Days Out

Sunderland

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🙂


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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
theplaycafesunderland@gmail.com

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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 Boldon

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

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

👉 For more info, visit @cineboldon

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

Herrington Country Park

📌 Chester Road, Penshaw, Sunderland, DH4 7EL

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

👉 For more info, visit Sunderland City Council

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

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

📌 Washington Millennium Centre, Concord, Washington, Sunderland, NE37 2QD

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.

👉 For more info, visit @washingtonmillenniumcentre
🎫 From £3-£4 per child (under 1 year free)

National Glass Centre

📌 Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL

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.

👉 For more info, visit @nationalglasscentresunderland
🎫 Free, donations welcome.

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

📌 Roker Park Road, Sunderland, SR6 9NB

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.

👉 For more info, visit Sunderland City Council

Sunderland Empire Cinema

📌 4 Lambton Street, Sunderland SR1 1TP

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).

👉 For more info, visit @empirecinemassunderland

Sunderland Empire Theatre

📌 4-5 High Street West, Sunderland, SR1 3EX

Packed program with family-friendly theatre shows.

👉 For more info, visit @SunderlandEmpire

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

📌 Burdon Road, Sunderland, SR1 1PP

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

👉 Free. For more info, visit @sunderlandmuseu

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 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 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)

📌 Boldon Leisure Park, Boldon Colliery, Sunderland, NE35 9PB

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.

👉 For more info, visit @wackywarehouse.boldon
🎫 From £3.50 per child (under 1 year free)
Monthly unlimited pass from £7.50.
Toddler discount weekdays 9:30am – 3pm: £2.25 (term-time only)

Washington Leisure Centre Soft Play

📌 Washington, NE38 7SS

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

👉 For more info, visit @eaWashingtonLC
🎫 From £1-£6.65

Washington Old Hall

📌 The Avenue, Washington Village, Sunderland, NE38 7LE

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.

👉 For more info, visit @WashingtonOldHall
🎫 From £3.35 – £6.70 pp / Family from £10.10 – £16.75
Seasonal opening hours, closed between Nov-April

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