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Family Days Out near to Derby
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Tubby Bears Playzone (< 1 mile)
Derby
Tubby Bears Playzone features a three level play frame for older kids plus matted toddler area and toys.
Hickory Dickory's Playhouse (1 miles)
Derby
Hickory Dickory's Playhouse Locally unparalleled indoor children's adventure play with spacious, high quality, stylish fun that'll bring you back repeatedly! Featuring enormous slides, powerful ball cannons, trampolines and award winning menu.
Markeaton Park (1 miles)
Derby
Markeaton Park Well kept parkland with play centre, light railway, splash pool, pitch and putt golf, stunning horticultural displays, a fishing lake and football pitches.
The Climbing Unit (1 miles)
Derby
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.
Rollerworld of Derby (1 miles)
Derby
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.
Paint a Pot (1 miles)
Derby
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. Just drop in, no need to book.
Tenpin Derby (2 miles)
Derby
Tenpin Derby 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 (2 miles)
Derby
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!
Chaddesden Park (2 miles)
Derby
Chaddesden Park 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.
Freddys Play Kingdom (3 miles)
Derby
Freddys Play Kingdom is a family run indoor play centre with children in mind, with a particularly large play area for smaller toddlers and babies who are unable to play on the ropes and slides. Along with 4 party rooms and lots of party options to help your little one have the best day!
Elvaston Castle (4 miles)
Elvaston
Elvaston Castle The first county park in England, this has been gently entertaining and thoroughly inspiring young families for forty years. Interesting walks and gorgeous architecture, an interesting half day's worth.
Strutts North Mill (8 miles)
Belper
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 (8 miles)
Belper
Chucklebutties 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!
MFA Bowl Ilkeston (8 miles)
Ilkeston
MFA Bowl Ilkeston Kids love bowling, and if they are under 7 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. There are 16 lanes and good disabled access. Great family fun!
Staunton Harold Reservoir (8 miles)
Melbourne
Staunton Harold Reservoir A wildlife habitat offering many outdoor and leisure activities, such as a couple of good adventure playgrounds, fishing, bird watching, sailing and cycling, plus Visitor Centre, Ranger’s Office, toilets, and seasonal refreshment kiosk. Open all year and free to visit.
The Donnington Grand Prix Collection (8 miles)
Derby
The Donnington Grand Prix Collection Visit the largest showcase of Grand Prix racing cars in the world, with over 130 exhibits. Trophy room, Motorbikes, plus the largest collection of McLarens and Williams F1 cars on display outside of a factory.
Wacky Warehouse - Plank & Leggit (8 miles)
Sawley
Wacky Warehouse - Plank & Leggit Children up to 4ft 9ins tall are welcome to run themselves ragged on the bright and modern play equipment, perfect for the ankle biters to grab some fun exercise! Safe area set aside for babies and toddlers.
Crazy Crocodiles Indoor Play Centre (8 miles)
Ilkeston
Crazy Crocodiles Indoor Play Centre is a family friendly indoor play and party centre which serves great coffee and fab food at affordable prices. Children can run off excess energy on our two tier play frame under your watchful eye. We also have a soft baby area and toddler play area for the younger ones.
Claymills Victorian Pumping Station (8 miles)
Burton on Trent
Claymills Victorian Pumping Station Historic Victorian industrial building with many rare original engines and boilers. Children’s trail to follow, plus a Visitor Centre and mini museum to explore. Steaming Days held throughout the year.
Little Drivers Soft Play (8 miles)
Stapleford
Little Drivers Soft Play is a family orientated modern colourful soft play centre with a modern play frame. It is family run and offers bespoke party packages tailored to your needs. Now with laser tag too!
Jangala (8 miles)
Derby
Jangala offer multi level modern indoor adventure play with dedicated toddler section, football pitch, Wii room, free WiFi and large cafe with big sofas!
Wacky Warehouse - Mill House (9 miles)
Burton upon Trent
Wacky Warehouse - Mill House Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant.
Planet Happy (9 miles)
Ripley
Planet Happy Play centre offering a multi level, multi colour adventure climbing maze full of classic soft play features, plus a designated toddler area, kids' activity sessions and classes. A number of party packages available.
Paint a Pot Craft Studio (9 miles)
Ashby de la Zouch
Paint a Pot Craft Studio offers an opportunity to paint your own pottery!
Lanky Bill's Fun Shack (10 miles)
Langley Mill
Lanky Bill's Fun Shack Bill might be Lanky but this is hardly a shack: there's a long multi level play frame, enclosed toddler zone plus a mini play frame, kitchen role play area and awesome mirrored disco room!
Attenborough Nature Reserve (10 miles)
Beeston
Attenborough Nature Reserve An award winning eco friendly visitor attraction surrounded by the Attenborough Nature Reserve, with touch table and puzzles, interactive screen activities and sensory nature trails as well as kids' clubs and special events.
Noahs Ark Soft Play Centre (10 miles)
Swadlincote
Noahs Ark Soft Play Centre Indoor play centre with a 3 storey play frame and separate preschool area plus party room, cafe and book corner.
Scropton Riding For The Disabled (10 miles)
Scropton
Scropton Riding For The Disabled BHS approved all weather facility specialising in riding opportunities for the disabled, plus RDA and able bodied lessons.
Escape Play (10 miles)
Nottingham
Escape Play Well equipped play areas for different age groups, go karts and sports area. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Nottingham with kids.
Midland Railway Centre (10 miles)
Ripley
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.
Shobnall Leisure Complex (11 miles)
Burton Upon Trent
Shobnall Leisure Complex WIth indoor and outdoor sports facilities to pre book, crazy golf and pitch n putt to drop in on, and a playground, paddling pool and skatepark to access for free, this place has loads to do for kids of all ages! Adapted Cycling Centre also on site!
Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre (11 miles)
Swadlincote
Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre A large leisure facility and dry ski slope providing Skiing, Snowboarding, Toboggan and Sno-Tubing with a fully licensed bar and restaurant. Kids must be over 4 to take part in activities.
Tree Tops Activity Centre (11 miles)
Riddings
Tree Tops Activity Centre is a multi level jungle themed adventure soft play facility, plus toddler area, jungle themed party room and bookable sports court. Unleash the little monkeys!
Pot N Kettle Ceramic Cafe (11 miles)
Beeston
Pot N Kettle Ceramic Cafe Great fun for all the family, find out how much fun painting ceramics can be. Ideal children's parties -no stress and we clear up the mess. Hand and Foot imprints in clay, Perfect for unique personalised gifts for Christmas, Birthdays and Christenings. Visit us today and be creative.
Lunar Lift-Off (11 miles)
Ashbourne
Lunar Lift-Off 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!
Nottingham Industrial Museum (11 miles)
Nottingham
Nottingham Industrial Museum A museum covering the industrial history of Nottingham from lacemaking to motorcycle manufacture. Steam day on the last Sunday of every month, plus a calendar of changing events during the year.
Wollaton Hall and Park (11 miles)
Nottingham
Wollaton Hall and Park Set in over 500 acres of historic deer park, Wollaton Hall is a spectacular Tudor building home to the city's Natural History Museum. Also see the Industrial Museum, Steam Engine House, Wollaton Visitor Centre and the Yard Gallery, plus exhibitions exploring art and the environment.
Denz Indoor Playcentre (12 miles)
Beeston
Denz Indoor Playcentre Massive adventure climbing maze plus cool sky glide feature overhead, great toddler zone and optional kids' classes like musical play and kiddie art. Loads of fun!
Crich Tramway Village (12 miles)
Crich
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.
National Forest Adventure Farm (12 miles)
Burton Upon Trent
National Forest Adventure Farm - is an award winning family farm and adventure park. Meet and feed the animals, explore the Funfield and take on the huge indoor playbarn. Special events for Easter, May Half Term and the famous Maize Maze from July- September
Ashby de la Zouch Museum (12 miles)
Ashby de la Zouch
Ashby de la Zouch Museum Local history museum with special events for families and children. Open all the year round with interesting exhibitions, models and children'€™s activity sheets. Specially designed hands-on activities available.
Hoods Hideout Soft Play Centre (12 miles)
Nottingham
Hoods Hideout Soft Play Centre A great fun indoor soft play area designed on a Robin Hood theme on 3 separate levels, packed with obstacles and features for children under the age of 10 years to enjoy.
Hood Park Outdoor Pool (12 miles)
Ashby de la Zouch
Hood Park Outdoor Pool Outdoor heated pool with other goodies nearby.
Ashby de la Zouch Castle (12 miles)
Ashby de la Zouch
Ashby de la Zouch Castle A Royalist stronghold during the Civil War, the castle finally fell to Parliament in 1646, and was then made unusable. An underground passage from the kitchen to the tower can still be explored today.
Jungletastic (12 miles)
Nottingham
Jungletastic An exciting children's indoor soft play centre providing fun and safe entertainment for children aged up to 11 years. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Nottingham with kids.
Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood (12 miles)
Ashbourne
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!
Beechdale Swimming Centre (12 miles)
Nottingham
Beechdale Swimming Centre Offering teaching, flume and middle pools plus diving and standard lane swim facilities. Also home to a great indoor play zone and a sensory room.
Conkers (13 miles)
Swadlincote
Conkers Adventures in the forest. Explore over 120 acres including the 13 piece assault course, adventure play area, barefoot walk and train linking the Discovery and Waterside Centres. Indoors discover the Enchanted Forest Adventure Play Zone, over 100 interactive exhibits, cafes and gift shop.
Branston Water Park (13 miles)
Burton Upon Trent
Branston Water Park There is a small visitor centre, children's play area and toilets on site. Look out for the great range of birds, animal and insects which inhabit their varied habitats.
Tenpin Nottingham (13 miles)
Nottingham
Tenpin Nottingham is a bowling centre located in Clifton Boulevard. We have 26 modern fully computerised lanes, American and English Pool tables, Amusement Arcades all catered towards families and kids and Sector 7 Quasar. There is also the Beach Road Cafe Bar for some delicious meal and snack options.

Thanks for all the great things to do in Derby 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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