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The Best Manchester Kids Clubs and Activities 2018

Published on 21st October 2018 by Tessa Robinson

Puddle Ducks Greater Manchester

At Puddle Ducks Greater Manchester we’re very proud to be the only swim school to provide a complete swimming journey from the very start of life as a bump in our Aqua Natal classes through to swimming classes from birth to pre-school age and Swim Academy classes for primary school children.

Our fun-filled programmes are designed by leading baby and child swimming experts and are held at pools across Greater Manchester including Trafford, Stockport, Manchester, Oldham & Tameside, including our own purpose-built hydro pool – Aqua Nurture.

Whether your child is coming from a toddler swimming class, or has never been in the water before, all of our classes are full of fun-filled activities that are tailored to suit your child’s age and confidence, including songs, rhymes, games and other water activities, all without the use of buoyancy aids.

Each of our classes are taught by our own Puddle Ducks teachers who are super passionate about what they do and are highly trained and qualified.

We want every child to love swimming, respect the water and swim beautifully. That’s why our standards are the highest and our approach is unique.

Start your Puddle Ducks Journey with us today:

0161 883 0222

[email protected]


Messy Monkeys Manchester South

Messy Monkeys messy play: you splat paint, squelch gloop and splash water and we do the tidying up!

We have fab messy play sessions for babies and toddlers with new gloops and goos to explore each week, host fantastic messy parties to your little monkey’s birthday one to remember and also offer messy science for the bigger boys and girls too!

Come and let your little messy monkeys join in the super messy fun

Classes in South Reddish, Cheadle Hulme, Trafford, Hale, Heaton Moor, Cheadle Hulne and Denton.

Please Email [email protected] 

Baby Sensory

Babies learn and develop more in the first year of their life than at any other time. Our award winning Baby Sensory classes introduce you and your baby to a whole range of colourful, fascinating and sensory rich activities.

Every week is a new and exciting experience, with unique themes and a wide variety of props and resources to provide stimulating learning experience’s for babies. At Baby Sensory our learning and development classes are designed for babies from birth to 13 months and are backed up by over 35 years of research and expertise from Dr Lin Day, every activity is tried and tested to ensure we are providing an all round learning and sensory experience for babies.

We work with babies natural play rest play cycle combining structured sensory activities led by our highly trained class leaders with free play time in our exploratory play area. This structure and routine in our classes prevents babies from becoming over stimulated and helps babies become confident and secure in our classes. If you would like to find out more or book a place at Baby Sensory you can visit our website at;


Active Me Studios

Active Me Studios provides Dance, Gymnastics and KickBoxing Classes for all ages in our uplifting and inclusive studio. Offering Performance and Competitive teams in a variety of Dance Styles and regular KickBoxing Belt Gradings.

Contact us today for a FREE Trial Class!”



Toddler Sense

It’s time for Toddler Sense. A place where structured play goes hand in hand with imagination, creativity and the freedom to explore!

Each week has a unique theme, creating a whole new world of magical delights. Imagine zooming through space, partying like pirates or scuba diving in a magical sea.

The programme is founded on decades of scientific research and its structure will help prepare your child for school.

Classes are suitable for toddlers from 13 months to 4 years and include: a large variety of soft play equipment, inflatable fun (bouncy castles), gym equipment (trestles, balancing beams, stepping stones etc…) and a wonderful array of props and resources. Get ready to go on a wonderful adventure and have fun with Tod.

If you want to find out more information or book a place on our Toddler Sense class visit our website at;


Splat Messy Play

With classes in Baguely and Northern Moor in Wythenshawe literally just off the M56 (junction 3a & 2), Splat Messy Play offers classes for babies and toddlers and their siblings to attend together from 5 months up to 5 years.

It’s not just about painting and getting messy. The different themed classes support children’s language development, fine motor skills and the concepts of sharing and personal space.

Through different textures, tastes, crafts and activities (ranging from dry mixing and mashing cereals to messy wet slime and glittery crafts to take home) children of all ages can create, learn and develop. And you don’t have to worry about cleaning up the mess!

There’s no need to sign up to a full term and pay as you go is welcome. Why not come? Bring a towel. It’s a relaxed class enabling new mums and little ones to make new friends.


Cook Stars

  • Fun cooking classes for children age 2-12.
  • All ingredients and cooking equipment are provided.
  • Children will make a huge variety of different dishes each week.
  • We alternate between sweet and savoury dishes.
  • Classes include an activity for the children to complete whilst the food is cooking.
  • Each child will receive a recipe card (with all the ingredients listed and instruction) to take home to hone in what has been learnt in class.



Mess Around North Manchester

Large scale messy play events for all the family with a party atmosphere. We plan and set up our events to fuel your child’s senses and spark their imaginations. Watch and join in their delight as they explore, play, discover & have lots of messy fun.

  • Always a minimum of 13 activities with snow storm finale
  • A full hour of unled messy play
  • New themes & activities every month
  • Supports child development
  • Loyalty card scheme
  • Chance to win a free ticket after every event

Suitable for ages 6 months (or sitting unaided) to 5 years, and older siblings up to age 10, who can enjoy themed activities in the big kids create and make area.

Events are regularly held in Haslingden, Heywood, Radcliffe, Bolton and Worsley. Perfect activity for meet ups, play dates, or a family day out. So, come along and Mess Around and leave the cleaning up to us.

Did you know?? We also host bespoke birthday parties, private/corporate events and nursery & school sessions. Our packages are individually planned and tailored to your requirements.

Find out more and book your place

Website: www.messarounduk.com/northmanchester/

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MessAroundNorthManchester

Twitter: twitter.com/MessAroundNMan

Instagram: www.instagram.com/messaround_northmanchester

Little Learners

Little Learners classes are a unique and fun approach to developing early writing skills! We explore and make marks in foam, gloop, sand, paint, play-dough and much more! Classes are suitable for children aged from 5 months to 5 years old. Children are encouraged to mark make in a stimulating, calm and welcoming environment. Each child has their own photo folder to show their learning journey and hold some super messy memories!

Multi-Award winning Little Learners is the country’s leading Messy Play company! Classes are booked in 6 week blocks and now and then there are drop in spaces available. Across North Manchester there are weekly classes in both Leigh and Worsley


Adventure Babies South Manchester

Take your little one on an adventure with Jo from Adventure Babies South Manchester! Classes take place Monday to Wednesday in Altrincham, Didsbury and Chorlton. Each week transport your baby to another world. Award winning themed adventures begin with an interactive story telling session and are followed by exciting sensory activities including messy play.

What benefits will Adventure Babies have for my baby?

Create a positive association with books and reading. Develop communication skills such as listening and vocabulary. Promote social development and thinking skills. Support attachment through shared activity. Support physical development such as fine and gross motor skills. Develop vision, hearing, touch and smell.

Encourage imagination and a curious, inquiring mind. Amazingly, by the time your baby is one your baby will already know all of the sounds needed to speak their native language. By coming along to Adventure Babies we ensure that your baby will have opportunities to build these vital communication skills along with many ideas to take home with you too.

What benefits will it have for me?

The structured and supportive environment provides the perfect opportunity to… Take an active role in the development of your baby or child. Gain fun, easy ideas to make at home. Have fun with your baby or child. Enjoy messy play activities without having to clean up. Meet other parents Relax! Classes suitable for babies from birth all the way up to approximately 18 months onwards.




For more information and to book:

To arrange a free trial session and/or ask any questions:
[email protected]

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