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

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Kent

From historic castles to astonishing wildlife, there are lots of wonderful things to do in Kent for you and your family.

 

Did you know Leeds Castle is known as the "loveliest castle in the world"? We suggest you take the kids there and check for yourself if the claims are all true! If you’re looking for more info before you go, you can read a review of Leeds Castle, written by Fran, a mom who’sbeen there with her little ones.

The list of great family days out in Kent doesn’t end there! From adventures at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, to amazing animals at Port Lympne and scenic steam train rides on Spa Valley Railway - you’ll have lots to keep you busy. Need more ideas? Here’s what multi-award winning travel blogger Penny Alexander thinks are the best things to do in Kent.

Oh, and here are the Kent school holiday dates for this year - it’s another useful resource for your family day out planning!

Find your perfect day out

Hollywood Bowl Ashford

Hollywood Bowl Ashford

  • Ashford
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

At Hollywood Bowl Ashford, the lanes are ready and waiting for a few intrepid bowlers - are you up to challenge? It’ll take precision spinning and th...

Swimming pool at Ashford Leisure Trust

Ashford Leisure Trust5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Ashford
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Ashford Leisure Trust's facilities include: a leisure pool with flumes and raging river, 25m main pool, teaching pool, fully equipped gym, group fitn...

Boy in inflatable boat at Polar Adventure and Pool in Maidstone

Polar Adventure and Pool

  • Maidstone
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Polar Adventure and Pool is the ideal rainy day activity afternoon. This three-storey soft play climbing zone and huge ice-hill slide is a great spac...

Mote Park

Mote Park

  • Maidstone
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

How about a day at the park? Head out to Mote Park and get active with the kids - go cycling, play a game of football, or simply enjoy a peaceful wal...

Indoor soft play frame at Imagine Play Centre in Ashford

Imagine Play Centre

  • Ashford
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Imagine Play Centre is Kent's biggest indoor children's adventure play centre offering under lots of fun, excitement and adventure within a secure an...

Playground ship at Kikiland in Maidstone

Kikiland

  • Maidstone
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Kikiland was designed from a child's perspective to create a magical and imaginative place in which to play, explore and relax. At every turn there i...

Family on Treasure Hunt Trail

Maidstone Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Maidstone
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Calling all salty sea dogs and seasoned sailors! The Maidstone Treasure Hunt Trail has a fabulous - if fictional - treasure ready and waiting to be d...

Kids on anchor at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

The Historic Dockyard Chatham5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Chatham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Historic Dockyard Chatham has a fantastic range of attractions, iconic buildings and historic ships to explore with your family of little histori...

Roleplay cafe at Little Street in Maidstone

Little Street

  • Maidstone
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Every kid - big and small - likes to indulge in a little make believe every now and again. At Little Street Maidstone, make believe is the name of th...

ODEON Cinema room

ODEON Maidstone

  • Maidstone
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Who doesn’t love getting the whole family together and watching a film? See the latest flicks or a few of your old favourites at ODEON Maidstone. Wit...

Outside view of Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Gallery

Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Gallery

  • Maidstone
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Gallery is housed in an Elizabethan manor house, and is one of the best in the South-East. Maidstone Museum has displays...

Swimming and laser tag at Maidstone Leisure Centre

Maidstone Leisure Centre5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Maidstone
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Have hours of water-filled fun in one of Maidstone Leisure Centre’s five swimming pools. Ride the waves in the fun pool, get active in the fitness po...

Boy bowling at Hollywood Bowl Maidstone

Hollywood Bowl Maidstone

  • Maidstone
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Looking for something fun to do indoors with the family? How about a game of tenpin bowling at Hollywood Bowl Maidstone! There's no age restriction,...

Toddler soft play area at Cheeky Dino Play Centre in Maidstone

Cheeky Dino Play Centre

  • Maidstone
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Dinosaurs are usually scaly, maybe scary, but cheeky?! Well, at the Cheeky Dino soft play centre, there’s plenty to keep a smile on your little lizar...

Indoor soft play frame at Fun Drum in Gillingham

The Fun Drum

  • Gillingham
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

The Fun Drum offers dual multi-level adventure play frames for under and over 6s respectively, plus a dedicated under 3s soft play zone too! A place...

Staff at Splashes Leisure Centre in Gillingham

Splashes Leisure Centre

  • Gillingham
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Make a splash at Splashes Leisure Centre! Take to the waves in the indoor fun pool and ride the flume! Weekly inflatable splash sessions are availabl...

A goat at The Hop Farm Family Park in Kent

The Hop Farm Family Park4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Paddock Wood
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Based around the world’s largest oats village and once a lively farm producing hops is The Hop Farm Family Park, now packed full of attractions for c...

Girl looking at rabbit at Kent Life in Maidstone

Kent Life

  • Maidstone
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Heritage and fun sit side by side in 28 acres of beautiful and historical grounds in Kent Life.   This real working farm showcases and breeds all you...

Tawny owlet at The Kent Owl Academy in Maidstone

The Kent Owl Academy

  • Maidstone
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

What’s more magical than coming face-to-face with a wild animal? The Kent Owl Academy has a huge family of owls and birds of prey - from eagles to fa...

Couple ice skating at Silver Blades Ice Rink Gillingham

Planet Ice Gillingham

  • Gillingham
  • Indoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

Planet Ice Gillingham with it's friendly atmosphere and popular location, is fun for all the family! Ice skating is not only fun and a good choice wi...

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