If you know any other great things to do in Lancaster for kids not listed on DAYoutWITHtheKIDS - please get in contact - so we can add them to the site and share the fun places to go with other children - thanks a lot
Family Days Out near to Lancaster
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Lancaster City Museum (< 1 mile)
Lancaster City Museum A quirky little museum that shows you how Lancaster has developed over the years. With a great range of exhibits and displays. Informative and fun. Free to visit.
The Zone (< 1 mile)
The Zone features 3 age ranged zones for maximum developmental stimulation and suitability, with good quality physical and imagination play for under 10s. Highlights include a 30m slide, high level transparent floored Walks Of Faith, electric ball cannons and
Lancaster Castle (< 1 mile)
Lancaster Castle Still a working prison and court, it is still possible to visit this fascinating building by joining one of our popular hour-long guided tours, which usually include the Shire Hall with its collection of heraldry, the old cells and Hadrian's Tower
Curious About Lancaster (< 1 mile)
Curious About Lancaster offers a different way for families to explore Lancaster. Spot things you’ve never noticed before, answer clues and match pictures, whilst reading stories about this charming city. Buy or instantly download the booklet from our website and explore in your own time.
Lancaster Maritime Museum (< 1 mile)
Lancaster Maritime Museum The museum covers the maritime trade of Lancaster using sound, smells, reconstructions and audiovisuals. Features include four restored local fishing vessels, and an aquarium.
Lancaster Canal Cruises and Waterbus (< 1 mile)
Lancaster Canal Cruises and Waterbus is an alternative day out because we bring the outdoors indoors as we sail along the historic Lancaster Canal to the magnificent Lune Aqueduct, wildlife spotting along with fascinating historical landmark spotting as we sail along the Lancaster Canal. Free activity packs are available for all children on...
Williamson Park (< 1 mile)
Williamson Park is a beautiful landscaped park, with a Butterfly House, Minibeast Cave, Animal Garden, a cafe and shop, playpark and acres of space for picnics. There are lots of secret woodland pathways to explore and mosaic sculptures and monuments to find. Check out the new Family Wild Card deal!
Giggles Play and Adventure (1 miles)
Giggles Play and Adventure Featuring a huge new play area for older children and exactly the same in miniature for toddlers! Plus new baby area with balance bar sensory equipment and swing, as well as ride-ons, go-karts and trikes!
Happy Mount Park (3 miles)
Happy Mount Park Fantastic family friendly park that is open all year and free to visit with a Splash Park open in the summer. Play areas, woodland walks, and loads of activites to enjoy, including trampolines, adventure golf and putting, and traditional roundabout.
The Centre at Halton (3 miles)
The Centre at Halton We have a great skatepark, 2 playgrounds, ball park and boules facility. Open 24h7d and free of charge. Friendly Coffee Shop and indoor hall for activities and events including family fun nights, music festivals, skatepark and junior football competitions plus band nights.
Wacky Warehouse - Station Promenade (3 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Station Promenade Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone also offering led arts and crafts sessions and birthday parties, attached to a family restaurant.
The Scarborough Spa Express (5 miles)
The Scarborough Spa Express What better way to enjoy the region's beautiful countryside and visit the historic city of York or the seaside town of Scarborough, than by travelling aboard a vintage steam hauled train? Classic and comfortable with huge windows and refreshment carriage on every train. Loads of trip types available.
The Play Barn (8 miles)
The Play Barn is a 4 level adventure play facility tucked inside Greenlands Farm, with an above average baby zone, enormous separated main frame linked with aerial rope bridges, Bouncy Castle special sessions and of course the rest of the farmyard too!
Greenlands Farm Village (8 miles)
Greenlands Farm Village Pet storybook farm animals, ride a Donkey, pedal a mini tractor, lark about in a straw play barn and picnic by the paddocks. We have a soft play centre for toddlers to 12 year olds to enjoy too!
Leighton Hall (8 miles)
Leighton Hall is a place where the whole family can relax. House Tour, Falconry Demonstrations, Tea rooms. Children’s favourites: sandpit dig, caterpillar maze, tree faces and dens in the garden. In August there is a free teddy bear hunt too!
Old Holly Farm (8 miles)
Old Holly Farm is a working dairy farm, just 5 minutes south of the M6 junction 33, with an indoor Playbarn, Animals, Cafe, Farm Shop, Coolcow Ice cream (made on site) and more. We’re open 9am to 5pm all year round, plus entry to the open farm is free!
Lakeland Wildlife Oasis (10 miles)
Lakeland Wildlife Oasis is a unique and exciting blend of exotic wildlife and interactive 'hands-on' displays, which take you through 3,000 million years of evolution and follow the development of life on Earth - from magic molecules to mischeivous monkeys.
Lakeland Miniature Village (11 miles)
Lakeland Miniature Village Over 100 buildings made from local Coniston slate. Houses, farms and barns have been lovingly handcrafted to create the Lakeland landscape. If you know the Lake District you will recognise a number of the places!
Glazey Days (12 miles)
Glazey Days Family friendly pottery studio who also offer children's parties. Unleash their creativity!
Fleetwood Museum (12 miles)
Fleetwood Museum A lovely little museum that lets you explore the history and rich heritage of Fleetwood from its origins in the 19th Century. Interactive exhibitions plus a quiz to complete.
Beach and Marine Gardens (12 miles)
Beach and Marine Gardens Crazy golf, adventure play, pitch and putt, trampolines, inflatable castle and paddling pool, all on the beachside.
Farmer Parrs Animal World (14 miles)
Farmer Parrs Animal World If ewe like animals ewe'll love Farmer Parrs! A large collection of farm and rare breed animals as well as a large museum, pottery, animal shows, pony rides and tractor rides: all included in our daily activities, plus play area, shop and cafe. New Picnic Barn too with Bouncy Castle and Ball Pit!
Madhatters Play Cafe and Party (14 miles)
Madhatters Play Cafe and Party Soft play in a safe environment for children any age up to 11 years old. Madhatters has a large 4 level play frame, with slides, ball pool, puzzles, spinners and many more fun ways to keep children entertained.
Fylde Society of Model Engineers (15 miles)
Thornton Cleveleys
Fylde Society of Model Engineers run a miniature railway on the playing fields adjoining Marsh Mill. Trains run Sunday and bank holiday afternoons throughout the year (weather permitting). All rides are free, donations most welcome. Live steam and electric locos on 3 different gauge tracks are used to haul trains of up to 15 passengers.
Air Skate (15 miles)
Air Skate offers 17 interconnecting banks, ramps, pipes, ledges and rails all available (at differing times) for skaters and scooter, BMXs and blades! Professionally offered.
Bowland Wild Boar Park (15 miles)
Bowland Wild Boar Park Enjoy a picnic and take a ramble in beautiful wooded countryside, view Wild Boar, Longhorn cows and deer in scenic Ribble Valley Park. Fun includes kids' tractor play area.
Ingleton Waterfalls Trail (15 miles)
Ingleton Waterfalls Trail Has some of the most spectacular waterfall and woodland scenery in the North of England. the trail is 4.5 miles through ancient oak woodland and magnificent Dales scenery via a series of spectacular waterfalls and geological features.
Ingleton Open Air Heated Swimming Pool (15 miles)
Ingleton Open Air Heated Swimming Pool Community run heated lido open May to September. Worth looking out for their fun special events! Various swim sessions, plus private hire available. Annual Membership available. Under 4s swim FREE.
Bigland Hall Equestrian (15 miles)
Bigland Hall Equestrian BHS approved facility offering all weather lessons, Pony Club and horse or pony trekking specifically for beginners.
Jubilee Ice Arena (15 miles)
Jubilee Ice Arena Now known as Cleveleys Ice Arena! Offering a family oriented ice skating experience with varying session types and lessons available plus pro shop.
Childrens Corner Cleveleys (16 miles)
Childrens Corner Cleveleys is a small family run funfair on the promenade in the seaside town of Cleveleys. We have 5 rides plus traditional funfair stalls at Children’s Corner, all perfect for young children to enjoy and make happy memories!
Ford Park (16 miles)
Ford Park Explore the Nature Trail and Tree Trail, have a go at Orienteering on our entry level course or just enjoy our natural playground with zip wire and pendulum swing. Family activities every Wednesday during school holidays.
Lakeland Maze and Farm Park (16 miles)
Lakeland Maze and Farm Park Plenty to do on this Childrens Farm with large and small Maize Mazes in the summer months plus the working farm with animals to see and to feed and plenty of other activities and fun inside and out.
Thingamajigz (16 miles)
Poulton le Fylde
Thingamajigz 6,400 square feet of terrific fun including slides, ball pits and tunnels; sports zone; pre-school play areas and a quiet down area for younger adventurers.
Lakeland Motor Museum (16 miles)
Newby Bridge
Lakeland Motor Museum A diverse and unique road transpost collection of some 30,000 exhibits is thoughtfully displayed, in fully DDA compliant state-of-the-art premises with a beautiful riverside setting.
White Scar Cave (17 miles)
White Scar Cave The longest show cave in Britain. The guided tour takes 80 minutes and covers one mile. See underground streams and waterfalls, and the massive ice-age cavern. Cafe, shop, large on-site car park. Spectacular picnic location!
Fell Foot Park (17 miles)
Fell Foot Park Rowing boats and kayaks are available to hire plus you can paddle or swim in the lake, and the adventure playground offers fun for all ages. A great, family friendly location to play, explore and relax.
South Lakes Wild Animal Park (17 miles)
South Lakes Wild Animal Park Prepare to be truly amazed with penguins, lions, tigers, giraffes, rhinos, hippos, kangaroos, lemurs, monkeys and much much more: you will not experience anything like this anywhere else in the UK!
Lakes Aquarium (17 miles)
Lakes Aquarium See things that swim, things that fly and things that bite! Lakes Aquarium allows you to visit the lakes of the world, along with those a little closer to home- making it a captivating centrepiece to the Lake District. Walk through our incredible underwater tunnel, home of the breath taking diving ducks.
Dalton Leisure Centre (17 miles)
Dalton Leisure Centre New Splash Zone features overhead tipping buckets, spray rails, giant spraying snake and interactive play panels with indoor swimming and more available too.
Furness Abbey (17 miles)
Barrow in Furness
Furness Abbey Impressive ruins of an ancient abbey, includes much of east and west tower of church, plus cloisters and an ornate chapter house. Collection of rare stone effigies and a hoard of medieval treasure. Great place to go exploring with the family.
Swimming at the Park Leisure Centre (17 miles)
Barrow in Furness
Swimming at the Park Leisure Centre Main and leisure pool plus 20m waterside, water cannons and wave machine! Special Obliterator session for 8 to 15 year olds at weekends! Loads of other activities on this site, too.
Climbing at Park Leisure Centre (17 miles)
Barrow In Furness
Climbing at Park Leisure Centre For proficient climbers only, age matters less than competency, and you must bring your own equipment. So we're guessing not under six!
Play at Park Leisure Centre (17 miles)
Barrow in Furness
Play at Park Leisure Centre Play at the PlayMax adventure climbing maze with cool and unusual features like interactive musical hopscotch! The Youth Gym has junior sized and disability friendly equipment, plus WiiFit, interactive wall and sensory Inspiration suite for guests with disabilities. Loads more on site too!
Wacky Warehouse - Phantom Winger (18 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Phantom Winger Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant.
LazerZone (18 miles)
Barrow in Furness
LazerZone Over 8s are welcome to get stuck into the cool zero combat gaming with infra red laser guns, played in an atmospheric multi level arena packed with special effects! What are you still standing there for? Let's go!
The Custom House (18 miles)
Barrow in Furness
The Custom House An indoor play area for 2 to 8s with laser zone for over 8s, plus gem digging game for all.
Ingleborough Cave (18 miles)
Ingleborough Cave - is the premier show cave in the Yorkshire Dales. In 2012, it celebrated 175 years of entrancing visitors with an awe inspiring range of stunning cave formations - it's is well lit and pleasantly accessible, with no steps throughout the Cave.
Climb 365 (18 miles)
Lake District
Climb 365 - offer active family adventure days which are specifically designed around the ages, abilities and needs of your family, with minimum age 6 years. Pre arrangement required!
Fuzzy Eds at the Owl and Pussycat (18 miles)
Barrow In Furness
Fuzzy Eds at the Owl and Pussycat The old Wacky's here is now a new indoor play area with loads of slides and traditional fun features plus dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant with kids' menu.

Thanks for all the great things to do in Lancaster 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 Lancashire can enjoy the great day out as well.

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