If you know any other great things to do in Dorset with kids not listed on DAYoutWITHtheKIDS - please get in contact - so we can add them to the site and share the fun places to go with other children - thanks a lot
Family Days Out in Dorset
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Adventure Wonderland
Christchurch
Adventure Wonderland If you're a would-be Pirate, an intrepid Explorer, a Mad Hatter or just a plain old fashioned Fun Lover, then you and your family have got a real treat in store at this all inclusive theme park! Indoor play open even when park is seasonally closed.
Monkey World
Wareham
Monkey World is a 65-acre woodland park which is home to over 230 rescued and endangered apes and monkeys.
Oceanarium
Bournemouth
Oceanarium brings you face to face with marine life from the furthest reaches of the globe including clownfish, sea turtles, sharks and stingrays.
Abbotsbury Swannery
Weymouth
Abbotsbury Swannery This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. The kids should take cameras and sketchbooks plus binoculars for elusive cygnets.
Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park
Dorchester
Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park Entering from the Visitor Centre the formal gardens are laid out in the Arts and Crafts style of the Edwardian period.
Badger Watch Dorset
Dorchester
Badger Watch Dorset An evening in the country the kids will never forget: their high quality hides have recorded a 100% sightings record over the last three years, so you are virtually guaranteed to see some of these wonderful creatures foraging for food under the floodlights.
Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium
Lyme Regis
Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium Come face to face with local fish and marine life of the Jurassic coast. Kids can interact with the sea creatures including the unique experience of hand feeding our shoal of tame mullet, holding a starfish and getting up close with a giant lobster.
Sea Life Adventure Park and Tower
Weymouth
Sea Life Adventure Park and Tower Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park is an indoor and outdoor attraction, with an indoor ocean tunnel and other amazing sea life displays. There are rides, a Splash Zone and an interactive rock pool. We also have animal feeding sessions and a water park play area.
Isle of Purbeck Aquarium
Wool
Isle of Purbeck Aquarium Essentially a sales aquarium but is still worth a visit with younger children who will particularly enjoy the seahorse display tanks. Serious supervision required.
Putlake Adventure Farm
Swanage
Putlake Adventure Farm 30 acres of fun, lots of farm animals with feeding opportunities, 3 level indoor soft play centre, bouncy castles, trampolines, outdoor play area with sandpits, pedal go karts, pedal tractors and full size tractor trailer rides.
Farmer Palmers
Poole
Farmer Palmers Hands-on animal events, outdoor play, indoor soft play areas & toddler/baby facilities. Serving home cooked food in large restaurant, your children will have a fun day whatever the weather! - The best, value for money, visitor attraction for children 8yrs and under
Abbotsbury Childrens Farm
Abbotsbury
Abbotsbury Childrens Farm Children can cuddle the guinea pigs, ride the ponies, race the tractors, play in the large undercover play area and bottle feed the baby goats. The baby goats also race around a track twice a day, after the race the children are invited to take a goat for a warm down walk on a lead.
Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Rescue Centre
Verwood
Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Rescue Centre As well as the rescued wildlife enjoy a Go-Kart Arena, Mini Pedal Tractors, Straw Fun Barn, Wooden Play Area, Sand Pit, Children's Fair Ground Rides (in season), and Toddlers' Toy Area. New features include the zip wire and a reptiliary house!
Dinosaur Museum
Dorchester
Dinosaur Museum Britain's only museum solely devoted to dinosaurs and their fascinating world.Actual fossils, skeletons, and life size dinosaur reconstructions combine with audio visual, hands on, computer and CD-ROM displays to excite, enthral, and entertain the visitor.
Bournemouth Aviation Museum
Christchurch
Bournemouth Aviation Museum What kid wouldn't want to sit at the controls of a real aircraft! Well here we have a fab lot of military and civilian planes. Loads of other flying exhibits including a collection of model aircraft and an area for picnics close to the main runway plus new aviation trail.
The Tank Museum
Bovington
The Tank Museum Houses the world's largest and finest collection of Armoured Fighting Vehicles from unique World War 1 tanks onwards. The Museum has a collection of almost 300 vehicles from over 26 countries.
Dorset Teddy Bear Museum
Dorchester
Dorset Teddy Bear Museum The Dorset Teddy Bear Museum is Dorchester's Unmissable family museum, with Edward Bear and his family of people-sized bears, in Teddy Bear House.
Lyme Regis Museum
Lyme Regis
Lyme Regis Museum is a family oriented museum on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast offering frequent fossil hunting walks, family fun days, quizzes, dressing up and lots more for all ages. Come and see the Lyme Bay Ichthyosaur, learn about Mary Anning’ s fossil hunting prowess and William Buckland’s dinosaur pooh table.
Gold Hill Museum and Garden
Shaftesbury
Gold Hill Museum and Garden Local life and history are portrayed here through artifacts, costume, photos, ceramics, tools, domestic items and the town’s first fire engine. Plus award winning garden.
The Tutankhamun Exhibition
Dorchester
The Tutankhamun Exhibition Meticulously recreated chambers and treasures (plus the genuine articles too) provide a thrilling historical experience akin to discovering the tomb yourselves!
Splashdown
Poole
Splashdown With 12 fantastic flumes it's fun for all the family: the truly terrifying Screamer for Dad, short sharp Baron's Revenge for the boys, Colorado Coaster with its bends for the girls and the mighty Mississippi Drifter river ride for Mum. It's non-stop!
Littledown Centre
Bournemouth
Littledown Centre Swimming pools for the whole family, Yellow Peril and Green Scream waterslides, scrummy food served in the Cafe and a free outdoor playground with paddling pool set in acres of green parkland, the Littledown Centre is guaranteed to keep everyone entertained.
Blandford Leisure Centre
Blandford
Blandford Leisure Centre Water cannons, bubble bath, and the waterslide are just some of the exciting water features in the leisure during Water Wonderland Sessions.
The Dolphin Swimming Pool
Poole
The Dolphin Swimming Pool Offers standard and teaching swimming facilities plus diving pool with 1m and 3m springboards and a 5m platform.
The Jurassic Fun Centre
Bridport
The Jurassic Fun Centre Fun pools with slides and features: play on the islands and water features and try to dodge the aqua jets; it's wet and wild excitement for everyone! Plus classic tenpin bowling elsewhere on site - not open to the public from 20th July until 1st September 2013
Sharkys Play Zone
Weymouth
Sharkys Play Zone 4 level play frame with loads of features, laserzone maze and massive mini racing circuit!
Serendipity Sams Play and Party Centre
Christchurch
Serendipity Sams Play and Party Centre Featuring a main frame with huge 4 lane astra slide into a ball pit, a spiral tube slide, aerial runway, tunnels, obstacles and more, plus a dedicated and enclosed under 4s area with more of the same standard, only smaller!
Coolplay Indoor Soft Play Centre
Sturminster Newton
Coolplay Indoor Soft Play Centre Multi level adventure play frame inside; outside features include bouncy castle, trampolines, bungee run, sumo wrestling, gladiator duelling, pedal karts, inflatable assault course and ride on tractors.
Climb Aboard Indoor Play Centre
Gillingham
Climb Aboard Indoor Play Centre 3 Tier Adventure area - Baby and Toddler area - Parents and Tykes Play Area - Relaxed Cafe and Sofa Area. Suitable for under 10s.
Giggles Play Centre
Bournemouth
Giggles Play Centre A great new children's indoor play centre with all pools, tunnels, slides, rope ladders, games and loads more
Crazy Monsters
Blandford Forum
Crazy Monsters RoSPA inspected adventure soft play facility, with masses of slick slides and great classic features, and a separate 2 tier toddler zone exclusive to 4 years and under with their own slide and ball pit.
Granby Fun Factory
Weymouth
Granby Fun Factory Offers separate play area for toddlers and plenty of thrills for the bigger kids including Battle Cannons and Firing Zone, High Glide and 4 lane Astra Slide: exciting stuff!
Lemur Landings
Poole
Lemur Landings Giant soft play centre suitable for ages up to 11, including multi level play frame, with dedicated areas for under 5s.
Lollipops Soft Play Cafe Bournemouth
Bournemouth
Lollipops Soft Play Cafe Bournemouth Is an indoor soft play area with outside space, located in a converted Church Hall, featuring 3 level play frame with Area reserved for Babies. Perfect for kids to play and parents to relax while enjoying our homemade food and Italian Coffee.
The Ark
Poole
The Ark Three levels of adventure play with slides, tunnels and interactive zones to run, jump and play on. Dedicated toddler and baby zone, plus ice skating and ice cream parlour elsewhere on site!
Gus Gorillas Jungle Playground
Poole
Gus Gorillas Jungle Playground Multi level play area within entertainment centre.
The Ark Poole Park
Poole
The Ark Poole Park is an all weather family fun day out! There's a fantastic play-frame with three levels of soft play, tunnels, slides and interactive zones including a dedicated toddler area. All year round ice rink and a scrumdiddlyumptious cafe, terrace and ice cream parlour to relax and unwind in.
Corfe Castle
Wareham
Corfe Castle Explore the ruins and enjoy regular costumed historical re-enactments. There is a family guide and a free children's quiz trail, plus extra activities laid on during the school holidays.
Portland Castle
Portland
Portland Castle The history of this fortress, which overlooks Portland harbour, is diverse and fascinating.
Nothe Fort
Weymouth
Nothe Fort A thrilling labyrinth of underground passageways and outdoor areas with stunning views of the Jurassic Coast. Constructed on three levels accessed by lift, the Fort is filled with displays, mammoth guns and cinema areas that chart the history of this large and magnificent Victorian structure.
Snowtrax
Christchurch
Snowtrax Set in an attractive alpine environment, this exciting kids' Alpine Activity Centre offers loads of fun, with a wide range of thrilling "turn up and ride" activities, there's something for everyone. Parents can join in, or relax and enjoy the beautiful views from our Alpine Bistro.
Dorset Snowsport Centre
Weymouth
Dorset Snowsport Centre Set in acres of woodland at Warmwell Holiday Park, it boasts one of the UK's top ski and snowboard slopes. The slope is 110m and includes a 'Big Kicker', tabletop jumps, rainbow & straight rails and quarter pipe. Ringo sessions also available!
The Ark
Poole
The Ark Year round real ice skating facility, welcoming families and beginners of all ages with skate aids available. Plus multi level soft play adventure zone and ice cream parlour elsewhere on site!
Go Ape Moors Valley
Ringwood
Go Ape Moors Valley Take to the trees and speed down zip slides. They’re part of an exciting course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings; all set high above the forest floor.
Dorchester Skatepark
Dorchester
Dorchester Skatepark Permanent concrete skatepark or BMX, scooter and inline skates as well as skateboards, with lots of features and set ups, creatively challenging to all riders whether novice or experienced.
Zorbing South
Dorchester
Zorbing South - is an adrenaline pumping activity set in the heart of Thomas Hardy country, nr Dorchester.
Laser Quest Bournemouth
Bournemouth
Laser Quest Bournemouth This bruiseless shoot 'em up experience is exhilarating and immersive with fun lurking around every corner. The ultimate in interactive entertainment!
Slades Farm Skate Park
Bournemouth
Slades Farm Skate Park Fringed by woodland nature trails this is a family skate park for in blading, roller skating and BMXing, plus a younger kids' swing park, play area and plenty of space.
Prevail Skatehouse
Poole
Prevail Skatehouse Equipment includes a street section, bowls, banks and extensions, verts, handrails with and without euro gaps, and a jumpbox section too.
RockReef
Bournemouth
RockReef Amazing indoor adventures starting at 5 years old, and including Clip and Climb challenges, Vertical Drop Slide, Leap of Faith feature, Highline Aerial Obstacle Course, Pier Cave tours and the awesome Pier Zip: a dual racing zipline from the pier to the beach!
Lakeside SuperBowl Weymouth
Weymouth
Lakeside SuperBowl Weymouth Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
Bowlplex Branksome
Poole
Bowlplex Branksome Family friendly tenpin bowling, with bumpers and ball ramps for the kids.
Bowlplex Tower Park
Poole
Bowlplex Tower Park Family friendly tenpin bowling, with bumpers and ball ramps for the kids.
Weymouth Treasure Trail
Weymouth
Weymouth Treasure Trail If you are looking for something new to do with kids then why not try a self guided, themed Treasure Trail: they offer an imaginative and fun way to explore, and learn about, the great outdoors.
Curious About Bournemouth
Bournemouth
Curious About Bournemouth is a unique experience, two treasure hunt style walks of discovery to keep the whole family intrigued and amused. Answer clues and match pictures, whilst reading stories about this fabulous seaside resort. Buy or download the booklet then explore in your own time.
Corfe 4 Kids Treasure Hunt Trail
Corfe
Corfe 4 Kids Treasure Hunt Trail Discover the amazing ruins of the Castle while solving the clues around Corfe in this special children’s specific Treasure Hunt Trail.
Swanage Railway
Swanage
Swanage Railway Visitors can experience a unique journey through six miles of beautiful scenery passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle.
Bournemouth Eye
Bournemouth
Bournemouth Eye Riders will be enchanted with a spectacular panoramic view of the English Channel and surrounding area for up to 20 miles from the highest public observation point in Bournemouth.
Wareham Boat Hire
Wareham
Wareham Boat Hire is a boat hire company offering Motor Boats, Kayaks, Canoes, Paddle Boards and Rowing Boats for hire on the beautiful River Frome from Wareham. We also offer BCU courses, paddle power, cruises and boat trips.
The Big Canoe
Poole Harbour
The Big Canoe is an opportunity for families with children to explore the coastal waters of Poole Harbour and Brownsea Island paddling a huge Open Canadian Canoe.
The Blue Pool
Wareham
The Blue Pool Amazing natural water feature with turquoise colouring, plus estate to explore with 3 playgrounds and a squirrel sculpture trail. Kids will also love the Wareham Bears collection.
Moors Valley Country Park
Ringwood
Moors Valley Country Park Adventure play with loads of outdoor equipment, narrow-gauge steam railway, extensive play trails, and the picturesque lake to explore, plus independent attractions inside.
Brownsea Island
Poole Harbour
Brownsea Island A peaceful island of woodland, wetland and heath with a rich diversity of wildlife for you to visit.
Borough Gardens
Dorchester
Borough Gardens Well kept parkland with huge enclosed play area with facilities for all ages. There is also a splash pool, and a rather unusual sundial...
Easton Gardens
Portland
Easton Gardens Green Flag Awarded park with play and picnic areas, and plenty of attractive space to run about in. Pushchair accessible throughout.
Upton Country Park
Poole
Upton Country Park There are tree, nature and orienteering trails, plus harbourside bird hide, Segway Trail and a water feature which children are welcome to play in.
Whitecliff Play Area
Poole
Whitecliff Play Area Features the 6m high Multi Activity Tower, boasting three slides of different lengths, two ravine bridges and a long plank bridge plus rope ladder, vertical scramble net, an arched climber, fireman's poles and play panels.
Dorchester Borough Gardens
Dorchester
Dorchester Borough Gardens Features fully enclosed play area which has facilities for all age groups including a summer splash pool. Other features include adult sized outdoor fitness equipment, tennis courts, ornate fountain and sundial.
Abbotsbury Playground
Weymouth
Abbotsbury Playground Free playground with great equipment and lots of space, which is run, insured and maintained by local volunteers!
Swanage Beach
Swanage
Swanage Beach This Blue Flag awarded bay is normally calm and sheltered and good for swimming, sailing and scuba diving.
Studland Beach and Nature Reserve
Swanage
Studland Beach and Nature Reserve The inspiration for Noddy's Toytown, this is a beautiful four mile stretch of soft sand with gently shelving bathing waters.
Sandbanks Beach
Poole
Sandbanks Beach Regular Blue Flag award winner with literally everything you could want for a family beach day, amenities and amusements, activities and hire equipment.
Bournemouth Alum Chine
Bournemouth
Bournemouth Alum Chine Blue and Green Flag awarded sandy beach with very safe swimming and pirate themed adventure playground.
Weymouth Beach
Weymouth
Weymouth Beach Safe swimming and soft golden sand make this a great beach for a traditional dig and paddle visit. Pay and play entertainment include trampolines, mini golf and pedalo hire from the promenade.
Hengistbury Head Beach and Reserve
Bournemouth
Hengistbury Head Beach and Reserve Sand and pebble beach with safe swimming and windsurfing away from the cliffs, part of a huge nature reserve great for exploring and wildlife spotting. Area served by land train.
Poole Pottery and Factory Outlet
Poole
Poole Pottery and Factory Outlet Paint a Pot Ceramic cafe and pro shop with craft demonstrations.
The Clay Studio
Christchurch
The Clay Studio We are a contemporary pottery painting studio offering inspiration fun for all the family. We help to bring out the artist in you through help and encouragement.
Corfe Castle Model Village
Waream
Corfe Castle Model Village Visit us and see what the castle and village would have looked like before its destruction by Cromwell’s troops in 1646. Set in an acre of landscaped gardens, we are the ideal place for a lazy few hours for both young and old alike.
Pirate Adventure Golf
Weymouth
Pirate Adventure Golf Climb aboad for 18 holes of swash buckling fun!! Great crazy golf with a pirate theme.
Model Town at Wimborne Minster
Wimborne Minster
Model Town at Wimborne Minster 50 year old superbly maintained 1/10th scale model town set in award winning gardens. Explore using the free family worksheet, plus wendy house play area, giant chess, putting lawn and model railway.
Blooming Kids
Weymouth
Blooming Kids Blooming Kids! is a creative, exciting indoor and outdoor play activity centre aimed at under 5s. They play in a safe and fun environment whilst you relax.
SandWorld Sand Sculpture Park
Weymouth
SandWorld Sand Sculpture Park A unique art gallery with a difference, relaxed, safe giant sandpit for families to get involved using all the tools at hand to create their own masterpiece. All under cover. NEW FOR 2013: SCIENCE FICTION SCULPTURES incl. Dr Who, Star Wars, Star Trek and The Avengers!
Sandbanks Crazy Golf
Poole
Sandbanks Crazy Golf 18 very challenging holes to entertain and frustrate you, but every hole has been holed in one at one time or another. Suitable for anyone with the patience from aged 3 to 103!
Lister Gardens Mini Golf
Lyme Regis
Lister Gardens Mini Golf 18 hole mini golf for all ages with pleasing views and nearby seafront gardens.
Rosewall Equestrian
Weymouth
Rosewall Equestrian BHS approved facility offering lessons, disability support and recognised Pony Club.
Pippin Equestrian
Gillingham
Pippin Equestrian BHS approved facility offering lessons from tots upward, hacks, menage and short cross country route plus Pony Club.
Lulworth Equestrian Centre
Wareham
Lulworth Equestrian Centre BHS approved facility offering lessons for 4 years plus, largely off road hacking and cross country route with varying jumps.

Thanks for all the great things to do in Dorset 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 Dorset can enjoy the great day out as well.



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