Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens (< 1 mile)
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)
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.
Laser Quest Sunderland (< 1 mile)
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 Aquatic Centre (1 miles)
Sunderland Stadium of Light Tour (1 miles)
National Glass Centre (1 miles)
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.
Fuzzy Eds at the Sandcastle (2 miles)
Fuzzy Eds at the Sandcastle
Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant. Plus outdoor play too!
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 and really fun environment.
Roker Park (2 miles)
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.
Riverside Bowling (3 miles)
offers 19 lanes of modern ten pin bowling in a supportive and family friendly atmosphere. Bumpers and ball ramps for kids available too.
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 plus toddler zone.
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 been providing activity experiences and corporate entertainment for many years and can boast a highly experienced team. Not only do we provide you with the best go karting experience, but we also provide you with other fun packed activities.
WWT Washington Wetland Centre (4 miles)
WWT Washington Wetland Centre
The perfect place to connect with nature and get close to a mixture of mammals, wetland birds and exotic birds like flamingoes. Duckery to tour, wardens to walk with and a chance to see the rarest goose in the world!
Down at the Farm (4 miles)
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...
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!
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.
Bedes World (7 miles)
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.
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.
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 (and encouraged) for parents to join in! With new Laser Maze feature too!
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.
Haven Point (7 miles)
Offering competition size and teaching pools plus leisure waters with slides, sprays, bubble spa and water play.
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!
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.
Bill Quay Community Farm (7 miles)
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)
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 cannons! Awesome!
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.
Tynemouth Treasure Trail (8 miles)
Tynemouth Treasure Trail
involves finding the answers to clues. This leads to solving the mystery of the buried treasure. A brilliant way to get out and have family fun in the fresh air.
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. Bonus!
Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum (9 miles)
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)
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.
Fuzzy Eds at the Magic Lantern (9 miles)
Fuzzy Eds at the Magic Lantern
Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant. Plus outdoor play area and great disabled access throughout.
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 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.
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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