Yorks Chocolate Story (< 1 mile)
Yorks Chocolate Story
Includes a tour, a tasting, museum, demonstrations and a virtual chocolate factory.
Barley Hall (< 1 mile)
See the sights, handle the objects and experience what it would have been like to live in Medieval England.
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!
York Minster Mystery Trail (< 1 mile)
York Minster Mystery Trail
The regional detective Willie Solvit, is baffled by the death of novice campanologist, Terry Bell. There had been some anonymous complaints made to the police about loud, out of tune bell ringing during the hours of darkness. Help Willie solve the clues, and you could win a cash prize.
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, experience every-day life in JORVIK.
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
Viking Walk (< 1 mile)
Not the fainthearted, a gruesome and thrilling history lesson as you travel back to the 9th century and see where the Vikings fought to take the city in a bloody battle! One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in York
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 you’d 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.
Water World (2 miles)
Where the kids can slide down one of the three exciting flume rides, dare them to face 'The Edge', swim against the waves, ride the 'Torpedo Tube' or endure the 'Rapids Descent! Interactive area for smaller children available too.
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.
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.
Wacky Warehouse - Riverside Farm (3 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Riverside Farm
Whether you are looking to meet up with friends, get messy with your kids during our arts and craft sessions, book a birthday party or simply relax with a magazine or coffee, whilst your child plays, Wacky Warehouse: the indoor play centre is the perfect venue for you!
The Web Adventure Park (3 miles)
The Web Adventure Park
Indoor and outdoor adventure fun park offering huge sand and water play area, netted climbing forest, ride-onâs, den building and construction zone, landscaped gardens, jungle bridge, wacky swings and role play area. Plus Animal Zone!
The park also has two amazing Ropes courses - Wired and Summit which will bring out the adventurous spirit in all participants!
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
14 acres of parkland dedicated to Yorkshire's farming past. Indoor and outdoor fun: livestock pens with lots of animals, adventure playground, toy tractors and plenty of open space. Museum displays include child-friendly interactives. Events run throughout the year and costumed interpreters are on site daily in the summer holidays.
York Maze (4 miles)
is a seasonal family attraction, with mazes galore, sand and water play, slides, rides, shows, games, petting farm, pig racing, painting, fantastic food, and great gifts. It's a great day out for the whole family!
Piglets Adventure Farm Park (5 miles)
Piglets Adventure Farm Park
Childrens Farm with a Petting Barn, Tractor Trailer Rides, Giant Bouncing Pillows, Maize Maze, Pedal Go-carts, Farmyard Play Area, Olympigs Obstacle Course and a Cafe.
Yorkshire Air Museum (5 miles)
Yorkshire Air Museum
Experience the tremendous atmosphere of the award-winning Yorkshire Air Museum & Allied Air Forces Memorial whilst admiring fascinating displays, such as the restored Control Tower, Air Gunners Room, and much more.
Tockwith Motor Sports (9 miles)
Tockwith Motor Sports
Strictly 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)
Spacious community built parkland with excellent quality and imaginative adventure play equipment suitable for most ages and abilities.
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. Special outdoor concerts are often held in the grounds during the summer, and regular events such as falconry displays and children's game days.
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)
Yorkshires brand new and original family day out - The Summer Adventure - is now open! Explore, climb and discover new adventure playground areas in our Enchanted Forest including Tangle Tree Climb, Woodsands Cove, Tepee Encampment, alongside go karts, electric scooters, retro roller rink, Inflatable Zone and lots more outdoor fun and indoor play and crafts.
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 plenty of 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
Polka Dot Kids Ltd (17 miles)
Polka Dot Kids Ltd
Kids can play, learn and explore in the play structure which features a dual 4m wavy slide, a football/ basketball pitch, car track and cargo nets. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for the best things to do in West Yorkshire with kids
Muffins Play Barn (17 miles)
Muffins Play Barn
A seriously fun and interactive play gym for children aged up to 8 years. Baby area with sensory lighting and comfy cafe; play gym with slides, ball pit, climbing etc.; and art corner.
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.
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.
Eden Camp (18 miles)
Housed in an original POW camp, a visit to our award winning museum will allow you to experience the sights, the sounds and even the smells of World War Two.We present the most comprehensive display of British Second World War history in the world, and also cover the First world war and post-1945 conflicts.
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 and adults alike - of all ages!
Harewood House (19 miles)
You'll find all sorts of activities here for family fun - the Adventure Playground, exotic species in the Bird Garden, dressing up Below Stairs and craft activities - the big problem will be trying to fit it all into one day! One of the best places to visit for family fun and things to do in West Yorkshire with kids.
The Zone (19 miles)
Play Centre with Play Zone, a large play frame for 4-10 yrs, Tots Zone, a toddler friendly play area for 0-3 yrs, Party Zone and Tasty Zone, a cafe serving drinks and snacks.
Pots 2 Go Ceramic Cafe (19 miles)
Pots 2 Go Ceramic Cafe
Paint pottery for a great interactive family activity or hold either a pottery painting or jewellery making party. We also do Magic Custard clay prints and solid casts in a range of materials from plaster to silver (Please book in advance).
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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