Botanic Gardens and Palm House (4 miles)
Botanic Gardens and Palm House
Fun for kids and adults the Botanic Gardens includes a children’s playground, giant bird feeders, rockery, rose garden and sculptures. Make sure you visit the Palm House with its mini jungle of exotic plants and birds of paradise!
Belfast Zoo (6 miles)
Have fun at the zoo where you'll see more than 1200 animals plus a play park and a kids' farm. Great idea if you are looking for family days out in Northern Ireland.
Exploris (19 miles)
An award winning aquarium with daily touch tank sessions so you can get really close to our underwater friends and it hosts one of the largest open sea tanks in the UK. There are also changing marine exhibitions and other activities and displays.
Butterfly House and Seaforde Gardens (19 miles)
Butterfly House and Seaforde Gardens
A visit to the gardens and tropical butterfly house can be the perfect day out for all the family. Experience the beauty of free-flying tropical butterflies or challenge your sense of direction in Ireland's oldest maze or simply relax and enjoy the fine collection of trees and plants in the gardens.
Seaforde Tropical Butterfly House (24 miles)
Seaforde Tropical Butterfly House
The Tropical Butterfly House contains hundreds of free-flying exotic butterflies, as well as parrots, reptiles and other creatures. Children's playground available.
Streamvale Farm (1 miles)
A family run dairy farm situated on the edge of Belfast, with play area, extra animals and beautiful views over the city and its surrounding hills.
Ark Open Farm (6 miles)
Ark Open Farm
Ark Open farm is home to about 200 different animals, many of whom are rare and endangered species of domestic animals. It also has play areas.
Ballywhiskin Open Farm (13 miles)
Ballywhiskin Open Farm
At Ballywhiskin you'll get a chance to see many rare breeds as well as goats, sheep, geese, bronze turkeys, bantums, hens and birds in a natural environment.
Clementsmount Fun Farm (14 miles)
Clementsmount Fun Farm
Clementsmount Fun Farm is a real family day out combining animals and play park activities.
Tannaghmore Animal Farm (24 miles)
Tannaghmore Animal Farm
Rare and traditional breeds to visit, plus barn museum with craft demonstrations, nice nature walks and a playground. Plus it's free to visit so a great option for the little one's first farmyard foray to see if they like it!
Annaginny Farm Park (38 miles)
Annaginny Farm Park
Come and see their animals close up: llamas, alpacas, wallabies, black swans, doves, mice and aquariums. Have a BBQ inside or out and then a bounce on the bouncy castle.
W5 (3 miles)
With over 250 fun and amazing interactive science exhibits in four incredible exhibition areas, W5 provides a unique experience as well as fantastic fun for visitors of all ages and a special area for under 5s.
whowhatwherewhywhy (3 miles)
W5 is a world-class interactive discovery centre with over 160 amazing interactive exhibits housed in five action-packed exhibition areas. Great idea if you are looking for family days out in Ulster.
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (4 miles)
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
The outdoor Folk Museum tells the story of life in early 20th century Ulster. The Transport Museum displays Ireland's largest and most comprehensive transport collection.
Ulster Museum at Botanic Gardens (4 miles)
Ulster Museum at Botanic Gardens
Come face to face with dinosaurs, meet an Egyptian Mummy and see modern masterpieces: from Ireland to the South Pacific, ancient relics to hands on activities, the museum offers something for everyone from the simply curious to the enthusiast.
Waterside Museum (23 miles)
Discover the historical heritage of the Craigvon area through a variety of interesting objects. You can also see a barge that was built in 1900! Set in a Natural Nature Reserve. Free to visit.
ECOS Millennium Environmental Centre (25 miles)
ECOS Millennium Environmental Centre
The ECOS Millennium Environmental Centre shows visitors in a fun and dynamic way the major challenges facing our planet, how the problems are being tackled and what we can do about our effect on the environment.
Armagh Planetarium (37 miles)
Offers interactive displays and galleries, a state-of-the-art Digital Theatre and outdoor exhibits in the landscaped grounds. Great idea if you're looking for family days out in Ulster.
Shankill Leisure Centre (5 miles)
Shankill Leisure Centre
Swimming pool with wavemaker machine plus corkscrew slide and children's pool with mushroom umbrella and dolphin slide.
Bangor Aurora (8 miles)
Leisure waters with flumes and sidewinder slide, plus standard swimming, diving and learner pools.
Lagan Valley LeisurePlex (11 miles)
Lagan Valley LeisurePlex
The Leisure Pool has the longest, fastest and most definitely wettest water flumes around,
including: The Space Bowl; The Falling Rapids; Rubber Tyre Ride; Drag Racer; Master Blaster; Spa Pools; Sunken Pirate Galleon; Bubble Loungers; Dancing Water Fountain.
Waves Leisure Complex (22 miles)
Waves Leisure Complex
In addition to standard swim facilities, offers a learner pool with water features especially popular with small children.
Tropicana (27 miles)
Splash out at Tropicana, Newcastle's outdoor heated leisure pool with a giant flume water slide. There are paddling pools just for toddlers and an outdoor sea water rock pool too.
Indiana Land (< 1 mile)
Become Indiana Jones for a day and go wild in this awesome jungle inspired indoor playground. Available to toddlers and children under 12 years old and 5ft in height, Indiana Land offers 3 levels of fun play equipment for the bravest explorer.
Mookie World (1 miles)
Thrilling multi storey soft play challenges for juniors, smaller versions for toddlers and appropriate entertainment for babies, plus a quiet zone with touch screen puzzles, air hockey and more.
Lunarland Amusement Park (2 miles)
Lunarland Amusement Park
Space themed adventure soft play with ride ons and toddler area, plus arcade for middle kids and proper gaming equipment for big ones.
Grove Wellbeing Centre (4 miles)
Grove Wellbeing Centre
Friendly zoo themed soft play area offers fun for children aged one to 11. Full of clean, bright tunnels, slides, ball pit, climbing nets, rollers and a magic ball juggler! There is also a toddler’s splash pool. Birthday party package available.
Dinos Den at Comber Leisure (5 miles)
Dinos Den at Comber Leisure
Slides, ball juggler, roller squeeze, biffbash forest and log ramp. Suitable for toddlers to 10 year olds. Set within a leisure centre offering plenty of sporting opportunities.
Happy Town (6 miles)
A fully themed play centre featuring huge play frames, the UK's first roller slide, Kids' Gym, Niteclub and Role Play areas like the Happy Town shop, Library, Fire Station and loads more!
Playzone (6 miles)
Outer space themed multi storey play area with slides, flumes, a climbing wall and much, much more: you will have a funtastic time!
Snakes n Ladders (7 miles)
Snakes n Ladders
boasts the largest play frame in Northern Ireland, mini 6 a side football pitch and mini go karts. Suitable activities for babies up to 11 years old in a secure monitored area.
Fun Works Play Centre (7 miles)
Fun Works Play Centre
The huge play frame is crammed full of energetic activities from our four lane astra slide and crawl tubes to a mini football and basket ball area, plenty to keep the kids happy while you relax in our coffee shop or upper level viewing gallery and enjoy one of the cappuccinos
Jumping Jacks (10 miles)
features a toddler area with mini football court, kart track area and slides; and a large adventure frame for the older children including a drop slide, rope bridge, 4 lane Astra Slide and sports area.
Charlies Den (11 miles)
Under 11s will love the imaginative 'Woodland' themed multi storey play zones, with football court, dedicated toddler area, cafe and more.
Caveman Capers at Antrim Forum (18 miles)
Caveman Capers at Antrim Forum
is a soft play adventure land for children under eleven, where they can travel back in time to a land of cavemen and dinosaurs. It provides a safe indoor environment for children to run, jump, climb and have fun.
Adventure Island (19 miles)
Indoor play within the enormous shopping centre to give the kids a chance to run some energy off, complete with all the classic soft play features to entertain and exhaust. Under 4ft9s welcome.
Scallywags (23 miles)
is a new indoor 3 tier soft play area with a larger than normal toddler area and offers a range of party packages for all budgets. A healthy eating cafe, Johnsons coffee, free wifi and Mullins ice cream makes it perfect for adults too. Midweek offers available.
Fun Factory (24 miles)
Large and small adventure play frames with age appropriate thrills including ball blast, vortex slides and pedal tracks.
Little Imps Fun Factory (25 miles)
Little Imps Fun Factory
Multi level mega frame with tonnes of fun for everyone under 10 and dedicated safe zone for under 3s. Great bus service access so a mecca for non driving mums!
Peter Pans Neverland (27 miles)
Peter Pans Neverland
Features include a separate adventure play frame for the older children, a 60sq metre sports court, a 4 metre freefall drop slide, king-size trampoline and Ireland's first automated disco room!
Play Shack (37 miles)
is a purpose built 3 storey interactive soft play area divided into three age groups, Under 2s, Age 2 to 4 and Over 4s. Tonnes of features!
Fun House (37 miles)
Let the kids loose in this well-equipped indoor adventure play centre with something for toddlers through to your fun-loving 12 year olds.
Gullivers Soft Play (37 miles)
Gullivers Soft Play
The ultimate play experience in Armagh with 3 fantastic storeys of exciting Soft Play with lots of new features to entertain children up to primary school age.
Titanic Belfast (3 miles)
Extends over 9 galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story.
Belfast Castle Visitors Centre (5 miles)
Belfast Castle Visitors Centre
Belfast Castle Visitors Centre tells the story of Belfast Castle and its residents over the years as well as providing an insight into Cave Hill where it is situated.
Carrickfergus Castle (8 miles)
Carrickfergus Castle is one of Ireland's finest Medieval castles and stands impressive on the shore of Belfast Lough.
Castle Ward (19 miles)
Your children can immerse themselves in the Victorian Past at Castle Ward. There's also a farmyard to visit and an adventure play area.
Glenarm Castle (26 miles)
Features one of Ireland’s oldest walled gardens and a wealth of immaculately landscaped themed counterparts including water features, herb garden, yew circle and much more. Very limited castle opening.
Palace Stables Heritage Centre (38 miles)
Palace Stables Heritage Centre
The Heritage Centre is situation with the lovingly restored 18th Century Stables of the Palace Demesne. Costumed tour guides take you around the estate allowing you to relive life here in the late 18th Century.
Craigavon Golf and Ski Centre (23 miles)
Craigavon Golf and Ski Centre
Offering lessons and open sessions in dry slope skiing and snowboarding, with tubing also available for over 5s. Golf range and putting green also on site.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Holiday Centres near Dundonald 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 Ulster can enjoy the great day out as well.
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