Stubbers Adventure Centre (35 miles)
Stubbers Adventure Centre
Family adventure starts here, with a fantastic range including motor sports, jet ski, laser tag, bushcraft and absolutely loads more! Single session, day and even week long activity options!
Mepal Outdoor Centre (43 miles)
Mepal Outdoor Centre
Brace yourselves, there's Zorbing, Bushcraft, Fencing, Canoeing, Archery and Climbing plus summer Day Camps and Family Fun Taster Days! However hard, high, cunning or frivolous you want it these folks have got the fun for you!
The Castle Climbing Centre (44 miles)
The Castle Climbing Centre
is a modern climbing centre with a really family friendly stance, offering bouldering, high ropes, specialist courses, kids' clubs and special events in the school holidays. Handy taster sessions help you get to grips with the options available!
Dreamland (47 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!
Vertical Chill Ice Wall Covent Garden (48 miles)
Vertical Chill Ice Wall Covent Garden
The internal temperature ranges from -5C to -7C. The wall is 8m in height and ranges in steepness from a pleasant slab to a drastic overhang! Strict lower age limit of 13 years old, with conditions.
WestWay Climbing (51 miles)
Climbing is perfects for kids, and this centre offers a couple of different drop in sessions for kids as young as five to give climbing a try in a safe, friendly and supervised atmosphere.
The XC (53 miles)
features include a high end skate park, a 14m climbing wall, organic indoor caving systems, bouldering walls and a challenging high ropes course! Bring your energy!
Colchester Zoo (6 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 (20 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.
Tropical Wings World of Wildlife (21 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!
Belfairs Nature Reserve and Woodland (27 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.
Sealife Adventure (28 miles)
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.
Boydells Dairy Farm (11 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!
Clacton Zoo (20 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.
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park (22 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 (27 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 (29 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!
Ada Cole Rescue Stables (32 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 (36 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!
Colchester Castle Museum (7 miles)
Colchester Castle Museum
Lots of hands on exhibits of appeal to children and adults alike. Displays on castle prisons, medieval and Norman Colchester, lots going on.
Natural History Museum Colchester (7 miles)
Natural History Museum Colchester
Find out about wildlife habitats and climate change in a family friendly environment full of hands on activities, all of which are free! Best bits: crawling through a super sized badger sett and using their microscope!
Hollytrees Museum (7 miles)
Examine 200 years of clocks, study a dolls house replicating the house you're standing in, interact with the hands on exhibits like period dress up and see if you can spot a live costumed character to talk to!
Essex Police Museum (18 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.
Chelmsford Museum (19 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.
Saffron Walden Museum (23 miles)
Saffron Walden Museum
We are a family friendly museum where you can have fun exploring ancient history, natural history, local history and world cultures. We have an archaeological sandpit, where you can come and excavate, animals to stroke, microscopes to peep through, fossils, quizzes and much, much more.
Battlesbridge Antiques Centre (23 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 House on the Hill Toy Museum (24 miles)
The House on the Hill Toy Museum
This is the largest privately owned toy museum in Europe with over 80,000 individual items
of mixed antiquity toys on display. Plus Palaeontology House and Haunted Manor for older types!
The Cater Museum (27 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.
Central Museum (27 miles)
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 (28 miles)
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.
The Museum of Harlow (29 miles)
The Museum of Harlow
Four galleries focusing on local history within major time frames, plus temporary exhibit gallery. Time Detectives kids' history and archaeology workshops at weekends, plus a walled garden to explore with picnic area.
Castle Point Transport Museum (30 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'!
North Weald Airfield and Museum (30 miles)
North Weald Airfield and Museum
Still a very active airfield and on most summer weekends visitors can see some of the veteran and classic aircraft based on the airfield in action. The museum focuses on local service personnel and civilian histories.
Essex Fire Museum (36 miles)
Essex Fire Museum
A fascinating look into the history of Essex Fire Service with historic engines, uniforms, equipment and photos. Try on different helmets, have a go on the water hose and if you are lucky, climb aboard an engine!
Thurrock Museum (37 miles)
Learn about 250,000 years of Thurrock's past through their fascinating displays and extensive ranges of locally discovered artefacts.
Colchester Leisure World (7 miles)
Colchester Leisure World
16 family fun features including two thrilling flumes, river rapids, crazy river, waves, geysers, still more slides and family spa pools! Also has standard swimming facilities.
Braintree Swimming Centre (9 miles)
Braintree Swimming Centre
Facility includes a great family fun orientated pool, with slide and interactive equipment. Children must be under 8 years to use this pool and acompanied by a parent or an adult.
Woodup Pool (13 miles)
A very basic salt water bathing pool with an area of sand at one end. Open May to September. It should be noted they do not have lifeguards. Free to use!
Brightlingsea Open Air Pool (15 miles)
Brightlingsea Open Air Pool
Offering 2 pools, one a 15m paddling pool, and the second a 50m main pool. The season runs from the end of May through to the beginning of September.
Blackwater Leisure Centre (15 miles)
Blackwater Leisure Centre
- boasts a superb leisure pool, incorporating the challenging Jungle River ride, a fun flume ride, lazy river ride, a safe swimming area for children and novelty bubble pool! Plus separate Baby Pool for our youngest visitors and lane swimming provided.
Jungle Adventure (6 miles)
Huge jungle themed indoor adventure play offering terrific features like aerial glides, ball pools it rains in, cannons, trampolines, assault course and more. In the toddler sensory zone everything apparently comes to life, including a talking tree!
Go Bananas Indoor Soft Play Centre (7 miles)
Go Bananas Indoor Soft Play Centre
Enormous play zone with terrific design and atmospheric play features on top of the usual fare, including vertical drop waterfall slide, bouncy Aztec Ruins and a spooky cavern with smoke machines and light effects! Plus a bigger than implied Tiny Town for the under 4s too. Awesome!
Crazy Kids Adventure Play (9 miles)
Crazy Kids Adventure Play
A massive, air conditioned, modern warehouse fitted out for high adventure and excitement on the multi level activity areas in a controlled environment. This is children's playtime entertainment at its very best and safest.
Monkey Puzzle at Madison Heights (15 miles)
Monkey Puzzle at Madison Heights
There is an amazing giant play frame that is over 6 meters high with a series of exciting climbing structures and educational toys and packed with slides, fun areas to explore and loads more!
Dizzy Rascals (16 miles)
is a indoor soft play centre, age 0 to10. Multi level skill building and adventure play equipment. Featuring interactive panels and a three lane 3 storey astra slide. Delicious food, fresh ground coffee and homemade cakes are all on sale.
Coco Nuts Play Ltd (17 miles)
Coco Nuts Play Ltd
Multi tiered frame indoor play facility with dedicated toddler areas and varying bonus features! Outside play area with bouncy castle open May to September. Parties hosted in animal themed rooms.
Rockys Fun House Chelmsford (19 miles)
Rockys Fun House Chelmsford
is the newest addition to Rocky's Fun Houses indoor soft play with two fun filled play structures for children from toddlers up to age 10 to enjoy. Also available for private hire at the weekends.
Wacky Warehouse Queen B (19 miles)
Wacky Warehouse Queen B
offer a plentiful multi level multi color adventure play frame plus dedicated toddler area. Family restaurant on ground floor, play zone on first floor with lift access available.
Space Kingdom (20 miles)
Top notch space themed adventure facility with multi level play frame, go karts, sports arena, drop and spiral slides, Toddlers' Milky Way Centre and very much more! Awesome decor too.
Robbie Rascal Party and Play Centre (20 miles)
Thanks for all the great things to do and Activity Centre near Wakes Colne 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 Essex can enjoy the great day out as well.
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