Drumaway Junction (48 miles)
Have fun taking a ride on this miniature railway or hire it out for your kid's birthday party.
The Great Laxey Mine Railway (74 miles)
The Great Laxey Mine Railway
Ride in a tiny carriage along the half mile of ancient miner routes, past the world's largest remaining waterwheel.
Duke Track Days (74 miles)
Duke Track Days
Karting thrills for the over 8s, minimum height 1.25 metres for specifically designed children's karts.
Manx Electric Railway (74 miles)
Manx Electric Railway
For the best coastal views there is no better way to travel then the Manx Electric Railway. It weaves its way up and down along the eastern side of the island.
Isle of Man Steam Railway (74 miles)
Isle of Man Steam Railway
The train passes through the countryside. From all sides are trees, grasslands and farms. In the distant on one side, the sea. Never has there been a more pleasant way to travel 15 miles.
Groudle Glen Railway (74 miles)
Groudle Glen Railway
If you can catch them open then it's a lovely day for small folk keen on trains or a perfect introduction to them. Steam trains and cliff top tea room.
Belfast Zoo (6 miles)
Have fun at the zoo where you'll see more than 1200 animals including elephants and giraffes, monkeys and wolves, kangaroos and lions, bears and birds, turtles and tortoises, snakes and penguins. There's also a play park and a farm. Great idea if you are looking for family days out in Northern Ireland.
Botanic Gardens and Palm House (10 miles)
Botanic Gardens and Palm House
Fun for kids and adults the Botanic Gardens includes a children’s playground, giant bird feeders, rockery, rose garden and sculptures. Make sure you visit the Palm House with its mini jungle of exotic plants and birds of paradise!
Butterfly House and Seaforde Gardens (28 miles)
Butterfly House and Seaforde Gardens
A visit to the gardens and tropical butterfly house can be the perfect day out for all the family. Experience the beauty of free-flying tropical butterflies or challenge your sense of direction in Ireland's oldest maze or simply relax and enjoy the fine collection of trees and plants in the gardens.
Exploris (31 miles)
An award-winning aquarium with daily touch tank sessions so you can get really close to our underwater friends and it hosts one of the largest open sea tanks in the UK. There are also changing marine exhibitions and other activities and displays.
Seaforde Tropical Butterfly House (33 miles)
Seaforde Tropical Butterfly House
The Tropical Butterfly House contains hundreds of free-flying exotic butterflies, as well as parrots, reptiles and other creatures. Children's playground available.
Clementsmount Fun Farm (8 miles)
Clementsmount Fun Farm
Clementsmount Fun Farm is a real family day out combining animals and play park activities.
Streamvale Farm (13 miles)
A family run dairy farm situated on the edge of Belfast, with play area, extra animals and beautiful views over the city and its surrounding hills.
Ark Open Farm (17 miles)
Ark Open Farm
Ark Open farm is home to about 200 different animals, many of whom are rare and endangered species of domestic animals. It also has play areas.
Tannaghmore Animal Farm (21 miles)
Tannaghmore Animal Farm
This attraction offers close encounters with many animals including rare breeds of cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and poultry traditionally found on farms in Ulster 100 years ago.
Ballywhiskin Open Farm (24 miles)
Ballywhiskin Open Farm
At Ballywhiskin you'll get a chance to see many rare breeds as well as goats, sheep, geese, bronze turkeys, bantums, hens and birds in a natural environment.
C and Js Animal Park (24 miles)
C and Js Animal Park
An animal park where you can get up close and personal with many amazing creatures such as large snakes and lizards, as well as the cuter things to be seen like hamsters and bunnies!
Finvoy Fun Farm (29 miles)
Finvoy Fun Farm
Finvoy Fun Farm offers a family everything you'd want on a day out: see, meet and hold lots of different animals and play in their indoor and outdoor play centres. Great idea if you're looking for family days out in Ulster.
Annaginny Farm Park (30 miles)
Annaginny Farm Park
Come and see their animals close up: llamas, alpacas, wallabies, black swans, doves, mice and much more. Have a BBQ inside or out and then a bounce on the bouncy castle.
whowhatwherewhywhy (9 miles)
W5 is a world-class interactive discovery centre with over 160 amazing interactive exhibits housed in five action-packed exhibition areas. Great idea if you are looking for family days out in Ulster.
W5 (9 miles)
With over 250 fun and amazing interactive science exhibits in four incredible exhibition areas, W5 provides a unique experience as well as fantastic fun for visitors of all ages and a special area for under 5s.
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (11 miles)
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
The outdoor Folk Museum tells the story of life in early 20th century Ulster. The Transport Museum displays Ireland's largest and most comprehensive transport collection.
ECOS Millennium Environmental Centre (13 miles)
ECOS Millennium Environmental Centre
The ECOS Millennium Environmental Centre shows visitors in a fun and dynamic way the major challenges facing our planet, how the problems are being tackled and what we can do about our effect on the environment.
Armagh Planetarium (34 miles)
Offers interactive displays and galleries, a state-of-the-art Digital Theatre and outdoor exhibits in the landscaped grounds. Great idea if you're looking for family days out in Ulster.
Shankill Leisure Centre (8 miles)
Shankill Leisure Centre
Swimming pool with wavemaker machine and corkscrew slide and children's pool with mushroom umbrella and dolphin slide.
Lagan Valley LeisurePlex (14 miles)
Lagan Valley LeisurePlex
The Leisure Pool has the longest, fastest and most definitely wettest water flumes around,
including: The Space Bowl; The Falling Rapids; Rubber Tyre Ride; Drag Racer; Master Blaster; Spa Pools; Sunken Pirate Galleon; Bubble Loungers; Dancing Water Fountain.
Bangor Aurora (16 miles)
Leisure waters with flumes and sidewinder slide, plus standard swimming, diving and learner pools.
Waves Leisure Complex (20 miles)
Waves Leisure Complex
In addition to standard swim facilities, offers a learner pool with water features especially popular with small children.
Tropicana (35 miles)
Splash out at Tropicana, Newcastle's outdoor heated leisure pool with a giant flume water slide. There are paddling pools just for toddlers and an outdoor sea water rock pool too.
Cheeky Monkeys Indoor Play Centre (3 miles)
Cheeky Monkeys Indoor Play Centre
A small indoor play centre with friendly staff where kids can have fun on astroslides and tunnels and in soft play areas while parents relax over a cuppa. Great idea if you're looking for family days out in Ulster.
Fun Works Play Centre (5 miles)
Fun Works Play Centre
The huge play frame is crammed full of energetic activities from our four lane astra slide and crawl tubes to a mini football and basket ball area, plenty to keep the kids happy while you relax in our coffee shop or upper level viewing gallery and enjoy one of the cappuccinos
Playzone (6 miles)
Outer space themed multi storey play area with slides, flumes, a climbing wall and much, much more: you will have a funtastic time!
Adventure Island (7 miles)
Indoor play within the enormous shopping centre to give the kids a chance to run some energy off, complete with all the classic soft play features to entertain and exhaust. Under 4ft9s welcome.
Grove Wellbeing Centre (8 miles)
Grove Wellbeing Centre
Friendly zoo-themed soft play area offers fun for children aged one to 11. Full of clean, bright tunnels, slides, ball pit, climbing nets, rollers and a magic ball juggler!
Funky Monkeys (10 miles)
is an indoor soft play facility with climbing frame and slide for under 8s also under 4ft3.
Lunarland Amusement Park (12 miles)
Lunarland Amusement Park
Space themed adventure soft play with ride ons and toddler area, plus arcade for middle kids and proper gaming equipment for big ones.
Fun Factory (13 miles)
Large and small adventure play frames with age appropriate thrills including ball blast, vortex slides and pedal tracks.
Mookie World (13 miles)
Thrilling multi storey soft play challenges for juniors, smaller versions for toddlers and appropriate entertainment for babies, plus a quiet zone with touch screen puzzles, air hockey and more.
Sportsbowl (13 miles)
At Sportsbowl your kids are sure to find something to keep them entertained, whether it be bowling, pool, 'kids' quadz', video games or a soft play area!
Jumping Jacks (14 miles)
features a toddler area with mini football court, kart track area and slides; and a large adventure frame for the older children including a drop slide, rope bridge, 4 lane Astra Slide and sports area.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Railways and Transport Attractions near Ballyclare with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Ulster can enjoy the great day out as well.
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