Wild n Wacky A fantastic jungle themed indoor play and party centre for 0 to 12 year olds offering play, parties, private hire and freshly prepared food and beverages. Facilities include: state of the art three tier play frame, 150 seater air conditioned cafe, free wifi internet access, leather sofas and free customer...
The Museum of Harlow Four galleries focusing on local history within major time frames, plus temporary exhibit gallery. Time Detectives kids' history and archaeology workshops at weekends, plus a walled garden to explore with picnic area.
Harlow Town Park A grand adventure playground plus large paddling pool (open in the summer) and a Pets’ Corner home to a variety of animals including fish, sheep, llamas and reindeer.
Quasar Elite Harlow Take the kids to shoot up New York without the air fares or the consequences with this fantastic Big Apple themed laser tag arena! High tech infra red laser guns and the using games with an immersive American backdrop. Awesome!
The Gibberd Garden Younger children will adore spotting all the little features and hidden sculptures throughout the gardens, and they'll all love the children's moated castle with drawbridge!
Parndon Wood Nature Reserve A haven for flora, fungi, birds, minibeasts, small mammals and deer, waiting for you to explore and discover. During school holidays activity sessions are run for children too!
Ada Cole Rescue Stables Get up nose to nose with more than 70 wonderful rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules and find out more about these amazing creatures!
Adventure Island Play Barn Indoor children's play centre incorporating an underwater themed toddler area for the under 3's, soft play, slides, an aerial runway and ball ponds plus seasonal outside features.
The Henry Moore Foundation A great visit for all the family to the beautiful former home of artist Henry Moore. A 70-acre estate including outdoor sculpture gardens, restored house and studios, gallery, refreshments and shop. Please book your visit.
Rye House Laser Combat is an indoor laser tag arena for kids aged 7 and up. We host parties and groups that can just turn up on the day. Booking or calling ahead is advised.
Ryeassic Adventure Park This is a great full day aimed at under 9s with indoor and outdoor adventure playgrounds, crazy golf, dinosaur mini maze, bouncy castle and trampolines, electric quads and racing boats! Woo Hoo!
Rye House Gatehouse Explore the Gatehouse and grounds, enjoy a picnic and visit the nearby Rye House Quay on the River Lee Navigation.
Rye House Kart Raceway One of the only kart circuits in the country to incorporate the under 8s, their Bambino Karts are suitable for ages 3+!
Hallingbury Hall Equestrian Centre BHS approved facility offering lessons for all ages, plus cross country course, jumping paddock, post and rail grazing in park land setting. Nervous beginners very welcome.
Adventure Castle Featuring 3 slides: small, medium and huge! Plus main frame assault course, aerial runway and all the classic fun features to entertain and exhaust the kids.
Maple Pollard Riding Centre BHS approved facility specialising in group children's riding lessons and BHS qualification training and feature a recognised Pony Club. Dry weather hacks by arrangement.
North Weald Airfield and Museum Still a very active airfield and on most summer weekends visitors can see some of the veteran and classic aircraft based on the airfield in action. The museum focuses on local service personnel and civilian histories.
East Herts Miniature Railway A 7 and a quarter gauge miniature railway with several different train types that are lovingly maintained. Located in the Vane Hage Garden Company grounds. Open weekends for family jaunts up and down the line.
Lee Valley Boat Centre In a week you can cruise into London on a narrow boats, or in just an hour you can navigate the river by electric pleasure craft, pedalos or rowing boats.
The Little Arts Workshop is a paint your own pottery and clay sculpting venue! For the teeny tiny ones out there we do footprints, handprints and finger prints on pottery. Booking usually required.
Lee Valley Regional Park
Lee Valley Regional Park The 10,000 acre Park has hundreds of great days out for all the family. Whether it's a day out at the farms, athletics, golf, horse riding, ice skating, fishing, cycling, bird watching, camping or simply exploring the countryside.
Scotts Grotto A labour of love spanning thirty years of labour, some ten thousand pounds and an inestimable weight of shells and coloured glass adorning the walls of this 67ft set of charming underground tunnels. Please note the limited opening times.
The Priory Lido Heated outdoor main and teaching pools, with tennis and basketball courts adjacent. A pleasing summer afternoon's worth!
Lee Valley Park Farms With lots of different farm animals to meet and others you wouldn't expect to meet: charming meerkats, cheeky marmosets, reptiles and llamas! If you want to get the kids out of the house and are looking for something that is fun, interesting and educational, Lee Valley has all of this and more!
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.
Paradise Wildlife Park is most interactive Zoo in Britain. We have 3 outdoor adventure play areas, indoor soft play ‘Tumble Jungle’, Paradise Lagoon, Crazy Golf, Go Karting, Crazy Sands, loads of shows and talks to keep the whole family entertained.
Woodys Play Barn offers multi level activity play frame with slides, balls and classic features, plus dedicated toddler zone with their own extras.
Waltham Abbey Gardens Wander around the remains of what was once one of the largest Augustinian Abbeys in the country. Discover this truly magical heritage site where dragonflies flock!
Royal Gunpowder Mills Secret Island Discover a top secret world of excitement, experiments and explosions at the Royal Gunpowder Mills in Waltham Abbey. A fascinating, hands-on guide to gunpowder, big bangs, weapons and warfare too.
Hertford Museum Come and explore Hertford Museum! Discover our play shop, handle fossils and see moving old toys! We also have gallery trails and discovery bags comprising of objects and activities available to use free of charge and to accompany your visit.
The Firehouse Playcentre A fantastic fire station themed soft play facility across three levels of fun, with separate toddler adventure area, inflatable slides and more!
Lee Valley White Water Centre Experience the freaky thrills of white water rafting, canoeing and paddling! Over 14s for the rafting; the paddling activities have no lower age but kids must be experienced already.
Hatfield Forest Extraordinary woodland involving trees of up to 1200 years old. Great for outdoor play, hiking and picnicking. Please note the adjacent car park has seasonally limited opening.
Epping Forest and Visitor Centre As well as being a popular area for recreation and enjoyment it is also of national and international conservation importance with two thirds of it being designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation.
Laser Mayhem Terrific outdoor laser tag: a zero contact combat game with atmospheric props including life size tanks, planes, helicopters, forts and cars: great places to hide while you wait for your sister… Scenario days are even better!
Mountfitchet Castle Travel back to Norman England and experience life as it was in 1066, so explore the castle and Norman Village, plus the Toy Museum, Paleontology House, and Haunted Manor!
The House on the Hill Toy Museum This is the largest privately owned toy museum in Europe with over 80,000 individual items
of mixed antiquity toys on display. Plus Palaeontology House and Haunted Manor for older types!
Capel Manor Gardens is a 30 acre estate with a Manor House. We have a jungle gym play garden for children, gift shop, restaurant and many gardens to explore. Can you also spot the meercats, Llamas and Shetland ponies grazing in our fields?
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!
Northaw Great Wood Enjoy the trails, the spectacular autumn colour and the chance of seeing a wide range of woodland wild life, including fungi and butterflies.
Quasar Elite Enfield is a zero contact combat game played in an immersive futuristic arena with infra red weaponry! Stalk your siblings through the maze, hiding behind military features and using the audio visual special effects to your advantage... If you can!
The Gardens of Easton Lodge is a 23 acre Grade II listed historic restoration garden that welcomes families. We have children’s craft and nature activities and loads of space to run around and play.
Lee Valley Athletics Centre Athletics is fun, everyone can do it and it's a great way to keep fit! Take part in after school classes and school holiday programmes and be trained by experienced coaches.
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 plus see the fallow deer in the visitor centre!
Owls Play Centre at Fairlop Waters A multi-tiered soft play centre with dedicated playzones for babies, toddlers and juniors within Fairlop Waters, a country park and outdoor activity centre.
Bedfords Park Visitor Centre A great place to find out about the wildlife within the 215 acre park, which includes many valuable species rich habitats. So take your magnifying glass and sketchbook or camera for the kids to identify mini beasts!
Rollerbowl With 34 lanes they are one of the biggest centres in the country; add that to large Arcade area with the newest games, fruit machines and 9 brand new pool tables.
Fullwell Cross Swimming Pool 1m and 3m springboards and 5m platform available for special sessions, plus large swimming and teaching pools.
TeamSport Indoor Karting North London Indoor go karting to keep the family active and find out who’s the fastest of them all? Our adrenaline-fuelled events are everything you need to experience a family day out on this awesome 400m circuit.
The Play Centre at Edmonton Leisure Colourful double level main frame with sports arena, containing all the classic features from balls to slides via tunnels! It's not enormous which means you can see your little ones most of the time.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Harlow 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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