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9 Ways to Entertain the Kids Now the City is Reopening

· Joseph Sheerin · Culture

Take the kids on a fun-filled day out.

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You can now plan awesome days out for the whole family at these local attractions that have gone above and beyond to keep you all safe.

One of the biggest challenges of lockdown has been trying to keep the kids entertained at a time when you haven’t been able to do the things you normally would. But now it’s slowly being lifted, loads of attractions are reopening with new measures in place to keep your little ones safe. From urban farms to drive-in cinemas, we’ve created a fool-proof list of amazing days out the whole family can enjoy so you’ve got the perfect excuse to get the gang out of the house once again.

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

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Have you been to the working farm in the heart of Leeds yet? Well, Meanwood Valley Urban Farm is one of the most popular family-friendly attractions in Leeds and it’s back open with a one-way system and social distancing measures in place. You can meet a whole array of rare breed animals here – get up close to Angora goats, Whitefaced Woodland sheep and Dexter cows before you explore their pretty gardens and head into their flourishing woodland.

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm, Sugarwell Road, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 2QG. It’s open to walk-ins. Find out about their new safety measures.

Drive-in Cinemas

Luna Cinema

If your little ones have missed the movies during lockdown, you can now enjoy them safely at one of the drive-in cinemas coming to Leeds this summer. Hop in your car with the whole gang and head over to Edward Street Car Park in July or Harewood House in August. The former is showing Back to the Future, The Lion King and Toy Story, while the latter offers even more family-friendly blockbusters including Aladdin, The Goonies and Frozen 2. You’ll get your own parking area to watch the films from at a safe distance from other visitors.

Suzuki Presents @TheDriveIn comes to Edward Street Car Park from Thursday 30th July to Sunday 2nd August 2020. The Luna Drive-in Cinema comes to Harewood House from Tuesday 4th to Friday 17th August 2020. Tickets are on sale now.

Harewood House

Harewood House, North Front

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Harewood House is one of the best family days out in Leeds and it’s got loads to offer now it’s back open with a one-way system and social distancing measures in place. You can explore the house, which is home to an array of Renaissance masterpieces and family portraits, before you head into over 120 acres of beautifully landscaped green spaces, like the Himalayan Garden. It’s also home to wildlife – there’s a farm full of alpacas, pygmy goats and pot-bellied pigs or you can head to the bird garden and see the penguins.

Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 9LG. You need to book ahead online. Find out about their new safety measures.

Leeds Urban Bike Park

It’s time to get the bikes out of the garage and make a beeline for Leeds Urban Bike Park in Middleton Park. There’s loads for cyclists of all ages and abilities to have a go at here, from the cross-country mountain bike trail to the pump track and mini-pump track for BMX riding. There’s a one-way system in place and social distancing signs for you to follow all over the park. After you’ve had a ride, the community centre and cafe are both open, however the bike shop and repair centre is still closed.

Leeds Urban Bike Park, Middleton Park Bike Hub, Ring Road, Beeston Park, Middleton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 3TN. It’s open to walk-ins. Find out about their new safety measures.

Treeside Alpacas

Treeside Alpacas

You can take the kids on a day out to meet animals you don’t normally find in Yorkshire at Treeside Alpacas. It’s a family-run mini alpaca farm that brings a touch of South America to Leeds. There are six woolly friends for you to meet – Bailey, Ambo, Kimbo, Bruno, Chester and Bomber. You can choose one to go on a guided adventure with around the local countryside and you will get to learn all about how to look after them as you go. Each trek is now limited to two households and there are social distancing measures to follow throughout.

Treeside Alpacas, Moss Carr Farm, Newmarket Lane, Oulton, Leeds, Leeds LS26 9DW. You need to book ahead online. Find out about their new safety measures.

Lotherton

Lotherton Hall Wildlife World

While Lotherton Hall is still closed, there’s still plenty to see and do around the rest of the estate. The little ones can let off steam as they roam around eight acres of expansive green space and marvel at the pretty Edwardian Gardens. Wildlife World is open too, so you can learn bout the evolution of the world’s natural heritage and get up close to everything from Humboldt penguins to tapirs and capybaras. The cafe is also open for refreshments and social distancing measures are in place throughout.

Lotherton, Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 3EB. You need to book ahead online. Find out about their new safety measures.

St Aidan’s Nature Reserve

Bower Lake St Aidan's

Credit: David Botham

If you’re looking for an outdoorsy day out with the family, St Aidan’s Nature Reserve is back open to limited numbers with social distancing measures in place. There are 12 kilometres of trails for you to explore across 400 hectares. You can get around on foot or your bike, passing everything from woodlands to lakes as you go. There’s loads of wildlife to spot too, like roe deer and bearded tits. You can even visit Oddball, a massive coal dragline excavator which is probably bigger than any digger the kids have ever seen.

St Aidan’s Nature Park, Allerton Bywater, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 8DD. It’s open to walk-ins. Find out about their new safety measures.

Hope Pastures

Hope Pastures

Hope Pastures is a popular local farm, but with a big difference. They rescue, rehome and rehabilitate equines. Once they’ve done that, their paddocks are open to the public so you can go in and learn all about them first hand. All the horses, ponies and donkeys are back out in the fields with their team of staff and volunteers around to answer any questions you may have, albeit with social distancing measures in place. Visit at the right time and you might even witness feeding time.

Hope Pastures, Westwood Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 5PH. It’s open to walk-ins. Find out about their new safety measures.

Stockeld Park

Stockeld Park

A magical theme park made for family-friendly adventures, Stockeld Park is back open with loads for you to enjoy. Make use of the hand sanitiser stations and follow their social distancing measures before you clamber around the treetops in the Tangle Tree Climb, dive into the sandpit at Woodsands Cove and even have a go on the zip-wires in the Spider’s Lair. They also have an Enchanted Forest where you’ll find adventure playgrounds and Pedal Go-Karts so you can zoom around their kid-friendly racing track.

Stockeld Park, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS22 4AN. You need to book ahead online. Find out about their new safety measures.