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Beaver Water World (8 miles)
Beaver Water World
An animal rescue centre charity with loads to see and learn about. Quiz sheets available for the kids, plus tours and handling. Reasonably priced and open daily except for Christmas Day.
Foal Farm Animal Rescue Centre (8 miles)
Foal Farm Animal Rescue Centre
Rescued dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and more are now safe and sound here and ready for you to visit! Learn about the great work they do with the animals and maybe even join in one of their projects like helping with bunny socialisation!
Battersea Park Childrens Zoo (8 miles)
Battersea Park Childrens Zoo
invites you to check on the monkeys, crawl down the tunnel to see the meerkats, talk to the parrots and mynah birds, on to the farm to say hello to the goats, donkeys, pigs, emus etc. Playground which includes climbing frames, large sandpit with water toys, swings and roundabouts etc.
Sea Life London Aquarium (9 miles)
Sea Life London Aquarium
Home to one of Europe's largest collections of global marine life - the experience takes visitors on an immersive and interactive journey along the Great Oceanic Conveyor. Newest addition is the Lego City Deep Sea Explorer feature!
London Zoo (12 miles)
Over 720 species including some of the world’s most impressive and inspiring animals. Enjoy interactive, immersive exhibits the family can explore together including Rainforest Life, Gorilla Kingdom featuring their newest addition Kumbuka the silverback, and the popular Animal Adventure Children's...
The Mayhew Animal Home (13 miles)
The Mayhew Animal Home
Visit London's famous rescue and rehousing sanctuary for cats and dogs and learn oodles of detail about our furry friends and the important work of caring for them. Great place to adopt a new buddy!
Eagle Heights (13 miles)
A small animal park based in the beautiful Darent Valley, near Brands Hatch in Kent. There are over 100 Birds of Prey to see, plus Reptile House, Meerkats, Otters, Goats, Donkey, Pony, Pigs and much more. Playarea, Gift Shop and Tearoom. Free Parking. Experience Days available.
The British Wildlife Centre (14 miles)
The British Wildlife Centre
A peaceful, relaxing place to see and learn about Britain's wonderful wildlife, from tiny harvest mice to magnificent red deer and everything in between! Over forty different native species are displayed in natural surroundings.
Groombridge Enchanted Forest (21 miles)
Groombridge Enchanted Forest
The Enchanted Forest has giant tree swings, teepees, a pirate ship and board walk with zip wire and rope swings. See the Zedonk, watch birds of prey and take a canal boat ride. Beautiful gardens with a giant chess set.
Huxleys Birds of Prey Centre (24 miles)
Huxleys Birds of Prey Centre
A wide range of birds from hawks to eagles, falcons to owls, and vultures to kites! Plus a gorgeous Japanese Water Garden. Note limited opening times.
Paradise Wildlife Park (26 miles)
Paradise Wildlife Park
is most interactive Zoo in Britain. We have 3 outdoor adventure play areas, indoor soft play ‘Tumble Jungle’, Paradise Lagoon, Crazy Golf, Go Karting, Crazy Sands, loads of shows and talks to keep the whole family entertained.
Surrey Hills Llamas (27 miles)
Surrey Hills Llamas
Gentle and friendly llamas will carry your picnic as you lead them through the spectacular North Downs. Llamas are affectionate, intelligent and alert and kids really enjoy their company. For over 8s.
Woods Mill Nature Reserve (33 miles)
Woods Mill Nature Reserve
A mixture of woodland and wetland habitats to explore plus the headquarters of the Sussex Wildlife Trust. There is always something to see, whatever the season. Free to visit.
Blackberry Farm (34 miles)
Loads of friendly animals plus tremendous outdoor play area with loads of fun features, huge undercover adventure play barn with baby area and sensory zone. This place is awesome!
Birdworld (35 miles)
Birdpark and gardens covering 26 acres. Admission includes Underwater World and Jenny Wren Childrens Farm. Special penguin feeding times and animal encounters at the children's farm!
Belfairs Nature Reserve and Woodland (35 miles)
Leigh on Sea
Belfairs Nature Reserve and Woodland
Get away from it all at this nature reserve and woodland centre and enjoy the wildlife and scenery. Lots of plants and animals to see, plus exhibits and displays in the woodland centre.
Tropical Wings World of Wildlife (36 miles)
Tropical Wings World of Wildlife
All weather fun for the whole family, within acres of attractive gardens with one of the UK's finest tropical butterfly houses. Lively programme of animal encounters, animal feeds and fun activities, plus Monkey Run and Meerkat Lookout!
Sealife Adventure (37 miles)
Southend on Sea
From sharks to seahorses, starfish to stingrays, it’s all here in a family friendly environment with fascinating talks and presentations by their knowledgeable aquarists throughout the day.
Brighton Sea Life Centre (38 miles)
Brighton Sea Life Centre
offers a fun and educational day out whatever the weather. With over 150 species and 57 displays, you will be hard pressed to find a more enjoyable day for the whole family! Great idea for things to do in Brighton with kids.
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo (38 miles)
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Home to more than 2500 species, a visit can get you close to some of the world’s hairiest, scariest, tallest and smallest animals. Set on 600 acres, in the rolling Chiltern Hills, there’s epic adventure awaiting you at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, plus a brand new visitor centre!
Drusillas Park (39 miles)
Widely regarded as the best small zoo in the country - with brilliant play areas, Thomas the Tank Engine and close encounters in Lemurland and Lory Landing. Hello Kitty Secret Garden also offers the UKs first themed Hello Kitty attraction with 3 theme park rides, a Hello Kitty bedroom and a beauty parlour.
Beale Park (45 miles)
Space, fresh air, tranquility, fun, adventure, enchanting animals, exotic beauty and all this on the banks of the magical Thames. New Bertie's Bugs and Beasts exhibit!
Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings (47 miles)
Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings
Take the ultimate undersea safari at Blue Reef Aquarium. Enjoy close encounters with seahorses, native sharks, giant octopus and hundreds of other amazing aquatic creatures. Don't miss the amazing tropical underwater walkthrough tunnel! Informative, entertaining talks and feeding displays throughout the...
Dunreyth Alpacas (48 miles)
For a while now they have been training their young alpacas to walk to hand; thus enabling people to walk them about happily without training or experience.
The Living Rainforest (49 miles)
The Living Rainforest
Discover the rainforest's wonders as you stroll between tropical trees and plants, among free roaming butterflies and birds. An outdoor play area allows kids to let off steam, while adults can relax on the sun terrace with a cappuccino. All weather attraction with on site parking, cafe and shop.
Woburn Safari Park (49 miles)
Woburn Safari Park
Come to Woburn Safari Park and meet the wildlife, with over 80 species of wild animals roaming in 300 acres of beautiful parkland.
Birds of Prey Centre (51 miles)
Birds of Prey Centre
A centre with over 200 birds of prey from around the world with flying displays and other activities. Experience Days available, including some that are especially for kids.
Shepreth Wildlife Park (52 miles)
Shepreth Wildlife Park
See animals of all kinds, from tigers to creepy crawlies. Get hands on in our Discovery Centre. There are two indoor soft play areas and a cafeteria, as well as an outdoor adventure play with pirate ship and fort! Plus Keeper talks run throughout the day.
Port Lympne Wild Animal Park (52 miles)
Port Lympne Wild Animal Park
A safari adventure set in 100 acres where animals roam free together as if on the plains of Africa: plus the world’s largest gorilla enclosure and big creepy crawlies in the Discovery Zone.
Earnley Butterflies, Birds and Beasts (52 miles)
Linton Zoo (52 miles)
There is a wealth of rare and exotic creatures to see including Grevy's Zebra, Snow Leopards, Tigers, Lions, Tapirs, Lemurs, Binturongs, Owls, Parrots, Giant Tortoises, Tarantula Spiders and many others.
Colchester Zoo (53 miles)
One of the finest zoos in Europe with over 260 species of animals set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes. Includes the unique chance to help feed the elephants and giraffes yourself, plus the new Butterfly Glade exhibit for 2015!
Wildwood (53 miles)
Wildwood is a great day out where you can see amazing British wildlife including wolves, foxes, deer, badgers, owls, wild horses, lynx, beavers, wild cats, bison, squirrels, wild boar and many more. Plus, kids can go wild in our amazing adventure play park featuring Kent's tallest vertical drop slide.
Howletts Wild Animal Park (54 miles)
Howletts Wild Animal Park
The famous animal collection is set in 90 acres of ancient parkland. From close encounters with tigers at the glass fronted enclosures to a high ropes adventure on the Treetop Challenge and a walkthrough Lemur paddock, you'll find surprises around every corner.
Marwell Wildlife (58 miles)
The 140 acre zoological park is home to over 200 exotic and charismatic species, in beautiful, landscaped surroundings. Be as active or as relaxed as you want. There are 3 play areas where children can run wild while you take a well earned break.
Wingham Wildlife Park (58 miles)
Wingham Wildlife Park
Butterfly house, refurbished reptile house, oodles of monkeys, parrot house, meerkats, new adventure play area and picnic area, lots more. A full day!
Millets Farm Falconry (59 miles)
Millets Farm Falconry
Falconry Centre with several daily flying shows plus experiences available. Over 70 birds to see, plus a number of daily events including flying and feeding displays.
Blue Reef Aquarium (59 miles)
Blue Reef Aquarium
This award winning facility brings the magic of the undersea world alive! Come face to face with tropical sharks, rays, otters, seahorses and hundreds of other aquatic creatures. Highlights include underwater tunnel, open top ray display, Amazing Amphibians and Riveting Reptiles exhibitions.
Hensting Alpaca Walking Experience (59 miles)
Hensting Alpaca Walking Experience
When the weather is good we like to walk our alpacas, so why not come and join us here in Otterbourne, Hampshire. Get up close and personal and learn all about these fascinating creatures!
Deen City Farm (5 miles)
Deen City Farm
is a unique, educational resource in SW London, open free of charge. The opportunity to learn about the animals and contribute to a Working Farm.
Vauxhall City Farm (8 miles)
Vauxhall City Farm
This City Farm has lots of animals to cuddle, stroke and feed, horses to ride and they are a venue for birthdays too.
Mudchute Park and Farm (9 miles)
Isle of Dogs
Mudchute Park and Farm
32 acres of countryside in the middle of the Isle of Dogs to share with friendly furry and feathered creatures. There is also an outdoor play area in Milwall Park which is adjacent.
Surrey Docks Farm (9 miles)
Surrey Docks Farm
A working 2.2 acre city farm in the heart of London with open animal yard, bee room, cafe, working blacksmiths forge and classrooms.
Stepney City Farm (11 miles)
Stepney City Farm
Four-acre working farm and Rural Arts Centre in the heart of East London with lots of fun and friendly animals: cattle, chickens, donkeys, ducks, ferrets, guinea pigs, goats, pigs, rabbits, and sheep.
Hackney City Farm (11 miles)
Hackney City Farm
boasts a wide variety of animals on the farm including pigs, cattle, sheep, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals. Free to all.
Newham City Farm (12 miles)
Newham City Farm
City Farm with farmyard and rare breed animals plus a play area and a play barn.
Freightliners Farm (12 miles)
Hands on working farm with animals to visit and adorable petting village.
Kentish Town City Farm (13 miles)
Kentish Town City Farm
City Farm with lots of hands-on farming activities to get stuck in to plus events and activities held regularly to encourage volunteers and help fund this charity project.
Hounslow Urban Farm (13 miles)
Hounslow Urban Farm
With lots of farm animals and cuddly pets to meet, including alpacas, sheep, goats, pigs, ponies, donkeys, rabbits and chipmunks, plus activities include owl displays, pig racing and reptile handling sessions!
Brooks Farm (14 miles)
Educational resource offering a working farm experience in the city with seasonal activities, plenty of friendly animals and children's activities planned during the holidays.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Zoos and Wildlife Parks near Croydon 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 Greater London can enjoy the great day out as well.
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