Model Railway Village (< 1 mile)
Model Railway Village
It is not unusual for children to want to spend all day with their parents or grand parents at the Model Railway Village, just watching or following their favourite model train whilst it meanders around the 1.5 acres of beautiful miniature landscape.
Premier Bowl and Laser Southport (< 1 mile)
Premier Bowl and Laser Southport
Enjoy classic Tenpin Bowling and Experience our Laser zone in a comfortable environment, with friendly staff at great value. Kid's bowling aids available.
Playtown Southport (< 1 mile)
is Southport’s biggest and best indoor play centre. The children can climb, slide, play football, roll around in the balls and have fun whilst parents and careers relax with a tasty drink or enjoy some delicious home cooked food.
Premier Bowl and Laser Southport (< 1 mile)
Premier Bowl and Laser Southport
Super laser tag arena ideal for beginners, with atmospheric special effects and awesome infra red equipment! Plus a family bowling lane and family dining options too.
Dunes Splash World (< 1 mile)
Dunes Splash World
A wet and wild water park offering a fantastic family day out for all ages and abilities.
With five fantastic rides, bubble spa, kids' play zone, poolside diner and our very own turtle, Murtle, you'll want to dive in and make a splash today!
The Southport Treasure Trail (< 1 mile)
The Southport Treasure Trail
Looking for a fun and interesting way to explore Southport? Don’t just walk around aimlessly; follow the directions on this self guided themed Treasure Trail whilst hunting for the answers to the clues to locate the long lost treasure!
Hesketh Park (< 1 mile)
A wonderfully restored Victorian park with ornate fountains, healthy walks trails, mini golf and a number of different gardens. Peaceful and well laid out. Free to visit.
Giggles Gym (1 miles)
offers loads of active kids' fun in their multi level main play frame, multi sports area, special toddler section and a little tykes' car zone. They also do some really unique parties!
Ainsdale Beach (4 miles)
Sandy, dune backed bathing beach boasting the oldest iron built pier in the country, with a nature reserve adjacent. Village with facilities nearby.
Windmill Animal Farm (6 miles)
Windmill Animal Farm
offers visitors the chance to experience the every day running of an actual working farm while still having the chance to watch, feed, touch and play with animals + lots of play areas and miniature railway.
Lytham St Annes Beach (6 miles)
Lytham St Annes
Lytham St Annes Beach
Donkey rides on the sand, a renovated Victorian Pier, children's playgrounds, Lytham's famous green windmill, cafes, ice cream parlours and municipal gardens: it's a place of irresistible old fashioned charm!
WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre (6 miles)
WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre
is a nature reserve and waterfowl gardens with activities for all the family, including an adventure play area, canoe safari, guided boat tours, den building, hand feeding of our captive birds, and lots more.
Formby Beach (7 miles)
An unspoilt wilderness of a beach, run by the National Trust and with a nature reserve adjacent. Not the best choice if you're looking to swim etc., but lovely for exploring.
Park View 4U Playing Fields (7 miles)
Lytham St Annes
Park View 4U Playing Fields
An exciting fully inclusive three generational play area including: an imaginative toddler area, a teenzone with challenging equipment, a multi use games area, a state of the art skate park and large BMX track, a fitness trail, gym equipment for senior citizens, a woodland walk and story area.
China Butterfly Craft Centre (7 miles)
China Butterfly Craft Centre
Offers over 15 different creative activities for you to choose from including pottery painting, mosaics, jewellery making, glass decorating, card making, potters wheel and much more. Open 7 days a week, we have activities suitable for all ages from toddlers right through to adults.
Lytham Hall (7 miles)
Stately hall set in 80 acres of mature country park; trails through the woods; cycling and picnics in the park with plenty of space to play safely; free entry to the country park Monday to Friday.
Kaos Indoor High Wire Adventure (7 miles)
Kaos Indoor High Wire Adventure
Indoor Ropes Course for all the family. Our qualified instructors will lead you through a safety briefing and then fit you with a full body harness. Once clipped on you will have an hour to "play"ÂÂ with our 18 "in the airÂÂ" obstacles. We also have an adventure soft play course...
MiniLinks Lytham St Annes (7 miles)
MiniLinks Lytham St Annes
- is a wonderful outdoor golf facility that suits all ages and abilities with exciting activities including CrazyGolf, entertaining GrassPutting or for the more adventurous, the MiniLinks.
Formby Nature Reserve (7 miles)
Formby Nature Reserve
Home to one of the last great colonies of red squirrels in Great Britain, and boats endangered species such as the Natterjack Toad and the Northern Dune Tiger Beetle.
Farmer Teds Farm Park (7 miles)
Farmer Teds Farm Park
Large farm geared around children with loads of lovely animals to meet, tractor rides, demonstrations, huge indoor and outdoor adventure areas, pedal go karts, sandpit, climbing frames, and much more! Fun whatever the weather.
Harrys (7 miles)
Three separate gorgeous play areas for juniors and pre-schoolers aged up to 10 years, and babies from 6 months. Great programme of weekly activities, including Parent and Toddler groups and Happy Hours. A number of birthday party packages available too!
The West Lancashire Light Railway (8 miles)
Happy Hippos Play Centre (8 miles)
Happy Hippos Play Centre
Multi tiered colourful play structure with oodles of fun features and a separate baby toddler area.
Funtastic Play (8 miles)
St Annes on Sea
A 2,000 sq ft adventure play facility including main climbing maze with toddler zone, kiddie kart track, football zone and dedicated special needs sessions! Plus themed party rooms.
Wacky Warehouse - Air Balloon (9 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Air Balloon
Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant near Blackpool Airport so planes to spot too! Good disabled access.
Ramp City (10 miles)
A 29,000 square foot indoor skatepark boasting a terrific number of high quality features including the only wooden indoor fullpipe in the UK! They also regularly welcome bikes.
The Crafty Potter (10 miles)
The Crafty Potter
is a pottery painting studio where children can paint from a wide range of pottery. We have three potters' wheels, pot pinching and coiling. We even have make a bear! Come fire your imagination with us.New crafts include glass painting, porcelain painting & Decopatch
Wacky Warehouse - Outside Inn (10 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Outside Inn
Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant. Pleasingly unusual pub themed around the outside, indoors!
Blackpool Pleasure Beach (10 miles)
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
There's something for everyone at Pleasure Beach with over 125 breathtaking rides, attractions and shows including the spectacular Hot Ice Show. Top thrill rides include the Big One, the UK's tallest fastest rollercoaster. Nickenodeon Land with amazing rides and attractions for all ages including...
Blackpool Ice Arena (10 miles)
Blackpool Ice Arena
Discover a COOL way to spend your day at the purpose built 455 sq m ice rink with theatre seating so those who don't wish to participate in skating can watch in comfort. The Arena also has a smaller ice rink - the Arosa Ice Rink at over 4.6 sq m which is available for public skating and private hire.
Planet Kaos (10 miles)
Outer space themed play area with 2 floors of fun equipment where you can fly a rocket and peek through observation pods, or moon walk on a trampoline! Plus alien mascot, great baby facilities and private party rooms.
The Fun Factor (10 miles)
The Fun Factor
Interactive adventure pay frames with loads of cool features, with highlights including some epic slides and an enormous ball pit with juggler and ball shower tube system. Brilliant parties too!
Adrenalin Zone (10 miles)
Exhilarating rides that will leave your stomach behind. Experience the feeling of free flight, walking on air and fun with these exciting activities. One for the thrill seekers.
Karting 2000 Raceway (10 miles)
Karting 2000 Raceway
A fun karting venue, with electronic lap timing and an exciting floodlit track. Activities for all the family, including private track hire, plus a number of birthday packages for different age groups.
Sandcastle Waterworld (10 miles)
A fantastic tropical adventure full of heart-stopping rides, water chutes with undulating twists and turns, cascading water features and tranquil glittering pools. 18 major features!
Blackpool Laser Tag (11 miles)
Blackpool Laser Tag
Fancy a game of hide and seek? In the dark? With laser guns? This is your place then! Totally safe, totally pretend, yet still totally awesome, laser tag is like a living computer game with rather more exercise involved!
Purple Monster Playcentre (11 miles)
Purple Monster Playcentre
Multi level indoor adventure play also featuring seasonal outdoor area, plus craft sessions, bouncy castle days, ride on toys, water activities and a great kids' hairdresser based on site too.
Dinosaur World Blackpool (11 miles)
Dinosaur World Blackpool
is the biggest, most interactive family dinosaur experience in the North of England. A world of dinosaur discoveries awaits!
The Jungle (11 miles)
Warrington’s award winning indoor play and party centre is now open in Skelmersdale too. Swing, jump, climb and slide through the multi level play areas, take part in the many additional activities on offer, book a wild party and then relax in the 5 star Jungle Express Cafe.
Blackpool Model Village (11 miles)
Blackpool Model Village
Ranging from Scottish Castles to Cornish Fishing Villages plus a working train, this is 2.5 acres of really well done miniatures intersected with landscaped walkways. Kids' quiz available too!
Madame Tussauds Blackpool (11 miles)
Madame Tussauds Blackpool
Prepare to be starstruck as you meet a variety of celebrity wax figures from royalty to singers and sports stars. You will be amazed at these realistic models. Free phone app available to enhance your visit.
Blackpool Sea Life Centre (11 miles)
Blackpool Sea Life Centre
Showcasing more than 50 dazzling displays and more than 1,000 spectacular aquatic creatures including tropical sharks, colourful reef fish, turtles, rays and sea horses, this is the perfect way to experience the wonders of underwater life without getting wet! New Stingray Adventure coming April 2015!
Stanley Park (11 miles)
There is a dazzling array of family events and attractions from model boats to a children's shuttle train and a tremendous range of sports facilities.
Aardvark Adventure Playbarn (12 miles)
Aardvark Adventure Playbarn
A brand new indoor play area, on a 3 level play frame. Includes a 4 lane tiger slide, a zebra tube slide, ball pool with ball shower, football goals, basketball court, climbing frames, walkways, walk of faith, sensory area and much, much more.
Blackpool Zoo (12 miles)
is home to over 1500 animals of more than 400 species including big cats, giraffes, gorillas, elephants, orangutans and many more to visit. You can even meet 32 dinosaurs in their superb prehistoric gardens.New indoor play barn too. Great idea for family days out in Lancashire.
Jungle Jims (12 miles)
A truly unusual and impressive play facility with an Incan Theme throughout, featuring extensive atmospheric play structures, pirate and dragon galleons plus interactive treasure quest game! It's so good you can be up to 15!
Antony Gormleys Another Place (12 miles)
Antony Gormleys Another Place
An outdoor sculpture trail on Crosby beach of 100 cast iron figures cast from the body of the artist, Antony Gormley. Best seen at low tide and at sunset. Free to visit.
Rampworx (12 miles)
Friendly indoor skateboarding, inlining, scooting and BMX facility, with coaching classes available if you don't know where to start! Min age 5 years.
MFA Bowl Blackpool (12 miles)
MFA Bowl Blackpool
Modern tenpin bowling alley plus 8 snooker tables and several pool tables too! Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Or have a party!
Laser Quest Blackpool (12 miles)
Laser Quest Blackpool
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.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Southport 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 Merseyside can enjoy the great day out as well.
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