Pioneer Skatepark (< 1 mile)
is the UK’s oldest indoor skate park, based in St Albans Hertfordshire, close to the M25 and 15 minute walk from the train station. Open every day for skateboards, scooters and in-liners. See opening times for sessions.
Museum of St Albans (< 1 mile)
Museum of St Albans
Tells the story of St Albans from the departure of the Romans to the present day, with many fun special exhibits and a wildlife garden with children's trail.
Pots of Art Ceramic Studio (< 1 mile)
Pots of Art Ceramic Studio
Pottery painting, hand and foot prints, decoupage, toddlers' messy sessions and build-a-bear facilities, plus Pots 2 Go home kits and super parties. Who can we make a present for today?
Verulamium Museum (< 1 mile)
Explore recreated Roman rooms and discover the hypocaust, get hands on with artefacts and use the touch screens, study fine mosaics and every second weekend hear a real Roman tactics talk! Plus natural wildlife garden with kids' trail.
Old St Albans Treasure Trail (< 1 mile)
Old St Albans Treasure Trail
The kids will love solving the clues on this self guided Treasure Trail around Old St Albans. It’s great fun for the whole family with everyone working together to solve the mystery behind the missing treasure.
DJ's Jungle Adventure Soft Play Centre (1 miles)
DJ's Jungle Adventure Soft Play Centre
is a huge indoor play centre with separate play areas for toddlers and bigger kids, so you can have a sit down and a cup of tea while the kids run themselves ragged.
Butterfly World (3 miles)
is a fun and educational place to see hundreds of Tropical Butterflies, watch colonies of leafcutter ants walk across ropes, hold creepy crawlies, and let off steam in the natural play area. Educational, environmental and great fun!
London Colney Recreation Centre (3 miles)
London Colney Recreation Centre
Includes Adventure World indoor playground, plus tots to teens multi sports training, a great range of activity camps, swimming and themed activity parties.
Adventure World (3 miles)
soft play area caters for children aged 6 months to 11 years with 3 dedicated areas of fun, under 2s, under 5s and 5 to 11 years. Warm in the Winter and cool in the Summer it's the perfect place to escape whatever the weather!
Paintball Bricket Wood (3 miles)
Paintball Bricket Wood
Paintball fun at the largest field in the South East, with some wicked game zones such as Tyre Town and one with a space base station! There is also a good choice of weapons.
Big Space Indoor Play Centre (3 miles)
Big Space Indoor Play Centre
Boasting 300sqm of adventure play space plus a dedicated toddler zone and art wall, this is a great location to let the kids get energetic and imaginative, while enjoying fun exercise.
Hertfordshire Sports Village (4 miles)
Hertfordshire Sports Village
Offers great family fun all year round! Our climbing wall, 25m pool, indoor and outdoor facilities host the perfect location to teach and develop skills through sport. Our successful holiday programme is complemented by a range of activities available all year round.
Willows Farm (4 miles)
Farmyard animals adventure play, fun fair rides, children’s shows, falconry displays and tractor rides, indoor adventure soft play too and seasonal activities.
Go Wild at the Galleria (4 miles)
Jurassic Golf (4 miles)
De Havilland Aircraft Museum (4 miles)
De Havilland Aircraft Museum
A small but interesting museum dedicated the de Havilland Aircraft, with a good selection of planes to investigate, including some made of wood. You can get pretty close to the planes and even inside the cockpit of some of them.
Hatfield Swim Centre (5 miles)
Hatfield Swim Centre
Swim and fitness centre with uniquely designed main pool, plus 2 splash pools, and a diving area with 2 springboards and a 5m platform. Birthday parties catered for. Numerous other activities available here for all ages and abilities.
Planet Ice Hemel Hempstead (5 miles)
Planet Ice Hemel Hempstead
Family friendly ice skating facility with penguin skating aids for very little ones, and a special Ice Toddlers session with toys and games. Reopening 20th February.
The XC (5 miles)
features include a high end skate park, a 14m climbing wall, organic indoor caving systems, bouldering walls and a challenging high ropes course.
Birchwood Indoor Play Area (5 miles)
Birchwood Indoor Play Area
A Softplay Centre on three levels for Toddlers and Children to enjoy. There is slides, swings, climbs, giant balls,cargo nets and a hamster wheel to entertain them. Based in Birchwood Leisure Centre.
Gambado Watford (5 miles)
A dodgems track, carousel, climbing wall (only open from 4pm Monday to Friday during term time), huge playframe, toddler sensory area, licensed Yum Yum cafe, serving healthy options or treats for all, adult lounge with free WiFi and internet access and the icing on the cake: fantastic party areas!
The Snow Centre (5 miles)
The Snow Centre
The perfect slope, the perfect snow, the perfect location; this is Britain's premier indoor Snowsports destination. Designed to deliver the alpine conditions every skier and snowboarder dreams of, you'll find a huge 160m main slope as well as the largest indoor lesson slope in the UK.
AMF Hollywood Bowl Watford (5 miles)
AMF Hollywood Bowl Watford
Alongside the 26 lanes of modern bowling (but no glow nonsense) you can find redemption and video arcade zones, Harry's Kitchen diner and exciting Pink Pin Friday sessions!
Hatfield House and Park (6 miles)
Hatfield House and Park
A traditional breeds farm. Stroll through the paddocks and feed the animals. There is also an adventure playground complete with its own model of Hatfield House. Then visit Stable Yard, do some shopping and visit the restaurant. Or take a walk around Hatfield Park and visit Hatfield House.
Warner Bros Studio Tour London (6 miles)
Warner Bros Studio Tour London
Explore the magic of the Harry Potter films, the most successful film series of all time! The tour takes you behind the scenes and showcases loads of beautiful sets, costumes and props, as well as special effects and animatronics.
Jungle Mania Play Centre (6 miles)
Welwyn Garden City
Jungle Mania Play Centre
A whopping 65 individual play features are involved in this epic 3 level play frame and they welcome kids up to 16 years old! Finally a play experience for literally the whole family!
Gosling Sports, Ski and Board Park (6 miles)
Welwyn Garden City
Gosling Sports, Ski and Board Park
Dry ski and nursery slopes with beginner sessions available and many courses to improve. Adventure soft play inside the sports centre, and many sporting opportunities.
Mill Green Mill and Museum (6 miles)
Mill Green Mill and Museum
We’re a working watermill and a local museum with lots to see and do. See how bread starts! Watch the mill grind wheat into flour. Exhibition galleries offer children’s activities, plus indoor and outdoor trails. Drop-in activities for children every school holiday plus special events through the...
Sportspace Hemel Hempstead (6 miles)
Sportspace Hemel Hempstead
is a sports centre with swimming pools, badminton courts, squash, and lots more. We have an extensive school holiday activities programme with sessions to suit all ages and abilities.
Shaws Corner (6 miles)
Charming, National Trust maintained home of the famous author, now also hosting family days, craft days and more. By no means a full day, but a delightful and instructive stop off between thrills.
TopGolf Watford (6 miles)
Featuring for families a striking 18 hole adventure golf course that features ponds, streams, rocks, plants, waterfall and daring water hazard! Formal golf available.
Rollercity (6 miles)
Welwyn Garden City
Large classic style rollerskating rink, offering loads of skate session types, including regular Family Jam sessions.
Playzone at the Furzefield Centre (7 miles)
Playzone at the Furzefield Centre
Monster themed play area with many great and classic features for the under 8s, attached to a leisure centre and visible from the pool. Has separate toddler section, suitably equipped.
Farmyard Funworld (7 miles)
Small Farmyard with a selection of farm animals, many friendly and able to be handled, small pets, plus feeding sessions.
Also Close Encounters sessions with reptiles and more. Plus several play areas and laser tag.
Whippendell Woods (7 miles)
Get back to basics with a nature ramble through some ancient woodland, it's free, it's healthy, and if you've got picnic weather that's a whole day, there! It's famous for its stunning bluebells between the last week of April and the first week of May.
Welwyn Roman Baths (7 miles)
Welwyn Roman Baths
Hidden in a steel vault under the A1M, discover the remains of a Roman villa complete with hot and cold baths and under-floor heating system. Activities including interactive displays, dressing up, and a range of quizes bring the site to life for children. Lots of roman objects on display, including our...
Parents Paradise (7 miles)
Play centre that offers multi level play frames, a separate baby play area, go karting race track, a shooting gallery (on the main playframe) and private kids' party rooms.
Laser Planet Watford (7 miles)
Laser Planet Watford
Tag your opponents in the murky arena with a bright bolt from your cool laser gun and romp home to victory over the bodies of your enemies! Well, beat their score, anyway. High tech hijinks for over 7s!
Aldenham Country Park (8 miles)
Aldenham Country Park
Amazing adventure playground for young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Plus rare breeds farm, woodland walks, sailing, fishing, meadows, reservoir, annual craft fairs and events, refreshments kiosk, picnic area.
The Venue (8 miles)
Underwater themed adventure soft play for under 8s including toddler zone, plus swimming elsewhere on site.
Cassiobury Park (8 miles)
There is lots to do with children in Cassiobury Park and most of it will cost you absolutely nothing! Swings, numerous climbing frames and slides, a granite stone maze and even a trampoline and zip wire are all on offer, and there is a younger style play ground for the smalls too!
Stockwood Discovery Centre (8 miles)
Stockwood Discovery Centre
With interactive display, variety of gardens, children play area, special events and activities, bee gallery and much more, it is a wonderful visitor attraction and museum.
Collection highlights include the Wenlok Jug, the Shillington gold coin hoard and the Mossman collection...
Dinosaur Safari Adventure Golf (8 miles)
Dinosaur Safari Adventure Golf
18 holes of adventure golf in lush surrounds with pleasing hazards, water features, tropical plants and oodles of dinosaurs, some of whom move!
Rose Hall Farm (9 miles)
Rose Hall Farm
BHS approved all weather facility offering lessons from 5 years, plus off road hacking. Jumping and cross country lessons by arrangement.
Northaw Great Wood (9 miles)
Northaw Great Wood
Enjoy the trails, the spectacular autumn colour and the chance of seeing a wide range of woodland wild life, including fungi and butterflies.
Berkhamsted Castle (10 miles)
A good spot for a picnic and opportunity to learn something of its history. The Visitor Room has panels telling of Castle’s history. Nearby canal shows working of locks and opportunity for brass rubbing of information panels. Excellent outside playground equipment at Canal Fields. Enjoyment for all ages.
Potstop (10 miles)
Our paint-your-own pottery studio is
suitable for all ages: come and get creative! Choose from our range of pottery blanks âÂ" from mugs, jugs and flowerpots to animal collectibles and moneyboxes âÂ" thereâÂÂs something for everyone!...
Chenies Manor (10 miles)
Child friendly, though we only recommend it for less boisterous children, with fascinating architecture, beautifully crafted gardens and yew and turf mazes to enjoy. It may intrigue older kids that there is supposedly a haunted staircase!
Knebworth House Gardens and Park (10 miles)
Knebworth House Gardens and Park
A great day out for all ages! Enjoy the lovely Gardens, and explore the Maze, Dinosaur Trail, a House full of treasures, Adventure Playground, Gift shop and country park. Bring a picnic or visit our tea room. Special events throughout the year.
The Pottery Project (10 miles)
The Pottery Project
is a child-friendly pottery painting cafe. We can help with birthday parties and baby prints or simply some creative fun. Choose from our selection of pottery; from plates to penguins or cups to cupcakes, there’s something for everyone! We also serve a range of food including delicious coffee and cake.
Thanks for all the great things to do in St Albans 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 Hertfordshire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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