Days Out

Play Cafes

COVID-19 UPDATE: There have been so many changes for businesses lately it’s hard to keep up! This section will be updated in due course as things return to normal, in the meantime you can use the ideas here as a rough guide or can check our A-Z of Days Out here for more recent info and links. You can also like our Facebook Page here for updates🙂

If you run a relevant activity or business that’s not listed yet (or if you’re a parent with a recommendation) please feel free to get in touch with details.

Basic listings are free, information on upgraded listings (with up to 200 words, social media links & photos) can be found here.

📌 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


📌 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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📌 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!!


Bertie’s Play Barn

📌 Unit 19, Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, High Street, Durham

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.

👉 For more info, visit @BertiesPlayBarn
🎫 From £2-3 per child

Clart About Sensory Cafe

📌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.

👉 For more info, visit @ClartAboutSensoryCafe

Dragonflies Durham

📌35 Dragonville Industrial Park, Durham, DH1 2XW

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.

👉 For more info, visit @dragonfliesdurham

It’s a Small World

📌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.

👉 For more info, visit @It’s A Small World Washington
🎫 From £6 per child

Littley Bay

📌9 Marine Avenue, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, NE26 1LY

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.

👉 For more info, visit @littleybay
🎫 From £2.50-£6 per child, additional adults £2 pp (0-6 month old siblings free)

Oopsy Down Town

📌100 Seaside Lane, Peterlee, Durham, SR8 3PF

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.

👉 For more info, visit @oopsydowntown

Pineapple and Bears

📌Spa well Road, Blaydon, Gateshead, NE21 6RT

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.

👉 For more info, visit @pineappleandbearsplayhub

The Forage Community Project

📌 Barmston Village Centre, Washington, Sunderland, NE38 8JA

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.

👉 For more info, visit @feedsunderland
🎫 Free (charges apply for selected events & activities)

The Nest

📌417/419 Durham Road, Low Fell, Gateshead, NE9 5AN

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.

👉 Free to visit (charges may apply for some activities).
For more info, visit @TheNestLowFell

The Owl Tree Children’s Café

📌Red House Farm JFC, Kingston Park Road, Gosforth, Newcastle, NE3 2HY

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.#

👉 For more info, visit @theowltreechildrenscafe
🎫 From £1.50-£3.50 per child (sibling discounts)

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.

👉 Free to visit (charges may apply for some activities).
For more info, visit ‘Watergate Cafe.’