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Indoor Play: Biggest and Best Indoor Play Areas in the UK

Dela Lozanova

19 November 2019

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Indoor play is always fun, whether you’re looking for an escape from the scorching summer heat or shelter from the pouring rain. That’s why we decided to gather some of the biggest and best indoor play areas across the country to share with you. After all, what could be better than a list of kid-friendly attractions you can go back to anytime of the year!

From big indoor playgrounds to local indoor soft play areas near you and even role-play centres for the creative little ones, we’ve got something for everyone. Keep on reading and who knows- you might find your kids’ new favourite place!

Little boy entering a rope tunnel at a soft play

  1. LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Birmingham, West Midlands

    We know an attraction that has all the building block of a perfect day out - LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Birmingham! If making new stuff out of LEGO is something you enjoy doing with your kids, you won’t find an indoor play area near you better than this. With 6 exciting zones to play through, including a LEGO DUPLO farm, a 4D cinema showing exclusively LEGO movies and LEGO rides, you won’t even think about looking for things to do outdoors!

    If you’re based in the North West, you might want to check out LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester instead, it’s definitely closer to you and it’s home to 12 family-friendly attractions, so it has lots of awesome features for LEGO-lovers of all ages.

  2. KidZania London, Greater London

    How about a roleplay city designed especially for kids? A spy, a policeman, a vet or a fashion designer - whatever your little ones dream of becoming, they can try it at KidZania London; this is one indoor play centre that is sure to engage their imagination. Plus, it works just like the real world - children will have to decide what activities they want to spend their KidZos on (the local currency), or if they want to save some on their bank card.

    KidZania is aimed at kids from 4-14 but while your older ones are getting busy with their new career, your tots can explore the Early Years area, which features a Science Lab and the RightZKeepers Residence.

    Boy and girl with raised hands smiling at a soft play

  3. Playhouse, Milton Ernest, Bedfordshire

    If you’ve got kids under 10 and the local indoor soft play area near you doesn’t do it anymore, head out to Playhouse in Milton Ernest. With a huge multi-level soft play frame, packed with tunnels, nets, tricky obstacles and climbing walls, at their disposal, your little adventurers will have a lot to keep them entertained. It’s the perfect place to meet up with other kids their age and make friends. Racing each other down the giant 4-person slide never fails to get them excited.

    Plus, Playhouse is right next door to Twinwoods Adventure - the indoor hub for family thrills; there you can get a whole lot of excitement under one roof - from indoor skydiving to indoor surfing. It’s perfect for entertaining your teens while your little ones are busy at the soft play.

  4. Folly Farm, Kilgetty, Pembrokshire

    Folly Farm is one of our favourite family attractions in Wales all year round and it will soon be one of yours too! The Jolly Barn welcomes animal lovers of all ages to meet the adorable farm animals - from piglets and lambs, to miniature ponies and goats, plus hens and chickens of course. It’s not just the animals you’ll see in the barn - there you’ll also find a combine harvester complete with a tube and slide, a tractor pulling a trailer and a fun-packed Discovery Farmyard play area.

    Not to mention, that the farm is home to Europe’s largest undercover vintage fairground, featuring 17 rides, including Dodgems, Golden Gallopers, the Cakewalk. There, your fearless little climbers can explore the heights of Carousel Woods - a giant wooden play structure. There’s a smaller wooden frame for the mini explorers, plus an indoor soft play area with separate sections for babies and toddlers.

    Little girl climbing a giant inflatable attraction

  5. Roar and Explore, Belfast, County Antrim

    When you’re choosing a soft play area near you recommendations from other parents’ play a huge part. So how about an indoor play area approved by thousands of families across the UK? Well, Roar and Explore has just won its second consecutive “Best for Little Kids in Northern Ireland” award in our annual Family Favourites Awards. This means over 25,000 thousand parents have voted each year to give it the winning spot. Talk about great references!

    Decorated in a bright and colourful jungle theme, with separate multi-level indoor soft play areas for younger and older kids, Roar and Explore is the perfect play area no matter the weather. From crossing the suspended rope bridge with its dangling snakes to swooshing down the bumpy tiger slide, your kids will feel like true adventurers.

  6. KIDZ TOWN Role Play, Stirling, Stirling and Falkirk

    Kids have incredible power of imagination and that’s exactly what makes play time so much fun. At KIDZ TOWN role playing centre in Stirling your little ones will find not one or two but 14 themed rooms where they can get creative and act out different real-life scenarios.

    Future heroes in the making can team up with the mountain rescue, or put on a uniform and join the police, or hop on the firetruck and save the day. Animal lovers can go work at the stables or become a vet. Plus, there’s a garage, a diner, post office and so much more to explore!

    Kids in fireman dress-up holding a hose

  7. Wookey Hole, Wells, Somerset and Bristol

    You probably know Wookey Hole as the home of England’s largest and most spectacular caves, but there is so much more to do there! With over 20 attractions to explore in one day, it’s a pure kingdom of indoor play. Want to know what’s in there? OK, let’s start with giant animatronic dinosaurs, then move onto a magical mirror maze and then stop by the 4D cinema for an immersive movie experience.

    If that wasn’t enough, Wookey Hole also has two indoor play areas - Pirate Zap Zone where you can shoot your way to victory and a Wizard’s Play Castle which turns soft play into a proper adventure with magic, monsters and more. Oh and don’t forget to check out the Crazy Mirrors - your kids won’t be able to stop giggling!

  8. Woodlands Park, Dartmouth, Devon

    125,000 sq. ft. of indoor fun and 10 play zones - sounds impressive doesn’t it? Woodlands Park claims to be not only the biggest family theme park in Devon, but also the biggest indoor play area in the UK. Their indoor playground is epicly named Empire of the Sea Dragon and it features two equally exciting play areas - a huge 5-floor adventure soft play area for the older kids (and adults too if you want to join in!) and the fairytale Ice Palace where big and small kids can play in separate areas of King Penguin’s home.

    Love a bit of a thrill? There are indoor rides for you to try too. Dare to brave the 50ft drop tower Trauma Tower, or go on an underwater adventure on the Submarine kiddie ride, or maybe take a bird’s eye view of the play area from the ferris wheel. Theme park fun indoors - who knew!

    Happy little girl on an indoor slide waving

  9. Postal Museum, London, Greater London

    If you think the Postal Museum is just about mail history, prepare to be blown away! How about you embark on an expedition through the old postal tunnels and platforms, as you ride the Mail Rail miniature train. It’s barely changed since the 1930s! Also, you get to see and hear the people who worked on the tunnel brought to life by skilled costumed actors.

    Little kids also love Sorted!, the soft play area at the Postal Museum. Yes, you guessed it - it’s postal themed. There are bright red uniforms and yellow jackets for the kids to dress up in and your little postal workers can help out with all the task - from receiving the parcels at the till, all the way up to delivering them to their final destination. Postman Pat fans will be in their element there.

  10. Play Factore, Trafford Park, Greater Manchester

    We can’t talk about the best in indoor play areas without mentioning Play Factore, with over 26,000 sq ft of play space it proudly sits amongst the UK's largest play centres for kids under 12 years. It’s all about big fun for small people there, from their indoor play frame standing at over 15m high, to Europe’s largest indoor slide stretching over 40 metres.

    But that's not all! Action awaits in the laser tag arena, followed by speedy racing at the electric go karts, with lots of gaming fun to come at the VR and arcade zones. Also, if you’re in the mood for something a little more daring, Play Factore also has an impressive indoor zip wire. It’s on our list of the best UK zip wires too!

We hope you’ve found your next favourite indoor play area on our top 10 list. For more great indoor attractions, check out these articles below:
Best Museums | Best Aquariums | Best Car Museums | Best Butterfly Houses | Best Planetariums | Best Escape Rooms

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Dela Lozanova

19 November 2019

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Dela is a Digital Content Executive at Day Out With The Kids. Originally from sunny Varna on the Bulgarian seacoast, she now lives in Coventry and travels regularly throughout Europe to escape the rain.

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