Reading Museum (< 1 mile)
Fantastic museum that is family friendly and free to visit! Discover over 1,000 years of history, from Reading’s Saxon beginnings to the hi tech town it is today. Includes Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock.
The Reading Mystery Treasure Trail (< 1 mile)
The Reading Mystery Treasure Trail
Discover the hidden delights of Reading on this self guided mystery Trail. Our Reading Treasure Trail is one of a great selection of Trails in Berkshire so get exploring with the children today!
Central Swimming Pool (< 1 mile)
Central Swimming Pool
Swimming complex with 4 separate pools (competition size, splash, teaching and diving) and a well balanced programme of lessons and sessions, including some especially for families, and toddlers.
Reading Climbing Centre (1 miles)
Reading Climbing Centre
is a superb climbing facility just outside Reading town centre. We cater for children and families from 5 years and up. Our key sessions include Birthday Parties, Kids’ Casual Sessions and our Kids’ progressive Climbing Scheme.
Teamworks Karting Reading (2 miles)
Teamworks Karting Reading
is a state-of-the-art kart circuit featuring fume-free and child-friendly electric go-karts. Featuring catering and party facilities as well as the best-trained staff and safe, responsive and speedy karts, and is open 7 days a week! For over 8s.
The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology (2 miles)
The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology
The museum's 2000 objects include an exciting collection of Egyptian antiquities, including a funeral boat and a mummified cat's head! They also have exciting family events running during school holidays.
Krazy Play Days (2 miles)
Krazy Play Days
Multi level adventure play frame packed with modern soft play features and padded challenges plus slides, ball pits and more. Special needs sessions available.
The Mad House Play and Party World (3 miles)
The Mad House Play and Party World
The facilities include a main play frame complete with slides, ball pool, ball cannons and sports activity area. New management for 2014 so worth a revisit.
Jungle Mania (3 miles)
Play Centre with 3 level play structure plus separate toddler area, and coffee bar.
Skiplex Endless Indoor Ski Slope (3 miles)
Skiplex Endless Indoor Ski Slope
Is an ideal way to teach skiing and boarding to beginners, or challenge pros. Our revolving slopes mean you can do turn after turn, forgetting the hassle of lift queues, crowds and bad weather. Suitable for 5 year olds upwards, all equipment and instruction included in the cost
Cloud Stables (4 miles)
BHS approved lessons from toddler upward; plus Pony Mornings, Days, Weeks and Camps; and Tots' Trots.
REME Museum of Technology (4 miles)
REME Museum of Technology
Home of the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers with lots of army related exhibitions and activities inside and out.
Museum of Berkshire Aviation (4 miles)
Museum of Berkshire Aviation
Museum of local aviation history with much for the interested eye to feast on. Possibly best indulged on the same day as other attractions for a FULL day out.
Kids n Action (4 miles)
Kids n Action
Play and party centre for 0 to 12 year olds with four exciting and unique play areas: adventure park, role play high street, video games room and sports arena
Amners Farm and Minature Railway (4 miles)
Amners Farm and Minature Railway
Visit the famous farm for the lambing weekends and have a truly unique experience! Ride the miniature railway and enjoy homemade refreshments!
Burley Lodge Equestrian Centre (4 miles)
Dinton Pastures Country Park (5 miles)
Dinton Pastures Country Park
Huge park offering lakes, meadows and rivers for exploration, plus a multi activity centre and adventure playground. Incorporates a proper 9 hole golf course please note not crazy or mini golf though beginners welcome.
HaaHoos Ceramics (5 miles)
Have a fun session with us doing our fantastic pottery painting or decopatch activities. Relax in our large, friendly and open studio with a tea/coffee and piece of cake and be creative! We also have a selection of great birthday party packages.
Adventure Dolphin (5 miles)
Activity centre offering a wide range of outdoor and adventurous activities across West Berkshire. Primarily for 13 to 19 year olds, but many activities suitable for ages 8 and older. They do exciting birthday parties too!
Monkey Mates Indoor Play Centre (5 miles)
Monkey Mates Indoor Play Centre
We have an indoor area containing slides, ball pools and ball cannons and also an outdoor area complete with swings, frame, roundabout and sit and ride cars etc. we will soon be adding a traversing wall to the outside area. we have full catering facilities Serving tasty food and drinks.
River and Rowing Museum (6 miles)
River and Rowing Museum
There are always family activities at the River and Rowing Museum, with lots of extra school holiday events. Many exhibitions, designed for all the family, including the stunning Wind in the Willows. Gallery trails and drawing activities are always available.
Curious About Henley On Thames (6 miles)
Curious About Henley On Thames
Explore and (re-) discover Henley-On-Thames with our historically informative and entertaining treasure hunt themed self guided walks. Buy or instantly download a booklet, then keep the kids intrigued, looking for clues and matching pictures, whilst reading stories about this charming Thames town.
Laser Quest Berkshire (7 miles)
Laser Quest Berkshire
Cool high tech laser tag, the shoot em up participation game played with infra red guns and sensors! Make your way through the atmospheric maze environment and shoot everyone you come across, yes, even mum! Unless of course you're playing the team version, then it's you guys against the world!
Big Apple Wokingham (7 miles)
Big Apple Wokingham
An entertainment centre for all the family. Offering Tenpin bowling with glow in the dark 'Cosmic' lighting at the weekends, Laserquest laser tag arena, video games, pool tables, bar and cacilities.
Carnival Pool (7 miles)
25m swimming pool including flume and water features, plus teaching and beach entry pools.
Checkendon Equestrian Centre (7 miles)
Checkendon Equestrian Centre
BHS approved facility offering lessons from around 3, an equine swimming pool, scenic hacks, cross country riding and Pony Club. Toddlers can start with led woodland pony rides.
California Country Park (7 miles)
California Country Park
In the summer a great big paddling pool is opened up, there is a large adventure play area, great nature walks and the California Dreaming Cafe, plus occasional events such as guided mini beasting.
Wellington Country Park (7 miles)
Wellington Country Park
350 acres of beautiful parklands surrounding a 35 acre lake, with numerous activities including adventure play areas, animal farm and petting barn (seasonal) sand pits, water play, miniature railway, enchanted forest, maze, crazy golf plus more besides! Family events held throughout the season too.
Racing and River Boat Museum (7 miles)
Racing and River Boat Museum
A chance to see racing dinghies and river craft from around the world. There is a Treasure Hunt for the kids, plus the chance to tie some nautical knots and see boats being restored.
Beale Park (7 miles)
Space, fresh air, tranquility, fun, adventure, enchanting animals, exotic beauty and all this on the banks of the magical Thames. New Bertie's Bugs and Beasts exhibit!
Warburg Nature Reserve (8 miles)
Warburg Nature Reserve
Nature reserve with bird hides, a visitor centre with wildlife explorer backpacks and a picnic area. Dogs are welcome if kept on the leash. Free to visit. Plenty to see whatever the season.
Pottery Pals (8 miles)
They are a very well established studio based in Wokingham, with 60 painting places available and with there range of over 180 different items to paint, it makes them the best place to visit for some quality time with the family or friends.
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Oakwood Youth Challenge (8 miles)
Oakwood Youth Challenge
Outdoor activity centre suitable for ages 8 offering activities days daily during school holidays.
Pope's Meadow (8 miles)
Come and explore this 13.7 hectare park where 18th Century poet Alexander Pope spent much of his childhood! The parkland is a Local Wildlife Site and includes a pond, copse and open grassland in addition to an outdoor children's play area. Picnic tables and benches are also located throughout the site.
Bracknell Ice Rink and Ski Slope (8 miles)
Bracknell Ice Rink and Ski Slope
With an Olympic sized ice rink plus a ski and snowboard centre offering lessons and clubs as well as open sessions! Great idea if you are looking for family days out in Berkshire.
Bracknell Ski Slope and Ice Rink (8 miles)
Bracknell Ski Slope and Ice Rink
International standard ice rink and ski centre, welcoming families and also providing tube runs, toboggans and lessons of all sorts.
Active Tots (9 miles)
Indoor play area for babies and toddlers up to their fourth birthday or 1 meter tall whichever comes soonest. Set in a rural converted barn. In-house country cafe with bibs, beakers etc.
Pinewood Miniature Railway (9 miles)
Pinewood Miniature Railway
The railway has been running miniature steam trains for 25 years, taking passengers for half mile rides through a woodland setting. Why not come along and have a ride!
AMF Hollywood Bowl Bracknell (10 miles)
Jakes Childrens Indoor Playworld (10 miles)
Horseshoe Lake Activity Centre (10 miles)
Horseshoe Lake Activity Centre
offers canoeing, dinghy sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, stand up paddleboarding dragon boating and raft building. Instructional and supervised activity sessions available to participants aged 8 and above.
Bucklebury Farm Park (10 miles)
Bucklebury Farm Park
A great family day out in the countryside with farm animals to meet and other activities to enjoy. Tractor and trailer ride included in entry fee. Free entry for kids under 2 years old.
The Living Rainforest (11 miles)
The Living Rainforest
Discover the rainforest's wonders as you stroll between tropical trees and plants, among free roaming butterflies and birds. An outdoor play area allows kids to let off steam, while adults can relax on the sun terrace with a cappuccino. All weather attraction with on site parking, cafe and shop.
The Look Out Discovery Centre (11 miles)
The Look Out Discovery Centre
Has over 90 hands-on science and nature activities, fun for everyone! Leave your shadow on the wall, make a mini animation, dam up "The Stream" and much more! Plus, a fantastic adventure play area, coffee and gift shops and 1000 hectares of Crown Estate woodland.
Go Ape Bracknell (11 miles)
Go Ape Bracknell
The UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Award winning outdoor adventure activities. Families and friends can enjoy a day out like no other. Fly down zip wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle obstacles whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.
Shepherd Meadows (11 miles)
As neighbouring sites on the River Blackwater in Sandhurst, the children's play area, multi-sport area and skate park at the Memorial Park, combined with a network of paths around the rare habitats of Shepherd Meadows, ensure that a great day out will be had by all!
Coral Reef Bracknells Water World (11 miles)
Coral Reef Bracknells Water World
Fun filled leisure pool with pirate ship, 3 giant water slides, rapids, volcano and geysers. For the younger kids there are shallow waters a beach area and small slides. Closed for maintainance 9th - 26th December
Go Ape Forest Segway (11 miles)
Go Ape Forest Segway
You can enjoy our forest Segway experience in the beautiful Swinley Forest, Bracknell. From two legs to two wheels: for the ultimate forest experience on a rugged all-terrain Segway. It's a unique way to tackle the trails in the forest.
Odeon Maidenhead (11 miles)
Great for a rainy day indoors. The latest film releases shown all day everyday.
Longridge Activity Centre (12 miles)
Longridge Activity Centre
is an outdoor activity centre set on the River Thames in Marlow. We offer both land and water activities for all the family. As a charity we try to provide a real community hub that everyone can experience outdoor activities for low cost.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Reading 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 Berkshire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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