Christchurch Park (< 1 mile)
Plenty of space for traditional play and picnicking, tennis, adventure playground, 400 year old trees and many events and activities held all year round by The Wildlife and Education Rangers.
Crown Pools (< 1 mile)
The leisure pool is the ideal facility for the family and children with a beach area, wave machine and water fountains, which are all set amongst tropical planting. Open for casual use throughout the facilities operational hours you are guaranteed a relaxing fun time.
Holywells Park (< 1 mile)
A beautiful park with 67 acres of rolling grounds, ponds and woodland. There is a large well maintained play area for juniors and a summer paddling pool.
Snakes and Ladders Ipswich (< 1 mile)
Snakes and Ladders Ipswich
Snakes and Ladders is a huge indoor playground filled to the brim with climbing frames, ball ponds, cargo nets and slides. Plus there's our Mini Play Street and toddlers separate safe play area. Kids can really let off steam while parents relax on comfortable leather sofas in our cafe.
The Science Project Discover Centre (< 1 mile)
The Science Project Discover Centre
Hands-on science fun for all the family. Build a body, operate the Crazy Crane and solve the mystery of the Treasure Chest and so much more. Discover over 30 fascinating interactive exhibits illustrating simple scientific principles. Under the same roof as the Indoor Adventure Playground and included in one...
Wacky Warehouse Punch and Judy (< 1 mile)
Wacky Warehouse Punch and Judy
Historic pub with indoor play facilities plus patio. All the usual fun features spread over several level with a dedicated toddler zone too.
Chantry Park (2 miles)
Spacious parkland and great adventure play areas with rope and trampoline climbing structure and zip wire, plus nice new swings, slides and roundabouts too!
Namco Funscape Ipswich (2 miles)
Namco Funscape Ipswich
Kids love bowling, especially Glow Bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards to even the odds! With an arcade, pool tables, a ping pong table and birthday parties too.
Anglia Indoor Kart Racing (2 miles)
Suffolk Ski Centre (2 miles)
Suffolk Ski Centre
Special sessions provided for absolute beginners over 4, general access to slopes is at age 7. Activities include kindergarten ski play, race training, ski toboggan and snowboard parties, and Ringos!
Ipswich Transport Museum (2 miles)
Ipswich Transport Museum
A small and friendly museum with a great collection of vehicles to explore inside and out. There are over 90 different including a fire engine and police car, buses, bikes and prams plus lorries, lawnmowers and a hearse!
Jimmys Farm (3 miles)
An exciting day out for all the family. We are a working farm and breed rare breed pigs but also have cows, sheep, chickens and more! We have a nature trail, butchery and shop, cafe and playground. We hold farmers markets on 1st Saturday of every month.
Wild Raspberry Ceramic Cafe (5 miles)
Wild Raspberry Ceramic Cafe
Come along to paint your own ceramic and textile pieces, also now introducing enamelling jewellery parties and Decopatch. Enjoy some home made cake with a good coffee in a relaxed atmosphere.
Kingpin Bowling Centre (5 miles)
Kingpin Bowling Centre
Classic family friendly tenpin bowling, plus cosmic bowling area with disco lighting. Gutter guards, light balls and ramps help give the kids a chance.
Play2Day Indoor Play Centre (5 miles)
Beacon Rally Karts (5 miles)
Beacon Rally Karts
Outdoor off road karting centre for all children aged 5 and over. We have three separate tracks and 4 sets of karts, for complete safety we never mix our karts, Your child will only race children of a similar age. No need for large numbers, minimum booking 1 driver.
Area 25 Skatepark (5 miles)
Area 25 Skatepark
An indoor skate park with facilities for skateboards, BMS, scooter and inline skates. Mini ramp for youngsters and novices. An innovative place to improve your skills, whatever your ability, with a good atmosphere.
Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm (6 miles)
Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm
Working farm breeding endangered farm animals. Cattle, sheep, goats, poultry, alpacas and pigs. Children given free bag of animal food. Main area is wheelchair and pushchair friendly. Walks round paddocks, beside river and lake. Picnic areas. Disabled toilet.
Alton Watersports Centre (6 miles)
Alton Watersports Centre
A water sports centre for sailing, kayaking and windsurfing. Also a good spot for walking and cycling. Classes available or bring your own craft. Racing and junior events held throughout the year.
Deben Swimming Pool (7 miles)
Deben Swimming Pool
Offers a 25 metre swimming pool with various sessions, including a Family Fun Session every Saturday 11am to 12 noon, with a large inflatable and rafts in the water, which is Fun for all the Family! We also offer fresh fruit to promote a healthy lifestyle!
Sutton Hoo (8 miles)
Home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. Walk around the ancient burial mounds and discover the incredible story of the ship burial of an Anglo-Saxon king and his treasured possessions.
Mistley Place Park (9 miles)
Mistley Place Park
Animal sanctuary and tea rooms. An educational day out where you can feed the animals and teach the kids something important.
Suffolk Owl Sanctuary (9 miles)
Suffolk Owl Sanctuary
Meet some owls, meerkats and enjoy other wildlife. Over 80 raptors to see, some flying in display. Woodland walk with bird hide, Raptor hospital and Sensory Garden. Experience days and parties available.
Stonham Barns Crazy Golf (9 miles)
Stonham Barns Crazy Golf
Fun facilities at the leisure and retail complex include Golf Course and Crazy Mini Golf, Owl Sanctuary and fishing lakes.
Glass and Craft (10 miles)
Glass and Craft
is an indoor family craft workshop providing glass painting, ceramic painting and decopatch crafting for all ages. No booking required, just turn up, get creative and have fun. Kids' craft parties also available!
Funtasia (11 miles)
Soft play facility for children up to 130cm tall including classic friendly features like ball pit, slide, tunnels and more. Best for under 6s.
Hollow Trees (11 miles)
There are different routes and lots to see so your walk can be as long or as short as you like to make it. On your walk you will find Dirty Dave the tractor stuck in the mud, the Rolly Polly pole, Goat Mountain, Mini Tractors and the Welly Game.
Valley Farm Equestrian Leisure (11 miles)
Valley Farm Equestrian Leisure
is an 82 acre farm with Woodland Wildlife Walks, Riverside Ramble, Pony Paddocks and Camargue Cafe. Meet the farmyard and exotic animals including Camelot the Camel and horse breeds from around the world. Pony rides, riding lessons or activity days can be booked separately. Schools, clubs, individuals and...
Easton Farm Park (11 miles)
Easton Farm Park
There is always lots to do on the Farm. There are daily pony rides, hug-a-bunny, meeting Star, one of the big Suffolk Punch cart horses, barrel bug and train rides, meet the animals and 2 heated indoor playbarns. A great idea for family days out in Suffolk.
Felixstowe Museum (11 miles)
14 galleries full of displays about the social and military history of Felixstowe with lots of interesting things to see such a models of aircraft, ships and tanks, uniforms, Roman jewellery and coins plus Victorian toys and fashion.
Museum of East Anglian Life (11 miles)
Museum of East Anglian Life
Discover the history and natural world of East Anglia on this beautiful 75 acre site, get steamed up with the powerful engines, meet the friendly animals including Suffolk Punch Horses and rare breads of cattle and sheep, plus 15 splendidly restored historic buildings and lots more to do.
Havergate Island (11 miles)
A haven for large numbers of ducks and wading birds, also a great place to see brown hares at close range. Access is by boat only and pre-booking is essential.
Bentwaters Cold War Museum (12 miles)
Bentwaters Cold War Museum
An interesting and informative look at the role of the base since World War II until the early 1990s. Great exhibitions in an unusual building including the restored War Operations room and Battle Cabin.
Saxtead Green Post Mill (13 miles)
Saxtead Green Post Mill
Makes an interesting educational addition to your day out in Suffolk and is easily combined with a visit to Framlingham Castle.
Mid-Suffolk Light Railway (13 miles)
Mid-Suffolk Light Railway
This is the only railway museum in Suffolk, where the former Mid Suffolk Light Railway is recreated. Many original station buildings and steam locomotives on display along with lots of photographs and memorabilia in the museum.
Blue Owl (14 miles)
- is a paint your own pottery studio, coffee and gift shop. You can come in anytime and choose from a wide selection of pottery pieces that you can paint in a variety of colours. Baby hand and foot prints can also be taken. All ages are welcome.
Framlingham Castle (14 miles)
12th century fortress with exciting audio tour, interactive exhibits, themed trails, castle wall walk, and spectacular views.
Naze Tower (15 miles)
An historic 86ft (26.2m) landmark, with several floors exhibiting local artwork and interesting fossils and artefacts. Amazing views of up to 30 miles away from the top with 111 steps to reach it!
High Woods Country Park (15 miles)
High Woods Country Park
Includes 3 superb adventure play areas plus woodland, open spaces, lakeside and wildflower meadows. Great for fishing, picnicking, hiking, cycling and general exploring!
Walton Pier Bowl (15 miles)
Walton Pier Bowl
Set beside the pier's funfair and amusements, this family friendly bowling centre is a refreshing break out of the sun and a great excuse for a few games!
Walton Pier (16 miles)
Take a ride on the Red Baron, be thrilled on the Waltzer, ride into the sunset on the Gallopers, release that road rage on the Dodgems or play some classic tenpin bowling. Fun whatever the weather, it’s all undercover!
Rollerworld (16 miles)
Classic family friendly roller skating offering Roller Disco, plus separate sessions for Family, Over 8s and Adults Only. Plus cool laser tag arena for zero contact combat gaming!
Rollerworld Quasar (16 miles)
Classic laser tag, the no contact combat game played with infra red, plus family friendly roller skating.
Colchester Leisure World (16 miles)
Colchester Leisure World
16 family fun features including two thrilling flumes, river rapids, crazy river, waves, geysers, still more slides and family spa pools! Also has standard swimming facilities.
Tenpin Colchester (16 miles)
is a bowling centre located in Cowdray avenue, Colchester. We have 24 modern fully computerised lanes, American and English 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.
Go Bananas Indoor Soft Play Centre (16 miles)
Go Bananas Indoor Soft Play Centre
Enormous play zone with terrific design and atmospheric play features on top of the usual fare, including vertical drop waterfall slide, bouncy Aztec Ruins and a spooky cavern with smoke machines and light effects! Plus a bigger than implied Tiny Town for the under 4s too. Awesome!
Castle Park and Gardens (16 miles)
Castle Park and Gardens
Features include a children's play area, crazy golf and putting green, children's boating lake, cricket ground, traditional cafe, riverside walks, and Hollytrees Museum.
Hollytrees Museum (16 miles)
Examine 200 years of clocks, study a dolls house replicating the house you're standing in, interact with the hands on exhibits like period dress up and see if you can spot a live costumed character to talk to!
Colchester Castle Museum (16 miles)
Colchester Castle Museum
Lots of hands on exhibits of appeal to children and adults alike. Displays on castle prisons, medieval and Norman Colchester, lots going on.
Orford Castle (16 miles)
The castle is remarkably intact allowing visitors to explore from the basement, through the lower and upper halls to the roof where there are magnificent views seaward to Orford Ness. Around the rooms is a maze of passages leading to the chapel, kitchen and other chambers in the turrets.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Ipswich 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 Suffolk can enjoy the great day out as well.
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