Yesterday, I shared a post with some ideas for free days out in Greater Manchester this half term. Today, I realised that there are loads of other venues in the North West which don’t have to cost the earth and are well worth a visit too. With that in mind, today I’m sharing some ideas of where to go in the North West this half term.
Where to go in the North West this half term – Knowsley Safari
It’s Sam’s birthday during half term, so we’ve got a couple of special days planned for him… I am really looking forward to us all going to Knowsley Safari Park. If you book online in advance, you save 10% on the standard entry prices, which makes it £14.85 per adult and £11.25 per child/OAP. Sam has Autism, so he gets one free carer included with his admission price. I can’t wait to see what the kids make of the sea lion show!
We’re planning on riding on the baboon bus, so all 4 of us can sit together and enjoy the experience, without having to concentrate on the road. There is a funfair at the end as well, so weather permitting we will probably kill some time on there to round the day off nicely. (The baboon bus and funfair are optional extras – check out the prices here.
Where to go in the North West this half term: Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester
Legoland Discovery Centre in the Trafford Centre have always got loads going on. I am really looking forward to checking out the new recreation of that famous Manhattan sky scraper image in the new City Builder play area inside the venue. We’ve got annual passes, and have already seen the new City Builder Play Area. I may have* spent a couple of hours in there, building a few bridges to help the mini figures cross the roads. (*I totally did)!
We are going to be visiting this coming Sunday for the premier of the new 4D movie… ” LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS 4D: The Book of Creativity.” I’ll blog again next week to let you know how that is, but it sounds epic! Don’t forget though, you do need to pre-book your tickets to be sure you’ll get in during school holidays.
While you’re visiting Legoland, you might want to opt for the combo ticket so you can visit Sealife Manchester as well. I’m hoping to catch a glimpse of Kodak, the Batfish who photobombed Mister Maker recently.
Speaking of the CBeebies legend, there’s a new activity in Sealife Manchester until 12th June – Mister Maker Creature Makes. Your kids can learn how to create some cool sea creatures in the interactive craft zone, and on their journey through SEA LIFE, they can collect the materials they’ll need to make their very own crab at home.
Mister Maker will be on hand through fun videos filmed exclusively for SEA LIFE, to guide your children in making each creature.
Gullivers Splash Zone Warrington
If the weather ends up being as wet and horrible as the school holidays usually are, a trip to Gullivers Splash Zone in Warrington may well be on the cards. A 2 hour session costs £7 per child and £2 per adult, with children under 90cm going free. Adults can either join in the fun, or sit out of the water’s reach and supervise with a cuppa.
Sam and I went to the Gullivers World theme park during the easter holidays and we had a brilliant time. Sad isn’t a fan of rides though, so I think she would definitely enjoy the water park more.
Mattel Play Liverpool
The new Mattel Play venue in Liverpool is offering introductory prices at the moment. It’s £10 per child and £2 per accompanying adult. The venue has 3 different zones – Bob The Builder, Thomas and Friends and Fireman Sam. Each zone is packed with role-play activities, games and interactive challenges. They recommend visiting at 9am if your children prefer a quieter experience.
Sam has Autism, so if we visit, it’ll definitely be an early start. I’m secretly hoping they start a weekend autism friendly morning session soon. So kids on the spectrum can spend more than an hour enjoying the facilities .(And people don’t need to fight through rush hour to get there at the weekends).
I’m busy crossing everything for sunshine so we can enjoy Knowsley Safari. Additionally, a few trips to different parks, and possibly a visit to St Annes to play on the beach. I hope this post has given you some ideas for where to go in the North West this half term. Finally, check out more of our adventures here.