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.
Partyman World Lakeside (3 miles)
Partyman World Lakeside
is an indoor play centre which provides lots of fun and play for everyone on the huge themed play structures, football area, fantastic slides and much more! There is also a specially designed toddler area for little guests who are under 3 years!
F1K Karting East London (3 miles)
F1K Karting East London
8+ only. Karting race events, training and parties. Race up to 40mph in their 200cc biz karts. Their track is 400m long with 100m main straight.
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.
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 one of 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.
Timbuk2 (7 miles)
Indoor play centre for children with a baby area, an under 3s area, an over 3s area and a football and basketball area.
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.
Rockys Fun House (7 miles)
Rockys Fun House
New and improved with new owners, with all the old features intact but refurbished and new ones added in.
Monkey Madness Play Centre (8 miles)
Monkey Madness Play Centre
is a children's indoor soft play centre for babies to big kids packed full of fun features to entertain and exhaust!
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.
Wat Tyler Country Park (8 miles)
Wat Tyler Country Park
Nature walks and wildlife, multi media and interactive educational exhibits in the 2 centres, sculpture trail and great summer activities.
AMF Hollywood Bowl Basildon (8 miles)
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?
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
Get ready for all weather free range family fun. Say hello to cuddly farmyard friends, join in animal activities, meet birds of prey, run wild in the indoor play or jump aboard the tractor and trailer ride or miniature railway.
Belvedere Splash Park (9 miles)
Belvedere Splash Park
Apparently 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.
Go Bananas (9 miles)
Offers indoor and outdoor play frames and equipment, plus dedicated toddler zone. Other outdoor activities include Banana Balls (zorbing), pedal kart track and golf buggies!
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.
Partyman World Basildon (9 miles)
Partyman World Basildon
is an indoor play centre which provides lots of fun and play for everyone on the huge themed play structures, football area, fantastic slides and the UK’s only indoor climbable volcano! There is also a specially designed toddler area for little guests who are under 3 years!
Diggerland (9 miles)
An adventure park for kids and adults to drive their own dumper trucks, diggers and more!
Danson Splash Park (9 miles)
Danson Splash Park
Wet and dry play areas with interactive water features and adventure playground combinations. Perimeter fencing and good facilities.
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.
AMF Hollywood Bowl Rochester (9 miles)
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.
Colmar Farm Riding School (9 miles)
Colmar Farm Riding School
BHS approved all weather facility offering lessons, plus scenic hacks in South Weald Park. Educational facility also offering horse care and qualifications.
Monkey Bizz (10 miles)
Lose yourself in the jungle of rope swings, slides and mazes. Hide in the spooky caves, 'swim' through the jungle 'lake' and escape over the rope bridge. Good idea if you're after fun family days out in kent with kids. Separate, large Tots' Town play area for babies to under 5s.
Hopefield Animal Sanctuary (10 miles)
Hopefield Animal Sanctuary
is a child friendly sanctuary provides a safe haven to animals that need it. They include horses, donkeys, goats, pigs, chinchillas and Max the bull, who loves nothing more than being tickled between his horns!
Treasure Island Soft Play (10 miles)
Treasure Island Soft Play
Under 12s can enjoy high octane fun with soft play, slides, bridges, ramps, ball pool and much more as they work their way through the treasure island funscape.
White Oak Leisure Centre (10 miles)
White Oak Leisure Centre
Diving facilities, 3 genuinely exciting flumes, and the standard main and teaching pools. But so much more: Treasure Island soft play area, creche, martial arts facility and healthy snack cafe.
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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