Make the most of those rainy days and treat the kids to some of the best indoor activities in Leeds.
Leeds is no stranger to bad weather, but what do you do when the rain is pouring and you’ve got little ones to entertain? Thankfully, our city has loads of indoor activities that will get the kids out of the house, and most importantly, keep the boredom at bay. So whether they’re budding skateboarders, climbers or jumpers, you’ll find plenty of things to do with the kids next time you’re looking for some inspiration.
If you’ve got kids who adore extreme sports, there’s only one place to visit on rainy days in Leeds. The Works in Hunslet is utopia whether you’re on a board, bike or blades, with four different areas. Big Street features driveways, flat banks, and quarter pipes, while Easy Street is designed for all skill-sets. There’s The Pool, perfect for dipping into and showing off tricks, and the Spine and Bowl, ideal for momentum-building. All users have to pay a £15 annual membership fee, and those aged between 6 and 10 have to attend an induction and pass a safety test before they can use the facilities.
The Works, Kitson Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1NT.
As soft play centres go, Jungle Kids in Armley have got it covered. The kids have plenty of things to do as they go on their own little adventure, exploring their way through crawl tubes, cargo nets, slides and dizzy discs. There are also areas specifically for younger children, featuring a kiddie kart track and a ball pool, while grown ups can have a rest in their 130-seater cafe. Entry is a fiver for adults and big kids, £4 for kids aged between 2 and 4 and £2 for kids under 2.
Jungle Kids, 12 Whingate, Armley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 3BL.
The Rainbow Factory
One of the most unique venues in Leeds, the little ones will love The Rainbow Factory. They bring your favourite stories and fairytales to life using theatre, music and crafts every day from 10am until 4pm. From the Labyrinth Library to Goldilocks’ Creative Kitchen and the Enchanted Theatre, indoor activities have never been so fun. It’s free for under 1s, £4 for under 2s and over 12s, then £8 for 3 to 11 year olds.
The Rainbow Factory, Springfield Commercial Centre, Bagley Lane, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5LY.
Popular London soft play centre Eddie Catz has arrived in Leeds and it’s something the kids will love on rainy days. Situated inside the Mothercare at Crown Point, it offers up a 3 tier play frame for children up to 5 with a crawler’s zone, a studio and a community space that runs a series of pre-school, toddler and pre-natal classes, as well as half-term workshops. There’s also a cafe next door for parents to take five in. Prices start from £2.50.
Eddie Catz, Mothercare, Crown Point Shopping Park, 8 Junction Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1EW.
Formerly known as Pole Position, Team Sport is the ultimate go karting experience in Leeds and its one of the best indoor activities for the whole family. Race around their 580 metre track featuring 12 corners, with kids karts for children aged 8 to 12, or adult karts for people over 13. Anyone can book on their Open Timed Race Sessions from £20 per person and their Family Madness events are £30 per person, while they also do Junior Track Days during the holidays and offer kids tuition to improve those skills.
TeamSport, South Accommodation Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1NQ.
Why not spend those rainy days in Leeds getting creative? Jackrabbits in Oakwood is a paint-your-own pottery studio that the whole family can get involved in. Simply choose the ceramic item you’d like, then paint it, hand it back and pop in a week later to collect it once it has been glazed and fired. You can choose from plates, mugs, boxes and vases, with seasonal items throughout the year, and prices range from £2 to £36
Jackrabbits, 633a Roundhay Road, Oakwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 4BA.
A Leeds bar may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re trying come up with indoor activities to entertain the kids, but this one’s a super cool bowling alley. Roxy Lanes open up their lanes to under 18s from 3pm until 6pm Sunday to Friday and 10am to 3pm on Saturday. Kids can play for just £5, and if you’re taking a rabble of more than six kids, you can book a party with a game of bowling, a pizza buffet and unlimited soft drinks for £10 per child. Winner.
Roxy Lanes, 1st Floor Podium, Bond Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5BQ.
Need to tire the little ones out before bedtime? A visit to Oxygen Freejumping will do just the trick. Down at Cardigan Fields on Kirkstall Road, they have more than 100 interconnected trampolines to bounce back and forth between, making it one of the most fun indoor activities in Leeds. There’s also an obstacle course, a giant air bag and plenty more for the kids to get involved with. If you’ve got toddlers, take them along to their tailored Little O sessions for extra peace of mind.
Oxygen Freejumping, Cardigan Fields, Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2DG.
Scuba Leeds offer a duo of different sessions that make getting in the water loads of fun. The Bubblemaker is for kids over the age of 8 and introduces them to scuba diving with the help of trained instructors. Alternatively, you can sign them up to the PADI Seal Team, which will see the kids completing a series of fun-packed aqua missions, learning essential skills as they go – it will eventually lead to a series of certifications too.
Scuba Leeds, Unit 2, Carlton Mills, Pickering Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 2QG.
The Leeds Wall
There aren’t many indoor activities in Leeds that get your adrenaline pumping and your muscles moving quite like climbing, and The Leeds Wall is the perfect place to do it. They have a Kids Club that runs every evening after school and on weekends for children between 6 and 17, starting off with a Lizards Intro Course for £20, before continuing onto regular sessions, which are split into age and ability groups known as Geckos, Chameleons and Dragons. Adults can join the fun too, climbing with their little ones for just an extra £3.
The Leeds Wall, 100a Gelderd Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 6BY.
Kids Club House
Kids Club House is one of the best things to do with the kids in Leeds. They understand how important it is to keep kids active for their physical and mental wellbeing and have designed their playhouse especially to encourage the little ones to get moving. They can slide, crawl, balance, bounce and swing their way through the course, as well as having a go at hand-eye coordination challenges and testing their ball skills. It’s £4.95 for over 4s, £3.95 for 2-3 years, £2.75 for under 2s and £1 for pre-walkers, although they get in for free if your bringing an older child. There’s also a cafe for the adults and free wifi.
Kids Club House, 75a New Road Side, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 4QD.
Grim Up Nerf
Nerf, or nerfing, is a modern craze that comes from the name of foam dart blasters, which look like guns but are completely safe for kids. They’re so popular that Leeds has its own club, Grim Up Nerf, and they arrange Nerf Wars in Headingley or Farsley, as well as holding events in Bradford. They run about, tagging other gamers with their darts (think of it like a game of laser tag that kids can do anywhere) – it’s just £1 to take part, and if the kids are into it, it’s one of the most fun indoor activities they’ll can do in Leeds.
Grim Up Nerf takes place in venues across Leeds every month.
In the heart of Beeston, Adventure Kids is without a doubt one of the best indoor activities in Leeds for the little ones. The soft play centre has loads of climbing, clambering, adventurous fun, as well as daily events like Rhyme Time, Rise and Shine Story Time and Messy Time. Entry is just £1 for babies, £2.50 for crawlers and £3.50 for walkers, with meal deal options too.
Adventure Kids, The Sugar Refinery, Dewsbury Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 7DF.
Emsley’s Play Barn
Emsley’s is well known for their farm full of animals, but it also has The Barn, a soft play and activity centre for all the family. There are different things to do every day, with Tiny Tales and Tunes, Creation Station and more – but if your little ones like to roam free, they can just let off some steam in their play area while you have a break in the cafe. It’s £3 for over 18 months or £1.50 for under 18 months, while adults go free.
Emsley’s Play Barn, Emsley’s Farm, Warm Lane, Yeadon, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19 7DW.
Sensory Space Leeds
It’s now widely recognised that sensory rooms have a huge impact on a child’s progression and that’s exactly what Sensory Space offers. Their sensory room is designed for young children, babies and people with additional needs, with a sensory tree with fibre optic lights, a touchy feely sensory box, a bubble machine and a vibrating bubble tube. There’s also the UV Active Room, which uses ultraviolet lights and gives the kids an interactive space to play. It’s £3 per person, whatever your age.
Sensory Space Leeds, 1a Haddon Hall, Backfield Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2JT.
Head out to Horsforth for fun family activities at Firefly Pottery. The main activity here is pottery painting, which means the kids can pick a piece of poetry from £3.50, get a tutorial in how to paint it, and then actually do it, before collecting it a week later. That’s not all though, as they put on specially tailored pottery wheel throwing lessons for £18 and clay hand building sessions for £12.50. It also doubles up as a cafe, so grown ups can treat themselves to a brew and some cake if they don’t want to join in.
Firefly Pottery, 116 Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 4AH.
The Icing Workshop
This is one of the best indoor activities in Leeds for both children and adults. The Icing Workshop offer two different cake packs which include everything you’ll need to create a cake to remember. Their experts will help you to make something truly delicious, using buttercream and sugar paste icing, alongside coloured icing cubes, pearls and metallic balls, edible glitter, pens and ribbon. It’s £15 for a 4 inch cake or £22 for a 6 inch one – but everything’s included, from the icing to the cake box you’ll take it home in.
The Icing Workshop, The Old Village Hall, Farnley Park, Farnley, West Yorkshire, LS21 2QG.
Why not use those rainy days in Leeds to keep the kids active? The David Lloyd Leisure Centre has an almost endless list of activities that will get the whole family moving. DL Kids matches up with their group exercise classes, so you can enjoy the club while they play a sport, some games or have fun in an arts and crafts session. They also have Toddlers to Teens sessions where they can try their hand at a range of activities and DLicious which features a toddlers area, play frames and a cafe.
David Lloyd Leisure Centre, Tongue Lane, Moortown, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 4QW.
There’s nothing scary about Woodlesford’s Clown House. It’s a soft play centre with a difference – The Large Structure features slides, climbing obstacles and ball pools for over 3s, while underneath is the Baby Structure with a bouncy castle, interactive boards, small slides and ball pools. They also put on Mums and Tots sessions throughout the week and have plenty of food and drink facilities to make the most of as the kids play. They offer two hours of play for £4 for over 2s and £3.50 for under 2s, so it won’t break the bank.
Clown House, 144 Aberford Road, Woodlesford, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 8LG.