Diggerland Durham (13 miles)
With well over a dozen differing interactive elements to push, pull, play with and drive, this is a day-ful of digger for sure! Open every school holiday except Xmas.
Wentworth Leisure Centre (21 miles)
Wentworth Leisure Centre
A leisure centre with pool, play and bowling facilities. Swim and have fun in our pools and splash areas. Enjoy a game in our bowling alley at Wentworth Bowl,play in Jungle Jacks soft play area and enjoy refreshments at our pool side Cafe.
Cragside House and Gardens (26 miles)
Cragside House and Gardens
Visit the world's first hydroelectrically lit house, see Britain's tallest tree, get lost in the labyrinth and enjoy the adventure playground, plus spot green woodpeckers, red squirrels and dragonflies!
Planet Leisure (26 miles)
Offering indoor adventure play, bowling, ice skating and for over 8s thrilling laser tag and aerial trekking!
Redcar Beacon (32 miles)
Offers visitors the chance to enjoy 360 degree views of Redcar seafront from 80ft up. Lift available, open roof terrace topped.
The Bunker (42 miles)
Giant indoor soft play area, 18 hole crazy golf and the best fish n chips in town! Worth a walk around the area too as stunning ocean views.
The Forbidden Corner (50 miles)
The Forbidden Corner
Find the hidden temple Indiana Jones would feel at home in the Forbidden Corner, an extraordinary folly in North Yorkshire. Statues blink at you, paths lead nowhere, skeletons lurk in underground chambers and a temple hides behind artful landscaping. Your job is to work your way through the maze. Unique, and...
Abbott Lodge (52 miles)
Visit their livestock, play on their indoor and outdoor play areas and treat yourselves to one of their huge range of homemade ice creams! Best for under 8s.
Rheged (53 miles)
Located in Europes largest grass covered building, children visiting Rheged can get creative in our pottery painting workshop or play in turrets and tunnels outdoor adventure playground. We have an indoor soft play area and the largest 3d cinema in the north west. There are childrens events every school...
Ocean Beach Pleasure Park (7 miles)
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 (7 miles)
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 (11 miles)
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: of you go then!
Bill Quay Community Farm (2 miles)
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.
Seven Stories (< 1 mile)
Newcastle Upon Tyne
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.
Laing Art Gallery (1 miles)
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.
The Great North Museum (1 miles)
Newcastle upon Tyne
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.
Centre for Life (2 miles)
Newcastle upon Tyne
Centre for Life
Life is an award-winning Science Centre full of exciting exhibitions and activities, including an ice rink each November - February. Life's science explainers are on hand around the Centre to help you get the most out of your visit.
Discovery Museum (2 miles)
Newcastle Upon Tyne
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...
Stephenson Railway Museum (4 miles)
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.
Bedes World (4 miles)
Learn all about Bede and discover how the Anglo Saxons lived in Northumbria. Demonstration farm with wonderful animals including Hilda the wild boar. Replica buildings plus a number of exhibitions.
South Shields Museum and Art Gallery (6 miles)
National Glass Centre (9 miles)
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 Museum and Winter Gardens (10 miles)
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.
Wet N Wild (5 miles)
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.
Haven Point (7 miles)
Offering competition size and teaching pools plus leisure waters with slides, sprays, bubble spa and water play.
Waves Leisure Centre (7 miles)
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.
Sunderland Aquatic Centre (9 miles)
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.
Jungle Jacks (1 miles)
Newcastle Upon Tyne
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!
Pirates Cove (3 miles)
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
The Giants Den (4 miles)
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 (4 miles)
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.
Wacky Warehouse - Story Book (5 miles)
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!
KiKis Kabin (6 miles)
Award winning soft play with multiple toddler area and dedicated special needs session. Also does parties.
At The Castle (7 miles)
Blaydon on Tyne
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!
The Dunes Adventure Island (7 miles)
The Splat Centre (7 miles)
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.
Castledown Fun Factory (7 miles)
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 Whitley Bay Treehouse (7 miles)
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!
Jacks Den (7 miles)
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.
The Ark at Crawcrook (8 miles)
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.
Fuzzy Eds at the Sandcastle (11 miles)
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!
Victoria Tunnel (< 1 mile)
Newcastle upon Tyne
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.
BBC Newcastle Tour (2 miles)
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.
Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum (2 miles)
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!
Arbeia Roman Fort (6 miles)
Arbeia Roman Fort
Explore reconstructed Roman buildings and see excavations of the Roman Fort. Also holds exciting events during summer.
Tynemouth Priory and Castle (7 miles)
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.
St Marys Lighthouse (8 miles)
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.
Sunderland Stadium of Light Tour (9 miles)
Belsay Hall Castle and Gardens (14 miles)
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.
Whitley Bay Ice Rink (6 miles)
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.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Kids Fun near Byker 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
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