Places For Kids To Visit


Station Road, Richmond, DL10 7SQ

Wackadayz is a secure, indoor soft play centre that offers excitement and adventure for children of all ages. This play area will keep even the most adventurous of kids entertained for hours.

The play area includes twin slide, spinning poles, punch bags, rope bridges and a tunnel. Not forgetting the most popular attractions - the elevated sports arena and the bouncy castle.

Parents can join in the fun or relax with some light refreshments and take advantage of the WIFI.

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The Forbidden Corner

Tupgill Park Estate, Coverham, DL8 4TJ

Discover a labyrinth of pathways, tunnels, and chambers throughout the folly at The Forbidden Corner. Keep your eyes open for secret brass circles that direct you on your way, where you'll be presented with a barrage of tricky challenges, including the occasional spray of water! There’s also a lovely picnic area for when you need a break from the fantasy.

This place is so strange due to the extraordinary statues and buildings dotted around the site. Spot pagan tree men, haybale dogs, gargoyles and a huge pyramid made of translucent glass! Voted best European folly of the 20th century, as well as the best children's attraction in Yorkshire, this is a day out with a genuine difference.

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Little Messes Paint a Pot

Battalion Court, Catterick, DL9 4QN

We can't predict the english weather, so you might want to find ways to entertain your kids indoors. The Little Messes Paint a Pot pottery studio offers lots of fun and creative activities for you and your little ones. Paint your own pottery, make a cast of those special tiny prints, play with foam clay and lots more!

Choose a pot and decorate it in any way that you like. You can have your pot fired in a kiln and glazed but it will be a week before you can collect your artwork. Can’t wait? Use acrylic paints instead and take your pot home the same day. It’s not food safe, but it’s quick and it’s great for decoration.  

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ODEON Darlington

Northgate, Darlington, DL1 1RB
Callings all film fans! See the latest blockbusters and animated adventures all under one roof at ODEON Darlington. With 3 screens of multimedia movie magic for the family to enjoy, you can't go far wrong.

Sharing your favourite films with family is special, so bring the whole gang to an Odeon Kids screening. Carefully selected family favourites are shown every Saturday and Sunday over the school holidays and are an easy way to spend a rainy afternoon.  

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The Dolphin Centre

Horse Market, Darlington, DL1 5RP

The Dolphin Centre is a fantastic place to have lots of splashtastic fun with an excellent pool complex. The pools offer a range of water activities, from diving and swimming, to inflatables and water slides. There is a 25m (82 feet) competition standard pool with 8 lanes, plus a Diving Pool with 3 diving boards (1, 3 and 5m).

Ther's also an Under the Sea themed Soft Play area! A nautical adventure play area that includes Pirate Island, where you can meet Pirate Pete and maybe even find his treasure! There are a number of other fun characters, plus some great interactive features in this fantastic soft play area.

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Big Sheep & Little Cow Farm

Aiskew Watermill, Aiskew, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 1AW
Tel: 01677 422125

For an authentic, hands-on farming experience visit Big Sheep and Little Cow Farm.

Get the chance to hold and feed animals such as chinchillas, goats, pigs, llamas, donkeys, say hello to a tortoise and fall in love with a beautiful Shetland pony. All animals meet and feed take place around the farm tour, where you can learn all about the running of a farm.

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The Station

Station Yard, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 5AQ

Enigmatically titled The Station, this beautifully restored Victorian railway is packed with exhibits, history and heritage. Bring your brood of culture vultures along for a day of creativity.

The central gallery features an ever-changing display with a lovely mix of local and national artists. These often have a focus on nature with pastel squirrels, inky sheep and local wildlife photography, all showing off a vast variety of skill which is sure to inspire mini artists in the family.

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Mainsgill Farm

Mainsgill Farm, Richmond, DL11 7PN

From the camels – Doris, Delilah and Camelot – grazing in the field to the zip wire and adventure playground there’s a lot to love about Mainsgill Farm. Just off the thunderous A66 overlooking the northern edge of the Yorkshire Dales, it’s a gargantuan farm shop with butchery, food hall, tea room, gift shop and homewares.

Step through the front door and you come face-to-face with a 28-metre deli counter filled with cheeses, cold meats, pies, antipasti and fresh meats. The vegetable aisle has a picture window giving onto those rolling dales

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