Dynamix Skatepark Welcoming skaters but also teaching circus skills and performing arts, this is an eclectic and streetwise little mix that most older kids will find endearing.
Override Skate Park Welcomes over 5s: their ramps are suitable for all ages and levels from beginners to experienced. They work with beginners in a safe environment to show them how to use the skate park responsibly and enjoyably.
Beamish Wild Adventure Park Zoom on zip wires, build dens, scale the tree creeper and become a modern day Robin Hood archer. And if that wasn't enough, upgrade to the High Ropes Course for the ultimate adrenaline rush. Go,Go, Go for super-family day out adventure!
Beamish Wild High Ropes Experience the ultimate adrenaline rush! High in the treetops, tackle Burma Bridge, jump the leap of faith and whizz down zip wires. With over 25 daredevil elements, itâs a must for families, schools, groups, team building and any other thrill seekers.
Gravity Force Sunderland is the first Trampoline park in Tyne and Wear and can be enjoyed by everyone. It holds many sessions to cater for all and is a place to get fit and have fun.
Infinite Air 80 trampolines are spread across air bag, dodgeball, hang time and parkour zones to fill every bouncing fantasy! Hit the tumble tracks, the performance tramps, the free fall podiums, plus the Ninja Warrior course, CrossFit zone and fitness studio!
Durham Climbing Centre Family friendly indoor climbing and bouldering centre suitable for ages 2 and up. Parent and Toddler sessions, dedicated Junior bouldering area, obstacle course, plus games and activities. Birthday party package available.
Go Ape Matfen The UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Award winning outdoor adventure activities. Families and friends can enjoy a day out like no other. Fly down zip wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle obstacles whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.
Teesside White Water Centre offering Family White Water Rafting experiences for the adventurous ones, Bell Boating for the groups, Flat Water Canoeing for those finding their stride plus Sailing, Power Boating and Technical Rescue experiences besides! Activities start from 8 years old.
Teesdale Sports Centre Swimming, skateboarding, climbing, sports facilties and an indoor play area, all within a modern, family friendly sports centre!
R Kade Indoor Skatepark 20,000 square feet packed with a street course, mini ramps, rhythm section, jump boxes and much more. Under 12s must have parental supervision at all times.
The Bike Place in Kielder Bike hire centre located in superb habitat for rare birds and animals. Varied range of trails available to cycle along, suitable for all abilities. Trail maps and helpful free advice available.
Aerial Extreme Bedale is a high ropes adventure course involving a series of challenging obstacles set at varying heights above the ground. You'll find yourself tackling fun obstacles such as rope bridges, scramble nets, zip wires, swinging logs and balance beams, plus many more!
The Bounce Factor Come enjoy the high of bouncing with our 4 bed Bungee Trampoline: try a black flip and somersault! Have fun in our Body Zorbs and have a game of tig or football and bounce off your friends!
Eden Rock is an indoor climbing centre catering for kids' birthday parties and have kids' clubs running every day of the week. It doesn’t matter if they haven’t climbed before; our fully qualified instructors will supervise the whole session; so you can just sit back and enjoy a coffee.
How Stean Gorge How Stean Gorge is a natural wonder! This spectacular ravine has winding paths, narrow bridges, underground caves and the water below is still forming mysterious shapes and patterns in the stone. Find fossils frozen, bugs and beasties, bats lurk in the caves too. Hard hat provided, wellies recommended!
Go Ape Dalby The UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Award winning outdoor adventure activities. Families and friends can enjoy a day out like no other. Fly down zip wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle obstacles whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.
Go Ape Tree Top Junior A fun filled experience of canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles for all to enjoy. You'll take on crossings over trails and finish with one awesome zip wire.
Ocean Beach Pleasure Park Rollercoasters, Dodgems, Go Karts, Mini Teacups and much more come and join us for a fun filled family day out. Free Admission Amusement Park, where you pay as you play, situated on the North East Coast.
Blue Reef Aquarium Take the ultimate undersea safari at the award-winning Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth where there's a world of underwater adventure just waiting to be discovered.
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens With over 100 species of animals to visit, with close up encounters and keeper talks available. Plus 120 metre Zip Slide, High Wire Challenge, Boot Camp, Bushcraft sessions, Orienteering and Forest School: off you go then!
Bill Quay Community Farm An educational farm experience offering access to rare, indigenous, award winning breeds of sheep, pigs and goat plus plenty of small creatures besides.
Newcastle upon Tyne
Centre for Life Life is an award-winning Science Centre full of exciting exhibitions and activities, including an ice rink each November to February. Life's science explainers are on hand around the Centre to help you get the most out of your visit.
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Seven Stories 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.
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.
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Discovery Museum 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...
Newcastle upon Tyne
The Great North Museum A family friendly museum that is free to visit, with lots to see. Interactive model of Hadrian’s Wall, life size T Rex skeleton, planetarium, objects from Ancient Greece and Egypt, and a full sized elephant.
Bedes World Learn all about Bede and discover how the Anglo Saxons lived in Northumbria. Demonstration farm with wonderful animals including Hilda the wild boar. Replica buildings plus a number of exhibitions.
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.
South Shields Museum and Art Gallery Explores the story of South Tyneside through sensational displays, hands-on exhibits and stunning art. Worth timing a visit for an event day.
Sunderland Museum and 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.
National Glass Centre is a free cultural attraction, celebrating everything there is to know about glass! Discover the history of glass making in Sunderland, enjoy glass exhibitions and glass blowing demonstrations, family friendly, hands on creative activities and themed tours.
Wet N Wild is the North East's largest waterpark, with 10 thrill rides, a wave pool, a lazy river and discovery island for the younger children! We also offer food in the Beach Hut Cafe.
Haven Point Offering competition size and teaching pools plus leisure waters with slides, sprays, bubble spa and water play.
Waves Leisure Centre features three high octane water slides, wave machine, pirate ship with mini slides and water geysers, plus a tipping water treasure chest and water squirting animals in the play area.
Sunderland Aquatic Centre Extra length swimming pool, with teaching pool and a truly excellent range of diving facilities including differing heights of springboards and platforms plus moveable floor.
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Jungle Jacks Jungle themed multi level mega play zone for under 8s: let your little explores monkey around and get some exercise in this bright and colourful climbing maze!
The Giants Den is a massive 15,000sq ft of non-stop fun for children up to 12 years of age. Features include 3 level play structure and mini village with cars, plus new finga box interactive console and new go kart track!
Mister Twisters Wacky World of Fun Perhaps the north's largest children's play venue with a massive 4-storey climbing frame, soft sports pitch, and separate toddler zone.
Pirates Cove Pirate themed indoor playground, with dedicated age restricted areas the center boasts a unique under 2 section a separate section for under 5's and the main frame for 5 years plus with classic fun features like slides, climbs and ballpits to keep them entertained. Now with cool dual seater Go Karts
Wacky Warehouse - Story Book Following the familiar Wacky pattern of kids indoor play structure attached to a pub serving reasonably priced food and refreshment, so the kids run themselves ragged while you have a rest, simple but effective!
Blaydon on Tyne
At The Castle A well themed play frame inside a very grand building, with 3 floors of castle based craziness including huge slide back down again. Great parties and seasonal events plus regular themed bonus activities to join in with: huzzah!
Castledown Fun Factory Bright and colourful indoor play facility attached to a family friendly pub with a healthy kids' menu. Classic fun features include slide and ball pit plus toddler zone.
KiKis Kabin Award winning soft play with multiple toddler area and dedicated special needs session. Also does parties.
The Ark at Crawcrook is a soft play centre with something for everyone. The 3 story play frame will keep children busy, our sensory room is suitable for and children with special needs and babies, and the conservatory cafe serves hot and cold snacks, speciality teas and coffees.
The Dunes Adventure Island Open 7 days a week. A huge soft play area and more for children and parents to enjoy.
The Splat Centre A Shop, Play, Learn and Talk centre for children that is simply the perfect place for family fun and indoor play and learning in a safe, sociable environment. Also home to The Splat Coffee Lounge, The Splat Academy, The Splat Shop and Splat Birthday Parties.
The Whitley Bay Treehouse An award winning Children's Indoor Soft Play venue with 3,000 sq ft of slides, climbs, cargo nets and much more. We also have a dedicated toddler section, plus cafe with fresh coffee and homemade scones. Free Parking and Free Wi-Fi too!
Jacks Den A great place for children (aged 0 to 8) to play in a safe and fun environment, and a relaxing cafe for parents to unwind in.
Newcastle upon Tyne
Victoria Tunnel An authentic and immersive historical experience down in the tunnel, with guided commentary. Educational and entertaining, but if taking young ones be warned of the ghostly element! Limited opening. One or two hour tours available.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Things for Active Kids to do near Gateshead 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 Tyne and Wear can enjoy the great day out as well.
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