Mill House Leisure Centre (< 1 mile)
Mill House Leisure Centre
Offers a range of activities and facilites including swimming pools including diving area with 1m and 3m spring board and 5m platform.
Hartlepools Maritime Experience (< 1 mile)
Hartlepools Maritime Experience
All children love pirates and this maritime visitor attraction is the perfect place to take them. Travel back to the days of Nelson, Napoleon and the Battle of Trafalgar. With our many attractions, costumed guides and weaponry displays, any kids (of whatever age) will enjoy this day out. So all ye landlubbers...
HMS Trincomalee 1817 (< 1 mile)
HMS Trincomalee 1817
The classic British frigate, HMS Trincomalee, built in Bombay for the Admiralty in 1817, is the oldest ship afloat in the UK and the last of the commissioned frigates of the Nelson era. Berthed at Hartlepool's Maritime Experience it is now fully restored.
Summerhill (< 1 mile)
is a unique Country Park that is a nature reserve and free outdoor sports centre. You can enjoy country walks, adventure play areas, a BMX track and climbing Boulder Park free of charge at any time. You can also book onto archery, high ropes, climbing, orienteering or nature study activities!
Mister Twisters (1 miles)
13,000 sq ft indoor play centre with a Pirate themed climbing frame. Suitable for 2-5 year olds, 5-12 year olds and a separate gated toddler/infant area for the more delicate of our visitors. Bouncy castle, football court, Xbox games, 5* cafeteria and parking for 70+ cars.
Wacky Warehouse Merry Go Round (2 miles)
Wacky Warehouse Merry Go Round
Indoor adventure play with loads of slides and features, plus a dedicated toddler zone. Part of a family friendly restaurant with kids' menu.
Tweddle Childrens Animal Farm (4 miles)
Tweddle Childrens Animal Farm
A childrens farm and petting centre based on the North East Coast with lots of friendly animals and lots of animal activities such as rabbit cuddling and bottle feeding. Thereâs also indoor and outdoor play areas, indoor and outdoor pedal go-kart tracks and lots more.
Blackhall Rocks on Durham Coast (5 miles)
The Pottery Loft (5 miles)
The Pottery Loft
is a purpose built ceramic studio and cafe.
Arts and crafts activities include:
Pottery Painting, Baby Prints, Decopatch, Teddy Bear Making, Workshops, Pre School Fun, Parties. Small Soft Play (under 5s), Personalised Gifts, Nurseries and Much More!
R Kade Indoor Skatepark (7 miles)
R Kade Indoor Skatepark
20,000 square feet packed with a street course, mini ramps, rhythm section, jump boxes and much more. Under 12s must have parental supervision at all times.
Horden Welfare Park (7 miles)
Horden Welfare Park
The park features a toddler and junior play area, a sculpture, football field, rugby field, cricket field, bowling greens, bandstand, multi-sports pitch, cafe and heritage centre.
Teesside Karting Centre (7 miles)
Teesside Karting Centre
Race your friends on the longest circuit in the WORLD, with special karts, and driving sessions just for kids. Suitable for anyone 8 years and over, and 4ft 6 (137cm) in height. We do kids’ parties too.
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (7 miles)
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
Leading gallery for modern and contemporary art and craft. mima’s family programme includes family guides, fun sessions for the under 4s, free Saturday afternoon family activities, and regular school holiday programmes. Free to visit!
Redcar Beacon (7 miles)
Offers visitors the chance to enjoy 360 degree views of Redcar seafront from 80ft up. Lift available, open roof terrace topped.
Our Funhouse (8 miles)
A new for 2012 indoor multi-level soft play centre for children aged up to 12, offering children's parties, after school activities, adventure play, toddlers' sessions, and educational play, with friendly, experienced and fully vetted staff.
Wynyard Woodland Park Planetarium (8 miles)
Stockton on Tees
Wynyard Woodland Park Planetarium
Extensive parkland with visitor centre featuring displays on local archaeology, woodland history and wildlife. You can catch a public star show at the planetarium or a tour of the observatory with careful timing.
Rock Antics (8 miles)
Offer seperate child's bouldering sections and high level of friendly support making it a great place for kids to start as well as to improve.
Wild Animal Adventures (8 miles)
Wild Animal Adventures
A great little animal park with hands on opportunities, lots of tropical types and a few domestics plus special area The Nocturnal Zone which features the Bat Cave! Right beside the cool Pet Mania storezoo!
Dorman Museum (8 miles)
From artistic pottery to feminism to the magic of water, from local history to natural history to ornithological collections, there are so many different topics to explore in depth you couldn't get bored if you tried!
Teesside White Water Centre (8 miles)
Teesside White Water Centre
offering Family White Water Rafting experiences for the adventurous ones, Bell Boating for the groups, Flat Water Canoeing for those finding their stride plus Sailing, Power Boating and Technical Rescue experiences besides! Activities start from 8 years old.
AMF Hollywood Bowl Stockton (9 miles)
AMF Hollywood Bowl Stockton
26 lanes of auto scoring tenpin, to be found alongside a sizeable arcade with video and redemption gaming options, plus pool tables and free WiFi. Plus Harry's Kitchen!
Splash (9 miles)
The complex includes a 25 metre pool with wave machine and water slides: one suitable for small kids and a faster one for big jobs with a big splash down ending! Loads of other things to do dry side too with pre booking.
The Pottery Pen (9 miles)
Stockton On Tees
The Pottery Pen
is a place for all the family to come and create smiles and memories! Pop in and create your very own painted pot, from farm animals, dinosaurs, princess castles, home accessories and hand and footprint keepsakes, we have it all!
Fun City (9 miles)
Stockton On Tees
With its 7000sq ft of play area Fun city is dedicated to family fun! The play frame includes 3 tier levels of ball pools, curly slides, rope bridges, swing ropes, spooky areas, jelly mountain, trampoline and the 20ft drop slide!
Toddlers have a small area on the ground floor with its own ball pool, small...
Wacky Warehouse - Wheatlands Farm (9 miles)
Stewart Park (10 miles)
Several lakes containing wildfowl, with animals in pet's corner such as llamas, deer, peacocks, pheasants and guinea pigs. There are also trails, a museum, new childrens play area, outdoor table tennis and mini golf!
Hardwick Park (10 miles)
Ideal for family games, picnicking and wild flower spotting, they also have a new visitor centre with excellent facilities including an interactive exhibition space. Nice!
Noahs Ark Family Centre (10 miles)
Noahs Ark Family Centre
Three levels of adventure soft play with craft, role play, reading and activity corners besides. Also has an outdoor play area for summer. Separate area for kids aged up to 3 to play in. Birthday parties available too.
Newham Grange Country Farm (10 miles)
Newham Grange Country Farm
Come and make friends with the rare breeds of farm animals, enjoy a walk around the fields or drive a mini tractor, and why not bring along a picnic for a treat.
Brewers Fayre Preston Farm (10 miles)
Stockton on Tees
Brewers Fayre Preston Farm
Indoor and outdoor play areas with plenty of fun colourful features attached to a family friendly restaurant with a healthy, appetising menu for children.
Preston Park and Museum (11 miles)
Stockton On Tees
Preston Park and Museum
As well as the Museum, we also offer a safe children's play area, exciting Treetop Adventure Playground and many riverside and woodland paths. Plus you can walk amongst hundreds of beautiful butterflies at Butterfly World, take a ride on the Tees Small Gauge Railway or cruise along the river on Teesside...
Crazy Corner (11 miles)
Toddlers are as well catered for as the big jobs here with their own 3 level structure to match the main one! With baby area too there's a space for everyone, and highlights include ball fountain, crazy maze, circus mirrors and ball cannons!
Fuzzy Eds at Coulby Farm (11 miles)
Fuzzy Eds at Coulby Farm
Children can enjoy the large Fun House with ball pools, slides, climbing frames, all in brightly coloured surroundings. Children's birthday parties are bookable, taking place in the Fun House, with a height restriction of 4ft 9ins, we also hold regular Toddler sessions during term time.
Guisborough Forest and Walkways (12 miles)
Guisborough Forest and Walkways
Features include an orienteering course, trim trail, sculpture trail and a couple of play areas, plus way marked family hikes and a cycle trail for the fit ones!
Saltburn Cliff Lift (12 miles)
Saltburn Cliff Lift
Not exactly an adventure on it's own but an excellent way to connect to a bigger one: Britain's oldest cliff lift offers awesome views 120ft up and, since the major refurb in 2011, a live voice link with the driver too!
Saltburn Miniature Railway (12 miles)
Saltburn Miniature Railway
15 inch gauge miniature railway, running between 2 stations, from the seafront through to the Valley Gardens, Italian Gardens, Tea Lawn, and Woodland Centre. Plenty to see and do, so you can really make a day of it!
The Play Factory (13 miles)
The Play Factory
Indoor children’s adventure centre with large play frame, 2 astro slides, a 45 degree super slide, go carts, bungee reactor tower. Ball cannons, Toddler area with toys plus mini slides and ball pool.
Funshack (13 miles)
Maybe largest indoor playground in the north of England. Here you will find a wide range of fun activities in a safe and secure surrounding. New indoor go kart track and bowling alley 2012!
Climb North East (14 miles)
Climb North East
The largest indoor climbing centre in County Durham ran by passionate climbers. Four dedicated bouldering zones and an area for top rope and lead climbing. Send the kids along to one of our weekend sessions. We run sessions for 3 different age groups starting at just 4 years old
Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre (14 miles)
Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre
Climbing is very good for developing balance, co-ordination, strength and confidence, whilst giving the child a great learning experience.
Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum (14 miles)
Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum
Newly refurbished museum telling the story of Cook's early life and education in the Charity School, the village he grew up in and his adventures on the high seas. Now with interactive elements, touch screens and audio trail!
Karting North East (14 miles)
Karting North East
Not only do we provide you with the best go karting experience, but we also provide you with other fun packed activities like 4x4 Experiences for over 5s and Archery for over 8s!
Wacky Warehouse Gretna Green (14 miles)
Wacky Warehouse Gretna Green
Indoor play area with loads of slides and features as well as a dedicated toddler zone, plus outdoor play structures for warmer weather. All attached to a family restaurant.
Top Gear Karting (14 miles)
Top Gear Karting
They give you karting in a disco atmosphere with ultra violet tubes, strobe and spotlights with music and smoke machines, but most importantly safety. This is karting and entertainment in one for over 8s.
Stokesley Golf Range (15 miles)
Stokesley Golf Range
There is an entertaining 12-hole Crazy Golf Course, suitable for all of the family, a 16-bay floodlit Driving Range with club hire and a 9-hole Pay and Play course. Relax at the end in our fabulous Coffee Shop.
Rock Antics (15 miles)
Offer simulated rock surfaces and textures, ranging from easy to extreme, for all ages and abilities with a great supportive attitude making it a great place to start as well as to improve.
Houghall Gardens World of Trees (15 miles)
Houghall Gardens World of Trees
Over 500 species of trees can be seen and you can go on a 2.5 mile discovery trail of the surrounding countryside. Kids always love the water garden.
Down at the Farm (15 miles)
Houghton Le Spring
Down at the Farm
You can see a wide range of farm animals plus a few unusual ones. There is plenty of hands on fun including reptile handling or sheep and pig racing. Kids can also use the adventure trail, pedal round the tiny tots tractor course or take a real tractor ride, enjoy the giant sandpit or go mad on the jumping...
Fuzzy Eds at the Sandcastle (15 miles)
Fuzzy Eds at the Sandcastle
Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant. Plus outdoor play too!
Planet Leisure (15 miles)
Offering indoor adventure play, bowling, ice skating and for over 8s thrilling laser tag and aerial trekking!
Thanks for all the great things to do in Hartlepool 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 Durham can enjoy the great day out as well.
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