The top 10 attractions to visit with the kids in West Yorkshire
If you’re wondering what to do with the kids in West Yorkshire then look no further. We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 attractions in the region, with a host of different activities for the whole family to get involved in.
Go Ape Temple Newsam
Go Ape specialise in treetop adrenaline courses, with high ropes, canopy exploring and zip wires galore! Their Temple Newsam venue has a ‘Park Adventure’ course, with 3 different levels so that you can design your own fun in the trees. The Go Ape course is located in beautiful woodland, close to the visitor attraction of Temple Newsam House. For a complete day out, you could also visit the wonderful Home Farm, with its 400 sheep, cattle, pigs, poultry and goats.
Mr Mulligan’s Castleford
Mr Mulligan’s are revolutionising crazy golf, with exciting venues all around the country. At their Castleford venue, you can try your hand at 2 adventurous mini golf courses, Skull Cove and Smugglers Bay, complete with pirates, pirate ships, giant octopuses and scary crocodiles! There’s a private party room and soft drinks and snacks are available onsite. The course is situated in a local outlet centre, meaning you can combine your trip with a little shopping or a meal in one of the many eateries.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP)
Spread over 500 acres of historic parkland, YSP is the perfect place to let your kids burn off some steam! With 80 works in the open air, there’s plenty to discover and kids can touch most of the sculptures. You can explore the grounds with their host of historical features including a now land-locked boathouse, stepping-stones and a magical shell grotto all set around lakes and woodlands. There are lots of family oriented events and a great restaurant and café onsite.
Wacky Warehouse has several locations in West Yorkshire and is a great place to let the kids run wild. Home to some of the best indoor play centres on offer, all Wacky Warehouse venues have a ton of slides, climbing frames and ball pits for the kids to play in to their hearts content! You’ll also find lots of arts and crafts on offer for the family to try out. The best part is that parents can relax with a coffee, knowing that the kids are playing in a safe and fun-filled environment.
Eureka! The National Children’s Museum
Eureka! is a fully interactive museum totally dedicated to children aged 0-11 years old, where kids are encouraged to get hands-on with the exhibits. Nothing is behind glass cabinets here! There are 6 colourful zones such as the ‘All about me’ gallery, where you can step inside giant body parts, the ‘Sound Garden’ where you find out how music is made and the ‘Living and Working Together’ area where kids can take over a child-sized town. There are also extensive grounds and a lovely bright café. There’s also a ‘Pay Once’ scheme where families can return to the museum free of charge after their first visit.
Budding drivers will love the opportunity to get behind the controls of dirt diggers, giant diggers, dumper trucks and mini Land Rovers at the award winning Diggerland. There are over 20 rides and drives at this adventure park. Why not try out Spindizzy, where you sit in the bucket of a JCB before being elevated and spun around? Or for something more sedate try the Sky Shuttle, which raises you over 15 metres in the air for a wonderful view of the surrounding countryside. There’s also a soft play area and a lovely land train.
Open 364 days a year, Xscape is perfect for a fun filled and action packed family day out. There’s a huge indoor real snow ski slope, where you can try your hand at skiing, snowboarding and sledging. You’ll also find trampoline parks, 4D golf, adventure mini golf, laser tag and a kids soft play and party centre. With plenty of shopping and food options also available, you may find that you need more than one visit to fit everything in.
Tropical World is set in the beautiful Roundhay Park, with its 700 acres of rolling parkland, lakes, woodland, formal gardens and cafes and playgrounds. Tropical World itself is divided into various areas, where you’ll meat loads of exciting and exotic animals including meerkats, monkeys, crocodiles, butterflies and more. Explore the zones – Waterfall, Aquarium, Desert, Rainforest, Creature Corner, Nocturnal and Butterfly, with astonishing animals and insects at every turn. There’s also a lovely café onsite to keep everyone fed and watered.
National Coal Mining Museum for England
The National Coal Mining Museum makes a great family day out, with lots to keep the kids busy and happy. You can take a fascinating underground tour of the mines, explore the galleries and buildings, meet some friendly pit ponies and gentle giant Clydesdale horses or take a gentle tour on the onsite train. There’s also a beautiful nature trail and a fantastic fully-equipped adventure playground, as well as a soft play area for the under 5s.
Another World Adventure Centre
Another World Adventure Centre offers a huge choice of extreme sports for the family to try out, with activities suitable for kids as young as 4. You can try your hand at skiing, archery, paintballing and air rifling. Build your own go-kart, or try your hand at mountain boarding where you zoom down the purpose built slopes with their stunning views of Yorkshire and Derbyshire. The whole family are sure to love the bumper balls – huge inflatable balls that allow you to roll around and bump into others without getting hurt. There’s also a fantastic café onsite to refuel you after an energetic sports session!
And for something completely different…
Why not explore your local towns with Curious About? Curious About offer downloadable booklets with two self-guided heritage walks and treasure hunts, offering a fun and unusual day out for the whole family. The treasure hunts help keep everyone engaged – encouraging you to find your town’s treasures and learn about the culture, people and events that have helped to shape it.
Curious About has booklets available for Leeds and Bradford.