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Family Days Out near to Sholing
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Jungle Mania (1 miles)
Jungle Mania Classic multi level adventure play structure play toddler version, all in a friendly jungle theme. Parties offered too.
Solent Sky Museum (2 miles)
Solent Sky Museum A terrific range of aircraft and related artefacts, with special focus on the Supermarine aircraft company, based in Southampton, and its most famous products, the Supermarine S.6 seaplane and the Supermarine Spitfire.
Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre (2 miles)
Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre is an outdoor multi-activities centre and offers many water, off ground, land activities and clubs for kids holiday activities, parties, classes, school groups and private tuition. The Centre houses both a climbing wall and a climbing tower within 17 acres of beautiful natural surroundings.
Historic Southampton Guided Walks (2 miles)
Historic Southampton Guided Walks Historical guided walks by qualified guides around Southampton. Coach, public walk and armchair tours available.
SeaCity Museum (2 miles)
SeaCity Museum A traditionally historical and educational museum experience, no kids' features so best for older types but a wealth of information supporting local maritime heritage, the Titanic tragedy and some outdoor trails to back it up.
Tudor House and Garden (2 miles)
Tudor House and Garden Gives a unique and atmospheric insight into the lives and times of both its residents through the years, and of Southampton itself. It appeals to visitors of all ages and interests, who find the family-friendly activities, interactive technology and fascinating displays a winning combination.
Wacky Warehouse - Netley Grange (2 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Netley Grange Their usual good standard of indoor play area with loads of slides, balls and fun features for big kids plus dedicated toddler zone with it's own activities. Attached to a family restaurant.
Go Ape Itchen Valley (2 miles)
Go Ape Itchen 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.
Itchen Valley Country Park (2 miles)
Itchen Valley Country Park Huge park with consistent Green Flag Awards, marked trails and playground, cycle paths and a visitor centre with nature displays, trail maps and a Totem Discovery Trail.
Curious About Southampton (2 miles)
Curious About Southampton is a unique experience: two treasure hunt style walks of discovery to keep the whole family intrigued and amused. Keep the kids happy answering clues and matching pictures, whilst reading stories about this international maritime city. Buy the booklet from our website and explore in your own time.
The Quays Swimming and Diving Centre (2 miles)
The Quays Swimming and Diving Centre Offering serious swimming facilities and international standard diving facilities with taster diving sessions for as young as 4 available, with a family session available too.
Gleneagle Equestrian Centre (2 miles)
Gleneagle Equestrian Centre BHS approved facility offering lessons for all, plus hacking in Itchen Valley Country Park. Pony Club and fun days also available.
Jungle Jeans (2 miles)
Jungle Jeans A truly magical experience awaits you at Jungle Jeans. Discover the sights and sounds of the play frame jungle while the adults sit back, relax and enjoy refreshments from the Tree Top Cafe or let them join in the fun too!
Southampton Common (2 miles)
Southampton Common Great adventure play area and kids' summer paddling pool wonderful for under 5s, plus nature trails and loads of different terrain to explore. You can also find a fishing lake, boating pond, nature centre and historic cemetery here.
QE2 Activity Centre (3 miles)
QE2 Activity Centre Activities designed to allow full use by the disabled, allowing access to features including canoeing, climbing, archery, ropes course, zipwire, motorboat, problem solving, orienteering, tunnelling and green team.
Manor Farm and Country Park (3 miles)
Manor Farm and Country Park See costumed characters doing traditional things, cuddle and feed the animals, see the history buildings and farm machinery, then play on the adventure area and explore the rest of the park as you like! A charming trip.
Play Shack (3 miles)
Play Shack offer a huge multi level multi color adventure play frame which features classic and modern soft play features, from balls and 3 types of slide to tunnels and bridges with dedicated toddler space.
Royal Victoria Country Park (3 miles)
Royal Victoria Country Park A popular country park with woodland and seashore to explore, plus a Visitor Centre, sensory garden, children’s play area, and a miniature railway! Loads of wildlife to enjoy, plus Family Fun and Story Trails to follow. Free!
The Outdoor Sports Centre (3 miles)
The Outdoor Sports Centre Features include cricket pitches, multi-purpose pitches for football and hockey, tennis courts, a cyclocross and BMX track, an assault course style trim trail, an athletics track and even a crazy golf course!
Lakeside Country Park (3 miles)
Lakeside Country Park Over 22 hectares of lakes, wet meadow and woodland including a designated Paw Trail for dog walkers, a narrow gauge railway, lots of natural wildlife, picnic sites and a year round cafe.
Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway (3 miles)
Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway Come and ride on our 1 and a quarter mile track to the children's playground and picnic area by the lakes at Monks Brook Halt.
Alpine Snowsports Centre Southampton (3 miles)
Alpine Snowsports Centre Southampton An outdoor artificial ski slope in Southampton, we cater for all abilities and ages! Skiing, snowboarding and ringos (inflatable rubber rings that slide down the slope) its great fun for everyone! We do lessons, practice sessions, birthday parties and more!
The Pleasure Park (3 miles)
The Pleasure Park Classic fun includes Trampolines, Roundabout, Helter Skelter, Swing Boats, Snake and Bumpy Slides plus mini train. Features for all ages.
Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum (4 miles)
Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum The last remaining steam driven brickworks in the country. Come and see our working machinery and the amazing buildings. Try your hand at making a brick. We have outdoor and indoor areas with lots of hands on activities.
Hollywood Bowl Eastleigh (4 miles)
Hollywood Bowl Eastleigh offers 20 lanes of tenpin bowling fun! Bowling is the great leveller: with the ramps and bumpers it could be anyone's game, and the kids' love that!
Gambado (4 miles)
Gambado A huge indoor soft play centre which provides a safe, clean and fun environment for parents and children to feel comfortable in and have loads of fun. We also offer fantastic birthday parties!
Tenpin Southampton (4 miles)
Tenpin Southampton is a bowling centre located on Auckland Road. We have modern computerised lanes, American pool tables, and Amusement Arcades catered towards families and kids. Cosmic bowling and Sector 7 Quasar are also available. There is also the Beach Road Cafe Bar for some delicious meal and snack options.
Sector 7 Laser (4 miles)
Sector 7 Laser Come and play a living computer game as you enter the futuristic arena full of special effects and have at the enemy with your laser phasor! Seriously immersive but zero contact combat gaming for brave 4fters and over.
TeamSport Indoor Karting Southampton (4 miles)
TeamSport Indoor Karting Southampton Families can enjoy high octane racing at this epic 375m indoor circuit in Southampton. Our cadet karts for ages 8 upwards provide a great opportunity for young karting enthusiasts – make it their new favourite hobby!
Kids2day Indoor Soft Play Centre (5 miles)
Kids2day Indoor Soft Play Centre is an indoor children's soft play centre providing 2 play structures, parties for children and a tasty fresh food menu.
The Eling Experience (5 miles)
The Eling Experience Learn about tidal powered milling, sit in an air raid shelter with sound effects, play on a pirate ship playground with picnic areas, plus nature walks and free Smugglers info sheet!
Rock Up (5 miles)
Rock Up is a thrilling indoor climbing adventure for all ages. There are 26 challenging climbs for anyone aged 4 to 84 to try and a huge soft play area for the under 5s, along with a great cafe for everyone!
Rock Up and Play (5 miles)
Rock Up and Play is the new indoor soft play area near Fareham inside Rock Up climbing centre. Aimed at the under 5’ there’s a whole host of things for little ones to do, whilst you sit back and relax in the cafe.
Hensting Alpaca Walking Experience (6 miles)
Hensting Alpaca Walking Experience When the weather is good we like to walk our alpacas, so why not come and join us here in Otterbourne, Hampshire. Get up close and personal and learn all about these fascinating creatures!
Longdown Activity Farm (6 miles)
Longdown Activity Farm A daily schedule of activities includes kid-goat and calf bottle feeding, small animal handling, duck feeding and meeting the pigs. Plus, there are lots more animals to see. There is a brilliant - and very bumpy tractor ride (ground conditions permitting). Five indoor and outdoor play areas means there's...
The New Forest Wildlife Park (6 miles)
The New Forest Wildlife Park Amazing animals to see, from owls and otters to wolves, bison, wild boar, red deer, muntjac deer, Scottish wildcats, lynx, wallabies, water voles, foxes, polecats, pine martens and ferrets. Children love the harvest mice scurrying around their mini home. “Go Wild” Adventure Playgrounds for tots...
Marwell Wildlife (7 miles)
Marwell Wildlife The 140 acre zoological park is home to over 200 exotic and charismatic species, in beautiful, landscaped surroundings. Be as active or as relaxed as you want. There are 3 play areas where children can run wild while you take a well earned break.
The Adventure Barn (7 miles)
The Adventure Barn A brilliant indoor adventure playground where your children can play safely and securely whatever the weather! Outdoor play available seasonally.
Calshot Activities Centre (7 miles)
Calshot Activities Centre Offers an enormous range of exciting water and landbased activities. Includes a state of the art climbing complex, the only indoor velodrome in Southern England, a dry ski slope, and novelty dinghy sailing with Laser Funboats and pedal Picos! Awesome!
Beaulieu (7 miles)
Beaulieu In the heart of the New Forest this great family day out has something for everyone from motoring to heritage and history to rides. Over 250 vehicles in the motor museum, living history in Palace house and unlimited rides on the monorail and bus make a day for the whole family.
New Forest Activities (8 miles)
New Forest Activities Offers a great range of fun and exciting activities aimed at kids big and small. Families can join in with regular open sessions and parties can book special events. Activities include Canoeing, Kayaking, Archery, Cycle Hire and our new Battlefield LIVE laser tag for the digital generation!
Blackbrook Park Play Area (8 miles)
Blackbrook Park Play Area Facilities for all ages and abilities with skating area and hoops for older kids, plus loads of classic adventure play equipment for younger ones.
The Rapids (8 miles)
The Rapids Experience a world of water, fun and adventure for all the family! Ride The Rapids, zoom the flume, explore the pirate galleon, dodge the tipping bucket or relax in the bubble seats. There's something for everyone!
Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway (8 miles)
Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway Outdoor Adventure Play Area, brand new for 2014, is a must-stop destination for younger visitors, with a basket swing, climbing apparatus and a slide, with easy access to the toilet facilities, and only a stone’s throw away from the Tea Rooms. Summer is a favourite time for families.
Frankies Fun Factory (8 miles)
Frankies Fun Factory Offers a massive playcentre with giant slides, ball pits, zip wire, rope bridge and tunnels spread through a multi level adventure structure.
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens (8 miles)
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens 180 acres of gardens to enjoy and explore, including a Children’s Education Garden. The site boasts a restaurant and tearooms, as well as a giant treehouse play area for adventurers of all ages! Free entry for accompanied kids under 17.
Paultons Family Theme Park (9 miles)
The New Forest
Paultons Family Theme Park Now Open: Critter Creek: a new mini-land of weird and wonderful discoveries! Plus over 60 wonderful rides and attractions to suit all ages included in one price, such as the mighty Edge ride and the awesome Cobra rollercoaster!
Fun City (9 miles)
Fun City is an indoor play centre for children aged 1 to 12 years old full of modern and classic features adventure features form the obstacle course to balls, bridges and slides with segregated toddler zone.
Solent Arena (9 miles)
Solent Arena boasts a marvellous modern multi use rink 40m long and 20m wide, which supports not only loads of fun open skate sessions and roller discos but also box lacrosse and inline hockey! Super cheap, too!
The Forest of Bere (9 miles)
The Forest of Bere An enchanting place with a diverse range of natural habitats too see from scenic walk and cycle routes. There are also a huge oak tree house, wooden playhouses, wigwams, sand pit, climbing wall, bridge and shingle stream.

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

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