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
✔ 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!
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
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
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.
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.
Family from £23
Under 2 years: Free
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.
Under 2’s: Free
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.
📌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.
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+).
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.
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
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.
📌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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children): £25.00
(Includes an official tour certificate).
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
Family: £10.10 – £16.75