Stockwood Discovery Centre (< 1 mile)
Stockwood Discovery Centre
With interactive display, variety of gardens, children play area, special events and activities, bee gallery and much more, it is a wonderful visitor attraction and museum.
Collection highlights include the Wenlok Jug, the Shillington gold coin hoard and the Mossman collection...
Luton Sports Village (2 miles)
Sunshine Riding School (3 miles)
Sunshine Riding School
is an approved and licensed horse riding and experience day centre at the foot of the Chiltern Hills. It offers horse riding lessons, horse interaction events and teaches riding qualifications every weekend and daily throughout the school holidays for new and experienced riders.
Futures Fun Factory (3 miles)
Futures Fun Factory
Our indoor soft play centre is an ideal place for children to have fun in a safe and exciting environment, packed with creative play equipment with dedicated areas for toddlers and babies. Adults can relax in a warm and friendly environment while enjoying some light refreshments from Futures Cafe.
Go Bowling Dunstable (4 miles)
Go Bowling Dunstable
Has 32 bowling lanes, a superb bar, an excellent cafe menu, amusement machines, pool tables, a pro shop and 2 children's party rooms. We also offer learn to bowl lessons free of charge for children between 6 and 12 please contact the sales team to book your child in!
Soft Play Centre (4 miles)
Soft Play Centre
Multi level soft play centre, based in Dunstable Leisure Centre. Open daily, with plenty of features to keep the kids entertained for a couple of hours. They do birthday parties too.
Snakes and Ladders (5 miles)
Snakes and Ladders
is a huge indoor playground filled to the brim with climbing frames, ball ponds, cargo nets and slides. Plus there's electric motor bikes, and for younger visitors a Home Corner, Water Play and Construction Zone. Kids can really let off steam while parents relax on comfy leather sofas in our...
Dunstable Downs (5 miles)
Stunning elevated views and perfectly suited for kite flying make this site popular with families. Rambling, mini beast spotting and picnics are welcome, plus guided walks available. Visitor centre has facilities.
Chilterns Gateway Centre (5 miles)
Chilterns Gateway Centre
The rare chalk downland is home to a huge variety of wildlife. It's a fantastic place for kite flying, walking and views over the vale of Aylesbury.
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo (6 miles)
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Home to more than 2500 species, a visit can get you close to some of the world’s hairiest, scariest, tallest and smallest animals. Set on 600 acres, in the rolling Chiltern Hills, there’s epic adventure awaiting you at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, plus a brand new visitor centre!
Dunstable Riding School (6 miles)
Dunstable Riding School
BHS approved lessons, livery and scenic hacks of varying length. Their friendly experts pride themselves on welcoming absolute beginners.
Big Space Indoor Play Centre (6 miles)
Big Space Indoor Play Centre
Boasting 300sqm of adventure play space plus a dedicated toddler zone and art wall, this is a great location to let the kids get energetic and imaginative, while enjoying fun exercise.
Fancott Miniature Railway (6 miles)
Fancott Miniature Railway
7¼ inch Miniature Railway based within the grounds of The Fancott Pub and Restaurant. The railway is ¼ mile in length and circles around our playing field; we also have a small play area on site.
Shaws Corner (7 miles)
Charming, National Trust maintained home of the famous author, now also hosting family days, craft days and more. By no means a full day, but a delightful and instructive stop off between thrills.
British Schools Museum (8 miles)
British Schools Museum
A museum of education in a unique complex of historic classrooms. Children of all ages can dress up in period costume to explore the classrooms, practice their writing in sand trays and on slates, play with Victorian toys and visit the Headmaster’s House to experience Victorian domestic life. Limited...
Hitchin Swimming Centre (8 miles)
Hitchin Swimming Centre
Heated indoor and outdoor pools, with both types of toddler pool too plus custom Poolside Baby Seats! Lidos open May through September. Easy disabled access and disabled pool hoists.
Little Rascals Indoor Play Party Centre (8 miles)
Little Rascals Indoor Play Party Centre
Indoor Soft Play Centre with Multi-Zone Play Frame, Baby and Toddler area. Ball Pools, Wendy House, Slide and Lots of Toys. Term Time Activities, Birthday Parties, Discos and of course Coffee, Lunch, Snacks and Dinners too!
Pots of Art Ceramics Studio - Hitchin (8 miles)
Pots of Art Ceramics Studio - Hitchin
Paint your own pottery studio, build a bear parties and decopatch. There is so much to do at Pots of Art - one of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in Hertfordshire
Mead Open Farm (9 miles)
Mead Open Farm
With 30 acres of action-packed play indoors and out, as well as "hands-on" farmyard fun, there's so much to discover.
DJ's Jungle Adventure Soft Play Centre (9 miles)
DJ's Jungle Adventure Soft Play Centre
is a huge indoor play centre with separate play areas for toddlers and bigger kids, so you can have a sit down and a cup of tea while the kids run themselves ragged.
Pioneer Skatepark (9 miles)
is the UK’s oldest indoor skate park, based in St Albans Hertfordshire, close to the M25 and 15 minute walk from the train station. Open every day for skateboards, scooters and in-liners. See opening times for sessions.
Space 2 Play (9 miles)
Space 2 Play
We offer a spectacular and excitingly challenging 5 level play frame that reaches over 10m in height that is specifically designed with both children and adults in mind, as we strongly encouraging family members to get actively involved in play.
Ashridge Estate (9 miles)
Wonderful landscape for walking (and running!), with splendid views and fun interactive games in their Visitor Centre for the kids.
360 Play (9 miles)
Explore our huge indoor play centre, navigate the adventure play frame, drive the dodgems and ride the carousel. Visit 360 Street with Twizzles Garage, boutique and Luigis Pizza Parlour. Let your child be artistic, messy and mucky without it mattering. All included in one price, stay all day.
Hollywood Bowl Stevenage (9 miles)
Hollywood Bowl Stevenage
offers 26 lanes of classic family tenpin, with leagues for the clever types, ramps and bumpers for the beginners and the time of their lives for everyone else! Good luck!
Knebworth House Gardens and Park (9 miles)
Knebworth House Gardens and Park
A great day out for all ages! Enjoy the lovely Gardens, and explore the Maze, Dinosaur Trail, a House full of treasures, Adventure Playground, Gift shop and country park. Bring a picnic or visit our tea room. Special events throughout the year.
Verulamium Museum (9 miles)
Explore recreated Roman rooms and discover the hypocaust, get hands on with artefacts and use the touch screens, study fine mosaics and every second weekend hear a real Roman tactics talk! Plus natural wildlife garden with kids' trail.
Old St Albans Treasure Trail (9 miles)
Old St Albans Treasure Trail
The kids will love solving the clues on this self guided Treasure Trail around Old St Albans. It’s great fun for the whole family with everyone working together to solve the mystery behind the missing treasure.
Hitchin Lavender (9 miles)
Enjoy the sight and smell of lavender as you wander through over 15 acres of a plant that has been grown in Hitchin for hundreds of years. Free entry for under 14s.
Planet Ice Hemel Hempstead (9 miles)
Planet Ice Hemel Hempstead
Family friendly ice skating facility with penguin skating aids for very little ones, and a special Ice Toddlers session with toys and games. Reopening 20th February.
The XC (9 miles)
features include a high end skate park, a 14m climbing wall, organic indoor caving systems, bouldering walls and a challenging high ropes course! Bring your energy!
Partyman World Stevenage (9 miles)
Partyman World Stevenage
is an indoor play centre which provides lots of fun and play for everyone on the huge themed play structures, arts and crafts zone, make a bear, fantastic slides and much more! There is also a specially designed toddler area for little guests who are under 3 years!
Laser Kombat Stevenage (9 miles)
Laser Kombat Stevenage
Action packed laser tag fun for all the family. A great chance for an exciting run around with hi tech kit that keeps score of hits made and received.
Museum of St Albans (9 miles)
Museum of St Albans
Tells the story of St Albans from the departure of the Romans to the present day, with many fun special exhibits and a wildlife garden with children's trail.
The Snow Centre (10 miles)
The Snow Centre
The perfect slope, the perfect snow, the perfect location; this is Britain's premier indoor Snowsports destination. Designed to deliver the alpine conditions every skier and snowboarder dreams of, you'll find a huge 160m main slope as well as the largest indoor lesson slope in the UK.
Sportspace Hemel Hempstead (10 miles)
Sportspace Hemel Hempstead
is a sports centre with swimming pools, badminton courts, squash, and lots more. We have an extensive school holiday activities programme with sessions to suit all ages and abilities.
Pots of Art Ceramic Studio (10 miles)
Pots of Art Ceramic Studio
Pottery painting, hand and foot prints, decoupage, toddlers' messy sessions and build-a-bear facilities, plus Pots 2 Go home kits and super parties. Who can we make a present for today?
Welwyn Roman Baths (10 miles)
Welwyn Roman Baths
Hidden in a steel vault under the A1M, discover the remains of a Roman villa complete with hot and cold baths and under-floor heating system. Activities including interactive displays, dressing up, and a range of quizes bring the site to life for children. Lots of roman objects on display, including our...
Potstop (10 miles)
Our paint-your-own pottery studio is
suitable for all ages: come and get creative! Choose from our range of pottery blanks âÂ" from mugs, jugs and flowerpots to animal collectibles and moneyboxes âÂ" thereâÂÂs something for everyone!...
Berkhamsted Castle (10 miles)
A good spot for a picnic and opportunity to learn something of its history. The Visitor Room has panels telling of Castle’s history. Nearby canal shows working of locks and opportunity for brass rubbing of information panels. Excellent outside playground equipment at Canal Fields. Enjoyment for all ages.
Leighton Buzzard Railway (10 miles)
Leighton Buzzard Railway
A heritage steam railway and working museum, we offer a relaxing 70 minute return train ride, hauled in most cases by a historic steam locomotive. Discover our own fascinating history, dating back to the dark days of the First World War, and experience the vanished world of narrow-gauge light railways.
The Pottery Project (10 miles)
The Pottery Project
is a child-friendly pottery painting cafe. We can help with birthday parties and baby prints or simply some creative fun. Choose from our selection of pottery; from plates to penguins or cups to cupcakes, there’s something for everyone! We also serve a range of food including delicious coffee and cake.
The Kidzone (10 miles)
Purpose built multi level play frame with highlights including giant Hamster Wheel and terrifying Drop Slide, plus giant dinosaur inflatable and recently refurbished toddler area.
Woburn Open Air Swimming Pool (10 miles)
Woburn Open Air Swimming Pool
is a seasonal, heated lido. The pool is a good size, 22m x 10m, 1 to 2m deep, in a lovely setting adjoining the Estate with plenty of space for picnics, sunbathing and games.
Woburn Abbey and Gardens (10 miles)
Woburn Abbey and Gardens
Visit a historic 16th century abbey and 28 acres of beautiful grounds. 22 rooms to investigate, some amazing gardens and a deer park. A relaxing and interesting place to take the kids.
Rollercity (10 miles)
Welwyn Garden City
Large classic style rollerskating rink, offering loads of skate session types, including regular Family Jam sessions.
Fairlands Valley Park (10 miles)
Fairlands Valley Park
Activities include fishing, sailing bell boats and dragon boats, paddling pools and children's play area. New to the park is a state of the art climbing wall.
College Lake Nature Reserve (11 miles)
College Lake Nature Reserve
Get back to nature at this reserve, with over 1000 species recorded, there is always something to see. Wildlife Centre with exhibition, trails to follow and a Bee Centre to investigate.
Gosling Sports, Ski and Board Park (11 miles)
Welwyn Garden City
Gosling Sports, Ski and Board Park
Dry ski and nursery slopes with beginner sessions available and many courses to improve. Adventure soft play inside the sports centre, and many sporting opportunities.
Jungle Mania Play Centre (11 miles)
Welwyn Garden City
Jungle Mania Play Centre
A massive 65 individual play features are involved in this epic 3 level play frame and they welcome kids up to 16 years old! Finally a play experience for literally the whole family!
Thanks for all the great things to do in Luton 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
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