9 fantastic activities to keep the kids entertained this May half term

Looking for ways to keep the kids entertained this May half term? We’ve got you covered!

From epic mini golf adventures and indoor climbing, to exciting watersports and games galore, there’s lots to enjoy across Manchester and the surrounding areas.

Take a look below at nine amazing activities to do with the whole family over the upcoming half term holidays.

1. Tee off at Treetop Adventure Golf

Epic adventures are on your doorstep this May half term! Explorers big and small, get ready to trek into the wildest rainforest.

Open from 10am every day from May 30 to June 5, choose to take on either of Treetop’s two indoor 18-hole courses: the Tropical Trail or the Ancient Explorer.

Afterwards, grab a seat in the Amazonian village for tasty jungle grub from Pizza Cabana – including gluten-free and vegan options.

Why not also sip on tropical mocktails from The Thirsty Toucan bar or grab a cracking coffee from the Jungle Buzz Café?

Remember, families of four play for less any time, any day.

No pre-booking needed – just turn up and tee off!

Where to go: The Printworks, Dantzic Street, Manchester M4 2BS

Find out more: visit adventuregolf.com/manchester

2. Reach new heights with Summit Up Climbing

Keep the whole family entertained at Summit Up Climbing, home to the largest and highest Clip ‘n Climb in the north of England.

Enjoy over 35 challenges, including the adrenaline-pumping Leap of Faith, the popular Stairway to Heaven, and a thrilling 10-meter Vertical Drop Slide.

Did you know climbing can help build confidence, increase strength, improve hand-eye coordination and reduce stress? Plus, it’s lots of fun!

There’s also a 15-meter roped climbing wall, dedicated bouldering area, two ValoClimb walls, a three-tier soft play area and a delicious café.

What’s more, all distributable profits go directly to charity.

Where to go: Egerton Street, Oldham, OL1 3SE

Find out more: Book now at summitupclimbing.com

3. Immerse yourself in gameplay at Electric Gamebox

Work as a family to scale the leaderboards this half term!

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Electric Gamebox entertains the whole family; from the kids to the grandparents, this is an experience to be shared.

Challenge your children at retro-style games you played as a kid, or join forces as a family to impress aliens in Alien Aptitude Test.

Taking immersive entertainment to the next level, enter a fully private, interactive digital room featuring projection mapping, touch screens, motion tracking and surround sound.

Get ready for a hyper-immersive adventure unlike any other.

Where to go: Manchester Arndale, Manchester, M4 3AQ

Find out more: visit electricgamebox.com

4. Splash, climb, laugh and learn at Chasewater Activity Center

Are your children always complaining they are bored in the school holidays?

Don’t worry and take them down to Chasewater Activity Center to enjoy a host of activities, including kayaking, bushcraft, archery and raft building.

If you need a holiday childcare solution whilst you work, the centre’s five-day holiday clubs will keep your children active. Every day is fun-packed with water and land-based activities!

The center also caters for birthday parties, group bookings such as schools, and corporate days out. No matter what you’re looking for, it can put together a package for you.

There are limited places available, so secure your holiday club place or activity by booking online today.

Where to go: Chasewater Activity Centre, Staffordshire, Pool Lane, Burntwood, WS73QY

Find out more: visit peak.co.uk/chasewater-activity-centre

5. Get active with Trafford Watersports Center

Do you want to get the kids away from the TV for once, and explore the great outdoors?

From kayaking to bushcraft, archery to paddleboarding, Trafford Watersports Center has something to interest everyone.

The center offers everything from boat hire, mini adventures and instructed sessions with family, to paddle clubs, the British Canoe Paddling Awards, and RYA sailing courses.

And if you need a great childcare solution whilst you work, the five-day holiday clubs are guaranteed to keep your children active over the May half term.

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The center also caters for birthday parties, hen and stag groups, corporate days out and schools.

So, what are you waiting for? Book a holiday club place or adventure today!

Where to go: Trafford Watersports Centre, Rifle Road, Sale, M33 2LX

Find out more: visit peak.co.uk/trafford-water-sports-centre

6. Enter the magical world of BeWILDerwood

Get outdoors, make lasting memories and discover the magical world of BeWILDerwood with the whole family this half term.

Explore giant slippery slides, massive muddled mazes, wobbly zip wires and lots more within the huge magical woodland.

There are no hidden extras in the woods as storytelling shows, crafts, face painting, activity trails and car parking are all included in the ticket price.

With so much to see and do, it really is the ultimate family day out.

What’s more, you can enjoy 15 per cent off this half term – and every day until July 22, 2022 – when you book your tickets in advance.

Plan your adventure today and make the most of the limited time offer!

Where to go: Bickley Moss, Whitchurch, Cheshire, SY13 4JF

Find out more: Visit cheshire.bewilderwood.co.uk

7. Experience the best of VR at X-GenVR

“This half term, head down to the UK’s largest and wildest virtual reality arcade right here in the north west.

Strap in and fly like Iron Man, or take a stomach-dropping rollercoaster ride through the Jurassic while you dodge all kinds of dinosaurs including the ferocious T-Rex.

Feel the wind on your face from the built-in fans when racing our real-life motion Tron bikes, face your fears on The Plank, or throw shells at each other on the Mario-style karts.

For all things VR, it’s the perfect place to visit this half term, whether you want to fill a spare half hour, have a fun family day out, or plan a party with a difference.

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You can also get up to 30% off this half term – advance booking recommended.

Where to go: 21 Deanery Way, Merseyway Shopping Centre, Stockport, SK1 1PP

Find out more: Visit x-genvr.com

8. Play new and classic games at Arcade Club

Celebrate all things gaming this half term with Arcade Club in Bury and experience three floors of electric entertainment.

The price of admission covers access to over 300 arcade and pinball machines, all set to “free play” so you can leave those coins at home and enjoy unlimited arcade fun for all the family. Under 5s go free.

Arcade Club is opening its doors early for the spring half term so you can join the fun from 11am between June 2 to 5, 2022.

Advance booking is recommended.

Where to go: Ela Mill, Cork Street, Bury, Greater Manchester, BL9 7BW

Find out more: visit arcadeclub.co.uk/bury

9. Step into a fairytale at z-arts

This half term, families across Greater Manchester are invited to a brand-new fairytale exhibition at Z-arts.

An interactive world of play and storytelling, the exhibition will feature some of the world’s most loved and recognizable fairytale characters.

Step into a fairytale town and woodland to discover a world of giants, palaces, gingerbread houses and treasure caves.

Trip trap over a bridge – watch out for the troll! – and join the palace disco with the musicians of Bremen, sit in a giant’s footprint, visit the market, and help Jack win some magic beans.

There are limited spots are available for May 31 to June 5, so snap them up before it’s too late! Prices start from £3.

Where to go: 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5ZA

Find out more: visit z-arts.org/events/fairy-tales or call 0161 226 1912


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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