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Axe-A-Lot

Reopening date still being decided – check back soon! Single household bookings only.  Axe throwing sessions for anyone aged five and over. Full safety briefing and instructions throughout and balloons can be put on targets and popped with knives to make it easier. Call for opening hours and availability. Netherton Mill, Holdsworth Road, Halifax. 07885…

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Reload Nerf Zone

Not until at least May 17, 2021 (step 3) Army-style open Nerf shooting zone that is fun and active for the whole family. Adults can join in too, or relax in the cafe while the kids let of steam during a one hour session . Suitable for kids aged four and over. Children’s parties available….

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Dare 2 Air Huddersfield

Reopening date not yet decided Huge inflatable theme park with eight different zones. Kids and adults alike can bounce and burn off energy on the drop slides, balance beams, freefall area and inflatable Wipeout zone. Play dodgeball, basketball, volleyball, or just jump around all session – the choice is yours! Open Fridays and weekends during…

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Hover Kart Mania

Not until at least May 17, 2021 (step 3) Indoor karting arena where children aged 5+ can race around on two different types of kart. There is a little track with mini vehicles for under 5s too, as well as air hockey, pool, a seating area and food. Booking advised. Birthday parties available. Hover Kart…

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East Riddlesden Hall

The garden, tearoom (takeaway), car park, lower field and toilets are open on selected days. Please book ahead and check the National Trust website for dates. Lovely former manor house with plenty of outdoor fun for the family, about 35 minutes from Halifax. Little ones will love the wild play garden with den building, a…

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The Piece Hall

Currently closed Going back to 1779, The Piece Hall is a gorgeous structure with a rich history. Recently renovated and reopened, it’s a fabulous place to visit with the family. There are gorgeous shops, cafes and bars, with water features for the kids to paddle in. It’s within close proximity to Square Chapel and the…

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Greenhead Park, Huddersfield

Beautiful park with a paddling pool, just half a mile away from Huddersfield town centre. There are two lovely children’s play areas with picnic tables, a skate park, tennis court, two cafés, a lake and a fabulous paddling pool to cool off in during the summer months. A miniature steam train chugs along a track…

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Oakwell Hall & Country Park – Birstall

The park is open but the visitor centre is closed. Toilets open at weekends between 10am and 3pm .Upper car parks and cafe only open on weekends.  Oakwell Hall dates back to 1583 and is now run as a living museum, furnished as the Batt family home in the 1690’s. There are restored gardens, a…

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Another World Adventure Centre

Planned reopening on March 30, 2021. Outdoor activity centre in Ogden with a wide range of activities. Choose from  mountain boarding, grass sledging, archery, low rope courses, slingshots with paintballs, archery, air pistols and more. Just turn up and have a go – no need to book! Birthday parties for ages 5+ include packages such…

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Electric Bowl

Not until at least May 17, 2021 (step 3) Tenpin bowling with ten lanes, a dining area, pool table and licensed bar. Automatic bumpers, electronic scoring and bowling ramps make sure all the family can have fun. Glow in the dark bowling on Friday and Saturday nights. Children’s and teen parties available all week, including…

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Wainhouse Tower

It’s visible from all over, but have you ever thought about climbing Wainhouse Tower? Standing at 77 metres high, this ornate Victorian chimney is open on Bank Holidays to those brave enough to tackle the 403 steps on its internal spiral staircase. Feel like Rapunzel as you take in the breathtaking views! The tower is…

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Manor Heath Park & Jungle Experience

Playground open but Jungle Experience currently closed Come rain or shine, you’ll find something to do at Manor Heath. This Yorkshire in Bloom Gold Award-winning park is open all year round and has a fabulous play area, outdoor gym, sunken garden, walled gardens and a café. There is also a fun water play area (April…

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Bankfield Museum

Not until at least May 17, 2021 (step 3) Bankfield is a lovely (free!) museum in Halifax that’s great for the kids to run around in. It’s been a museum since 1887 and tells the story of Halifax and Calderdale, using its rich and diverse collections. It’s set in a Victorian mansion in Akroyd Park…

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Shibden Park & Hall

Playground open but hall closed until at least May 17, 2021 (step 3) As well as being one of West Yorkshire’s most important heritage sites, the Shibden Estate is full of fun to keep all the family entertained. The beautifully restored grounds, commissioned by Anne Lister, are wonderful to walk through and there is the tranquil…

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Tropical World – Leeds

Currently closed This is a lovely tropical garden with plenty to keep kids entertained (particularly on a cold or rainy day as it is very warm in the tropical greenhouse!) . There are reptiles, spiders and insects to see, as well as snakes and bats. The butterflies fly around freely and the Meer Cats are…

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Temple Newsam – Leeds

Currently closed With its beautiful park and gardens, house tour & Home Farm, Temple Newsam is a great day out.  Meet hundreds of child-friendly farm animals, such as pigs, sheep, goats, cattle and ducks, and get hands-on with the piglets and chickens running free in the yard. Throw in the play area and a picnic…

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Stump Cross Caverns, Harrogate

Currently closed The caves at Stumps Cross were then discovered in 1860 by miners who were looking for lead seams in the Yorkshire Dales. Although they didn’t find any lead, they did find the natural caverns which you can see today. The cave system at Stump Cross extends well beyond the show caves which are…

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Skipton Castle

Currently closed Skipton Castle is a medieval castle in Skipton, built in 1090 by Robert de Romille, a Norman baron, and preserved for over 900 years. You can explore every corner of this impressive history-rich castle, which withstood a three-year siege during the Civil War. View the Banqueting Hall, the Kitchen, the Bedchamber and Privy….

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Shipley Glen Tramway

Closed until at least Easter 2021 Traditional tramway open for rides since 1896 with a museum and shop. Prams and bikes are welcome – we just want you to enjoy the tramway! Dogs, accompanied by well-behaved owners are welcome too. Open Sundays only from January 2018 to Easter (30th March) 12 noon  to 4pm From…

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Royal Armouries – Leeds

Not until at least May 17, 2021 (step 3) Home to the national collection of arms and armour. Visitors can explore arms and armour from across the world and throughout time in our six themed galleries. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about the objects, their uses and the people behind them in our…

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Ripley Castle & Gardens

Currently closed Ripley is a lovely place for a stroll around the gardens and deer park. Within the pleasure grounds, there is a small children’s play trail. Let your children release their energy and hunt for clues on our informative Treasure Hunt whilst you wander around. There is a small outdoor play area in the…

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RHS Harlow Carr – Harrogate

Open but must be prebooked. Just a short distance from Harrogate town centre, this beautiful garden makes a great family day out. Enjoy some fresh air, catch up with friends and entertain the children all year round. As well as beautiful planting displays, the garden also homes many fun natural play areas for adventurous children,…

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Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway

Reopening on April 13, 2021 Traditional steam train rides for all the family! Tickets are available both in advance and on the day. 0-2 years go free and 3-15 years are £5.50. The Santa Specials are brilliant, a great annual trip for the family. Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6AF. 01756 710614.

Bracken Hall Countryside Estate & Museum

Bracken Hall Countryside Centre and museum is situated on the edge of Shipley Glen, a popular beauty spot. The Centre has displays relating to the natural history, geology, archaeology and local history of the area. The colourful interactive wildlife exhibits delve into the lives of badgers, frogs and bats. There are interactive displays about other…

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The Deep, Hull

Currently closed The Deep is an award-winning aquarium home to 3,500 fish including green sawfish, spectacular sharks, rays and a colony of Gentoo penguins. Journey through the story of the world’s oceans travelling through a unique blend of spectacular marine life from warm tropical waters to the cold Antarctic seas. Highlights include daily dive shows,…

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Newby Hall & Gardens

Reopening on April 1, 2021 Newby Hall is an 18th century country house situated on the banks of the River Ure at Skelton-on-Ure, near Boroughbridge in North Yorkshire. A Grade I listed building, it is open March- September. You can take a picnic and we’d recommend swim suits (for the water fountain bit!). There is…

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National Railway Muesum, York

Not until at least May 17, 2021 (step 3) Home to over 300 years of history and over a million wonderful objects. Visit and you can marvel at iconic locomotives, watch engineering work in progress in the Workshop, browse the object-filled Warehouse, and let off steam in the railway-themed outdoor play area. You can also…

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National Science & Media Museum, Bradford

Not until at least May 17, 2021 (step 3) With nine floors of galleries to explore, three cinemas (including Yorkshire’s biggest IMAX screen) and a packed programme of events, you’re sure to find something to inspire you. Free entry! National Science & Media Museum, Little Horton Lane, Bradford. BD1 1NQ. Open daily, 10am-6pm (Museum and…

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Magna, Sheffield

Not until at least May 17, 2021 (step 3) The Science Adventure Centre is a hands-on experience, packed with interactive exhibits and fascinating displays. Explore the wonders of Science and Technology in our four pavilions – Air, Earth, Fire & Water! Splash in water, operate real JCB’s in Earth, marvel at a tornado made of…

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Lotherton Hall

Wildlife World reopening on April 12, 2021. Grounds and garden already open.  Lotherton Hall is a country house with beautiful grounds and a fabulous bird garden. Plenty to do with the children, especially in the summer when garden games such as giant Jenga, hoops and sacks for racing are laid out for you to enjoy…

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Leeds City Museum

Not until at least May 17, 2021 (step 3) Free museum in Leeds where you can come face-to-face with the Leeds Tiger, step into Ancient Worlds, see the final resting place of the Leeds Mummy and even dig for fossils. Regular events include: Rory’s Saturday Club – every Saturday (11am to 12:15pm) Family arts and…

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Leeds Art Gallery

Currently closed SatARTday Club – first Saturday of the month (11am to 4pm) Drop-in workshop for families who want to have fun being imaginative and creative together. Booking is essential for large groups, contact (0113) 247 8254. Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds. Monday closed. Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-4pm. Closed on bank holidays. Admission free.

Kirkstall Abbey

The park is currently open but the abbey ruins, visitor centre and toilets are closed. Kirkstall Abbey is a fabulous example of Medieval Cistercian abbey ruins set on the banks of the River Aire in Leeds. There is free parking at Abbey House Museum and free entry to the Abbey Visitor Centre with cafe, toilets…

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Harewood House & Gardens

The grounds and adventure playground are open with The Kiosk and Bothy Teahouse serving takeaway food and drink. Harewood House is a country house near Leeds. Designed by architects John Carr and Robert Adam, it was built between 1759 and 1771 for wealthy plantation owner Edwin Lascelles, 1st Baron Harewood. There are over 100 acres…

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Fountains Abbey

Outdoor spaces open. The dramatic abbey ruins at Fountains are the largest monastic ruins in the country. Step back into a rich and dramatic past and imagine what life would have been like for the monks who first came here all those years ago. Whether you’re here to soak up the history and atmosphere, or…

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Eureka! The National Children’s Museum

Not until at least May 17, 2021 (step 3) Halifax’s Eureka is a fantastic day out and is highly recommended for children up to about 11. There are specific areas for the under 5’s and even a couple of special non-walker areas. The concept of the museum is that you learn through play and everything…

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Ravensprings Park – Miniature Railway

2021 open days not yet released –  check back soon. Have a child who loves trains? Ravensprings Park is a private park owned by the Brighouse and Halifax Model Engineers. You can ride miniature locomotives on two different railway tracks on specific dates throughout the year. There is also a large grassed area and a…

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