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

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Sunderland

Featuring a great mix of sport, history and activities, there are plenty of fun things to do in Sunderland for you and your kids.

Take a walk back in time at the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens where you can learn all about the history of the area, right back to prehistoric times. There are lots of artifacts on display and interactive exhibitions that tell the story of the city, along with a Winter Garden that features over 1,500 plants from all over the world. It’s perfect whether you’re looking for an indoor or an outdoor attraction! 

Ever wanted to try glass blowing? It’s harder than it looks! Discover the tricks of the trade at the National Glass Centre, where you can see exhibitions and demonstrations of all things glass. It’s free to enter and there are activity sheets for the kids.

On a nice day go for a walk at Herrington Country Park or explore Roker Park - it has two play areas, a model railway and a boating lake if you wish to get out on the water. Take a ball for a kick about and there are free tennis courts if you happen to have packed your rackets!

Winter’s your season? One of the coolest things to do in Sunderland is learning to ski at Silksworth Sports Complex & Ski Slope

There are lots of indoor activities too, from indoor climbing at Sunderland Wall, to tenpin bowling at Riverside Bowl and water fun at Sunderland Aquatic Centre. Take your pick! 


We want to help you enjoy as many great family days out in Sunderland as possible this year, so here are the UK school holiday dates to help you with your planning.

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Girl watches fish in pond at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

  • Sunderland
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

In the Sunderland Museum discover the history of the City from its prehistoric past to the present day in exciting displays interpreting the collecti...

Kids playing laser tag at Laser Quest Sunderland

Laser Quest Sunderland

  • Sunderland
  • Indoor
  • Laser Tag

Laser Quest Sunderland is the ultimate action packed sci fi adventure for all ages in this real life video game experience: a mess-less, bruise-less,...

Empire Cinema screen

Empire Cinema Sunderland

  • Sunderland
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Empire Cinema in Sunderland re-defines luxurious film watching, with their special VIP boxes and showing the latest blockbusters across 12 giant scre...

Little boy in soft play ball pit

Sunderland Aquatic Centre

  • Sunderland
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Don’t let the weather stop your little ones from running around and blowing off steam! Take them to Sunderland Aquatic Centre for a huge selection of...

Evening match at Sunderland Stadium of Light Tour in Sunderland

Sunderland Stadium of Light Tour

  • Sunderland
  • Indoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Get the ball rolling and take a trip to Sunderland AFC’s Stadium of Light Tour. Take your mini-footballer to see the black cats, and gift them a day...

Outside view of National Glass Centre in Sunderland

National Glass Centre

  • Sunderland
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

There are lots of ways you can enjoy National Glass Centre with your family. Help Whimsy discover his past at National Glass Centre with our fun trai...

Staff teaching kids about climbing at Sunderland Wall

Sunderland Wall

  • Sunderland
  • Indoor
  • Climbing

Boasting a 23 metre lead wall, over 900m2 of climbing and bouldering and over 120 routes, you won't run out of things to climb on at Sunderland Wall!...

Kids tubing at Silksworth Sports Complex & Ski Slope in Sunderland

Silksworth Sports Complex & Ski Slope

  • Sunderland
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Sports Centres

Silksworth Sports Complex & Ski Slope is all about great family fun outdoors. Have a kick about on one of the large 6/11-a-side football pitches,...

Family at The Strategy Sunderland

The Strategy Sunderland

  • Sunderland
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Put your grey matter to the test at The Strategy, Sunderland. This is the immersive experience that’s been sweeping the nation: you’re locked in a se...

Kids on swings at Roker Park in Sunderland

Roker Park

  • Sunderland
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

Roker Park is a fantastic place to go and play or relax with the kids. There is plenty of space and lots of things for everyone to do. The park leads...

Kids swimming at Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis & Wellness Centre in Sunderland

Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis & Wellness Centre

  • Sunderland
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis & Wellness Centre has lots to offer for families who want to stay active. The centre has a huge variety of indo...

Person bowling at Riverside Bowling in Sunderland

Riverside Bowling

  • Sunderland
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

The family friendly Riverside Bowling centre offers 19 lanes of modern tenpin alleys with light balls, gutter guard bumpers and smooth ball ramps to...

Castledown Fun Factory

  • Sunderland
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

The Castledown Fun Factory has a bright and colourful indoor play facility attached to a family friendly pub with a healthy kids' menu. Classic fun f...

Rosebud Ceramics

Rosebud Ceramics

  • Seaham
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Want a day out with a little creative edge? Take the kids to Rosebud Ceramics to make something special to show the all their friends! Take your lot...

Toddler soft play frame at Funshack Seaham

Fun Shack Seaham

  • Seaham
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Children can play in four floors of tube tunnels, giant snake slides, net climbs and swings. Giant river rapid slide and a spook area incorporating t...

Man feeding otter at WWT Washington Wetland Centre

WWT Washington Wetland Centre

  • Washington
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Treat your family to a day of wildlife encounters, fun play, and beautiful scenery. WWT Washington Wetland Centre is home to rare wildfowl, flamingos...

People go kart racing at Karting North East in Sunderland

Karting North East

  • Sunderland
  • Outdoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

Karting North East has been providing activity experiences and family fun for many years and can boast a highly experienced team. They have one of th...

Families on tractor ride at Down at the Farm in Houghton Le Spring

Down at the Farm5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(3)

  • Houghton-le-Spring
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Down at the Farm aims to bring the countryside and education together, sprinkled with a little bit of fun. This working farm was established back in...

Kids looking for clues on Treasure Trail

Seaham Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Seaham
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

You all know the words - ‘Oh we do like to be beside the seaside!’ Well, that was never more true than on the Seaham Treasure Hunt Trail, where clues...

Rider and horse jumping at Penshaw Equestrian Centre in Houghton le Spring

Penshaw Equestrian Centre

  • Houghton-le-Spring
  • Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

Penshaw Equestrian Centre is one of the north east longest running riding schools. We offer lesson from 4 years old onwards. Here at Penshaw you can...

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