Twiggys Play (< 1 mile)
4000 square foot indoor play centre with large mainframe play structure for your bigger kids and a dedicated under 3s area too.
Monk Park Farm Visitor Centre (2 miles)
Monk Park Farm Visitor Centre
Our Farm Park Visitor Centre is located near Thirsk in North Yorkshire and is in the heart of Herriot Country and on the edge of the North York Moors National Park.
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.
Action and Adventure (7 miles)
Action and Adventure
Pay and Play Zone over Weekends and Holidays. Birthday Parties, Family Fun Days... offering Quad biking
, Skywalk & 200m Zip wire, Aerial Extreme, Garden Games and an Adventure Playground with Shelter Building.
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.
Lightwater Valley (9 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 new Angry Birds activity park!
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.
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 and adults alike - of all ages!
Thorp Perrow Gardens, Falcons, Meerkats (11 miles)
Thorp Perrow Gardens, Falcons, Meerkats
The ultimate family day out with birds of prey, meerkats, wallabies, reindeer, Marlon the Llama, pygmy goats amongst other wildlife providing the enjoyment of hands on experience for all the family in the finest collection of trees and shrubs in the country set in 85 acres of beautiful woodland and lakes with new equipment in the children's playground for 2013.
Big Sheep & Little Cow Farm (11 miles)
Big Sheep & 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 does'nt object).
Helmsley Open Air Swimming Pool (11 miles)
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal (12 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!
Yorkshire Lavender (15 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!
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.
Log Heights (16 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 exhilarating outdoor activity for both children and adults.
Knaresborough Castle (16 miles)
As well as visiting this Castle and Museum with plenty of hands-on activities and trails, enjoy the Castle Grounds with a game of Putting or Bowls!
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 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)
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.
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Brimham Rocks (17 miles)
Let children explore this natural playground, an amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations to clamber over with labyrinthine paths between. Have fun spotting the ones clearly resembling animals like the Dancing Bear!
Winkies (17 miles)
Fantastic! Thoroughly unique concept in tiny town role play, with kids' computers, trampolines and more in addition to the play frame.
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.
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 chickens.
The Hydro (18 miles)
- offers three swimming pools (diving, main and teaching), springboard and highboard diving, Harry's Place creche, The Energy Bar cafe and more.
Harrogate Mystery Treasure Trail (18 miles)
Harrogate Mystery Treasure Trail
- is a fun self-guided mystery walk around Harrogate. Become a detective for the day as you hunt for clues around the town to solve the mystery! As you follow the Trail, the kids won’t even realise they’re learning facts and getting exercise too!
Tockwith Motor Sports (18 miles)
Tockwith Motor Sports
Strictly 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.
Pots 2 Go Ceramic Cafe (18 miles)
Pots 2 Go Ceramic Cafe
Paint pottery for a great interactive family activity or hold either a pottery painting or jewellery making party. We also do Magic Custard clay prints and solid casts in a range of materials from plaster to silver (Please book in advance).
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.
Nidderdale Llamas (19 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! Pre-Booking essential.
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.
Wacky Warehouse - Riverside Farm (19 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Riverside Farm
Whether you are looking to meet up with friends, get messy with your kids during our arts and craft sessions, book a birthday party or simply relax with a magazine or coffee, whilst your child plays, Wacky Warehouse: the indoor play centre is the perfect venue for you!
The Web Adventure Park (19 miles)
The Web Adventure Park
Indoor and outdoor adventure fun park offering huge sand and water play area, netted climbing forest, ride-onâs, den building and construction zone, landscaped gardens, jungle bridge, wacky swings and role play area. Plus Animal Zone!
The park also has two amazing Ropes courses - Wired and Summit which will bring out the adventurous spirit in all participants!
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.
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 (19 miles)
Buttercups Ceramic Studio
you can paint a piece of functional pottery such as a mug, plate, bowl, platter and much more or how about a fun item like a money box, figurine or fun home accessory.
RHS Garden Harlow Carr (20 miles)
RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Only a short distance from Harrogate town centre, this beautiful garden makes a great family day out. There are seasonal events and activities for children, picnic areas, natural play areas, including the Craggle Top Treehouse, Logness Monster and Log Maze, and paths suitable for pushchairs.
Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum (20 miles)
Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum
Museum telling the story of Cooks early life and education in the Charity School, the village he grew up in and his adventures on the high seas.
Piglets Adventure Farm Park (20 miles)
Piglets Adventure Farm Park
Childrens Farm with a Petting Barn, Tractor Trailer Rides, Giant Bouncing Pillows, Maize Maze, Pedal Go-carts, Farmyard Play Area, Olympigs Obstacle Course 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.
Stockeld Park (20 miles)
Yorkshires brand new and original family day out - The Summer Adventure - is now open! Explore, climb and discover new adventure playground areas in our Enchanted Forest including Tangle Tree Climb, Woodsands Cove, Tepee Encampment, alongside go karts, electric scooters, retro roller rink, Inflatable Zone and lots more outdoor fun and indoor play and crafts.
Fuzzy Eds at Coulby Farm (20 miles)
Fuzzy Eds at Coulby Farm
Children can enjoy the large Fun House with ball pools, slides, climbing frames, all in brightly coloured surroundings. Children's birthday parties are bookable, taking place in the Fun House, with a height restriction of 4ft 9ins, we also hold regular Toddler sessions during term time.
Wacky Warehouse - Squinting Cat (20 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Squinting Cat
Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant. Plus outdoor play area.
Crazy Corner (21 miles)
From Ball Cannons to Shoot Slides, Gaint Bouncing Balls to Tarzan Gliders, Crazy Corner has something for all.
Water World (21 miles)
Where the kids can slide down one of the three exciting flume rides, dare them to face 'The Edge', swim against the waves, ride the 'Torpedo Tube' or endure the 'Rapids Descent! Interactive area for smaller children available too.
Rainbows Ceramics Painting Studio (21 miles)
Rainbows Ceramics Painting Studio
- is a well established paint your own pottery studio situated in the heart of York ( 2 mins walk from the minster!). Children of all ages can pop in to paint for a fun and creative experience. Whether you’d like to paint a frog, a gnome or a plant pot for grandad, we will have something for you!
The Forbidden Corner (21 miles)
The Forbidden Corner
Find the hidden temple Indiana Jones would feel at home in the Forbidden Corner, an extraordinary folly in North Yorkshire. Statues blink at you, paths lead nowhere, skeletons lurk in underground chambers and a temple hides behind artful landscaping. Your job is to work your way through the maze. Unique, and just scary enough to give everyone a thrill.
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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