Take a look below for loads of fantastic things to do with kids in York for you to browse easily & quickly. If you know of any other great attractions or family days out not listed below, please get in contact.
Things To Do & Days Out near York
Visit Lightwater Valley before the season ends and save a whopping 50%!
Yorks Chocolate Story (< 1 mile)
Yorks Chocolate Story Includes a tour, a tasting, museum, demonstrations and a virtual chocolate factory. With new Chocolate Making Station in the Factory Zone!
DIG (< 1 mile)
DIG is a hands-on archaeological adventure giving kids the chance to become trainee ‘diggers’ and discover the most exciting artefacts from 2000 years of York’s history!
Barley Hall (< 1 mile)
Barley Hall is a reconstructed medieval townhouse in the city of York. With our latest exhibition; Power and Glory in the time of Henry VIII, there is plenty for kids to enjoy.
Curious About York (< 1 mile)
Curious About York Explore, discover and enjoy the fabulous Roman city of York in a different way: two treasure hunt style walks of discovery to keep everyone intrigued and amused. Buy or instantly download our booklet and then get Curious About York…
York Chocolate and Sweet Treasure Trail (< 1 mile)
York Chocolate and Sweet Treasure Trail Explore the wonderful world of chocolate and sweets in York with this self guided detective themed Treasure Trail. As you follow the Trail route, hunt around York for the answers as to who committed the chocolatey crime!
Jorvik Viking Centre (< 1 mile)
Jorvik Viking Centre PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent flood damage, JORVIK Viking Centre is closed until further notice. Planning to re open in SPring 2017! Take hold of the past and explore the excavations which first unearthed the Viking-age city in our brand new exhibitions.
York Minster (< 1 mile)
York Minster One of the world's most magnificent cathedrals, with foundations rooted in the nation's earliest history. When you have entered the Minster you may be able to join a free guided tour with one of their volunteer Guides
York Dungeon (< 1 mile)
York Dungeon An intense 70-minute journey into more than 2000 years of York's horrible history, using theatrical actors, special effects, stages and scenes in a truly unique and exciting walkthrough experience! Not for young or nervous kids.
Yorkshire Museum (< 1 mile)
Yorkshire Museum With archaeology, geology, biology and astronomy collections on view you won't run out of things to look at!
York Boat (< 1 mile)
York Boat Options include sightseeing, lunch and dinner cruises, private hire, self drive motor boats, disco cruises and Christmas cruises.
York Castle Museum (< 1 mile)
York Castle Museum One of Britain's leading museums of everyday life. It shows how people used to live by displaying thousands of household objects recreating rooms, shops, whole streets!
Rainbows Ceramics Painting Studio (< 1 mile)
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 would like to paint a frog, a gnome or a plant pot for grandad, we will have something for you!
National Railway Museum (< 1 mile)
National Railway Museum For big trains, bigger rides and the biggest day out, come to York, to the world's largest railway museum. Explore our three giant halls for a complete family experience packed full of incredible trains and interactive fun. Discover the fascinating story of the train.
York MotorSports Village (2 miles)
York MotorSports Village is a race themed indoor Go karting centre and proud winners of The Visit York Tourism Awards: Visitor Attraction of the Year 2014 (under 50,000 visitors). We have a wide selection of racing packages to suit all ages 4+.
Energi Trampoline Park York (2 miles)
Energi Trampoline Park York is an indoor trampoline park in York featuring dodgeball, basketball, gymnastics, assault course, cafe and party rooms! As well as Family sessions, they run toddler sessions for under 5s, friendly sessions for children with additional needs, and parent-free teen discos.
Cycle the Solar System (2 miles)
Cycle the Solar System Great added interest on this cycle track from York to Selby where a scale model of the Solar System is spread out along 6.4 miles of the old East Coast main-line railway.
Wacky Warehouse - Flying Legends (2 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Flying Legends Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant.
Tenpin York (2 miles)
Tenpin York 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 (2 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!?
The Ice Factor (3 miles)
The Ice Factor Glide on the North of Englands largest outdoor ice rink or for those who prefer to watch, there is a raised viewing platform. Part of Yorkshire winter Wonderland that includes a fairground and wintery cafes, restaurants and shops.
The Web Adventure Park (3 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!
Creepy Crawlies Adventure Playsite (3 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.
Yorkshire Museum of Farming (3 miles)
Yorkshire Museum of Farming 16 acres of parkland dedicated to Yorkshire's farming past, includes livestock pens with lots of animals, adventure playground, toy tractors, and more! Museum displays include child friendly interactives. Costumed interpreters are on site daily in the summer holidays.
Pots and Whatnots (3 miles)
Pots and Whatnots - is a pottery painting studio and gift shop, giving you the opportunity to paint your own piece of pottery using the extensive range of paints and tools provided! Plus selling lovely Fair Trade items.
Derwent Valley Light Railway (3 miles)
Derwent Valley Light Railway is a heritage railway providing train rides in which the whole family can participate. The railway on Murton Park is coupled with Yorkshire Museum of Farming with its indoor museums, outdoor Viking Village, nature trail, animals and swingpark.
York Maze (4 miles)
York Maze is a seasonal family attraction, with mazes galore, sand and water play, slides, rides, shows, games, petting farm, pig racing, fantastic food and great gifts. It's a great day out for the whole family July through September!
Piglets Adventure Farm Park (5 miles)
Piglets Adventure Farm Park is an adventure farm with activities including Animal Petting Barn, Tractor Trailer Rides, Bouncing Pillows, Pink Barrel Train, Pedal Go-Karts, Olym-Pig Assault course, Crazy Farm Golf, Nature and Farmyard Trails, Piglet Maternity Ward, Play Areas, Coffee House and Café.
Yorkshire Air Museum (5 miles)
Yorkshire Air Museum Experience the tremendous atmosphere of the award-winning Yorkshire Air Museum and Allied Air Forces Memorial whilst admiring fascinating displays, such as the restored Control Tower, Air Gunners Room, and much more.
York Bird of Prey Centre (9 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.
Tockwith Motor Sports (9 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.
Jubilee Park (10 miles)
Jubilee Park Newly refurbished with excellent quality and imaginative adventure play equipment suitable for most ages and abilities like normal and nest swings, zip wire, play fort and wooden car! A stirling example of Community Power!
Crazy Tykes (10 miles)
Crazy Tykes is a 7,000 sq foot indoor soft play centre with a clean and bright area, lovely staff, ball shower and ball pool slides too and a football pitch. We host parties of all different kinds for 2 hours. Stop for lunch with friends.
Make N Take Ceramics (11 miles)
Make N Take Ceramics Make N Take Ceramics offers your chance to get creative with clay, making your own masterpieces or simply having a play with clay with dedicated kids sessions on Saturdays and in the school holidays.
Yorkshire Lavender (12 miles)
Yorkshire Lavender 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!
Fired Art Ceramic Studio (12 miles)
Fired Art Ceramic Studio Fired Art is a paint your own pottery studio based in the historic market town of Pocklington, situated only 20 minutes from the City Walls of York. Something for every age from pottery painting, clay building or throwing a pot on a potters wheel to art clubs and much more!
Burnby Hall Gardens (13 miles)
Burnby Hall Gardens Glorious grounds and gardens with Europe's largest collection of water lilies spread over the lakes. During the summer you can catch outdoor concerts and regular events such as falconry displays and the children's fun day every Wednesday in the holidays!
Selby Superbowl (13 miles)
Selby Superbowl Not just classic ten pin bowling but also Lazer Tag and Pro Am Karting, plus pool tables, darts board and a well stocked arcade! A true rainy day saver for active families!
Castle Howard (13 miles)
Castle Howard 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.
Lotherton Hall (14 miles)
Lotherton Hall Beautiful Edwardian Country House with bird garden and red deer park, which the small people really love. Great adventure playground plus picnic areas and nature trails.
Stockeld Park (14 miles)
Stockeld Park - is a family attraction set within beautiful woodland surroundings, open every school holiday providing outdoor adventure and indoor play with roller rink, interactive playgrounds, electric scooter trail, huge maze and more
Squires Ice Skating Rink (15 miles)
Squires Ice Skating Rink is an ice skating rink here at Squires in Yorkshire. Ice skating for all the family at our ice rink at the cafe in Leeds.
Knaresborough Pool (16 miles)
Knaresborough Pool Featuring a 4 lane 25 meter standard swimming pool plus family leisure pool with hot water bubble pool and flume water slide.
Knaresborough Castle (16 miles)
Knaresborough Castle 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!
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
Peagreen Pottery (17 miles)
Peagreen Pottery is a pottery painting studio where children of all ages (and their grown-ups) can come have fun and be creative in a relaxing environment, based in the historic market town of Malton.
Captain Barneys (17 miles)
Captain Barneys is an indoor soft play centre and family run coffee shop in the centre of Malton.
Megaplay Leeds (17 miles)
Megaplay Leeds An indoor play centre providing kids the chance to play, learn, explore and party in a safe, stimulating environment. Our large play structures, sports zone, interactive play equipment and motorised toys ensure children get a different play experience every visit.
Monkey Maze (17 miles)
Monkey Maze Play centre with a genuine 3 dimensional jungle maze, this soft play area will keep your children occupied for hours and with a dedicated area for under 2s, a cafe and party rooms too.
Winkies (17 miles)
Winkies Fantastic! Thoroughly unique concept in tiny town role play, with kids' computers, trampolines and more in addition to the play frame.
Nunnington Hall (18 miles)
Nunnington Hall 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...