The summer holidays are here which probably means at some point you'll be needing to escape from the rain.

While we've certainly had some hot weather of late, we knew it would never last and in Manchester we're never too far away from the next downpour.

That's why we've been taking a look at the indoor events and attractions to keep the kids happy over the long school break.

Thankfully there are plenty to choose from.

In line with Covid safety measures, many places will be advanced tickets only, with some getting booked up well in advance, so don't hang around if there's something in particular the kids want to do.

And if you want to just head out somewhere without needing to book - or you've just not had time to even look - we've included some activities you can just turn up for.

READ MORE: Things to do with the kids in Manchester this summer

Here's our full round-up of events and things to do in and around Greater Manchester this summer...

Manchester

The Crystal Maze Live Experience

The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience is launching a new family package just in time for the summer holidays.

The Maze has lowered its playing age from 13 to nine and adapted a selection of games to introduce the Maze and the iconic Crystal Dome to a new generation of adventure seekers.

Kids and adults can battle it out to win crystals within the attraction's famous four zones - Aztec, Industrial, Futuristic, and Medieval and face a range of crazy challenges against the clock.

Every second counts in the Crystal Dome

In order to make the challenges more family friendly, new games, Mumsie’s Bells, Emojoy, Crack the Safe and Of’s, On’s & And’s, have been introduced across the attractions. The new games, which include pop culture references and two player options, will be available to ensure mixed age groups are able to play, have fun and win crystals.

The family package runs 10am to 2pm Monday to Thursday from July 26 until September 2. Tickets, costing £34.99, can be booked online. You can save 20% with a family ticket for two adults and up to six children, or three adults and up to five children.

Manchester Museum

The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday, from 10am to 5pm every week during the summer holidays until Sunday 29 August. On Wednesday and Fridays priority tickets are available between 10am and 11am for those who need to visit at a quieter time.

From fascinating fossils, to up close and personal encounters with Stan the T Rex and immersive sound installations, the summer season promises to be 'bursting with nature in all its glory'.

With a collection of over 4.5 million objects and three floors of displays and exhibitions, there’s something for everyone this summer.

Tickets for specific events including craft workshops and story times can be booked online.

Stan the T-Rex at Manchester Museum

Science and Industry Museum

The museum has a full summer holiday programme featuring a 'spy school', a Family Weekender from Manchester Science Festival and lots more.

The world of codebreaking and secret communications is available to uncover in the new exhibition, Top Secret: From ciphers to cyber security, with additional espionage-themed activities being led by the museum’s team of expert Explainers.

Visitors can also enjoy appearances from some well-known CBeebies faces and get involved with the science behind sustainability as part of a whole Manchester Science Festival Family Weekender devoted to our changing climate and ideas for a better world.

As well as new experiences, there is a whole host of old favourites ready to explore. In the Revolution Manchester Gallery, the city’s rich legacy of world-changing innovations, discoveries and ideas is on display; the Textiles Gallery tells the story of how cotton transformed the city into an industrial powerhouse; and the Experiment Gallery, a favourite among family visitors, sees science brought to life through a series of interactive exhibits.

Events run from July 24 to September 5, with free tickets available on the website here.

The Printworks

Treetop Adventure Golf is open from 10am daily in the holidays - July 22 to September 5 - with its two courses Tropical Trail and Explorer.

You can play one of the 18-hole courses for less (£31.50) with the family saver deal. You just have to have at least one child, aged 12 or under in your group. Or before midday Monday to Friday you can do both courses for the price of one.

Tenpin is open too if you fancy a game of bowling and the place also features table tennis tables, arcades games and more. Its £5 summer deal offers a game of bowling, burger and fries for £5 each Monday to Friday until 5pm.

Escape Reality is offering families 30% off its escape rooms if you book using the code PWKID30 at the checkout - and the Vue cinema is also back open with tickets costing £4.99, or £2.49 for Mini mornings, running throughout the school holidays.

Electric Gamebox

Electric Gamebox, previously Electric Playbox, opened in Manchester Arndale last year.

The interactive gaming attraction is made up of 10 'Playbox' rooms, where games are projected onto all four walls.

Players wear lightweight visors with trackers that allow them to interact with the game through motion sensor and touch screen technology.

There are five adventures to choose from, including a trip back to 1984 to outwit an alien race taking over the globe, or a voyage into the future to rescue a royal family. See the website for more details and to book.

Great Northern

There's also lots for families to do at Great Northern. If the weather's not nice enough to enjoy the giant sandpit outside the warehouse’s iconic amphitheatre, then you can head inside.

Grab a coffee or a sweet treat from Alex's Bakery, or if you fancy aiming for a strike this summer, a new bowling alley has opened up there too.

Lane7 has taken over the site left empty by All Star Lanes and as well as ten-pin bowling, it features ping-pong, karaoke, and arcade games.

See the website here for more details.

National Football Museum

With the recent football fever, there are no doubt lots of little fans of the game who'd love a trip to the National Football Museum.

Its first ever dedicated Hall of Fame exhibition is still running, celebrating the legends of the game.

It focuses on those players and managers who have contributed significantly to the game of our lives: breaking records, winning trophies, and paving the way for future generations, on and off the field.

Throughout the summer holidays, from now until August 31, Drawing Drills is also taking place.

Celebrating 25 years since the iconic Euro ‘96 tournament, youngsters can design their own retro-football stickers.

The museum opens Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm and tickets cost £10.50 for ages 16 plus and £5.50 for ages five to 15. Under fives go free. Tickets give access for 12 months. Book online.

Kickair

The indoor freestyle park features an inflatable-filled Air Zone, a football-inspired Kick Zone and lots more.

You can book a slot for an individual zone, or buy a crossover pass giving access to both.

Visit the website for more details and to book.

Manchester Family try out the new Kickair in Manchester city centre

The Whitworth

Whitworth Park and the Art Garden are open for all to enjoy.

If you're planning to visit the gallery, as well as enjoying the outdoor activities, free tickets need to be booked in advance.

Art picnics can also be collected during opening hours at the Oxford Road or Parkside entrances, filled with art materials for families to get creative with.

And even if it's raining you can download a free Welly Walks guide to enjoy a walk that's been specially designed to support your toddler’s inquisitive nature.

It's aimed at toddlers and their grown ups but there's no age restriction - it's all about getting muddy and discovering art and nature in the park.

See the gallery website for more details.

Elizabeth Gaskell's House

There's a free cat-themed trail happening at the home of Elizabeth Gaskell, Manchester’s very own Literary house.

In a nod to Elizabeth’s cat Cranford, the activity trail is packed full of jokes and activities for the kids - plus some cuddly cats to spot as you make your way around the house.

Explore at your own pace to find the feline friends and discover each cat adorned by an outfit made by the volunteers, who have all had fun creating their literary inspired ensembles.

The event is running from now until September 5 and must be booked online.

TeamSport Karting

Karting sessions are available at TeamSport indoor karting every day over the summer.

The multi-level track is 550 metres long and is underneath the Manchester Arena car park.

The Family Ultimate Race Experience is the most popular session for both beginners and seasoned pros.

This format is ideal if you want to go along on your own and put in some lap times or battle it out on the track in a small group with friends or family.

Tickets cost £35 - or £31.50 with the discount code GET10 at the checkout - for two 15-minute sessions.

Visit the website to book.

This is perfect for the adrenaline junkies

People's History Museum

There are lots of family-friendly activities to enjoy at People's History Museum over the summer.

Families can experience and enjoy a series of must-see spectacles on a grand scale, including a visually stunning art installation of 100 pairs of ceramic feet.

And don't miss booking an Identity feet Family Friendly workshop where, every Wednesday of the school holidays, families can decorate a pair of plaster cast feet with a design that reflects their own story.

There's plenty to discover at People's History Museum this summer
There's plenty to discover at People's History Museum this summer

Junk Yard Golf

Junk Yard is home to three mashed up nine-hole crazy golf courses created from 'pre-loved and reclaimed random shizzle'.

Groups can putt their way through all sorts of bizarre holes; think UV garage, scrapyard slides, circus freaks and jungle bathtubs.

It's largely aimed at an older crowd, but children are allowed in Sunday to Thursday before 7pm.

You can book for groups of up to six on the website.

Salford

I'm A Celebrity Jungle Challenge

The much-anticipated I'm A Celebrity Jungle Challenge opens on Friday, July 30 and is expected to be a big hit with families this summer.

Billed as 'the ultimate jungle encounter', the visitor attraction, inspired by the blockbuster show, promises to 'take Campmates into the heart of the jungle to navigate a series of fun-filled physical challenges'.

Based at Quayside, MediaCityUK - formerly known as The Lowry Shopping Centre - the attraction features Main Camp, the Throne and Winner's Bridge, and promises to 'put campmates' nerve and agility to the test as they race against the clock in a bid to collect stars and be crowned King or Queen of the jungle'.

Tickets for the attraction - £27.50 for children and £30 for adults - can be booked online at www.imacelebrityjunglechallenge.co.uk.

Visitors must be at least eight years of age and a minimum of 135cm and 30kg (4st 7lb) to take part.

See more pictures in the photo story here

Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Online bookings are being taken to enjoy the fun at Salford Museum and Art Gallery this summer.

Families can take a step back in time at Lark Hill Place, an atmospheric re-creation of a typical northern street during Victorian times before taking in the upstairs galleries displaying the art and collections along with two new exhibitions ‘You Belong Here: Artists Rediscovering Salford’s Green Spaces’ and ‘A Trip Down Memory Lane: Photographs by George Shepherd’.

Visits (free but donations welcome) available from 11.30am to 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday.

There's a Let’s Explore trail around the museum and galleries and you can pick up a sheet for £2.

Visit the website for more details.

Ordsall Hall

As well as a programme of outdoor theatre, there is plenty going on inside Ordsall Hall this summer.

Activities at the Grade I listed Tudor manor house include everything from storytelling to natural arts.

You can also borrow a Discovery Bag to help you explore the collections and exhibitions, and some Let’s Explore! trails are available to buy at Reception when you arrive.

See the website for more details.

Trafford

Secret City

The drive-in cinema is running at EventCity across the summer.

Family-friendly showings are being added all the time and there are some great picks on the upcoming schedule including Coco, Moana, Onward, Raya and the Last Dragon - and even more to be added soon.

You'll find characters, including Mushroom Man, walking around causing mischief and keeping the kids entertained.

And when the weather is nice enough there's a new seating area for people to get out of their cars and enjoy the movies in the open air.

Tickets cost £35 per car and can be booked online.

Namco Funscape Trafford Centre

Another place you can try and get that all-important strike is at the bowling alley inside the Trafford Centre.

Groups of six or two households can book a lane. There's an arcade to enjoy too, as well as dodgems.

The BIG drop offer is running where you can bowl for £5 per game, per person. Available Monday to Friday all day.

Book online.

Play Factore

It's soft play on a mammoth scale at Play Factore, which houses the largest play frame in the UK along with other attractions including a full indoor laser tag arena, four Valojump trampolines, a zip wire and VR.

It's open daily 10am to 6.30pm with tickets costing £14.95 for ages five and over, £7.95 for ages one to four and £1.95 for babies aged six months to 11 months. Adults are £4.50 and under six months go free.

Bookings are now being taken online.

Chill Factore

The Snow Park is back open at Chill Factore for families to enjoy everything from thrill filled sledging to Downhill Donuts.

Children must be aged four to enjoy the activities, with the Ice Slide limited to ages six and above.

Sessions, costing £15 or £49 for a family of four, can be booked here.

Legoland

The 'ultimate indoor Lego playground' is open over the summer and celebrating 10 years of Ninjago.

An exclusive AR digital experience and lots of other Ninjago activities are running from now until September 5 and included in the usual ticket price.

The attraction features a Lego Ninjago City Adventure, Miniland, a Lego 4D cinema and more.

Tickets, from £21.95, can be booked online.

SeaLife

From sharks to clownfish you can see them all at Sea Life Manchester.

In fact you watch the sharks swimming over your head as you walk through the ocean tunnel.

The Magical Mermaid Experience is back over two evenings this summer - Friday, July 30 and Saturday, July 31.

Watch the 'real-life mermaids' as they dive in to greet the attraction's two Sea Turtles, Cammy and Ernie, in the Ocean display.

Tickets cost from £16.95 and can be booked online.

IWM North

Take a step back in time at the Imperial War Museum North.

'Story Seekers' is back, giving families a chance to discover real artefacts and find moving and surprising stories from people who braved shark-infested waters to ingenious nurses and those who built machines of conflict.

Billed as 'a wonderful way for families to learn together about the global impact of conflict from the First World War and Second World War to today', sessions run daily 10am to 3pm from July 24 to August 31.

Book your free tickets online.

There's also a special Spies and Disguise event running on August 20 and 21.

Celebrating the book Find the Spy, in partnership with Puffin Books, the event is primarily aimed at spy recruits aged six to 11, who will be put through their paces - get a crash course in camouflage, learn top tips for coding, take on our spy assault course and more.

The event is drop-in between 10am and 3pm but free tickets must be booked online here.

Children enjoy an object handling session at the Imperial War Museum North

Inflata Nation

The attraction, packed full of inflatable fun is open across the summer.

As well as drop slides, the wall-to-wall inflatable features a fun ‘shooting gallery’ - featuring air cannons that fire plastic balls at special targets, a 20ft tall ‘jump off’ platform - where guests can don a harness before taking a leap of faith to freefall to the floor below, and a gladiator podium.

There's also spinning dodgems, a tilting slide, an obstacle course and a huge ‘Inflata Bubbles’ section, designed so that visitors can achieve 'optimum bounce heights'. Tickets - £9.99 for ages four plus and £5.99 for under fours - can be booked online and you can use the code SUMMER15 to get 15% off.

iFLY Indoor Skydiving

The home of indoor skydiving, participants are suspended in a column of air which reproduces the feeling of freefall.

Soar like a bird in the first 14ft (4.3m) diameter iFLY wind tunnel to be built in the UK. Tickets cost from £44.99 and you can book online here.

iFLY

Total Ninja

There are more inflatables to enjoy at Total Ninja.

As well as a Ninja Academy area to tackle, there's also a Ninja Inflatable Course, for ages four plus, with a smaller soft play area for threes and under.

Sessions, costing £10 for one hour, can be booked online.

Paradise Island Adventure Golf

There's some more indoor adventure golf inside the Trafford Centre's Paradise Island.

There are two 18-hole courses to complete - the Tiki Hut Trail, with wheelchair and push pram access, and Temple Ruins Adventure.

Tickets for one course cost £4 for under fives, £6.50 for ages five to 16, £8.50 for adults, or £26 for a family of four. Book online.

Selfridges

Selfridges in the Trafford Centre is bringing its Kids and Toys department to life this summer.

From 24 July to 29 August it is hosting a number of events giving little ones the chance to meet some of their favourite characters.

There'll be special free appearances from Paw Patrol favourites Marshall and Rubble, Batman and more.

And there's also a family-friendly Sunshine Festival taking place on Thursday 5 and Friday, August 6.

Join Sunny and Bloom who will lead you through the full festival experience, starting off with an interactive summer story and helping in the craft zone as you make your musical instruments to take part in the second part of the story.

Tickets cost £5 and can be booked online.

Bury

East Lancashire Railway

There are still some tickets left for the popular Day Out With Thomas, which is back at East Lancashire Railway (ELR) this summer.

The family day out includes rides on Thomas, the chance to meet the Fat Controller and performances from Rusty and Dusty, Sodor's cheeky station sweepers.

There are also Thomas-themed stories and activities in the Imagination Station and socially distanced entertainment including Magic Shows.

It's a hugely popular event among young fans of the show and gives families a 45-minute round trip along the scenic journey through Burrs Country Park and Summerseat, to arrive at the station in Ramsbottom.

He's at ELR on August 7 and 8 and tickets cost £38.50 for a table for two or £66 for a table for four.

Train rides run between 9.45am and 2.45pm on each of the days. To book tickets, visit the website.

There is plenty more to enjoy at ELR too, with heritage steam trains and seven different stops for you to hop off and explore the beautiful countryside and vibrant market towns. Find out more on the website here.

Bury Transport Museum

Across the road from ELR is Bury Transport Museum where the industrial heritage of the North West is brought to life.

Through stunningly restored vehicles, original artefacts and interactive exhibits, families can explore the lives and jobs of people in the early 20th Century.

There is plenty to keep both adults and children entertained, from discovering the horse drawn tram that was once a chip shop, learning about how 'Hilda' the steam roller almost met her end, meeting the bus with a history in movies or taking a look around the smallest museum inside of a museum in the UK.

Traction Days are taking place throughout the summer, giving families the chance to check out the collection of beautifully restored traction engines, tractors and Scammell lorries. The dates are July 25 and August 1, 8, 22, 29 and 30.

It's open 10am to 4pm Wednesday to Sunday (and bank holiday Monday) and tickets can be booked on the website.

Bury Art Museum

Families can drop into the art museum during the holidays.

Workshops aren't yet up and running but there are self-led activity sheets, a sketch zine, create your own recipe postcard and a working wall.

The venue is open 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday.

The museum's tea room is family-friendly and all floors of the building are accessible via a lift.

Bolton

The Octagon

The Octagon Theatre has announced a whole host of fun family activities to keep youngsters entertained this summer - with outdoor theatre performances and a free family festival.

The Octagon Family Festival will be taking place alongside Bolton’s Food and Drink Festival over the August bank holiday weekend, August 27 to 29, and promises a fun-filled weekend of free family activities.

Audiences can enjoy the ‘snappy’ tale of Never Smile at a Crocodile in the interactive storytelling sessions told by a professional actor taking place in the main auditorium, complete with crocodile themed crafts.

There will also be a dedicated Sanctuary Space where families can unwind and get creative with a hive of fun and creative crafts to enjoy, face painting as well as an array of sensory activities.

All activities at the Octagon Family Festival are free but must be booked in advance. Free wristbands can be booked now via the website or by calling the Box Office.

Amazonia

Amazonia is an indoor play centre which features climbing frames, The Lost Valley Adventure Golf and its very own Jungle Express train.

Hidden away in The Vaults at Bolton's Market Place, there's also a cafe there selling ice cream, drinks and more.

It opens 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sundays.

Tickets cost £5.50 per person for golf, or £16.50 for a family of four. The play area costs £1 for adults, £3 for ages one to three and £4 for ages four plus - all prices include a ride on the Jungle Express.

You can also get a golf and play area combo ticket for £6.50. Book online.

Amazonia at The Vaults, Bolton Market Place

Bolton Library and Museum

The Museum and Library are a big hit with families, especially the free aquarium where you can meet exotic fish, creatures and wildlife from all over the world, including flesh eating piranhas from South America.

There's lots of enjoy there this summer including storytelling sessions (July 24) and magician Mark Daniel's colourful tricks (July 31).

Both events will be held at Central Library Museum to celebrate the latest exhibition World of Colours. Book your free tickets here.

Activities are running throughout the holidays Monday to Saturday from 11am to 3pm. These include:

There’ll also be Fish Feeds in the Aquarium at 2.30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

See the website for more details.

Air Vault

Air Vault is not just trampolines - there's an airbag and jump tower, an obstacle course, slides, ninja run and climbing wall.

You can get a Summer Jump Pass for £29, which lets you visit five times between now and September 9.

Otherwise sessions cost £9.50 for an hour's jump and bounce. Book online.

Bolton Steam Museum

The visitor attraction displays the largest collection of working mill engines in Europe.

Entirely volunteer run the museum has been developed over 20 years and showcases many of the manufacturers that powered the North.

Its popular Steam Days are returning this August bank holiday weekend - on Sunday, August 29 and Monday, August 30.

There is no charge for admission but a donation is always gratefully received. Keep an eye on the website for more details.

Bolton Steam Museum

Jump Xtreme and That Fun Place

There are two venues in one at Jump Xtreme as it also houses That Fun Place inside it.

Jump Xtreme has stunt air bags, tumble tracks and more than 118 trampolines. There's also a dodgeball court and slam dunk hoops.

That Fun Place is for younger ones - primarily toddlers through to 12-year-olds - and is an adventure play zone featuring three levels of activities including swinging donuts, a spiral slide, a rope course and more.

A summer pass is available - letting you visit every day if you want to, with 15% off food and drinks too.

The passes run from now until September 5 and cost £69 for trampolining for an hour each day, £49 for soft play for two hours each day and £79 for a combi pass, offering an hour of each.

Otherwise sessions are £9.99 to jump, £7.95 for That Fun Place, or £14.95 for an hour in each. Book online.

Oldham

Gallery Oldham

The gallery is open 10am to 5pm Tuesdays to Saturdays.

Among the exhibitions running over the summer is Brick by Brick, which gathers the work of 18 artists, designers and photographers from around the world who use Lego bricks as their medium or inspiration.

Inspired by the wide range of artworks on show, a Lego graffiti wall, build tables and a selection of Lego-related games, give visitors the opportunity to try their hand at creating their own construction brick artwork.

See the website for more details.

Stockport

Stockport Nerf Centre

The Nerf Centre is one of only two licensed Nerf combat centres in the country.

Aimed at six year olds and above, participants can have a go on the 'heavy gun' Blaster Range and enjoy the combat area.

Sessions are running 12pm to 4pm Monday to Friday throughout the school holidays.

Message the Facebook page to book, or just turn up.

Stockport Scalextric Racing Centre

Sessions are running at the independent Scalextric racing track at Goyt Mill in Marple.

The venue is offering racing sessions from 12pm to 2pm Monday to Friday throughout the school holidays.

It costs £10 for two hours or £6 for an hour. Message the Facebook page to book.

Stockport Air Raid Shelters

Carved into the natural sandstone cliffs, Stockport's intriguing network of underground tunnels offers visitors an unparalleled insight into life in wartime Britain in the 1940s.

The tunnels, which date back to the Second World War, once held thousands of people as they sheltered from Nazi bombs.

You can learn about the experiences from the displays in the tunnels and from the state of the art audio-guides. You can also to find mementos of the 1940s in the shop.

The shelters are now back open for visits but tickets must be booked online in advance. They cost £5 for adults, £3.75 concessions and under 16s go free.

Tameside

Cockfields Farm

The farm is a popular with families across Tameside, Oldham and beyond and plenty of it is sheltered if you need to escape the rain.

Earlier this year the attraction unveiled a new giant indoor sandpit so that kids can play whatever the weather.

There are lots of animals for children to meet and feed including sheep, reindeer, Gloria the pig and the baby goats.

And if the weather is nice there is lots to enjoy outside too, including the duck pond walk, the giant jumping pillow, a fairground carousel and the latest addition, a giant snow slide.

The summer event runs from now until September 5, with the exception of August 14 to 22 when the almost sold-out Jurassic Farm event takes place.

Tickets cost £11 each, £2 for under ones, and bookings must be made online in advance to limit numbers.

Portland Basin Museum

The museum is open with with slightly reduced hours of 10am to 3pm Wednesday to Sunday.

Drop-in workshops are running throughout the holidays including Make, Do and Play on Tuesdays and Thursdays (£1.20), and Meet First World War soldier Tommy Atkins on Wednesdays (free).

These run from 11am to 3pm and time slots can be booked online.

Adventure Medlock

Clip n Climb and High Ropes sessions are running at Adventure Medlock over the summer.

Both activities are suitable for ages four and over, but they need to be at least one metre tall for Clip n Climb and 1.2m for High Ropes.

Sessions must be booked in advance online.

Wigan

Velocity Wigan

There's another Clip n Climb at Velocity Trampoline Park, as well as an inflatable section.

Children can enjoy the assault course, jump tower and an interactive slide as part of their jump session.

If they want to do it all then you can book an hour's jump session and an hour's Clip n Climb for £18.

Visit the website to book in advance.

Atherton Gun Range

Children from the age of eight can have a go at shooting at Atherton Gun Range, which boats the largest public indoor air gun range in the UK.

Rifles can be hired and there's full tuition to make sure that novice shooters know what they're doing.

During lockdown bosses installed fully electric, interactive, robotic recall targets, which means people can send their targets to the distance of their choice, whenever they like, all at the touch of a button on their phone.

Visit the website to book.

Ninja Warrior

If you fancy a challenge then you can put your stamina to the test at Ninja Warrior UK Adventure.

Based on the concept of ITV's prime time show, children and adults can tackle the ninja obstacles, take on the gladiator or enjoy the huge inflatable zone, which features foam pits, slides, a ball pool and climbing walls.

It features two ninja runs for children aged five to 14 and two for over 14s. The big inflatable zone is for ages five and over.

For under fours there's a smaller inflatable area as well as a soft play frame.

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To find out more, or book a session, visit the website here.

Rochdale

Puttstars

There's mini golf and an amusement area to enjoy at Puttstars at Rochdale Riverside.

Puttstars promises customers 'mini golf with a unique and modern twist, thanks to three interactive and fun filled nine-hole courses'.

Gone are the days of pencil and paper scoring. Instead, scores are digitally calculated using high-tech screens at each hole and totted up as players make their way around.

There's a bar and diner at the venue selling food and drinks including pizzas, hot dogs and shakes.

Visit the website to book.

Flip Out Rochdale

Rochdale's biggest indoor trampoline and adventure park is open with a ninja warrior course, laser maze and lots more.

There's a viewing gallery and cafe upstairs, so parents can watch and admire as their kids are perfecting their flipping skills - unless you want to show them how it's done that is!

Visit the website to book online. Or see the Manchester Flip Out here.

TeamKarting

If you fancy a spin double time karting is back at TeamKarting - giving visitors 40 minutes of karting for £27.

TeamKarting has the longest all-tarmac indoor karting track in Greater Manchester and is billed as the 'most challenging and the most exhilarating karting track in the North West'.

Tickets can be booked online.

Cheshire and elsewhere

Sandcastle Waterpark Blackpool

Another popular attraction in Blackpool is the waterpark and sessions can be booked online for the summer.

It features the Master Blaster, the world’s longest Indoor Roller Coaster waterslide, Aztec Falls, Sidewinder and more.

Families and younger guests can enjoy the Typhoon Lagoon wave pool, Treetops water chutes, the Caribbean Storm Treehouse and Fort Riptide.

Visit the website to book.

Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool
Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool

Quarry Bank, Wilmslow

The gardens, estate, mill, Apprentice House, restaurant, café and shops are open and you no longer need to pre-book to visit.

The Lost Worlds is running from now until August 30 - giving families the chance to explore the gardens and rediscover nature's disappearing words with a family trail inspired by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris's spellbook, The Lost Words.

It features words from the natural world that have disappeared from the Oxford Junior Dictionary as children spend less time outdoors. Words like 'broadband' and 'chatroom' have replaced others describing the natural world, like 'bramble' and 'conker'.

It runs daily from 10.30am to 5pm and you can pick up a trail pack from Visitor Reception for £1.50.

National Trust ticket fees apply. Visit the website for more.

The Flower Bowl Entertainment Centre, Preston

Situated next to the Barton Grange Garden Centre, The Flower Bowl houses everything from crazy golf and bowling to curling sessions and a cinema - on sofa style seating.

It's perfect for a rainy day as everything is inside.

Crazy golf is in the Secret Garden, which is outdoors yet still under cover and takes you round flower-filled borders, water features and garden statues.

There's eight lanes of bowling open during the same hours and on certain days you can book on an hour-long Try Curling session, for which the minimum age is 11.

Visit the website for more details.