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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)
Owned by the same archaeologists who discovered the Viking Age City and created JORVIK Viking Centre. DIG offers you a unique archaeological adventure to get you on your way to becoming a real archaeologist. This is a one of a kind!
Barley Hall (< 1 mile)
See the sights, handle the objects and experience what it would have been like to live in Medieval England, in a stunning house that has been beautifully restored. Interactive and hands on displays, plus a “Horrid History” exhibition.
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
Take hold of the past and explore the excavations which first unearthed the Viking-age city in our brand new exhibitions. As you travel around the Viking-Age city of Jorvik aboard our state of the art time capsules you will encounter the Old-Norse-speaking citizens, see inside their houses and back yards,...
York Minster (< 1 mile)
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)
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)
With archaeology, geology, biology and astronomy collections on view you won't run out of things to look at!
York Boat (< 1 mile)
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 youâd 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
National Railway Museum - for big trains, bigger rides and the biggest day out, come to York, to the worlds 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+.
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)
Tenpin York (2 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.
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.
York Maze (4 miles)
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
Seasonal Children's Farm with Petting Barn, Tractor Trailer Rides, Bouncing Pillows, Trails, Maize Maze, Pedal Go Karts, Play Area, Olympigs Obstacle Course, animal cuddling and a Cafe!
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)
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)
- 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.
Live For Today Adventures (12 miles)
Live For Today Adventures
- is an activity centre situated perfectly in-between Harrogate and Leeds. We offer a wide range of exhilarating outdoor adventures for kids and families including Zorbing, Bush Craft, Laser Tag, Archery, Rock Climbing and more.
Yorkshire Lavender (12 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!
Fired Art Ceramic Studio (12 miles)
Fired Art Ceramic Studio
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 decopatch, 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!
Castle Howard (13 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.
Lotherton Hall (14 miles)
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)
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 loads more!
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.
Knaresborough Castle (16 miles)
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
Captain Barneys (17 miles)
is an indoor soft play centre and family run coffee shop in the centre of Malton.
Megaplay Leeds (17 miles)
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)
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)
Fantastic! Thoroughly unique concept in tiny town role play, with kids' computers, trampolines and more in addition to the play frame.
Little Bees Play and Party (18 miles)
Little Bees Play and Party
Featuring 3 play areas for under 11s: the toddler area, the car track, and the main adventure play which includes wavy slide, aerial glide, construction zone and sports area.
Eden Camp (18 miles)
Award winning museum, housed in an original POW camp, and experience the sights, sounds, and even smells of WWII. See the most comprehensive display of British WWII history in the world, and also cover WWI. and post 1945 conflicts.
Harrogate Climbing Centre (18 miles)
Harrogate Climbing Centre
a dedicated Indoor Rock Climbing and Bouldering facility in Harrogate. Offering a variety of fun activities for those 5 years + including kid’s club sessions, children’s birthday parties and family tasters. There's a small play area in the cafe too, suitable for toddlers up.
Kidzplay (18 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.
Newby Hall Adventure Garden (19 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 of all ages including yours!
Thanks for all the great things to do in York 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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