Days Out

All Play Cafes

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📌 26 Bracken Hill South West Industrial Estate, Peterlee, Co Durham, SR8 2LS
📆 Open daily for 2h play sessions.
👉 Under 1 year: £3.50. Over 1: £5. Adult: £2.50. Book here.

An exciting new ‘not-for-profit’ community play cafe, which opened in Jan 2020, offering lovely play facilities indoors and outdoors suitable from birth to 5 years.

There’s a packed programme of weekly activities and special events, for example signing, dance, special character meet & greets & more.

07540 887 637


📌 Grange Villa Community Centre, Chester-le-Street, Co Durham, DH2 3LN
📆 Open Mon-Fri for 2h play sessions.
(plus private hire options on weekends and special events selected dates)
👉 From £5 (sibling discounts available). Book here.

Dream Big is an amazing children’s role play centre, we also have a dedicated baby area & oodles of outdoor space! And of course a lovely cafe.

There’s a packed programme of weekly activities and special events, including:

🌈Play sessions 🌈Sensory snug 🌈Baby massage 🌈Messy play 🌈Baby rhyme and social 🌈Sweaty Mama fitness class 🌈Baby weaning sessions 🌈Breastfeeding group run by a trained NHS breastfeeding peer supporter

0191 370 1320
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📌 Unit 2, Network Centre, Colbourne Avenue, Cramlington, Northumberland, NE23 1WD
📆 Open Tues–Sun for 90 min play sessions.
(plus additional sessions on selected Mondays)

👉 Child: £6. Under 1 year: £3. Additional adults: £3. Book here.

Gigglewicks offers indoor role play for children 0-5 years old. Children can play, dress up and use their imagination through role play. Older children are also welcome, and onsite cafe is available.

Plus, weekly classes such as massage and yoga, and special events and workshops.

01670 738 990
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📌 37 High Street, Felling, Gateshead, NE10 9LU
📆 Open Mon–Sun for 90 min play sessions.
👉 Weekdays: £5. Pre-walkers: £2. Weekends: £6. Book here.

A family run children’s role play area, with a police station, house, beauty salon, café, shop, vet and doctors surgeries, construction area, road and ride on vehicles, dress up area, designated baby area, onsite cafe and more.

Plus weekly activities such as Messy Play, and plenty of special events and workshops.

07897 345 994
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📌 Unit 7, St Johns Road, Meadowfield Industrial Estate, Meadowfield, Co Durham, DH7 8TZ
📆 Open Mon-Sun for 2h play sessions.
👉 From £3.50. Book online here, message here, or ring 0191 378 0209

Petite Street Playtown is your special little town packed full of fun and imagination. We believe imaginative role play leads to cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children.

​Our Early Years Role Play Centre offers an ideal opportunity for you to engage fully with your children. In our Petite Coffee Shop we offer an inviting range of freshly made, delicious savoury and sweet treat items, teas, coffees and soft drinks.

0191 378 0209
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📌 29 & 30 Church Street, Seaham Harbour, Co Durham, SR7 7HQ
📆 Open daily for 90 min play sessions.
👉 From £3.50. Book here

Playdates is a non profit playcentre for babies and young toddlers. We have a large open space for parents with a mixture of tables, lounge areas and cosy carpet area. Our activities all adhere to the EYFS framework.

There’s a packed programme of regular activities, such as stay and play sessions, music and movement, baby disco, yoga, massage & more – plus special events for the whole family. A monthly pass is also available with discounts for booking classes.


📌 156a Front street, Chester-le-Street, Co Durham, DH3 3AY
📆 Open Tues-Sat for 2h craft sessions.
👉 From £10. Message here to book

A friendly, family ran, non-profit children’s craft cabin in Chester-le Street, for children to come along and make crafts that they can take home. Including: pottery painting, slime making, sand art, wooden item painting & decorating, fabric bags and pencil case decorating, t shirts & much more!

Get crafty and messy at our venue rather than having to clean up at home, with crafty activities from approx 18 months to teens – and adults can join in too! Plus themed events, after school club, parties and individual takeaway boxes for virtual parties.

**serving hot & cold food & drinks from 25th May 2021!!**

07734 050 472
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📌 9-10 Station Rd, Sunderland, SR6 9AA
Only 1 minute from Seaburn Metro Station!
📆 Open Mon-Sat for 2h play sessions.
👉 Free. Book here.
-charges apply for some activities & events

A unique and quirky café for babies to pre-schoolers, that your children will enjoy just as much as you do. We offer a quality, homemade menu, crafted drinks and a fresh and delicious cake selection.

We host play sessions, special events and daily classes – such as sensory sessions for pre-walkers, active classes for toddlers, music, ballet, French Rhyme and even a Friday disco!

0191 447 7575


📌 Unit 1A Pontop Business Park, Harelaw Industrial Estate, Stanley, Co Durham, DH9 8HN
📆 90 minute play sessions.
👉 £3.95 per child (babies in arms free with paying child).
£7.95 Sensory Room hire. Book here.

Lovely clean open-ended play space where you can enjoy hot drinks, sweet treats and toasties! All this while your little one explores our play area designed for 0-6 year olds, in full view! Private hire of our wonderful sensory room is also available for up to 4 people (including babies). We hold special events with visits from our fantastic character mascots and parties!!


📌 10 Morton Crescent, Houghton le Spring, Co Durham, DH4 6AL
📆 Open Mon-Sun for 90 min play sessions.
👉 From £5 (babes in arms free). Book here

An open plan, all wooden play, learning & development facility and cafe in Fencehouses, Durham which allows for safe play for both babies and toddlers.

Offering a calming and relaxing environment for both parent/carer and child, Woodland Play Patch focuses on imaginative play, with open ended wooden toys allowing your children to create their own scenarios and imagination.

As well as regular play sessions there are special events and regular activities such as a Breast Feeding Cafe, Grandparents Social and coffee mornings to help mums with social isolation.

07814 016 488
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Bertie’s Play Barn

📌Unit 19, Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, High Street, Durham
📞0191 375 0416

Interactive play village with range of role play areas including a tea room, rescue station, supermarket and ride on toys and road. Plus a range of table-top toys, with vehicles, houses and more. Cafe serving snacks. Located next to Superdrug in Prince Bishop’s Shopping Centre.

Clart About Sensory Cafe

📌Unit 33F, Consett Number 1 Industrial Estate, Consett, Durham, DH8 6SZ
📞01207 501061

Playtime fun with sensory play, messy play, soft play shapes and imaginative role play. Cafe facilities offer a breakfast and snack menu.

Dragonflies Durham

📌35 Dragonville Industrial Park, Durham, DH1 2XW
📞0191 447 2640

Three-tiered soft play area, trampoline, football pitch, role play cottage, supermarket and road with ride-on toys. Plus a café with hot and cold food including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

It’s a Small World

📌12 Donkin Road, Washington, Sunderland, NE37 1PF
📞07415 056992

Role play cafe with supermarket, beauty salon, doctors, seaside, construction, fire engine, ride on toys, caterpillar tunnel, soft play shapes and designated baby room. Regular activities and events, including character guest appearances. Serving snacks and treats.

Littley Bay

📌9 Marine Avenue, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, NE26 1LY
📞0191 389 6434

Role play cafe including supermarket, cinema, doctors, American diner, beauty salon, ice cream palour, dress up and ride on toys and road. Cafe serving snacks and treats.



📌Edwards Square, Low Chare, Chester-le Street, Durham, DH3 3QF
📞07507 055 871

A range of activities and play equipment, including role play, ride-on toys, craft activities, sand play, ball pit and compact soft play with slide.


Oopsy Down Town

📌100 Seaside Lane, Peterlee, Durham, SR8 3PF
📞0191 527 2449

Play cafe with compact two-tiered soft play, baby/toddler toys and sensory play, plus role play areas including kitchen, salon, stables and construction. Offering regular baby/toddler classes, workshops and special character appearances. Cafe serving snacks and treats.

Pineapple and Bears

📌Spa well Road, Blaydon, Gateshead, NE21 6RT
📞0191 447 2050

Play cafe with enclosed multi-level wooden playhouses with slides, ride-on toys, role play and crafts. Regular baby and toddler classes and events. Serving snacks and treats.

Rainbow Family Centre

📌34 Elliott Terrace, Concord, Washington, Sunderland, NE37 3AE
📞0191 219 3995

Children’s centre with play cafe, with toys, books and play house. Separate baby sensory room with optics and toys.  Regular free baby/toddler activities and health advice. Serving breakfast, lunch and main meals.


The Nest

📌417/419 Durham Road, Low Fell, Gateshead, NE9 5AN
📞0191 441 4590

A cafe with a baby and toddler play area with plenty of toys, books and dress up costumes, plus regular baby and toddler classes and family activities. If you like good food, great coffee and fun times then come on over.


The Owl Tree Children’s Café

📌Red House Farm JFC, Kingston Park Road, Gosforth, Newcastle, NE3 2HY
📞07536 060 607
(Previously at Coxlodge Methodist Church)

A social enterprise play cafe with toys, crafts, messy play, sensory play, role play and songs. Plus a designated baby area and outside space. Serving snacks and treats.

Watergate Café

📌Watergate Park, Consett Road, Lobley Hill, Gateshead, NE11 0AN

A social enterprise cafe with toys, books and arts & crafts supplies, plus a small enclosed outdoors area with toys (open during outdoors workshops). There are regular pre-school activities, workshops and events.