Hippopottery is a mobile paint your own pottery studio based in the Shibden Valley. Suitable for all ages, you can choose from a wide range of pottery pieces to paint and create gorgeous keepsakes. All pots, paints, brushes and stencils are supplied and pots are glazed, fired and returned within one week.
Join us at Hippopottery at Shibden Park Café every Wednesday between 10am and 2pm. Also look out for events at Polly’s Play, Upsy Daisy’s, Shibden Hall, Northowram’s Fair’s and Mini Me Time Groups.
ROKT Climbing Gym aims to provide a safe, energised, social atmosphere while fulfilling all your climbing needs.
Choose from taster sessions, and boulder and rope inductions and courses.
There are also kids’ clubs, where they can learn to climb and meet other children. ROKTLINGS (age 5-6) and NICAS (age 7).
Fun-packed kids’ parties last for an hour-and-a-half and include games, bouldering and roped climbing activities with an instructor. Indoor caving is also available.
ROKT Climbing, Old Flour Mill, Millroyd Street, Brighouse. 01484 717444. www.rokt.co.uk
Play gym aimed at children from birth to aged nine. A wide range of activities to keep your little explorers happy, from a climbing frame and ball pool to bouncy castle and trampoline. There is also ride on toys, tree house slide, a dedicated baby area and fun activities.
James Street, Elland. 01422 252208.
Trampoline park and soft play centre with café. Parent and toddler sessions every morning from 10am-11am, £5.
Airtime Halifax, Unit 4 Calderdale Business Park. Contact 01422 247404.
Family entertainment centre with a large play frame over 6 metres high, huge slides, EDU building blocks, ball pools, rope walks, a maze of tunnels and obstacles to clamber over, and a sports area.
Stead Street, Halifax. 01422 363878
Play gym with both indoor and outdoor areas. There are a range of free craft activities on Wednesdays (during school holidays they run most days) and paid for activities such as build your own teddy bear workshops, pot painting, peg wooden animals, jewellery making, clay making and sword decorating.
Chicoccino, Church Street, West Vale, Halifax. 07592 482573.
Children must be at least 4 feet tall and be able to swim 20m confidently in deep water on front and back.
Halifax Swimming Pool: Saturdays, 11.30am-3.30pm. Sundays, 11am-3.30pm.
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 one hour of bowling, party invites, unlimited juice, balloons, party bags, birthday badge and a hot food platter followed by ice cream.
Open seven days a week, 10am-late.
Electric Bowl, 70 Commercial Street, Halifax. Phone 01422 301123.
Fun swimming for adults with children.
Brighouse Pool (teaching pool): Fridays (under 5s), 9am-1.15pm; Saturdays (under 11s), 1.30pm-2.45pm; Sundays (under 11s), 9am-1pm.
Sowerby Bridge Pool (teaching pool): Mondays (under 5s), 9.15am-11.15am; Fridays (under 5s), 11am-1pm; Sundays (Under 5s), 9-11.30am.
Todmorden Sports Centre: Sundays, 10am-noon
Family roller skating sessions at the Halifax YMCA.
Fridays: 6-8pm, open age. £3.50 per person including boot hire.
Saturdays: Noon-1.30pm. £3 per person including boot hire.
Sundays: 2-3.30pm. £3 per person including boot hire.
Family Swimming sessions are times to swim with children under eight.
Brighouse Pool: Mondays, 9.30am-noon; Wednesdays, 10am-noon
Halifax Pool (teaching pool): Mondays, noon-1.15pm & 3-3.45pm; Tuesdays, noon-3.45pm; Wednesdays, 10am-1.30pm & 2.15-3.45pm; Thursdays, noon-1.15pm & 2.30-3.45pm; Fridays, noon-3.45pm; Saturdays, 1-2.15pm; Sundays, 9am-4.30pm
Sowerby Bridge: Tuesdays, 3-4pm; Thursdays, 3-3.30pm; Fridays, 3-4pm; Saturdays, noon-2pm; Sundays, 9am-12.30pm
Todmorden Pool: Sundays, 10am-noon
Pottery painting café in Hebden Bridge. Choose from a plate, bowl, mug or even piggy bank, unicorn, fairy or dinosaur, decide how to paint it and sit and paint using our brushes or sponge stamps. And you can have a drink or snack whilst you create!
Every Tuesday is Toddler Tuesday at Flying Saucers. Come along with your pre-schooler or baby and receive 10% off and a free coffee for you. Whether it’s a baby footprint or a toddler painting on a plate, come with friends, have a coffee and make something truly unique.
Small to medium sized play gym with a double decker play gym, bouncy castle, ball pool, baby play area and lots of toys. hot and cold food and free Wi-Fi. Perfectly suited for children up to around seven years old.
Dispensary Walk, Halifax. 01422 383131.
Wild and wacky sessions with giant floats, for children aged 14 and under.
Brighouse Pool: Saturdays, 1.30-2.45pm
Sowerby Bridge Pool: Saturdays, 1.30-2.45pm
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.
The kids will have tons of fun at Huddersfield Leisure Centre’s Splash Park. There are water features and slides for the youngsters and larger slides for older children and adults, with water buckets, water jets, a lazy river, a small fun pool and spa pool.
Sessions last 90 minutes and it’s best to book in advance.
Huddersfield Splash Park, Huddersfield Leisure Centre. Phone 01484 766269.
Soft play centre aimed at children aged under eight. Two tier soft play area with slide, rope bridges, swing ball and climbing areas, toddlers’ corner with ride on toys, playhouse, slide, kitchen, dolls and tools, ball pool and chill out area. Hot and cold food, snacks and beverages available.
Jungle at the Junction, Black Dyke Mills, Queensbury. 01274 270409.
Pop-up play cafe in Haworth Village Hall. Lovely play area for children, nice cafe and classes running regularly.
Soft play centre with a role play village, large baby area, sensory room and more. For ages 0-6.
Gigantic play frame with a football pitch, huge slides, ball pits, epic obstacle courses and a café.
W Parade, Halifax. 01422 353700
Strap on some skates and show off your skills at Playworld Huddersfield’s roller skating rink. It’s suitable for children aged four and up, but adult supervision is recommended for young and inexperienced skaters.
There’s also a four-storey soft play gym to get stuck into, with a ball pool and slides.
Two fun-packed party packages are available to choose from too.
Play gym with a cafe and craft and activity room. Very good for the little ones – I happily let my two-year-old scamper around while enjoying a coffee with friends as I can see his every move!
Holroyd Mill, Old Lane, Halifax. 01422 322247.
Snowboarding, snowtubing, skiing and kids adventure play.
The slope is covered in a highly advanced material called Snowflex to create a close-to-snow experience.
Charlie Fastrax indoor play includes a multi-storey play area with ball pools, climbing frames, tunnels, slides and caves.
Parties and taster sessions available.
Halifax Ski & Snowboard Centre, Bradford Old Road, Halifax. Ski & Snowboard Centre and Snowtubing: 01422 340760, Charlie Fastrax: 01422 360060.
Recently refurbished play gym for children aged under six, with a café.
Sunny Gym, Coronation Street, Elland. 01422 372213.
Play environment for both older and younger children. Baby and toddler play area, large preschool and junior play facility and an area for older children with games consoles and much more. Dining area with licenced bar.
The Mill Play Centre, Shaw Lodge Mills, Halifax. 01422 363523.
Come along to the PotSpot, paint a pot, have a chat and create something individual. We have over 300 different individually-priced pieces to choose from, and the price includes the use of colours, studio fees, glazing and firing. We advise booking during school holidays.
The PotSpot, Park Street, Brigouse, 01484 400602
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 fantastic.
Admission (2017) is free for under 5’s, 5-15yrs is £3.00, Adults £6.00.
Opening hours: 10am-6pm during the summer, 10am-4pm during the winter.
REMEMBER, ADMISSION TO ROUNDHAY PARK IS FREE, AND IT’S OPEN EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR – 700 ACRES OF BEAUTIFUL PARKLAND, WITH FREE PARKING – ENJOY!.
Tropical World, Princes’ Avenue, Roundhay Park, Leeds LS8 1DF.
Adventure play centre and party venue. Aimed at children aged between birth to aged 11, there is a main play area with a three-storey play frame with obstacles, tunnels, a walk bridge and four-lane slide. Sports court area with basketball rings, football goal posts, pedal car track and crawl-through characters. Party room for up to 25 kids.
Upsy Daisys, Moderna Business Park, Mytholmroyd. 01422 881717.