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Things To Do & Days Out in Tyne and Wear
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Ocean Beach Pleasure Park Rollercoasters, Dodgems, Go Karts, Mini Teacups and much more come and join us for a fun filled family day out. Free Admission Amusement Park, where you pay as you play, situated on the North East Coast.
Blue Reef Aquarium Take the ultimate undersea safari at the award-winning Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth where there's a world of underwater adventure just waiting to be discovered.
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens With over 100 species of animals to visit, with close up encounters and keeper talks available. Plus 120 metre Zip Slide, High Wire Challenge, Boot Camp, Bushcraft sessions, Orienteering and Forest School: off you go then!
Bill Quay Community Farm An educational farm experience offering access to rare, indigenous, award winning breeds of sheep, pigs and goat plus plenty of small creatures besides.
Stephenson Railway Museum Re-live the glorious days of the steam railway at the Stephenson Railway Museum. Many fun activities for all ages are also held alongside varying exhibitions.
Discovery Museum Discovery is the North East's most popular free museum and the place to find out about life on Tyneside. From the area's renowned maritime history to world-changing science and technology it has something for everyone. The museum is bursting with hands-on interactives, which makes it the perfect...
Laing Art Gallery A dynamic exhibition programme brings an exiting variety of art to your doorstep, while fun learning events encourage even the youngest children to get involved. Our impressive permanent collection includes work by John Martin and Henry Moore.
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens Exciting hands on exhibits and interactive displays tell the story of Sunderland from its prehistoric past through to the present day. The stunning Winter Gardens stimulates the senses with over 1,500 flowers and plants brought together in a spectacular showcase of the world's natural beauty.
Centre for Life Life is an award-winning Science Centre full of exciting exhibitions and activities, including an ice rink each November to February. Life's science explainers are on hand around the Centre to help you get the most out of your visit.
Seven Stories The UK's first children's book museum. As well as oodles of books to examine, join in with dressing-up and dramatic fun, story times, creative writing and wordplay, illustration and craft activities.
South Shields Museum and Art Gallery Explores the story of South Tyneside through sensational displays, hands-on exhibits and stunning art. Worth timing a visit for an event day.
National Glass Centre is a free cultural attraction, celebrating everything there is to know about glass! Discover the history of glass making in Sunderland, enjoy glass exhibitions and glass blowing demonstrations, family friendly, hands on creative activities and themed tours.
The Great North Museum A family friendly museum that is free to visit, with lots to see. Interactive model of Hadrian’s Wall, life size T Rex skeleton, planetarium, objects from Ancient Greece and Egypt, and a full sized elephant.
Sunderland Aquatic Centre Extra length swimming pool, with teaching pool and a truly excellent range of diving facilities including differing heights of springboards and platforms plus moveable floor.
Waves Leisure Centre features three high octane water slides, wave machine, pirate ship with mini slides and water geysers, plus a tipping water treasure chest and water squirting animals in the play area.
Haven Point Offering competition size and teaching pools plus leisure waters with slides, sprays, bubble spa and water play.
Wet N Wild is the North East's largest waterpark, with 10 thrill rides, a wave pool, a lazy river and discovery island for the younger children! We also offer food in the Beach Hut Cafe.
Wacky Warehouse - Story Book Following the familiar Wacky pattern of kids indoor play structure attached to a pub serving reasonably priced food and refreshment, so the kids run themselves ragged while you have a rest, simple but effective!
The Giants Den is a massive 15,000sq ft of non-stop fun for children up to 12 years of age. Features include 3 level play structure and mini village with cars, plus new finga box interactive console and new go kart track!
Mister Twisters Wacky World of Fun Perhaps the north's largest children's play venue with a massive 4-storey climbing frame, soft sports pitch, and separate toddler zone.
Jacks Den A great place for children (aged 0 to 8) to play in a safe and fun environment, and a relaxing cafe for parents to unwind in.
KiKis Kabin Award winning soft play with multiple toddler area and dedicated special needs session. Also does parties.
The Whitley Bay Treehouse An award winning Children's Indoor Soft Play venue with 3,000 sq ft of slides, climbs, cargo nets and much more. We also have a dedicated toddler section, plus cafe with fresh coffee and homemade scones. Free Parking and Free Wi-Fi too!
Pirates Cove Pirate themed indoor playground, with dedicated age restricted areas the center boasts a unique under 2 section a separate section for under 5's and the main frame for 5 years plus with classic fun features like slides, climbs and ballpits to keep them entertained. Now with cool dual seater Go Karts
Castledown Fun Factory Bright and colourful indoor play facility attached to a family friendly pub with a healthy kids' menu. Classic fun features include slide and ball pit plus toddler zone.
The Dunes Adventure Island Open 7 days a week. A huge soft play area and more for children and parents to enjoy.
The Splat Centre A Shop, Play, Learn and Talk centre for children that is simply the perfect place for family fun and indoor play and learning in a safe, sociable environment. Also home to The Splat Coffee Lounge, The Splat Academy, The Splat Shop and Splat Birthday Parties.
The Ark at Crawcrook is a soft play centre with something for everyone. The 3 story play frame will keep children busy, our sensory room is suitable for and children with special needs and babies, and the conservatory cafe serves hot and cold snacks, speciality teas and coffees.
Jungle Jacks Jungle themed multi level mega play zone for under 8s: let your little explores monkey around and get some exercise in this bright and colourful climbing maze!
At The Castle A well themed play frame inside a very grand building, with 3 floors of castle based craziness including huge slide back down again. Great parties and seasonal events plus regular themed bonus activities to join in with: huzzah!
Victoria Tunnel An authentic and immersive historical experience down in the tunnel, with guided commentary. Educational and entertaining, but if taking young ones be warned of the ghostly element! Limited opening. One or two hour tours available.
Sunderland Stadium of Light Tour An inside look at where the magic happens! Immersive footballing tour experience.
Belsay Hall Castle and Gardens has something for everyone, with a fine medieval castle and Magical Quarry, a Greek Revival villa and outstanding, plant-rich gardens to explore.
St Marys Lighthouse Lighthouse and visitor centre to explore, on a ‘part time island’ that is home to a surprising amount of wildlife. Learn about the museum and surround Nature Reserve. Climb 137 steps to the top for an amazing view.
Tynemouth Priory and Castle Overlooking King Edward's Bay by Longsands Beach, this 2000 year old fortification with stunning views has a great interactive exhibition.
Arbeia Roman Fort Explore reconstructed Roman buildings and see excavations of the Roman Fort. Also holds exciting events during summer.
Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum is the most excavated Fort along Hadrian's Wall and has a large interactive museum displaying the cool excavated artefacts plus an enormous 35m high viewing tower!
BBC Newcastle Tour Children's Interactive Tour of BBC Newcastle Television and Radio Studios. You can visit our busy newsroom see how studios are set up and what goes on behind the scenes. Have a go at presenting the news or weather in our interactive studio. Plus lots of added fun from Horrible Histories and Diddy Dick...
Whitley Bay Ice Rink Family friendly ice rink with numerous speciality sessions as well as open skate, plus parties. So bring your beginners, your pros, your hockey players and your figure skaters. Heck, bring everybody!
Sunderland Wall Great family friendly climbing wall with kids club covering ages ranged from 3 onwards! Kids will learn the necessary rope work and skills to climb safely in a fully supervised and really fun environment.
Newburn Activity Centre Soft play and a great range for smalls including junior climbing courses, trampolining, dance stars, mini gymnastics and martial arts. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Newcastle with kids.
Newcastle Climbing Centre A spectacular climbing environment with an internal height of 15 metres and over 1200 square metres of climbing walls for roped climbing and bouldering for over 5s.
Override Skate Park Welcomes over 5s: their ramps are suitable for all ages and levels from beginners to experienced. They work with beginners in a safe environment to show them how to use the skate park responsibly and enjoyably.
Dynamix Skatepark Welcoming skaters but also teaching circus skills and performing arts, this is an eclectic and streetwise little mix that most older kids will find endearing.
Gravity Force Sunderland is the first Trampoline park in Tyne and Wear and can be enjoyed by everyone. It holds many sessions to cater for all and is a place to get fit and have fun.
MFA Bowl Newcastle offers 16 lanes of tenpin bowling plus arcade and amusement area, pools tables, diner and leagues for the bigger ones if they're starting to beat you regularly!
AMF Washington Classic tenpin bowling is the great leveller for family competition: most adults suck at it and kids can use the ramps and bumpers to get an edge! It's anyone's game!
Namco Funscape Gateshead Will entertain young and old! Open 7 days a week from 10am to midnight, it features 18 ten-pin bowling lanes, the fastest dodgem track in Europe, a children's soft play area, arcade games and a fully licensed bar for the grown ups.
MFA Bowl North Shields Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun especially when they turn on the Cosmic Bowl and Disco Lights! There are quite sessions too, though!
Eldon Bowl An 8 lane bowling alley also offering parties which has some terrific side acts in the same centre, like indoor play, adventure climbing walls, velodrome and sports halls!
Karting North East Not only do they provide you with the best go karting experience, but there is also other fun packed activities like 4x4 Experiences for over 5s and Archery for over 8s!
F1K Indoor Karting 8+ only. Karting race events, training and parties. Race up to 40mph in their 200cc biz karts. Their track is 450m long with 100m main straight.
Tynemouth Treasure Trail Can you and the kids find the location of the long lost treasure? Explore Tynemouth with a difference, on this self guided themed Treasure Trail. Follow the directions whilst hunting for the answers to the sneaky clues!
Curious About Newcastle Get out with the kids and explore Newcastle in a different way! Our two self-guided Treasure Hunt style walks will help you discover new things about this vibrant city. Buy a booklet or download instantly then enjoy the walks in your own time.
Bowes Railway Originally a colliery railway built to carry coal, it opened in 1826, making it one of the world's first modern railways. It is the only operational preserved standard gauge rope-hauled railway in the world.
Gibside Glorious National Trust site, a 'grand design' of spectacular vistas, winding paths and grassy open spaces. Ideal for hiking, picnics and natural study. There are 3 adventure playgrounds outdoors, plus the Stables discovery room and indoor play area.
Saltwell Park 55 acres of landscape with ornamental and woodland gardens, boating lake, sports facilities, bowling greens, play areas, animal house, maze, education centre and the beautiful Victorian Saltwell Towers. All free!
Herrington Country Park Offers scenic walks, bike trails and a contemporary children's play park, designed around a well-known local myth, the story of the Lambton Worm!
Roker Park A lovely local park with 2 play areas, a bandstand, two bowling greens, a model railway and a boating lake. Also has a kick about area and tennis courts. Free to visit.
WWT Washington Wetland Centre is home to rare wildlife and a unique play area that kids will love!
Longsands Beach Sandy beach with good swimming and popular with surfers. Aquarium and facilities nearby, and a short walk away is a smaller version of the beach which is a little quieter.
Whitley Bay South Beach The sand and rock pool beach to the north of the parade is long and lovely. Walk across the causeway to St Mary's Island and the gleaming white lighthouse.
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art Children of any age can come along and get creative! There is a huge area where you can draw, create and play. And if you like detective work, we have free explorer packs to take around the exhibitions. Plus special free events for families in the holidays.
Pots and Pancakes We are a paint your own pottery cafe located in North Shields.
Rosebud Ceramics is a pottery painting studio based in Sunderland city centre, offering a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere great fun for all of the family. A lovely place to meet and spend quality time with the children whilst creating a perfect keepsake. Great value and a large selection of pottery.
Murton Equestrian Centre Friendly family run riding school approved by The British Horse Society, Association of British Riding Schools, and The Pony Club. The centre has a long standing love of horses and teaching people to ride.
Penshaw Equestrian Centre is a British Horse Society and Pony Club approved riding school where all abilities can come and learn to ride. We offer everything from lessons, children’s party’s horse care, riding holidays and much more. Starting from 4 years old.
Stepney Bank Stables is a BHS approved riding school. Our well mannered horses and highly qualified and experienced instructors cater for complete beginners up to competent riders. Lessons available for children aged 3 upwards. Birthday parties and pony days also available. Indoor and outdoor riding arenas. Free parking.
North Lizard Riding School North Lizard Riding School is the ideal place to catch up with some fresh air, wildlife, fabulous coastal views and unspoilt quality time with your four-legged friend!
Laser Battlefield All weather, bruise free combat gaming for over 6s, using lightweight infra red laser guns! One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne with kids.
Quasar Elite The ultimate indoor sci-fi action adventure for all ages: an exciting laser tag game which encourages children to work together as a team. Also suitable (and encouraged) for parents to join in! With new Laser Maze feature too!
Laser Quest Sunderland Come play an exhilarating game of laser tag in a zero contact battle zone for over 7s. Explore the exciting labyrinth with laser gun locked and loaded, with creepy features hide behind and super special effects!
Battlezone Laser Gateshead A whopping 15,000 sq ft of post apocalyptic gaming arena where you'll be packing the laser laser phasors and running cool missions! Zero contact and played with infra red equipment, this is heaven for gamers over 6 years.