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Blackberry Farm Loads of friendly animals plus tremendous outdoor play area with loads of fun features, huge undercover adventure play barn with baby area and sensory zone. This place is awesome!
Drusillas Park Widely regarded as the best small zoo in the country - with brilliant play areas, Thomas the Tank Engine and close encounters in Lemurland and Lory Landing. Hello Kitty Secret Garden also offers the UKs first themed Hello Kitty attraction with 3 theme park rides, a Hello Kitty bedroom and a beauty parlour.
Brighton Sea Life Centre offers a fun and educational day out whatever the weather. With over 150 species and 57 displays, you will be hard pressed to find a more enjoyable day for the whole family! Great idea for things to do in Brighton with kids.
Woods Mill Nature Reserve A mixture of woodland and wetland habitats to explore plus the headquarters of the Sussex Wildlife Trust. There is always something to see, whatever the season. Free to visit.
Groombridge Enchanted Forest The Enchanted Forest has giant tree swings, teepees, a pirate ship and board walk with zip wire and rope swings. See the Zedonk, watch birds of prey and take a canal boat ride. Beautiful gardens with a giant chess set.
Huxleys Birds of Prey Centre A wide range of birds from hawks to eagles, falcons to owls, and vultures to kites! Plus a gorgeous Japanese Water Garden. Note limited opening times.
The British Wildlife Centre A peaceful, relaxing place to see and learn about Britain's wonderful wildlife, from tiny harvest mice to magnificent red deer and everything in between! Over forty different native species are displayed in natural surroundings.
Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings Take the ultimate undersea safari at Blue Reef Aquarium. Enjoy close encounters with seahorses, native sharks, giant octopus and hundreds of other amazing aquatic creatures. Don't miss the amazing tropical underwater walkthrough tunnel! Informative, entertaining talks and feeding displays throughout the...
Beaver Water World An animal rescue centre charity with loads to see and learn about. Quiz sheets available for the kids, plus tours and handling. Reasonably priced and open daily except for Christmas Day.
Foal Farm Animal Rescue Centre Rescued dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and more are now safe and sound here and ready for you to visit! Learn about the great work they do with the animals and maybe even join in one of their projects like helping with bunny socialisation!
Surrey Hills Llamas Gentle and friendly llamas will carry your picnic as you lead them through the spectacular North Downs. Llamas are affectionate, intelligent and alert and kids really enjoy their company. For over 8s.
Eagle Heights A small animal park based in the beautiful Darent Valley, near Brands Hatch in Kent. There are over 100 Birds of Prey to see, plus Reptile House, Meerkats, Otters, Goats, Donkey, Pony, Pigs and much more. Playarea, Gift Shop and Tearoom. Free Parking. Experience Days available.
Earnley Butterflies, Birds and Beasts Walk among Tropical Butterflies, see exotic Birds and get close to many Beasts while being protected from the British weather.
Dunreyth Alpacas For a while now they have been training their young alpacas to walk to hand; thus enabling people to walk them about happily without training or experience.
Battersea Park Childrens Zoo invites you to check on the monkeys, crawl down the tunnel to see the meerkats, talk to the parrots and mynah birds, on to the farm to say hello to the goats, donkeys, pigs, emus etc. Playground which includes climbing frames, large sandpit with water toys, swings and roundabouts etc.
Birdworld Birdpark and gardens covering 26 acres. Admission includes Underwater World and Jenny Wren Childrens Farm. Special penguin feeding times and animal encounters at the children's farm!
Sea Life London Aquarium Home to one of Europe's largest collections of global marine life - the experience takes visitors on an immersive and interactive journey along the Great Oceanic Conveyor. Newest addition is the Frozen Planet interactive experience!
Port Lympne Wild Animal Park A safari adventure set in 100 acres where animals roam free together as if on the plains of Africa: plus the world’s largest gorilla enclosure and big creepy crawlies in the Discovery Zone.
London Zoo Enjoy interactive, immersive exhibits the family can explore together including Rainforest Life, Gorilla Kingdom and the popular Animal Adventure Children's Zoo. Daily live animal shows too and new lion exhibit for 2016!
The Mayhew Animal Home Visit London's famous rescue and rehousing sanctuary for cats and dogs and learn oodles of detail about our furry friends and the important work of caring for them. Great place to adopt a new buddy!
Blue Reef Aquarium This award winning facility brings the magic of the undersea world alive! Come face to face with tropical sharks, rays, otters, seahorses and hundreds of other aquatic creatures. Highlights include underwater tunnel, open top ray display, Amazing Amphibians and Riveting Reptiles exhibitions.
Isle of Wight Zoo Situated alongside Yaverland beach, the zoo provides a fun, educational and wholesome day out for all the family. Specialising in tigers and lemurs, the zoo works to make conservation fun for everyone with talks, small animal handling and children's activities.
Leigh on Sea
Belfairs Nature Reserve and Woodland Get away from it all at this nature reserve and woodland centre and enjoy the wildlife and scenery. Lots of plants and animals to see, plus exhibits and displays in the woodland centre.
Southend on Sea
Sealife Adventure From sharks to seahorses, starfish to stingrays, it’s all here in a family friendly environment with fascinating talks and presentations by their knowledgeable aquarists throughout the day.
Howletts Wild Animal Park The famous animal collection is set in 90 acres of ancient parkland. From close encounters with tigers at the glass fronted enclosures to a high ropes adventure on the Treetop Challenge and a walkthrough Lemur paddock, you'll find surprises around every corner.
Amazon World An all weather family attraction! The Islands largest collection of rare and exotic animals! A great day out whatever your age!
Butterfly and Fountain World Comprising a series of stunning walk through under cover gardens themed around butterflies, fountains, small world fairytale grotto, Italian and Japanese gardens, and feeding talks at the Koi ponds.
Wildwood Wildwood is a great day out where you can see amazing British wildlife including wolves, foxes, deer, badgers, owls, wild horses, lynx, beavers, wild cats, bison, squirrels, wild boar and many more. Plus, kids can go wild in our amazing adventure play park featuring Kent's tallest vertical drop slide.
Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary Come and visit the rescued donkeys in their comfortable new home and learn about the necessity of caring for animals properly. Loads of family events with additional activities, a Donkey Adoption scheme and they welcome the family dog along for the trip if it promises to behave!
Marwell Wildlife The 140 acre zoological park is home to over 200 exotic and charismatic species, in beautiful, landscaped surroundings. Be as active or as relaxed as you want. There are 3 play areas where children can run wild while you take a well earned break.
Monkey Haven Rescue sanctuary for primates and birds of prey, with a large variety of each to see. Daily feedings, reptile encounters, plus hand reared owls to meet. 2 play areas for kids over and under 5 years of age.
Owl and Falconry Centre A dazzling collection of some of the world's most beautiful and elegant birds awaits you, from eagles, hawks and falcons, to kestrels and sleepy owls, the centre is full of fascinating sights and flights.
South Woodham Ferrers
Tropical Wings World of Wildlife All weather fun for the whole family, within acres of attractive gardens with one of the UK's finest tropical butterfly houses. Lively programme of animal encounters, animal feeds and fun activities, plus Monkey Run and Meerkat Lookout!
Wingham Wildlife Park Butterfly house, refurbished reptile house, oodles of monkeys, parrot house, meerkats, new adventure play area and picnic area, lots more. A full day!
Hensting Alpaca Walking Experience When the weather is good we like to walk our alpacas, so why not come and join us here in Otterbourne, Hampshire. Get up close and personal and learn all about these fascinating creatures!
Paradise Wildlife Park is most interactive Zoo in Britain. We have 3 outdoor adventure play areas, indoor soft play ‘Tumble Jungle’, Paradise Lagoon, Crazy Golf, Go Karting, Crazy Sands, loads of shows and talks to keep the whole family entertained.
Spring Barn Farm so much to see and do! With indoor and outdoor play, daily activities schedule and facilities including MEGA speedy slides, pedal tractors, go karts and jumping pillows; plus a host of wonderfully cute and friendly animals, we can't wait to meet you!
Seven Sisters Sheep Centre The farm is packed full of animals and with loads of things to do, you can be sure that adults and children alike will have a great experience to remember.
Ashdown Llama Farm Over 100 beautiful llamas and alpacas, a small herd of reindeer, horses, donkeys, sheep, pigs and poultry! Plus 2 adventure play areas and a bouncy castle, and you can walk with llamas or ride and walk donkeys!
Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum A woodland where you can wander amongst a collection of prehistoric reconstruction buildings. A woldfowl reserve with an amazing collection of ducks, geese, swans and a Motor Museum with a superb collection of vintage and classic cars.
Toy and Model Museum Underneath the arches at Brighton Railway Station there is a veritable treasure trove of toys! There are over 10,000 toys and models on display with a priceless model train collection and many period antique toys.
Brighton Museum And Art Gallery A significant and eclectic art collection housed in dynamic and innovative galleries, with fantastic interactive displays. Family events, plus children’s workshops held throughout the year, plus a changing programme of exhibitions. Free to visit!
Seaford Museum A deceptively small looking museum housed in a tower that was part of the defences built against the threat of Napoleon. Reasonably priced all weather attraction.
Hove Museum and Art Gallery one of the most family friendly and accessible museums in the south east with an unusual Indian gateway in its grounds. It houses one of the finest craft collections in the country plus the Wizard's Attic!
How We Lived Then The Museum has over 100,000 exhibits, collected over the past 50 years and now displayed on FOUR floors of authentic shops, room-settings and various displays covering 100 years of retail and social history from 1850 to 1950.
Bexhill On Sea
Bexhill Museum Main galleries include Costume and Motor Racing heritage as well as local archaeology and history, dinosaurs and fossils, natural history and geology, social history and cultures of other lands, local arts and crafts.
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery A varied and exciting collection spanning many themes and ages. There are plenty of special features for children, with fossils that transform into dinosaurs, prehistoric crocodiles and fish, a diorama of local animals and birds and much more.
Shipwreck Museum With fascinating family friendly exhibits of local historic shipwrecks, and a Cretaceous gallery with everything from dioramas and footprints to fossils and a preserved 138 million year old fish! Free to visit, but a charge for some events and exhibitions.
Fishermans Museum Housed in a disused church this is a wonderfully atmospheric exhibition of local maritime history including a full size lugger and a wealth of art and artefacts.
Rye Castle Museum A small independently run museum set in an early 14th century building with medieval gardens. Activities include a Captain Pugwash treasure hunt and dressing up in the basement! Kids are free entry.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Zoos and Wildlife Parks near Lewes 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 East Sussex can enjoy the great day out as well.
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