Adventure Island (< 1 mile)
Southend on Sea
Situated on Southend Seafront on both sides of the world famous pier, the park boasts over 40 rides and attractions!
Southend Pier and Train (< 1 mile)
Southend On Sea
Southend Pier and Train
Apparently the longest pleasure pier in the world, featuring pier train and transport museum, fishing and sightseeing.
Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf (1 miles)
Southend On Sea
Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf
18 hole crazy golf course with fun features and amusing challenges for the whole family to play together.
Rayleigh Megaplay (5 miles)
Home of awesome atmospheric Megazone Laser Tag, plus MegaPlay Soft Play, Music Rooms, Theatre and S-Kape Youth Centre! Loads!
West Park Pitch Putt and Crazy Golf (17 miles)
Pirate Cove Adventure Park (20 miles)
Pirate Cove Adventure Park
With two 18 hole mini golf courses, an aerial assault course, pirate pedalos and remote controlled galleons, Pirate Cove is probably one of the best adventure golf centre in Europe!
ifun at Sandancers (21 miles)
ifun at Sandancers
Home of the great 18 hole Herne Bay Mini Golf, with kiddie clubs available. Also on site: arcades and ice creams!
Go Bananas (22 miles)
Offers indoor and outdoor play frames and equipment, plus dedicated toddler zone. Other outdoor activities include Banana Balls (zorbing), pedal kart track and golf buggies!
Trial a Bite Rock and Fossil Tours (24 miles)
Trial a Bite Rock and Fossil Tours
Guided rock and fossil hunting trips at venues Kent and Sussex. Like exploring the outdoors? Want to try something different at the seaside? Fascinated by dinosaurs and pre-historic plant and animal life? Always wanted to have a go at fossil hunting?
Clacton Pavilion (25 miles)
Clacton on Sea
Exciting fun park choose from Adventure Golf, Dodgems, 5D Cinema, Terror Tower, 360 Dance party, Bungee Trampolines, Gold Mine Roller Coaster, State of the Art Ten Pin Bowling and fabulous Bar & Restaurant
Clacton Pier (26 miles)
Clacton on Sea
Experience 360 Meters of All Weather all year fun and Rides including The new Lanes Tenpin Bowling. From Tiny Tot Rides to The return of The Stella Rollercoaster Families will have hours of fun and memories.
Rollerworld Quasar (26 miles)
Classic laser tag, the no contact combat game played with infra red, plus family friendly roller skating.
Gnome Magic (29 miles)
Visit the enchanted Gnome woodland, explore mysterious and delightful gardens and finish off with a cup of tea and cake while painting your own gnome as a keepsake.
Labyrinthe (30 miles)
High adventure in the form of role-playing games where the players perform some or all of the physical actions of the characters they are playing, all within their maze of caverns and tunnels. Great for kids 11+.
Strokes Adventure Golf (30 miles)
Strokes Adventure Golf
We are an 18 hole mini golf course set in attractive surroundings which incorporate rockscapes, plants and water features. Overlooking the beautiful Westbrook Bay in Margate, Strokes Adventure golf is a skill based course with natural hazards that is both challenging and fun.
Mistley Place Park (32 miles)
Mistley Place Park
Animal sanctuary and tea rooms. An educational day out where you can feed the animals and teach the kids something important.
Walton Pier (32 miles)
Walton on the Naze
Take a ride on the Red Baron, be thrilled on the Waltzer, ride into the sunset on the Gallopers, release that road rage on the Dodgems or play some classic tenpin bowling: or all of it!
Kelsey Park and Minigolf Course (33 miles)
Kelsey Park and Minigolf Course
Beautifully landscaped and featuring an enclosed kids' playground, tennis courts and a Crazy Golf course. The 18 hole mini golf is quite challenging, so probably for over 6s or clever clogs.
Lillyputt Mini Golf (34 miles)
Lillyputt Mini Golf
Championship designed mini golf course suitable for all the family with plenty of fun features and surprises: look out for the shark! Regular summer events held.
Zorbit (35 miles)
Recommended 8yrs plus, Zorbiting is a safe exciting high and a really unique experience.
Jeppe Hein Appearing Rooms (36 miles)
Jeppe Hein Appearing Rooms
Dart through the rising and retreating walls of water created by playful jets as designed by Jeppe Hein at this free entry interactive play fountain. How wet you get is up to you! Mostly. Seasonally available.
The London Eye (36 miles)
The London Eye
is the world's tallest observation wheel with 40 kilometre panoramic views on a clear day. The Eye has become an iconic image for London and is a must for any tourist trip. Great idea for fun things to do in London with kids.
Alexandra Palace (36 miles)
is a year round destination for all kinds of family fun. Including an indoor ice rink, soft play centre, a boating lake, pitch and putt course, deer enclosure and of course plenty of park land. Throughout the year there are plenty of events to choose from too.
Hamleys (37 miles)
An iconic flagship toy store that has developed an international reputation for its magical atmosphere and spectacular window displays. Activities in the holidays as well as tours around the store available.
Scotts Grotto (37 miles)
A labour of love spanning thirty years of labour, some ten thousand pounds and an inestimable weight of shells and coloured glass adorning the walls of this 67ft set of charming underground tunnels. PLEASE NOTE the limited opening times.
Dover Leisure Centre (39 miles)
Dover Leisure Centre
Provides lots of fun and engaging activities for kids and families. The centre has 2 swimming pools, indoor sports hall, workout classes and much more.
Join our award winning cheerleading squad: the Vista Twisters!
Dinosaur Safari Adventure Golf (42 miles)
Dinosaur Safari Adventure Golf
18 holes of adventure golf in lush surrounds with pleasing hazards, water features, tropical plants and oodles of dinosaurs, some of whom move!
Jungle Island Adventure Golf (44 miles)
Jungle Island Adventure Golf
is a brand new outdoor 18 hole Adventure Golf experience. With a hidden cave, waterfall and raft and an animatronic Gorilla and Snake. Crocodiles lurk in the lake. Jungle themed Childrens parties available.
Suitable for any age and any ability.
Hastings Adventure Golf (48 miles)
Hastings Adventure Golf
Features three 18 hole courses which include waterfalls, fountains and even a cave to negotiate around!
TopGolf Watford (48 miles)
Featuring for families a striking 18 hole adventure golf course that features ponds, streams, rocks, plants, waterfall and daring water hazard! Formal golf available.
Stonham Barns (49 miles)
Fun facilities at the leisure and retail complex include Golf Course and Crazy Mini Golf, Owl Sanctuary and fishing lakes.
Scudamores Punting Company (52 miles)
Scudamores Punting Company
A variety of guided tours, treasure hunts and special events, or just punting about on the river. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Cambridge
Oxbridge Tours (52 miles)
Tours of Cambridge, Ghost Tours, Punting Tours, Bike Tours, Tours of Oxford, Alice in Wonderland Tour, Harry Potter Tour, Tours for Kids, University Introduction tours, and more!
Lammas Rec Ground and Mini Golf (53 miles)
Lammas Rec Ground and Mini Golf
Featuring crazy golf course, mini train, skate park, adventure playground, tennis courts, and modern splash park sprayground! (the Splash Park was under repair May 2014)
Go Ape Forest Segway (54 miles)
Go Ape Forest Segway
You can enjoy our forest segway experience in the beautiful Black Park Country Park. From two legs to two wheels: for the ultimate forest experience on a rugged all-terrain Segway. It's a unique way to tackle the trails in the forest.
Pirate Island Adventure Golf (56 miles)
Pirate Island Adventure Golf
Swashbuckling fun for everyone! Treat the family to something different at our 18 hole Adventure Golf course. It’s festooned with obstacles, including a huge pirate ship, lakes, waterfalls, rafts, cannons and even our resident crocodile. Enjoy a bite to eat afterwards at the Hoebridge Cafe Bar and Grill.
Hoo Hill Maze (56 miles)
Hoo Hill Maze
30 metre square 6 foot high maze with paths suitable for wheel and push chairs so no-one is left out of this gentle family adventure.
Extreme Motion (57 miles)
Artfully landscaped crazy golf, wacky family zorbing, and, if you're brave enough, the Bungee Trampoline! Plus cycle hire, coffee shop, and the rest of the park to enjoy.
Si5 Spy Missions (58 miles)
Si5 Spy Missions
- is the exciting spy themed action adventure centre near Cambridge suitable for anyone aged 6 and above. Your Mission: to infiltrate the ship and stop the missile being launched without getting caught! The mission ends with an adrenalin pumping escape - you and your friends will feel like real spies!
Soft Play Centre (58 miles)
Soft Play Centre
- the perfect place for your kids to have fun and just be kids. The Centre is full of activities for kids up to 4 foot tall to have fun and learn through creative play.
Sealife Adventure (< 1 mile)
Southend on Sea
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.
Tropical Wings World of Wildlife (9 miles)
Tropical Wings World of Wildlife
All weather fun for the whole family, it is set within acres of attractive gardens and features one of the finest tropical butterfly houses in the UK. Throughout the day the Zoo offers a programme of animal encounters, animal feeds and fun activities, plus Monkey Run for older children and Meerkat Lookout for...
Colchester Zoo (23 miles)
One of the finest zoos in Europe with over 250 species of animals set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes. Includes the unique chance to help feed the elephants and giraffes yourself, plus the new Bears of the Rising Sun exhibit for 2014.
Seaquarium at Clacton Pier (26 miles)
Clacton on Sea
Seaquarium at Clacton Pier
An informative, educational, fun learning opportunity to appreciate from an up close perspective some of the intriguing creatures surrounding our coastal areas.
Ada Cole Rescue Stables (31 miles)
Ada Cole Rescue Stables
Kids can meet more than 50 rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, and learn an important lesson about how we treat our fellow creatures.
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park (8 miles)
South Woodham Ferrers
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park
Meet all your farmyard friends, Tractor and Trailer Rides, Indoor and Outdoor Play, Animal Interactions, Pesky Pet Show, Birds of Prey, Pet Barn, Milking Demonstrations and much more!
Barleylands Farm Park (12 miles)
Barleylands Farm Park
Get ready for all weather free range family fun. Say hello to cuddly farmyard friends, join in animal activities, meet birds of prey, run wild in the indoor play or jump aboard the tractor and trailer ride or miniature railway.
Hopefield Animal Sanctuary (19 miles)
Hopefield Animal Sanctuary
is a child friendly sanctuary provides a safe haven to animals that need it. They include horses, donkeys, goats, pigs, chinchillas and Max the bull, who loves nothing more than being tickled between his horns!
Clacton Zoo (25 miles)
Clacton on Sea
- a children's petting zoo with animals you can feed, stroke and interact with. We have many different friendly animals that the children can learn about including alpacas, goats, micro pigs and various birds. 80 metres from Clacton sea front and 200 metres from Clacton pier.
Boydells Dairy Farm (29 miles)
Boydells Dairy Farm
Provides a fun-packed and educational visit for children and adults alike. Try your hand at milking a cow or sheep, feeding hens, riding a donkey cart or outstaring a llama!
Thanks for all the great things to do and Kids Fun near Southend 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
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