Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (< 1 mile)
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
Exciting hands on exhibits and interactive displays tell the story of Sunderland from its prehistoric past through to the present day. The stunning Winter Gardens stimulates the senses with over 1,500 flowers and plants brought together in a spectacular showcase of the world's natural beauty.
Rosebud Ceramics (< 1 mile)
is a pottery painting studio based in Sunderland city centre, offering a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere great fun for all of the family. A lovely place to meet and spend quality time with the children whilst creating a perfect keepsake. Great value and a large selection of pottery.
National Glass Centre (< 1 mile)
National Glass Centre
Learn all about the artistic uses of glass, explore the galleries of creations and view live glass blowing demonstrations. Great for arty kids.
Sunderland Aquatic Centre (1 miles)
Sunderland Stadium of Light Tour (1 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Sandcastle (2 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Sandcastle
Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant.
Sunderland Climbing Centre (2 miles)
Sunderland Climbing Centre
With over 600m2 of indoor climbing a site cafe, Wi-Fi, specialist gear shop and mezzanine viewing area. The centre offers everything from kids' clubs to birthday parties all delivered by our qualified instructors so there is something for everyone for the ultimate indoor climbing experience.
Sunderland Wall (2 miles)
Great family friendly climbing wall with kids club covering ages ranged from 3 onwards. Kids will learn the necessary rope work and skills to climb safely in a fully supervised environment.
Castledown Fun Factory (3 miles)
Castledown Fun Factory
Bright and colourful indoor play facility attached to a family friendly pub with a healthy kids' menu. Classic fun features include slide and ball pit.
Funshack (4 miles)
Maybe largest indoor playground in the north of England. Here you will find a wide range of fun activities in a safe and secure surrounding. New indoor go kart track and bowling alley 2012!
Karting North East (4 miles)
Karting North East
Has its own junior paddock circuit designed specifically for 8 to 11 years olds. It's the perfect introduction for children into karting and superb in terms of building confidence and safety awareness.
Down at the Farm (4 miles)
Houghton Le Spring
Down at the Farm
You can see a wide range of farm animals including goats, sheep, pigs, donkeys, ponies and chickens, plus a few unusual ones. There is plenty of hands-on fun including reptile handling, sheep/pig racing and washing the sheep. Kids can also climb their way round the adventure trail, pedal round the tiny tots tractor course, dig their way out of the giant sandpit or go mad on the jumping pillow + tractor rides.
Penshaw Equestrian Centre (5 miles)
Houghton le Spring
Penshaw Equestrian Centre
is a British Horse Society and Pony Club approved riding school where all abilities can come and learn to ride. We offer everything from lessons, children’s party’s horse care, riding holidays and much more. Starting from 4 years old.
Wacky Warehouse - Story Book (5 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Story Book
Following the familiar Wacky pattern of kids indoor play structure attached to a pub serving reasonably priced food and refreshment, so the kids run themselves ragged while you have a rest, simple but effective!
Temple Park Centre (5 miles)
Temple Park Centre
Ideal for swimming or just plain enjoying yourself!
Try out the fun wave machine, shoot down the aqua blaster spiraling water slide and float round the new McDonalds run. Temple Park Centre also boasts a diving pool and learner pool.
Herrington Country Park (5 miles)
Herrington Country Park
Offers scenic walks, bike trails and a contemporary children's play park, designed around a well-known local myth, the story of the Lambton Worm!
AMF Washington (6 miles)
Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. This AMF has 26 lanes!
Override Skate Park (6 miles)
Override Skate Park
Welcomes over 5s: their ramps are suitable for all ages and levels from beginners to experienced. They work with beginners in a safe environment to show them how to use the skate park responsibly and enjoyably.
Mister Twisters Wacky World of Fun (6 miles)
Mister Twisters Wacky World of Fun
Perhaps the north's largest children's play venue with a massive 4-storey climbing frame, soft sports pitch, and separate toddler zone.
The Dunes Adventure Island (7 miles)
Ocean Beach Pleasure Park (7 miles)
Ocean Beach Pleasure Park
- Rollercoasters, Dodgems, Go Karts, Mini Teacups and much more come and join us for a fun filled family day out. Free Admission Amusement Park, where you pay as you play, situated on the North East Coast.
Check website for ticket offers.
Quasar Elite (7 miles)
The ultimate indoor sci-fi action adventure for all ages: an exciting laser tag game which encourages children to work together as a team. Also suitable for parents to join in! The object of this fun game is simple: aim your weapon at the opposition, fire, and rack up the points!
Dunes Bowl (7 miles)
Offers ten pin bowling at it's best. They have 12 brand new state of the art lanes with Glow in The Dark Bowling at nights and weekends.
South Shields Museum and Art Gallery (7 miles)
Bowes Railway (7 miles)
Originally a colliery railway built to carry coal, it opened in 1826, making it one of the world's first modern railways. It is the only operational preserved standard gauge rope-hauled railway in the world.
Starbowl North Shields (7 miles)
Starbowl North Shields
Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
Wet 'n Wild (7 miles)
Wet 'n Wild
has safe water play areas for younger children, dare devil slides for older children and terrifying challenges for the really brave, some of them are 2 seaters so you can go along too! Indoor facility with outdoor lagoon.
Arbeia Roman Fort (7 miles)
Arbeia Roman Fort
Explore reconstructed Roman buildings and see excavations of the Roman Fort. Also holds exciting events during summer.
Pirates Cove (8 miles)
Pirate themed indoor playground, with dedicated toddler section and plenty of classic fun features like slides, climbs and ballpits to keep them entertained.
Riverside Park (8 miles)
Chester le Street
Includes artist-designed ornamental gardens, an events arena, 5,000 sq m play area and paddling pool, plus water play area with artificial beach and water cannon.
Pots and Pancakes (8 miles)
KiKis Kabin (8 miles)
Award winning soft play with multiple toddler area and dedicated special needs session. Also does parties.
Tynemouth Priory and Castle (8 miles)
Tynemouth Priory and Castle
Overlooking King Edward's Bay by Longsands Beach, this 2000 year old fortification with stunning views has a great interactive exhibition.
Cubbies Adventure Play (8 miles)
Chester le Street
Cubbies Adventure Play
For up to 11 year olds, this is a nice little adventure play frame, clean and colourful, attached to a leisure centre with swimming pool.
Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum (9 miles)
Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum
It is the most excavated Fort along the Wall and has a large interactive museum plus a 35 metre high viewing tower providing outstanding views across this World Heritage Site.
Longsands Beach (9 miles)
Sandy beach with good swimming and popular with surfers. Aquarium and facilities nearby, and a short walk away is a smaller version of the beach which is a little quieter.
Adventure Valley (9 miles)
- comprising 7 action packed play zones (with 3 undercover), you'll discover the very best in family adventure, farm fun and indoor play. Plus Adventure Valley Golf, an 18-hole adventure golf course; it’s putting edge!
Blue Reef Aquarium (9 miles)
Blue Reef Aquarium
Take the ultimate undersea safari at the award-winning Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth where there's a world of underwater adventure just waiting to be discovered.
Tynemouth Pool (9 miles)
Standard swim facility with 1, 3 and 5m diving boards and fun sessions.
Wacky Warehouse - Magic Lantern (9 miles)
Saltwell Park (9 miles)
55 acres of landscape â" with ornamental and woodland gardens, boating lake, sports facilities, bowling greens, play areas, animal house, maze, education centre and the beautiful Victorian Saltwell Towers.
Stephenson Railway Museum (9 miles)
Stephenson Railway Museum
Re-live the glorious days of the steam railway at the Stephenson Railway Museum. Many fun activities for all ages are also held alongside varying exhibitions.
Horden Welfare Park (9 miles)
Horden Welfare Park
The park features a toddler and junior play area, a sculpture, football field, rugby field, cricket field, bowling greens, bandstand, multi-sports pitch, cafe and heritage centre.
Newcastle Climbing Centre (9 miles)
Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle Climbing Centre
A spectacular climbing environment with an internal height of 15 metres and over 1200 square metres of climbing walls for roped climbing and bouldering for over 5s.
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (10 miles)
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
Children of any age can come along and get creative! There’s a huge area where you can draw, create and play. And if you like detective work, we have free explorer packs to take around the exhibitions. Plus special free events for families in the holidays.
Seven Stories (10 miles)
Newcastle Upon Tyne
The UK's first children's book museum. As well as oodles of books to examine, join in with dressing-up and dramatic fun, story times, creative writing and wordplay, illustration and craft activities.
Victoria Tunnel (10 miles)
Newcastle upon Tyne
An authentic and immersive historical experience down in the tunnel with guided commentary. Educational and entertaining but if taking young ones be warned of the ghostly element! Limited opening.
The Giants Den (10 miles)
The Giants Den
The Giants Den is a massive 15,000sq ft of non-stop fun for children up to 12 years of age. Maybe you'll see the giant himself!
Whitley Bay Ice Rink (10 miles)
Whitley Bay Ice Rink
Whether you are an experienced ice skater, hockey player or absolute beginner, the Ice Rink is available all the year round for you to have fun and also home to Whitley Warriors Ice Hockey team.
Murton Equestrian Centre (10 miles)
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Murton Equestrian Centre
is a friendly, family run riding school approved by The British Horse Society, Association of British Riding Schools and The Pony Club. Established in 1976 by the Sharp family and today managed by their daughter Leigh Belbin, the centre has a long-standing love of horses and teaching people to ride.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Sunderland 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 Tyne and Wear can enjoy the great day out as well.
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