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Family Days Out near to Chelmsford
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Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre (< 1 mile)
Chelmsford
Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre The latest in sound and lighting effects combine with a lively disco atmosphere in Riverside's ice rink to get some great family skating done.
Admirals Park (< 1 mile)
Chelmsford
Admirals Park A wide range of facilities; football and cricket pitches, pitch and putt golf, bowling green, tennis courts, angling, canoeing and play areas offer recreational opportunities.
West Park Pitch Putt and Crazy Golf (< 1 mile)
Chelmsford
West Park Pitch Putt and Crazy Golf Established 18 hole pitch and putt course, with a 9 hole crazy golf course, cafeteria, equipment for hire and a large car park.
Chelmsford Museum (1 miles)
Chelmsford
Chelmsford Museum 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.
Wacky Warehouse Queen B (1 miles)
Chelmsford
Wacky Warehouse Queen B offer a huge multi level multi color adventure play frame which features all the classic fun features and padded equipment one expects, plus dedicated toddler area.
Tenpin Chelmsford (2 miles)
Chelmsford
Tenpin Chelmsford is a bowling centre located in Widford Industrial Estate. We have 36 modern fully computerised lanes, American and English 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.
Brook End Gardens (2 miles)
Chelmsford
Brook End Gardens Children's play area, formal gardens and recreational gardens. Not huge, not fancy, but just the thing for a couple of hours on a sunny afternoon. Take a ball!
Ceramics on the Hop (2 miles)
Writtle
Ceramics on the Hop Ceramics on the Hop now also run clay workshops during the school holidays and are able offer potters wheel for older children and adults, although this is a bookable activity.
Baddow Hall Park (2 miles)
Chelmsford
Baddow Hall Park Popular with families and dog walkers this area offers plenty of open space for games and a great children's adventure play area.
Hylands House and Park (2 miles)
Chelmsford
Hylands House and Park 574 acres of parkland, woodland and lakes surround this sumptuously ornate building, both of which are a delight to explore. Their adventure playground is extensive and has a special focus on disability friendly equipment.
Chelmer Park (2 miles)
Chelmsford
Chelmer Park An adventure play area, outdoor gym equipment, football pitches, netball and tennis courts, plus oodles of green open space to play and picnic in so take your frisbees, bats and balls!
Chelmer Cruises (4 miles)
Chelmsford
Chelmer Cruises Take a leisurely hour long cruise on Caffel, or hire a row boat or open canoe and explore the canal yourselves! Public tours and private hire.
1st Bowl Billericay (8 miles)
Billericay
1st Bowl Billericay Classic family friendly tenpin bowling offering 14 fully automated lanes plus pool and amusements.
Tropical Wings World of Wildlife (8 miles)
Chelmsford
Tropical Wings World of Wildlife 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, plus Monkey Run for older children and Meerkat Lookout for...
Dizzy Rascals (8 miles)
Maldon
Dizzy Rascals is a indoor soft play centre, age 0 to10. Multi level skill building and adventure play equipment. Featuring interactive panels and a three lane 3 storey astra slide. Delicious food, fresh ground coffee and homemade cakes are all on sale.
Great Notley Discovery Centre and Park (9 miles)
Braintree
Great Notley Discovery Centre and Park A whole day's worth, including a sensory trail, endless play equipment suitable for multiple age groups, cycle hire centre, fishing, visitor centre and bistro, sports and educational facilities, plus an extensive events programme.
Creepy Crawlies Play Centre (9 miles)
Chelmsford
Creepy Crawlies Play Centre We are a fun and exciting place for children under 8 to come and use up all their energy. We have a suitable soft play area for toddlers all on one level. Another softplay section on two levels for toddlers and youngters. Also a baby section with mats, baby gyms and toys.
The Cressing Temple Barns (9 miles)
Braintree
The Cressing Temple Barns This year we have a calendar packed with great events to suit everyone. We have jousting knights, history brought alive with re-enactors from down the ages. Smell the cordite with Sharpe's Rifles and clash swords with the Vikings. Be transported to Tudor times with sound and taste or be enthralled by the...
The Cater Museum (9 miles)
Billericay
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.
Battlesbridge Antiques Centre (9 miles)
Battlebridge
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!
Cheeky Monkeez (9 miles)
South Woodham Ferrers
Cheeky Monkeez Children's soft play centre for children aged 0-6 years with a separate baby area for non- walkers. Strong emphasis on imaginative play. Cafe area for 40. Emma and Martin took over on July 2012 and have extensively refurbished the venuw, please come and see the changes :)
Madison Lanes (9 miles)
Maldon
Madison Lanes Tenpin bowling in their Air Conditioned environment with 22 fully computerised Tenpin bowling lanes, in two fun areas.
Sk8rs at Madison Heights (9 miles)
Maldon
Sk8rs at Madison Heights Family friendly roller rink and skate hire, an excellent fun and healthy activity for the whole family. Other activities available on site.
Monkey Puzzle at Madison Heights (9 miles)
Maldon
Monkey Puzzle at Madison Heights There is an amazing giant play frame that is over 6 meters high with a series of exciting climbing structures and educational toys and packed with slides, fun areas to explore and loads more!
Maldon Promenade Park (9 miles)
Maldon
Maldon Promenade Park Summer time splash park plus tree trail and orienteering, skate ramps and BMX area, formal sports facilities (managed independently) plus model boating and crabbing lake.
Promenade Park (9 miles)
Maldon
Promenade Park Formal gardens, splash park, adventure playground, sandy play area for children, picnic, play and recreation areas, maze, tennis courts, shops and cafes, a large model boating lake, skateboard park and much, much more...
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park (9 miles)
South Woodham Ferrers
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park Meet all your farmyard friends, Tractor and Trailer Rides, Indoor and Outdoor Play, Animal Interactions, Pesky Pet Show, Birds of Prey, Pet Barn, Milking Demonstrations and much more!
Blackwater Leisure Centre (10 miles)
Maldon
Blackwater Leisure Centre boasts a superb leisure pool, incorporating the challenging Jungle River ride, a fun flume ride, lazy river ride, a safe swimming area for children and novelty bubble pool! Plus separate Baby Pool for our youngest visitors and lane swimming provided.
Barleylands Farm Park (10 miles)
Billericay
Barleylands Farm Park Get ready for all weather free range family fun. Say hello to cuddly farmyard friends, join in animal activities, meet birds of prey, run wild in the indoor play or jump aboard the tractor and trailer ride or miniature railway.
Blake House Craft Centre (10 miles)
Braintree
Blake House Craft Centre Challenge your friends to a round of crazy golf on the 9 hole minigolf course and then test your wits against 'The Original Great Maze' challenge! Plus browse their great range of specialist arts and crafts shops.
Epping Ongar Railway (10 miles)
Epping
Epping Ongar Railway The longest heritage railway in Essex, and closest to London: running mainline steam and diesel trains and a heritage bus service to Epping Underground station. Step back in time and enjoy the romance of travel with our great value ticket, offering three heritage transport experiences.
Braintree Swimming Centre (10 miles)
Braintree
Braintree Swimming Centre Facility includes a great family fun orientated pool, with slide and interactive equipment. Children must be under 8 years to use this pool and acompanied by a parent or an adult.
Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear Bunker (10 miles)
Kelvedon Hatch
Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear Bunker Come and witness the three lives of the bunker starting with its role as an RAF ROTOR Station, then a brief period as a civil defence centre through to its most recent life as a Regional Government HQ. Designed for up to 600 military and civilian personnel, possibly even the Prime Minister!
Crazy Kids Adventure Play (10 miles)
Braintree
Crazy Kids Adventure Play A massive, air conditioned, modern warehouse fitted out for high adventure and excitement on the multi-level activity areas in a controlled environment. This is children's playtime entertainment at it's very best and safest.
Namco Funscape Braintree (10 miles)
Braintree
Namco Funscape Braintree Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
Coco Nuts Play Ltd (10 miles)
Dunmow
Coco Nuts Play Ltd Multi tiered frame indoor play facility with dedicated toddler areas and varying bonus features! Outside play area with bouncy castle open May to September. Parties hosted in animal themed rooms.
Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens (10 miles)
Braintree
Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens 5 acres of formal public gardens plus tennis courts and a pretty good children's play area. To make the most of the trip take bats (or rackets!) and balls, sketchpad and camera.
Hopefield Animal Sanctuary (11 miles)
Brentwood
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!
AMF Hollywood Bowl Basildon (11 miles)
Basildon
AMF Hollywood Bowl Basildon Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
Partyman World Basildon (11 miles)
Basildon
Partyman World Basildon is an indoor play centre which provides lots of fun and play for everyone on the huge themed play structures, football area, fantastic slides and the UK’s only indoor climbable volcano! There is also a specially designed toddler area for little guests who are under 3 years!
Tumbletown Indoor Play Centre (11 miles)
Basildon
Tumbletown Indoor Play Centre - is a children's indoor soft play centre for babies to big kids packed full of fun features to entertain and exhaust!
King Georges Playing Fields (11 miles)
Brentwood
King Georges Playing Fields Features a unique garden for the blind with many flowering and non-flowering plants which appeal to senses other than sight. They also offer crazy golf, a skatepark, children's adventure play area and paddling pools.
Off Road Action Park (11 miles)
Wickford
Off Road Action Park A unique outdoors activity centre providing a wide range of activities including a high ropes course, quad biking, archery, army assault course and many more for the whole family to enjoy. Now with new discounted wristbands!
Thorndon Country Park (12 miles)
Brentwood
Thorndon Country Park This beautiful all access country park contains a diverse range of habitats and is managed both for people and for its precious wildlife. Get out your bug and bird books, binoculars and sketchbook and have a great old fashioned family nature walk!
Basildon Bowl and Quasar (12 miles)
Basildon
Basildon Bowl and Quasar 20 modern tenpin bowling lanes, fully sanctioned by the BTBA and a Quasar Elite Arena, all with a great family atmosphere.
Colmar Farm Riding School (12 miles)
South Weald
Colmar Farm Riding School BHS approved all weather facility offering lessons, plus scenic hacks in South Weald Park. Educational facility also offering horse care and qualifications.
Stay and Play (12 miles)
Laindon
Stay and Play is a ball pool and adventure play centre with sliding, climbing, sports court and adventure maze, plus dedicated toddler area.
Rayleigh Windmill (12 miles)
Rayleigh
Rayleigh Windmill Try a charming little stop at an award-winning tourist and educational attraction which contains an accredited museum, an exhibition space and information about Rayleigh Mount.
Weald Country Park (12 miles)
Brentwood
Weald Country Park 500 acres of glorious parkland that's over 700 years old! Ranger led activities for children vary from investigating flowers and insects to kite making and Halloween walks.
Rayleigh Mount (12 miles)
Rayleigh
Rayleigh Mount An early medieval motte and bailey castle site, which offers sweeping views across the Crouch Valley. Make the most of your day by visiting the adjacent windmill to explore historical exhibitions.

Thanks for all the great things to do in Chelmsford 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 Essex can enjoy the great day out as well.



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