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.
Rayleigh Megaplay (5 miles)
Home of awesome atmospheric Megazone Laser Tag, plus MegaPlay Soft Play, Music Rooms, Theatre and S-Kape Youth Centre! Loads!
Diggerland Kent (15 miles)
Digger related day out for the junior vehicle lover - children get to drive and ride full size diggers - 18 rides to get round
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)
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)
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.
Dreamland (31 miles)
Britain's oldest theme park has been rescued and is now a new and improved version of it's former glory with rides aplenty, circus, adventure play, roller disco, loads of entertainments and more munch options than you can shake a carrot stick at. Classic Margate!
Hornby Visitor Centre (32 miles)
Hornby Visitor Centre
Bring both your inner and outer children and explore all things Hornby, Scalextric, Airfix and Corgi! A delight for the mechanically minded plus the rare Pocher model gallery and multi media Airfix D-Day exhibition offer some departure from the chuff for those who want it.
Walton Pier (32 miles)
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. Fun whatever the weather, it’s all undercover!
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Tour (34 miles)
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Tour
Explore all the key parts of the club and grounds with a professional tour guide and see behind the scenes whilst hearing fascinating anecdotes and black and white videos of when Spurs were good.
The View from The Shard (34 miles)
The View from The Shard
Offering stunning panoramic views up to 40 miles across the capital, with flexi timed tickets, step-free option, bonus bus tour and free return tickets in the event of bad weather. Handy!
Muggle Tours (34 miles)
Come and visit many of the stops around London that either inspired Rowling or appeared in the films, including Grimmauld Place! Fun for over 7s, taking around 2 hours.
Sobell Leisure Centre (35 miles)
Highbury and Islington
Sobell Leisure Centre
Multi level adventure play for under 10s, but the centre also features ice skating, trampolining, climbing wall and great range of sports facilities. Terrific for families with multiple age ranges to accommodate!
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.
Potter Platform at Kings Cross Station (36 miles)
Potter Platform at Kings Cross Station
One for particular Potter-heads only, as it's essentially a photo opportunity with no features, but has a fantastic themed shop adjacent well worth your perusal!
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!
Royston Leisure Centre (47 miles)
Royston Leisure Centre
Modern swimming facility with a regular giant inflatable session, plus Creepy Crawly Club programming for under 5s offering games, musical sessions and baby gym.
Footgolf Rickmansworth (51 miles)
The principles of golf with the applied sports play of football, this is simple but addictive and a gentle par 3 course so great for beginners and adults fearing shame! Kids' holiday camps too!
Knockhatch Adventure Park (51 miles)
Knockhatch Adventure Park
This diverse attraction offers Playgrounds, Birds of Prey, Rowing Boats, Animals, Reptiles, Giant Sky Leap Slide, Indoor Soft Play, Toboggans, Trampolines, Crazy Golf, plus lots more. At extra cost and weather permitting, Go-Karts, Laser Adventure Game, Driving School and Rodeo Bull!
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.
Fort Fun (56 miles)
Indoor play, outdoor play, water play, sand play, rides, live shows, role-play village and a fabulous splash park! More fun than you can shake a stick at!
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
Multi level soft play centre, based in Dunstable Leisure Centre. Open daily, with plenty of features to keep the kids entertained for a couple of hours. They do birthday parties too.
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.
Belfairs Nature Reserve and Woodland (3 miles)
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.
Tropical Wings World of Wildlife (9 miles)
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!
Colchester Zoo (23 miles)
One of the finest zoos in Europe with over 260 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 Butterfly Glade exhibit for 2015!
Seaquarium at Clacton Pier (26 miles)
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.
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, visit the reptile house, 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)
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!
Ada Cole Rescue Stables (31 miles)
Ada Cole Rescue Stables
Get up nose to nose with more than 70 wonderful rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules and find out more about these amazing creatures!
Lee Valley Park Farms (33 miles)
Lee Valley Park Farms
With lots of different farm animals to meet and others you wouldn't expect to meet: charming meerkats, cheeky marmosets, reptiles and llamas! If you want to get the kids out of the house and are looking for something that is fun, interesting and educational, Lee Valley has all of this and more!
Central Museum (< 1 mile)
Southend on Sea
Houses the collections of local and natural history and archaeology, and tells the story of Southend’s growth as a major seaside destination. Free to explore!
Southend Pier Museum (< 1 mile)
Southend On Sea
Southend Pier Museum
boasts an exciting range of vintage train and tram carriages plus pictorial memorabilia, penny slot machines and period costumes.
Castle Point Transport Museum (4 miles)
Castle Point Transport Museum
Home to over thirty old and rare buses and coaches alongside vintage commercials, military and emergency vehicles. Great for kids into all things 'vroom'!
Battlesbridge Antiques Centre (8 miles)
Battlesbridge Antiques Centre
Over 80 dealers housed in a variety of old buildings and courtyards, and a vintage motorcycle museum. Great for quieter kids who'll just love all the mysterious stuff!
The Cater Museum (14 miles)
The Cater Museum
A series of accurately set up Victorian rooms which is great to help kids studying the period visualise it better. They also host displays on local history and have a World War II exhibition room and Victorian garden.
Chelmsford Museum (17 miles)
Set in a park with an adventure play area, the museum offers a nice variety of exhibits, from a fine collection of fossils, a living beehive and British wildlife galleries, to the history of the Essex Regiment and the Essex Yeomanry.
Essex Police Museum (17 miles)
Essex Police Museum
Find out about the police and what they do in this fab little museum that is free to visit. Get your fingerprints taken and check out the recreation of a police cell.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Kids Fun near Southend on Sea 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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