Gullivers Kingdom (17 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.
Wheelgate Adventure Park (20 miles)
Wheelgate Adventure Park
A land of thrilling rides, amazing attractions and exhilarating activities and the terrific new Robin Hood’s Waterpark and Splash Land! From the Runaway Mine Train roller coaster and challenging Mini Diggers, to the indoor soft play Pirate Ship and Tropical House the fun is endless!
Alton Towers (22 miles)
Ranging from the world's first 14 looping roller coaster to Ice Age 4D Experience, there are many attractions for all ages including Cbeebies Land and the exciting new Enchanted Forest feature opening in April! Height restrictions 1.4m apply on many rides.
Twinlakes Park (23 miles)
Discover fun round every corner at Twinlakes, the beautiful park tucked under the wolds. Packed with acres of action, rides, indoor playcentres an outdoor waterpark and animals galore. Guaranteed great day out for the whole family whatever the weather.
Drayton Manor Theme Park (24 miles)
Drayton Manor Theme Park
For total family entertainment visit the award-winning Drayton Manor Theme Park, near Tamworth, Staffordshire. Thomas Land is being expanded this year!
Drayton Manor also has Europeâs only Thomas Landâ¢, which features wonderful themed rides and attractions based on characters, including...
Sundown Adventureland (37 miles)
The Theme Park especially designed for the under 10’s. We have Adventure play areas, Cafes, Shops, plus lots lots more including the NEW Angry Birds zone!
Cadbury World (39 miles)
Uncover a world of chocolate delights and enjoy a fascinating, fun packed day out at Cadbury World!
Wicksteed Park (45 miles)
147 acres of lakes, parklands, over 35 rides and attractions including Rocky River Falls, our famous Waterchute, Train, Double Pirate ship and largest free playground in the UK offering a perfect day out for young and old.
Wonderland (47 miles)
The Award Winning big park for little people, an enchanting place where nursery rhymes and fairytales come to life. Endless rides and a giant indoor play area!
Legoland Discovery Centre (56 miles)
Legoland Discovery Centre
Step inside and it's like you have just jumped into the biggest box of Lego bricks ever! Enter Merlin's magical potion room and discover a Lego wizard's world of spells and sorcery. With over 2 million Lego bricks under one roof, what will you discover?
Matlock Bath Aquarium (18 miles)
Matlock Bath Aquarium
offer a weird and exciting mix of public aquarium plus thermal carp pool, creepy petrifying well, shiny 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 plus new mascot Mr Doodle Doo to meet! 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.
Strutts North Mill (10 miles)
Strutts North Mill
Discover how the town of Belper was turned into the world’s first factory community in this great mill and museum that is free to visit for under 16s. Family friendly hands on activities and exhibits.
Peak District Lead Mining Museum (17 miles)
Peak District Lead Mining Museum
Discover the history of lead mining in the Peak District and how it has shaped the landscape since Roman times. Interactive exhibits and climbing tunnels for the kids. Lots or relics to see, plus hundreds of rock and mineral specimens.
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, and experience the Wonders of the Peak Time Tunnel in this great museum and gallery that is free to visit.
Queens Park Sports Centre (24 miles)
Queens Park Sports Centre
Offers a 185ft flume style water slide, 33m main pool, diving boards, teaching pool and toddler pond, plus lessons, Swimfit and gymnastics or trampling elsewhere on site. You stopped reading after water slide didn't you?
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
offers a 3 level adventure climbing maze full of cool features and physical play fun for older kids plus matted toddler area and toys for the small folk. And parties, of course!
Hickory Dickory's Playhouse (5 miles)
Hickory Dickory's Playhouse
Locally unparalleled indoor children's adventure play with spacious, high quality, stylish fun that'll bring you back repeatedly! Featuring enormous slides, powerful ball cannons, trampolines and award winning menu.
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)
- is an Award Winning indoor soft play area with a difference: adults love it too! With views from massive windows overlooking the beautiful Derwent and Belper River Gardens, adults can sit in comfort and relax while the children play!
Planet Happy (11 miles)
Play centre offering a multi level, multi colour adventure climbing maze full of classic soft play features, plus a designated toddler area, kids' activity sessions and classes. A number of party packages available.
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! Just what the doctor ordered!
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 a 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)
Cool multi level space themed adventure play structure with rockets, observation pods and alien landscapes, plus additional toys including role-play equipment, train table and book corner. Laser Tag held on Friday nights too: inside the play frame!
Tree Top Tumble (17 miles)
Tree Top Tumble
Indoor play area for ages 6 years and under, includes Soft play area, mini race track with go karts, children’s rides, wendy house, toys, television and dvds. Only £1 per child, unlimited play.
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. Plus disco room!
Jesters Soft Play (23 miles)
Jesters Soft Play
Great castle style play area for under 8s with a vast single floor of fun including bouncy obstacle course, play castles and tunnels, mini slides and swing, plus loads of toys and stuff for tots. Cosy!
The Jungle (26 miles)
A spacious indoor play facility with slides, tunnels and squashy assault course style features spread over several large floors. Their toddler zone is pretty good too and they also offer a toddler session with extra activities. Smalls rule ok!
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)
Explore the crawl through mock up tunnels in the museum then head over the road and under the ground for a guided tour of the real thing! Fun, educational and immersive this pair of matched attractions will fill your day nicely and stick in the mind.
Creswell Crags (27 miles)
is a limestone gorge honeycombed with caves full of archeological treasures, now accompanied by a £7m Ice Age Exhibition Centre! Great idea for family days out in Nottinghamshire.
Poole's Cavern (33 miles)
Discover an amazing hidden world of crystals, history and legend deep underground at Buxton's Poole's Cavern. Family friendly guided tours through the vast underground chambers, the home of cave dwellers. Also explore the beautiful woodland trails of Buxton Country Park.
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...
Speedwell Cavern (35 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!
Treak Cliff Cavern (36 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".
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 Donnington Grand Prix Collection (4 miles)
The Donnington Grand Prix Collection
Visit the largest showcase of Grand Prix racing cars in the world, with over 130 exhibits. Trophy room, Motorbikes, plus the largest collection of McLarens and Williams F1 cars on display outside of a factory.
Kedleston Hall (8 miles)
There are an extensive collection of paintings, sculptures and original furnishings to explore, including the treasures in the Eastern Museum. Enjoy the grounds with your hounds or take the smalls to look at the flowers, but it's all exploration no play: fair warning!
Sir Richard Arkwrights Masson Mills (17 miles)
Sir Richard Arkwrights Masson Mills
Experience the atmosphere of a working 18th century cotton mill. Self guided and fully guided tours available, plus half day experiences. Full of authentic working textile machinery and the largest bobbin collection in the world!
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!
Chatsworth House (25 miles)
Grand house, splendid gardens and a working farm, all of which can be explored with a variety of buggy and trailer tours showing you the highlights of grounds and helping you get around! Loads of animal handling activities and more!
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.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Theme Parks 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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