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Family Days Out near to Poole
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The Dolphin Swimming Pool (< 1 mile)
The Dolphin Swimming Pool Offers standard and teaching swimming facilities plus diving pool with 1m and 3m springboards and a 5m platform.
Sandbanks Beach (< 1 mile)
Sandbanks Beach Regular Blue Flag award winner with literally everything you could want for a family beach day, amenities and amusements, activities and hire equipment.
Poole Pottery (< 1 mile)
Poole Pottery Watch the Master potter at work, browse the artistic creations and then try your own hand at the pot biz! A pleasing stop for creative types especially if you're as happy looking as you are painting.
Poole Museum and Scaplens Court museum (< 1 mile)
Poole Museum and Scaplens Court museum Free museum and interactive trail to experience the heritage and environment of the area. Access to Scaplen’s Court Museum and Herb garden late May to December
The Ark (< 1 mile)
The Ark Three levels of adventure play with slides, tunnels and interactive zones to run, jump and play on. Dedicated toddler and baby zone, plus ice skating and ice cream parlour elsewhere on site!
The Ark (< 1 mile)
The Ark Year round real ice skating facility, welcoming families and beginners of all ages with skate aids available. Plus multi level soft play adventure zone and ice cream parlour elsewhere on site!
Gus Gorillas Jungle Playground (< 1 mile)
Gus Gorillas Jungle Playground Multi level play area within entertainment centre.
Whitecliff Play Area (< 1 mile)
Whitecliff Play Area Features the 6m high Multi Activity Tower, boasting slides, ravine bridges and a long plank bridge plus rope ladder, vertical scramble net, an arched climber, fireman's poles and play panels! With covered areas for attacks of British Summer, too.
Prevail Skatehouse (1 miles)
Prevail Skatehouse Equipment includes a street section, bowls, banks and extensions, verts, handrails with and without euro gaps, and a jumpbox section too.
Upton Country Park (2 miles)
Upton Country Park There are tree, nature and orienteering trails, plus harbourside bird hide, Segway Trail and a water feature which children are welcome to play in.
Brownsea Island (2 miles)
Poole Harbour
Brownsea Island A peaceful island of woodland, wetland and heath with a rich diversity of wildlife for you to visit. Visitor Centre full of history mystery, plus a number of great trails to follow.
Bowlplex Tower Park (2 miles)
Bowlplex Tower Park Truly family friendly tenpin bowling, with bumpers and ball ramps for the kids, disabled access and baby changing facilities. Older kids will love the Glow Bowl disco nights!
Lemur Landings (2 miles)
Lemur Landings Giant soft play centre suitable for ages up to 11, including multi level play frame, with dedicated areas for under 5s.
Splashdown (2 miles)
Splashdown With 12 fantastic flumes it's fun for all the family: the truly terrifying Screamer for Dad, short sharp Baron's Revenge for the boys, Colorado Coaster with its bends for the girls and the mighty Mississippi Drifter river ride for Mum. It's non-stop!
Sandbanks Crazy Golf (3 miles)
Sandbanks Crazy Golf 18 very challenging holes to entertain and frustrate you, but every hole has been holed in one at one time or another. Suitable for anyone with the patience from aged 3 to 103!
Bowlplex Branksome (3 miles)
Bowlplex Branksome Enjoy either traditional tenpin or modern UV Glow Bowling, plus play in the arcade with video gaming and pool tables, join a league and lounge in the sports bar.
Lollipops Soft Play Cafe Bournemouth (3 miles)
Lollipops Soft Play Cafe Bournemouth Is an indoor soft play area with outside space, located in a converted Church Hall, featuring 3 level play frame with Area reserved for Babies. Perfect for kids to play and parents to relax while enjoying our homemade food and Italian Coffee.
Giggles Play Centre (4 miles)
Giggles Play Centre A great new children's indoor play centre with all pools, tunnels, slides, rope ladders, games and loads more
Bournemouth Alum Chine (4 miles)
Bournemouth Alum Chine Blue and Green Flag awarded sandy beach with very safe swimming, kiddies' paddling pool with play pump and pirate themed adventure playground: yarr!
Curious About Bournemouth (4 miles)
Curious About Bournemouth is a different way to explore Bournemouth. Two unique treasure hunt style walks of discovery to keep the kids intrigued and amused. Answer clues, match pictures, whilst reading stories about this fabulous seaside resort. Buy or instantly download the booklet then explore in your own time.
Bournemouth Eye (4 miles)
Bournemouth Eye Riders will be enchanted with a spectacular panoramic view of the English Channel and surrounding area for up to 20 miles from the highest public observation point in Bournemouth.
Oceanarium (5 miles)
Oceanarium brings you face to face with marine life from the furthest reaches of the globe including clownfish, sea turtles, sharks and stingrays.
Slades Farm Skate Park (5 miles)
Slades Farm Skate Park Fringed by woodland nature trails this is a family skate park for in blading, roller skating and BMXing, plus a younger kids' swing park, play area and plenty of space.
RockReef (5 miles)
RockReef Amazing indoor adventures starting at 5 years old, and including Clip and Climb challenges, Vertical Drop Slide, Leap of Faith feature, Highline Aerial Obstacle Course, Pier Cave tours and the awesome Pier Zip: a dual racing zipline from the pier to the beach!
Laser Quest Bournemouth (5 miles)
Laser Quest Bournemouth This bruiseless shoot 'em up experience is exhilarating and immersive with fun lurking around every corner. The ultimate in interactive entertainment! For over 6s, parents welcome to play too!
Farmer Palmers (5 miles)
Farmer Palmers Hands-on animal events, outdoor play, indoor soft play areas plus toddler and baby facilities. Serving home cooked food in large restaurant, your children will have a fun day whatever the weather!
Model Town at Wimborne Minster (5 miles)
Wimborne Minster
Model Town at Wimborne Minster 50 year old superbly maintained 1/10th scale model town set in award winning gardens. Explore using the free family worksheet, plus wendy house play area, giant chess, putting lawn and model railway.
Boscombe Chine Gardens Minigolf (6 miles)
Boscombe Chine Gardens Minigolf offering 18 holes of serious mini golf, to show off your skills without the frills. One for those who enjoy the game rather than all the fuss that often goes with it!
StreetLight Centre (6 miles)
StreetLight Centre With a great skate park for the over 6s and a cool little play area for under 3s this is the ideal spot for a split age family to keep everyone happy, including you!
Wareham Boat Hire (6 miles)
Wareham Boat Hire is a boat hire company offering Motor Boats, Kayaks, Canoes, Paddle Boards and Rowing Boats for hire on the beautiful River Frome from Wareham. We also offer BCU courses, paddle power, cruises and boat trips!
Corfe Castle (7 miles)
Corfe Castle Explore the ruins and enjoy regular costumed historical re-enactments. There is a family guide and a free children's quiz trail, plus extra activities laid on during the school holidays!
Corfe Castle Model Village (7 miles)
Corfe Castle Model Village Visit us and see what the castle and village would have looked like before its destruction by Cromwell’s troops in 1646. Set in an acre of landscaped gardens, we are the ideal place for a lazy few hours for both young and old alike.
The Blue Pool (7 miles)
The Blue Pool Amazing natural water feature with turquoise colouring, plus estate to explore with 3 playgrounds and a squirrel sculpture trail. Kids will also love the Wareham Bears collection.
Littledown Miniature Railway (7 miles)
Littledown Miniature Railway The raised track is suitable for running 7 ¼, 5, and 3 ½ inch gauge locomotives suitable for passenger hauling. Nearby play park, duck pond and paddling pool.
Littledown Centre (7 miles)
Littledown Centre Swimming pools for the whole family, Yellow Peril and Green Scream waterslides, scrummy food served in the Cafe and a free outdoor playground with paddling pool set in acres of green parkland, the Littledown Centre is guaranteed to keep everyone entertained.
Adventure Wonderland (7 miles)
Adventure Wonderland This all inclusive theme park mixes kiddie and thrill rides, fairytale activities and animal cuddling, indoor adventure play with, well, outdoor adventures! A great range with something to suit everyone.
Bournemouth Aviation Museum (7 miles)
Bournemouth Aviation Museum What kid wouldn't want to sit at the controls of a real aircraft! Well here we have a fab lot of military and civilian planes. Loads of other flying exhibits including a collection of model aircraft and an area for picnics close to the main runway plus new aviation trail.
Studland Beach and Nature Reserve (8 miles)
Studland Beach and Nature Reserve The inspiration for Noddy's Toytown, this is a beautiful four mile stretch of soft sand with gently shelving bathing waters.
Swanage Railway (8 miles)
Swanage Railway Experience a unique journey through 6 miles of beautiful scenery, passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle, to the beach at Swanage. 4 stations to visit, with museums to discover, plus a great variety of local and Railway events.
Swanage Beach (8 miles)
Swanage Beach This Blue Flag awarded bay is normally calm and sheltered and good for swimming, sailing and scuba diving.
Putlake Adventure Farm (8 miles)
Putlake Adventure Farm 30 acres of fun, lots of farm animals with feeding opportunities, 3 level indoor soft play centre, bouncy castles, trampolines, outdoor play area with sandpits, pedal go karts, pedal tractors and full size tractor trailer rides.
Snowtrax (9 miles)
Snowtrax Set in an attractive alpine environment, this exciting kids' Alpine Activity Centre offers loads of fun, with a wide range of thrilling "turn up and ride" activities, there's something for everyone. Parents can join in, or relax and enjoy the beautiful views from our Alpine Bistro.
Serendipity Sams Play and Party Centre (9 miles)
Serendipity Sams Play and Party Centre Featuring a main frame with huge 4 lane astra slide into a ball pit, a spiral tube slide, aerial runway, tunnels, obstacles and more, plus a dedicated and enclosed under 4s area with more of the same standard, only smaller!
Hengistbury Head Beach and Reserve (9 miles)
Hengistbury Head Beach and Reserve Sand and pebble beach with safe swimming and windsurfing away from the cliffs, part of a huge nature reserve great for exploring and wildlife spotting. Area served by land train.
The Clay Studio (9 miles)
The Clay Studio We are a contemporary pottery painting studio offering inspiration fun for all the family. We help to bring out the artist in you through help and encouragement.
Matchams Karting (10 miles)
Matchams Karting The 160cc Formula K Fun Karts are operated on a purpose built 100 metre track, these karts are perfect for the younger driver and reach speeds of up to 25mph. Cadets start from 7 years old.
Monkey World (11 miles)
Monkey World is a 65 acre woodland park which is home to over 230 rescued and endangered apes and monkeys.
Go Ape Moors Valley (11 miles)
Go Ape Moors Valley The UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Award winning outdoor adventure activities. Families and friends can enjoy a day out like no other. Fly down zip wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle obstacles whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.
Go Ape Forest Segway (11 miles)
Go Ape Forest Segway You can enjoy our forest Segway experience in the most beautiful forests in the UK. From two legs to two wheels: for the ultimate forest experience on a rugged all-terrain Segway. It's a totally unique way to tackle the trails in the forest.
Go Ape Tree Top Junior (11 miles)
Go Ape Tree Top Junior A fun filled experience of canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles for all to enjoy. You'll take on crossings over trails and finish with one awesome zip wire.

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

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