Model Railway Village (< 1 mile)
Model Railway Village
It is not unusual for children to want to spend all day with their parents or grand parents at the Model Railway Village, just watching or following their favourite model train whilst it meanders around the 1.5 acres of beautiful miniature landscape.
Premier Bowl and Laser Southport (< 1 mile)
Premier Bowl and Laser Southport
Enjoy classic Tenpin Bowling and their NEW Military Urban Experience Laser zone in comfortable environment, with kid friendly staff at great value. Kid's bowling aids available.
Playtown Southport (< 1 mile)
is Southport’s biggest and best indoor play centre. The children can climb, slide, play football, roll around in the balls and have fun whilst parents and careers relax with a tasty drink or enjoy some delicious home cooked food. Meal deals, reduced grandparent entry and super saver passes available.
Dunes Splash World (< 1 mile)
Dunes Splash World
A wet and wild water park offering a fantastic family day out for all ages and abilities.
With five fantastic rides, bubble spa, kids' play zone, poolside diner and our very own turtle, Murtle, you'll want to dive in and make a splash today!
Southport Treasure Trail (< 1 mile)
Southport Treasure Trail
Treasure Trails' treasure hunts are a fantastic way to explore a new town or village whilst enjoying a fun walk in the fresh air. Follow the trail, solve the clues and see the sights!
Formby Beach (< 1 mile)
An unspoilt wilderness of a beach, run by the National Trust and with a nature reserve adjacent. Not the best choice if you're looking to swim etc., but lovely for exploring.
Giggles Gym (1 miles)
Main play frame, sports area, separate toddler area and a little tykes car zone. They also do some really unique parties!
Ainsdale Beach (4 miles)
Sandy, dune backed bathing beach boasting the oldest iron built pier in the country, with a nature reserve adjacent. Village with facilities nearby.
Windmill Animal Farm (6 miles)
Windmill Animal Farm
- offers visitors the chance to experience the every day running of an actual working farm while still having the chance to watch, feed, touch and play with animals + lots of play areas and miniature railway.
Park View 4U Playing Fields (6 miles)
Lytham St Annes
Park View 4U Playing Fields
An exciting fully inclusive three generational play area including: an imaginative toddler area, a teenzone with challenging equipment, a multi use games area, a state of the art skate park and large BMX track, a fitness trail, gym equipment for senior citizens, a woodland walk and story area.
Lytham St Annes Beach (6 miles)
Lytham St Annes
Lytham St Annes Beach
Donkey rides on the sand, a renovated Victorian Pier, children's playgrounds, Lytham's famous green windmill, cafes, ice-cream parlours and municipal gardens: it's a place of irresistible old fashioned charm!
WWT Martin Mere (6 miles)
WWT Martin Mere
Martin Mere's Gardens is home to over 100 species of rare and endangered ducks, geese, swans, flamingos and now beavers and Otters. With a diversity of waterfowl exhibits and an adventure playground for children to enjoy, Martin Mere is a first class, year-round, wetland wildlife attraction.
China Butterfly Craft Centre (7 miles)
China Butterfly Craft Centre
We now offer over 15 different creative activities for you to choose from including pottery painting, mosaics, jewellery making, glass decorating, card making, potters wheel & much more, we are open 7 days & you can pop in & craft anytime, prices start from just Â£3.50 for craft activities & from Â£5 for pottery painting. We have activities suitable for all ages from toddlers right through to adults
Lytham Hall (7 miles)
Stately hall set in 80 acres of mature country park; trails through the woods; cycling and picnics in the park with plenty of space to play safely; free entry to the country park Monday to Friday.
Kaos Indoor High Wire Adventure (7 miles)
Kaos Indoor High Wire Adventure
Indoor Ropes Course for all the family. Our qualified instructors will lead you through a safety briefing and then fit you with a full body harness. Once clipped on you will have an hour to “play” with our 18 “in the air” obstacles.
We also have an adventure soft play course for younger participants, and a toddler soft play area for under 2's.
In addition we have climbing trees and traversing wall
Formby Nature Reserve (7 miles)
Formby Nature Reserve
Home to one of the last colonies of red squirrels in Great Britain, and boats endangered species such as the Natterjack Toad and the Northern Dune Tiger Beetle.
Harrys (7 miles)
Three separate gorgeous play areas for juniors and pre-schoolers aged up to 10 years and babies from 6 months to explore.
The Pick A Pot And Paint It Place (8 miles)
The Pick A Pot And Paint It Place
a paint your own pottery studio in the heart of Ormskirk. You can choose from a wide range of ceramics to paint, from cups and plates to fairy trinket boxes and dinosaur money banks. We also serve tea coffee and soft drinks along with cupcakes and cookies.
Pots U Paint (8 miles)
Pots U Paint
Family friendly pottery painting studio with educational and special needs assistance available.
The West Lancashire Light Railway (8 miles)
The West Lancashire Light Railway
The West Lancashire Light Railway - The whole family can also enjoy a visit, with the short train ride around a flooded clay pit behind coal fired steam locomotives dating from 1898. Refreshments, souvenirs, guide book etc., are availahle from the shop at Becconsall station
Happy Hippos Play Centre (8 miles)
Happy Hippos Play Centre
Multi tiered colourful play structure with oodles of fun features and a separate baby toddler area.
Rufford Old Hall (8 miles)
Rufford Old Hall
Step back in time at one of Lancashire's finest 16th-century Tudor buildings, where a young Will Shakespeare once performed. You can also enjoy the gardens, topiary and sculpture and a walk in the woodlands, alongside the canal.
Hippodome (8 miles)
St Annes On Sea
Several playa areas, go karts, Bear Building Studio and pottery painting facilities, as well as table tennis, air hockey and an arcade.
Ramp City (10 miles)
A 29,000 square foot indoor skatepark boasting a terrific number of high quality features including the only wooden indoor fullpipe in the UK. They also regularly welcome bikes.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach (10 miles)
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
There's something for everyone at Pleasure Beach with over 125 breathtaking rides, attractions and shows including the spectacular Hot Ice Show. Top thrill rides include the Big One, the UK's tallest fastest rollercoaster. Nickenodeon Land with amazing rides and attractions for all ages including SpongeBob's Splash Bash, Dora's World Voyage.
Blackpool Ice Arena (10 miles)
Blackpool Ice Arena
Discover a COOL way to spend your day at the purpose built 455 sq m ice rink with theatre seating so those who don't wish to participate in skating can watch in comfort. The Arena also has a smaller ice rink - the Arosa Ice Rink at over 4.6 sq m which is available for public skating and private hire.
Sandcastle Waterworld (10 miles)
Have you experienced one of the World’s Largest and Wildest Premier Indoor Waterparks? Blackpool’s award winning Sandcastle Waterpark is a fantastic tropical adventure full of heart-stopping rides, water chutes with undulating twists and turns, cascading water features and tranquil glittering pools. Our many amazing rides and fantastic water fun are just the ticket for an exhilarating family day out!
Ramaki (11 miles)
Here at Ramaki we make pottery painting simple and fun. We cater for all ages and for all occasions. We have a wide range of pottery to choose from and a great on site cafe for delicious refreshments. Opening 23rd of July 2012.
The Jungle (11 miles)
Warrington’s award winning indoor play and party centre is now open in Skelmersdale too. Swing, jump, climb and slide through the multi level play areas, take part in the many additional activities on offer, book a wild party and then relax in the 5 star Jungle Express Cafe.
Blackpool Model Village and Gardens (11 miles)
Blackpool Model Village and Gardens
Blackpool’s award winning attraction, established in 1972 we are ‘The Biggest Little Village in Lancashire’ with hundreds of models and figures depicting British life, culture and humour. Set into stunningly beautiful landscaped gardens we cater for family’s and people of all ages. We are a private family owned and run business; you can expect us to go the extra mile to ensure you have an enjoyable visit. Find out more and plan your visit on our website www.blackpoolmodelvillage.com or phone 01253 763827.
Stanley Park (11 miles)
There is a dazzling array of family events and attractions from model boats to a children's shuttle train and a tremendous range of sports facilities.
Blackpool Sea Life Centre (11 miles)
Blackpool Sea Life Centre
is home to one of the largest collections of tropical sharks in Europe. Discover a magical world under water including sharks, rays, seahorses and piranhas. Don't miss our newest features, Jellyfish Phantoms of the Deep and The Turtle Shelter!
Aardvark Adventure Playbarn (12 miles)
Aardvark Adventure Playbarn
A brand new indoor play area, on a 3 level play frame. Includes a 4 lane tiger slide, a zebra tube slide, ball pool with ball shower, football goals, basketball court, climbing frames, walkways, walk of faith, sensory area and much, much more.
Blackpool Zoo (12 miles)
is home to over 1500 animals of more than 400 species including big cats, giraffes, gorillas, elephants, orangutans and many more, providing a fantastic day out for everyone from 3 months to 103! You can even meet 32 dinosaurs in their superb prehistoric gardens. Great idea for family days out in Lancashire.
1st Bowl Blackpool (12 miles)
1st Bowl Blackpool
Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
Rampworx (12 miles)
Friendly indoor skateboarding and BMX facility, with coaching classes available if you don't know where to start!
Clown Around (12 miles)
- kids indoor play centre with great play structure
Turbary Woods (13 miles)
Offers a unique collection of over 90 birds of prey including eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, vultures and more unusual species.
Worden Park (13 miles)
As well as over 60 hectares of meadows, woodlands and playing fields, model railway, huge playground and super hedge maze, the park also includes a Crafts Centre and coffee shop located in the centre of the historic grounds.
Ribble Steam Railway (13 miles)
Ribble Steam Railway
Visitors can travel behind one of the restored steam engines in old fashioned carriages enjoying a three mile round trip around the docks and along the riverbanks, then check out the museum and relax in the tea rooms.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Southport 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 Merseyside can enjoy the great day out as well.
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