Twiggys Play (< 1 mile)
is a playcentre themed on the Yorkshire Countryside. From the big slide to the dedicated under 3s' area, all of our play frame can be viewed from the comfort of our seating area complete with wifi and magazines!
Monk Park Farm Visitor Centre (2 miles)
Monk Park Farm Visitor Centre
With loads of friendly animals, a traditional Adventure Playground and separate Play Area for smaller kids, a Farm Pedal Car Arena, scenic way marked Nature Trail and tea rooms, this is a life saver if you're passing on a long journey!
Sion Hill Hall Birds of Prey (4 miles)
Sion Hill Hall Birds of Prey
Enjoy the thrills and excitement of falconry at the Birds of Prey and Conservation Centre, with over 70 birds and 30 species. Daily flying displays and handling opportunities for the Ultimate Hands on Experience.
Falconry UK (4 miles)
A Birds of Prey and conservation centre with over 70 birds and 30 species including hawks, owls, falcons, kites and vultures. Falconry experience days offered for adults and kids.
Action and Adventure (7 miles)
Action and Adventure
Offering Quad biking, Segways, Skywalk and 200m Zip wire, Aerial Extreme, Garden Games and Adventure Playground! Pay and Play Zone over Weekends and Holidays, plus Birthday Parties and Family Fun Days.
Aerial Extreme Bedale (7 miles)
Aerial Extreme Bedale
is a high ropes adventure course involving a series of challenging obstacles set at varying heights above the ground. You'll find yourself tackling fun obstacles such as rope bridges, scramble nets, zip wires, swinging logs and balance beams, plus many more!
Kidzplay (9 miles)
Exciting mainframe offers a large 4 lane wavy slide providing great entertainment for the children, ride ons, ball pools, sports courts, arts and crafts area, and digi TV plus WiFi for the parents.
Talon Falconry (10 miles)
Meet over 35 birds of prey, have a photo taken and see them fly. Other residents include ferrets, rheas, snakes and rabbits. A variety of experience packages also available.
Ripon Museum Trust (10 miles)
Ripon Museum Trust
- is a group of three museums where you can go back in time and see what life was like in a Victorian prison, workhouse and courthouse.
Lightwater Valley (10 miles)
Over 40 rides and attractions and 175 acres of action-packed adventures, from the mysterious subterranean world of Raptor Attack to the dizzying heights of Whirlwind, a typhoon of screams that'll twist even the bravest of souls and the swashbuckling world of Skeleton Cove! Plus Angry Birds activity park...
Newby Hall Adventure Garden (10 miles)
Newby Hall Adventure Garden
A paddling pool, sandpit and swings for toddlers through to climbing frames and bridges, an aerial slide and pedalo boats for the older children. And of course, Newby's famous Miniature Railway is for children of all ages including yours!
Big Sheep and Little Cow Farm (11 miles)
Big Sheep and Little Cow Farm
When you visit the farm, one of our friendly guides will show you around the farm so that you can bottle feed lambs and piglets, bath a pig, hold small animals, feed the cows and sheep and talk to the donkey (if Charlie the pony doesn't object).
Thorp Perrow Gardens, Falcons, Meerkats (11 miles)
Thorp Perrow Gardens, Falcons, Meerkats
Hands-on family wildlife experience with birds of prey, meerkats, wallabies, reindeer, llama, pygmy goats and 2 new white donkeys, set in 85 acres of beautiful woodland with one of the country's finest collection of trees and shrubs. Plus children's playground!
Helmsley Open Air Swimming Pool (11 miles)
Helmsley Open Air Swimming Pool
20m heated outdoor pool open daily between mid June and early September. Mix of Fun Sessions and Adults only sessions. Basic facilities, but clean and tidy. More charming than an indoor pool, plus there’s a play park next door!
Cleveland Way National Trail (11 miles)
Cleveland Way National Trail
A National Trail with heather moorland and dramatic coastline to discover with fabulous views, ancient stone crosses, castles and fising villages tucked into tiny coves. Trail runs between Helmsley and Filey.
York Bird of Prey Centre (12 miles)
York Bird of Prey Centre
A centre with over 70 birds of prey and owls with a chance to fly and handle some of them. Educational talks, plus two flying displays per day. Hawk Walks, Owl Experiences and Falconry Courses available.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal (13 miles)
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal
An amazing historical World Heritage Site near Ripon, Fountains Abbey provides picturesque wide open spaces, family guided tours, school holiday activities and nature galore- kids will love the wild deer and bats! A perfect combination of activities and learning!
Nunnington Hall (15 miles)
Explore miniatures in the attic, spring flowering meadows and temporary arts exhibits, plus visit the peacocks and try to spot an otter or two in the river! There are traditional games and a wishing tree, plus their environmentally minded grounds conservation programme makes some excellent environmental...
Ripley Castle (16 miles)
Built in 1345, full of armour, priests' hiding holes and lots of great things to look at including beautiful gardens, deer park and a large tropical plant collection. Special Children's Tours available too!
Yorkshire Lavender (16 miles)
We have loads to do for the kids including a lavender maze, hillside snakes and ladders, a deer park, sculpture park and plenty of space for the kids to run around!
Mother Shiptons Cave (16 miles)
Mother Shiptons Cave
The Cave and the famous Petrifying Well
form part of a mile long wooded riverside park. Beautiful riverside walk with 4 scenic picnic areas and two adventure playgrounds. There is a museum with live size figures and petrified object display.
Gift shop and cafe serving everything you need for a picnic
Knaresborough Castle (16 miles)
As well as visiting this Castle and Museum with several hands-on activities and trails, enjoy the Castle Grounds with a game of Putting or Bowls!
Knaresborough Pool (16 miles)
Featuring a 4 lane 25 meter standard swimming pool plus family leisure pool with hot water bubble pool and flume water slide.
Wackadayz (17 miles)
Brompton on Swale
A secure Indoor Play Centre. We have separate Junior and Toddler areas, an elevated Sports Arena, Bouncy Castle and WIFI. Offering the opportunity for the whole family to enjoy a fun day out or select to sit back and relax with some refreshments while the kids play.
Brimham Rocks (17 miles)
Let children explore this amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations with labyrinthine paths between. Have fun spotting the ones clearly resembling animals like the Dancing Bear! Plus visit the Bug Hotel. Ew.
Winkies (17 miles)
Fantastic! Thoroughly unique concept in tiny town role play, with kids' computers, trampolines and more in addition to the play frame.
Log Heights (17 miles)
is an exhilarating outdoor ropes challenge based in the grounds of the stunning Ripley Castle Estate. You could be jumping into the sky to catch a trapeze, climbing a giant ladder or walking a high beam. An exciting outdoor activity for 8s to 80s!
Stokesley Golf Range (18 miles)
Stokesley Golf Range
There is an entertaining 12-hole Crazy Golf Course, suitable for all of the family, a 16-bay floodlit Driving Range with club hire and a 9-hole Pay and Play course. Relax at the end in our fabulous Coffee Shop.
Butterfingers of Harrogate (18 miles)
Butterfingers of Harrogate
A clown and circus themed indoor play centre with some amazing bonus features on top of the soft play staples: including volcano tube, wind tunnel, iPad room and a frankly awesome selection of party packages!
Ryedale Folk Museum (18 miles)
Ryedale Folk Museum
Large open air museum for all the family. The museum contains reconstructed buildings including a 1950s post office, iron age roundhouse, Elizabethan manor house and model village, and focuses on life in Ryedale through the ages. The museum also has a Blacksmiths, and livestock such as pigs, sheep and...
The Hydro (18 miles)
Offers three swimming pools (diving, main and teaching), springboard and highboard diving, The cafe "Taste Hydro" and more
Bead Harrogate (18 miles)
is an art and craft boutique in central Harrogate and home to the “Bead Bar”, an environment designed for children to be creative and make beaded jewellery or other craft activities while mum and dad enjoy a cup of tea!
Tockwith Motor Sports (18 miles)
Tockwith Motor Sports
With lessons from age 7 and driving for over 14s, this 1260m circuit offers junior instructed lessons after which they are welcome for the open drive sessions. A fantastic experience for kids, and maybe the start of a lifelong interest.
The Royal Pump Room Museum (18 miles)
The Royal Pump Room Museum
Borrow a family backpack, try the mystery object game or complete the spa trail to discover what it would be like to be a visitor to the spa 100 years ago at this small family friendly museum with hands on Egyptian and scientific activities!
Nidderdale Llamas (18 miles)
A Llama Trekking Centre based in the beautiful Dales. Enjoy a Llama Farm Experience or go Llama Trekking! You don't ride llamas, but they are fantastic walking companion and entertain you with their hilarious personalities! They are very friendly and love to meet people! Birthday parties a speciality!...
Pots 2 Go Ceramic Cafe (18 miles)
Pots 2 Go Ceramic Cafe
A fun and creative ceramics cafe in Harrogate. Paint your own pottery, enjoy a cuppa and browse our lovely range of gifts and cards. Suitable for all ages. Book to avoid disappointment.
The Valley Gardens (18 miles)
The Valley Gardens
Popular park near Harrogate town centre with beautiful gardens, a huge play area for kids of all ages, tennis courts, pitch and putt and crazy golf plus an outdoor pool in the summer.
Curious About Harrogate (19 miles)
Curious About Harrogate
Explore Harrogate in a different way: two quirky, self guided walks with a treasure hunt theme to keep all the family intrigued and amused. Buy or download then enjoy in your own time.
Creepy Crawlies Adventure Playsite (19 miles)
Creepy Crawlies Adventure Playsite
Great indoor incorporating baby and toddler areas, Sports Arena, disco area, and a huge play frame for over fives with Spooky Caves, Mirror Maze, role play areas and construction.
The Web Adventure Park (19 miles)
The Web Adventure Park
Indoor and outdoor adventure fun: huge sand and water play area, netted climbing forest, ride-ons, den building and construction zone, jungle bridge, wacky swings and role play area! Plus Animal Zone and two amazing Ropes courses - Wired and Summit!
Harrogate Climbing Centre (19 miles)
Harrogate Climbing Centre
a dedicated Indoor Rock Climbing and Bouldering facility in Harrogate. Offering a variety of fun activities for those 5 years + including kid’s club sessions, children’s birthday parties and family tasters. There's a small play area in the cafe too, suitable for toddlers up.
Castle Howard (19 miles)
Have fun exploring 1,000 acres of parkland and gardens; jump on the land train to the Great Lake for boat trips and our adventure playground; discover more about the amazing history of the house and gardens with school holiday adventure trails and illustrated quiz sheets.
Wacky Warehouse - Flying Legends (19 miles)
Tenpin York (19 miles)
is a bowling centre located in the Clifton Moor Centre. We have 28 modern fully computerised lanes, American Pool tables, Amusement Arcades all catered towards families and kids. There is also the Beach Road Cafe Bar for some delicious meal and snack options.
Sector 7 Laser (19 miles)
Sector 7 Laser
Are you a good shot? Yeah? Good. How about when you're in the swirling, smoking, UV lit weirdness of an alien planet with the aforementioned aliens firing laser beams at you? Hmm? How about now!?
Kidzplay (19 miles)
Multi Level activity play centre with ball pool, dual wavy slides, 180 spiral tube slides and more for the children. Restaurant area with digital TV and Wi Fi for the adults.
Buttercups Ceramic Studio (20 miles)
Buttercups Ceramic Studio
With a great range of beautifully blank items and a gorgeous selection of colourful paints, it's a hard heart that doesn't demand to put one to the other! Come and make a gift or keepsake and let the creative juices flow!
Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum (20 miles)
Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum
Newly refurbished museum telling the story of Cook's early life and education in the Charity School, the village he grew up in and his adventures on the high seas. Now with interactive elements, touch screens and audio trail!
Piglets Adventure Farm Park (20 miles)
Piglets Adventure Farm Park
Seasonal Children's Farm with Petting Barn, Tractor Trailer Rides, Bouncing Pillows, Trails, Maize Maze, Pedal Go Karts, Play Area, Olympigs Obstacle Course, animal cuddling and a Cafe!
Richmond Castle (20 miles)
Norman fortress with interactive exhibition, ruins and gardens to explore, family events programme and activity pack available to download before you set off.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Thirsk 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 North Yorkshire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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