The Best Things To Do In Essex Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

Best Things To Do & Days Out In Essex

From big thrills to animal days out and historic landmarks, Essex is packed with fun things to  do with your kids all year round!

 

If your perfect family day out involves lots of furry, fluffy and feathered pals, your must-visit attraction in the region is Colchester Zoo where you can meet over 260 species of animals. They even have Red Pandas!  For traditional, laid-back farmyard fun, check out Old MacDonalds Farm or Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park - acres of farmlands, rides, games and lots of hands-on fun in the barn await. 

Into thrill rides and theme parks? Adventure Island Southend-on-Sea should be next on your list of places to visit in Essex. If you’d rather unwind with a relaxing family day out at a beautiful historic house, Audley End House and Gardens is our top recommendation. While you’re in the area, you should also take the kids to Audley End Miniature Railway - a leisurely ride through the woodlands is good fun for all ages. 

We couldn’t talk about family days out in Essex without mentioning Promenade Park. It’s the most popular park in the region, especially in the summer, as it features a large water play area. Best of all, it’s free! 
Before you start planning your next outing with the kids, check out the Essex school holidays dates - those could come in handy!

  1. Some kids playing mini golf at Mr Mulligan's in Basildon Kids Eat Free

    Mr Mulligan's Basildon

    Basildon

    Crazy GolfCrazy Golf

    Up for a game of crazy golf with the kids? Head out to Mr Mulligans Basildon and enjoy a putterly awesome experience for the whole family. You’ll hav...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  2. Two kids sat on a bench doing a treasure trail A must do

    The Chelmsford Mystery Treasure Trail

    Chelmsford

    Tourist AttractionsTourist Attractions

    Salty seafarers, unite! The Chelmsford Mystery Treasure Trail is calling out for seasoned explorers to get a whiff of the scent and uncover buried lo...

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor
  3. Vintage cars at The Cressing Temple Barns in Braintree

    The Cressing Temple Barns

    Braintree

    Tourist AttractionsTourist Attractions

    The Cressing Temple Barns is the largest of the Knights Templar's Essex based landholdings boasts the oldest known wooden structure in the world! So,...

    5 star rating Rating 5/5 (1 reviews)

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor
  4. Girl on swing in playground at Great Notley Discovery Centre and Park in Braintree

    Great Notley Discovery Centre and Park

    Braintree

    Parks and PlaygroundsParks and Playgrounds

    Finding something that’s fun for teenagers as well as toddlers can be a real challenge! More often than not, you’re pleasing one at the expense of th...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor
  5. Canal boats at Chelmer Cruises in Chelmsford

    Chelmer Cruises

    Chelmsford

    Railway and Transport AttractionsRailway and Transport Attractions

    Chelmer Cruises is a charming place that is also known as Paper Mill Lock Cruises and Victoria Cruises. Whatever you call it, it's got all the potent...

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor
  6. Flip Out Lakeside Top Pick

    Flip Out Lakeside

    Grays

    Trampoline ParksTrampoline Parks

    Jump into the fun at Flip Out Lakeside - the ultimate adventure park for trampoline lovers! With dozens of trampolines and lots of exciting attractio...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  7. Cineworld Braintree

    Cineworld Braintree

    Braintree

    Cinemas and TheatresCinemas and Theatres

    Discover the latest hit films from around the globe at Cineworld Braintree. Share the magic of the big screen with your whole family at this wonderfu...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  8. Walking trail at Brook End Gardens in Chelmsford

    Brook End Gardens

    Chelmsford

    Parks and PlaygroundsParks and Playgrounds

    The Green Flag Awarded Brook End Gardens is a simple but pleasing community greenspace ideal for wending away summer afternoons with the kids. There'...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor
  9. Inflatable obstacle course on swimming pool at Braintree Swimming Centre

    Braintree Swimming & Fitness

    Braintree

    Swimming Pools and Leisure CentresSwimming Pools and Leisure Centres

    Splish and splash around in this super, interactive water haven. Braintree swimming centre invites you for a day of indoor fun splashing around with...

    1 star rating Rating 1/5 (1 reviews)

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  10. Indoor soft play frame at Crazy Kids Adventure Play in Braintree

    Partyman Braintree

    Braintree

    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor and Soft Play Areas

    Crazy Kids Adventure Play has one of the biggest play towers in Essex, plus 2 giant multi-level frames for kids of different ages, ensuring that olde...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor
  11. Namco funscape Braintree Overview

    Namco Funscape Braintree

    Braintree

    Ten Pin Bowling AlleysTen Pin Bowling Alleys

    Head out to Namco Funscape Braintree for a great family game of bowling with loads of scope for surprise victories! Kids under 6 can use a rolling ra...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor
  12. Partyman World Braintree

    Partyman World Braintree

    Braintree

    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor and Soft Play Areas

    Who here fancies some fun? Great, because Partyman World Braintree is full of it with face painting, ball ponds and plenty of tasty tuck. Get kids st...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor
  13. Entrance to Essex Police Museum in Chelmsford

    Essex Police Museum

    Chelmsford

    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums and Art Galleries

    Essex Police Museum has a collection of objects, photographs and objects that tell the history of the force from 1840 until present day. You and the...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  14. Bench at Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens

    Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens

    Braintree

    Parks and PlaygroundsParks and Playgrounds

    Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens has 5 acres of formal public gardens incorporating some 250 trees so it's a lovely green space for a family outi...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor
  15. Outside view of Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre in Chelmsford

    Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre

    Chelmsford

    Ice Skating and RollerskatingIce Skating and Rollerskating

    The latest in sound and lighting effects combine with a lively disco atmosphere for fun sessions at Riverside's ice rink. There are also public skate...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  16. Party table at Rockys Fun House Chelmsford

    Rockys Fun House Chelmsford

    Chelmsford

    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor and Soft Play Areas

    Rocky's Fun House Chelmsford ! Rocky's Fun Houses newest site located in the heart of Chelmsford town on Rainsford Road just a 2 minute walk away fro...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor
  17. Family watching Tour De France at Admirals Park in Chelmsford

    Admirals Park

    Chelmsford

    Parks and PlaygroundsParks and Playgrounds

    Admirals Park is linked with Tower Gardens and the adjoining West Park, covering an area of approximately 30 hectares and a wonderfully disparate var...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor
  18. ODEON Cinema room

    ODEON Chelmsford

    Chelmsford

    Cinemas and TheatresCinemas and Theatres

    Calling all movie fans! Take a trip to the wonderful world of cinema and see film stars in their natural habitat, at ODEON Chelmsford. With 8 screens...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  19. Outside view of Blake House Craft Centre in Braintree

    Blake House Craft Centre

    Braintree

    Arts and CraftsArts and Crafts

    There's plenty to do at Blake House Craft Centre starting with an excellent 9 hole miniature golf course with kid friendly features including fun ram...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor, Outdoor
  20. Golf hole at West Park Pitch Putt and Crazy Golf in Chelmsford

    West Park Pitch Putt & Crazy Golf

    Chelmsford

    Crazy GolfCrazy Golf

    West Park Pitch Putt and Crazy Golf has a rather modest Crazy Golf 9 hole course available, plus a mature 18 hole pitch and putt course, as well as a...

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor

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