South Shields Museum and Art Gallery (< 1 mile)
Arbeia Roman Fort (< 1 mile)
Arbeia Roman Fort
Explore reconstructed Roman buildings and see excavations of the Roman Fort. Also holds exciting events during summer.
Pots and Pancakes (< 1 mile)
Haven Point (< 1 mile)
Offering competition size and teaching pools plus leisure waters with slides, sprays, bubble spa and water play.
Starbowl North Shields (< 1 mile)
Starbowl North Shields
Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
KiKis Kabin (< 1 mile)
Award winning soft play with multiple toddler area and dedicated special needs session. Also does parties.
Ocean Beach Pleasure Park (< 1 mile)
Ocean Beach Pleasure Park
- Rollercoasters, Dodgems, Go Karts, Mini Teacups and much more come and join us for a fun filled family day out. Free Admission Amusement Park, where you pay as you play, situated on the North East Coast.
Check website for ticket offers.
Quasar Elite (< 1 mile)
The ultimate indoor sci-fi action adventure for all ages: an exciting laser tag game which encourages children to work together as a team. Also suitable (and encouraged) for parents to join in! The object of this fun game is simple: aim your weapon at the opposition, fire, and rack up the points!
The Dunes Adventure Island (< 1 mile)
Dunes Bowl (< 1 mile)
Offers ten pin bowling at it's best. They have 12 brand new state of the art lanes with Glow in The Dark Bowling at nights and weekends.
Tynemouth Treasure Trail (1 miles)
Tynemouth Treasure Trail
involves finding the answers to clues. This leads to solving the mystery of the buried treasure. A brilliant way to get out and have family fun in the fresh air.
Tynemouth Priory and Castle (1 miles)
Tynemouth Priory and Castle
Overlooking King Edward's Bay by Longsands Beach, this 2000 year old fortification with stunning views has a great interactive exhibition.
Longsands Beach (2 miles)
Sandy beach with good swimming and popular with surfers. Aquarium and facilities nearby, and a short walk away is a smaller version of the beach which is a little quieter.
Tynemouth Pool (2 miles)
Standard swim facility with 1, 3 and 5m diving boards and fun sessions.
Bedes World (2 miles)
Learn all about Bede and discover how the Anglo Saxons lived in Northumbria. Demonstration farm with wonderful animals including Hilda the wild boar. Replica buildings plus a number of exhibitions.
Blue Reef Aquarium (2 miles)
Blue Reef Aquarium
Take the ultimate undersea safari at the award-winning Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth where there's a world of underwater adventure just waiting to be discovered.
Fuzzy Eds at the Magic Lantern (2 miles)
Fuzzy Eds at the Magic Lantern
Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant. Plus outdoor play area and great disabled access throughout.
Override Skate Park (2 miles)
Override Skate Park
Welcomes over 5s: their ramps are suitable for all ages and levels from beginners to experienced. They work with beginners in a safe environment to show them how to use the skate park responsibly and enjoyably.
Stephenson Railway Museum (3 miles)
Stephenson Railway Museum
Re-live the glorious days of the steam railway at the Stephenson Railway Museum. Many fun activities for all ages are also held alongside varying exhibitions.
Pirates Cove (3 miles)
Pirate themed indoor playground, with dedicated toddler section and plenty of classic fun features like slides, climbs and ballpits to keep them entertained.
Whitley Bay Ice Rink (3 miles)
Whitley Bay Ice Rink
Whether you are an experienced ice skater, hockey player or absolute beginner, the Ice Rink is available all the year round for you to have fun and also home to Whitley Warriors Ice Hockey team.
Murton Equestrian Centre (3 miles)
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Murton Equestrian Centre
is a friendly, family run riding school approved by The British Horse Society, Association of British Riding Schools and The Pony Club. Established in 1976 by the Sharp family and today managed by their daughter Leigh Belbin, the centre has a long-standing love of horses and teaching people to ride.
The Splat Centre (3 miles)
The Splat Centre
A Shop, Play, Learn and Talk centre for children that is simply the perfect place for family fun and indoor play and learning in a safe, sociable environment. Also home to The Splat Coffee Lounge, The Splat Academy, The Splat Shop and Splat Birthday Parties.
Jacks Den (3 miles)
A great place for children (aged 0 to 8) to play in a safe and fun environment, and a relaxing cafe for parents to unwind in.
Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum (4 miles)
Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum
It is the most excavated Fort along the Wall and has a large interactive museum plus a 35 metre high viewing tower providing outstanding views across this World Heritage Site.
The Whitley Bay Treehouse (4 miles)
The Whitley Bay Treehouse
An award winning Children's Indoor Soft Play venue with 3,000 sq ft of slides, climbs, cargo nets and much more. We also have a dedicated toddler section, plus cafe with fresh coffee and homemade scones. Free Parking and Free Wi-Fi too!
Wacky Warehouse - Story Book (4 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Story Book
Following the familiar Wacky pattern of kids indoor play structure attached to a pub serving reasonably priced food and refreshment, so the kids run themselves ragged while you have a rest, simple but effective!
Waves Leisure Centre (4 miles)
Waves Leisure Centre
features three high octane water slides, wave machine, pirate ship with mini slides and water geysers, plus a tipping water treasure chest and water squirting animals in the play area.
Bill Quay Community Farm (5 miles)
Bill Quay Community Farm
An educational farm experience offering access to rare, indigenous, award winning breeds of sheep, pigs and goat plus plenty of small creatures besides.
St Marys Lighthouse (5 miles)
St Marys Lighthouse
Panoramic views plus exhibits explaining the history of the lighthouse and providing insights about the wildlife outside. The small, yet important Nature Reserve comprises rock pools, a beach, freshwater ponds and grassland, providing habitats for a rich variety of marine life and birds.
Whitley Bay South Beach (5 miles)
Whitley Bay South Beach
The sand and rock pool beach to the north of the parade is long and lovely. Walk across the causeway to St Mary's Island and the gleaming white lighthouse.
Mister Twisters Wacky World of Fun (5 miles)
Mister Twisters Wacky World of Fun
Perhaps the north's largest children's play venue with a massive 4-storey climbing frame, soft sports pitch, and separate toddler zone.
Squiggles N Giggles (6 miles)
Squiggles N Giggles
Is an Award Winning messy, creative and sensory group, the only one in the North East with both indoor and outdoor space. Sessions are suitable for babies aged from 5 or 6 months up to age 7. Children grow in confidence as they become part of a sociable group and develop their skills by participating.
Newcastle Climbing Centre (6 miles)
Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle Climbing Centre
A spectacular climbing environment with an internal height of 15 metres and over 1200 square metres of climbing walls for roped climbing and bouldering for over 5s.
Sunderland Climbing Centre (6 miles)
Sunderland Climbing Centre
With over 600m2 of indoor climbing a site cafe, Wi-Fi, specialist gear shop and mezzanine viewing area. The centre offers everything from kids' clubs to birthday parties all delivered by our qualified instructors so there is something for everyone for the ultimate indoor climbing experience.
Riverside Bowling (6 miles)
offers 19 lanes of modern ten pin bowling in a supportive and family friendly atmosphere. Bumpers and ball ramps for kids available too.
Roker Park (6 miles)
A lovely local park with 2 play areas, a bandstand, two bowling greens, a model railway and a boating lake. Also has a kick about area and tennis courts. Free to visit.
Sunderland Wall (6 miles)
Great family friendly climbing wall with kids club covering ages ranged from 3 onwards! Kids will learn the necessary rope work and skills to climb safely in a fully supervised and really fun environment.
Castledown Fun Factory (6 miles)
Castledown Fun Factory
Bright and colourful indoor play facility attached to a family friendly pub with a healthy kids' menu. Classic fun features include slide and ball pit plus toddler zone.
Victoria Tunnel (6 miles)
Newcastle upon Tyne
An authentic and immersive historical experience down in the tunnel with guided commentary. Educational and entertaining but if taking young ones be warned of the ghostly element! Limited opening.
Sunderland Stadium of Light Tour (6 miles)
Sunderland Aquatic Centre (6 miles)
Seven Stories (6 miles)
Newcastle Upon Tyne
The UK's first children's book museum. As well as oodles of books to examine, join in with dressing-up and dramatic fun, story times, creative writing and wordplay, illustration and craft activities.
Stepney Bank Stables (6 miles)
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Stepney Bank Stables
is a BHS approved riding school. Our well mannered horses and highly qualified and experienced instructors cater for complete beginners up to competent riders. Lessons available for children aged 3 upwards. Birthday parties and pony days also available. Indoor and outdoor riding arenas. Free parking.
National Glass Centre (6 miles)
National Glass Centre
is a free cultural attraction, celebrating everything there is to know about glass! Discover the history of glass making in Sunderland, enjoy glass exhibitions and glass blowing demonstrations, family friendly, hands on creative activities and themed tours.
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (7 miles)
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
Children of any age can come along and get creative! There is a huge area where you can draw, create and play. And if you like detective work, we have free explorer packs to take around the exhibitions. Plus special free events for families in the holidays.
Laser Quest Sunderland (7 miles)
Laser Quest Sunderland
Exhilarating laser tag in a 21st century battle zone for ages 7 and up. Stalk your opponents through an exciting labyrinth in this futuristic game. Birthday party packages available.
Laing Art Gallery (7 miles)
Newcastle upon Tyne
Laing Art Gallery
A dynamic exhibition programme brings an exiting variety of art to your doorstep, while fun learning events encourage even the youngest children to get involved. Our impressive permanent collection includes work by John Martin and Henry Moore and an under 5s area.
The Great North Museum (7 miles)
Newcastle upon Tyne
The Great North Museum
A family friendly museum that is free to visit, with lots to see. Interactive model of Hadrian’s Wall, life size T Rex skeleton, planetarium, objects from Ancient Greece and Egypt, and a full sized elephant.
Rosebud Ceramics (7 miles)
is a pottery painting studio based in Sunderland city centre, offering a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere great fun for all of the family. A lovely place to meet and spend quality time with the children whilst creating a perfect keepsake. Great value and a large selection of pottery.
Thanks for all the great things to do in South Shields 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 Tyne and Wear can enjoy the great day out as well.
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