Victoria Park (3 miles)
Home to a range of photogenic water birds such as swans, geese, ducks and herons. Plus play park, soccer pitches, traditional bowling green, cycling and BMX track too!
Stormont Park (3 miles)
Pleasing public green space with adventure playground and varying length way marked nature trails, plus picnic spots and BBQ facilities. You can also visit the Parliament Buildings further up the estate!
Glenariff Forest Park (4 miles)
Glenariff Forest Park
A forest park covering over 1,000 hectares, half of which is full of trees, the other a mix of small lakes, open spaces, and waterfalls. Several trails to follow, including the Waterfall Walkway. Free to visit.
Cave Hill Playground (4 miles)
Cave Hill Playground
Suitable for children aged 3 to 14 and includes cradle swings, slides, spring rockers, sand play unit and a bicycle roundabout. For older children, there's a spectacular space net and aerial runway.
Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park (9 miles)
Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park
Featuring international camellia trials, a walled garden, a Japanese style garden with water features and a great children's playground with orienteering and eco trails too!
Castle Espie Wildfowl Centre (10 miles)
Castle Espie Wildfowl Centre
With indoor and outdoor play areas as well as birds to visit, educational trails, outdoor climbing wall, bird observatory and visitor centre with pond dipping kits, this is a fantastically rounded park experience ideal for families.
Wallace Park (12 miles)
Now boasting the region's flagship Adventure Playground as part of it's refurb, huge with loads of state of the art equipment; plus Soccer Pavilion and floodlit Tennis Courts!
Carnfunnock Country Park (18 miles)
Carnfunnock Country Park
- colourful gardens and walking trails, a fun packed family fun zone, a large activity centre and golf activities to name a few.
The Peoples Park (24 miles)
The Peoples Park
A great park that is free to visit and has a well equipped play area, a bowling green, picnic areas and tennis courts. A number of events held during summer. Also has a Teddy Toddler Walk, ideal for young kids.
Oxford Island (24 miles)
A National Nature Reserve with a number of habitats to explore and plenty of wildlife to enjoy. Trails to follow, plus a marina full of activities, and a museum to visit.
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre (24 miles)
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre
A good starting point for a family visit to Oxford Island Nature Reserve, with lots of information available from leaflefts and knowledgeable staff. Great views of the island and over Lough Neagh. Free to visit.
Murlough National Nature Reserve (27 miles)
Murlough National Nature Reserve
At the edge of a popular beach the dunes are splendid for exploring and wildlife spotting. Self guided trails available, activity pack etc downloadable in advance.
Peatlands Park (33 miles)
The park is rich in insects, particularly butterflies, moths, dragonflies and damselflies and many woodland and wetland birds and various species of nest here. Badgers and hares are also present, while lizards and newts can be found in the open bog areas.
Loughgall Country Park (35 miles)
Loughgall Country Park
Featuring children's playground and Junior Adventure Trail plus trim trails, EcoTrails, cycle routes, fishing, golf, tennis and basketball. Oh, and a park!
Agnew Park (37 miles)
A beautiful park with plenty to entertain everyone, from karting, putting and pedal boating to tiny cars and a miniature railway, plus play areas! Some features seasonal but open all year and free to visit.
Drum Manor Forest Park (38 miles)
Drum Manor Forest Park
Great for a family hike, picnic or ramble; take binoculars and camera, good views and some natural wildlife spotting opportunities.
Roe Valley Country Park (51 miles)
Roe Valley Country Park
Offers spectacular riverside views and woodland walks along with opportunities for salmon and trout fishing, canoeing, rock climbing and orienteering
Glen Maye (55 miles)
Waterfall, beach, cliffs and fern filled woodland plus cliffs alive with seabirds: adventure territory for sure!
Belfast Zoo (4 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.
Botanic Gardens and Palm House (5 miles)
Botanic Gardens and Palm House
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!
Exploris (21 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 (22 miles)
Butterfly House and Seaforde Gardens
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 while the smaller ones enjoy!
Seaforde Tropical Butterfly House (26 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 (4 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 (7 miles)
Ark Open Farm
home to over 200 different animals,including some rare and endangered species, plus indoor and outdoor play areas, scenic farm walks and an awesome new Creepy Crawly Loft feature!
Clementsmount Fun Farm (14 miles)
Clementsmount Fun Farm
With a children's farm full of domestic friendlies, miniature train and pony rides, pedal go karts, indoor adventure play, sand diggers, trampoline and a crazy golf course too!
Tannaghmore Animal Farm (25 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.
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (2 miles)
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
The outdoor Folk Museum and indoor galleries tell the story of life in early 20th century Ulster; plus The Transport Museum displays Ireland's largest and most comprehensive transport collection! An all day-er!
W5 (4 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.
whowhatwherewhenwhy (4 miles)
has 25 interactive elements in 4 differing discovery zones with highlights including den building, build and race a little car, use a lie detector, see optical illusions and make your own film or weather report! Bonkers!
Ulster Museum at Botanic Gardens (6 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.
ECOS Millennium Environmental Centre (23 miles)
ECOS Millennium Environmental Centre
shows visitors the major challenges facing our planet in a fun and dynamic way! Interactive displays teach how global problems are being tackled and what we can do to help. Plus play parks, ecosquiz, toy tractors and great nature trails!
Waterside Museum (24 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.
Armagh Planetarium (38 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 (7 miles)
Leisure waters with flumes and sidewinder slide, plus standard swimming, diving and learner pools.
Lagan Valley LeisurePlex (13 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 (23 miles)
Waves Leisure Complex
In addition to standard swim facilities, offers a learner pool with water features especially popular with small children.
Tropicana (30 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.
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.
Indiana Land (4 miles)
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 (4 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.
Playzone (4 miles)
Outer space themed multi storey play area with slides, flumes, a climbing wall and much, much more: you will have a funtastic time!
Lunarland Amusement Park (4 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.
Fun Works Play Centre (5 miles)
Fun Works Play Centre
A massive 5 floors of adventure play structure each featuring even more crazy activities than the last! They've also got some epic slides, ball cannons and a great zone for the smaller kids with regular Funworks Toddler Club.
Snakes n Ladders (6 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.
Happy Town (7 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!
Dinos Den at Comber Leisure (7 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.
Jumping Jacks (12 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.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Play Parks and Great Outdoors near Holywood 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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