Rotunda Museum (< 1 mile)
A must for dinosaur mad kids, Yorkshires Dinosaur Coast is a hotbed of Jurassic and Cretaceaous fossils. Go fossil hunting along the North Yorkshire coast line and afterwards pop into the Rotunda Museum in Scarborough where you can transported 165 million years back in time to discover which dinosaurs roamed the area, with real fossils, plants, sounds, models and hands-on activities.
Scarborough Donkey Rides (< 1 mile)
Scarborough Donkey Rides
The adorable collection of well behaved and well loved animals all wear their names proudly on their harnesses to help kids choose their favourite and clearly enjoy taking equally well behaved children for gentle little jaunts across the sand.
Olympia Bowl and Softplay (< 1 mile)
Olympia Bowl and Softplay
With 12 lanes this Ten Pin Bowling Alley, with its modernised interior, updated scoring system and air conditioning, is a fantastic place to relax and have fun with the kids.
Terror Tower (< 1 mile)
Inspired by the best horror movies Terror Tower is a Haunted House attraction with a serious twist, combining live actors, animated scenes and special effects. Featuring eleven different scenes covering three storeys in two buildings. Over 12-months in production Terror Tower uses high tech Animatronic figures, special lighting and high quality sound effects to create a very terrifying experience.
Scarborough Castle (< 1 mile)
Explore the castle's history as an Iron Age Fort, Viking Settlement and role in the civil and first world wars. Free audio tour gives a fascinating insight into the castle's 2,500 year history.
Scarborough North Bay Railway (< 1 mile)
Scarborough North Bay Railway
An historic 20" gauge railway, connecting Peasholm Park with Scalby Mills and the Sea Life Centre. This picturesque railway meanders almost a mile through woodland and lakeside scenery. With four 1930's steam outline locomotives, it is a delight for all ages.
Peasholm Park (< 1 mile)
Take a ride on the North Bay Minature Railway, go for a boat ride, watch the Model Naval Battle, and explore the island in the centre of the lake, reachable by dragon pedalo!
Sea Life Marine Sanctuary (2 miles)
Sea Life Marine Sanctuary
Journey beneath the waves and get up close and personal with some of the most amazing creatures of the sea including sharks, rays and turtles to name but a few.
Meet our resident otters, seals and penguins as they go about their daily routines and get to know each character as the day goes on.
Little Hoppers Adventure World (3 miles)
Little Hoppers Adventure World
9,000 square feet of indoor play space including four separate areas. Junior Hoppers (5-12 years) with a castle design multi-level play frame, Toddler Village (1-4 years) with a separate enclosed play area on three levels plus ride on toys and 2 play houses. A Baby area designed for under 1s and a Sports Arena (4+ years). Plus a pre-bookable Lazer Zone and a restaurant.
Betton Farm Visitor Centre (3 miles)
Playdale Farm Park (4 miles)
Playdale Farm Park
The farm is packed with things to do to entertain your children whatever the weather. The huge indoor play area includes ball pool with toddler area, tractor zone, adventure trail and much more. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in North Yorkshire
Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park (6 miles)
Filey Beach (7 miles)
offers a 5 mile stretch of clean, sandy, award winning beaches for traditional family beach days.
Pesky Husky Trekking Centre (7 miles)
Pesky Husky Trekking Centre
Husky Centre where you can meet huskies, take them for walks and from October to end of March, book Pesky Husky Trekking with expert instruction on a purpose built circuit and learn about the breeds history.
Go Ape! Dalby (12 miles)
Go Ape! Dalby
Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Take to the trees and speed down zip slides. They’re part of an exciting course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings; all set high above the forest floor.
Purple Mountain Cycle Centre (12 miles)
Purple Mountain Cycle Centre
Go cycling in the heart of the national forest. From complete beginners to the more confident, the site has been designed with the whole family in mind with baby trailers and tagalongs available.
Go Ape Forest Segway (12 miles)
Go Ape Forest Segway
You can enjoy our forest Segway experience in the beautiful Dalby Forest. From two legs to two wheels: for the ultimate forest experience on a rugged all-terrain Segway. It's a unique way to tackle the trails in the forest.
Old Coastguard Station (12 miles)
Old Coastguard Station
National Trust visitor centre offers hands on models and colourful displays showing off the distinctive geology, impact of the elements, local wildlife and the secret history of smuggling along the North Yorkshire Coast.
Robin Hood's Bay (12 miles)
Robin Hoods Bay
Robin Hood's Bay
Paddling, fossil hunting and general exploring, with plenty of quaint local attractions in the village.
Pot Doodles Ceramic Studio (13 miles)
Pot Doodles Ceramic Studio
Come and choose a piece of pottery andpaint it to your own design. We will then fire it, leaving you with a work of art, an ideal present, keepsake or useful everyday item.
Dizzy Rascals (15 miles)
Indoor play boasting cargo nets, ball pool, jumbo slide, seperate baby and toddler area and cafe.
Danes Dyke Beach (15 miles)
Danes Dyke Beach
An exploring and roaming beach rather than swimming and lounging, with a nature reserve close by and great fossil hunting territory.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway (15 miles)
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Britain'ÂÂs most popular Heritage Railway carrying over 300,000 passengers a year. Travelling through 18 miles of beautiful North York Moors National Park from the market town of Pickering to Grosmont. On many days throughout the year you can now continue your journey along the scenic Esk Valley to our newest destination of Whitby.
Bondville Model Village (15 miles)
Bondville Model Village
With over 200 individual and unique buildings, working harbour and train, set in an acre of landscaped garden. Bondville must be seen to be appreciated by young and old alike.
Beck Isle Museum (16 miles)
Beck Isle Museum
Museum in the small market town of Pickering, with an outdoor farm courtyard and riverside picnic area plus 27 themed rooms.
Sewerby Hall and Gardens (16 miles)
Sewerby Hall and Gardens
Lots to do: Adventure Playground, Putting, Train Rides, have a look at the animals in the Zoo or take a woodland walk.
Pot a Doodle Doo (16 miles)
Pot a Doodle Doo
is a friendly studio where you can create your very own masterpiece or gift for loved ones. Choose from a vast array of ceramics for all ages and abilities, paint your own design and have it fired in our kiln. Fun for all, big and small!
Bridlington Leisure World (16 miles)
Bridlington Leisure World
The waves and slides and extensive water features in the fun pool undoubtedly cater for the great demand in school holidays and at weekends, but the needs of the serious swimmer, club, schools, lessons and special groups are also met through the 25m training pool and shallow teaching pool.
Bonkers Indoor Play Centre (16 miles)
Mini Monsterz (16 miles)
Indoor and outdoor play equipment and obstacle courses, plus sandpit, pottery painting, super climbing wall and laser tag!
Bridlington South Promenade (16 miles)
Bridlington South Promenade
An award winning beach which stretches over a 1 mile, past Kiddies' Corner, slides, rides and paddling pool plus picnic areas to the end of the sea wall.
Bridlington Beach (16 miles)
Quality Coast award winning sandy beach with swimming and lifeguard cover and a good few local attractions.
Candy Kingdom (16 miles)
Air conditioned play facility specially designed for 0 to 12 year olds split into baby, toddler, junior and sports areas. RoSPA approved.
John Bull World of Rock (16 miles)
John Bull World of Rock
Go on a factory tour and see how rock, sweets, biscuits and chocolates are made at this working factory.
Flamborough Lighthouse Tours (16 miles)
Park Rose Birds of Prey and Animal Park (16 miles)
Park Rose Birds of Prey and Animal Park
Set in a wonderful woodland environment we offer daily displays, pig racing and lots more. We have a range of birds of prey on the park as well as Meerkats, Alpacas, Donkeys& Wallabys to name a few. So come and have fun with birds of prey!
Park Rose Village (16 miles)
Park Rose Village
Featuring an indoor adventure play barn with tractor rides, swing ropes, drop dunk, football challenge. Outside is the Mini town with mini houses, school, tea room, post office, lego shop, jail etc. Plus F1 Racing cars, Crazy golf and a real 28ft fishing boat!
Whitby Eastside Mystery Treasure Trail (17 miles)
Whitby Eastside Mystery Treasure Trail
Looking for a fun and interesting way to explore Whitby? Don't just wander around aimlessly, do a Treasure Trail! These fun treasure hunts will teach you fascinating facts about the area and show you some beautiful scenery. Enjoy a fun family walk in the fresh air and solve an intriguing mystery at the same time.
Captain Cook Memorial Museum (17 miles)
Captain Cook Memorial Museum
Museum in the 17th century house on Whitby harbour where the young James Cook lodged as apprentice. Lots of exhibitions about Captain Cook and his life with rooms set out as they would have been.
Whitby Abbey (17 miles)
Atmospheric ruined Abbey with a unique interactive visitor centre.
Whitby Whale Watching Centre (17 miles)
Whitby Whale Watching Centre
Attraction in St Anns Staith to remember the whaling industry, which played an important role in Whitbys history and provide conservation education for the future. The Centre could also provide the base for you to take a cruise out to spot whales, birds, seals, porpoises and dolphins.
The Dracula Experience (17 miles)
The Dracula Experience
Offers an entertaining tour through the Dracula story and it's connection to Whitby, using animated scenes, electronic special effects and live actors.
Doodlepots Ceramic Cafe (17 miles)
Doodlepots Ceramic Cafe
Whatever your age or artistic ability, you can create something unique to treasure for ever at Doodlepots. Choose an item to paint from our wide range of plain ceramics - you’ll find there’s something for everyone from novelty items to useful mugs, plates, bowls, vases etc.
Bark Endeavour (17 miles)
Regular sailings from Whitby to Sandsend on this replica of HMS Endeavour and hear about Captain Cooks life and the history of Whitby.
Flamingo Land (17 miles)
400 acres of wild family fun. There are many white knuckle thrillers including Kumali, a suspended looping rollercoaster, rides for younger children, 5 family shows and an extensive zoo, home to many rare and exotic species such as giraffes, rhinos, hippos and lions.
Eden Camp (17 miles)
Housed in an original POW camp, a visit to our award winning museum will allow you to experience the sights, the sounds and even the smells of World War Two.We present the most comprehensive display of British Second World War history in the world, and also cover the First world war and post-1945 conflicts.
Magic Garden (19 miles)
Kids indoor play centre in Driffield - usually a great idea for kids birthday partys as well
Muffins Play Barn (19 miles)
Muffins Play Barn
A seriously fun and interactive play gym for children aged up to 8 years. Baby area with sensory lighting and comfy cafe; play gym with slides, ball pit, climbing etc.; and art corner.
Ryedale Folk Museum (21 miles)
Ryedale Folk Museum
Large open air museum for all the family. The museum contains reconstructed buildings including a 1950s post office, iron age roundhouse, Elizabethan manor house and model village, and focuses on life in Ryedale through the ages. The museum also has a Blacksmiths, and livestock such as pigs, sheep and chickens.
Whitby West Cliff Beach (22 miles)
Whitby West Cliff Beach
Blue Flag awarded sand beach with excellent fossil hunting prospects and plenty of local history.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Scarborough 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 North Yorkshire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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