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    • Animals
      • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

        Zoos and Wildlife Parks

      • Safari Parks

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      • Aquariums

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      • Children's Farms

        Children's Farms

      • Petting Zoos

        Petting Zoos

    • Water
      • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

        Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

      • Water Parks

        Water Parks

      • Water Sports

        Water Sports

      • Lakes

        Lakes

      • Sailing and Kayaking

        Sailing and Kayaking

      • Lidos

        Lidos

      • Beaches

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    • Adventure
      • Parks and Playgrounds

        Parks and Playgrounds

      • Climbing

        Climbing

      • High Ropes Courses

        High Ropes Courses

      • Activity Centres

        Activity Centres

      • National Parks

        National Parks

    • Sports and Activities
      • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

        Ice Skating and Rollerskating

      • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

        Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

      • Go Karting and Driving

        Go Karting and Driving

      • Paintballing

        Paintballing

      • Skiing and Snowboarding

        Skiing and Snowboarding

      • Horse Riding and Stables

        Horse Riding and Stables

      • Cycling

        Cycling

      • Crazy Golf

        Crazy Golf

      • Arts and Crafts

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      • Laser Tag

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      • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

        Indoor and Soft Play Areas

      • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

        Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

      • Cinemas and Theatres

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      • Trampoline Parks

        Trampoline Parks

      • Indoor Skydiving

        Indoor Skydiving

      • Sports Centres

        Sports Centres

    • Sightseeing
      • Theme Parks and Funfairs

        Theme Parks and Funfairs

      • Museums and Art Galleries

        Museums and Art Galleries

      • Tourist Attractions

        Tourist Attractions

      • Landmarks

        Landmarks

      • Castles and Palaces

        Castles and Palaces

      • Caves and Mines

        Caves and Mines

      • Sports Stadiums

        Sports Stadiums

      • Tours and River Cruises

        Tours and River Cruises

      • Stately Homes and Gardens

        Stately Homes and Gardens

      • Railway and Transport Attractions

        Railway and Transport Attractions

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    • Babies and Toddlers

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    • Young Children

      Young Children

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    • Teenagers

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    • Restaurant Onsite

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    • Baby Changing Available

      Baby Changing Available

    • Disabled Toilets Available

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    • Parking Available On-site

      Parking Available On-site

    • Parking Available Nearby

      Parking Available Nearby

    • Wheelchair Friendly

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    Things To Do & Days Out In Essex

    1. Lee Valley Park Farms Top pick

      Lee Valley Park Farms

      Waltham Abbey

      Children's Farms Children's Farms

      4 star rating Rating 4/5 (3 reviews)

      Suitable for ages: 4-12 Outdoor, Indoor
    2. Colchester Zoo

      Colchester Zoo

      Colchester

      Zoos and Wildlife Parks Zoos and Wildlife Parks

      Suitable for all ages Outdoor
    3. Partyman World Basildon Online discount

      Partyman World Basildon

      Basildon

      Indoor and Soft Play Areas Indoor and Soft Play Areas

      Suitable for ages: 0-12 Indoor
    4. Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park Discounted tickets

      Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park

      South Woodham Ferrers

      Children's Farms Children's Farms

      Suitable for all ages Outdoor, Indoor
    5. 360 Play Basildon After school offer

      360 Play Basildon

      Basildon

      Indoor and Soft Play Areas Indoor and Soft Play Areas

      Suitable for ages: 0-12 Indoor, Outdoor
    6. RHS Hyde Hall Top pick

      RHS Hyde Hall

      Chelmsford

      Stately Homes and Gardens Stately Homes and Gardens

      Suitable for ages: 4+ Outdoor
    7. Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

      Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

      Brentwood

      Children's Farms Children's Farms

      4 star rating Rating 4/5 (4 reviews)

      Suitable for all ages Outdoor
    8. Colchester Leisure World

      Colchester Leisure World

      Colchester

      Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

      5 star rating Rating 5/5 (1 reviews)

      Suitable for all ages Indoor
    9. Barleylands Farm Park

      Barleylands Farm Park

      Billericay

      Children's Farms Children's Farms

      Suitable for all ages Outdoor, Indoor
    10. Saffron Walden Museum

      Saffron Walden Museum

      Saffron Walden

      Museums and Art Galleries Museums and Art Galleries

      5 star rating Rating 5/5 (1 reviews)

      Suitable for all ages Indoor
    11. Southend Pier and Train

      Southend Pier and Train

      Southend On Sea

      Landmarks Landmarks

      5 star rating Rating 5/5 (1 reviews)

      Suitable for all ages Indoor, Outdoor
    12. Colchester Castle Museum

      Colchester Castle Museum

      Colchester

      Museums and Art Galleries Museums and Art Galleries

      Suitable for ages: 0-12 Outdoor
    13. Adventure Island Southend-on-Sea

      Adventure Island Southend-on-Sea

      Southend On Sea

      Theme Parks and Funfairs Theme Parks and Funfairs

      Suitable for all ages Outdoor
    14. Mountfitchet Castle

      Mountfitchet Castle

      Stansted Mountfitchet

      Castles and Palaces Castles and Palaces

      Suitable for all ages Indoor, Outdoor
    15. Central Museum & Planetarium

      Central Museum & Planetarium

      Southend On Sea

      Museums and Art Galleries Museums and Art Galleries

      Suitable for ages: 9+ Indoor
    16. Great Notley Discovery Centre and Park

      Great Notley Discovery Centre and Park

      Braintree

      Parks and Playgrounds Parks and Playgrounds

      Suitable for all ages Outdoor
    17. East Anglian Railway Museum

      East Anglian Railway Museum

      Colchester

      Railway and Transport Attractions Railway and Transport Attractions

      Suitable for all ages Indoor, Outdoor
    18. Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve

      Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve

      Fingringhoe

      Parks and Playgrounds Parks and Playgrounds

      Suitable for all ages Outdoor
    19. Boydells Dairy Farm

      Boydells Dairy Farm

      Braintree

      Children's Farms Children's Farms

      Suitable for all ages Outdoor
    20. Hedingham Castle

      Hedingham Castle

      Castle Hedingham

      Castles and Palaces Castles and Palaces

      Suitable for all ages Indoor, Outdoor

    Find Family Days Out In Essex

    Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 159 fun things to do in Essex for you and the family to discover. Popular towns and places to go include Basildon, Billericay and Braintree and we also recommend Brentwood. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 103 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right Essex day out for your family is easy – simply explore the links below or use the filters at the top of the page to plan your next adventure.

    Want to know what to do with the nature lovers in your family? Walk on the wild side and visit our Animals listings for zoos, safari parks and wildlife parks. Or are you looking for nearby places to visit in Essex with a culture vulture? We've picked the best children's museums, discovery centres and historic locations in the Sightseeing section.

    If you're after a big day out during the school holidays, we can tell you where the nearest theme park, water park or ski slope is. For quieter days near home in term time, we can help you find the best soft play, leisure centre or pottery cafe.

    For teachers planning the next class trip, many places are educational and suitable for all ages, from babies and toddlers to teens. Never be stuck for what to do with the kids again!

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