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Things To Do & Days Out near Sunderland

Sunderland
Sunderland Museum and 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)
Sunderland
Rosebud Ceramics 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.
Sunderland
Laser Quest Sunderland Come play an exhilarating game of laser tag in a zero contact battle zone for over 7s. Explore the exciting labyrinth with laser gun locked and loaded, with creepy features hide behind and super special effects!
Sunderland
Sunderland Aquatic Centre Extra length swimming pool, with teaching pool and a truly excellent range of diving facilities including differing heights of springboards and platforms plus moveable floor.
Sunderland
Sunderland Stadium of Light Tour An inside look at where the magic happens! Immersive footballing tour experience.
Sunderland
National Glass Centre is a free cultural attraction, celebrating everything there is to know about glass! Discover the history of glass making in Sunderland, enjoy glass exhibitions and glass blowing demonstrations, family friendly, hands on creative activities and themed tours.
Sunderland Wall (2 miles)
Sunderland
Sunderland Wall 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 and really fun environment.
Roker Park (2 miles)
Sunderland
Roker Park A lovely local park with 2 play areas, a bandstand, two bowling greens, a model railway and a boating lake. Also has a kick about area and tennis courts. Free to visit.
Sunderland
Riverside Bowling offers 19 lanes of modern ten pin bowling in a supportive and family friendly atmosphere. Bumpers and ball ramps for kids available too.
Sunderland
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 plus toddler zone.
Sunderland
Gravity Force Sunderland is the first Trampoline park in Tyne and Wear and can be enjoyed by everyone. It holds many sessions to cater for all and is a place to get fit and have fun.
Funshack (4 miles)
Seaham
Funshack 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!
Sunderland
Karting North East Not only do we provide you with the best go karting experience, but we also provide you with other fun packed activities like 4x4 Experiences for over 5s and Archery for over 8s!
Houghton Le Spring
Down at the Farm You can see a wide range of farm animals plus a few unusual ones. There is plenty of hands on fun including reptile handling or sheep and pig racing. Kids can also use the adventure trail, pedal round the tiny tots tractor course or take a real tractor ride, enjoy the giant sandpit or go mad on the jumping...
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.
Boldon
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!
Sunderland
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)
Washington
AMF Washington Classic tenpin bowling is the great leveller for family competition: most adults suck at it and kids can use the ramps and bumpers to get an edge! It's anyone's game!
Jarrow
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.
Gateshead
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.
Bedes World (7 miles)
Jarrow
Bedes World Learn all about Bede and discover how the Anglo Saxons lived in Northumbria. Demonstration farm with wonderful animals including Hilda the wild boar. Replica buildings plus a number of exhibitions.
South Shields
The Dunes Adventure Island Open 7 days a week. A huge soft play area and more for children and parents to enjoy.
South Shields
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.
Quasar Elite (7 miles)
South Shields
Quasar Elite 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 (and encouraged) for parents to join in! With new Laser Maze feature too!
South Shields
South Shields Museum and Art Gallery Explores the story of South Tyneside through sensational displays, hands-on exhibits and stunning art. Worth timing a visit for an event day.
Haven Point (7 miles)
South Shields
Haven Point Offering competition size and teaching pools plus leisure waters with slides, sprays, bubble spa and water play.
Bowes Railway (7 miles)
Gateshead
Bowes Railway 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.
Wet N Wild (7 miles)
North Shields
Wet N Wild is the North East's largest waterpark, with 10 thrill rides, a wave pool, a lazy river and discovery island for the younger children! We also offer food in the Beach Hut Cafe.
North Shields
MFA Bowl North Shields Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun especially when they turn on the Cosmic Bowl and Disco Lights! There are quite sessions too, though!
South Shields
Arbeia Roman Fort Explore reconstructed Roman buildings and see excavations of the Roman Fort. Also holds exciting events during summer.
Gateshead
Bill Quay Community Farm An educational farm experience offering access to rare, indigenous, award winning breeds of sheep, pigs and goat plus plenty of small creatures besides.
Pirates Cove (8 miles)
Jarrow
Pirates Cove Pirate themed indoor playground, with dedicated age restricted areas the center boasts a unique under 2 section a separate section for under 5's and the main frame for 5 years plus with classic fun features like slides, climbs and ballpits to keep them entertained. Now with cool dual seater Go Karts
Riverside Park (8 miles)
Chester le Street
Riverside Park 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 cannons! Awesome!
North Shields
Pots and Pancakes We are a paint your own pottery cafe located in North Shields.
KiKis Kabin (8 miles)
North Shields
KiKis Kabin Award winning soft play with multiple toddler area and dedicated special needs session. Also does parties.
Tynemouth
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.
Tynemouth
Tynemouth Treasure Trail Can you and the kids find the location of the long lost treasure? Explore Tynemouth with a difference, on this self guided themed Treasure Trail. Follow the directions whilst hunting for the answers to the sneaky clues!
Chester le Street
Cubbies Adventure Play Indoor play fun with all the usual suspects: slides, balls, bridges and more! Plus other facilities within the leisure centre.
Wallsend
Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum is the most excavated Fort along Hadrian's Wall and has a large interactive museum displaying the cool excavated artefacts plus an enormous 35m high viewing tower!
Longsands Beach (9 miles)
Tynemouth
Longsands Beach 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.
Durham
Adventure Valley Rain or shine, it’s a full-on, fun-filled family day out with over 40 rides and attractions. Two huge indoor play areas, fun animal activities, zip wires, tube slides, jumping pillows, a fort, pirate galleon and Tractor-Trailer Ride and more.
Tynemouth
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.
Saltwell Park (9 miles)
Gateshead
Saltwell Park 55 acres of landscape with ornamental and woodland gardens, boating lake, sports facilities, bowling greens, play areas, animal house, maze, education centre and the beautiful Victorian Saltwell Towers. All free!
North Shields
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.
Gateshead
Dynamix Skatepark Welcoming skaters but also teaching circus skills and performing arts, this is an eclectic and streetwise little mix that most older kids will find endearing.
Horden
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 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.
Gateshead
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art Children of any age can come along and get creative! There is 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
Seven Stories 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
Victoria Tunnel 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. One or two hour tours available.
At Day Out With The Kids, we've tried to put together as many great family days out & things to do with kids in Sunderland as possible, especially those that are affordable for everyone. Popular attractions include Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens and Rosebud Ceramics, although there are many more to discover. If you've been on a fun day out in the area you'd like to share, please contact us so other families visiting Sunderland can enjoy it too!

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