Fun Activities For Big Kids In Manchester

Sometimes it's nice to think back to the good ol' days when we didn't have to worry about paying rent and could just spend our time goofing around without a care in the world. Luckily, this city has plenty of games to channel that pent-up energy. From giant ball pits to VR zombie-fighting experiences, we have put together a list of fun activities for big kids in Manchester. 

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Last updated on 19th June 2024


@ Victoria Baths on Friday 20th September 2024 and 2 other dates

Celebrating 10 years of their event this year, Wing Fest returns to Manchester - this time at the iconic Victoria Baths. Tickets get you access to the venue and free goes at axe-throwing and arcades, as well as the chance to see live music, DJs and wing-eating competitions. Better yet? Try all the traders and vote on your favourites to win top prizes.

Manchester Fun Puzzle Treasure Hunt! Single route or double for racing!

@ Manchester Piccadilly Train Station on Various dates from Wednesday 24th July 2024

Test your orienteering skills with one of our favourite adventure activities in Manchester for big kids. Not only will you have to explore the city's famous landmarks while uncovering clues at the Fun Puzzle Treasure Hunt, but there's also a prize for those who find the X.

Electric Shuffle Manchester

Sparkling Social

There's no better way to unleash your inner big kid than by getting competitive against your friends. The boozy brunches on offer at Electric Shuffle provide just that, with the first half of the two-hour session spent battling it out on the shuffleboard table. You'll finish up in their stylish bar, and you can enjoy unlimited pizza paddles throughout - alongside an entire bottle of prosecco each.

Escape Hunt Manchester

Searching for fun things to do in Manchester with a teenager and older? Escape Hunt has you covered with themed rooms that give you a time-limit on completing the puzzles and clues. Expect to choose between Doctor Who, pirate and Viking themes, alongside plenty more besides.


Paying homage to gaming history with portal infinity mirrors and a Tetris-inspired beer garden, 1UP is a haunt worth visiting. On top of the decorations, including an eight-foot Donkey Kong, there are Pokémon cards, ping pong, consoles and a Warhammer figure painting room.

NQ64 Manchester Peter Street

Release your inner big kid at NQ64 on Peter Street or at its sister site over in Manchester's Northern Quarter. As you enter you'll be met with walls covered in neon graffiti, 28 arcade games and two pinball machines as well as a vibrant bar slinging out themed cocktails. Exchange money for tokens then go wild in this playground of fun with the likes of Guitar Hero, Taken5 and Dance Stage 2 Euro Mix.

Alcotraz Manchester: Cell Block Three-Four

@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: Manchester on Various dates from Wednesday 24th July 2024

Who knew getting locked up could be so much fun? Alcotraz: Cell Block Three-Four will immerse you in the inmate underworld at its prison-themed cocktail experience. Don your orange jumpsuits and prepare for a night of liquor smuggling and drink sipping.

Immersive Gamebox

Touting a library of games to choose from, such as Squid Game, Paw Patrol and Alien Aptitude tests, Immersive Gamebox is a kid-ult-friendly zone. How it all works? Expect touchscreen technology, projection mapping, surround sound and drinks delivered to your own private area.

DNA VR Manchester

Who said gaming was just for kids? Certainly not us. You'll get to put on high-tech headgear and be immersed in a world of zombie battles or boat racing with DNA VR, all while being guided by an expert who will help you through the experience.