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AMF Hollywood Bowl Stockton
Stockton-on-Tees
AMF Hollywood Bowl Stockton Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. This Hollywood Bowl has over 20 lanes!
Riverside Bowling
Sunderland
Riverside Bowling offers 19 lanes of modern ten pin bowling in a supportive and family friendly atmosphere. Bumpers and ball ramps for kids available too.
Down at the Farm
Houghton Le Spring
Down at the Farm You can see a wide range of farm animals plus a few unusual ones. There is plenty of hands on fun including reptile handling or sheep and pig racing. Kids can also use the adventure trail, pedal round the tiny tots tractor course or take a real tractor ride, enjoy the giant sandpit or go mad on the jumping...
Adventure Valley
Durham
Adventure Valley comprising 7 action packed play zones (with 3 undercover), you'll discover the very best in family adventure, farm fun and indoor play. Plus Adventure Valley Golf, an 18-hole adventure golf course; it’s putting edge!
Tweddle Childrens Animal Farm
Blackhail Colliery
Tweddle Childrens Animal Farm A childrens farm and petting centre based on the North East Coast with lots of friendly animals and lots of animal activities such as rabbit cuddling and bottle feeding. Thereâs also indoor and outdoor play areas, indoor and outdoor pedal go-kart tracks and lots more.
Harrys Farm
Bishop Auckland
Harrys Farm With a family full of animals and a thriving garden centre of British native trees, you and your family can learn about life on the farm.
Beamish Open Air Museum
Beamish
Beamish Open Air Museum - makes the past comes to life. Beamish is unique. This is no ordinary museum but a living, working experience of life as it was in the Great North in the early 1800s and 1900s set in over 300 acres of beautiful countryside. A great family day out in County Durham
Killhope Lead Mining Museum
Bishop Auckland
Killhope Lead Mining Museum Voted the Most Family Friendly Museum, take a guided tour of the mine, become a washerboy and find galena. Woodland walks, Red Squirrels, exhibitions, shop and cafe a great day out in the country for the whole family. We even have 3 Yurts available for hire if you would like to camp over night.
The Bowes Museum
Barnard Castle
The Bowes Museum A wonderful day of discovery awaits you and your family at The Bowes Museum! Explore the stunning galleries through interactive displays and get arty with our hands-on activities and events. From marvellous masterpieces to curious collections there's something for everyone at The Bowes Museum!
Preston Park and Museum
Stockton On Tees
Preston Park and Museum As well as the Museum, we also offer a safe children's play area, exciting Treetop Adventure Playground and many riverside and woodland paths. Plus you can walk amongst hundreds of beautiful butterflies at Butterfly World, take a ride on the Tees Small Gauge Railway or cruise along the river on Teesside...
Oriental Museum
Durham
Oriental Museum A museum with a colletion of almost 30,000 marvellous objects from a huge area covering North Africa to South East Asia. Great exhibitions and regular fun family activities and other events to enjoy.
Durham Museum and Heritage Centre
Durham
Durham Museum and Heritage Centre An excellent local museum where you can relive the story of Durham from medieval times to present day. Includes models of the 19th century marketplace and the medieval city, plus a reconstruction of a Victorian prison cell.
Spennymoor Leisure Centre
Spennymoor
Spennymoor Leisure Centre has a free form Leisure Pool with a large shallow water area. A water slide and wave machine are also available during evening, weekend and school holiday sessions.
Splash
Stockton-on-Tees
Splash Stockton's newest leisure facility has been designed to meet 21st century needs. The complex includes a 25 metre pool with wave machine and water features, offering leisure and training facilities for swimmers at all levels. a learner pool, spa pool and flume slide complete the water based features.
The Dolphin Centre
Darlington
The Dolphin Centre An outstanding pool complex that includes an 8-lane, 25m competition standard swimming pool, Training Pool, Interactive Toddler Pool, 1m, 3m and 5m Board Diving Pool and two water-slides as well as an Under The Sea themed indoor play area.
Mill House Leisure Centre
Hartlepool
Mill House Leisure Centre Offers a range of activities and facilites including swimming pools including diving area with 1m and 3m spring board and 5m platform.
Weardale Open Air Swimming Pool
Bishop Auckland
Weardale Open Air Swimming Pool Come and enjoy the pleasures of outdoor swimming in a warm (tropical water temperature of 80+ degrees Fahrenheit), safe, family environment. Features slide and springboard plus inflatables sessions and kayak practice!
Funshack
Seaham
Funshack Maybe largest indoor playground in the north of England. Here you will find a wide range of fun activities in a safe and secure surrounding. New indoor go kart track and bowling alley 2012!
Jumbo Jungle
Consett
Jumbo Jungle Over 11000 sq ft of non stop fun and games and its all under one roof to keep both the adults and children happy for hours, they have something for all ages from babies to twelve year olds.
Mister Twisters
Hartlepool
Mister Twisters 13,000 sq ft indoor play centre with a Pirate themed climbing frame. Suitable for 2-5 year olds, 5-12 year olds and a separate gated toddler/infant area for the more delicate of our visitors. Bouncy castle, football court, Xbox games, 5* cafeteria and parking for 70+ cars.
The Play Shack Indoor Play Centre
Shildon
The Play Shack Indoor Play Centre featuring 3 Lane Astra Slide, 540 Degree Tube Slide, ball pools, Rope Bridges, Spooky Corner, Gliders, 5 a Side Football Pitch, separate Toddler Area and much more!
Crazy Corner
Stockton-on-Tees
Crazy Corner From Ball Cannons to Shoot Slides, Gaint Bouncing Balls to Tarzan Gliders, Crazy Corner has something for all.
Ruff N Tumble Adventure World
Newton Aycliffe
Ruff N Tumble Adventure World is a haven for your kids to play and wear themselves out. It has all the latest equipment to put the biggest smiles on your children's faces. They can race their friends down the three lane giant Waterfall Slide, climb to the top of the Castle and experience the thrill of the scary Drop Slide!
Boyne Play Pit and Cafe
Langley Moor
Boyne Play Pit and Cafe 4 level multi activity adventure play frame to exhaust and entertain the kids in a clean, safe environment. The play equipment is designed for 3 to 11 year olds, who also measure up to 4’9’’ in height.
Krazy Kingdom
Annfield Plain
Krazy Kingdom 17,500 sq ft of non stop fun and it's all under one roof to keep kids up to 12 thrilled and entertained. Whopping four storey mainframe, trampolines and a small bowling alley too!
Fun City
Stockton On Tees
Fun City With its 7000sq ft of play area Fun city is dedicated to family fun! The play frame includes 3 tier levels of ball pools, curly slides, rope bridges, swing ropes, spooky areas, jelly mountain, trampoline and the 20ft drop slide! Toddlers have a small area on the ground floor with its own ball pool, small...
Noahs Ark Family Centre
Thornaby
Noahs Ark Family Centre Three levels of adventure soft play with craft, role play, reading and activity corners besides. Also has an outdoor play area for summer.
Brewers Fayre Preston Farm
Stockton on Tees
Brewers Fayre Preston Farm Indoor and outdoor play areas with plenty of fun colourful features attached to a family friendly restaurant with a healthy, appetising menu for children.
Cubbies Adventure Play
Chester le Street
Cubbies Adventure Play For up to 11 year olds, this is a nice little adventure play frame, clean and colourful, attached to a leisure centre with swimming pool. Bonus!
Under the Sea
Darlington
Under the Sea Arguably the leading play facility in the area, offering activity for children up to the age of 8 with casual soft adventure play and excellent sensory room.
Hall Hill Playbarn
Lanchester
Hall Hill Playbarn There is a large playframe for over 3's and a smaller area for Toddlers. There is also a pedal tractor area for the under 8's. Set in a children's farm.
Wacky Warehouse Gretna Green
Newton Aycliffe
Wacky Warehouse Gretna Green Indoor play area with loads of slides and features as well as a dedicated toddler zone, plus outdoor play structures for warmer weather. All attached to a family restaurant.
Wacky Warehouse Merry Go Round
Hartlepool
Wacky Warehouse Merry Go Round Indoor adventure play with loads of slides and features, plus a dedicated toddler zone. Part of a family friendly restaurant with kids' menu.
Louisa Lagoon Adventure Play
Stanley
Louisa Lagoon Adventure Play A giant indoor adventure play frame for children with slippery slides, splat pads, climbing walls, dizzy discs, punch bags and much more! Open 7 days a week.
HMS Trincomalee 1817
Hartlepool
HMS Trincomalee 1817 The classic British frigate, HMS Trincomalee, built in Bombay for the Admiralty in 1817, is the oldest ship afloat in the UK and the last of the commissioned frigates of the Nelson era. Berthed at Hartlepool's Maritime Experience it is now fully restored.
Crook Hall and Gardens
Durham
Crook Hall and Gardens A stunning Grade 1 listed Medieval Manor House with a banquetting hall and 17th century Jacobean room, surrounded by stylish cottage gardens which are relaxed, lush and quintessentially English.
Durham Cathedral
Durham
Durham Cathedral The present Cathedral has stood on this spot as a place of prayer and pilgrimage for over 900 years. It is one of the most beautiful buildings in England (Bill Bryson called it 'the best Cathedral on planet earth'), and is part of a World Heritage Site.
Hartlepools Maritime Experience
Hartlepool
Hartlepools Maritime Experience All children love pirates and this maritime visitor attraction is the perfect place to take them. Travel back to the days of Nelson, Napoleon and the Battle of Trafalgar. With our many attractions, costumed guides and weaponry displays, any kids (of whatever age) will enjoy this day out. So all ye landlubbers...
Barnard Castle
Barnard Castle
Barnard Castle With fantastic views over the Tees Gorge this fortress is grand for exploring, has a sensory garden and sits on the fringe of an attractive working market town for a nice wander round after.
Egglestone Abbey
Barnard Castle
Egglestone Abbey The charming ruins of a small monastery of Premonstratensian 'white canons', picturesquely set above a bend in the River Tees, a pleasant stop for budding artists and photographers.
Raby Castle
Darlington
Raby Castle Magnificent structure which gives an insight to life throughout the ages with a fantastic art collection and splendid interiors. Red deer live on the grounds and there is a wonderful waterfall just a small drive away as a bonus!
Summerhill
Hartlepool
Summerhill Summerhill is a unique Country Park that is a nature reserve and outdoor sports centre. You can enjoy country walks, adventure play areas, a BMX track and climbing Boulder Park free of charge at any time. You can also book onto archery, high ropes, climbing, orienteering, nature study activities or hire out...
Climb North East
Ferryhill
Climb North East The largest indoor climbing centre in County Durham ran by passionate climbers. Four dedicated bouldering zones and an area for top rope and lead climbing. Send the kids along to one of our weekend sessions. We run sessions for 3 different age groups starting at just 4 years old
Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre
Newton Aycliffe
Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre Climbing is very good for developing balance, co-ordination, strength and confidence, whilst giving the child a great learning experience.
Rock Antics
Newton Aycliffe
Rock Antics Offer simulated rock surfaces and textures, ranging from easy to extreme, for all ages and abilities with a great supportive attitude making it a great place to start as well as to improve.
Beamish Wild Adventure Park
Stanley
Beamish Wild Adventure Park Zoom on zip wires, build dens, scale the tree creeper and become a modern day Robin Hood archer. And if that wasn't enough, upgrade to the High Ropes Course for the ultimate adrenaline rush. Go,Go, Go for super-family day out adventure!
Teesside White Water Centre
Stockton on Tees
Teesside White Water Centre e is based at the Tees Barrage Artificial White Water Course. The Centre is ideally placed to provide canoeing to a broad range of paddlers from complete beginners to Olympic aspirants.
Battle Stations
Sedgefield
Battle Stations Low impact foam shot paintball game with no pain or bruising! Suitable for 7yrs+ which is the lowest age restriction in the UK. Other game options for 11+. GROUP ARRANGEMENTS ONLY
Teesdale Sports Centre
Barnard Castle
Teesdale Sports Centre Swimming, skateboarding, climbing, and an indoor play area, within a modern, family friendly sports centre.
R Kade Indoor Skatepark
Redcar
R Kade Indoor Skatepark 20,000 square feet packed with a street course, mini ramps, rhythm section, jump boxes and much more. Under 12s must have parental supervision at all times.
Beamish Wild High Ropes
Stanley
Beamish Wild High Ropes Experience the ultimate adrenaline rush! High in the treetops, tackle Burma Bridge, jump the leap of faith and whizz down zip wires. With over 25 daredevil elements, itâs a must for families, schools, groups, team building and any other thrill seekers.
Durham Climbing Centre
Durham
Durham Climbing Centre Family friendly indoor climbing and bouldering centre suitable for ages 2 and up. Parent and Toddler sessions, dedicated Junior bouldering area, obstacle course, plus games and activities. Birthday party package available.
Top Gear Karting
Durham
Top Gear Karting They give you karting in a disco atmosphere with ultra violet tubes, strobe and spotlights with music and smoke machines, but most importantly safety. This is karting and entertainment in one for over 8s.
Teesside Karting Centre
Middlesbrough
Teesside Karting Centre Race your friends at the longest and most exciting kart circuit in the WORLD. Enjoy the thrill of motor racing in a safe yet exciting environment, with karts to suit novices as well as the professional driver. From 8 yrs and over 4ft 6.
Stanhope Treasure Trail
Stanhope
Stanhope Treasure Trail Looking for a fun and interesting way to explore Stanhope? Don't just wander around aimlessly, do a Treasure Trail! These fun treasure hunts will teach you fascinating facts about the area and show you some beautiful scenery. Enjoy a fun family walk in the fresh air and solve an intriguing mystery at the...
City of Durham Treasure Trail
Durham
City of Durham Treasure Trail These self-guided treasure hunts challenge you to explore and solve intriguing mysteries. Search for clues and find treasure or crack the code to save the world on a spy mission. You’ll find out fascinating facts, see special places and enjoy a family walk; all in the fresh air.
Tanfield Railway
Gateshead
Tanfield Railway With an unparalleled history dating back to 1725, spectacular scenery and a truly unique atmosphere, it is no wonder that the Tanfield Railway is the North East's biggest and most popular steam railway.
Prince Bishop River Cruiser
Durham
Prince Bishop River Cruiser - is a one hour cruise that takes in many of the city's sights from the unique perspective of the River Wear. On the trip to the Cathedral you will take in some spectacular views of the cities bridges, the castle and many of the Durham University buildings.
Diggerland
County Durham
Diggerland An adventure park for kids and adults to drive their own dumper trucks, diggers and more! Children under 90cm high get in free but have limited access to rides.
Hamsterley Forest
Bishop Auckland
Hamsterley Forest Wide range of excellent mountain bike routes, plus a visitor centre, tearoom, children's adventure play area and mountain bike hire. Ranger led activities held in the forest include Den Building, group bike rides and bird feeding.
High Force Waterfall
Middleton
High Force Waterfall England's largest waterfall, suddenly and spectacularly drops 70 feet into the plunge pool below. The woodland walk leads to this breathtaking sight. As you begin the descent down the gentle slope the well-maintained path twists and turns giving a different view every few yards. The muffled rumble...
Durham Botanic Garden
Durham
Durham Botanic Garden Plant collections from around the world, a tropical rainforest and tropical bugs, scorpions and tarantulas. A peaceful yet enthralling afternoon's worth.
Allensford Country Park
Consett
Allensford Country Park Picnic park in sheltered riverside setting, children's play park and shop. Beautiful riverside woodland walks and magnificent views of the Derwent Valley.
Hardwick Park
Sedgefield
Hardwick Park Ideal for family games, picnicking and wild flower spotting, they also have a new visitor centre with excellent facilities including an interactive exhibition space.
Horden Welfare Park
Horden
Horden Welfare Park The park features a toddler and junior play area, a sculpture, football field, rugby field, cricket field, bowling greens, bandstand, multi-sports pitch, cafe and heritage centre.
Houghall Gardens World of Trees
Houghall
Houghall Gardens World of Trees Over 500 species of trees can be seen and you can go on a 2.5 mile discovery trail of the surrounding countryside. Kids always love the water garden.
Riverside Park
Chester le Street
Riverside Park Includes artist-designed ornamental gardens, an events arena, 5,000 sq m play area and paddling pool, plus water play area with artificial beach and water cannons! Awesome!
Wynyard Woodland Park Planetarium
Stockton on Tees
Wynyard Woodland Park Planetarium Extensive parkland with visitor centre featuring displays on local archaeology, woodland history and wildlife. You can catch a public star show at the planetarium or a tour of the observatory with careful timing.
Broom House Farm and Forest
Durham
Broom House Farm and Forest A family run livestock farm set in beautiful countryside and forest. Adventure trail to follow, and activities including laser tag, quad biking and even art classes! Childrens’ parties availble too.
Blackhall Rocks on Durham Coast
Hartlepool
Blackhall Rocks on Durham Coast Sandy and shingly shore, pretty isolated from entertainments, with an extensive cycle network and 20km of coastal footpath
Buttercups Ceramic Studio
Hurworth-on-Tees
Buttercups Ceramic Studio you can paint a piece of functional pottery such as a mug, plate, bowl, platter and much more or how about a fun item like a money box, figurine or fun home accessory.
The Pottery Pen
Stockton On Tees
The Pottery Pen is a place for all the family to come and create smiles and memories! Pop in and create your very own painted pot, from farm animals, dinosaurs, princess castles, home accessories and hand and footprint keepsakes, we have it all!
The Pottery Loft
Stockton-On-Tees
The Pottery Loft is a purpose built ceramic studio and cafe. Arts and crafts activities include: Pottery Painting, Baby Prints, Decopatch, Teddy Bear Making, Workshops, Pre School Fun, Parties. Small Soft Play (under 5s), Personalised Gifts, Nurseries and Much More!
Planet Leisure
Newton Aycliffe
Planet Leisure Offering indoor adventure play, bowling, ice skating and for over 8s thrilling laser tag and aerial trekking!
Pockerley Riding School
Stanley
Pockerley Riding School BHS approved facility offering lessons, off road hacking, woodland trails and Pony Club.
Field House Equestrian Centre
Crook
Field House Equestrian Centre BHS approved facility offering lessons and hacks after assessment, plus recognised Pony Club with events like pony week.
South Causey Inn Equestrian Centre
Stanley
South Causey Inn Equestrian Centre BHS approved facility offering lessons from 4 years, with on site hacking and riding opportunities.

Thanks for all the great things to do and Bowling Alleys in Durham with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.

Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed

So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Durham can enjoy the great day out as well.



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