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60 Fantastic Family Days Out in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Family

Take the kids for a fun-filled day out in Leeds.

Glowing Ghosts at Thwaite Mills

This round-up of the best family days out in Leeds will keep the little ones busy all through the weekends and school holidays.

There are so many great attractions and activities for the kids to enjoy in Leeds, but which should you try next? We’ve put them all together in one list to help you decide – you could do anything from visiting parks, farms and nature reserves to running along the treetops, exploring museums and climbing up walls. So without further ado, here are 60 of the best days out for the whole family to enjoy in Leeds.

1. St Aidan’s Nature Park

St Aidan's Nature Park Days Out

St Aidan’s Nature Park is something of a hidden gem, and it’s a great family day out in Leeds. This 400-hectare country park has over 12 kilometres of trails to enjoy, and there’s loads to see and do as you go. You can walk or bring the bikes, passing everything from lakes to woodlands. There’s loads of wildlife here too, so the kids can do some animal spotting – see if they can spot a roe deer or a bearded tit. They’ll also get to see Oddball, a coal dragline excavator which is probably the biggest digger they’ll ever see.

St Aidan’s Nature Park, Allerton Bywater, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 8DD.

2. Leeds City Museum

Skeletons at Leeds City Museum

If you want to blow your kids’ minds with a blast of history, take a trip to Leeds City Museum. It promises an eclectic mix of exhibits, with everything from the Egyptian mummy that survived the Leeds Blitz to a Roman floor mosaic that was found in Aldborough. You can also explore an entire exhibition on Leeds’ history from the Iron Age to the present day, or travel the world looking at Ancient civilisations and Asian culture.

Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BH.

3. Temple Newsam

Temple Newsam

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There are loads of things to do with the kids at Temple Newsam. Inside, the house is teeming with history, so you can learn as you go from one beautifully decorated room to the next. They put on special games for the kids while they’re here, both inside and outside – they’ll love discovering the stunning gardens, but did you know it’s also home to a farm? The little ones can meet pigs, cows, sheep and goats, before you pick up tea in the farm shop.

Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 0AE.

4. The Big Depot

The Big Depot

You can introduce the kids to the world of climbing at The Big Depot. It’s a state-of-the-art lead-climbing facility, which means the lead climber wears a harness attached to a climbing rope as they ascend the wall and that same rope is attached to the climbers below. They run a range of classes all year round for the little ones, from the weekly Kids Club to their special workshops during the school holidays.

The Big Depot, 100a Geldard Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 6BY.

5. Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

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A real life farm in the heart of the city – Meanwood Valley Urban Farm is one of the top attractions for kids in Leeds. They have all kinds of animals for you to meet, from alpacas and donkeys to sheep, cows and rabbits. There’s also a bike track, a bird spotting checklist and the ever-growing wildflower meadow that they’re constantly adding to – it’s home to hoverflies and butterflies to name but a few.

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm, Sugarwell Road, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 2QG.

6. Harewood House

Humboldt penguins at Harewood House

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Harewood House has loads to offer families. Start with the house where you can explore its incredible collections of furniture, portraits and Renaissance masterpieces, then head to explore the beautiful gardens. They have a bird garden too, with everything from Chilean flamingos to burrowing owls. Stop by at 11am or 3.30pm to see the Humboldt penguins being fed between March and November.

Harewood House, Harewood House Estate Office, Sandy Gate, Harewood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 9LG.

7. Stockeld Park

Stockeld Park

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Stockeld Park is perfect if you’re looking for things to do with the kids. It only opens during school holidays, bank holidays and for special occasions like Halloween and Christmas. There’s loads to enjoy, from the popular maze to an outdoor roller rink, go-karting and electric scooters. They also have an Enchanted Forest where you’ll find the adventure playgrounds and an Inflatable Zone where you can bounce your way through your visit.

Stockeld Park, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS22 4AN.

8. Leeds Art Gallery

Leeds Art Gallery

Leeds Art Gallery is the perfect way to introduce the kids to the world of art. It’s home to one of the biggest collections of 20th-century British art in the UK and showcases the work of local legends Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth alongside national treasures like L.S. Lowry and John Atkinson Grimshaw. You should also keep an eye out for their regular programme of family-friendly workshops and events.

Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AA.

9. Skelton Grange

Skelton Grange

Skelton Grange is an eco-centre and nature area where the kids can get up close and personal with wildlife and the natural environment. They run a series of art workshops throughout the year, as well as special one-off nature sessions, which usually take place during the school holidays. It’s a great way to get the kids away from the TV and out into the world as they pick up special skills like bushcraft.

Skelton Grange Environment Centre, Skelton Grange Road, Stourton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1RS.

10. Roundhay Park

Roundhay Park

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If you’re looking for an easy, relaxing day out with the family in Leeds, make a beeline for Roundhay Park. It’s a 700-acre urban park that’s also home to two massive lakes. It’s the biggest park in Leeds and one of the biggest in Europe, so there’s plenty you can do here – bring a picnic, go on the playground, play tennis or just ramble around the place, visiting landmarks like the Mansion, the landscaped gardens and the old follies.

Roundhay Park, Princes Avenue, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 1DF.

11. Royal Armouries

Eastern Warriors Royal Armouries

Royal Armouries is home to over 8,500 artefacts from the National Collection of Arms and Armour. You’ve got six themed galleries to walk around, as well as the Hall of Steel where the little ones will be able to see an amazing tower made from glass and steel that displays everything from canons to spears. It’s fun, grisly and educational, everything the kids love – keep an eye out for their events during the school and bank holidays, which include combat tournaments, hands-on workshops and more.

Royal Armouries Museum, Armouries Drive, Leeds Dock, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1LT.

12. Go Ape

Go Ape

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Temple Newsam is home to a Go Ape adventure centre where the whole family can explore high amongst the treetops. It’s set in 1,500 acres of parkland in the Menagerie Wood and you have three levels to explore, each one higher than the last. They have loads of obstacles for you to take on during the 90-minute experience, from a free-fall Tarzan Swing to four tree-to-tree zip wires and a 46-foot sheer drop called The Plummet.

Go Ape, Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 0AE.

13. Thackray Medical Museum

Heart dissection at Thackray Medical Museum

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Thackray Medical Museum is greats for kids who love a bit of gore. It takes you right from Victorian England, with a trip to a quack doctor and a replica of Leeds’ slum streets, up to the present day, with exhibits about how war has changed medicinal technology and a chance to see inside a typical NHS recovery room. It’s educational, fun and hands-on – they even put on dissection workshops, they’re not for the squeamish.

Thackray Medical Museum, 141 Beckett Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS9 7LN. The museum is temporarily closed until late June 2020 for refurbishment but is still hosting events throughout this period.

14. Jump Arena

Take the kids for an exciting day out at Jump Arena. It’s a massive trampoline park where the kids can jump, bounce and spring their way across a 20,000 square foot hall, which is rammed full of 50 interconnected trampolines. It’s not just a dizzying bounce around though – they also have a dodgeball court, free jumping foam pits and basketball hoops, which will help to wear out the kids for an early bedtime.

Jump Arena, Redcote Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2AL.

15. Thwaite Mills

Easter at Thwaite Mills

Thwaite Mills is a brilliant destination for family days out in Leeds. Inside, you’ll discover one of the last remaining examples of a water-powered mill in Britain today. You can find out what it was like to work in the mill and see cool things like how rock is made into paint and putty. There’s more outside – the mill itself is on a lovely island and you can go exploring in the scrub, woodland and gardens, all of which are teeming with wildlife.

Thwaite Mills, Thwaite Lane, Stourton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1RP.

16. Yeadon Tarn

Yeadon Tarn Days Out

If your little ones are water babies, why not get active at Yeadon Tarn? It’s home to Leeds Sailing & Activity Centre where you can all try everything from canoeing to windsurfing. That’s not all there is to do at the Tarn, though – there’s a playground and a BMX track too. It’s even got a bowls court, although you’ll need your own balls, and it’s also a pleasant spot for a leisurely picnic, overlooking the water.

Yeadon Tarn, Cemetery Road, Yeadon, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19 7BB.

17. Hope Pastures

Hope Pastures

Hope Pastures is a farm with a difference. It’s a rescue and rehabilitation centre for horses, ponies and donkeys. Their good work isn’t just restricted to the animals though. They open the centre up to families, so that you can introduce the kids to these wonderful animals from an early age. The kids can meet the animals and learn all about them, they might even be able to help the keepers with their daily jobs.

Hope Pastures, Westwood Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 5PH.

18. West Leeds Activity Centre

West Leeds Activity Centre has so many outdoor pursuits for you to try that you’ll need to plan a return visit. You can go abseiling down a huge wooden structure, dance your way along their high rope adventure course or jump off a massive 20-foot pole. But that’s not all – there’s everything from archery to go-karting on offer here – all provided in a safe, secure environment.

West Leeds Activity Centre, Lenhurst Avenue, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 2RE.

19. Bramley Baths

Bramley Baths

Bramley Baths isn’t just like any old swimming pool – it’s one of the most historic in Leeds and it’s a great family day out. They were built in 1904 and are now one of the only remaining examples of a Victorian bathhouse left in the city. They run special under 5s and baby sessions during the week, as well as their Family Fun Swim every Saturday and Sunday, but if you can’t make that, the general sessions are just as good.

Bramley Baths, Broad Lane, Bramley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS13 3DF.

20. Armley Mills

Leeds Industrial Museum

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Armley Mills was once the largest woollen mill in the world, but it’s now been transformed into Leeds Industrial Museum. It will take you back to a time when the city was an industrial powerhouse, revealing the secrets of engineering and textile manufacturing as you go. It’s also home to the smallest cinema in Leeds, the Palace Picture House, which puts on family-friendly film screenings on a regular basis. Take a look around outside too, it’s perfect for picnics in a pretty setting on the banks of the Leeds Liverpool Canal.

Leeds Industrial Museum, Canal Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 2QF.

21. Tropical World

Meerkats Tropical World

Tropical World is definitely one of the best kids attractions in Leeds. It’s home to a whole host of animals and it’s just a few minute’s walk from Roundhay Park. You’ll start in the Butterfly House, before making your way to the aquarium where you can see piranhas, crocodiles and stingrays. From there, you’ll enter the Rainforest and Creature Corner, ahead of the Desert where you can spot those curious meerkats. You’ll end your adventure in the dark where their bats and nocturnal animals live.

Tropical World, Princes Avenue, Roundhay Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS8 1DF.

22. Swithens Farm

There’s something for the whole family to enjoy at Swithens Farm. You can walk around their open farm between Tuesday and Sunday, and meet their cows, rabbits, ducks and geese. Don’t miss their incredible micro pigs, Molly and Millie. It’s not just the animals here – they also have a play barn where kids under the age of 11 can let off steam. Before you go, you can pick up tea at their farm shop or recharge your batteries in their cafe.

Swithens Farm, Swithen’s Lane, Rothwell, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 0BT.

23. LS-Ten Skate Park

The Works Skate Park

Got the next Tony Hawk at home? Plan a trip to LS-Ten. This indoor skatepark is one of the best in Yorkshire. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been skateboarding for years or you’re just starting out, everyone can have a go. They have loads of different sessions, with everything from introductory classes to more experienced workshops. It’s not just skateboards either, you can bring BMXs, inline skates and scooters.

LS-Ten, Kitson Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1NT.

24. Jungle Kids

Jungle Kids

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If you’re looking for a quality soft play centre, Jungle Kids is a great shout. They have everything you could wish for in their big play centre, from slides, crawl tubes and ball pools to dizzy discs, cargo nets and ball canons. And while the kids let their hair down, you can take five with a coffee in the cafe.

Jungle Kids, Unit 2, 12 Whingate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 3BL.

25. Lotherton Hall

Lotherton Hall

Lotherton Hall is a historic Leeds landmark the kids will love. Inside the house, you can explore rooms filled with decorative art or check out the renowned Fashion Galleries. Outside, there’s even more to do – as well as exploring the grounds, pay a visit to Wildlife World. It’s an animal park that’s home to a huge bird garden, where you can meet Humboldt penguins and flamingos, as well as tapirs and capybaras.

Lotherton Hall, Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 3EB.

26. TeamSport Go Karting

Go Karting

TeamSport is the place to go for a spot of family go karting in Leeds. They have a state of the art 580-metre karting track – it’s the longest in Yorkshire and it’s fully kitted out with a flyover, hairpin bends and electronic timing. They have special sessions using less powerful karts and a shorter track for younger kids, while kids over 13 can use their adult 270cc LPG karts on the full course. You can even do it as one group with their Family Go Karting Madness session.

TeamSport Go Karting, South Accommodation Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1NQ.

27. Kirkstall Abbey

Easter at Kirkstall Abbey

A family day out at Kirkstall Abbey is a must when you’re in Leeds. The 12th century ruins are a stunning example of Cistercian architecture and one of the most intact in the entire country. You can get right up close with to ruins, and the kids can have a ball running in and out of the old archways. Come prepped with a picnic – the surrounding park is a scenic spot, right by the waterfront. And if the kids still have energy after, they can play a game of tennis on the courts.

Kirkstall Abbey, Abbey Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3AH.

28. Herd Farm Activity Centre

If you’ve got a group of kids to keep entertained, Herd Farm Activity Centre is one of the best things to do in Leeds. You can visit for the day or stay over in their 50-bed residential building. While you’re there, you can try everything from climbing towers, zip wires and high wires to BMXing, inflatable games and assault courses. You’ll get your own individual programme, tailored for you, so you can do exactly what you want.

Herd Farm Activity Centre, Eccup Reservoir, Harrogate Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 7RJ.

29. Battlefield Leeds

Battlefield Leeds

Bring the kids’ favourite video games to life with a trip to Battlefield Leeds. You’ll need to gather up a group of children who’ll then pit their wits against each other in a laser combat adventure. You’ll get state-of-the-art equipment, like SATR weapons, which make this a realistic experience as you choose to attack or defend the opposing team. It’s great fun for all kids over 7, and adults can join in too, if you fancy showing them who’s boss.

Battlefield Leeds, Castle Gate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 8HE.

30. None Go Bye Farm

None Go Bye

Although it’s famous for its excellent farm shop, None Go By Farm is also one of the best kids attractions in Leeds. Why? Because you can go and explore the farm itself. The kids can see a whole host of unusual animals, from alpacas and rheas to goats and prairie dogs. They even let you pick up a bag of animal feed, so you can get really close to their furry inhabitants.

None Go Bye Farm, Otley Old Road, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5HZ.

31. Fearnville BMX Track

How much would the kids love to try out an Olympic-level BMX track? There’s one right here in Leeds. Fearnville is a purpose-built outdoor track run by Leeds BMX Club and it’s open throughout the year. You don’t have to be a member to get involved and they can even provide the bike. It is a tricky course though, with big jumps and tight turns, so although they welcome riders of all ages and levels, kids need to be joined by a grown up.

Fearnville BMX, Fearnville Leisure Centre, Oakwood Lane, Fearnville, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 3LF.

32. Hazlewood Castle

Bushcraft, Live for Today

Hazlewood Castle is a stunning Grade I-listed building set amongst 77 acres of lush green parkland, but what you might not know is that it’s also home to a host of adventure activities. Live for Today have loads of different things to do for the kids – whether you fancy paintballing, quad biking or bushcraft, they’ve got it covered, and you can even do more than one activity on your visit.

Live For Today, Hazlewood Castle, Paradise Lane, Tadcaster, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS24 9NJ.

33. Jackrabbits Pottery

Jackrabbits pottery

If you’ve got creative kids, take them for a day out at Jackrabbits Pottery. It’s Leeds’ first paint your own pottery shop and it’s loads of fun. You can pick a pre-made piece of pottery, from mugs and plates to plant pots, bases and money boxes. The kids can paint it with their own special design and when they’re done, it’ll be glazed and fired. You can pick it up seven days later and give it pride of place on the mantlepiece.

Jackrabbits Pottery, 633a Roundhay Road, Oakwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 4BA.

34. Emsley’s

There are two sides to Emsley’s. First it’s a farm, where you can see everything from chickens to alpacas, donkeys and deer. But they also have a play barn – it’s home to a massive play area where the little ones can roam free, or you can visit for one of their activity sessions like Creation Station or Tiny Tales and Tunes.

Emsley’s, Emsley’s Farm, Warm Lane, Yeadon, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19 7DW.

35. Goals

Got footy-mad kids at home? Take them to Goals. It’s home to 17 five-a-side and seven-a-side football pitches and you can pop down whenever school’s out, no booking in advance required. You’ll get an hour to play, and there’s a cafe inside for a well deserved juice when you’re done.

Goals, Redcote Lane, Off Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2AW.

36. Abbey House Museum

Abbey House Museum

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Abbey House Museum is perfect for family days out in Leeds. You can show the little ones the Leeds of old as you walk down a carbon-copy of a Victorian street, complete with pubs, shops and a Methodist Sunday school classroom. It’s not just exhibits here, they also offer a wide range of workshops, classes and events designed to entertain the little ones.

Abbey House Museum, Abbey Walk, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3EH.

37. The Donkey Sanctuary


When donkeys are roaming around, how can you not have fun? The Donkey Sanctuary is one of the best things to do with the kids in Leeds. This is their chance to meet the donkeys up close and even adopt one. All of their animals have been trained for donkey-assisted therapy to help kids with special needs, so this really is a place for everyone.

The Donkey Sanctuary, Swan Lane, Off Blackhill Lane, Eccup, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 8AZ.

38. Combat Archery

Combat Archery

Combat Archery is exactly what it sounds like and it’s loads of fun. You can run around a field, armed with a bow and fire arrows at people. But don’t worry, they’ve got foam-tipped arrows, not metal ones, so it’s all completely safe. They have a pitch dressed up in medieval barriers, bunkers and barricades. You start with a practice run to get used to it, then split into teams and take on a mission.

National Archery, Redcote Lane, Off Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2AW.

39. Oxygen Freejumping

Oxygen Freejumping

Want to tire the little ones out before bed? Oxygen Freejumping is the perfect choice. It’s home to a huge hall that’s covered with 100 interconnected trampolines that you can bounce back and forth between. They run open sessions for everyone aged 3 and above, so you can jump around as a family. There’s also an obstacle course, a giant airbag and if you’ve got toddlers, you can take them to their special Little O sessions.

Oxygen Freejumping, Cardigan Fields, Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2DG.

40. The Climbing Lab

The Climbing Lab, Leeds

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Climbing is a brilliant hobby to take up with the little ones, and The Climbing Lab is a great place to do it in. They’ve created a safe and controlled environment for the kids to try bouldering for the first time. They run sessions every day with their crack team of climbing experts who’ll show you the ropes – you have to be at least five years old to have a go, but there’s no upper age limit, so parents and grandparents can join them.

The Climbing Lab, Kirkstall Industrial Park, Milford Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2AZ.

41. The Tetley

The Tetley Art Workshops

The Tetley is one of the best family days out in Leeds. It’s a three-floor art gallery full of groundbreaking work by emerging contemporary artists. They pride themselves on being incredibly family friendly, both in the gallery and their cafe, so you can combine family art workshops with a scrumptious feed (and one the kids will enjoy as much as you).

The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JQ.

42. Escape Hunt

Escape Hunt

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If you’ve got a couple of crack detectives at home, why not take them to Escape Hunt? This ingenious escape game is aimed at kids aged 10+, so the whole family can have a go. You’ll have 60 minutes to work out all the codes, riddles and clues to escape the room – and they have four to choose from. Will you go for the pirate-themed Blackbeard’s Treasure or the war-inspired Our Finest Hour?

Escape Hunt, The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL.

43. The Little Bookshop

The Little Bookshop, Chapel Allerton

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The Little Bookshop is a revelation – it’s the only independent book shop in Leeds that’s dedicated to children. They have everything from picture books to teen fiction on the shelves, but they also put on special events that make it a must-visit. They regularly welcome author talks and put on workshops, alongside their popular daily story time sessions for younger kids. It’s got a cafe too, with quality coffee and food that’s as good for the adults as it is the kids.

The Little Bookshop, 47 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3PD.

44. Leeds Owl Trail

Owls at Leeds Corn Exchange

Owls are synonymous with Leeds. They appear on the coat of arms, as well as buildings all over the city. The Leeds Owl Trail brings them all together and it’s a great family day out. There are 25 owls at landmarks all across the city, and your job is to follow the route and find them all. It’ll take you from the Leeds Tapestry to Leeds Minster, so you can enjoy a little tour along the way.

Find out more about the Leeds Owl Trail…

45. Woodhouse Moor Skate Park

Woodhouse Moor Skate Park

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Woodhouse Moor Skate Park is one of the top kids attractions in Leeds for two reasons – it’s hands down the best outdoor skate park in the city and it’s absolutely free. The kids will need to bring their own skateboard, roller blades or BMX, but once they’re set up, they can try their hand at everything from launch ramps to box jumps and quarter pipes. During the summer, it becomes a real community as kids stay there from sunlight to sundown, but if you’ve got little ones, they’ll need supervision.

Woodhouse Moor Skate Park, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2NW.

46. Grim Up Nerf

You might not know what it is, but your kids will definitely know about nerfing. It’s a new craze inspired by foam dart blasters, which are kid-friendly gun-shaped toys. They’ve become so popular in recent times, that Leeds has a club, Grim Up Nerf. They put on Nerf Wars in Headingley and Farsley where kids can run about, tagging other players with their darts – it’s just like laser tag but one you can do anywhere.

Grim Up Nerf takes place in venues across Leeds every month.

47. Henry Moore Institute

Roy Ascott, Henry Moore Institute

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Henry Moore Institute is a place of real artistic discovery for the kids. It’s completely dedicated to sculpture, so they can get up close and personal with fascinating pieces of work. They’ve put on exhibitions by some of the biggest names in sculpture, from Gego to Jean Tingueley, so it’s no wonder it’s recognised as one of the most important galleries in the UK. Keep your eyes peeled for special family-friendly events too, from talks to workshops.

Henry Moore Institute, 74 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AH.

48. Jackaboos

Soft Play Children's Area

As soft play centres go, Jackaboos at Sunny Bank Mills is one of the best in Leeds. It’s got everything you need for the little ones to go play-crazy. They can climb, slide, jump and dive, but it’s not just about the soft play. They host daily events for smaller kids as well as regular craft sessions. Fancy a break while they play? Take a seat in the neighbouring cafe.

Jackaboos, 10a Sunnybank Mills, 83-85 Town St, Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 5UJ.

49. Firefly Pottery

Firefly Pottery, Horsforth

Firefly Pottery is great if you have creative kids. You’ll pick a piece of pre-made pottery from their huge selection, then a member of their team will give you a quick tutorial about how to paint it. Go to town with the paints and brushes provided, before rocking back to pick it up a week later. They also do special classes like pottery wheel throwing and clay hand building if your little ones enjoy it.

Firefly Pottery, 116 Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 4AH.

50. Golden Acre Park

Golden Acre Park

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Golden Acre Park is a great place to take the kids. It’s a huge 55-hectare park with loads to see and do. There’s the wildfowl lake, the woodland gardens and the cherry orchard – you can even take the short walk to Breary Marsh and Adel Dam, two nature reserves that are right nearby. It’s worth knowing that this is the end of the Meanwood Valley Trail too, in case you want to kill two birds with one stone.

Golden Acre Park, Off Arthington Road, Bramhope, Leeds, LS16 8BQ.

51. Think Like a Pony


Are the kids always asking for a pony? Give them the next best thing with a trip to Think Like a Pony. It’s one of the best family days out in Leeds for animal-lovers. The kids will meet the ponies, before learning how to mount, sit and ride one, with one-to-one tuition from their qualified instructors. It’s designed to help the little ones learn to empathise, understand and communicate with animals, all while having loads of fun.

Think Like a Pony, Woodlands Farm, Occupation Lane, Bramhope, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 9HS.

52. Middleton Railway

Middleton Railway, Leeds

Middleton Railway has long been one of the best family days out in Leeds. It’s the oldest working railway in the world, and you can ride along the mile-long former colliery line from Moor Road to Park Halt. Here, you’ll find the Engine House Museum which is home to a massive collection of steam, diesel and electric trains for you to look at, as well as information and relics that tell the story of the city’s industrial past.

Middleton Railway, Moor Road Station, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5PA.

53. Leeds Urban Bike Park

Leeds Urban Bike Park is a thriving cycling hub in South Leeds where kids and grown ups can go and make the most of their bikes. There’s loads to do here, from the cross country mountain bike trail to a pump track and mini-pump track for BMX riding. They also host bike workshops and lessons from the community centre, which is also home to a cafe to recharge in after you’ve been out on the course.

Leeds Urban Bike Park, Middleton Park Bike Hub, Ring Road, Beeston Park, Middleton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 3TN.

54. Otley Chevin

Otley Chevin Surprise View

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If you’re looking for active family days out in Leeds, make a beeline for the Chevin Forest Park. You can explore the acres of woodland, heathland and meadowland, take one of two orienteering courses or bring your walking boots and try one of the many trails around the park. You could also head up to Surprise View to take in the incredible views across Yorkshire.

Chevin Forest Park, East Chevin Road, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 3DD.

55. Clip ’n Climb

Clip 'n Climb Leeds

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Climbing doesn’t get more kid-friendly than this. Clip ’n Climb is a brightly coloured climbing centre that little ones as young as four can enjoy. They use a simple clip-on safety system that retracts as you climb and gently lowers you to the ground when you’re done. You can climb with the kids or watch them from the open cafe as they take on the 32 climbing walls, each one ingeniously different to the last. They even have a 9-metre vertical drop slide for those brave young adventurers.

Clip ’n Climb, Unit 17, Station Plaza, Station Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 8HF.

56. Ilkley Lido

Ilkley Lido

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Okay, it may be classed as being in the metropolitan borough of Bradford, but it’s got an LS postcode and Ilkley Lido is definitely worthy of being known as one of the best family days out in Leeds. It’s an outdoor pool that’s open from May to September, so when the sun shines it’s the place to be. It’s just £2.50 for the kids to use and £4.80 for adults to join them. They also have tennis courts, a cafe and a picnic area, but if you go when the weather’s not so good, you can head to the indoor pool.

Ilkley Lido, Denton Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 0BZ.

57. This Green Moon

This Green Moon

You can introduce the kids to nature at This Green Moon. It’s a series of tipis nestled within the trees of Swillington Organic Farm that play host to loads of family-friendly events throughout the year, mainly around the time of school holidays. They’re all focussed on the natural world and allow the kids to learn about animals, plants and the environment through a series of fun-filled workshops and activities.

This Green Moon, Swillington Organic Farm, Coach Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 8QA.

58. Treeside Alpacas

Treeside Alpacas

You can take the kids to meet animals you wouldn’t usually find in Yorkshire at Treeside Alpacas. It’s a family-run mini alpaca farm that brings a touch of South America to Leeds. You can meet their six wooly friends, Bailey, Ambo, Kmbo, Bruno, Chester and Bomber, before you choose one to go on an adventure with. You will then head out on a walk around the surrounding Yorkshire countryside together and take care of them on your hour-long trek.

Treeside Alpacas, Moss Carr Farm, Newmarket Lane, Oulton, Leeds, Leeds LS26 9DW.

59. Arcade Club

Arcade Club

If you have little ones who love video games, you can take them back to the good ol’ days at Arcade Club. This is vintage gaming heaven – you have three floors of old school arcade machines that kids are welcome to play on. They have family-friendly days on Saturdays and Sundays – just pay £8 for the little ones and they can play on whatever they like for as long as they like. They can get to grips with everything from a 1972 Pong machine to Pac-Man and Space Invaders, as well as modern Xbox and PlayStation consoles.

Arcade Club, Unit 3, Abbey Retail Park, Savins Mill Way, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3RP. 

60. Level Up Academy

If you want a fun way for the kids to keep active, take them down to Level Up Academy. It’s a 3,000 square foot urban sports centre which specialises in parkour and free running for children aged 9 and above. They will get a full safety briefing before they learn how to use their strength and agility to climb and jump from one place to another. But that’s not all they do, as you can also try out activities like tricking, cheerleading, martial arts and aerial arts.

Level Up Academy, Unit 4, Lockwood Court, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5TY.