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📌 26 Bracken Hill South West Industrial Estate, Peterlee, Co Durham, SR8 2LS
📆 Open daily
🕒 2h sessions 10am & 1pm
– sessions available vary throughout the week
👉 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.
📌 Grange Villa Community Centre, Chester-le-Street, Co Durham, DH2 3LN
📆 Mon – Fri (plus private hire options on weekends and special events selected dates)
🕒 2h sessions from 9.30am – 3pm
👉 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:
📌 Unit 2, Network Centre, Colbourne Avenue, Cramlington, Northumberland, NE23 1WD
📆 Tues – Sun (additional sessions selected Mondays)
🕒 90 min sessions 9.30am & 11.30am (plus 1.30pm on weekends & holidays)
👉 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.
📌 37 High Street, Felling, Gateshead, NE10 9LU
📆 Mon – Sun
🕒 90 min sessions 9.15am, 11.15am & 1.15pm (Sun closed 12.45pm)
👉 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.
📌 Unit 7, St Johns Road, Meadowfield Industrial Estate, Meadowfield, Co Durham, DH7 8TZ
📆 Mon – Sun
🕒 Mon – Fri: 9.30-11.30am / 12-3pm
🕒 Sat – Sun: 9.30-11.30am / 12-2pm / 2.30-4.30pm
👉 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.
📌 29 & 30 Church Street, Seaham Harbour, Co Durham, SR7 7HQ
📆 Open daily
🕒 9:30am – 3pm (excl Wed & Fri – later closing time of 5pm)
*sessions available may vary throughout week
👉 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
📆 Tues-Sat (closed Sun-Mon)
🕒 9:30am – 5:30pm (excl Thurs-later closing time of 7.30pm)
– 2h slots from 9:30am / 12:30pm / 3:30pm
👉 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!!**
📌 9-10 Station Rd, Sunderland, SR6 9AA
✔ 1 minute from Seaburn Metro Station
📆 Mon – Sat
🕒 9-11am / 11.30am-1.30pm / 2-4pm (Sat 9am & 11.30am only)
👉 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!
📌 10 Morton Crescent, Houghton le Spring, Co Durham, DH4 6AL
📆 Mon – Sun
🕒 9.30-11am / 12-1.30pm
– additional afternoon session to be added in due course.
👉 From £5 (babes in arms free).
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.
📌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.
📌Unit 33F, Consett Number 1 Industrial Estate, Consett, Durham, DH8 6SZ
Playtime fun with sensory play, messy play, soft play shapes and imaginative role play. Cafe facilities offer a breakfast and snack menu.
📌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.
📌12 Donkin Road, Washington, Sunderland, NE37 1PF
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.
📌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.
📌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.
📌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.
📌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.
📌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.
📌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 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.