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Extraordinary places: Unique attractions for curious kids in 2017

Ravina Rama

06 January 2017

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We’ve listed the must-do attractions for you and your little scouts to help you travel the UK for amazing days out and have a fun-filled adventurous 2017!

1. The Postal Museum, London

First up and our favourite; open to the public for the first time ever in 2017, the reveal of The Postal Museum, London is definitely one you should look out for. Not only can they role play as the Mail Coach Guard’s apprentice and learn how to decipher Morse code, they can also get a chance to get their photo on their own postage stamp whilst younger messenger boys and girls (age 8 and below) can explore hands-on in a miniature mail-themed world. What’s not to love?

Image source: The Postal Museum

2. The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Scotland

History not your thing? That’s okay. You’re sure to be mesmerised by Scotland's 30 acre garden inspired by modern physics, and get that well-needed fresh air. The Garden of Cosmic Speculation is an awe inspiring open space of bridges, gardens sculptures and unique architecture! So let the kids free to explore the highs and lows of this beauty when it reopens in April 2017. Alice in Wonderland eat your heart out!

Image source: Atlas Obscura

3. The Slide at The Orbit, London

Seeking a little more thrill in 2017? Described as a ‘Hair-raising London experience,’ The Arcelor Mittal Orbit stands as the UK’s tallest public art display. If it’s extreme that you’re looking for to satisfy fussier kids over 8, The Slide is the place to be! Adrenaline-junkies can interweave through the World’s longest tunnel in loops and curves over England’s capital. So ride if you dare.

4. National Space Centre, Leicester

From here, our hidden gems take you and your explorers out of this world to the National Space Centre, Leicester. Let your kids fly through interactive challenges and journey to Jupiter’s moon. Come face to face with astronauts and space suits and take a closer look at the planets in our Solar System. You can even spot incoming asteroids and release emergency disaster warnings.

5. The Gnome Reserve, Devon

Looking for somewhere that gnome man has ever gone before? For a brilliantly bizarre day out, you can journey through the enchanted wood; home to over one thousand gnomes and pixies. Completely unique of its kind, the reserve loans gnome hats and fishing rods for all and so it also makes quirky photos to add to your photo album! 

Image source: Gnome Reserve

6. Banksy Walking Tour, Bristol

This one is definitely off the wall. Give them a chance to visit Bristol with a keen eye and spot the wonderful works of England based, urban graffiti artist Banksy, who almost literally painted the town red in the 1990’s. This attraction encourages curious kids to think outside the box and often inspire interesting discussions on his dark humour art and pop into cafés and shops along the way.

Use Google’s handy map to tour his art work here

Image source: Banksy Tours

7. Eureka! The National Children's Museum, Halifax

Dedicated to inspiring primary kids, Eureka has it all. This interactive museum gets the kids to push buttons, zoom down slides and explore different rooms. Whilst they’re free to discover a museum that never fails to get them involved, they’re also learning about the world around them and the human body too! With both indoor and outdoor activities, it’s an essential visit for a whole lot of fun.

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Ravina Rama

06 January 2017

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Ravina Rama is the PR, Content and Social Media Executive for Day Out With The Kids and finds therapy in both shopping and writing for her own blog.

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