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Things To Do & Days Out near Melbourne
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Staunton Harold Reservoir (< 1 mile)
Staunton Harold Reservoir A wildlife habitat offering many outdoor and leisure activities, such as a couple of good adventure playgrounds, fishing, bird watching, sailing and cycling, plus Visitor Centre, Ranger’s Office, toilets, and seasonal refreshment kiosk. Open all year and free to visit.
Paint a Pot Craft Studio (2 miles)
Paint a Pot Craft Studio offers an opportunity to paint your own pottery!
The Donnington Grand Prix Collection (4 miles)
The Donnington Grand Prix Collection Visit the largest showcase of Grand Prix racing cars in the world, with over 130 exhibits. Trophy room, Motorbikes, plus the largest collection of McLarens and Williams F1 cars on display outside of a factory.
Ashby de la Zouch Museum (4 miles)
Ashby de la Zouch Museum Local history museum with special events for families and children. Open all the year round with interesting exhibitions, models and children's activity sheets. Specially designed hands-on activities available including a new audio feature to the cartoon timeline!
Hood Park Outdoor Pool (4 miles)
Hood Park Outdoor Pool Outdoor heated pool with other goodies nearby.
Ashby de la Zouch Castle (4 miles)
Ashby de la Zouch Castle A Royalist stronghold during the Civil War, the castle finally fell to Parliament in 1646, and was then made unusable. An underground passage from the kitchen to the tower can still be explored today.
Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre (5 miles)
Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre A large leisure facility and dry ski slope providing Skiing, Snowboarding, Toboggan and Sno-Tubing with a fully licensed bar and restaurant. Kids must be over 4 to take part in activities.
Hicks Lodge National Forest Cycle Centre (6 miles)
Hicks Lodge National Forest Cycle Centre 16km (almost 10 miles) of exciting off road cycle trails, plus Forest Trails and a Gruffalo Trail for the kids between October and February. Play Area with scramble nets, climbing frames, balance courses and more.
Conkers (6 miles)
Conkers Adventures in the forest. Explore over 120 acres including the 13 piece assault course, adventure play area, barefoot walk and train linking the Discovery and Waterside Centres. Indoors discover the Enchanted Forest Adventure Play Zone, over 100 interactive exhibits, cafes and gift shop.
Tenpin Derby (6 miles)
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!
Sector 7 Laser (6 miles)
Sector 7 Laser Pleasingly plot driven combat gaming, with zero contact and infra red guns, housed in a large and atmospheric arena boasting 4D effects of all kinds and a whole lot of aliens to zap!
Bumble Bees (6 miles)
Bumble Bees is a 2 storey indoor soft play centre for the under 7s based in Coalville. Bumble Bee’s is a real hive of activity with slides, ball pits and tunnels for kids to have fun and explore. We’ve a cafe bar, free parking and baby changing.
Elvaston Castle (6 miles)
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.
Claymills Victorian Pumping Station (7 miles)
Claymills Victorian Pumping Station Historic Victorian industrial building with many rare original engines and boilers. Children’s trail to follow, plus a Visitor Centre and mini museum to explore. Steaming Days held throughout the year.
Jungle Madness (7 miles)
Jungle Madness Let the children enjoy themselves in the soft play area, which includes a 3 storey climbing structure with astra slide, ball pit, spiders catch, sky glide and much more.
Wacky Warehouse - Mill House (7 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Mill House Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant.
Oxygen Freejumping Derby (7 miles)
Oxygen Freejumping Derby is a trampoline park with a difference, in the centre of Derby
Barneys Indoor Play Centre (7 miles)
Barneys Indoor Play Centre With a simple 2 level play structure offering 2000 sq ft of play space this is small but perfectly formed with enough to keep under 6s exercised and entertained.
Freddys Play Kingdom (8 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!
Noahs Ark (8 miles)
Noahs Ark Animal themed indoor play centre with a decent size main frame and good toddler area. Bonus activities include biscuit decorating, crafts and baby sensory class.
Bounce Revolution (8 miles)
Bounce Revolution is a family entertainment centre in the heart of Derby. With free parking, and different activities including a main arena, dodgeball area, basketball, total wipeout, sumo ring, battle beam, aeroball, drop zone, and licenced bar and cafe serving delicious food!
The 1620s House And Garden (8 miles)
The 1620s House And Garden Step back in time and experience how people really lived in Medieval, Tudor and Stuart times in this preserved manor house, which dates back to 1280. A lovely manor house surrounded by period gardens and woodland.
Wacky Warehouse - Plank & Leggit (8 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Plank & Leggit Children up to 4ft 9ins tall are welcome to run themselves ragged on the bright and modern play equipment, perfect for the ankle biters to grab some fun exercise! Safe area set aside for babies and toddlers.
Tubby Bears Playzone (8 miles)
Tubby Bears Playzone offers a 3 level adventure climbing maze full of cool features and physical play fun for older kids plus matted toddler area and toys for the small folk. And parties, of course!
The Climbing Unit (8 miles)
The Climbing Unit An indoor climbing experience for all ages. With children welcome anytime for miniature climbs and regular children’s sessions there’s always something to do. A dedicated group room includes roped climbing, keeping youngsters entertained for hours. Booking is essential.
Megazone Derby (8 miles)
Megazone Derby An impressive arena with full UV paintwork and over 4k square feet of play space: this is Nexus Generation laser tag at it's finest! Play Elimination, Vampires, Base Flags, Zone Domination and Random Madness and mark your friends from your foes!
Hickory Dickory's Playhouse (8 miles)
Hickory Dickory's Playhouse Locally unparalleled indoor children's adventure play with spacious, high quality, stylish fun that'll bring you back repeatedly! Featuring enormous slides, powerful ball cannons, trampolines and award winning menu.
Shobnall Leisure Complex (8 miles)
Shobnall Leisure Complex WIth indoor and outdoor sports facilities to pre book, crazy golf and pitch n putt to drop in on, and a playground, paddling pool and skatepark to access for free, this place has loads to do for kids of all ages! Adapted Cycling Centre also on site!
Chaddesden Park (8 miles)
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.
Markeaton Park (8 miles)
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.
Rosliston Forestry Centre (9 miles)
Rosliston Forestry Centre Discover a woodland wonderland full of natural wildlife. From quiet walks to action packed family fun with laser tag and adventure play, uncover nature at its best. Free to visit, charges for some activities.
Rollerworld of Derby (9 miles)
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.
Paint a Pot (9 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. Just drop in, no need to book.
Branston Water Park (9 miles)
Branston Water Park There is a small visitor centre, children's play area and toilets on site. Look out for the great range of birds, animal and insects which inhabit their varied habitats.
National Forest Adventure Farm (10 miles)
National Forest Adventure Farm Meet and feed the animals, explore the Funfield and take on the huge indoor playbarn. Special events for Easter, Halloween and Christmas and the famous Maize Maze from July to September.
Jangala (10 miles)
Jangala offer multi level modern indoor adventure play with dedicated toddler section, football pitch, Wii room, free WiFi and large cafe with big sofas! Just what the doctor ordered!
Battlefield Line Railway (11 miles)
Battlefield Line Railway Running pleasing journeys between their 2 stations alongside Ashby Canal, with the HQ at Shackerston boasting loco shed and main rolling stock plus their Victorian Tea Room and Souvenir Shop. There's also a museum within a short walk. Lovely!
The Barton under Needwood Treasure Trail (11 miles)
The Barton under Needwood Treasure Trail Explore on a Treasure Trail and enjoy a great family day out as you work together to solve the clues on this self-guided mystery walk.
Charnwood Museum (11 miles)
Charnwood Museum There are lots of interactive exhibits: you can dig through the layers of history and find out why archaeologists like old rubbish, peep under rocks, in cracks and crevices to find the hidden creatures or zoom-in on a centipede's head with the video microscope.
Kedleston Hall (11 miles)
Kedleston Hall There are an extensive collection of paintings, sculptures and original furnishings to explore, including the treasures in the Eastern Museum. Enjoy the grounds with your hounds or take the smalls to look at the flowers, but it's all exploration no play: fair warning!
Creations (11 miles)
Creations is an Art Studio Cafe. Children (and adults) can do pottery painting, clay modelling, decopatching, sgrafitto, make a bear, fabric paint, felt making amongst other art activities.
Little Drivers Soft Play (11 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!
Attenborough Nature Reserve (11 miles)
Attenborough Nature Reserve An award winning eco friendly visitor attraction surrounded by the Attenborough Nature Reserve, with touch table and puzzles, interactive screen activities and sensory nature trails as well as kids' clubs and special events.
Twycross Zoo (11 miles)
Twycross Zoo Set in 80 acres of parkland and known worldwide for its apes and monkeys this conservation centre breeds endangered species and many more to observe. Make sure you see the Penguins at feeding time and check out the Lemur Walk-through enclosure, the Amur leopard exhibit, Sri Lankan elephant walkway, Himalayan...
Great Central Railway (11 miles)
Great Central Railway the place to meet Peppa and George, Villains and Superheroes, characters from Frozen, be scared at Halloween and be awestruck on Bonfire Night. Want to meet Santa? He’s on the trains in up to Christmas with presents for you!
The Climbing Station (11 miles)
The Climbing Station 800sqm of world-class bouldering facility with friendly, supportive staff offering kids' club and advanced technique classes for over 7s.
Scropton Riding For The Disabled (12 miles)
Scropton Riding For The Disabled BHS approved all weather facility specialising in riding opportunities for the disabled, plus RDA and able bodied lessons.
Oak Farm Park (12 miles)
Oak Farm Park Friendly farm animals; indoor play including bouncy castle and trampolines; outdoor play including more trampolines, slide mountain, pedal karts and sandpit.
Manor Farm and Woodlands (12 miles)
Manor Farm and Woodlands An animal sanctuary with ponies, donkeys, goats and over 40 owls. Numerous other animals to meet such as rabbits, guinea pigs, llamas, chickens, ducks, and geese. Indoor and outdoor play areas, and a Nature Trail to follow.
MFA Bowl Ilkeston (13 miles)
MFA Bowl Ilkeston Kids love bowling, and if they are under 7 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. There are 16 lanes and good disabled access. Great family fun!