Gullivers Kingdom (18 miles)
A family theme park designed to cater for families with children between the age of two and thirteen. All its rides and attractions are designed to offer the whole family a full day out of fun and excitement.
Matlock Bath Aquarium (18 miles)
Matlock Bath Aquarium
offer a rather eclectic mix of public aquarium plus thermal carp pool, petrifying well, gemstone and fossil display, vintage chinaware collection, regional history exhibition and one of the largest public displays of Holograms in Europe!
Chestnut Conservation and Wildlife Park (37 miles)
Chestnut Conservation and Wildlife Park
From the giant otter to polecats and free-roaming deer, there's something for all the family at the Chestnut Centre. In beautiful grounds of the Derbyshire Peak district, with a stream running through the valley, home to four species of otter, owls, pine martens, foxes, Scottish wildcats, sika and...
Matlock Farm Park (21 miles)
Matlock Farm Park
is set in part of a 600 acre working farm, providing a varied selection of animals to see including llamas, goats, peacocks and red deer. Kids will also enjoy the adventure playground and the go kart track!
Chatsworth Farmyard and Playground (25 miles)
Chatsworth Farmyard and Playground
The famous garden contains spectacular waterworks, picnic and play areas. The farmyard and adventure playground welcomes young visitors and families and has special activities throughout the season.
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery (33 miles)
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery
Discover the geology, archaeology and history of the Peak District through seven time zones, experience the Wonders of the Peak Time Tunnel and step into a Victorian scientists study in the Buxton Museum.
Queens Park Sports Centre (24 miles)
Queens Park Sports Centre
Ride the hipper dipper waterslide 185ft long (bigger than your average flume). Plus 33m pool with diving area for 1, 3 and 5m boards. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for the best things to do in Derbyshire with kids
Hathersage Open Air Heated Pool (32 miles)
Hathersage Open Air Heated Pool
Uniquely warm water for family swimming throughout the season from March to September. Playground and tennis facilities available.
Freddys Play Kingdom (2 miles)
Freddys Play Kingdom
is a family run indoor play centre with children in mind, with a particularly large play area for smaller toddlers and babies who are unable to play on the ropes and slides. Along with 4 party rooms and lots of party options to help your little one have the best day!
Wacky Warehouse - Plank & Leggit (4 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Plank & Leggit
Children up to 4ft 9ins tall are welcome to run themselves ragged on the bright and modern play equipment, perfect for the ankle biters to grab some fun exercise! Safe area set aside for babies and toddlers.
Tubby Bears Playzone (5 miles)
Tubby Bears Playzone
features a three level play frame for older kids plus matted toddler area and toys.
Hickory Dickory's Playhouse (5 miles)
Hickory Dickory's Playhouse
The provision of unparalleled indoor children's adventure play and party centres that are spacious, high quality, stylish and as attractive to adults as they are exciting and fun to children. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for the best things to do in Derbyshire with kids
Crazy Crocodiles Indoor Play Centre (7 miles)
Crazy Crocodiles Indoor Play Centre
is a family friendly indoor play and party centre which serves great coffee and fab food at affordable prices. Children can run off excess energy on our two tier play frame under your watchful eye. We also have a soft baby area and toddler play area for the younger ones.
Chucklebutties (10 miles)
With the exciting playframe, separate baby area and activity sessions every weekday at 11am and 2pm, there's always plenty to keep babies to 10 year olds entertained!
Noahs Ark Soft Play Centre (11 miles)
Noahs Ark Soft Play Centre
Indoor play centre with a 3 storey play frame and separate preschool area plus party room, cafe and book corner.
Planet Happy (11 miles)
offers a multi level multi colour adventure climbing maze full of classic soft play features plus a designated toddler area, kids' activity sessions and classes.
Jangala (12 miles)
offer multi level modern indoor adventure play with dedicated toddler section, football pitch, Wii room, free WiFi and large cafe with big sofas!
Jungle Madness (13 miles)
Let the children enjoy themselves in the soft play area, which includes a 3 storey climbing structure with astra slide, ball pit, spiders catch, sky glide and much more.
Fun Factory - Castlewood Brewers Fayre (15 miles)
Fun Factory - Castlewood Brewers Fayre
This Fun Factory attached to The Castlewood Brewers Fayre family friendly pub is a multi-level play space with adventure equipment, ball ponds and a toddler zone and can also be booked out for childrens parties.
Lunar Lift-Off (16 miles)
Space themed play structure with other toys and features to entertain set in age appropriate sections. Also do Lunar Tag!
The Play Mill (17 miles)
The Play Mill
is an indoor play centre for children under 8yrs or 4ft tall. We have a climbing frame with a twin lane bumpy slide, a huge sandpit with sit on diggers and sand toys, an enclosed padded area for the under 3s and various sized sit and ride toys.
Chuckles Play Centre (19 miles)
Chuckles Play Centre
Indoor play centre with bouncy castles and ride-ons for kids aged under 10 years and with a separate enclosed area for toddlers under 2 years.
Fuzzy Eds Fun House at The Hobby Horse (24 miles)
Fuzzy Eds Fun House at The Hobby Horse
This separate play space next to the Hobby Horse pub offers a play structure, games and play equipment for children under 4ft 9 inches tall and has dedicated Tots Time for preschool children and babies too.
The Jungle (26 miles)
- has a three level soft play centre, mini football pitch, with HUUUUGGE slides and plenty of party rooms.
Wacky Warehouse - Chequers (29 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Chequers
offering their recognised standard of indoor play with main and infant frames, craft sessions and free wifi.
Little Rascals (33 miles)
Indoor soft play centre and party venue. We offer dedicated play areas for babies, toddlers and juniors aged 0 to 10 years.
Our parties have been designed specifically with children and their parents in mind. Children play for 1 hour 20 mins and are then given 40 minutes to enjoy their food.
Temple Mine (17 miles)
Discover for yourself the network of tunnels that exist under your feet and wonder at the crystals glistening in the walls.
Poole's Cavern (33 miles)
found deep beneath the limestone hills on the edge of the historic Derbyshire spa town of Buxton. This secret underground world once echoed to the sound of a glacial river that scoured the rock for millions of years.
Peak Cavern (35 miles)
The spectacular entrance is the largest to any cave in Britain. See rope making, the remains of an underground village and find out why it is called "The Devil's Arse"! Guided tours suitable for all ages. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for the best things to do in...
Treak Cliff Cavern (35 miles)
Treak Cliff Cavern
An underground wonderland of stalactites, stalagmites, rocks, minerals and fossils. Home to Blue John Stone. The tour takes you to see Aladdin's Cave, Fairyland and the Dream Cave. The most famous formation is "The Stork". Events include an Easter Egg Hunt and at Christmas "Carols by Candlelight".
Speedwell Cavern (36 miles)
An incredible underground journey by boat! Descend 105 steps to an underground canal. Take a boat trip to visit the cathedral like cavern and see the 'Bottomless Pit', a huge subterranean lake!
Elvaston Castle (< 1 mile)
The first county park in England, this has been gently entertaining and thoroughly inspiring young families for forty years. Interesting walks and gorgeous architecture, an interesting half day's worth.
The Heights of Abraham (18 miles)
The Heights of Abraham
Explore a unique Hilltop Park via a thrilling Cable Car ride. Once at the Summit enjoy going underground on tours of two Show Caverns. In the Exhibitions get to touch a dinosaur fossil and see video shows, then burn off energy on the 2 play areas!
Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre (11 miles)
Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre
A large leisure facility and dry ski slope providing Skiing, Snowboarding, Toboggan and Sno-Tubing with a fully licensed bar and restaurant. Kids must be over 4 to take part in activities.
Rollerworld of Derby (5 miles)
Rollerworld of Derby
The biggest maple floored rink in the UK with capacity for up to 499 - with Family Nights and Learn to Skate sessions. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for the best things to do in Derbyshire with kids.
Our professional DJs play the best games for all the family, some games...
Tree Tops Activity Centre (12 miles)
Tree Tops Activity Centre
Multi level treehouse themed adventure soft play with all the bright and clean fun features you'd expect, plus toddler area, jungle themed party room and bookable sports court.
The Climbing Unit (4 miles)
The Climbing Unit
An indoor climbing experience for all ages. With children welcome anytime for miniature climbs and regular children’s sessions there’s always something to do. A dedicated group room includes roped climbing, keeping youngsters entertained for hours. Booking is essential.
Wild Park Brailsford (10 miles)
Wild Park Brailsford
Strictly for the over 8s (the older they are the more they can do, here) this offers off road quad biking, laser tag and well protected paint-balling.
Gullivers NerfZone (18 miles)
Indoor attraction where kids can enjoy NERF blaster fun in a purpose built environment.
Gullivers SpyZone (18 miles)
Base-camp for budding secret agents offering fun, adventure and action packed challenges on a unique journey of discovery and surprise!
Go Ape Buxton (33 miles)
Go Ape Buxton
Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Take to the trees and speed down zip slides. They’re part of an exciting course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings; all set high above the forest floor.
Tenpin Derby (4 miles)
is a bowling centre located in the Foresters Leisure Park near Osmaston Park. We have 26 modern fully computerised lanes, American Pool tables, Amusement Arcades all catered towards families and kids. There is also the Beach Road Cafe Bar for some delicious meal and snack options!
1st Bowl Ilkeston (6 miles)
1st Bowl Ilkeston
Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
The Genesis Family Entertainment Centre (14 miles)
The Genesis Family Entertainment Centre
As well as AMF Tenpin Bowling facilities they also have their themed Atlantis Indoor soft play centre for kids, a Sports Hall for local groups and individuals to hire and Community rooms.
Chesterfield Bowl (23 miles)
16 lane bowling centre - including glow in the dark bowling at selected times at weekends. Kids love bowling, well worth a go if you haven't tried it.
Matlock Bath Treasure Trail (18 miles)
Matlock Bath Treasure Trail
Is a walking trail with a ‘whodunit’ mystery to solve. Set in the town of Matlock Bath, you have clues to solve and suspects to eliminate from a dastardly crime. Become a detective for the day.
Eyam Treasure Trail (30 miles)
Eyam Treasure Trail
A fantastically fun way to get out and explore the historic plague village of Derbyshire. Kids will get an understanding of history whilst solving the mystery of the lost treasure from days gone by. Adults get to share and help them in their learning and fun.
Midland Railway Centre (12 miles)
Midland Railway Centre
It’s a day out for the whole family with model/miniature railways and a country park as well as heritage steam and diesel locomotives operating and a host of other attractions. Sometimes you can see special visitors, be it Thomas the Tank Engine, a vintage Steam or historic Diesel Loco.
Crich Tramway Village (14 miles)
Crich Tramway Village
Step aboard a vintage tram and travel back in time along a recreated village street complete with working pub. Explore fascinating exhibitions and watch trams being restored from the Workshop Viewing Gallery. Children's playground, tea rooms, shops, and Woodland Walk and Sculpture Trail.
Steeple Grange Light Railway (18 miles)
Steeple Grange Light Railway
When you visit the railway you can enjoy a unique train ride through dramatic limestone scenery, discover fossils and wild flowers, learn about the railway and stare at the vintage rolling stock!
Thanks for all the great things to do and Best Beaches near Elvaston 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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