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Things To In Manchester With The Kids During The Teachers Strike.

two kids on a day out in Manchester on teachers strike day
30 Jan 2023

Looking for things to do in Manchester with the kids during the teacher’s strike, check out our top picks of days out here.

Thousands of teachers will be striking this week due to the industrial action over pay and conditions. 

The strike organised by the National Education Union (NEU) will take place on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th March 2023. 

Although not every teacher will be out on strike many will and some schools will be shut for the day. 

If your children’s nursery or school is shut due to the strike and you are off for the day, we have put together a list of Manchester days out and attractions which will be open right across the region. 

We will be adding more as we find them so keep checking back.

Cockfields Farm Park Ashton-Under-Lyne

Cockfields Farm Meerkat

Cockfields Farm will be extending their Toddler Termtime offer for all ages on Tuesday for the strike. 

Along with the chance to meet the resident animals, they offer an indoor role-play area, outdoor play areas and a giant bouncy pillow ( weather permitting).

They will also be running meet the animal sessions including bunnies, naked rats, snakes, and hedgehogs and the chance to feed the meerkats and reindeer. 

You can also head to the Lambing Barn where you might get the chance to see a live birth. 

Tickets will cost £15 for one adult and one child with additional tickets costing £7.95 per person when booked in advance.

To book tickets to Cockfields Farm see here. 

Cineworld Movies for Juniors, Across Manchester 

cineworld movies for juniors

Cineworld Cinemas located in Didsbury, Bolton and Ashton-Under-Lyne will be running their Movies for Juniors films during the strike days. 

Movies for Juniors offer you the chance to watch a recent kids’ film for just £2.50 per person (plus booking fee).

The films are shown in the mornings and on Wednesday they are all being shown around 11.00. It is advised to book in advance as they are likely to be popular.

You can find out what is showing at Cineworld Ashton Under Lyne here and Cineworld Bolton and Cineworld Didsbury here. 

Chester Zoo – Kids Go Free Offer 

Chester Zoo Offer

Chester Zoo are offering free children’s entry tickets when you purchase an adult ticket. 

There will be a chance to visit the animals plus they will be running interactive and educational sessions throughout the day at no extra cost. 

Adults tickets start at £27.27 and you need to book in advance along with the kids tickets. 

Check out more information about the Chester Zoo Kids Go Free Offer here. 

Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester City Centre

Science and Industry Museum

The Museum of Science and Industry will be open on Wednesday from 10.00am to 18.00pm.

They have a fun science floor perfect for kids of all ages, lots of interactive galleries and fun trails. 

The museum is free to enter and they have an onsite cafe. 

Discover more about the Museum of Science and Industry here. 

Play Factore, Trafford 

Play Factore logo

Play Factore, the huge soft play centre will be open on Wednesday from 10.00am to 6.00pm

The play centre features a huge play frame with tunnels, obstacles and a giant red slide. They have smaller areas for younger kids. 

At the moment they are offering Off Peak prices of £4.95 for adults, £11.95 for 5 to 16-year-olds, £8.95 for 1 to 4-year-olds and £2.95 for 6 to 11 months old. 

There are morning and afternoon sessions available and they accept Tesco vouchers. 

Details and how to book Play Factore see here. 

Manchester Museum, Manchester City Centre

Manchester Museum Dinosaur for Families

Manchester Museum has re-open and will make a great day out if the kids are off during the strike.

The museum features dinosaurs and mummies and lots more. 

Plus there are still some free tickets for their Golden Mummies of Egypt exhibition available – these must be booked in advance. 

More details about the details and tips for visiting Manchester Museum see here.


Bowling at Tameside Wellness Centre 

 Tameside Wellness Centre Bowling Lanes

The Bowling Lanes at Tameside Wellness Centre will be open during the strike with the first session starting at 10.00am. 

They offer both Ten Pin Bowling and Hyper Bowling plus have an onsite cafe. 

Lane hire costs £35.00 for up to 6 people for one hour and individual prices are available. 

Check out more details about Bowling At Tameside Wellness Centre here. 


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