Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery (2 miles)
Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery
A grand castellated mansion set in beautiful parkland, Cyfarthfa Castle is now a free museum housing a large collection of artefacts spanning 2000 years of Merthyrs history.
Cyfarthfa Park and Miniature Railway (2 miles)
Cyfarthfa Park and Miniature Railway
Remember to take your swimwear and towels to this 150 acre park of woodland and gardens where a Family Play Zone and Splash Pad is sure to tempt the kids as well as the 1000 ft Miniature Railway.
Garwnant Visitor Centre (2 miles)
Garwnant Visitor Centre
A family friendly fun filled site, including woodland walks for any ability, animal puzzle trails, guided tours, woodland play area, low ropes course and a mini mountain bike track. There’s an onsite restaurant and coffee shop to relax, enjoy a barista style coffee, homemade cake or a light lunch.
Brecon Mountain Railway (3 miles)
Brecon Mountain Railway
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the National Park from one of Wales' most popular railways, plus enjoy the new childrens play area at Pontsticill.
Adventure Land (4 miles)
2 play frames for over and under 4s, plus another soft play section and 3 ball pits.
Dare Valley Country Park (4 miles)
Dare Valley Country Park
offers 500 acres of stunning countryside packed with wildlife, flora and fauna. It boasts a children’s adventure and toddler playground, nature trails, family events from magicians to willow-weaving, cosy cafe, picnic spots, camping and caravanning, outdoor sports including a climbing wall, fantasy...
Bounce Indoor Play (5 miles)
Bounce Indoor Play
Offers indoor play facilities for children aged 0 to 11 years. Visit them for a fun family day out, where kids can play on the state of the art equipment, in a safe and enjoyable environment.
Dragons Den (5 miles)
2 separate multi level play frames, plus enclosed toddler area with smaller versions of the big fun, plus disco and soccer areas.
Dizzy Kidz Indoor Playcentre (7 miles)
Dizzy Kidz Indoor Playcentre
is an Indoor Adventure Play Centre for children aged 0 to 11 years with a catering and party provision. Meet all our characters: Mickey and Minnie Mouse; Peppa Pig; Upsy Daisy; Bob the Builder and Ben 10!
Ferndale Skate Park (7 miles)
Ferndale Skate Park
is a charity skate park especially for young people. Aside from the indoor ramps and outdoor bmx pump track, we have a café and a viewing area. We have bands play now and then and we hold skating competitions when we can. We keep our prices as low as possible.
E2 Climbing and Activity Centre (8 miles)
E2 Climbing and Activity Centre
Delivers an adrenaline-soaked range of activities to kick-start your senses. One of the biggest indoor climbing walls in Europe, a man-made caving system with a waterfall inside, kayaking lakes, gorge walking, mountain biking, and it doesn'Ât stop there! From age 6.
Eskimo Joes (9 miles)
offers a fairly unique combination of state of the art children's multi level play area with a snow and ice theme, plus full size ice rink with full rentals.
Monster Madness (9 miles)
offer a huge multi level multi color adventure play frame plus dedicated toddler zone.
Llancaiach Fawr Manor (9 miles)
Llancaiach Fawr Manor
Step inside this Manor House restored and furnished as it would have been in 1645 and with colourful characters to tell you about life in the house and the locale. There are interactive displays and plenty to explore in the house and gardens plus a gift shop and cafe.
Rumble in the Jungle Indoor Playcentre (10 miles)
Rumble in the Jungle Indoor Playcentre
is the largest childrens indoor playcentre in RCT, catering for children aged 0 to 12 years, with huge 3 level playframe, large baby area with ball pond and softplay, sports arena and party rooms.
Cantref Adventure Farm (10 miles)
Cantref Adventure Farm
With the large indoor play areas, outdoor play, great pet handling shows & children entertainment there is something for the whole family to do come rain or shine!
Rhondda Heritage Park (11 miles)
Rhondda Cynon Taff
Rhondda Heritage Park
- based at the former Lewis Merthyr Colliery, Trehafod, is one of the top heritage and cultural visitor attractions in South Wales and provides a fun and interesting day out for individuals, groups, school children and students.
Barry Sidings Countryside Park (11 miles)
Barry Sidings Countryside Park
is a stunning countryside park. Dotted with wildlife walks and fascinating trails, the park is home to a BMX track, duck pond, picnic and barbecue area, seasonal cafe and one of the best children’s playgrounds around!
Ynysangharad War Memorial Park (12 miles)
Ynysangharad War Memorial Park
is a stunning outdoor venue packed with events, sports and activities. Reptiles, magicians and pop bands are among the attractions offered during the programme of events. Make your own fun with the park’s children’s adventure playground, tennis courts, cricket field, pitch and putt golf, football...
Kidzz Fun Indoor Playcentre (12 miles)
Kidzz Fun Indoor Playcentre
is an Indoor children's play centre with cafe and lounge areas, sports court and play frame, even a funky car track. We also cater for children's parties in one of our 3 fantastic party areas.
Pen-y-fan Pond (12 miles)
Parkland about a resevoir with flat open space for sports and kite flying, nature rambling and picnicking. There's a wonderful Alien Invasion Trail around the park that's sure to keep them moving and get imaginations going!
The Play Barn (12 miles)
The Play Barn
Adventure, exercise and stimulation in a safe environment! Multi level adventure play frame with slides, balls, tunnels and all the other classic and contemporary features one expects from modern soft play.
The Eden Centre (12 miles)
The Eden Centre
Multi level adventure soft play plus sports facilities and kart track with dedicated baby zone.
Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary (12 miles)
Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary
Formerly a traditional Welsh hill farm, this sanctuary rescues and provides a home for many types of unwanted animals especially primates, such as chimpanzees, baboons, spider monkeys, capuchins and marmosets. Visitors can see a variety of animals and the work the sanctuary carry out to look after them.
National Showcaves Centre for Wales (12 miles)
National Showcaves Centre for Wales
There are ten attractions all included in the one entry ticket, and there is plenty to see and do for all ages. The 3 different caves Dan-yr-Ogof, Cathedral Cave and Bone Cave each offer a unique underground experience.
Big Pit National Mining Museum (13 miles)
Big Pit National Mining Museum
World-famous underground tour, go 300 feet underground with a real miner and see what life was like for the thousands of men who worked at the coal face. Plus new multi-media tours and exhibitions.
Big Pit National Coal Museum (13 miles)
Big Pit National Coal Museum
Prepare to be lowered 300 feet down the mineshaft for our famous underground tour with a real miner! Wear the same equipment (helmet, cap lamp, battery) and see what life was like for thousands of men and boys who worked at the coalface.
Llangorse Multi-Activity Centre (13 miles)
Llangorse Multi-Activity Centre
Llangorse Multi Activity Centre is the home of the largest indoor Climbing and Riding Centre in Wales. We cater for groups and individuals, whether experienced or novice, young or old.
The Riding Centre offers Pony Rides for little ones (4-7 yrs), Trekking for the beginner or novice rider and riding for...
Blaenavon Ironworks (14 miles)
A day out and history lesson in one at this Ironworks with cottages furnished to the periods and an exhibition plus the cast house and the foundry, a balance tower and the pay office of the works to view.
Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway (14 miles)
Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway
Trains head north to the Whistle Inn, south to Blaenavon High Level Station (which is only a short walk from Blaenavon town centre) as well as to Big Pit Halt, which is adjacent to the Big Pit Mining Museum.
Tiny Tumblers (15 miles)
A double decker climbing maze for kids under 7 years plus the cool tots' sensory zone for the wee ones! Loads of traditional adventure play features in bright friendly colours, plus a range of parties on offer too.
Rascals Club House (15 miles)
Rascals Club House
Multi level adventure climbing maze with toddler version, plus ride on car track, disco stage, arts and crafts area, and sports pitch.
Bowlplex Nantgarw (15 miles)
Family friendly tenpin bowling, with bumpers and ball ramps for the kids.
Afan Forest Park (15 miles)
Neath Port Talbot
Afan Forest Park
Great open space for all things cycle-able, base yourself at the visitor centre to go hiking, mountain biking, or an old fashioned family adventure. Take bears to hide!
South Wales Miners Museum (15 miles)
Neath Port Talbot
South Wales Miners Museum
Children can experience the dark room where there is no natural light, emulating the conditions underground. Cap lamps and helmets can be tried on and your imagination can enhance your experience of a time now very distant. This is a must see attraction in Afan Forest Park.
Cwmcarn Forest (15 miles)
Unique fun day out by car, bike or on foot along the stunning seven miles of Cwmcarn Forest Drive with car park stop off points offering artwork to absorb, BBQ and picnic sites and at Car Park 3 a wooden playground where children can follow the Wizards Walk full of magical figures on the way. A visitors...
Funtastic (16 miles)
offers several age ranged multi level play zones plus baby area, football and sports arena, and their NEW Go-Kart track is now open!
Caerphilly Castle (16 miles)
Stretching over a thirty-acre site in the centre of Caerphilly, this imposing Castle is a striking testament to the turbulent times of medieval Wales Exhibitions, medieval weapons - plenty to see and do..
Beacon Park Boats (16 miles)
Beacon Park Boats
Exceptionally quiet electric day boats on the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal, allowing you to get closer to the natural wildlife. Day, half day and hourly boat hire. No experience is required for either as full training will be given!
Bryngarw Country Park (16 miles)
Bryngarw Country Park
113 acre country park with woodland, grassland, formal gardens, adventure playground and loads of water features including ponds, lakes and a river.
Pontypool Park (17 miles)
64 Hectares of park and gardens playing host to a leisure centre, outdoor dry ski slope, pitch and putt, childrens play area suitable for younger and older kids plus lots more!
Aberdulais Tinworks and Waterfall (17 miles)
Aberdulais Tinworks and Waterfall
Set in a steep gorge, this place demonstrates the power of water and its impact on industry. It has the largest electricity-generating waterwheel in Europe, a stunning waterfall, and to get the most for kids ask about their tracker packs.
Jolly Jesters Playcentre (17 miles)
Jolly Jesters Playcentre
offers a multi level adventure climbing maze with fun features plus toddler version with smaller versions of the big fun.
Abergavenny Castle & Museum (17 miles)
Abergavenny Castle & Museum
Set in the grounds of a 'ruined' Norman Castle, where you can enjoy a picnic during the summer. The museum contains activity Room for children, where there is the opportunity to colour, cut and stick. At certain times they offer workshops led by museum staff.
Manic Ceramics (17 miles)
Create your own pottery masterpieces, with help from friendly, experienced staff. Make cool presents or great keepsakes, and great for all ages!
Castell Coch (18 miles)
The marquess of Bute's Gothic fairytale creation at Castell Coch, with its colourful interior and beautiful woodland setting, is a dream visit for your little prince or princess, and will inspire plenty of little adventures.
Greenmeadow Community Farm (18 miles)
Greenmeadow Community Farm
The farm has a wide variety of animals plus a tractor and trailer ride. There is also an adventure playground and an interactive play area where you can have a go at milking a life size demo cow after watching it done for real.
Fuzzy Eds at Pentre Gwilym House (18 miles)
Parc Slip Nature Reserve (18 miles)
Parc Slip Nature Reserve
is a Wildlife Trust nature reserve with a variety of habitats and over 10km of safe paths where children can discover wildlife. Grasslands, wetlands and woodlands are home to many animals. There is a Visitor Centre and Coffee Shop on site.
Gnoll Estate Country Park (18 miles)
Gnoll Estate Country Park
Country Park with 240 acres of woodland and open space including loads of water features and ruins to explore, plus a visitors centre and playgrounds, suitable for younger and disabled children and separate adventure playground for older children.
Thanks for all the great things to do in East Town 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 Somerset can enjoy the great day out as well.
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