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There are plenty of places where little ones can play all day and use up that energy. Lotherton Hall has fantastic options for all ages; the Adventure Playground is perfect for the under 8’s, with climbing frames, roundabouts, swings and more. Or, for older kids, have a go on the zip wires in the Woodland Play area.
With a zipwire, swings and slides, aerial walkways and climbing nets, the Harewood Adventure Playground is a haven for children to let their imagination and energy run wild.
There’s plenty of fun to be had at Stockeld Park too! Open during school holidays, there are lots of events and activities to keep everyone entertained, from walks around The Enchanted Forest with its animated sculptures, themed play areas and Gretels Cabin for snacks along the way or roller skate during the summer months, ice skate in winter – so much to keep you busy.
Animal lovers in the family? You’re in for a treat! Visit Tropical World and explore tropical habitats and other exotic places from around the world: including jungle; desert; water and night-time zones. You can see crocodiles, lemurs, butterflies, bats, snakes and a gorgeous family of meerkats with babies!
Home Farm at Temple Newsam is a great opportunity to come face-to-face with hundreds of child friendly farm animals. They include pigs, sheep, goats, cattle and ducks. Get hands on with the piglets and chickens running free in the yard!
Or enjoy a spot of bird watching in the bird gardens at Harewood House and Lotherton Hall.
Hands on History
Not for the faint-hearted, Thackray Medical Museum is perfect for some hands on history. The nine interactive galleries take you on a journey through the history of medicine. The museum also runs exciting family events during the school holidays.
The Leeds City Museum offers an exciting, fun and interactive day out for all the family. Life on Earth explores our planet’s history over the last 540 million years. Discover all the different types of life on earth and even experience the sights and sounds of a rainforest. Use the interactive displays to feel the skin of a python, and dig for some fossils!
The Royal Armouries Museum, based at Leeds Dock, is one of the country’s best museums for budding historians and fans of adventure. It is home to the UK’s largest collection of arms, armour and artillery, including Henry VIII’s original armour, as well as hosting a number of workshops and events including sword fighting and jousting.
With even more awesome attractions in Leeds, you’ll never be short on something to do which is fun for the whole family.
Feast with the Family
Kids can be picky, but fortunately, Leeds is full of restaurants that will keep them quiet with more than just chicken and chips.
Head to Fazenda and try to distract them from the sword skewered steaks with an activity pack. Trinity Kitchen is packed with street food vendors from all corners of the globe; kids will love these colourful surroundings too.
For the older kids with an appetite, Brasserie Blanc offers half portions from their main menu of French classics. But if they’re really hungry, get to Almost Famous for their stacked burgers and chilli fries.
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