Newbiggin Maritime Centre (3 miles)
Newbiggin by the Sea
Newbiggin Maritime Centre
Discover life in a historic fishing village through the interactive exhibitions and thoughtful exhibits. It's next to a play park and a sandy beach with rock pools, so take a picnic and make a day of it!
Stephenson Railway Museum (12 miles)
Stephenson Railway Museum
Re-live the glorious days of the steam railway at the Stephenson Railway Museum. Many fun activities for all ages are also held alongside varying exhibitions.
Great North Museum Hancock (14 miles)
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Great North Museum Hancock
A truly stunning day out awaits your children here with spectacular features from live exhibits to mummies, a life-size T-Rex dinosaur skeleton and the planetarium.
South Shields Museum and Art Gallery (14 miles)
Seven Stories (14 miles)
Newcastle Upon Tyne
The UK's first children's book museum. As well as oodles of books to examine, join in with dressing-up and dramatic fun, story times, creative writing and wordplay, illustration and craft activities.
Laing Art Gallery (14 miles)
Newcastle upon Tyne
Laing Art Gallery
A dynamic exhibition programme brings an exiting variety of art to your doorstep, while fun learning events encourage even the youngest children to get involved. Our impressive permanent collection includes work by John Martin and Henry Moore and an under 5s area.
Discovery Museum (15 miles)
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Discovery is the North East's most popular free museum and the place to find out about life on Tyneside. From the area's renowned maritime history to world-changing science and technology it has something for everyone. The museum is bursting with hands-on interactives, which makes it the perfect place to learn through play.
Centre for Life (15 miles)
Newcastle upon Tyne
Centre for Life
Life is an award-winning Science Centre full of exciting exhibitions and activities. Life's science explainers are on hand around the Centre to help you get the most out of your visit. Life is home to the North East's only 4D Motion Ride, the biggest planetarium in the North, the Young Explorers' Zone for under 7s, a Science Theatre and various exciting permanent and temporary exhibitions.
Bailiffgate Museum (17 miles)
The people and places of North Northumberland are brought to life in lively, interactive style, through an exploration of six engaging themes. A mixture of traditional displays and exciting hands-on activities makes the Museum suitable for all ages.
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (21 miles)
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
Exciting hands on exhibits and interactive displays tell the story of Sunderland from its prehistoric past through to the present day. The stunning Winter Gardens stimulates the senses with over 1,500 flowers and plants brought together in a spectacular showcase of the world's natural beauty.
Beamish Open Air Museum (21 miles)
Beamish Open Air Museum
- makes the past comes to life. Beamish is unique. This is no ordinary museum but a living, working experience of life as it was in the Great North in the early 1800s and 1900s set in over 300 acres of beautiful countryside. A great family day out.
The Heritage Centre at Bellingham (27 miles)
The Heritage Centre at Bellingham
A fabulous local history facility with oodles of interactive bits for younger kids to break up the visit. Regular events held, contact for details.
Grace Darling Museum (30 miles)
Grace Darling Museum
Learn the story of Grace Darling and discover the details of what happened that stormy night in 1838 when she and her father risked a terrible storm to help those in danger. A RNLI facility.
Killhope Lead Mining Museum (39 miles)
Killhope Lead Mining Museum
Voted the Most Family Friendly Museum, take a guided tour of the mine, become a washerboy and find galena. Woodland walks, Red Squirrels, exhibitions, under 7s playpark, shop and cafe a great day out in the country for the whole family.
Coldstream Museum (42 miles)
In addition to a varied programme of exhibitions and workshops, the Museum houses permanent displays exploring the history of the parish. Other features include an indoor children's play area, shop and a courtyard with picnic table.
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (44 miles)
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
is a leading gallery for modern and contemporary art and craft. mima’s family programme includes family guides, fun sessions for the under 4s, free Saturday afternoon family activities, and regular school holiday programmes.
Dorman Museum (45 miles)
With ever changing exhibitions - 8 galleries and 3 exhibition spaces, there's something for everyone and plenty of hands-on activities, objects and children's trails.
Preston Park and Museum (46 miles)
Stockton On Tees
Preston Park and Museum
As well as the Museum, Preston Park also has a range of permanent attractions including a safe surface children's play area, an exciting Adventure Play Ground (new from 2011) and many riverside and woodland paths. You can walk amongst hundreds of beautiful butterflies at Butterfly World, take a ride on the Tees Small Gauge Railway or cruise along the river on Teesside Princess.
The Bowes Museum (46 miles)
The Bowes Museum
A wonderful day of discovery awaits you and your family at The Bowes Museum! Explore the stunning galleries through interactive displays and get arty with our hands-on activities and events. From marvellous masterpieces to curious collections there's something for everyone at The Bowes Museum!
The Eyemouth Maritime Centre (49 miles)
The Eyemouth Maritime Centre
In keeping with the external vision of an 18th century frigate, the theme continues inside to create an atmospheric replica gun deck and living quarters of the period, complete with sound effects!
Textile Towerhouse (50 miles)
A beautifully restored building which uses period rooms, figures and audiovisuals to explain the turbulent past of the town and the tower. With a regular programme of changing exhibitions and children's schoolroom.
Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum (51 miles)
Saltburn by the Sea
Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum
The Museum today offers visitors an opportunity to experience the underground world of a real ironstone mine and to explore the skills, customs and life of the Cleveland miner. It was these miners that helped make Cleveland the most important Ironstone mining district in Victorian and Edwardian Britain.
Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum (51 miles)
Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum
Museum telling the story of Cooks early life and education in the Charity School, the village he grew up in and his adventures on the high seas.
Eyemouth Museum (52 miles)
is a family friendly museum. Kids, dress up as a fisher lassie or fisherman and play in our wheelhouse while the rest of your family learn all about Eyemouth’s fishing and farming past. View our spectacular tapestry which took 2 years to make to commemorate the fishing disaster of 1881.
Lochcarron of Scotland Visitor Centre (56 miles)
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery (57 miles)
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery
Discover, explore and enjoy award winning Tullie House, where historic collections, contemporary arts and family fun are brought together in one impressive museum and art gallery.
Captain Cook Memorial Museum (62 miles)
Captain Cook Memorial Museum
Museum in the 17th century house on Whitby harbour where the young James Cook lodged as apprentice. Lots of exhibitions about Captain Cook and his life with rooms set out as they would have been.
Dales Countryside Museum (65 miles)
Dales Countryside Museum
Housed in the old Hawes railway station, this museum has many interactive and hands-on exhibits telling the story of the people and landscape of the Yorkshire Dales.
Ryedale Folk Museum (66 miles)
Ryedale Folk Museum
Large open air museum for all the family. The museum contains reconstructed buildings including a 1950s post office, iron age roundhouse, Elizabethan manor house and model village, and focuses on life in Ryedale through the ages. The museum also has a Blacksmiths, and livestock such as pigs, sheep and chickens.
Old Coastguard Station (67 miles)
Old Coastguard Station
National Trust visitor centre offers hands on models and colourful displays showing off the distinctive geology, impact of the elements, local wildlife and the secret history of smuggling along the North Yorkshire Coast.
National Museum of Flight (72 miles)
National Museum of Flight
Something for the whole family! Have you tried to fly our airship, seen a Spitfire, got on board Concorde or completed our assault course?
The museum also includes hands-on games, cafe and shop. East Lothianâs five star attraction with indoor and outdoor fun. Children under 5 free!
Beck Isle Museum (72 miles)
Beck Isle Museum
Museum in the small market town of Pickering, with an outdoor farm courtyard and riverside picnic area plus 27 themed rooms.
Ripon Museum Trust (72 miles)
Ripon Museum Trust
is a group of three museums where you can go back in time and see what life was like in a Victorian prison, workhouse and courthouse.
Cumberland Pencil Museum (74 miles)
Cumberland Pencil Museum
Situated in the heart of the Lake District, it;¢ÂÂs a great all weather attraction for the whole family with lots of things to see and do. There'Âs a funky kids' art studio, the world's longest coloured pencil, and oodles of free events throughout the year too.
National Mining Museum Scotland (75 miles)
National Mining Museum Scotland
Guided tours and interesting historical mining information, plus the new Mini Miners' softplay area for kids up to 8, to help soften all the education!
The Sanctuary Wildlife Centre (3 miles)
The Sanctuary Wildlife Centre
- has over 100 animals in permanent care including foxes, badgers, pigs, donkies, peacocks, ponies, goats, sheep and unwanted pets including rabbits and terrapins.There are also toy tractors and trampolines for the kids.
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens (10 miles)
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens
Visit Northumberland’s newest tourist attraction with over one hundred species of animals including emus, wallabies, marmosets, pygmy goats, donkeys, meerkats and many more.
Kielder Water Bird of Prey Centre (37 miles)
Kielder Water Bird of Prey Centre
The Centre contains one of the largest & most fascinating collections of Birds Of Prey in the North of England. Watch a Falcon stoop down from the skies at over 100mph, see the grace and speed of Eagles, Hawks & Kites. Experience the thrill & excitement of handling some of these beautiful & extraordinary birds.
Whitehouse Farm Centre (6 miles)
Whitehouse Farm Centre
The farm is a great place for families, school and group visits of all ages enabling visitors to see, handle and feed a wide variety of animals from traditional breeds to unusual and exotic species.
Eshottheugh Animal Park (8 miles)
Eshottheugh Animal Park
Animal Park covering 10 acres with lots of animals including meerkats, miniature donkeys, a skunk, rabbits, guinea pig, ferrets, a raccoon, micro pigs, miniature Shetland ponies, donkeys, a fox, goats and many different breeds of hens. We also have a Tea Room, outdoor play centre and kids’ train ride.
Concordia Leisure Centre (7 miles)
Concordia Leisure Centre
features an interactive kids' leisure pool with squirtums, sensory boards and underwater artwork. There is also a huge indoor play area for children with bouncy castles, Little Tykes climbing frames and more.
Prudhoe Waterworld (18 miles)
A large leisure pool with wave machine, aqua slide and beach area where children and adults can swim, play and relax, or while the children are playing in our Space Jack's Soft Play area, you can enjoy a drink or something to eat in the cafe.
Haltwhistle Swimming and Leisure Centre (38 miles)
Haltwhistle Swimming and Leisure Centre
25 metre pool with giant flume slide, dedicated learner pool and tots' paddling pool with fun toys for toddlers and babies. There is also a great adventure play area. Tickets give same day free return.
Banana Beach Indoor Adventure Play (2 miles)
Space to Play Bedlington (2 miles)
Space to Play Bedlington
An exciting world of discovery and adventure, where children of all ages can come to learn, explore and have fun.
Treasure Island (4 miles)
is an indoor soft play centre, cafe and party venue with a giant frame and pirate ship for the kids and reasonably priced food, free Wi-Fi and decent coffee for the adults. We also run weekly classes during term and special events during the school holidays.
Bounce Indoor Play Centre (4 miles)
Bounce Indoor Play Centre
11,000 square feet of kiddies playcentre on three levels including ball pools, wavy slides - toddler and baby area - great idea if you are looking for things to do with the kids
TJ's Jungle (6 miles)
- has two play areas designed to suit all ages. The toddlers area is designed for under 4's and has a slide shooting into a ball pool, soft toys and a climbing area. The large play area has five levels which holds 5 different slides, a large ball pool, 4 ariel runways, log climbs, rope bridge and a tree house on the fifth level all with jungle sound effects.
Castle Mania Indoor Adventure Play (10 miles)
Woodhorn Museum and Gardens (1 miles)
Woodhorn Museum and Gardens
A great attraction for the whole family with hands-on activities, an events programme and that all important cup of tea! Don't forget to enjoy a trip on the Woodhorn Railway Society's Narrow Gauge Train.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Museums and Galleries near Ashington 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 Northumberland can enjoy the great day out as well.
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