Wild n Wacky (< 1 mile)
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 (< 1 mile)
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 (< 1 mile)
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.
The Gibberd Garden (2 miles)
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 (3 miles)
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.
Ada Cole Rescue Stables (3 miles)
Ada Cole Rescue Stables
Kids can meet more than 50 rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, and learn an important lesson about how we treat our fellow creatures.
Adventure Island Play Barn (4 miles)
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 (4 miles)
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 (4 miles)
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.
Rye House Gatehouse (4 miles)
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 (4 miles)
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 (5 miles)
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 (5 miles)
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 (5 miles)
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 (5 miles)
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 (6 miles)
East Herts Miniature Railway
A 7 and a quarter gauge miniature railway with several different train types lovingly maintained. Open weekends for family jaunts up and down the line.
Lee Valley Boat Centre (6 miles)
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.
Scotts Grotto (6 miles)
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.
Lee Valley Regional Park (6 miles)
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, Lee Valley Regional Park has so much to explore.
The Priory Lido (6 miles)
The Priory Lido
Heated outdoor main and teaching pools, with tennis and basketball courts adjacent.
Lee Valley Park Farms (7 miles)
Lee Valley Park Farms
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! With lots of different farm animals to meet and others you wouldn't expect to meet: charming meerkats, cheeky marmosets, reptiles and llamas!
Paradise Wildlife Park (8 miles)
Paradise Wildlife Park
The most interactive zoo in Britain with over 400 animals, the best collection of big cats in the UK, penguins, crocodiles, gibbons, wolves, anacondas, meerkats and more! Also, a large indoor soft-play area, 3 adventure playgrounds, Dinosaur Woodland Railway, Crazy Golf, Paradise Lagoon paddling pool and the...
Epping Ongar Railway (8 miles)
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.
Woodys Play Barn (8 miles)
Woodys Play Barn
offers multi level activity play frame with slides, balls and classic features, plus dedicated toddler zone with their own extras.
Hertford Treasure Trail (8 miles)
Hertford Treasure Trail
is a clue based walk around parts of the town, beginning and ending in the car park adjacent to Hartham Common. Follow directions in the booklet, solve clues to discover who dunnit!
Waltham Abbey Gardens (8 miles)
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 (8 miles)
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 (8 miles)
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 (8 miles)
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 (8 miles)
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 (8 miles)
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 (9 miles)
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.
Cheeky Monkeys Jungle Adventure (9 miles)
Cheeky Monkeys Jungle Adventure
Indoor soft play area offering a warm welcome, delicious refreshments and a great place for kids to have fun. We also have a wonderful outdoor garden area with bouncy castle and slide. So come and join the adventure!
Laser Mayhem (9 miles)
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 (9 miles)
Travel back to Norman England and experience life as it was in 1066, plus the Toy Museum, Paleontology House, and Haunted Manor!
The House on the Hill Toy Museum (9 miles)
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 (9 miles)
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 (10 miles)
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!
Zorbit (10 miles)
Recommended 8yrs plus, Zorbiting is a safe exciting high and a really unique experience.
Northaw Great Wood (11 miles)
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.
The Gardens of Easton Lodge (12 miles)
The Gardens of Easton Lodge
Plenty of beautifully tended green space plus simple but fun wildlife activities for younger visitors, such as Scavenger Hunts for which they are rewarded with stickers; also craft activities.
Bedfords Park Visitor Centre (12 miles)
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Bedfords Park Visitor Centre
Offers visitors a really warm welcome and the opportunity 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!
Ceramic Magic (12 miles)
is a Ceramic Painting Studio. Come along and paint pottery with drinks and biscuits and take your creation home the same day. We have a small children’s indoor play area.
Lee Valley Athletics Centre (12 miles)
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 (13 miles)
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 (13 miles)
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.
Rollerbowl (13 miles)
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 (13 miles)
Team Sport North London (13 miles)
Team Sport North London
From ages 8 upwards kids' sessions and parties are a fantastic chance for kids to get behind the wheel! Kids are fully briefed and taught how to handle their specially adapted kart before they even touch the circuit. Safety first. But immense fun second!
The Play Centre at Edmonton Leisure (13 miles)
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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