Wakefield Museum (< 1 mile)
Explore the history and achievements of the region plus stand on the back of a fierce (if now stuffed) caiman crocodile in the gallery dedicated to local explorer Charles Waterton.
The Hepworth Wakefield (< 1 mile)
The Hepworth Wakefield
Over 1,600 square metres of light-filled gallery spaces, The Hepworth Wakefield makes a gallery trip fun for children and grown-ups alike, with a family trail to help you explore the galleries, a riverside play park, picnic area and fun activities.
Cheeky Monkeys (< 1 mile)
offer small and large adventure play frames with features plus dedicated toddler zone and Little Tykes Car Track.
Thornes Clarence Park (< 1 mile)
Thornes Clarence Park
Play park in gardens of the former Thornes House with a lake full of hungry ducks, separate play areas for toddlers and for bigger kids, pitch and putt, putting, tennis, bowls and lots of open space.
Wakefield Superbowl (1 miles)
Great fun for all the family with different weight balls for all ages, ramps to help the younger children and guard rails to save those annoying gutter balls spoiling it for the little ones.
Sandal Castle (2 miles)
Explore the ruins of a 13th century motte and bailey castle that has been extensively excavaated, with finds on display at the Visitor Centre. Tours available at 2pm each day, but booking is recommended during busy periods.
Pugneys Country Park (2 miles)
Pugneys Country Park
250 acre site with 2 lakes, one a Nature Reserve with bird hides, the larger used for a variety of watersports, plus a play area, nature trails, and a café in the modern watersports centre.
Wacky Warehouse - Stanley Ferry Marina (2 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - The Walnut Tree (2 miles)
Fuzzy Eds at Sun Lofthouse (3 miles)
Fuzzy Eds at Sun Lofthouse
offers it's trademark standard of adventure play with indoor facilities for children up to 4ft 9ins tall, with sliding, climbing, tunnels, bridges and balls. Plus outdoor play for older kids.
The Play Station (3 miles)
The Play Station
This is an exciting new indoor play centre for 0 to 12 years which has a large climbing frame and slides, it has a football court and basketball court for the older ones and loads of themed sessions like baking!
Battlefield Leeds (3 miles)
Authentic team based combat experience using infrared technology so totally safe and pain free. Exciting, all action outdoor activities for ages 7 and older. A number of scenarios available to play.
Dinosaur Discovery (4 miles)
is an interactive educational and fun indoor dinosaur exhibition and attraction. Including animated displays which can be controlled by the children themselves. Plus a separate ‘Last day of the dinosaurs’ exhibition, which includes jump scares through a dark maze.
Anglers Country Park (4 miles)
Anglers Country Park
A large country park and nature reserve, great for walking and picnics, with a play area to help burn off any excess energy! A number of trails to follow. Free to visit and free parking.
Swithens Farm and Play Barn (4 miles)
Swithens Farm and Play Barn
Farm site where you can meet and feed the animals, play in the indoor play barn with its 2-level play structure and separate toddler area and enjoy the cafe and farm shop too.
Go Hyper (5 miles)
Has 2 separate play zones designed to provide fun and activity in a safe environment for pre-walkers and children up to the age of 12 years old. Go Hyper is the perfect place to let kids exercise and learn through play.
Dewsbury Sports Centre (5 miles)
Dewsbury Sports Centre
Sports centre with Main pool and Small pool, plus a 45m flume. Wide variety of different swim sessions available at different times. Loads of other activities available for kids including Judo, Gymnastics, Archery, Trampolines, and more!
Yorkshire Sculpture Park (5 miles)
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
60 outdoor art installations waiting to be discovered and discussed, plus indoor art galleries and historic estate, offering great family events and a really welcoming attitude to kids throughout.
Diggerland Yorkshire (6 miles)
offers loads of differing vehicle related rides and interactive joys, like driving a full size digger! Awesome fun for transport fans around 6 to 9.
Rascals Childrens Soft Play Centre (6 miles)
Rascals Childrens Soft Play Centre
We are an indoor soft play centre with free on site parking located next to Alexandria Mills, Batley. The perfect place for your little ones to play in a safe environment. Ideal for kids parties and group bookings
National Coal Mining Museum (6 miles)
National Coal Mining Museum
Go on an adventure 140m underground, go wild on the Nature Trail, explore the Galleries and meet our ponies â family fun for FREE!
Dewsbury Museum and Crow Nest Park (6 miles)
Dewsbury Museum and Crow Nest Park
Learn the local history of the area within a museum housed in a restored mansion full of interesting items. Set within a park that includes an ornamental lake, walled wildlife garden, and an adventure playground. Free to visit.
Munchkins (6 miles)
Play centre for 0-11s with a three level play structure for older children and a dedicated structure for under 3s.
Thwaite Mills Watermill Museum (7 miles)
Thwaite Mills Watermill Museum
Located on an island surrounded by river and canal this museum offers you beautiful surroundings plus a working watermill museum and Georgian House to explore. See the waterwheels in action on a tour led by a knowledgeable guide.
Middleton Railway (7 miles)
The oldest working railway in the world! In the modern Engine House learn how Leeds made more locomotives than any other city or town in England. Complete your visit with a ride on the train, tickets normally valid all day.
Bagshaw Museum and Wilton Park (7 miles)
Bagshaw Museum and Wilton Park
Free to visit this fascinating museum is housed in a Gothic mansion within 36 acres of park and woodland with lots of play equipment outside and lots to see inside too. Win!
SNO!zone (7 miles)
- home to the UK's longest REAL snow slope, so you can get a kick out of real snow all year round. There is a main slope for experienced slope users and a dedicated lesson slope for beginners or you can try tobogganing with family and friends.
Cosmic Golf at Xplore (7 miles)
Cosmic Golf at Xplore
2 richly themed courses alive with ultra violet lights, strange sounds and special effects! Loads of fun for all ages but a little bravery required. Loads more on site too!
Xscape Yorkshire (7 miles)
Offering a real wave simulating surf venue, 14 screen Cineworld Cinema, multi level kids' soft play and party centre, indoor climbing wall, aerial assault course, cosmic golf, laser games, tenpin bowling and huge indoor real snow slope! Amazing!
LaserZone (7 miles)
Hidden inside Xscape is the vast intergalactic labyrinth of LaserZone: a living computer game played with infra red equipment in an atmospheric arena. Dare you play? Dare you miss out?!
Xplore (7 miles)
A multi level indoor play facility within Xscape that offers fun and excitement for under 12s in the form of everything springy, bouncy, squashy and slippery! Physical play to entertain and exhaust.
Bowlplex Castleford (7 miles)
Pirate Island Adventure Golf (7 miles)
Pirate Island Adventure Golf
is swashbuckling fun everyone, from young scallywags to old seadogs! The biggest and best adventure golf in Yorkshire, Pirate Island has two courses to tackle, each festooned with obstacles including a giant octopus, crocodiles, grog barrels and the Buccaneers’ Jail.
Hemsworth Water Park and Playworld (7 miles)
Hemsworth Water Park and Playworld
Bringing the seaside to Yorkshire! Here you will find lakes with pedalos and sandy beaches, plus an outdoor adventure playground suitable for children of all ages. Park free to visit, small fee for kids to visit Playworld.
Ponderosa (7 miles)
Disabled and disadvantaged children of all ages can engage in a variety of interesting and stimulating activities. Huge selection of activities available involving rare breeds, reptile rooms, zip wire slides, beaches and sandpits, plus indoor and outdoor play areas.
Charlottes (7 miles)
Farm and ice-cream parlour with giant inflatable slide, tractor rides, crazy golf, adventure playground, animals, and small indoor under 3s soft play area.
The Works Skatepark (7 miles)
The Works Skatepark
Charity run skatepark with really excellent facilities and ethos offering comprehensive equipment and skill training facilities.
Kirklees Light Railway (7 miles)
Kirklees Light Railway
Come along and take a 50 minute steam hauled return trip along 4 miles of 15" narrow gauge railway. The large visitor centre offers facilities for the whole family, including a new adventure playground, indoor play area and a miniature railway.
Temple Newsam (7 miles)
A magnificent Tudor Jacobean mansion set in 1500 acres of scenic parkland, mysterious woodland and one of Europe's largest working Rare Breeds Farms.
Pole Position Indoor Karting (7 miles)
Pole Position Indoor Karting
The 580m long high spec tarmac circuit is the longest indoor circuit in Yorkshire and incorporates tunnels, bridges, elevated pit areas and an underpass. Earliest age for induction training is eight.
Barnsley Bowl (8 miles)
Classic family friendly tenpin bowling with gutter guards and ramps for the kids to give them a chance! Great family activity, especially when it's wet!
Krazy Kids Adventure World (8 miles)
Krazy Kids Adventure World
Indoor Soft Play Centre. We have a Crawler area, under 4 area and a large play area for over 4 year olds. Open 7 days a week. Hot and Cold Food served. Parties 7 days a week. Great coffee for the mums and Sky Sports for the dads
Fired Art Designs (8 miles)
Fired Art Designs
"Paint your own pottery” studio with over 100 shapes to choose from! Go on the Potters wheel. Make a model from clay. Paint a Tshirt. We have a Craft Club, and offer a variety of party options.
Raceway Karting (8 miles)
Adrenalin packed fun on our indoor circuit for all would be racing drivers aged 7years upwards.
Full instruction given, all racewear hire included in price. Exclusive use of circuit for family groups and birthday parties.
Royal Armouries Leeds (8 miles)
Royal Armouries Leeds
Learn about arms and armour from around the world and during the summer you can watch displays of jousting, falconry and horsemanship. Over 8,500 objects on display in 5 galleries.
The Leeds Wall (8 miles)
The Leeds Wall
Climbing Centre with a wide range of climbing routes, and an extensive bouldering area. Lizards Club for under 18s and Birthday Parties available too. Suitable for ages 6 and older.
Oakwell Hall Country Park (8 miles)
Oakwell Hall Country Park
Beautiful Elizabethan manor set in 100 acres of country park with 6 different gardens to explore, a Nature Trail to follow, and a large adventure playground. Excellent visitor facilities, a cafe, and a well stocked shop.
Cannon Hall Farm (8 miles)
Cannon Hall Farm
Family run farm attraction featuring hundreds of animals with lots of babies always on show. Spectacular new adventure playground opening Easter 2011. Farm Shop selling home produced beef, pork and lamb. Toy and gift shop. Don't miss our famous home made pies in the delicatessen and restaurant.
Cannon Hall Museum (8 miles)
Cannon Hall Museum
Country house museum set in 70 acres of historic parkland. Kids will love the childrens room with costumes, puzzles and hands-on learning plus the war zone with sights and sounds of war through the ages helping history come to life.
Curious About Leeds (8 miles)
Curious About Leeds
is a fun way to explore Leeds. Two individual treasure hunt style walks to keep the whole family entertained all year round. Answer clues, match pictures, and read stories about events this diverse, multicultural city. Buy or download the booklet then explore in your own time.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Wakefield 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 West Yorkshire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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