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

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Leeds

From exotic wildlife to historic houses, there are loads of cool things to do in Leeds to keep your family entertained on your next day out. Let's take a look!

If a day out to a beautiful, historic estate is your type of day out, then Harewood House is the perfect family attraction for you. From dress-up within the House to a magical Bird Garden, starring the resident penguins, there will be plenty your kids will love there too. 

Fancy a longer walk and a picnic, take your little ones to see the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey, learn about Henry VIII and enjoy the rest of your family day out exploring the 24-hectare riverside park that surrounds it. 

Then, why not spend a day at Roundhay Park and visit Tropical World Roundhay where you can make friends with lots of exotic creatures, such as armadillos and cotton-top monkeys.

Homely farmyard animals sound more like something your gand would enjoy, then head out to Swithens Farm and Play Barn. Your kids will love the soft play too! 

How about a bit of a challenge? Swing into action at Go Ape Temple Newsam and take on an exciting high ropes course and ending on an epic zip wire finale. It’s a thrill alright! 

For more inspiration check out these top 10 days out in Leeds, as recommended by our trusted explorer and mum of two Elizabeth. You can also check out the Leeds school holiday dates here.

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Boys jumping at Jump Inc in Leeds

Jump Inc

  • Leeds
  • Indoor
  • Trampoline Parks

Calling all high-flyers: an adventure in the air awaits you and your family at Jump Inc! Bouncing off the wall with excitement is encouraged here. Ju...

Steam train at Middleton Railway in Leeds

Middleton Railway

  • Leeds
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

Middleton Railway started in 1758, and is the oldest working railway in the world! They have a purpose built Engine House, with ticket station, and m...

Staff in ball pit at Jungle Kids in Leeds

Jungle Kids5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Leeds
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Like wild animals, sometimes children need to run free and have a good play! That’s exactly what they can do at Jungle Kids! This massive play struct...

Outside view of Thwaite Mills Watermill Museum in Leeds

Thwaite Watermill

  • Leeds
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Thwaite Watermill, nestled on an island with beautiful riverside surroundings, is one the last remaining examples of a water powered mill in Britain!...

Family having fun at Jackrabbits Pottery

Jackrabbits Pottery

  • Leeds
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Jackrabbits Pottery is a family and buggy friendly paint your own pottery studio for adults and children of all abilities to explore their creative s...

Kirkstall Abbey

Kirkstall Abbey

  • Leeds
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Landmarks

Delve into medieval history with a visit to the iconic Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds. Explore secret passages, see where the monks used to pray and try to...

Old Victorian stone houses at Abbey House Museum in Leeds

Abbey House Museum3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Leeds
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

At Abbey House Museum step back in time and wander through the enchanting streets, shops and houses and experience life as a Victorian. As a fun, fam...

Cineworld Leeds - White Rose

Cineworld Leeds - White Rose

  • Leeds
  • 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 Leeds - White Rose. Share the magi...

Roundhay Park

Roundhay Park

  • Leeds
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Roundhay Park is a lovely place for a relaxing day out in nature. Take a walk by the beautiful Waterloo lake and spot the swans, or venture on an exc...

Girl in ball pit at Wacky Warehouse - Lawnswood Arms in Leeds

Wacky Warehouse - Lawnswood Arms

  • Leeds
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Wacky Warehouse Lawnswood Arms offers an excellent environment for the kids to get some indoor exercise and build up an appetite for the delights of...

Outside view of Temple Newsam in Leeds

Temple Newsam

  • Leeds
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Temple Newsam is one of the great historic estates in England. Set within over 1500 acres of parkland, woodland and farmland landscaped by Capability...

Kids on slide at Munchkins in Leeds

Munchkins

  • Leeds
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Munchkins has a 3 level play structure for adventurous children that includes all the classic elements the kids look forward to, including the bubbly...

Inside soft play frame at Jigsaw Gyms in Leeds

Jigsaw Gyms5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(3)

  • Leeds
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Jigsaw Gym's is a friendly play and party venue, welcoming children from birth up to 11 years. There's a large multi-level play structure for childre...

Indoor soft play frame at Little Bees Play and Party in Leeds

Little Bees Play and Party

  • Leeds
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Little Bees Play and Party Adventure play area: This area is for the over 4s and includes wavy slide, aerial glide, construction area, sports area, d...

Toddler soft play area at Kids Club House Ltd in Leeds

Kids Club House Ltd

  • Leeds
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Welcome to Kids Club House Ltd , Horsforth's premier indoor soft play, activity and party venue guaranteeing hours of fun! For the Kids A multi-tiere...

Kids doing pottery at Firefly Pottery in Leeds

Firefly Pottery

  • Leeds
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Firefly Pottery A warm, welcoming child friendly environment, (we also provide windows of tranquil calm for adults), situated next to a sweet shop an...

Girl bouldering at The Depot in Leeds

The Depot

  • Leeds
  • Indoor
  • Climbing

The Depot For those not in the know who prefer their feet on the ground, the definition of bouldering is low level climbing free from ropes and harne...

Staff and boy in costumes at The Rainbow Factory in Leeds

The Rainbow Factory5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(3)

  • Leeds
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Arts and Crafts

The Rainbow Factory is a storytelling wonderland with a social objective of inspiring a new generation with a love of reading. This creative arts pla...

Play area at Cottonbudz in Leeds

Cottonbudz

  • Leeds
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Cottonbudz is a small soft and adventure play and party venue that offers a range of activities in a fun and safe environment. It is a great place to...

Indoor soft play frame at Jackaboos in Leeds

Jackaboos5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Leeds
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Jackaboos take having FUN to a new and exciting level. Let your kids run wild in a safe, fun and clean environment while you relax with an authentic...

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