Lunar Lift-Off (1 miles)
Cool multi level space themed adventure play structure with rockets, observation pods and alien landscapes, plus additional toys including role-play equipment, train table and book corner. Laser Tag held on Friday nights too: inside the play frame!
Alton Towers (7 miles)
Ranging from the world's first 14 looping roller coaster to Ice Age 4D Experience. Many attractions for all ages plus the new Cbeebies Land is now open! Height restrictions 1.4m apply on many rides)
The Alton Towers Waterpark (7 miles)
The Alton Towers Waterpark
Boasting hundreds of fantastic interactive water features, from lazy rivers and crazy cannons to the sensational speed of the Master Blaster water rollercoaster, this Caribbean lagoon offers gallons of excitement for kids of all ages, and is open all year round.
Cotton Dell (8 miles)
A pretty reserve set within a secluded river valley, with flower rich grassland and ancient woodland. Plenty of nature for the kids to enjoy, from butterflies and bees, to bare ground and boggy bits!
Blackbrook Zoological Park (9 miles)
Blackbrook Zoological Park
They have a wealth of attractions on offer to see, including rare birds, unusual animals, reptiles, insects, kid's favourite Lemur Lodge, Pelican Cove, Swan Lake and the utterly charming World of Penguins!
The Play Mill (9 miles)
The Play Mill
is an indoor play centre for children under 8yrs or 4ft tall. We have a climbing frame with a twin lane bumpy slide, a huge sandpit with sit on diggers and sand toys, an enclosed padded area for the under 3s and various sized sit and ride toys.
Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood (9 miles)
Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood
Explore the 17th century dream house; be a chimney sweep, a scullion or a Victorian pupil; play with toys and interactive displays plus let out their fizz in the woodland play area!
Sir Richard Arkwrights Masson Mills (9 miles)
Sir Richard Arkwrights Masson Mills
Experience the atmosphere of a working 18th century cotton mill. Self guided and fully guided tours available, plus half day experiences. Full of authentic working textile machinery and the largest bobbin collection in the world!
Jangala (10 miles)
offer multi level modern indoor adventure play with dedicated toddler section, football pitch, Wii room, free WiFi and large cafe with big sofas!
Temple Mine (10 miles)
Explore the crawl through mock up tunnels in the museum then head over the road and under the ground for a guided tour of the real thing! Fun, educational and immersive this pair of matched attractions will fill your day nicely and stick in the mind.
The Heights of Abraham (10 miles)
The Heights of Abraham
Explore a unique Hilltop Park via a thrilling Cable Car ride. Once at the Summit enjoy going underground on tours of two Show Caverns. In the Exhibitions get to touch a dinosaur fossil and see video shows, then burn off energy on the 2 play areas!
Peak District Lead Mining Museum (10 miles)
Peak District Lead Mining Museum
Discover the history of lead mining in the Peak District and how it has shaped the landscape since Roman times. Interactive exhibits and climbing tunnels for the kids. Lots or relics to see, plus hundreds of rock and mineral specimens.
Gullivers SpyZone (10 miles)
Base-camp for budding secret agents offering fun, adventure and action packed challenges on a unique journey of discovery and surprise!
Gullivers NerfZone (10 miles)
Indoor attraction where kids can enjoy NERF blaster fun in a purpose built environment.
Gullivers Kingdom (10 miles)
A family theme park designed to cater for families with children between the age of two and thirteen. All its rides and attractions are designed to offer the whole family a full day out of fun and excitement.
Cinebowl (10 miles)
offers 8 lanes of bowling fun attached to this great cinema show family friendly flicks. Great idea for a cold and wet afternoon for a family day out in Staffordshire.
CineBowl iSKATE (10 miles)
Classic family friendly ice skating rink also offering lessons in skating and ice hockey.
Big Top Fun Centre (10 miles)
Big Top Fun Centre
With its large challenging three-storey frame packed with a whole host of exciting play areas the Big Top Playframe means children up to the age of 12 can enjoy hours of fun whatever the weather.
Matlock Bath Aquarium (10 miles)
Matlock Bath Aquarium
offer a weird and exciting mix of public aquarium plus thermal carp pool, creepy petrifying well, shiny gemstone and fossil display, vintage chinaware collection, regional history exhibition and one of the largest public displays of Holograms in Europe!
Scropton Riding For The Disabled (10 miles)
Strutts North Mill (10 miles)
Strutts North Mill
Discover how the town of Belper was turned into the world’s first factory community in this great mill and museum that is free to visit for under 16s. Family friendly hands on activities and exhibits.
Chucklebutties (10 miles)
is an Award Winning indoor soft play area with a difference: adults love it too! With views from massive windows overlooking the beautiful Derwent and Belper River Gardens, adults can sit in comfort and relax while the children play.
Uttoxeter Leisure Centre (10 miles)
Uttoxeter Leisure Centre
Offers a multi purpose sports hall plus 25m main pool, squash court and creche. The leisure centre offers a large range of different activities on both a casual pay and play basis and membership basis.
Matlock Bath Treasure Trail (10 miles)
Matlock Bath Treasure Trail
Is a walking trail with a ‘whodunit’ mystery to solve. Set in the town of Matlock Bath, you have clues to solve and suspects to eliminate from a dastardly crime. Become a detective for the day.
Peak Rail (11 miles)
Welcomes you to journey back to a bygone age and experience the thrill of steam and diesel on their preserved railway.
Hall Leys Park (11 miles)
Hall Leys Park
A great park in the heart of Matlock with bowling greens, children’s boating lake, interactive play area, miniature railway and a skateboard park. There are also tennis courts and a putting green. Free to visit.
Ashbourne Recreation Ground (11 miles)
Ashbourne Recreation Ground
Peaceful Memorial Garden with bandstand, plus recreation ground that has 2 sports pavilions, a cricket pitch, 2 football pitches, a junior football and rugby pitches, and a bowling green. Great children’s play area. Free to visit.
Paint a Pot (11 miles)
Paint a Pot
Discover how much fun painting ceramics can be. Choose from a fantastic range of tableware, figurines and wall plaques: over 150 different pieces. Set in Derby’s premier park, Markeaton, so enjoy a full day out. Just drop in, no need to book.
Eland Lodge Equestrian (11 miles)
Eland Lodge Equestrian
BHS approved facility best suited to intermediate riders, offering menage plus 3km of on-site hacking covering all terrains including walk-through streams.
Crich Tramway Village (11 miles)
Crich Tramway Village
Step aboard a vintage tram and travel back in time along a recreated village street complete with working pub. Explore fascinating exhibitions and watch trams being restored from the Workshop Viewing Gallery. Children's playground, tea rooms, shops, and Woodland Walk and Sculpture Trail.
Markeaton Park (11 miles)
Well kept parkland with play centre, light railway, splash pool, pitch and putt golf, stunning horticultural displays, a fishing lake and football pitches.
Rapid Horizons (11 miles)
A family friendly place offering river Rafting and Tubing for kids aged 14 and above, plus , kayaking (including tandem), for kids aged 6 and older, along the river Derwent. Tours led by qualified staff.
Hickory Dickory's Playhouse (11 miles)
Hickory Dickory's Playhouse
The provision of unparalleled indoor children's adventure play and party centres that are spacious, high quality, stylish and as attractive to adults as they are exciting and fun to children. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for the best things to do in Derbyshire with kids
Steeple Grange Light Railway (12 miles)
Steeple Grange Light Railway
When you visit the railway you can enjoy a unique train ride through dramatic limestone scenery, discover fossils and wild flowers, learn about the railway and stare at the vintage rolling stock!
Tubby Bears Playzone (12 miles)
Tubby Bears Playzone
features a three level play frame for older kids plus matted toddler area and toys.
Rollerworld of Derby (12 miles)
Rollerworld of Derby
The biggest maple floored rink in the UK with capacity for up to 499 - with Family Nights and Learn to Skate sessions. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for the best things to do in Derbyshire with kids.
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Planet Happy (13 miles)
offers a multi level multi colour adventure climbing maze full of classic soft play features plus a designated toddler area, kids' activity sessions and classes.
Churnet Valley Railway (13 miles)
Churnet Valley Railway
A ride on a steam train is always a great idea for a family day out in Staffordshire, and there are special children's events during some of the school holidays.
This year we shall be featuring "Wallace and Gromit" and also "Peppa Pig and George"
The Climbing Unit (13 miles)
The Climbing Unit
An indoor climbing experience for all ages. With children welcome anytime for miniature climbs and regular children’s sessions there’s always something to do. A dedicated group room includes roped climbing, keeping youngsters entertained for hours. Booking is essential.
Leaps and Bounds (13 miles)
Leaps and Bounds
A fun, clean safe and friendly indoor soft play and party centre for children aged 0 to 9 years old. We also have an on-site café offering good quality freshly prepared food and drinks.
Matlock Farm Park (13 miles)
Matlock Farm Park
is set in part of a 600 acre working farm, providing a varied selection of animals to see including llamas, goats, peacocks and red deer. Kids will also enjoy the adventure playground and the go kart track!
Bakewell Recreation Ground (13 miles)
Bakewell Recreation Ground
Located in just over 5 hectares of space, this park has a modern and recently upgraded play area including splash pads for water based fun in the summer plus football pitches, croquet lawns, a cricket square, a multi-use games area, and a pavilion.
Baked Well Pottery Painting (14 miles)
Baked Well Pottery Painting
This is the perfect place to relax, create and enjoy painting your own ceramic item. An ideal activity for children, adults, birthday parties, rainy days and sunny days. Choose from over 120 ceramic items and a selection of 30 colours to create a master piece or a simple handprint.
Jolly Pots Craft Studio (14 miles)
Jolly Pots Craft Studio
is based in the beautiful town of Bakewell, we have an upstairs craft studio where you can sit and get creative making your own crafts onsite. There is pottery painting and other crafting activities available including wool felt crafting.
Tenpin Derby (14 miles)
is a bowling centre located in the Foresters Leisure Park near Osmaston Park. We have 26 modern fully computerised lanes, American Pool tables, Amusement Arcades all catered towards families and kids. There is also the Beach Road Cafe Bar for some delicious meal and snack options!
Sector 7 Laser (14 miles)
Sector 7 Laser
Pleasingly plot driven combat gaming, with zero contact and infra red guns, housed in a large and atmospheric arena boasting 4D effects of all kinds and a whole lot of aliens to zap!
Midland Railway Centre (14 miles)
Midland Railway Centre
It’s a day out for the whole family with model/miniature railways and a country park as well as heritage steam and diesel locomotives operating and a host of other attractions. Sometimes you can see special visitors, be it Thomas the Tank Engine, a vintage Steam or historic Diesel Loco.
Chaddesden Park (14 miles)
Adventure playground plus BMX, football and cricket facilities. And a great new interactive water play area with loads of fun features now runs May through September.
Pirate Pete Playden (14 miles)
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Wacky Warehouse - Mill House (14 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Mill House
Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Ashbourne 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 Derbyshire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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