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Ace Playce

Weekdays: 9.30am – 6.30pm
Saturday: 10am – 6.30pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm

The Killingworth Centre, Killingworth, Newcastle, NE12 6YT
Tel: 0191 268 2388

Large soft play including separate two-tiered toddler frame with slide, ball pit and soft play shapes. Regular activities and events, including playgroup, character guest appearances and Friday evening discos.

1-4 years: £4 – £4.50
5 – 12 years: £5 – £5.50
Under 12 months: free
Discount from 3pm weekdays, eat & play for £1 (term-time only)

Belsay Hall Castle and Gardens

mid Feb – Sep, daily: 10am – 6pm
Oct, daily: 10am – 5pm
Nov – mid Feb, weekends: 10am – 4pm

Belsay, Newcastle, NE20 0DX
Tel: 0870 333 1181

An English Heritage site with a medieval castle, grand Grecian villa and 30 acres of gardens, including: Crag Wood Walk, Yew Garden, Magnolia Terrace, Rhododendron collection and a Quarry Garden of exotic plants. Tearoom serving lunch and treats.

Adult: £10
Child (5 – 17 years): £6
Family tickets: from £26
Under 5 years: free

Canny Crafty

Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat: 10am – 5pm
Thurs: 10am – 8pm
Sun: 10am – 3pm

147 Salters Road, Gosforth, Newcastle, NE3 1DU
Tel: 0191 2845746

A family run paint your own pottery studio. You can capture baby prints or choose from a range of items such as mugs, plates, figurines or animals. Also offering occasional seasonal workshops and events. Drinks, snacks and treats are available.

Starting from £5.
(Booking recommended on weekends/school holidays).

Captain Ted’s

Monday – Friday: 9am – 3pm
Saturday: 9:15am – 4pm
Sunday: 9:15am – 2pm
(School holidays extended opening, see website)

Old Church Hall, West Avenue, Gosforth, Newcastle, NE3 4ES
Tel: 0191 213 5813

Pirate themed multi-tiered soft play with two separate areas; one for toddlers and babies and one for juniors. Free activities such as crafts, singing and dancing. Cafe serving lunches and treats.

Weekdays: £4
Weekends/holidays: £5
Under 1 year: free (with cafe purchase)

Cineworld Newcastle

See website for film times & details.

The Gate, Newgate Street, NE1 5TG Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel: 0333 003 3444

‘Movies For Juniors’ are weekly discounted screenings of kids films on Saturday and Sunday mornings, from £2.50 or new releases from £5.50.

Prices vary.

Discovery Museum

Monday – Friday: 10am – 4pm
Weekend: 11am – 4pm

Blandford Square, Newcastle, NE1 4JA
Tel: 0191 232 6789

Exhibitions on local maritime, scientific and technological history. Plus a water play room with a mini River Tyne replica (£1.50), and a ‘play+invent’ space for older children to explore and build inventions (drop-in sessions free, facilitated activities-£1.50).

Free, donations welcome.

Dobbie’s Garden Centre

Monday – Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm

Gosforth Garden Centre, Gosforth Park, Newcastle, NE3 5EP
Tel: 0191 236 7111

Garden centre with compact multi-level soft play. Cafe serving breakfast, lunch and main meals.

90 minutes: £3.50
Cardholders: £3

Exhibition Park

Daylight access.

Exhibition Park, Claremont Road, Newcastle, NE2 4PZ
Tel: 0191 232 8520

Park with grassland, woodland and lake, plus crazy golf, skate park, sports courts, water play trough and playground with sandpit and mini diggers. There’s a Military Vehicle Museum, a cafe and Wylam Brewery serving main meals. Behind the brewery is a miniature train track with free rides 11am-3pm first Sunday of each month (April-Sep plus seasonal specials).

Free.
Donations welcome for train rides.

Funshack

Daily: 10am – 6:30pm
Bank holidays: 10am – 5pm

Unit A3, Benfield Business Park, Benfield Road, Newcastle, NE6 4NQ
Tel: 0191 562 3260

Four-tiered soft play with cannonball arena, rubber ring slides, trampolines, go karts, bumper buggies and football court. Separate toddler area with ball pool, pedal cars, soft play shapes and role play town including vet, grocer, doctor and mini cinema.

£6.49 – £9.49
Under 1 year: £2.50
Siblings under 1 year: free
Adults: £1
Toddler discount weekdays 10.30a.m–3.30p.m: £4.95 (term time)

Jesmond Dene

Park: open access
Pet’s Corner, daily: 9am – 4.30pm

Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear, NE7 7DA
Tel: 0191 281 2082

Woodland stretching over three kilometres with streams, waterfalls and a network of paths and bridges. Some parts of the stream are suitable for paddling. There’s a visitors centre, café and outdoor play area with slides and nest swing. Plus ‘Pet’s Corner’ with pigs, goats, sheep, rabbits and birds.

Free, donations welcome.

Knights By The Burn

Monday – Friday: 9am – 4pm
Saturday: 9am – 3pm

Walker Davison House, Newburn, Newcastle, NE15 8LN
Tel: 0191 430 2620

Coffee house with small indoor play area with toys and play kitchen. Enclosed garden area with seating. Serving breakfast, lunch and treats.

Free.

Laing Art Gallery

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 4.30pm
Sunday: closed

New Bridge Street, Newcastle, NE1 8AG
Tel: 0191 278 1611

Art and sculpture galleries, including a play space for toddlers with toys, books and dress-up, and weekly pre-school workshops with gallery exploration, practical art activity and story time (term-time only, booking required). Also regular Saturday art classes for 10-15 years (booking required). Cafe serving hot and cold meals.

Free, donations welcome.

Life Science Centre

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm
Outdoor Ice Skating: mid Nov – mid Feb.

Life Science Centre, Times Square, Newcastle, NE1 4EP
Tel: 0191 243 8210

Fun and interactive science exhibitions, including a Planetarium and 4D-motion ride. Tuesday preschooler discount, with half price adult ticket and special activities, such as music workshops and mini-beast handling.

Adults: £15
Kids (5-17): £8
Family: £34
Under 4: Free

Mr Mulligan’s Space Golf Newcastle

Monday – Wednesday: 11am – 11pm
Thursday – Friday: 11am – 12am
Saturday: 10am – 12am
Sunday: 10am – 11pm

The Gate, 117 Newgate Street, Newcastle, NE1 5RZ
Tel: 0191 453 7870

Three space-themed courses, with atmospheric surroundings including a secret airship hangar and a crash landing on the moon. Each course has 9 holes designed to suit all ages and abilities.

12+ years: from £6.25.
Under 12s: from £5.
Family tickets available.

New AdventureLands

Weekdays: 9.30am – 6pm
Weekend: 9am – 6pm
Sunday closing times may vary due to party bookings.

Rear 24 Benton Road, Newcastle, NE7 7DT
Tel: 0191 259 9966

Large multi-tiered soft play with four lane slide and ball cannons. Separate toddler soft play and toys. Plus race car track, mini climbing wall, football court, dance pads, games consoles and regular craft activities. Cafe serving lunch and main meals.

£4.25 – £5.95
Under 1 year: Free
Play & Eat, Mon – Thurs 3pm – 5.50pm: £6.95

Newburn Activity Centre

Weekdays: 9am – 7pm
Weekend: 9am – 5pm
Recommend to contact before visiting in case of party bookings.

Newburn Activity Centre, Grange Road, Newcastle, NE15 8ND
Tel: 0191 264 0014

Three-tiered soft play including cargo net, slide and two ball pools. Cafe serving lunch at selected times: Monday/Tuesday: 4pm-7pm, weekend: 9am-3pm.

£3.30
Cardholders: £2.80

Newcastle Climbing Centre

Monday – Friday: 10am – 10pm
Saturday: 9am – 8pm
Sunday: 10am – 8pm
(may vary seasonally)

St Marks Church, 285 Shields Rd, Newcastle, NE6 2UQ
Tel: 0191 265 6060

This listed building provides a spectacular climbing environment with over 1200sqm of climbing walls for roped climbing, lead wall and bouldering, from novice to expert level.

Bouldering: £6
Adult: £8-9
Child/Senior: £6-7
Ages 5+.

Oats and Eggs Pantry

Weekdays: 8am – 5pm
Saturday: 9am – 4pm
Sunday: 10am – 3pm

413 Chillingham road, Heaton, Newcastle, NE6 5QU
Tel: 07804 828398

Cafe with kids zone containing plenty of toys, offering regular family activities and events. Serving lunches, main meals and treats.

Free.

Ouseburn Farm

Tuesday – Friday: 9.30am – 5pm
Weekend: 10.30am – 4.30pm
Monday: Closed (excluding school holidays)

Ouseburn Road, Ouseburn, Newcastle, NE1 2PA

A not-for-profit charity with pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, lizards and tortoises, and animal feeding and petting. Plus a garden and orchard and a cafe serving homemade delights.

Free, donations welcome.

Parklands Mini Golf

Monday – Sunday: 9am – 8pm

High Gosforth Park, Newcastle, NE3 5HQ
Tel: 0191 236 4480

Set on the grounds of the beautiful High Gosforth Park, offering a range of golfing facilities to cater for any age and ability. There is a 28 bay driving range, an 18 hole golf course and an 18 hole mini-golf course suitable for ages 3+.

Adults: £4.00
Kids (0-13): £3.00
Family: £12.00
Ages 3+.

Round The Twist

Sunday – Thursday: 9am – 7 pm
Friday – Saturday: 9am – 8 pm

Unit 28, North Tyne Industrial Estate, Whitley Rd, Benton, Newcastle, NE12 9SZ
Tel: 0191 215 0055

Multilevel soft play and go cart track, plus separate toddler soft play and baby area with soft play shapes. Also dress up and role play toys. Regular baby/toddler activities included in entry price. Cafe serving breakfast, lunch and main meals.

1-2 Years: £4.95 – £6.95
3-12 Years: £5.95 – £8.95
Under 1: £1
Siblings under 1: Free

Seven Stories

Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Monday: closed (excluding school holidays)

30 Lime Street, Newcastle, NE1 2PQ
Tel: 0300 330 1095

The National Centre for Children’s Books, with interactive exhibitions, craft activities and regular family events. Level 4 has a play room with sensory toys and a train set, you can also borrow a sensory backpack from reception. Cafe serving lunches and treats.

Kids/Adults: from £6.60
Toddlers (1-3): £2.50
Under 1’s: Free
Families: from £23.10

St. James’ Park Stadium Tour

Daily from: 11.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm.
Matchday tours subject to kick-off times.

Strawberry Place Newcastle Upon Tyne Ne1 4St
Tel: 0344 372 1892 (option 1, then option 4)

Range of tours available. The Classic Tour gives you deeper understanding of the club and its proud heritage. In the Rooftop Tour ascend to a walkway 150ft above the ground for panoramic views.

Adults: from £15
Junior: from £8
(additional supplement for matchday tours)

TeamSport Indoor Karting Newcastle

Opening times vary, contact to book.

Unit B, Armstrong Works, Scotswood Road, Newcastle, NE15 6UX
Tel: 0844 9980 000

With two multi-level race tracks, each accommodating over 16 karts at a time, you can race against friends and friends. TeamSport’s Cadet Karts are especially designed to be safe and comfortable for kids from 8 years..

From £20.
Ages 8+.

The Great North Museum (Hancock)

Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: 11am – 4pm

Barras Bridge, Newcastle, NE2 4PT
Tel: 0191 208 6765

Interactive displays on Natural Science, Living Planet, World Culture, Archaeology and Geology. Plus a Planetarium, live animal tanks, virtual aquarium, and full sized elephant and shark models. There are regular baby/toddler/family workshops and events.

Free, donations welcome.

The Owl Tree Children’s Café

Weekdays: 9.30am – 2.30pm

Red House Farm JFC, Kingston Park Road, Gosforth, Newcastle, NE3 2HY
Tel: 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.

£3 per child.
Discount for siblings.

Theatre Royal Newcastle

See website for show times & details.

100 Grey Street, Newcastle, NE1 6BR
Tel: 08448 112 121

Packed program with family-friendly shows, plus weekly drama workshops and school holiday workshops for young people.

Prices vary.

Tots Tea Rooms

Monday – Friday: 9am – 3pm
Weekends – private hire & events only

84 Park Road, Wallsend, Newcastle, NE28 6QY
Tel: 07715 386797

A social enterprise cafe with lots of toys, activities, ball pool and soft play shapes. Offering regular classes such as messy play, sensory play, musical tots and more. Serving breakfast, lunch and treats.

Free.

Tyne Riverside Country Park

Open access.
Visitor centre/toilets open daily 9am – 5pm throughout summer.

Tel: 0191 2648501
Grange Road, Newburn, Newcastle, NE15 8ND

Around 60 hectares of farmland, woodland and grassland along the River Tyne, with walking trails and the Wylam Waggonway cycling trail. Riverside picnic area and children’s play area with separate toddler and junior areas. Nearby is Hedley’s Coffee Shop for snacks and treats, and the Keelman Pub serving main meals.

Free.

Tyneside Cinema

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 11pm
Sunday: 11am – 11pm

10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle, NE1 6QG
Tel: 0191 227 5500

‘Bringing in Baby’ screenings alternate Thursdays at 11:30am, new releases with the lights up and sound down for the comfort of youngsters under two years. ‘Children’s Film Club’ every Saturday morning, tickets are £6pp and children receive a lolly and entry into a prize raffle. Plus a cafe with main dishes, snacks and desserts.

Prices vary.

Victoria Tunnel

Weekends: 1h tours
Wednesday – Monday: 2h tours
Times vary, see website.

53-55 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle, NE1 2PQ
Tel: 0191 2304210

Guided tour of the Victoria Tunnel, used to transport coal under the city during the 1800s then converted into an air raid shelter during World War 2. Learn what colliery life was like and listen to ghostly tales.

Adults: £8
Ages 8-15: £4
2h tour not suitable for younger children/babies.