Historic Southampton Guided Walks (< 1 mile)
SeaCity Museum (< 1 mile)
A traditionally historical and educational museum experience, no kids' features so best for older types but a wealth of information supporting local maritime heritage and some outdoor trails to back it up.
Tudor House and Garden (< 1 mile)
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.
The Quays Swimming and Diving Centre (< 1 mile)
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.
Solent Sky Museum (< 1 mile)
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.
Jungle Jeans (< 1 mile)
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!
Curious About Southampton (< 1 mile)
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.
Southampton Common (< 1 mile)
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.
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.
The Outdoor Sports Centre (2 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!
Tenpin Southampton (2 miles)
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 (2 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.
Alpine Snowsports Centre Southampton (2 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 (2 miles)
The Pleasure Park
Classic fun includes Trampolines, Roundabout, Helter Skelter, Swing Boats, Snake and Bumpy Slides plus mini train. Features for all ages.
Jungle Mania (3 miles)
Classic multi level adventure play structure play toddler version, all in a friendly jungle theme. Parties offered too.
Wacky Warehouse - Netley Grange (3 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.
Itchen Valley Country Park (3 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.
Go Ape Itchen Valley (3 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.
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 to visit.
The Eling Experience (4 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!
Gleneagle Equestrian Centre (4 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.
Lakeside Country Park (4 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 (4 miles)
QE2 Activity Centre (4 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 (4 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 (4 miles)
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.
Hollywood Bowl Eastleigh (5 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 (5 miles)
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!
Longdown Activity Farm (5 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 (5 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...
Kids2day Indoor Soft Play Centre (5 miles)
Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum (5 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.
Beaulieu (6 miles)
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 (7 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!
The Rapids (7 miles)
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!
Rock Up (7 miles)
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 (7 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.
Paultons Family Theme Park (7 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!
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!
Frankies Fun Factory (7 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.
Marwell Wildlife (8 miles)
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.
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.
The Adventure Barn (8 miles)
The Adventure Barn
A brilliant indoor adventure playground where your children can play safely and securely whatever the weather! Outdoor play available seasonally.
New Forest Reptile Centre (8 miles)
New Forest Reptile Centre
Discover more about reptiles and amphibians here at this unique reptile centre located in the national park. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for the best things to do in Hampshire with kids
Wacky Warehouse Vine Inn (8 miles)
Wacky Warehouse Vine Inn
Large air conditioned multi level play frame with toddler zone attached to family friendly restaurant. Good disabled access, accommodation available, free WiFi provided.
Blackbrook Park Play Area (9 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.
Fun City (10 miles)
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.
Mobys Playcentre (10 miles)
2012 refurbished purpose built giant indoor play centre for toddlers through to 12 year olds with a new interactive play area available for under 5s.
Solent Arena (10 miles)
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!
Go Bowling Fareham (11 miles)
Go Bowling Fareham
25 lanes of classic family friendly tenpin bowling. There are automatic bumpers and ball ramps for children and adults if necessary!
Thanks for all the great things to do in Southampton 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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