Thurrock Museum (1 miles)
Here you can explore the history of Thurrock through 40 permanent display cases and 20 temporary display cases, containing over 1,500 objects, interpreting 250,000 years of Thurrock's past.
Grays Beach Riverside Park (1 miles)
Grays Beach Riverside Park
Great play equipment like their giant sand pit, adventure trail, aerial slide and the famous Grays Beach play galleon are open all year round and during the summer months there's a whole treasure trove of activities, competitions and special events.
Grangewater Outdoor Education Centre (2 miles)
Grangewater Outdoor Education Centre
From granny to youngster, at Grangewaters they offer tailor-made sessions just for your family. Wet or dry or a combination of both just let them know what kind of activities you would like to try and they will put them together for you. It certainly beats shopping!
Lakeside Karting (3 miles)
Passengers can be taken as young as two, and kids can drive from as young as eight. Karting is a thrilling activity for kids, especially here where you can take tiny passengers.
Kids R Us (3 miles)
Kids R Us
Offering 4 separate age zoned areas with bright, clean and suitable equipment including slides, balls, climbing walls and all the other classic to entertain and exhaust them.
AMF Gravesend (3 miles)
Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
Coalhouse Fort (4 miles)
A visit to the fort provides an insight into the history of how it was used and how it has evolved over the years in the defense of the approaches to London.
Tilbury Fort (4 miles)
Spend a great family day out here as you explore the magazine houses used to store vast quantities of gunpowder or enter the bastion magazine passages and feel what it was like for the soldiers who lived here.
Belhus Park Leisure Centre (4 miles)
Belhus Park Leisure Centre
There is a 25m swimming pool with water slide, as well as a teaching pool to cater for the extensive Aquatics swimming lesson programme. Also a sports hall, aerobics, mini gymnastics, sunbed, childminding facility and 11 bay floodlit golf driving range.
Madplay (4 miles)
They have a separate Toddler’s area designed for children aged 1 to 3 and a main frame structure for the 4 to 11 year olds packed full of classic exciting features to entertain and exercise the most rambunctious of kids!
Pirate Cove Adventure Park (5 miles)
Pirate Cove Adventure Park
With two 18-hole mini golf courses, an aerial assault course, pirate pedalos and remote controlled galleons, Pirate Cove is probably the best adventure golf centre in Europe!
Stubbers Adventure Centre (5 miles)
Stubbers Adventure Centre
Family adventure starts here, from individual activities to whole days and courses, with a fantastic range including motor sports, jet ski, laser tag and bushcraft. New for 2012: family laser tag!
Barnards Miniature Railway (5 miles)
Barnards Miniature Railway
- is a miniature railway that runs steam trains and diesel trains through the Essex countryside and woodlands. It has a picnic area and places for the kids to run round.
Thames Chase Visitor Centre (5 miles)
Thames Chase Visitor Centre
Set in a vast and unique community space, the visitor centre at it's heart offers three children's play areas, family rambles, plus a great range of events, workshops and other entertainments.
Small Monsters (5 miles)
is an indoor adventure play area for the under five's and their parents.
Beacon Wood Country Park (5 miles)
Beacon Wood Country Park
Ideal territory for hunting mini beasts, including green woodpeckers, sparrow hawks, foxs, squirrels, butterflies and colourful dragonflies.
Cascades (6 miles)
offers a great swimming pool and learner pool plus weekend access to their flume slide and wave machine!
Stay and Play (6 miles)
Stay and Play
is a ball pool and adventure play centre with sliding, climbing, sports court and adventure maze, plus dedicated toddler area.
Lollipops in The Orchards (6 miles)
Lollipops in The Orchards
They offer a multi level play frame with loads of classic fun features to entertain and exhaust from slides and balls to climbs and tunnels, plus dedicated toddler area. Daycare option.
Fairfield Pool and Leisure Complex (7 miles)
Basildon Bowl and Quasar (7 miles)
Basildon Bowl and Quasar
20 modern tenpin bowling lanes, fully sanctioned by the BTBA and a Quasar Elite Arena, all with a great family atmosphere.
Junglee Fun Hornchurch (7 miles)
Junglee Fun Hornchurch
Designed for the under 7s and run by a former Ofsted inspector, this colourful fully equipped purpose built soft play area is a great place for children to interact and burn off their excess energy.
Tumbletown Children's Indoor Play Centre (8 miles)
Brentwood Karting (8 miles)
This is an outdoor circuit, 825m in length, with plenty of options for the younger karter from Bambino School to Junior Raceway.
Brentwood Park Ski and Snowboard Centre (8 miles)
Brentwood Park Ski and Snowboard Centre
Overlooking 54 acres of beautiful scenic woodland, the Centre offers an exciting variety of dry skiing and snowboarding to suit all ability levels from age 4. They also incorporate other exciting facilities such as a go-Karting track, golf driving range.
Thorndon Country Park (8 miles)
Thorndon Country Park
This beautiful all access country park contains a diverse range of habitats and is managed both for people and for its precious wildlife. Get out your bug and bird books, binoculars and sketchbook and have a great old fashioned family nature walk!
Hornchurch Sports Centre (8 miles)
Hornchurch Sports Centre
1, 3 and 5 metre diving boards. The site also offers fun swims, swimming lessons, diving and other exciting activities in its two pools, as well as other sporting opportunities.
AMF Hollywood Bowl Basildon (8 miles)
Gloucester Park (8 miles)
Plenty of green space for an active family day, with facilities for tennis, netball, football and cricket, plus the sports village attached if the weather misbehaves.
Trial a Bite Rock and Fossil Tours (8 miles)
Trial a Bite Rock and Fossil Tours
Guided rock and fossil hunting trips at venues Kent and Sussex. Like exploring the outdoors? Want to try something different at the seaside? Fascinated by dinosaurs and pre-historic plant and animal life? Always wanted to have a go at fossil hunting? Then let us help you to discover the 144 million years of natural history, hidden in the rocks of southeast Britain.
King Georges Playing Fields (9 miles)
King Georges Playing Fields
Features a unique garden for the blind with many flowering and non-flowering plants which appeal to senses other than sight. They also offer crazy golf, a skatepark, children's adventure play area and paddling pools.
Barleylands Farm Park (9 miles)
Barleylands Farm Park
A farm park, craft village and bird of prey centre. We have two indoor play areas and two outdoor adventure playgrounds, one with a giant bouncy pillow and zip wire.
Belvedere Splash Park (9 miles)
Belvedere Splash Park
Belvedere Splash Park is the largest free access public wet play park in the United Kingdom. Children can paddle in a lagoon surrounding a desert island and play on a huge safety surfaced "beach" equipped with water sprinklers, showers, bubble jets and sprays.
The Cater Museum (9 miles)
The Cater Museum
A series of accurately set up Victorian rooms which is great to help kids studying the period visualise it better. They also host displays on local history and have a World War II exhibition room and Victorian garden.
Tenpin Bexleyheath (9 miles)
is a bowling centre located in the Royale Leisure Park near Park Royal. We have 28 modern fully computerised lanes, 6 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!
The Jolly Jungle (9 miles)
The Jolly Jungle
Has claims on the highest slide in the area! Adventure soft play for up to 148cm tall, with slides and climbs to tunnels and balls, soft obstacles, scramble nets and plenty more besides.
Swanley Park (9 miles)
A traditional town park with play areas, paddling pool, sandpit, boating lake, railway, cafeteria, bouncy castle and battery bikes all set in 60 acres of parkland.
Namco Funscape Romford (9 miles)
Namco Funscape Romford
Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
Kidspace Romford (9 miles)
is a magical, award-winning indoor adventure park. There's something for everyone, including adults! Kidspace is different. And proud of it. We have taken the very best elements of activities from the top leisure park operators in Europe and developed a new breed of centre.
Swanley New Barn Railway (9 miles)
Swanley New Barn Railway
is a miniature railway in Swanley Park giving rides over a ½ mile of track. The park itself contains: Paddling pool; Water jets; Family Boating Lake; Kiddies' electric bikes; Sand pit play area; Large playground and Cafe. These attractions have independent opening times.
Thanks for all the great things to do in West Thurrock 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 Essex can enjoy the great day out as well.
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