Victoria Park (3 miles)
Home to a range of water birds such as swans, geese, ducks, herons and migrant waders. Play park for under 7s and plenty of open space too.
Stormont Park (3 miles)
3 separate age grouped areas with thrilling features like huge slides, zip lines, climbing frames, tunnels, swings, rockers and more plus picnic areas and some great views.
Cave Hill Playground (4 miles)
Cave Hill Playground
Suitable for children aged three 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 for quiet contemplation, children's playground and orienteering and eco trails.
Castle Espie Wildfowl Centre (10 miles)
Castle Espie Wildfowl Centre
You'll have a wonderful day out at Castle Espie Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre, situated on the shores of Strangford Lough, watching and learning about exciting wildlife.
Wallace Park (12 miles)
Ideal for families, with a good children's play area and lots of gentle walks for buggies and space to play for bigger kids. Also has a nice duckpond.
Carnfunnock Country Park (18 miles)
Carnfunnock Country Park
There's something for everyone at Carnfunnock Country Park: colourful gardens and walking trails, a fun-packed family fun zone, a large activity centre and miniature golf course to name a few.
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
boasts an extensive children's play area includes swings, slides etc. as well as an Adventure Trail assault course for older children.
Agnew Park (37 miles)
Plenty to do here, from karting, putting and pedal boating to tiny cars and a miniature railway, plus play areas!
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
Abriachan Trails (52 miles)
An excellent woodland and moorland walk using trails laid out by the Abriachan Forest Community Trust. Good views and a great many interesting things to see for the kids
Manx Wildlife Trust (58 miles)
Manx Wildlife Trust
Excellent hiking and picnicking territory, especially if they like their bugs and birds.
Kirroughtree Visitor Centre (61 miles)
Kirroughtree Visitor Centre
Calling all explorers! 300 square miles of hills and woodlands, cycle and hiking trails, with scattered sculptures and features for the kids to discover. Also has a great woodland play area.
Silverdale Glen (61 miles)
Play area, boating lake and famous water powered merry go round. Waterfalls and lilly ponds in adjacent woodland over little wooden bridge.
Mooragh Park (63 miles)
Offering crazy golf, adventure play areas, BMX course, boating and a splash pad water play zone.
Cream o Galloway (68 miles)
Cream o Galloway
Our fabulous adventure playground includes the indoor 'Smugglers Warren' with underground tunnels and climbing towers, and the Pirate Ship for Under 6s.
Outside, explore an extensive Play Area including Pedal Karts, Flying Fox, 3D Maze and Viewing Tower.
Choose from 30 ice cream flavours made here on our organic farm.
Red Deer Range Trail (69 miles)
Red Deer Range Trail
Follow this short trail for wonderful views of red deer in their natural environment. If it's raining you can now take shelter in their new hide which is located at the viewpoint!
Belfast Zoo (4 miles)
Have fun at the zoo where you'll see more than 1200 animals including elephants and giraffes, monkeys and wolves, kangaroos and lions, bears and birds, turtles and tortoises, snakes and penguins. There's also a play park and a 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
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!
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
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 (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
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.
Clementsmount Fun Farm (14 miles)
Clementsmount Fun Farm
Clementsmount Fun Farm is a real family day out combining animals and play park activities.
Ballywhiskin Open Farm (14 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.
Tannaghmore Animal Farm (24 miles)
Tannaghmore Animal Farm
This attraction offers close encounters with many animals including rare breeds of cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and poultry traditionally found on farms in Ulster 100 years ago.
C and Js Animal Park (28 miles)
C and Js Animal Park
An animal park where you can get up close and personal with many amazing creatures such as large snakes and lizards, as well as the cuter things to be seen like hamsters and bunnies!
Annaginny Farm Park (38 miles)
Annaginny Farm Park
Come and see their animals close up: llamas, alpacas, wallabies, black swans, doves, mice and much more. 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 tells the story of life in early 20th century Ulster. The Transport Museum displays Ireland's largest and most comprehensive transport collection.
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.
whowhatwherewhywhy (4 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 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
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 (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 and 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)
Newcastle upon Tyne
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!
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
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
Captain Jacks (6 miles)
offer purpose built facilities designed to ensure you and your Little Shipmates have great fun again and again! Pirate themed softplay with little cars and sports areas.
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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