British Music Experience (28 miles)
British Music Experience
The UKs only interactive museum of popular music. Combining cutting edge audio-visual technology with some of the most coveted music memorabilia of all time and the only exhibition where you can select your favourite content and media recordings to keep.
A Complete History of London Show (31 miles)
A Complete History of London Show
Is an hour filled with information about London’s history brought in a very accessible and comical manner. Fun characters such as Dick Wittington’s Cat and not-so-clever Roman Builders make appearances and you and your kids will leave knowing more about London than you ever imagined.
Unicorn Theatre (31 miles)
National home of theatre for children and young people. Based at our purpose-built theatre in the heart of London, we produce fantastic productions and events for anyone aged 0 upwards, from small interactive performances for toddlers to large, full scale productions for young audiences and their families.
BFI London IMAX Cinema (33 miles)
BFI London IMAX Cinema
The state-of-the-art cinema shows 2D and 3D films on the largest cinema screens in the UK, transporting viewers to the world’s greatest places, from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space. A great london kids day out.
BFI Film Funday (33 miles)
BFI Film Funday
Film Fundays kick off with a series of themed workshops; kids can enjoy an array of activities from film-making and creating their own storyboards, to face painting and fancy dress. The fun follows with a special screening each month.
Londons Death Trap (33 miles)
Londons Death Trap
Strictly for extremely daring over 12s, this is a zombie action interactive live show and they will never forget it! Also do parties, horror face painting, and more.
Science Museum IMAX 3D Cinema (35 miles)
Science Museum IMAX 3D Cinema
For the ultimate movie-going experience visit the Science Museum IMAX 3D Cinema. With a screen taller than four double-decker buses and 3D effects you'll be totally immersed in the action! A great place for a kids day out in London.
Polka Theatre (38 miles)
is a theatre especially for children in Wimbledon! We spark the imagination and fuel a sense of discovery in children through our thrilling and playful world class theatre. We have a welcoming and stimulating environment with a theatre, playground and cafe: all dedicated to the needs to children.
Vue Cinema Westwood Cross (41 miles)
Vue Cinema Westwood Cross
Kids can see selected screenings every Sat and Sun morning for only £1 a ticket. Accompanying adults can also pay just £1 per ticket! Screenings take place every day in the school holidays.
Warner Bros Studio Tour London (43 miles)
Warner Bros Studio Tour London
is a walking tour that lets you explore the magic of the Harry Potter films: the most successful film series of all time. The tour takes you behind-the-scenes and showcases a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props, as well as special effects and animatronics.
Empire Cinema (52 miles)
10 screen cinema in Slough - formerly Cineworld and UGC
Odeon Maidenhead (58 miles)
Great for a rainy day indoors. The latest film releases shown all day everyday.
Odeon Norwich (72 miles)
Odeon Norwich - great cinema down by the Riverside in Norwich, many of the films now in super 3D
Norwich Puppet Theatre (73 miles)
Norwich Puppet Theatre
As well as hosting a variety of touring puppetry companies from Britain and overseas, featuring the best of British and international theatre of animation for all ages, we present an ongoing programme of craft based workshops for children with special sessions for adults.
Tropical Wings World of Wildlife (2 miles)
Tropical Wings World of Wildlife
- prides itself on its reputation for providing 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 this along with great competitions to enter ensures there’s something for everyone
Sealife Adventure (12 miles)
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.
Colchester Zoo (17 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!
Ada Cole Rescue Stables (23 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.
Seaquarium at Clacton Pier (25 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.
Marsh Farm Country Park (3 miles)
Marsh Farm Country Park
With so many different play activities across 20 acres of fun, there’s just so much to do! From the outdoor adventure play area to milking demonstrations or the tractor and trailer ride, there really is something for all the family at Marsh Farm.
Barleylands Farm Park (8 miles)
Barleylands Farm Park
A farm park, craft village and bird of prey centre. We have two indoor play areas and two outdoor adventure playgrounds, one with a giant bouncy pillow and zip wire.
Hopefield Animal Sanctuary (13 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!
Boydells Dairy Farm (18 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!
Harlow Town Park (21 miles)
Harlow Town Park
A grand adventure playground plus large paddling pool (open in the summer) and a Pets’ Corner home to a variety of animals including fish, sheep, llamas and reindeer.
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.
Lee Valley Park Farms (25 miles)
Lee Valley Park Farms
If you want to get the kids out of the house and are looking for something that is fun, interesting and educational, Lee Valley Park Farms in Waltham Abbey has all of this and more! With lots of different farm animals to meet and others you wouldn't expect to meet - charming meerkats, cheeky marmosets, reptiles and llamas!
Jimmys Farm (33 miles)
An exciting day out for all the family. We are a working farm and breed rare breed pigs but also have cows, sheep, chickens and more! We have a nature trail, butchery and shop, cafe and playground. We hold farmers markets on 1st Saturday of every month.
Battlesbridge Antiques Centre (4 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!
Chelmsford Museum (6 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.
The Cater Museum (9 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 (10 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.
Castle Point Transport Museum (11 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'!
Thurrock Museum (18 miles)
Here you can explore the history of Thurrock through 40 permanent display cases and 20 temporary display cases, containing over 1,500 objects, interpreting 250,000 years of Thurrock's past.
North Weald Airfield and Museum (19 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.
Natural History Museum Colchester (20 miles)
Natural History Museum Colchester
A fascinating chance to get closer to nature. Find out about wildlife habitats, biodiversity and climate change in a family friendly environment full of hands on activities.
Colchester Castle Museum (20 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.
Hollytrees Museum (20 miles)
Follow the story around this beautiful Georgian building taking in domestic life and childhood in Colchester over the past 300 years. Meet many different characters from the past and experience Colchester's fascinating history.
The Museum of Harlow (21 miles)
The Museum of Harlow
Uses objects, text and pictures to tell the story of the area now known as Harlow from ancient times to the present day. Free quizzes and trails for kids available.
The House on the Hill Toy Museum (23 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 on display, based on the collection of one man who started in 1946 by buying a Hornby train set with his pocket money.
Saffron Walden Museum (28 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.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Childrens Entertainment near Woodham Ferrers 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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