Twinlakes Park (20 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.
Tropical Birdland (4 miles)
Come and see hundreds of beautiful and exotic birds. Wander around their walk through aviary. There is a new adventure playground, also several way marked trails around the 6 acres of woodland, plus explore the koi pond and water gardens.
Oak Farm Park (3 miles)
Oak Farm Park
Friendly farm animals; indoor play including bouncy castle and trampolines; outdoor play including more trampolines, slide mountain, pedal karts and sandpit.
Gorse Hill City Farm (5 miles)
Gorse Hill City Farm
Situated on a 20 acre site on the outskirts of Leicester City Centre we are a registered charity, a working farm and community project dedicated to the welfare of our animals and to providing a fun and educational experiences for all.
Stonehurst Family Farm and Museum (7 miles)
Stonehurst Family Farm and Museum
A proper working family farm that is friendly and fun. Friendly animals to meet and feed, fresh eggs to collect and baby animals to hold. Tractor rides, pony rides, nature trail, 2 playgrounds and a motor museum to enjoy.
Manor Farm and Woodlands (11 miles)
Manor Farm and Woodlands
An animal sanctuary with ponies, donkeys, goats and over 40 owls. Numerous other animals to meet such as rabbits, guinea pigs, llamas, chickens, ducks, and geese. Indoor and outdoor play areas, and a Nature Trail to follow.
National Space Centre (6 miles)
National Space Centre
The award winning National Space Centre is home to the UK's largest 360 degree planetarium, the National Space Centre is a hands-on, interactive journey through six stunning galleries, Rocket Tower, and S.I.M ride that offers an experience that is out of this world.
Jewry Wall Museum (7 miles)
Jewry Wall Museum
A fascinating free museum where you can discover one of Leicester’s most famous landmarks, plus see a number of artefacts, including a Roman helmet, mosaics, ancient stone tools and more. There is something to interest the whole family.
Charnwood Museum (7 miles)
There are lots of interactive exhibits: you can dig through the layers of history and find out why archaeologists like old rubbish, peep under rocks, in cracks and crevices to find the hidden creatures or zoom-in on a centipede's head with the video microscope.
Ashby de la Zouch Museum (9 miles)
Ashby de la Zouch
Ashby de la Zouch Museum
Local history museum with special events for families and children. Open all the year round with interesting exhibitions, models and children's activity sheets. Specially designed hands-on activities available including a new audio feature to the cartoon timeline!
Bruntingthorpe Aviation Museum (15 miles)
Bruntingthorpe Aviation Museum
Visit the home of a Cold War Jet collection that includes a Hunter, Victor, a Jaguar, plus a Nimrod MR2 and a Sea Harrier. 2 Open Days are held each year when you can see them in action!
Melton Carnegie Museum (18 miles)
Melton Carnegie Museum
Free to visit museum covering the history of the local area, and the famous products that orginate here, such as Stilton chese, and pork pies from Melton Mowbray. Discover the history of these, and many other local trades.
Harborough Museum (21 miles)
The newly refurbished Harborough Museum is home to the Hallaton Treasure, discovered in 2000 and one of the most important Iron Age finds in Britain.
Leicester Leys Leisure Centre (5 miles)
Leicester Leys Leisure Centre
Facilities include a fun leisure pool with wave machine, two exciting flume rides, children's interactive activity pool plus a dedicated toddler and baby pool.
Hood Park Outdoor Pool (9 miles)
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Harborough Leisure Centre (21 miles)
Harborough Leisure Centre
Great standard swimming pool but the Tiger Pool comes complete with Octopus slide and interactive water features, waterfalls, squirty fish, water dams and tipping bucket, making it suitable for the whole family.
Barneys Indoor Play Centre (5 miles)
Barneys Indoor Play Centre
With a simple 2 level play structure offering 2000 sq ft of play space this is small but perfectly formed with enough to keep under 6s exercised and entertained.
Bumble Bees (6 miles)
is a 2 storey indoor soft play centre for the under 7s based in Coalville. Bumble Bee’s is a real hive of activity with slides, ball pits and tunnels for kids to have fun and explore. We’ve a cafe bar, free parking and baby changing.
Wacky Warehouse at the Bees Knees (6 miles)
360 Play (6 miles)
Explore our huge indoor play centre, navigate the adventure play frame, drive the dodgems and ride the carousel. Visit 360 Street with Twizzles Garage, boutique and Luigis Pizza Parlour. Let your child be artistic, messy and mucky without it mattering. All included in one price, stay all day, with free easy...
Noahs Ark (6 miles)
Animal themed indoor play centre with a decent size main frame and good toddler area. Bonus activities include biscuit decorating, crafts and baby sensory class.
The Jungle Club (7 miles)
The Jungle Club
3 floor spread of crazy soft play welcoming 4 to 12s with dedicated under 3s area and daily face painting! Fun, exercise and giggles for all!
Wacky Warehouse - Hobby Horse (8 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Hobby Horse
has a purpose built indoor play structure which leaves children to run themselves ragged for a couple of hours, leaving the adults free to collapse on the sofas.
Fun Valley (8 miles)
is an Indoor Family Soft Play Centre for parents and kids 0 to 12 to play in a safe and secure venue. 3 big floors of soft play for kids to enjoy: giant 4 lane astro slides, tubes, ball pits, trampoline, traverse wall, sports area, go karts and more!
Wild Kidz (10 miles)
2 large separate play areas with 0-12 years catered for. Refreshments and food available. Babies go free up to 1 year old.
Mini Mischiefs (21 miles)
offer a huge multi level adventure play area 5.5m high with loads of slides and other features, plus dedicated toddler and baby zones and equipment!
Mini Monsters Softplay (23 miles)
Mini Monsters Softplay
Three story, bespoke play structure featuring all the classic from slides to balls to mazes and more, with secure separate area for under 2s.
Heath Manor House (5 miles)
Heath Manor House
Step back in time and experience how people really lived in Medieval, Tudor and Stuart times in this preserved manor house, which dates back to 1280. A lovely manor house surrounded by period gardens and woodland.
King Richard III Discovery Centre (7 miles)
King Richard III Discovery Centre
Discover the fascinating and moving story of King Richard III through storytelling and modern technology. See where he was buried, and how his remains were discovered in 2012.
Ashby de la Zouch Castle (9 miles)
Ashby de la Zouch
Ashby de la Zouch Castle
A Royalist stronghold during the Civil War, the castle finally fell to Parliament in 1646, and was then made unusable. An underground passage from the kitchen to the tower can still be explored today.
Belvoir Castle (26 miles)
Now the family home of the 11th Duke and Duchess of Rutland and their family - the castle'ÂÂÂÂs splendid interior contains many beautiful treasures from great works of art, to fine furniture and beautiful tapestries. Children can enjoy the delightful Regency Nursery and...
Rockingham Castle (26 miles)
has magnificently furnished rooms and interesting audio visual displays, tours of the grounds and castle, and all surrounded by 12 acres of superb gardens waiting to be played in, not least while kids complete the Wentworth the Gallant grounds quiz!
Midlands Roller Arena (14 miles)
Midlands Roller Arena
Roller rink with open skate sessions, youth hockey league, disco nights, 80s themed nights and Ladies Only sessions. A wholesome family fun activity great for kids taking friends along too!
Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre (6 miles)
Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre
runs a Holiday Scheme which coincides with all the School Holidays, so when the children are off School you can count on us providing day care with a difference. Available for anyone aged between 5 (must be in year 1) and 16 years old.
The Climbing Station (7 miles)
The Climbing Station
800sqm of world-class bouldering facility with friendly, supportive staff offering kids' club and advanced technique classes for over 7s.
AMF Hollywood Bowl Leicester (6 miles)
AMF Hollywood Bowl Leicester
Play tenpin bowling, enjoy the gaming and redemption arcade, catch up on team events in the sports bar and get your munch on in Harry's Kitchen. Sounds like a day to us!
F1 Karting East Midlands (10 miles)
F1 Karting East Midlands
8+ only. Karting race events, training and parties. Race up to 40mph in their 200cc biz karts. Their track is 400m long with 100m main straight.
Stretton Circuit (11 miles)
Junior and Cadet Karting ages range from 10 years old to 15 years old with younger passengers in the twin karts. Plus with planning senior karters can sometimes race juniors: time to take the kids to school!
Curious About Leicester (7 miles)
Curious About Leicester
is a new way to explore and be surprised by Leicester. Keep the family intrigued with two treasure hunt style walks of discovery. Read stories, match pictures, and answer clues about this fascinating city. Buy or instantly download the booklet then explore in your own time.
Foxton Locks Spy Mission Treasure Trail (18 miles)
Foxton Locks Spy Mission Treasure Trail
Can you solve the clues to complete a spy mission around Foxton on this self guided themed Treasure Trail? Discover and learn more about Foxton Locks and Village on this Trail.
Great Central Railway (7 miles)
Great Central Railway
the place to meet Peppa and George, Villains and Superheroes, characters from Frozen, be scared at Halloween and be awestruck on Bonfire Night. Want to meet Santa? He’s on the trains in up to Christmas with presents for you!
Battlefield Line Railway (7 miles)
Battlefield Line Railway
Running pleasing journeys between their 2 stations alongside Ashby Canal, with the HQ at Shackerston boasting loco shed and main rolling stock plus their Victorian Tea Room and Souvenir Shop. There's also a museum within a short walk. Lovely!
Great Central Railway Nottingham (15 miles)
Great Central Railway Nottingham
offers 10 miles of heritage railway running through the beautiful scenery of South Nottinghamshire and North-West Leicestershire. We are also home to static displays, a large Miniature Railway, Model Railways, Road Transport Collection and Play Area, with a Cafe and Gift Shop as well.
Foxton Boat Services (18 miles)
Foxton Boat Services
Site of the Foxton Inclined Plane Boat Lift, a remarkable piece of Victorian engineering, plus the longest staircase locks in the country. Passenger trips and private day hire available. Set in the beautiful Leicestershire countryside, brimming with heritage.
Foxton Canal Museum (18 miles)
Foxton Canal Museum
Models, interactive displays, and a wide range of waterway artefacts tell the story of the lift, the Locks, the waterways and the people who lived on the canals. Free admission for accompanied children.
Bradgate Park (3 miles)
830 acres of enclosed Deer Park that is over 800 years old! Full of dramatic rocky outcrops and and woodland to explore. Visitor centre, 18th century folly, plus the ruins of Bradgate house to discover.
Abbey Park (6 miles)
Beautiful river-split park with miniature railway, pets' corner and a large play area suitable for children of all ages, plus formal gardens, historic ruins and loads of room for traditional games. Where's that frisbee?
Goldhill Adventure Playground (8 miles)
Goldhill Adventure Playground
A real adventure playground for 5 to 14 year olds, children can play freely, and have fun while being supervised. Leicester's largest inclusion programme.
Hicks Lodge National Forest Cycle Centre (10 miles)
Hicks Lodge National Forest Cycle Centre
16km (almost 10 miles) of exciting off road cycle trails, plus Forest Trails and a Gruffalo Trail for the kids between October and February. Play Area with scramble nets, climbing frames, balance courses and more.
Rutland Water Nature Reserve (24 miles)
Rutland Water Nature Reserve
An internationally famous nature reserve covering 1,000 acres and over 20,000 waterfowl! A variety of habitats to explore and loads of wildlife to look out for, including kingfishers, ospreys, badgers and butterflies. Great calendar of events throughout the year.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Best Beaches near Markfield 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 Leicestershire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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