Yorkshire Wildlife Park (14 miles)
Yorkshire Wildlife Park
From Wallaby Walkabout to land of the Tigers and a brand new anteater all the kids' furry favourites are here! The latest features are a giraffe house and a 100 sq m viewing platform where visitors come face to face with endangered leopards as they scale their 10m high climbing frames!
Ponderosa (23 miles)
Disabled and disadvantaged children of all ages can engage in a variety of interesting and stimulating activities. Huge selection of activities available involving rare breeds, reptile rooms, zip wire slides, beaches and sandpits, plus indoor and outdoor play areas.
Chestnut Conservation and Wildlife Park (23 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 Bath Aquarium (23 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!
Manor Heath Park and Jungle Experience (28 miles)
Manor Heath Park and Jungle Experience
is a tropical oasis packed with fish, quail, terrapin and butterflies as well as a collection of plants from all over the world, where families can enjoy the all year round tropical atmosphere to explore. Plus adventure playground.
Roundhay Tropical World (29 miles)
Roundhay Tropical World
Tropical World at Roundhay Park Leeds is one of the UK's most popular garden tourist attractions and home to the largest collection of tropical plants outside Kew Gardens.
Donkey Sanctuary (33 miles)
Visit rescued donkeys in their dotage and explore with the kids the significance of treating animals with respect and kindness. Animal contact, visitor centre, nature walks and cycle routes also available.
Blackbrook Zoological Park (35 miles)
Blackbrook Zoological Park
They have a wealth of attractions on offer to see, including rare birds, unusual animals, reptiles, insects, kid's favourite Lemur Lodge, Pelican Cove, Swan Lake and the utterly charming World of Penguins!
SMJ Falconry (36 miles)
A Bird of Prey centre with loads of owls, kestrels, falcons, hawks plus an eagle and a clever raven! Experience Days, Hawk Walks, Owl Encounters and Birthday Parties available. All give you a chance for a personal first hand experience.
Woodside Wildlife and Falconry Park (42 miles)
Woodside Wildlife and Falconry Park
Come along and enjoy flying displays, pig racing, tropical butterflies, snakes, reptiles, trout fishing and much more. Indoor and outdoor play areas for the children and barn style tea rooms for grown ups to relax.
York Bird of Prey Centre (46 miles)
York Bird of Prey Centre
A centre with over 70 birds of prey and owls with a chance to fly and handle some of them. Educational talks, plus two flying displays per day. Hawk Walks, Owl Experiences and Falconry Courses available.
The Deep (47 miles)
Discover the dramatic story of the world's oceans at Hull's award wining aquarium, which blends stunning marine life, fun interactives and audio-visual presentations. It's home to over 6,500 animals including spectacular sharks and rays!
Monkey Forest (48 miles)
Unique to the UK! The only place you can walk amongst 140 free roaming Barbary macaques in 60 acres of beautiful English forest. Guides are located on the three quarter mile path to inform you of all the monkeys’ behaviour ensuring you have an exciting and memorable day.
Vale Royal Falconry Centre (52 miles)
Vale Royal Falconry Centre
is a new British birds of prey and wildlife visitor attraction set in the beautiful Cheshire countryside. Suitable for all ages, friends and families can experience these magnificent creatures up close and get involved in handling and flying these beautiful birds under direct supervision.
Talon Falconry (53 miles)
Meet over 35 birds of prey, have a photo taken and see them fly. Other residents include ferrets, rheas, snakes and rabbits. A variety of experience packages also available.
Cheshire Falconry (53 miles)
With special experiences on offer for over 4s, daily flying demonstrations, Family Falconry sessions plus the weathering lawn and aviary, there's plenty of things to see and do for bird lovers of all ages!
Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre (54 miles)
Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre
is a small sanctuary for unwanted and mistreated exotic animals and birds of prey. Home to a wide variety of creatures including, Owls, Hawks, Snakes, Monkeys, Raccoons, Wild cats, Lizards,Fruit bats, Falcons, Terrapins and also new activity packs for kids!
Reaseheath Zoo (54 miles)
A teaching zoo open to the public in the summer and other dates during the year. It has specialist rooms for reptiles, amphibians, and fish as well as indoor and outdoor mammal enclosures.
Twycross Zoo (54 miles)
Set in 80 acres of parkland and known worldwide for its apes and monkeys this conservation centre breeds endangered species and many more to observe. Make sure you see the Penguins at feeding time and check out the Lemur Walk-through enclosure, the Amur leopard exhibit, Sri Lankan elephant walkway, Himalayan...
Tropical Birdland (55 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.
Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre (56 miles)
Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre
Shire Horses are the focus but there are many more spices to visit with and learn about too from mini Shetland ponies to Polecats and Otters!
The Jungle Zoo (56 miles)
The Jungle Zoo
Centres around a Tropical House in a spectacular jungle-like setting which includes a large water feature containing Red Eared and other Terrapins. The outside exhibits include capuchin monkeys, meerkats, ring tailed lemur and more plus plenty of bird exhibits.
Falconry UK (57 miles)
A Birds of Prey and conservation centre with over 70 birds and 30 species including hawks, owls, falcons, kites and vultures. Falconry experience days offered for adults and kids.
Sion Hill Hall Birds of Prey (57 miles)
Sion Hill Hall Birds of Prey
Enjoy the thrills and excitement of falconry at the Birds of Prey and Conservation Centre, with over 70 birds and 30 species. Daily flying displays and handling opportunities for the Ultimate Hands on Experience.
International Centre for Birds of Prey (57 miles)
International Centre for Birds of Prey
The largest collection of birds of prey in the North of England. Over 100 eagles, falcons, owls, hawks, kites, vultures and more in a 10 acre setting. Flying demonstrations, aviaries and a hawk walk to experience, plus other events.
Thorp Perrow Gardens, Falcons, Meerkats (59 miles)
Thorp Perrow Gardens, Falcons, Meerkats
Hands-on family wildlife experience with birds of prey, meerkats, wallabies, reindeer, llama, pygmy goats and 2 new white donkeys, set in 85 acres of beautiful woodland with one of the country's finest collection of trees and shrubs. Plus children's playground!
Bowland Wild Boar Park (59 miles)
Bowland Wild Boar Park
Enjoy a picnic and take a ramble in beautiful wooded countryside, view Wild Boar, Longhorn cows and deer in scenic Ribble Valley Park. Fun includes kids' tractor play area.
Rodbaston Visitor Centre Animal Zone (59 miles)
Rodbaston Visitor Centre Animal Zone
Our Animal Zone houses a varied collection of animals and birds from around the world. See our own Meerkat family and count their babies, watch our Red Lemurs playing outside in their enclosure and see our Wallabies, Raccoon Dogs and all the other animals, which bring animals of the world into one place.
Turbary Woods (60 miles)
Offers a unique collection of over 90 birds of prey including eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, vultures and more unusual species. Daily demonstrations.
Knowsley Safari Park (60 miles)
Knowsley Safari Park
Prepare to discover an incredible host of creatures from cute and cuddly meerkats, to majestic zebras, mischievous monkeys and clever sea lions!
Aston Springs Farm (5 miles)
Aston Springs Farm
is a farm which includes a farm trail with animals such as pigs, goats, deer, alpacas and donkeys. A farm shop sells produce reared on the farm and a family restaurant serves it too.
Wigfield Farm (8 miles)
is a working farm with lots of animals to see and feed. There are meerkats, donkeys, goats, cows, owls, pigs, sheep, chickens, ponies, alpacas, rabbits, guinea pigs, rodent room and an aquatics room. We have an outside play area, a cafe and gift shop.
Cannon Hall Farm (14 miles)
Cannon Hall Farm
Family run farm attraction featuring hundreds of animals with lots of babies always on show. Spectacular new adventure playground opening Easter 2011. Farm Shop selling home produced beef, pork and lamb. Toy and gift shop. Don't miss our famous home made pies in the delicatessen and restaurant.
Shepherds Place Farm (22 miles)
Shepherds Place Farm
Fun, educational petting farm introducing you and your family to animals from home and overseas, including goats, pigs, llamas, rheas, tortoises, and more! Play area with sandpit, and supersized bouncy castle!
Clifton Park Museum (< 1 mile)
Clifton Park Museum
One of the most modern and user-friendly Museums in the country, the twice nominated Museum of the year features famous exhibits such as Nelson the Lion and the breath-taking Rhinoceros Vase. Plus Lion's Den children's play area.
Magna Science Adventure Centre (1 miles)
Magna Science Adventure Centre
Power your imagination at Magna; the UK's first Science Adventure Centre and explore the four elements of fire, air, earth and water. Home to 'Sci-Tek' the largest science and technology playground in Europe, and Aqua-Tek the UK's largest outdoor water play area.
Kelham Island Museum (5 miles)
Kelham Island Museum
Immerse yourselves in the sights and sounds of industrial Sheffield during the Industrial Revolution and follow the growth of the city through the Victorian Era and two world wars to see how steelmaking forged both the City of today and the world!
Millennium Gallery (6 miles)
See some of the unique heritage of Sheffield, including metalwork, plus a great variety of contemporary design and art exhibitions. Different events and temporary exhibits throughout the year. Free to visit.
Graves Gallery (6 miles)
Visit the home of Sheffield’s visual art collection and enjoy the city’s art in a peaceful haven away from the noise of the city. 8 galleries to explore. Great programme of temporary exhibitions. Free to visit.
Weston Park Museum (6 miles)
Weston Park Museum
Extensive collections of all kinds with nice touches to welcome the kids like Activity Cart with quiz sheets and toys; regular Creation Station sessions and 4 differently themed trails to follow outside. Loads to see, loads to do. Bring everyone!
Weston Park (9 miles)
A family friendly museum where kids are free to roam. Explore trail for under 4s plus Family Trails available. Special events and creative activities held each month. Free to visit.
Experience Barnsley (10 miles)
Discover the history and heritage of Barnsley and its people at this great museum and Discovery Centre that is free to visit. Hands on and interactive exhibits to enjoy, plus a Visitor Centre and a café.
Cusworth Hall and Park (10 miles)
Cusworth Hall and Park
A grade I listed country house and grounds open to the public with gardens, adventure playground, lakeland and open spaces as well as a house restored to the period and museum. Free to visit.
Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery (11 miles)
Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery
Family friendly museum that tells the story of the Doncaster area from the end of the last Ice Age to the present day, fun and informative events throughout the year. Interactive exihibits, dressing up, and giant chess! Free to visit.
South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum (12 miles)
South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum
Air museum at Doncaster Lakeside, the former site of WWII RAF Doncaster, with historic buildings and aircraft hangers, military aircraft and helicopters. You can even put yourself in the pilot seat as selected cockpits are always open!
Cannon Hall Museum (14 miles)
Cannon Hall Museum
Country house museum set in 70 acres of historic parkland. Kids will love the childrens room with costumes, puzzles and hands-on learning plus the war zone with sights and sounds of war through the ages helping history come to life.
Rotherham Leisure Complex (< 1 mile)
Rotherham Leisure Complex
Leisure pool with shallow entry and aqua flume water slide plus standard swimming pool and a smaller parent child pool.
Ponds Forge (5 miles)
Come down and make a splash at Ponds Forge leisure pool! Whizz through the 2 flumes, float along the lazy river or jump through the big waves. There is also a smaller fun pool, for parent and toddler swimming!
Maltby Swimming Centre (6 miles)
Maltby Swimming Centre
Standard swimming facilities plus diving pool with 1m and 3m springboards and a 5m platform.
Millhouses Park (8 miles)
13 hectares of Green Flag Award Winning parkland with Splash! Water Play, Skate Parkk, Boating Lake, plus large play park, riverside, woodland and plenty of space to run around. Open all year and free to visit.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Zoos and Wildlife Parks near Rotherham 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 South Yorkshire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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