The best activities for
kids and big kids to do together

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Parents will be all too familiar with the phrases ‘I’m booored’ and ‘there’s nothing to do’ when the kids aren’t in school burning all those wiggles and giggles. Kids possess endless energy coupled with short attention spans, meaning boredom often leads to bad moods and tantrums, but finding fun kids activities to keep the little ones entertained over the summer holidays can be a challenge. 

To help keep mood swings and yawns at bay, we’ve rounded up some of the best things to do at our intu centres that’ll nip boredom in the bud and keep your little ones entertained. The best part? You’ll almost definitely enjoy them too, meaning quality family time is no longer a thing of your dreams. Whether it’s getting competitive at the arcade or putting a whole-in-one at crazy mini-golf, get the whole family involved and have a blast at intu!

Watch a cult classic at the cinema

Going to the cinema has to be the ultimate antidote for family cabin fever. Grab the kids, grandparents and a large tub of popcorn (plus maybe some sweets), because there are a number of classic films currently showing. From The Goonies to Mulan to Blade Runner all that’s left to do now is to agree on which one to watch. 

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Start a laser tag mission

Whether you’ve decided to split the family into two teams or are going head-to-head with friends or strangers, nothing beats a game of laser tag. Work together using strategy and skill (plus a little bit of luck), to beat opponents while defending your space base. It’s the ultimate futuristic, adrenaline pumping adventure for the entire family to enjoy. 

Check out opening times and prices for Laser Station at intu Braehead, and Laser Quest at intu Trafford Centre.

Go gaming at Belong by GAME

With over 50 of the latest gaming consoles, 24 state of the art gaming PC’s and hundreds of the greatest gaming titles to play next to friends and siblings, kids with a competitive streak will love a day out to Belong by GAME at intu Trafford Centre and at intu Metrocentre. Thumbs and consoles at the ready.

Bowl a strike down the alley

Bowling ball and shoes

Let’s be honest: British weather can be very unpredictable. Bowling is an incredibly fun and sociable activity to do come rain or shine. The whole family can join in on the fun and it’s a great way to develop hand-eye coordination, plus you get to walk away like a boss when you get a strike. Let the good times roll.

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Visit a Namco Funscape arcade

From the traditional Pac-Man game and classic pool tables to the latest racing games and adrenaline-pumping dodgem cars, Namco Funscape provides fun for people of all ages. With over 150 old games (old and new), there’s something for the whole family to enjoy.

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Get putting at mini golf

Clubs at the ready golf lovers, because the search for the elusive hole-in-one is on. Expect to play through bizarre sculptures, tropical landscapes and exciting obstacles that will test your putting skills (aka beginner’s luck) while having tons of fun and laughter with the family.

Ready to see who’s the best putter in the family? Book a Paradise Island mini-golf adventure at intu Derby or intu Trafford Centre. Visit the worlds first Angry Birds Adventure Golf at intu Metrocentre

Be part of the game with VR


Why play the game when you can be in the game? Head straight to intu Victoria Centre for a chance to get immersed in the world of virtual reality at Meet Space VR. Using your whole body as the controller, gamers can roam free and play multiplayer games like never before. Warning: expect to have minds blown with excitement. 

Book tickets here

Bounce it out at flip out

Perfect for kids who have more energy than they know what to do with, intu Lakeside’s Flip Out park features dozens of trampolines that’ll keep youngsters of all ages entertained for hours. Whether you’re a young child or responsible adult,, a full-time flipper or a bouncing beginner there’s a ninja tag game, obstacle course, battle beams, wipeout zones and the UK’s longest traverse climbing wall to try out.

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Visit one our lockdown photo galleries

Photos on gallery wall

Visit one of our lockdown galleries that reflect feelings of kindness, bravery, hope, humour and beauty experienced over the last few challenging months. Each local gallery also celebrates our local key workers who have kept their region going throughout the crisis. The galleries are made up of local photos taken during lockdown covering the themes of socially distanced reunions, local heroes and your local area under Lockdown.

Visit your nearest lockdown gallery here:

Strike a pose at intu Derby’s selfie studio experience

Selfie rooms at intu DerbyThe Selfie Studio, a unique and immersive experience set to excite Derby’s selfie lovers which feature eight themed rooms for visitors to use as their own personal photo studio, From the Infinity Light room – a dark, mirrored room, flooded with fairy lights – to the Sunflower Fields, where visitors can surround themselves with vibrant flowers. With loads of different angles available in each room, people can pose up a storm to create the perfect selfie to share on their social media.

Pre-booking is recommended, with tickets available to purchase from the intu Derby website and entry times are staggered and numbers will be limited to allow space between groups.

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Reach new heights at Rock Up

Woman climbing wall at rock up

Climbing at Rock Up is a great way for the kids to burn off some steam (and one you get involved in too). From toddlers to adults there are climbing sessions suitable for everyone. There are fun climbing walls towering over 8m with multiple routes to their peaks. Rock Up the Twister, climb the Stairway to Heaven, or set a new record on the Speed Climb + reach new heights!

We recommend booking online in advance to avoid disappointment, it also allows for a speedy check-in on arrival and saves you £1 per climber!

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Discover more ways to stay entertained as a family this summer holidays here.