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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Harlow, Essex

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 1331 fun things to do in Harlow for you and the family to discover, including indoor and soft play areas, museums and art galleries and parks and playgrounds. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 892 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right Harlow 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 Harlow 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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Quasar Harlow

  • Harlow
  • Indoor
  • Laser Tag

Quasar Harlow Take the kids to shoot up New York without the air fares or the consequences at this fantastic Big Apple themed laser tag arena! A next...

Cineworld Harlow - Harvey Centre

  • Harlow
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Up for going to the movies? If you want to see the top family-friendly releases, the best place to go is Cineworld Harlow - Harvey Centre. Share the...

Pet’s Corner

  • Harlow
  • Outdoor
  • Petting Zoos

What kid doesn’t like animals? Take your little ones to Pet’s Corner in Harlow Town Park and meet the adorable furry and feathery residents. From the...

Wild n Wacky

  • Harlow
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Wild 'n' Wacky is a jungle-themed indoor play and party centre for 0 to 12 year olds based in Harlow, Essex. They have 3 separate play areas: one for...

Cineworld Harlow - Queensgate

  • Harlow
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Dive into the world of classic movies, action-packed adventures and animated wonders at Cineworld Harlow - Queensgate. Share the magic of the big scr...

Harlow Museum & Walled Gardens

  • Harlow
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The four main galleries exhibit interesting collections and interpretive displays based on the area during notable time periods, these being, Roman,...

Harlow Town Park

  • Harlow
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The 164 acre park is a lovely place to visit in any season. There are attractive scenic landscapes, river walks and views, plus the paddling pool (op...

Parndon Wood Nature Reserve

  • Harlow
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Recorded as a woodland for at least 900 years, the Parndon Wood Nature Reserve is a haven for flora, fungi, birds, minibeasts, small mammals and deer...



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Paradise Wildlife Park

  • Broxbourne
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Enjoy an award-winning day out at Paradise Wildlife Park, home to over 800 exotic animals and over 30 animatronic dinosaurs at World of Dinosaurs. It...

Redwings Ada Cole

  • Nazeing
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Redwings Ada Cole is home to around 70 horses, ponies and donkeys. Visitors can enjoy walking tours and horse care demonstrations, followed by hot dr...

TeamSport Indoor Karting Harlow

  • Harlow
  • Indoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

Do your kids dream of being race drivers? Take them to TeamSport Indoor Karting Harlow for an adrenaline-filled day of racing action. Go karting mad...

The Gibberd Garden

  • Harlow
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

At The Gibberd Garden the softly designed glades, pools, lawns and alleys provide settings for some eighty varying sculptures, large ceramic pots and...

Rye House Laser Combat

  • Hoddesdon
  • Indoor
  • Laser Tag

Rye House Laser Combat Here you will experience the ultimate in modern warfare games, with no bruises and no pain. Just fun! Our indoor arena has sou...

Rye-assic Adventure Park3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Hoddesdon
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Theme Parks and Funfairs

If you’re looking for a park packed full of activities and guaranteed to satisfy the most energetic of adventurers then visit RyeAssic Adventure Park...

Rye House Gatehouse

  • Hoddesdon
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Take a trip to the past as you explore the Rye House Gatehouse: one of the first brick built houses in the country and boasting outstanding decoratio...

Rye House Kart Raceway

  • Hoddesdon
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

At Rye House Kart Raceway there are mini or bambino karts which are suitable for ages 3 to 8 years so your young petrol heads can be the star of the...

The Play Barn

  • Sawbridgeworth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Take a turn off the beaten track and visit The Play Barn in Hertfordshire. Bring your little ones to a soft play centre that’ll have your tiny-toddle...

North Weald Airfield and Museum

  • North Weald Bassett
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

North Weald Airfield was the famous Battle of Britain fighter base, RAF North Weald, near to the Essex town of Epping and easily accessible from Lond...

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens

  • Much Hadham
  • Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens , one of Hertfordshire's leading day out attractions and one of the UK's finest art destinations, is open seasonall...

Lee Valley Boat Centre

  • Broxbourne
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

At just a stone's throw from Broxbourne train station Lee Valley Boat Centre is the prefect place to have fun on the water. You can hire an electric...

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