It wouldn’t be a school holiday without a few wet days! If you’re planning a day out over the next few days and want to make sure you won’t get caught out by the weather our round-up of Top 12 places to visit on a rainy day might come in handy.
1. Clip ‘n Climb Leeds
A new indoor climbing centre in Leeds, Clip ’n Climb invites budding and courageous climbers from 4 years+ to explore its 32 individually-designed climbs. All the walls are unique, bright and inviting, they each pose different challenges with something for all abilities with the main aim of having fun! The walls each have a name which describes the theme of the climb or the technique that is required to climb such as Spaghetti Junction, Dome Chimney and Steelworks to name a few!
If you want an added challenge there are two more extreme challenges, the Stairway to Heaven and the Vertical Drop Slide (need to be over 1.2 metres for this).
Climbing sessions are 90 minutes with 30 minutes for the safety briefing and harnessing and 60 minutes climbing.
The Woodpecker diner serves homemade pizza, pasta, cakes and a variety of hot and cold drinks and is an ideal place to watch from. There was an area with a few toys and colouring for younger children.
For more information read our full Mumbler review here.
Unit 3, Tristram Centre, Brown Lane West, Leeds, LS12 6BF
2. Goose Play – Harrogate
Goose in Harrogate has recently re-opened with a new look and is now focused on exploratory and imaginative play. The play area is split into two zones; Active Play and Creative play.
The main play structure, suitable for children 4-10 years, includes a small climbing wall, large area of nets with balls to bounce on and a great spiral slide. For younger children (0-4 years), there is a separate play structure which has a small climbing structure, slide and swing and there are toys and ride-ons for children to play with. Within the creative zone, there are reading pods, big blue blocks for building, creative bench for crafting, colouring and sticking and lots of board games.
Great cakes and coffee as well!
The Lenz, Hornbeam Park Avenue, Harrogate HG2 8RE
3. Huddersfield Leisure Centre
The Splash Park is ideal for all ages and is a nice size meaning that if you have confident swimmers you can see them in most parts of the splash park. A key point to note is the two main slides have a height requirement of 1.2metre.
In the main pool, there is a lazy river, toddler area with slide, “things” to turn and twist and a water bucket. There are two slides (a water flume and Slidewinder) which you ride in inflatable rings (single and double), three water guns and an area where you can have free play. There is also a fun pool for the younger ones which is warmer than the main pool and has a few ‘animals’ which the children can sit and slide on. For more details from our visit click here.
Spring Grove St, Huddersfield HD1 4BP.
4. The Deep (Hull)
The Deep is an award-winning aquarium that is home to almost 3,500 fish including green sawfish, sharks and tropical fish. Not forgetting an array of invertebrates, amphibians, turtles and a colony of Gentoo penguins!
Highlights include the daily dive show, touchpool sessions, twice-daily penguin feeds, the underwater tunnel and bubble lift through the 10m Endless Oceans exhibit. Details of feeding times and all other info are on their website here.
Tower St, Hull HU1 4DP.
5. National Media Museum (Bradford)
A great, free educational museum with lots to see and do for all ages.
There is a mix of interactive and visual exhibits covering all aspects of media and science from photography to television to the internet. The Wonderlab is great with things for the children to interact with and learn all about reflections, sound and light. In addition, the IMAX cinema (not free) is a great experience. Through the school holidays, they run themed activities and workshops.
Little Horton Ln, Bradford BD1 1NQ
6. Eureka (Halifax)
A fun-filled interactive day for kids (suited to 0-11 years), where they learn through play. In the different zones, children can learn all about themselves and the world around them by playing, imagining and experimenting.
Eureka, Discovery Road, Halifax, HX1 2NE.
Right on our doorstep in North Leeds Tropical World offers a unique opportunity to explore the jungle, desert, nocturnal and aquatic habitats with plants and animals such as crocodiles, butterflies, bats, snakes and a gorgeous family of meerkats! The waterfall is always a highlight with my two, make sure you have layers on as it can get very hot in there! The new cafe outside of Tropical World is very child friendly.
Princes Ave, Roundhay Park, Leeds LS8 2ER.
8. Leeds City Museum
Set across four floors, the Museum is a tardis, with something to do for children on every floor. Each floor has a different theme and there are lots of opportunities for children to learn in a fun hands-on way with dressing up, quizzes, did you know sections and in the school holidays they usually have craft sessions running. It is pushchair friendly throughout and clearly designed with children in mind.
Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 8BH
9. Rainbow Factory:
If you’re looking for something a bit different on a wet day Rainbow Factory offers that. It engages your child’s brain, imagination and creative flair in a fun way through storytelling, theatre, craft, music and dance. During the school holidays they run themed events so check their website for more details
Activities suited for children between 4-10. They do also run specific pre-schooler and baby sessions so check the website for session details.
Gate 3, Springfield Commercial Centre, Bagley Lane, Farsley, LS28 5LY.
10. Jackrabbits Pottery:
Jackrabbits Pottery is a great way to have some quality family time especially when the weather is miserable! It is suitable for everyone, you don’t need to be artistic, the friendly welcoming staff explain what to do to achieve the best results and have lots of examples if you need inspiration! There is a wide selection of pottery items to choose from (varying in price) such as money boxes, animals, mugs, plates and seasonal items, you’re spoilt for choice!
They also serve hot and cold drinks and scrumptious cake!
633A Roundhay Road, Leeds LS8 4BA.
11. The Royal Armouries
Excellent (free) place to explore with the children on a rainy day. With five floors to explore the museum never feels crowded. The vast array of armour, weapons and artefacts from across the globe are fascinating and educational. The sword fighting display was a highlight with the mini-mumblers!
Jester’s Yard is great for younger children (for 0-10 years), they can dress up as knights and princesses, play in the pretend play castle, do themed crafts and read stories. (This area does have a charge to enter).
There’s also a small soft play area for babies and toddlers and an indoor picnic area if you want to take your own food.
Royal Armouries, Leeds, LS10 1LT.
12. National Railway Museum (York)
A favourite with the Mini Mumblers, it’s an amazing day out and free to visit. Explore the trains in the Great Hall, Station Hall and the workshop. Spend hours watching the miniature railways! There’s also a soft play station for under 5s, outdoor play area and a miniature railway (charges apply).
NRM York, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ.
For more ideas of things to do on a rainy day visit our dedicated page full of ideas on the website here.