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AMF Bowling Washington

Monday – Thursday: 10am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 10am – 1am
Sunday: 10am – 12am

Galleries Retail Park, Washington, Sunderland, NE38 7RZ
Tel: 0844 826 3035

Tenpin bowling, arcade games and ‘Pacman Smash’. Amateurs, experts and everything in between are invited to take a swing and compete for the top spot.

Adults from £5.79
Kids from £4.79
Families from £18.29

Brewers Fayre, Castledown

Sunday – Thursday: 9.30am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday: 9.30am – 9pm

Timber Beach Road, Castledown, Sunderland, SR5 3HR
Tel: 08701 977245

Brewers Fayre pub with large multi-tiered soft play, with slide, ball pit, climbing, bridges and toddler area. Large grassy enclosed outdoor seating area. Serving pub classics.

90 minutes of play: £3

Cineworld Sunderland

See website for film times & details.

Boldon Leisure Park, Abingdon Way, Boldon, Sunderland, NE35 9PB
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.

Down at the Farm

Feb – March & Oct, weekends: 10am – 4pm
April – Sep, weekends: 10am – 5pm
Closed Nov – Jan (excluding bookable Christmas events)
School holidays Feb-Oct open daily, see website.

Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland, DH5 8JG
Tel: 0191 5841873

Large and small domestic and exotic animals, with handling/feeding sessions. Plus plenty of outdoor activities including two outdoor adventure play areas, jumping pillows, sandpit, tube maze, tractor-trailer rides, quad biking, barrel ride and racing car track.

From £6.45
Family from £23
Under 2 years: Free

Fuzzy Ed’s, Sunderland (Harvester)

Daily: 11am – 7pm

Ryhope Road, Sunderland, SR2 0SP
Tel: 0191 514 5586

Pub with soft play including giant slide and ball pit fun, plus a separate toddler area. Serving pub classics.

Kids: £3
Under 2’s: Free

Herrington Country Park

Daylight hours.

Chester Road, Penshaw, Sunderland, DH4 7EL
Tel: 0191 5348526

Park with walking and cycling trails, play area with sandpit, skate park, lake, environmental sculptures and amphitheatre. Cafe serving lunch and main meals.

Free.

It’s a Small World

Monday – Saturday: 9.30am – 3pm
Sunday: 9.30am – 1pm
90 minute sessions starting at: 9.30am, 11.30am, 1.30am

12 Donkin Road, Washington, Sunderland, NE37 1PF
Tel: 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.

Weekdays: £5
Weekend: £6
Baby room: £2

Karting North East

Monday – Sunday: 9am – 10pm

Warden Law Motorsport Centre, Hangmans Lane, Sunderland, SR3 2PR
Tel: 0191 521 4050

One of the largest karting circuits in the UK, with a highly experienced team, paintball (age 8+), competitive archery and tomahawk games (age 8+) and the fastest hire off-road rage buggies in the UK (age 12+).

From £25.

Laser Quest Sunderland

Monday – Friday: 11am – 9pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 9pm
Bank & School holidays: 10am – 9pm 

30 to 32 John Street, Sunderland, SR1 1RH
Tel: 0191 565 2916

An action packed sci-fi adventure for all ages, played with state of the art infra red equipment and a futuristic body pack! Navigate the Labyrinth, with mazes and catwalks on two levels and swirling fog and other effects.

Prices from £4.50.

Millie’s Magical Garden

Monday – Thursday: 9.30am – 6.30pm
Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm
Weekend: 9.30am – 5.30pm

The Oval, Concord, Washington, Sunderland, NE37 2QD
Tel: 0191 561 3880

Garden themed 4-tiered soft play, including separate 2-tiered toddler soft play and baby area with toys and soft play shapes. Also ride-on toys and football court. Cafe serving breakfast and lunch.

1 – 3 years: £3
4 – 10 years: £4
Under 1 year: Free

Miss Tina’s (Washington)

Monday – Friday: 9am – 4.30 pm
Saturday: 10am – 2pm
Sunday: Closed

Barmston Village Centre, Washington, Sunderland, NE38 8JA
Tel: 0191 4472024

A not-for-profit play cafe with a small indoor play area with toys for babies and toddlers, plus a large secure outdoor area with slides, pirate ship, ride-on toys, playhouse and wooden train. Regular activities and events. Serving snacks and treats.

Free.

National Glass Centre

Daily 10am – 5pm

Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
Tel: 0191 515 5555

Gallery exhibitions, daily glass making demonstrations and a virtual glass making game, plus borrow a kids adventure backpack with activity cards and colouring activities (£5 refundable deposit, ages 4+). Regular family workshops including glass painting, glass fusing and sandblasting. Cafe serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.

Free, donations welcome.

Rainbow Family Centre

Weekdays: 9am – 11.45am & 1pm – 2.45pm

34 Elliott Terrace, Concord, Washington, Sunderland, NE37 3AE
Tel: 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.

Free.

Riverside Bowling

Monday – Sunday: 10am – 10pm

Unit G on Colima Avenue, Sunderland, SR5 3XB
Tel: 0191 549 6778

This family friendly centre offers 19 lanes of modern tenpin alleys with light balls, gutter guard bumpers and smooth ball ramps to help the kids. There’s a cafe style seating area with hot and cold drinks and snacks.

From £2.

Roker Beach & Park

Daylight hours.

Roker Park Road, Sunderland, SR6 9NB
Tel: 0191 520 5550

Miles of sandy beach with wide promenade and restored pier, with various cafes and restaurants at Pier Point. Easy seafront walk to Seaburn beach and beyond. Nearby is Roker Park, with formal gardens, lake, sports courts, two play areas and a miniature train ride.

Free.

Sunderland Empire Cinema

See website for film times & details.

4 Lambton Street, Sunderland SR1 1TP
Tel: 0844 871 3022

Empire Jnrs are discounted classic family films and recent releases shown every Saturday and Sunday morning. Parent & Baby screenings of latest releases are every Monday morning, with ‘lights up’ and ‘sound down’ for a more relaxing social environment with young children in mind (0-2 years).

Prices vary.

Sunderland Empire Theatre

See website for show times & details.

4-5 High Street West, Sunderland, SR1 3EX
Tel: 0844 871 3022

Packed program with family-friendly theatre shows.

Prices vary.

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: 12pm – 4pm

Burdon Road, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR1 1PP
Tel: 0191 553 2323

Museum with interactive exhibits on local history. Winter Gardens greenhouse with  tropical plants, water features, treetop walkway and dinosaurs hidden among the plants.

Free, donations welcome.

Sunderland Stadium of Light Tour

Tours are available most days (excluding matchdays), contact to book.

Stadium of Light, Sunderland, SR5 1SU
Tel: 0191 551 5055

Take your mini-footballer to see the black cats and they’ll be made to feel like a professional footballer. Take a walk through the tunnel, and hear all about the club’s history.

Adults: £10.00
Concessions: £5.00
Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children): £25.00
(Includes an official tour certificate).

Sunderland Wall

Monday – Friday: 10am – 10pm
Saturday -Sunday: 10am – 7pm

Doxford Works, Pallion Quay, Sunderland, SR4 6TQ
Tel: 0191 5144 234

Boasting a 23 metre lead wall, over 900m2 of climbing and bouldering and over 120 routes, suitable for all abilities. There’s a range of classes and kids clubs, including a bouldering class for ages 3 – 7 years. Equipment hire available on site.

Adults: £7.
Child: £5.
Concession: £6.
Age 3+.

The Little Play Café (Sunderland)

Weekdays: 9am – 4pm
Saturday: 10am – 1pm

Station Rd, Sunderland, SR6 9AA
Tel: 0191 447 2240

Play cafe with baby and toddler toys, ball pit, soft play shapes and role play with kitchen, shop and dress-up. Regular children’s events and arts and crafts sessions. Serving breakfast, lunch and treats.

Toddlers/walkers: £2.50
Pre-walkers: free
50% sibling discount.

The Strategy Sunderland

Opening times vary, contact to book.

The Strategy, West Office, Pallion Residents Enterprise, Sunderland, SR4 6SN
Tel: 07789 766259

An immersive experience where you’re locked in a series of rooms and presented with a live escape game filled with clues and puzzles, you and your team must work your way out.

Prices start from £40.

Wacky Warehouse (Story Book)

Monday – Thursday: 9.30am – 7pm
Friday: 9.30am – 8pm
Saturday: 11am – 8pm
Sunday: 11am – 7pm

Boldon Leisure Park, Abingdon Way, Boldon Colliery, Sunderland, NE35 9PB
Tel: 0191 536 9408

Pub with multi-tiered soft play and separate toddler area with slide and ball pit. Regular craft sessions held included in entry price. Free outdoor play area. Serving breakfast, lunch and main meals.

1 hour play: £3.50
Under 1 year: free
Monthly unlimited pass: £7.50
Toddler discount weekdays 9:30am – 3pm: £2.25 (term-time only)

Washington Leisure Centre Soft Play

Mon-Tues & Thurs-Fri: 7.15am – 10pm
Wednesday: 6:30am – 9.30pm
Saturday: 8am – 5pm
Sunday: 8am – 7.20pm

Washington, NE38 7SS
Tel: 0191 416 6642

Multi-tiered soft play including ball pit with suction tubes and toddler slide. Cafe serving lunch and treats.

Age 1-3: £2.70
Under 1: £1.00
Peak time (3:30pm – 5.30pm): £6.65

Washington Old Hall

April – Sep, daily: 10am – 5pm
Reduced opening hours Nov-March, see website.

The Avenue, Washington Village, Washington, Sunderland, NE38 7LE
Tel: 0191 416 6879

A National Trust manor house with displays on life during the 17th century, with compact gardens including an orchard, nuttery and vegetable patch. A children’s quiz/trail is available and there’s an outdoor play frame with slide. Tea room serving light bites and treats.

Adult: £6.70
Child: £3.35
Family: £10.10 – £16.75

Wysteria Ave

Wednesday – Saturday: 10am  -4pm
Sunday: 12pm – 4pm

1 Front Street, Colliery Row, Houghton le Spring, Sunderland, DH4 6LR
Tel: 0191 711 0102

Tea room with small indoor play area with baby/toddler toys. Serving breakfast, lunch, main meals and afternoon tea.

Free.