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Families are curiously hunting placing explicitly safe and open water parks where they could take there families and kids along to enjoy this sizzling summer. Kids are approaching towards holidays in July and August and families in advance booking water parks beaches and family places where they could make there time memorable with families and kids. Whole year they always wait for such holidays so planning in advance is viable action. Let’s give you a brief listing of most visited and economical places you can take your family along
When the weather’s warm there’s nothing quite like some water play to keep the kids cool. We all know how hot our children get when they’re busy playing and running around and how they love the opportunity to have a good splash around. Thankfully there are plenty of places where families can do just that. From paddling pool and fountains for little ones to a giant inflatable aqua park for older ones, there’s something for kids of all ages. Here’s our round-up of the water parks, splash zones and paddling pools in and around Greater Manchester.
Stamford Park, Stalybridge
The park’s water fountains are one of the biggest draws for families in the hot weather.
Its play area has a large flat tiled zone where water spurts from the ground – and kids of all ages can’t get enough of it.
And it’s not the only reason the park is popular. Its play equipment is suitable for children of a wide variety of ages from toddler swings and a small slide to much more adventurous equipment for older children such as the large tower slide, climbing frame and basket swings.
There is also a multi-use games area which can be used for football, basketball, netball and cricket.
Stamford Park, Stamford Street, Stalybridge, SK15 1QZ.
Happy Mount Park, Morecambe
Happy Mount Park’s Splash Park is open from May through to September.
The brightly coloured interactive play area has multiple water jets activated by buttons, so children of all abilities are able to activate the sensor operated water jets.
It’s built on an outdoor soft play surface, so wheelchair users can access the fun too.
Among the water jets a carousel of buckets spills water from above, a water arch sprays all who move through it, and cannons soak all those enjoying the watery fun.
The Splash Park costs just £1 per person and capacity is limited in each session to avoid overcrowding.
You can book for one of the four daily sessions in advance on the day – at the park kiosk – where you’ll be given a date stamped coloured wristband.
Sessions are at 10.30am to 11.45am, 12pm to 12.50pm, 1pm to 1.50pm, 2pm to 2.50pm, 3pm to 3.50pm, 4pm to 4.50pm and 5pm to 6.15pm.
The first and last sessions of the day are 25 minutes longer as they’re generally quieter.
Once you’ve had some fun in the water, or while you’re waiting for your session, there are loads more in happy Mount Park to keep families entertained, including a woodland walk, adventure play area and a privately run Pirates In The Park indoor play area.
There’s also swing boats, trampolines and adventure golf.
The park is around an hour from Manchester and there’s a pay-and-display car park on the promenade close to the park entrance.
For satnav, use the postcode LA4 6AQ.
Manley Mere, Frodsham
Cheshire Aquapark at Manley Mere promises ‘an aquatic adventure like no other’.
With huge inflatable climbing walls, giant trampolines, challenging balance beams, and blast bags for people to jump, climb and slide off, the Aquapark, just an hour down the road, in Manley, Frodsham, is the biggest of its kind in the north-west.
Sessions last for 50 minutes and cost £20. Wetsuits and buoyancy aids are provided within the price paid.
The attraction is for adults and kids from the age of eight who meet the 1.2m minimum height requirement.
Children aged eight to 14 must be accompanied by an adult, aged 17 plus and there must be no more than six children to one adult.
As if a massive floating assault course isn’t a good enough reason to visit, Manley Mere also has an Adventure Trail and offers paddle boarding, kayaking and sailing.
The trail meanders through woodland, alongside a stream and features obstacles and challenges on the way.
The trail, suitable for all ages, is about a mile-and-a-half long and a change of clothes is advised as things can get a bit muddy.
Adventure Trail tickets cost £11 each, under fives and over 70s go free. Pay at the shop on the day before you start.
For the Aquapark waivers can be downloaded and printed out ahead of your session to speed things up. It’s recommended you arrive an hour early to check in, change and complete the safety briefing.
Manley Mere, Manley Lane, Frodsham, WA6 0PE.
The Carrs, Wilmslow
Although not officially a paddling pool, The Carrs in Wilmslow is definitely a popular spot for families to dip their feet.
Mum Tina Marshall-Lever likes to take her children Charlie, Alyssa-Rose and Teddy along for a paddle there. And it’s close to the town centre to get supplies while you’re there or call for a bite to eat before or after.
She said: “Carrs is fabulous. There is great parking there too. It’s not far from Wilmslow Centre which has lots of cafes and restaurants. There is usually an ice cream van there too.”
The Carrs, Wilmslow, SK9 4AJ.
Lytham St Annes, Fylde coast
The new seaside Splash park opened in time for the Easter school holidays and it’s already been a big hit with families.
The splash zone is housed in the former disused paddling pool area in Lytham St Annes’ Promenade Gardens and is surrounded by amphitheatre style seating and attractive landscaping.
There are a wide variety of interactive water play features within the design, which accommodates children aged three to 12.
These include in-ground jets, above ground features for toddlers and large above ground features for juniors. There is also a jet zone on the right of the splash pad, which produces a shallow splash zone, allowing the toddlers who are less confident with water to have a calm experience without getting sprayed.
The Splash Park is free to enjoy and open Monday to Sunday 10am to 4pm from April 3 to September 8 (weather permitting) with a capacity of 120 people at any time.
A splash park attendant is available to supervise the facility.
There are no changing facilities on site so visitors are advised to go prepared. The nearest public toilets, costing 20p, are at the Lifeboat Monument, Promenade Gardens, South Promenade and near Beach Terrace, Fairhaven Road.
Promenade Gardens, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, FY8 1SJ.
Church Walk Paddling Pool, Northwich
Families flock to this place when the weather is nice.
Church Walk Paddling Pool is now open for the summer season and it’s biggest pulling point is that it’s free to use.
It’s open daily 11am to 6pm, weather permitting.
Considerable investment has been made in the pool and play area with a refurbishment last year and the clear pool water surrounds a toadstool fountain in the centre.
Jenny Maudsley enjoys taking her young children Oliver and Rhea to the pool.
She said: “I take my two who are two and three on my own and as it’s quite shallow in most areas so it’s perfect for us.”
Church Walk Paddling Pool, Percy Street, Northwich, CW9 5QG.
Sandy Lane Aqua Park, Chester
Again, it’s a bit of a drive out, but Sandy Lane Park in Chester is another popular one with families.
Situated upon the banks of the River Dee, close to Chester city centre, it’s home to Sandy Lane Aqua Park and an adjacent play area which looks across the River Dee to the Meadows.