1st Bowl Ilkeston (< 1 mile)
1st Bowl Ilkeston
Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
Crazy Crocodiles Indoor Play Centre (< 1 mile)
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.
Escape Play (3 miles)
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
Little Drivers Soft Play (4 miles)
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!
Lanky Bill's Fun Shack (4 miles)
Lanky Bill's Fun Shack
A large main frame for the 5 to 11 years and a separate area with frame and soft play for the 4’s and under.
Jungletastic (5 miles)
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
Hoods Hideout Soft Play Centre (5 miles)
Hoods Hideout Soft Play Centre
A great fun indoor soft play area designed on a Robin Hood theme on three separate levels, packed with obstacles and features for children under the age of 12 years to enjoy.
Wollaton Hall and Park (5 miles)
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.
Beechdale Swimming Centre (5 miles)
Beechdale Swimming Centre
Offering teaching, flume and middle pools plus standard lane swim facilities. Also home to a great indoor play zone.
Freddys Play Kingdom (5 miles)
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!
Pot N Kettle Ceramic Cafe (5 miles)
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.
Chaddesden Park (5 miles)
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.
Denz Indoor Playcentre (6 miles)
Denz Indoor Playcentre
A large kids play area and a smaller one for the toddlers. A good indoor playcentre in Nottinghamshire.
Attenborough Nature Reserve (6 miles)
Attenborough Nature Reserve
An award winning eco-friendly visitor attraction surrounded by the tranquil waters of the beautiful Attenborough Nature Reserve.
Nottingham Climbing Centre (6 miles)
Nottingham Climbing Centre
800 square metres of climbing wall! The centre offers Bouldering, Top Roping and Leading Facilities; as well as running courses for beginners or improvers, starting from age 7.
Elvaston Castle (6 miles)
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.
Rollerworld of Derby (6 miles)
Rollerworld of Derby
The biggest maple floored rink in the UK with capacity for up to 3000 - 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
Tenpin Nottingham (6 miles)
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.
Pirates Play Centre (7 miles)
Pirates Play Centre
Fantastic three level play area with giant slides, rope bridges, sky glide, rollers etc. Separate toddler and baby soft play area, free wifi in the parents' lounge.
Oceans of Fun Indoor Play Centre (7 miles)
Oceans of Fun Indoor Play Centre
Children's indoor soft play centre with a separate area for babies and under 4s. The main play frame accommodates up to 11 year olds. We have a modern cafe serving delicious lunches and snacks. The play frame has a large wavy slide. It is open and can be seen from all the seats in the cafe area.
Wacky Warehouse - Plank & Leggit (7 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Plank & Leggit
Children up to 4ft 9ins tall are welcome to try out the Wacky Indoor Playcentre with its safe modern games and equipmen, perfect for the ankle biters to let of steam of an afternoon.
Planet Happy (7 miles)
offers a multi level multi colour adventure climbing maze full of classic soft play features plus a designated toddler area, kids' activity sessions and classes.
Nottingham Castle (7 miles)
- is a magnificent 17th Century ducal mansion built on the site of the original Medieval Castle, with spectacular views across the city. A vibrant museum and art gallery housing collections of silver, glass, armour and paintings, plus fifteen centuries of Nottingham history.
Tree Tops Activity Centre (7 miles)
Tree Tops Activity Centre
Multi level treehouse themed adventure soft play with all the bright and clean fun features you'd expect, plus toddler area, jungle themed party room and bookable sports court.
Nottingham Castle Caves (7 miles)
Nottingham Castle Caves
Beneath the Castle a labyrinth of manmade caves and tunnels continue to tell the turbulent story of this historic site. Come along for a memorable tour and discover the secret passageways, King David's legendary dungeon, the Duke of Newcastle's Wine Cellar or Mortimer's Hole.
Curious About Nottingham (7 miles)
Curious About Nottingham
is a unique experience: two treasure hunt style walks of discovery to keep the whole family intrigued and amused. Keep the kids happy answering clues and matching pictures, whilst reading stories about this famous ‘City of Legends’. Buy the booklet from our website and explore in your own time.
Midland Railway Centre (7 miles)
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.
The Nottingham Ghost Walk (7 miles)
The Nottingham Ghost Walk
A story-telling walking tour all about ghosts! Where they haunt, why they haunt, a bit of gore, some heritage and history - and you might even spot the real ghost who haunts our tours!
Nottingham Heroes and Villains Tour (7 miles)
Nottingham Heroes and Villains Tour
The City's heritage walking tour from the Nottingham Ghost Walk team! See the key sites of interest in the City and hear intriguing tales about Robin Hood and many other famous Nottingham characters. Tour includes a cave visit (subject to availability). Was Robin Hood a Hero or a Villain?
Bridlesmithgate Caves (7 miles)
Man-made caves used as a butcher's, a salting chamber and an apothecary's shop with a domed store cave and an ice house.
City of Caves (7 miles)
City of Caves
Discover a hidden world beneath your feet underneath the streets of Nottingham. Explore original sandstone caves with our actor led tours and meet our friendly characters Archie and Annie the Archaeologists or wander through at your own pace with our fantastic audio tour. You will be taken on an archaeological journey under the cobbles of some of Nottinghamâs most famous streets.
Galleries of Justice (7 miles)
Galleries of Justice
- home to the Villainous Sheriff of Nottingham and is the only Museum of its kind in Europe. Based at Nottingham’s old county gaol the Museum portrays Nottingham’s horrible history and crime and punishment through the ages in a fun and interactive environment. Many tours are actor led making the Galleries of Justice Museum an excellent family friendly attraction & a perfect day out for all ages.
Quasar Nottingham (8 miles)
Painless bruise-less laser tag, the gentler way to get the thrills of shoot 'em ups in a live action role play setting.
1st Bowl Nottingham (8 miles)
1st Bowl Nottingham
Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
National Ice Centre (8 miles)
National Ice Centre
Ice skating is a cool experience whatever your age or ability and where better to give it a go than at the National Ice Centre: the UK's centre for excellence for ice sports. There are a range of ice skating sessions on offer to suit all ages and abilities, from the loudest disco to quieter sessions for beginners and families.
Stonebridge City Farm (8 miles)
Stonebridge City Farm
is an urban farm in the middle of Nottingham! Free to visit and open every day, with a number of animals both big and small; which you can feed, pet and handle; play park and picnic area; plus amenities such as cafe, shop and toilets.
Tubby Bears Playzone (8 miles)
Tubby Bears Playzone
features a three level play frame for older kids plus matted toddler area and toys.
Run Riot (8 miles)
Now known as Bumper's Back Yard: indoor playcentre for children aged between 2 and 10 years old. There are slides, ladders, aerial walkways, spinners, trolley ride, maze, ball pools and an area is set aside for the under 5s.
Greens Windmill and Science Centre (8 miles)
Greens Windmill and Science Centre
Test your brain power with the hands-on experiments in the Science Centre which explore electricity, magnetism and light, ideal for young children - attached to a working windmill which produces great flour?!
Chucklebutties (8 miles)
With the exciting playframe, separate baby area and activity sessions every weekday at 11am and 2pm, there's always plenty to keep babies to 10 year olds entertained!
Paint a Pot (8 miles)
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, so enjoy a full day out. Just drop in, no need to book.
Tenpin Derby (8 miles)
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!
Razzle Dazzle Pots Ltd (8 miles)
Razzle Dazzle Pots Ltd
A fun family venue where you and your family can come and discover your creative side. We have a spacious studio downstairs where whilst painting your pottery you can relax and have delicious cake and coffee. Upstairs we have a very special party room where you can celebrate your birthday or Hen do with a Pottery Painting Party.
Markeaton Park (8 miles)
Well kept parkland with play centre, light railway, splash pool, pitch and putt golf, stunning horticultural displays, a fishing lake and football pitches.
Tumble Town Indoor Playcentre (8 miles)
Tumble Town Indoor Playcentre
3000 sq ft of indoor play area including climbing frames, a helter-skelter, slides, bouncing castle, soft play ball pools and supervised play. For under 7s.
Hickory Dickory's Playhouse (9 miles)
Hickory Dickory's Playhouse
The provision of unparalleled indoor children's adventure play and party centres that are spacious, high quality, stylish and as attractive to adults as they are exciting and fun to children. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for the best things to do in Derbyshire with kids
Fun Factory - Castlewood Brewers Fayre (9 miles)
Fun Factory - Castlewood Brewers Fayre
This Fun Factory attached to The Castlewood Brewers Fayre family friendly pub is a multi-level play space with adventure equipment, ball ponds and a toddler zone and can also be booked out for childrens parties.
The Genesis Family Entertainment Centre (9 miles)
The Genesis Family Entertainment Centre
As well as AMF Tenpin Bowling facilities they also have their themed Atlantis Indoor soft play centre for kids, a Sports Hall for local groups and individuals to hire and Community rooms.
Great Central Railway Nottingham (9 miles)
Great Central Railway Nottingham
offers 10 miles of heritage railway running through the beautiful scenery of South Nottinghamshire and North-West Leicestershire. We are also home to static displays, a large Miniature Railway, Model Railways, Road Transport Collection and Play Area, with a Cafe and Gift Shop as well.
The Asylum Skatepark (10 miles)
The Asylum Skatepark
is a clean, family friendly indoor skate park (14,000sq ft) catering for all sports, ages and abilities. Cafe available on site providing fresh home cooked meals.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Ilkeston 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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