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Family Days Out near to Ilkeston
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1st Bowl Ilkeston (< 1 mile)
Ilkeston
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)
Ilkeston
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)
Nottingham
Escape Play 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 with kids.
Little Drivers Soft Play (4 miles)
Stapleford
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)
Langley Mill
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)
Nottingham
Jungletastic 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 with kids.
Hoods Hideout Soft Play Centre (5 miles)
Nottingham
Hoods Hideout Soft Play Centre A great fun indoor soft play area designed on a Robin Hood theme on 3 separate levels, packed with obstacles and features for children under the age of 11 years to enjoy.
Wollaton Hall and Park (5 miles)
Nottingham
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)
Nottingham
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)
Derby
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)
Beeston
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)
Derby
Chaddesden Park 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)
Beeston
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)
Beeston
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
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)
Elvaston
Elvaston Castle 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)
Derby
Rollerworld of Derby The biggest maple floored rink in the UK with capacity for up to 499 - 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. Our professional DJs play the best games for all the family, some games...
Tenpin Nottingham (6 miles)
Nottingham
Tenpin Nottingham 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)
Nottingham
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)
Hucknall
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)
Sawley
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)
Ripley
Planet Happy 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)
Nottingham
Nottingham Castle - 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)
Riddings
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
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)
Nottingham
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)
Ripley
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)
Nottingham
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
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)
Nottingham
Bridlesmithgate Caves 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)
Nottingham
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...
Galleries of Justice (7 miles)
Nottingham
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...
Quasar Nottingham (8 miles)
Nottingham
Quasar Nottingham 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)
Nottingham
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)
Nottingham
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...
Stonebridge City Farm (8 miles)
Nottingham
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)
Derby
Tubby Bears Playzone features a three level play frame for older kids plus matted toddler area and toys.
Run Riot (8 miles)
West Bridgford
Run Riot 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)
Nottingham
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)
Belper
Chucklebutties 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)
Derby
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)
Derby
Tenpin Derby 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)
Nottingham
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...
Markeaton Park (8 miles)
Derby
Markeaton Park 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)
Nottingham
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)
Derby
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)
Alfreton
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)
Alfreton
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)
Ruddington
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 Goose Playzone (9 miles)
Gamston
The Goose Playzone Soft play at the Goose, part of the Eating Inn group and offers a three level play frame plus family friendly dining and a garden area.

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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