcasing a unique take on bowling, you’ll have a grand day out. Get ready to strike some pins and create lasting memories!

Escape rooms

For families who love puzzles and brain teasers, escape rooms are an absolute delight. Test your wits and work together as a team to solve challenges and uncover mysteries. It’s a thrilling experience that will leave you talking about it for days afterwards!

Manchester has many escape room options, with Escape Hunt being a popular choice for being the most child friendly. With themed rooms ranging from Vikings to Alice in Wonderland, there’s something for everyone when it comes to escape room challenges.

Indoor climbing

If your little adventurers have a taste for climbing, head over to Rock Over Climbing where they can scale walls to their heart’s content. The facility caters to climbers of all skill levels and offers a safe and fun environment for kids to explore their vertical ambitions. For the smaller ones, they also offer a kids’ play area & a cafe.

Depot climbing is another popular option for indoor climbing. Their climbing community ranges from 0 to 60+ years of age so they are able to offer sessions for children of all ages. So whether you’ve got a toddler taking their first wobbly steps onto the mats, or a teenager who is keen to take up a new hobby, they can find their feet this summer.

Go to the movies

Sometimes, all you need is some popcorn and a good film to enjoy a lazy day indoors.

Manchester’s cinemas like The Everyman have got you covered! From the latest blockbusters to family-friendly classics, grab some popcorn, sit back, and let the big screen entertain you.

Gaming galore

For the tech-savvy kids (and parents), gaming centres like Virtual Hideout offer an immersive virtual reality experience. Dive into fantastic digital worlds and enjoy interactive adventures that will leave you stunned.

Alternatively, try gaming centres like NQ64. With two locations in the centre of Manchester, you can enjoy the pleasure of retro arcade games and classic consoles which suit both parents & kids!

Get your skates on

Lace up your roller skates and head to Rampworx for a roller disco experience that’s sure to get your feet moving and spirits soaring! Enjoy some fantastic music and show off your best moves on wheels.

A day out at Chill Factore

When it comes to what to do in Manchester, you can’t forget about Chill Factore.

Here at Chill Factore, we have everything you need for a fun-filled day out! With a range of options available, from a lift pass to the Snow Park, you’re sure to have an action-packed day.

Our Snow Park is great for children aged 4 years and over, meaning the whole family can come and have some fun. With the ice slide for some simple fun to the downhill doughnuts and a sledge ‘n’ slide race for some speedy excitement, everyone can get involved and enjoy some fun indoor summer activities at Chill Factore.

Fun indoor summer activities with Chill Factore

There you have it, a wide range of exciting indoor summer activities to enjoy in Manchester. Rain or shine, the city has got your back with a variety of entertaining options for the whole family. So, pack your sense of adventure, grab the kids, and get ready for a summer to remember!

Remember to check the individual venues’ websites or call ahead to confirm opening times before jumping in the car or on the train. Let the indoor fun begin!

At Chill Factore, we offer a range of facilities and lessons, from snowboarding lessons to ski lessons so you can come all year round. Plan your visit to us today and discover the joy of indoor skiing in Manchester.

Whatever you need from Chill Factore, don’t hesitate to contact us today at 0161 749 2222, email us at, or come in to speak to us.

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