Tropical Butterfly House (10 miles)
Tropical Butterfly House
Encounter the exotic and discover a wild family day out at the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre! Meet lemurs, meerkats, owls, otters, snakes, lizards, a tarantula and other amazing animals during unforgettable Animal Encounters!
Chestnut Conservation and Wildlife Park (18 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 (18 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!
Yorkshire Wildlife Park (19 miles)
Yorkshire Wildlife Park
From Wallaby Walkabout to Land of the Tigers, all the kids' furry favourites are here! The latest features are a giraffe house and a viewing platform into largest leopard enclosure in the world, where visitors come face to face with them up 10m high climbing frames!
Ponderosa (24 miles)
Children of all ages and abilities from severely disabled to able bodied can engage in a variety of interesting and stimulating activities together. Huge selection of activities includes rare breeds, reptile rooms, zip wire slides, beaches and sandpits, plus indoor and outdoor play areas!
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.
Donkey Sanctuary (29 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.
Roundhay Tropical World (32 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.
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.
Sea Life Manchester (37 miles)
Sea Life Manchester
An amazing aquatic array of curious creatures, plus interactive touch pool and 3D interactive claw, Europe's first Sea Bed Walk and the chance to feed a giant turtle!
Monkey Forest (43 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.
Woodside Wildlife and Falconry Park (45 miles)
Woodside Wildlife and Falconry Park
Come along and enjoy flying displays, tropical butterflies, snakes and reptiles, watch the wolves and big cats being fed and much more! Plus play area for the children and barn style tea rooms for grown ups. Ahhh!
Vale Royal Falconry Centre (48 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.
Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre (48 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!
Cheshire Falconry (48 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!
York Bird of Prey Centre (50 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.
Twycross Zoo (50 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...
Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre (51 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!
Tropical Birdland (52 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.
The Deep (53 miles)
Discover the dramatic story of the world's oceans at Hull's award winning aquarium, which blends stunning marine life, fun interactive and audio-visual presentations. It's home to over 6,500 animals including spectacular sharks and rays!
Rodbaston Visitor Centre Animal Zone (54 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.
Knowsley Safari Park (56 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! With new features, play features and Hire Wire features this is a day and a half!
Talon Falconry (56 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.
Bowland Wild Boar Park (57 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.
Plantasia (57 miles)
Explore the UK’s largest collection of permanent mazes, feed the carp, visit the animal field, clamber over the tree top trail, explore the woodland walk or just sit and enjoy the colours, sounds and smells of nature. Spread over 30 acres, there is plenty of room for all that energy.
Turbary Woods (57 miles)
Offers a unique collection of over 90 birds of prey including eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, vultures and more unusual species. Daily demonstrations.
Blue Planet Aquarium (60 miles)
Blue Planet Aquarium
Has over 100 living displays in six themed areas showcasing a spectacular variety of life from the deep. Visit our Caribbean Reef display, complete with 230ft underwater tunnel, which houses Europe's largest collection of sharks - including the Jawsome three metre long Sand Tiger Sharks.
Chester Zoo (60 miles)
With 110 acres to explore, there are 8000 animals at the award winning Chester Zoo: voted one of the top zoos in the world and the UK's number one charity.
Aston Springs Farm (6 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 (10 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 (26 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!
Graves Gallery (< 1 mile)
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.
Milllenium Gallery Sheffield (< 1 mile)
Milllenium Gallery Sheffield
A world class Metalwork Collection backed up by special exhibitions and a handy set of activity boxes to help explain it to kids! Host to regularly changing exhibitions on the local area plus a permanent collection including natural history.
Millennium Gallery (< 1 mile)
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.
Kelham Island Museum (< 1 mile)
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!
Weston Park Museum (1 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!
Magna Science Adventure Centre (4 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.
Weston Park (4 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.
Clifton Park Museum (6 miles)
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.
Experience Barnsley (12 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.
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.
Cusworth Hall and Park (16 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 (17 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 (17 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!
The Trolleybus Museum (27 miles)
The Trolleybus Museum
is the world's largest collection of preserved trolleybuses, alongside other vehicles and artefacts from the same era. Rides and seasonal fun available too, if you can catch them open!
Ponds Forge (< 1 mile)
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!
Millhouses Park (3 miles)
13 hectares of Green Flag Award Winning parkland with Splash! Water Play, Skate Park, Boating Lake, plus large play park, riverside, woodland and plenty of space to run around. Open all year and free to visit.
Rotherham Leisure Complex (6 miles)
Rotherham Leisure Complex
Leisure pool with shallow entry and aqua flume water slide plus standard swimming pool and a smaller parent child pool.
Maltby Swimming Centre (11 miles)
Maltby Swimming Centre
Standard swimming facilities plus diving pool with 1m and 3m springboards and a 5m platform. There are lessons available plus some dry side fun too like a small kids' adventure play area.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Zoos and Wildlife Parks near Sheffield 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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