20 Best Things To Do In South Shields Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In South Shields

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 325 fun things to do in South Shields for you and the family to discover, including indoor and soft play areas, museums and art galleries and tourist attractions. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 221 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right South Shields 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 South Shields 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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Entrance to South Shields Museum and Art Gallery

South Shields Museum and Art Gallery

  • South Shields
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

South Shields Museum and Art Gallery A friendly space to relax and unwind, discover the people of South Tyneside and their story. With interactive ga...

Play area at The Little Play Cafe in South Shields

The Little Play Cafe

  • South Shields
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

The family-run Little Play Cafe is perfect for child and parent bonding over a cup of tea. Coming to the caf é means free access to the toddler soft...

Entrance to Arbeia Roman Fort in South Shields

Arbeia Roman Fort

  • South Shields
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Arbeia Roman Fort housed a garrison and once guarded the entrance to the River Tyne. The excavated remains, stunning reconstructions of original buil...

Haven Point

  • South Shields
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Haven Point boasts warm leisure waters with water slides, jet sprays, family bubble spa and interactive water play features. For more serious swimmin...

Kids playing laser tag at Quasar Elite in South Shields

Quasar Elite

  • South Shields
  • Indoor
  • Laser Tag

Quasar South Shields is located within Ocean Beach Pleasure Park which is packed with attractions, rides and plenty of food outlets. This is a fun in...

Boy playing laser tag at Ocean Beach Pleasure Park in South Shields

Ocean Beach Pleasure Park

  • South Shields
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Theme Parks and Funfairs

Rides, attractions, games and prizes are all to be found at Ocean Beach Pleasure Park. With free entry, enjoy unlimited rides with the purchase of a...

Soft play area at The Dunes Adventure Island in South Shields

The Dunes Adventure Island

  • South Shields
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

The Dunes Adventure Island is part of a family entertainment centre located in South Shields as seen on TV. With something for the whole family insid...

Crafts at Pots and Pancakes in North Shields

Pots and Pancakes

  • North Shields
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Pots and Pancakes offer both a sit in and mobile pottery painting service, which allows you to create and customise your own ceramics. We have a wide...

Party room at KiKis Kabin in North Shields

KiKis Kabin

  • North Shields
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Kiki's Kabin is an award winning indoor soft play area and cafe spread over 10,000 sq feet in an old church in North Shields. Kiki's Kabin caters for...

Bowling alleys at MFA Bowl North Shields

MFA Bowl North Shields

  • North Shields
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Previously known as Starbowl, the newMFA Bowl North Shields tenpin bowling facility is a great location for a quick spin or a full family tournament,...

Mum and toddler in swimming pool at Wet n Wild in North Shields

Wet N Wild

  • North Shields
  • Indoor
  • Water Parks

You don’t have to wait until you’re on holiday somewhere warm to visit a waterpark, there’s one just around the corner at Wet N Wild! Situated in Nor...

Kids on Treasure Hunt Trail

Tynemouth Treasure Trail

  • Tynemouth
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

The Tynemouth self guided themed Treasure Trail, is a great way to get you and the kids out and about exploring. This Trail is one of 27 Trails aroun...

Boy in a ball pit

Inflata Nation Inflatable Theme Park Newcastle

  • North Shields
  • Indoor
  • Activity Centres

Bounce, leap, tumble and slide your way through the amazing 20,000 sq ft arena at Inflata Nation Inflatable Theme Park Newcastle. Packed with unique...

Outside view of Tynemouth Priory and Castle

Tynemouth Priory and Castle

  • Tynemouth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Tynemouth Priory and Castle on the coast of North East England was once one of the largest fortified areas in England. Overlooking the North Sea and...

Clear day at Longsands Beach in Tynemouth

Longsands Beach

  • Tynemouth
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Longsands Beach sand is golden and the swimming is good, with lifeguard cover from May to September. It's now a popular surfing spot with locals and...

Tynemouth Aquarium

Tynemouth Aquarium

  • Tynemouth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Aquariums

No need to pack your swimsuit for this underwater adventure, which takes you on a journey from local waters to the more exotic over 40 different disp...

Outside view of Fuzzy Ed's at the Harvester in North Shields

Fuzzy Ed's at the Harvester

  • North Shields
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Fancy a meal out? We know going down to the pub isn’t always that easy when you have kids. This is why The Harvester in North Shields features a fun-...

Kids skating at Override Skate Park in Jarrow

Override Skate Park

  • Jarrow
  • Indoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

Override Skatepark is a space where riders of all ages can practice and improve their skills rain or shine. They work with beginners in a safe enviro...

Mr Mulligan's Newcastle

Mr Mulligan's Newcastle

  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Indoor
  • Crazy Golf

Love crazy golf? Play not one, not two, but THREE space-themed adventure golf courses at Mr Mulligan's Space Golf in Newcastle upon Tyne. Age and ski...

ODEON Cinema room

ODEON Silverlink

  • Wallsend
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Take your pick from the biggest blockbusters coming out of Hollywood to those teeny tiny indie animations - and all under one roof - at ODEON Silverl...

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