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Family Days Out in Tyne and Wear
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Ocean Beach Pleasure Park
South Shields
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. Check website for ticket offers.
Blue Reef Aquarium
Tynemouth
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
Ponteland
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens Visit Northumberland’s newest tourist attraction with over one hundred species of animals including emus, wallabies, marmosets, pygmy goats, donkeys, meerkats and many more.
Bill Quay Community Farm
Gateshead
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
North Shields
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
Newcastle Upon Tyne
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
Newcastle upon Tyne
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 and an under 5s area.
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
Sunderland
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
Newcastle upon Tyne
Centre for Life Life is an award-winning Science Centre full of exciting exhibitions and activities. Life's science explainers are on hand around the Centre to help you get the most out of your visit. Life is home to the North East's only 4D Motion Ride, the biggest planetarium in the North, the Young...
Seven Stories
Newcastle Upon Tyne
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
South Shields
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
Sunderland
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.
Sunderland Aquatic Centre
Sunderland
Sunderland Aquatic Centre Extra length swimming pool, with teaching pool and a truly excellent range of diving facilities.
Tynemouth Pool
North Shields
Tynemouth Pool Standard swim facility with 1, 3 and 5m diving boards and fun sessions.
Waves Leisure Centre
Whitley Bay
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
South Shields
Haven Point Offering competition size and teaching pools plus leisure waters with slides, sprays, bubble spa and water play.
Wacky Warehouse - Story Book
Boldon
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
Gateshead
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
Gateshead
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.
Fuzzy Eds at the Magic Lantern
North Shields
Fuzzy Eds at the Magic Lantern Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant. Plus outdoor play area and great disabled access throughout.
Fuzzy Eds at the Sandcastle
Sunderland
Fuzzy Eds at the Sandcastle Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant. Plus outdoor play too!
Jacks Den
Whitley Bay
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
North Shields
KiKis Kabin Award winning soft play with multiple toddler area and dedicated special needs session. Also does parties.
The Whitley Bay Treehouse
Whitley Bay
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
Jarrow
Pirates Cove Pirate themed indoor playground, with dedicated toddler section and plenty of classic fun features like slides, climbs and ballpits to keep them entertained.
Castledown Fun Factory
Sunderland
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
South Shields
The Dunes Adventure Island Open 7 days a week. A huge soft play area and more for children and parents to enjoy.
Enchanted Forest
Newcastle upon Tyne
Enchanted Forest Captivating forest themed indoor playground which welcomes parents in the play frame, with separate toddler area. Also does parties!
The Splat Centre
Whitley Bay
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
Crawcrook
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.
Victoria Tunnel
Newcastle upon Tyne
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.
Newcastle United Stadium Tour
Newcastle
Newcastle United Stadium Tour The tour will take you on an historic journey around areas that you will never have seen before. All tours must be pre booked. Tours last approximately 75 minutes.
Sunderland Stadium of Light Tour
Sunderland
Sunderland Stadium of Light Tour An inside look at where the magic happens! Immersive footballing tour experience.
Belsay Hall Castle and Gardens
Newcastle Upon Tyne
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
Whitley Bay
St Marys Lighthouse Panoramic views plus exhibits explaining the history of the lighthouse and providing insights about the wildlife outside. The small, yet important Nature Reserve comprises rock pools, a beach, freshwater ponds and grassland, providing habitats for a rich variety of marine life and birds.
Castle Keep
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Castle Keep One of the finest surviving examples of a Norman Keep in the country. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne with kids.
Tynemouth Priory and Castle
Tynemouth
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
South Shields
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
Wallsend
Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum It is the most excavated Fort along the Wall and has a large interactive museum plus a 35 metre high viewing tower providing outstanding views across this World Heritage Site.
BBC Newcastle Tour
Newcastle
BBC Newcastle Tour Public 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, or dress up and sit at Tracy Beakers desk.
Whitley Bay Ice Rink
Whitley Bay
Whitley Bay Ice Rink Whether you are an experienced ice skater, hockey player or absolute beginner, the Ice Rink is available all the year round for you to have fun and also home to Whitley Warriors Ice Hockey team.
Sunderland Wall
Sunderland
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 environment.
Newburn Activity Centre
Newcastle Upon Tyne
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
Newcastle upon Tyne
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.
Laser Battlefield
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Laser Battlefield Bruise free combat games for over 6s. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne with kids.
Quasar Elite
South Shields
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! The object of this fun game is simple: aim your weapon at the opposition, fire, and rack up the points!
Sunderland Climbing Centre
Sunderland
Sunderland Climbing Centre With over 600m2 of indoor climbing a site cafe, Wi-Fi, specialist gear shop and mezzanine viewing area. The centre offers everything from kids' clubs to birthday parties all delivered by our qualified instructors so there is something for everyone for the ultimate indoor climbing experience.
Override Skate Park
Jarrow
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.
Dunes Bowl
South Shields
Dunes Bowl Offers ten pin bowling at it's best. They have 12 brand new state of the art lanes with Glow in The Dark Bowling at nights and weekends.
1st Bowl Newcastle
Newcastle
1st Bowl Newcastle Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
AMF Washington
Washington
AMF Washington Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. This AMF has 26 lanes!
Namco Funscape Gateshead
Gateshead
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.
Starbowl North Shields
North Shields
Starbowl North Shields Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
Karting North East
Sunderland
Karting North East - has been providing activity experiences and corporate entertainment for many years and can boast a highly experienced team. Not only do we provide you with the best go karting experience, but we also provide you with other fun packed activities.
F1 Karting North East
Gateshead
F1 Karting North East 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.
Newcastle Treasure Trail
Newcastle
Newcastle Treasure Trail is a fun way to explore the city on foot. The route engages a group in seeking the answers to clues and eventually finding the answer to the mystery. Clue answers are found on statues, monuments and signs around Newcastle.
Tynemouth Treasure Trail
Tynemouth
Tynemouth Treasure Trail involves finding the answers to clues. This leads to solving the mystery of the buried treasure. A brilliant way to get out and have family fun in the fresh air.
Bowes Railway
Gateshead
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
Gateshead
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
Gateshead
Saltwell Park 55 acres of landscape â€" with ornamental and woodland gardens, boating lake, sports facilities, bowling greens, play areas, animal house, maze, education centre and the beautiful Victorian Saltwell Towers.
Herrington Country Park
Sunderland
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!
Longsands Beach
Tynemouth
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
Whitley Bay
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
Gateshead
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.
Popolo Ceramico
Newcastle upon Tyne
Popolo Ceramico Children’s ceramic parties in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne. All activities take place indoors in central Gosforth at the amazing Play Station soft play children's activity centre. Each party lasts around 2 hours and prices start at £10 a head. Food and drinks available all day.
Pots and Pancakes
North Shields
Pots and Pancakes We are a paint your own pottery cafe located in North Shields.
Rosebud Ceramics
Sunderland
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.
Squiggles N Giggles
Killingworth
Squiggles N Giggles Is an Award Winning messy, creative and sensory group, the only one in the North East with both indoor and outdoor space. Sessions are suitable for babies aged from 5 or 6 months up to age 7. Children grow in confidence as they become part of a sociable group and develop their skills by participating.
Parklands Mini Golf
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Parklands Mini Golf is an 18 hole mini golf course suitable for all ages and abilities and is fun for the whole family.
Murton Equestrian Centre
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Murton Equestrian Centre is a friendly, family run riding school approved by The British Horse Society, Association of British Riding Schools and The Pony Club. Established in 1976 by the Sharp family and today managed by their daughter Leigh Belbin, the centre has a long-standing love of horses and teaching people to ride.
Penshaw Equestrian Centre
Houghton le Spring
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
Newcastle Upon Tyne
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.

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



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