Experience Barnsley (2 miles)
Discover the history and heritage of Barnsley and its people at this great museum and Discovery Centre that is free to visit. Hands on and interactive exhibits to enjoy, plus a Visitor Centre and a café.
Jungle Jyms Play Centre (2 miles)
Jungle Jyms Play Centre
Play Centre with 2 level play structure, separate toddler and baby area and a pool table for older children too.
Wentworth Castle Gardens (2 miles)
Wentworth Castle Gardens
is a great place to discover with beautiful gardens, deer park and large adventure playground for children and visitors of all ages to enjoy! There is a family friendly tearoom, gift shop and year round programme of fun events.
Locke Park (2 miles)
Popular park with a play area for children up to 10 years old, a sand pit, paddling pool, cafe, bowling green, tennis courts, lots of green areas for picnicking or ball games as well as gardens and greenhouses.
Metrodome Leisure Complex (2 miles)
Metrodome Leisure Complex
Offering waves in theCalypso Cove lagoon pool, 3 great white knuckle rides and more slides for the young 'uns, plus leisure waters, toddler pool, play ship and BIG diving boards.
Metrodome Bowling (2 miles)
State of the art bowling facility also featuring innovative disco lights, smoke machines and top of the range themed bowling games.
Cannon Hall Museum (3 miles)
Cannon Hall Museum
Country house museum set in 70 acres of historic parkland. Kids will love the childrens room with costumes, puzzles and hands-on learning plus the war zone with sights and sounds of war through the ages helping history come to life.
Cannon Hall Farm (3 miles)
Cannon Hall Farm
Family run farm attraction featuring hundreds of animals with lots of babies always on show. Spectacular new adventure playground opening Easter 2011. Farm Shop selling home produced beef, pork and lamb. Toy and gift shop. Don't miss our famous home made pies in the delicatessen and restaurant.
Tyke Racing (3 miles)
A leading outdoor go kart track for 6 year olds upwards (height restrictions apply), with the world’s first electric lithium powered cadet karts. The purpose built track offers the ultimate racing excitement with an onsite hospitality suite.
Wigfield Farm (3 miles)
is a working farm with lots of animals to see and feed. There are meerkats, donkeys, goats, cows, owls, pigs, sheep, chickens, ponies, alpacas, rabbits, guinea pigs, rodent room and an aquatics room. We have an outside play area, a cafe and gift shop.
Barnsley Bowl (3 miles)
Classic family friendly tenpin bowling with gutter guards and ramps for the kids to give them a chance! Great family activity, especially when it's wet!
Worsbrough Mill Museum and Country Park (3 miles)
Yorkshire Sculpture Park (4 miles)
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
60 outdoor art installations waiting to be discovered and discussed, plus indoor art galleries and historic estate, offering great family events and a really welcoming attitude to kids throughout.
Kirklees Light Railway (4 miles)
Kirklees Light Railway
Come along and take a 50 minute steam hauled return trip along 4 miles of 15" narrow gauge railway. The large visitor centre offers facilities for the whole family, including a new adventure playground, indoor play area and a miniature railway.
Penistone Paramount (5 miles)
Old style cinema offering film, live theatre and organ recital performances in a varying showcase, which includes a great deal suited to children and families. Auditorium includes stalls, circle, stage, and the only organ of its kind in the country!
Pirates Cove Indoor Play Centre (5 miles)
Pirates Cove Indoor Play Centre
Bright and colourful multi level childrens adventure softplay centre with 2 Bouncy Castles, 7 Slides, 3 Ball Pools and lots more! Dedicated party room that has a secret passageway back to the adventure play area!
Leapfrogs Play Gym (5 miles)
Leapfrogs Play Gym
is an Indoor Play Centre. We have themed play areas to assist the under 4s and over 4s to have fun. Let your kids explore our play system, then test their climbing skills by edging across our new traverse wall.
Jungle Monkeys (6 miles)
Soft indoor play area with plenty to keep the little ones amused including ball pool, dizzy disc and double slide. Good range of toys, plus a dressing up box. Separate area for under 1s.
Wacky Warehouse - The Walnut Tree (6 miles)
Hullablloos (6 miles)
Indoor play centre based in Paces Campus, with 3 tier play frame, soft play, ball pools, slide, bridges and more! Toddler Groups held twice a week during term time. Great place for parties.
Elsecar Heritage Centre (6 miles)
Elsecar Heritage Centre
Heritage centre with a range of craft workshops, tea-rooms, special events for children, school holiday activities, Playmania indoor activity and party zone centre, Steam Railway, Collection of old fire engines and Elsecar Park as well!
Playmania (6 miles)
is a multi level adventure play area with a huge selection of slides, plus tunnels, ball pits and other classic play features, plus 3 party rooms, including a disco room.
Pugneys Country Park (7 miles)
Pugneys Country Park
250 acre site with 2 lakes, one a Nature Reserve with bird hides, the larger used for a variety of watersports, plus a play area, nature trails, and a cafe in the modern watersports centre.
National Coal Mining Museum (7 miles)
National Coal Mining Museum
Go on an adventure 140m underground, go wild on the Nature Trail, explore the Galleries and meet our ponies â family fun for FREE!
Anglers Country Park (7 miles)
Anglers Country Park
A large country park and nature reserve, great for walking and picnics, with a play area to help burn off any excess energy! A number of trails to follow. Free to visit and free parking.
Fun Factory - The Meadows Brewers Fayre (7 miles)
Fun Factory - The Meadows Brewers Fayre
This Fun Factory attached to The Meadows Brewers Fayre family friendly pub is a multi-level play space with adventure equipment, ball ponds and a toddler zone and can also be booked out for childrens parties.
Dinosaur Discovery (7 miles)
is an interactive educational and fun indoor dinosaur exhibition and attraction. Including animated displays which can be controlled by the children themselves. Plus a separate ‘Last day of the dinosaurs’ exhibition, which includes jump scares through a dark maze.
Sandal Castle (7 miles)
Explore the ruins of a 13th century motte and bailey castle that has been extensively excavaated, with finds on display at the Visitor Centre. Tours available at 2pm each day, but booking is recommended during busy periods.
The Wentworth Mystery Treasure Trail (7 miles)
The Wentworth Mystery Treasure Trail
Follow the directions on the Wenworth self guided Mystery themed Treasure Trail whilst hunting for the solutions to the clues set within Wentworth to eliminate the suspects and discover whodunit! A great way to get out with the kids exploring.
Cliffe House (8 miles)
Woodland adventure playground in this residential centre, open to the public at specified times for fun physical play, bushcraft, den building and more with staff to help supervise.
Thornes Clarence Park (8 miles)
Thornes Clarence Park
Play park in gardens of the former Thornes House with a lake full of hungry ducks, separate play areas for toddlers and for bigger kids, pitch and putt, putting, tennis, bowls and lots of open space.
Wheata Woods (8 miles)
Ancient semi natural woodland with a variety of habitats and birds to spot along numerous paths and bridleways. Archaeological features to explore including bomb craters, Romano British earthworks and medieval quarry pits.
Hydra Kids (8 miles)
Excellent Soft Play and party venue, with 3 zones for differing age groups, each offering physical, mental, and imaginative challenges. A high standard of classic adventure soft play equipment with plenty of entertaining features.
The Hepworth Wakefield (8 miles)
The Hepworth Wakefield
Over 1,600 square metres of light-filled gallery space with a family trail to help you explore the galleries, a riverside play park, picnic area and fun activities too!
Hemsworth Water Park and Playworld (8 miles)
Hemsworth Water Park and Playworld
Bringing the seaside to Yorkshire! Here you will find lakes with pedalos and sandy beaches, plus an outdoor adventure playground suitable for children of all ages. Park free to visit, small fee for kids to visit Playworld.
Wakefield Museum (9 miles)
Explore the history and achievements of the region plus stand on the back of a fierce (if now stuffed) caiman crocodile in the gallery dedicated to local explorer Charles Waterton.
Cheeky Monkeys (9 miles)
offer small and large adventure play frames with features plus dedicated toddler zone and Little Tykes Car Track.
Charlottes (9 miles)
Farm and ice-cream parlour with giant inflatable slide, tractor rides, crazy golf, adventure playground, happy animals and animal trailer ride. Free entry, pay and play for whatever you want to try, so potentially a cracking cheapy!
Wacky Warehouse - Marquis (9 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Marquis
Kids up to 4ft9 welcome to rampage through the multi level adventure play zone, with a smaller safe play zone for the smaller folk. Crafts sessions and parties too.
The Play Station (9 miles)
The Play Station
This is an exciting new indoor play centre for 0 to 12 years which has a large climbing frame and slides, it has a football court and basketball court for the older ones and loads of themed sessions like baking!
Go Hyper (10 miles)
Has 2 separate play zones designed to provide fun and activity in a safe environment for pre-walkers and children up to the age of 12 years old. Go Hyper is the perfect place to let kids exercise and learn through play.
Castaways Cove (10 miles)
Large pirate themed play and party centre spread over 7,500 sq ft, with separate zones, and a multi level soft play climbing cage with designed to look like a sailing vessel complete with sails. A number of party packages available.
Dewsbury Sports Centre (10 miles)
Dewsbury Sports Centre
Sports centre with Main pool and Small pool, plus a 45m flume. Wide variety of different swim sessions available at different times. Loads of other activities available for kids including Judo, Gymnastics, Archery, Trampolines, and more!
Dewsbury Museum and Crow Nest Park (10 miles)
Dewsbury Museum and Crow Nest Park
Learn the local history of the area within a museum housed in a restored mansion full of interesting items. Set within a park that includes an ornamental lake, walled wildlife garden, and an adventure playground. Free to visit.
Wacky Warehouse - Stanley Ferry Marina (10 miles)
Superbowl 2000 Rotherham (10 miles)
Superbowl 2000 Rotherham
With classic tenpin bowling, arcade games and fruit machines for adults and kids, why not come and enjoy a thrilling family day out.
MFA Bowl Sheffield (10 miles)
MFA Bowl Sheffield
With 24 lanes plus arcade area, pool tables and family diner, this is a great spot for a family tournament! Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards.
Avago Karting Swinton (10 miles)
Avago Karting Swinton
This is an Indoor circuit with an overall length of 300 metres. They have junior and cadet driving options for younger karters and a thrilling track which includes a bridge and flyover! For over 8s.
Woolley Woods (10 miles)
Ancient bluebell wood with a number of footpaths and bridleways to explore and archaeological sites to investigate. Plenty of birds, bats and butterflies to spot, plus loads of different flowers and trees. Free to visit.
Holmfirth Mystery Treasure Trail (11 miles)
Holmfirth Mystery Treasure Trail
Suitable for the whole family, explore the self guided route whilst solving the clues on this mystery themed Trail around Holmfirth. Hunt out the answers to the clues on the town’s permanent features to narrow down your suspects and discover whodunit!
Thanks for all the great things to do in Barnsley 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 South Yorkshire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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