Canterbury Heritage with Rupert Bear (< 1 mile)
Canterbury Heritage with Rupert Bear
From Roman settlement to Rupert Bear, see the history of Canterbury through fascinating objects, hands on displays and activities all set in the magnificent medieval Poor Priests' Hospital.
The Canterbury Tales (< 1 mile)
The Canterbury Tales
A visit to The Canterbury Tales, with its stunning reconstruction of 14th century England, invites you to step back in time and experience sights, sounds and smells of a bygone era. Join Geoffrey Chaucer and his colourful characters on their magical pilgrimage from London to the shrine of St. Thomas Becket and new for 2013, part of your journey will be retold with our live costumed guides.
Espression Interactive Art Studio Cafe (< 1 mile)
Espression Interactive Art Studio Cafe
A place for all age groups where you can drop by, try out some creative activities such as pottery painting, mosaic making and glass painting and have some really good fun!
Canterbury Roman Museum (< 1 mile)
Canterbury Roman Museum
Explore the Roman town beneath your feet. Canterbury’s underground Roman Museum is built around the remains of a Roman town house with mosaics preserved where excavated. Discover amazing finds including a hoard of hidden treasure, stroll through the marketplace and look inside recreated Roman rooms.
Dane John Gardens (< 1 mile)
Dane John Gardens
A nice natural setting for a walk and a play conveniently close to the shopping centre. Not a full day's worth but if you're dragging the kids around the stores they'll thank you for the play break!
Kingsmead Lesiure Centre (< 1 mile)
Kingsmead Lesiure Centre
offers 1m, 3m and 5m diving boards to the public. The centre also boasts a creche facility, multi-purpose sports hall, solarium and family cafe.
Canterbury Spy Mission Trail (< 1 mile)
Canterbury Spy Mission Trail
The fun way to explore! This Trail is one of over 1,000 brilliant family trails across the UK designed to be a healthy, educational and fun outdoor activity for the whole family. Choose from Spy, Treasure or Mystery Trail and find answers to clues based on buildings and monuments.
Kids-Kingdom (2 miles)
Offers a castle themed play area with apparatus designed for children aged 4 to 10 years, as well as apparatus designed for children aged up to 4. Also has nursery and cafe.
Howletts Wild Animal Park (3 miles)
Howletts Wild Animal Park
The famous animal collection is set in 90 acres of ancient parkland. From close encounters with tigers at the glass-fronted enclosures to a high ropes adventure on the Treetop Challenge and a walkthrough Lemur paddock, you'll find surprises around every corner.
Druidstone Park (3 miles)
Whether you are interested in meeting lots of friendly animals, having fun in the adventure play areas, finding peace and tranquility in the enchanted woodland or just relaxing in the idyllic surroundings of the park, you won't be disappointed at Druidstone Park.
Wildwood (4 miles)
Get nose to nose with British wildlife here at Wildwood, home to those animals which used to roam our countryside like wolves, wild boar, beaver, lynx and wild horses, as well as those found in the woods today, such as badgers, deer, otters and foxes. Now home to a particularly rare specimen, a beautiful wild albino squirrel!
Bursted Manor (4 miles)
BHS qualified staff offer lessons from age 5, scenic hack, trekking and cross country rides plus Pony Club.
Snappys Adventure Play (5 miles)
Snappys Adventure Play
a huge dinosaur themed multi level adventure climbing structure with extensive facilities for the under 4s too.
Tankerton Beach (5 miles)
Good for swimming but not building castles, this is a pebble and shingle beach with an intriguing natural causeway to explore.
1st Bowl Whitstable (6 miles)
1st Bowl Whitstable
Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
Memorial Park (6 miles)
There is a small lake, a children's play area, tennis and basketball courts and cricket and football pitches plus a host of new equipment from the recent revamp.
Farming World (6 miles)
We are a family run open farm. Attractions include; heavy horses, friendly farm animals, tractor and trailer rides, indoor play area, outdoor adventure play areas, Hawklands Birds of Prey Centre, birds of prey flying demonstrations (most days), mini golf course and hot and cold refreshments.
Herne Bay Hippodrome (6 miles)
Herne Bay Hippodrome
The play area is suitable for a range of age groups with designated areas for the under 2’s, under 5’s and over 5’s, together with a party room and a private party play area.
Herons Leisure Pool (7 miles)
Herons Leisure Pool
The pool offers a varied swimming programme for all ages including Family Fun Time, with their fantastic inflatables, amazing Water Walkers and of course the Giant Flume!
The Activity Box (7 miles)
The Activity Box
Paint your own pottery studio specialising in paint, clay and mosaics. Family friendly attitude, also offering workshops and classes plus story time with related crafts activities.
ifun at Sandancers (7 miles)
ifun at Sandancers
Home of the great 18 hole Herne Bay Mini Golf, with kiddie clubs available. Also on site: arcades and ice creams!
Herne Bay Museum and Gallery (7 miles)
Herne Bay Museum and Gallery
Fun hands-on activities and a family trail keep kids interested throughout this local art and seaside themed facility. Events include creative workshops and special activities for schools and groups.
Wingham Wildlife Park (7 miles)
Wingham Wildlife Park
Butterfly house, refurbished reptile house, oodles of monkeys, parrot house, meerkats, new adventure play area and picnic area, lots more. A full day!
Faversham Swimming Pool (9 miles)
Faversham Swimming Pool
All-year-round swimming with the added summer-time bonus of three fantastic outdoor pools; 33 metre pool with diving boards (1m and 3m springboard and a 5m platform), a paddling pool and a wild water rapids pool which are all available from May to September.
Slow Summer Snail Farm (9 miles)
Slow Summer Snail Farm
Meet the Snails: You can watch the snails and feed them, feel them exploring your fingers and learn all about them. This is a working farm designed for rearing edible snails but with children and families in mind.
East Kent Railway (9 miles)
East Kent Railway
- is a volunteer run heritage railway operating vintage trains on an ex colliery railway. Plenty of attractions for kids including miniature and model railways and special events all year round! Fantastic country atmosphere and friendly volunteers. Hot and cold food and woodland walks.
Monkton Nature Reserve (9 miles)
Monkton Nature Reserve
Set in 16 beautiful acres of abandoned chalk quarry, which has been dramatically reclaimed by nature and is ready for exploration. They also house the Thanet Observatory and the first artificial bat cave built in the UK.
Rare Species Conservation Centre (11 miles)
Jungle Jims (12 miles)
An enormous family entertainment centre with falconry, crafts, kiddie karts and both indoor and outdoor play areas full of thrilling and colourful equipment. A full day!
Powell-Cotton Museum (12 miles)
is one of the UK’s most fascinating attractions. Our Museum and House contain an amazing collection of Natural History from African and Asian countries, weaponry, ceramics and also many beautiful objects from the Orient. Our gardens are beautiful with acres of grounds for the children to explore and enjoy.
Peene Quarry Picnic Site (12 miles)
Peene Quarry Picnic Site
Located in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Peene Quarry is home to a variety of rare flowers and insects, IDEAL for kids into their mini beasts!
Elham Valley Railway Museum (13 miles)
Elham Valley Railway Museum
Step back in time to the 1930's. Come along and visit the Elham Valley Railway Museum at Peene,
just off the A20 at Folkestone, Kent, England. Leave the M20 motorway at junction 12, just after
signs for the Eurotunnel.
Kippys Paint Your Own Pottery (13 miles)
Kippys Paint Your Own Pottery
We are a delightful pottery studio in Ashford offering a relaxed atmosphere for all ages to enjoy a creative experience. Painting your own pottery is a fun way to create a personal gift. Or just to while away a rainy day and enjoy time together with friends and family.
AMF Ashford (13 miles)
Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
Ashford Leisure Trust (13 miles)
Ashford Leisure Trust
A fully equipped leisure facility offering kids funcamps and exciting courses throughout the school holidays. Facilities include: a leisure pool with flumes and raging river, 25m main pool, teaching pool, fully equipped gym, group fitness classes. Health Spa, 8 court sports hall, crèche, spacious cafeteria and Toddler fun sessions.
Dover Transport Museum (13 miles)
Dover Transport Museum
has a fascinating collection of vintage transport and transport models of all types including a few unusual ones like Romany Caravan, charabanc and steam roller. Seasonal opening.
Fowlmead Country Park (13 miles)
Fowlmead Country Park
Offers leisure pursuits such as cycling (leisure, road, and mountainbiking), running, orienteering, geocaching, archery, walking, bushcraft and fossil-collecting.
Kidz Planet (13 miles)
Different areas for age suitability, with a multitude of fun colourful features, toys and equipment including some terrific slides.
West Bay Beach (14 miles)
West Bay Beach
Blue Flag Awarded sand and rock beach, with lifeguards during summer season. Good immediate facilities including cafes and shops, accessible toilets, tennis, putting, sailing and windsurfing.
Brockhill Country Park (14 miles)
Brockhill Country Park
Brockhill Country Park was previously part of a large estate that dates back to Norman times. The old manor house is now part of Brockhill School, and is located next to the park.
Folkestone Ski Centre (14 miles)
Folkestone Ski Centre
All year round dry ski slope offering a vast range of activities for ski, snowboard and toboggan. Suitable for beginners and experts alike.
Sunny Sands Beach (14 miles)
Sunny Sands Beach
A hugely popular sandy beach at the eastern end of the Stade and Folkestone Harbour. It is a firm favourite with families throughout the summer, with good facilities nearby including WCs and cafés, pubs and beach shops.
Tides Leisure and Indoor Tennis (14 miles)
Ollies Childrens Indoor Play Centre (14 miles)
Ollies Childrens Indoor Play Centre
Four level indoor play area for 12s and under, also offers creche. As housed in a leisure centre, plenty of sporting opportunities exist including swimming.
Port Lympne Wild Animal Park (14 miles)
Port Lympne Wild Animal Park
A safari adventure set in 100 acres where animals roam free together as if on the plains of Africa: plus the world’s largest gorilla enclosure and big creepy crawlies in the Discovery Zone.
Strokes Adventure Golf (14 miles)
Strokes Adventure Golf
We are an 18 hole mini golf course set in attractive surroundings which incorporate rockscapes, plants and water features. Overlooking the beautiful Westbrook Bay in Margate, Strokes Adventure golf is a skill based course with natural hazards that is both challenging and fun.
Imagine Play Centre (14 miles)
Imagine Play Centre
Experience Kent's biggest children's indoor play centre. Huge play structures, triple storey wave slide, trampolines, large padded football area, baby/toddler areas and Imagine Village with little cars. Hot and cold food served all day. Themed parties and seasonal events.
Folkstone Coastal Park (15 miles)
Folkstone Coastal Park
Landscaped gardens with stunning floral displays, easy access to the beach and The Leas, and the largest free play area in the south east with rocking boats, climbing walls, tunnels, wobbly bridges, tube slides, toddler construction area, sand diggers and a sunken pirate ship.
Little Potters (15 miles)
A friendly, family run pottery painting studio, cafe and small soft play area. Little potters is a great place to relax, unwind and express your artistic side.
Margate Main Sands (15 miles)
Margate Main Sands
This timeless beach with tidal pool, children's rides and amusement arcades caters for families who want traditional seaside fun and entertainment. Seasonal lifeguard cover.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Canterbury 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 Kent can enjoy the great day out as well.
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