Days Out South Leeds

Rainy Day Ideas

There are tons of indoor activities and indoor play areas / venues in Leeds that are fantastic for keeping the kids entertained when it’s raining outside. Check out these venues below, all tried, tested and recommended by other Mumblers.

NOT listed below but also GREAT for rainy days:

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A fun, family-friendly and interactive museum, Abbey House Museum is a great day out for all the family. Come along to one of the many family sessions in the school holidays or pop in with friends for a trip down memory lane.

Step back in time and wander through the enchanting streets, shops and houses and experience life as a Victorian. On the ground floor visit Stephen Harding Gate, the 19th century equivalent of a modern high street for some old fashioned retail therapy. In the back streets, see the home of the window washer woman or pop into the Sunday-School. On the first floor, see the Childhood and Community Galleries along with the changing programme of exhibitions.

The adjoining Gatehouse Café is Kirkstall Abbey’s original gatehouse and still features dramatic Cistercian archways and intricately detailed gothic windows. Serving coffee, cake and lunch options, the café is a great spot to take in the views of the abbey and relax after exploring the Museum.

Visit in the school holidays for themed activities, trails and creative sessions. Keep an eye on the website to find out what’s coming up and plan your next visit.

Read more here

Abbey Walk, Kirkstall, Leeds, LS5 3EH Tel: 0113 3784079


Leeds Art Gallery reopened its doors (Autumn 2017) following the extensive refurbishment of the original Victorian roof and renovation of the Central Court. For the first time in a generation, visitors can see the stunning glass ceiling that has been transformed into a new gallery.


Find out more information about your visits here.

Family friendly workshops run throughout the year.

The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AA. Tel: 0113 247 8256.


Located in the heart of the city, Leeds City Museum is a treasure trove of six galleries and home to the Leeds Tiger and Nesaymun, the Ancient Egyptian Mummy.

Discover the natural world in the Life on Earth gallery with centuries-old fossils, extinct animal bones and stunning specifies from around the world. The Collector’s Cabinet holds some of our more curious objects and how they came to Leeds from the 1700s to the present day. You can also explore different cultures from across the globe inside the World View gallery.

On the first floor of the Museum you will find the Leeds Story galleries, telling the history of our city from the very first archaeological finds to incredible inventions and how Leeds has been shaped throughout the years. In here you will also find our regularly changing community displays which are co-curated with different groups of people.

The Ancient Worlds gallery tells the story of ancient civilisations including Rome, Greece and Egypt. Find out the amazing ways in which people lived and worked, the stories they told through art and objects, and how their discoveries informed our view of the world today.

The Museum also has a relaxing café serving a great range of good value food and drinks to enjoy.

Read more on the website here.

Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 8BH. Tel: 0113 378 5001


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Once the largest woollen mill in the world, today Armley Mills tells the story of Leeds’ rich industrial heritage.

Housed inside Armley Mills, once the world’s largest woollen mill, Leeds Industrial Museum reveals the city’s industrial heritage.
See machines once powered by the mill’s waterwheel, discover how workers turned wool into cloth on looms and spinning mules, learn about tailoring and watch a film in our 1920s cinemas. Visit the manager’s cottage to get an insight into the lives of those who lived and worked at the Mill, and the contrast of living standards in Victorian Britain.
Outdoors, visit the colour garden and take a picnic to relax with the most impressive of backdrops!



Closed Mondays. Admission applies. Visit the website for opening times and prices.



Discover the charm of Thwaite Watermill, set on an island of its very own, hidden away in the south of Leeds. Sandwiched in between the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the River Aire, this beautiful heritage site has much to explore.

The House: Step back in time and discover what life was like at Thwaite House, a Georgian Grade II listed building packed full of vintage treasures. Find out how workers from the cottages lived self-sufficiently on our eco-friendly island.

The Mills: Experience water power in action and find out how solid rock was turned into paint and putty. Explore the nooks and crannies of the huge mill space and look out for live demonstrations in the engineer’s workshop.

Grounds and Nature Trail: We are situated in stunning riverside surroundings which are home to many local species from plant life to mini mammals. See how many you can spot by following the nature trail, taking a stroll along the canal and stopping off to enjoy a picturesque picnic. Please note that at this present time there is restricted access to certain areas of the grounds. We’re working hard to have everything open soon following our temporary closure.

Admission applies. Pre-booking is not required.
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A1 Football Factory

Premium Indoor 3G football pitches, fun house indoor adventure / soft play area & sports bar. Adult 5-a-side, kids’ parties, kids’ coaching and school holiday camps available. Football development programmes from key skills (age 2+) to elite level.

Soccer Tots runs Monday, Friday, Sun for 2-4yrs

Soccer 7 runs Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday for 4+yrs

Advanced Development Programme runs Thursday, Friday for 7+ yrs.


A1 Football Factory, Tavern Works, Skinner Ln, Pontefract WF8 1HG. 01977 525545.

City Bloc

Welcome to City Bloc the home of Leeds’s first dedicated indoor bouldering centre. With 475 square meters of climbing we have 150 boulder problems ranging from very easy to very hard and a section gets reset every week so there’s always new climbs to have a go at. Adult & kids lessons, birthday parties. Age 6+.

1-4 Kitson Rd, Leeds LS10 1NT. 0113 391 2652

Clip ‘n Climb Garforth

Clip ‘n Climb Garforth is a healthy, action-packed climbing experience. We use state-of-the art automatic belaying technology so that climbers can simply clip into the safety system and climb the Challenge in front of them. We have over 25 different Challenges and our amazing Vertical Drop Slide, something for everyone, regardless of age or aptitude.

Unit 2A1 Aberford Road, Garforth, LS25 2EB. Tel: 0113 4572699


Eureka! is a unique place for families to visit, where children aged 0 to 11 are inspired to learn all about themselves and the world around them by playing, imagining, experimenting and – above all – having fun. Accessible site. Cafe, toilet facilities & shop. Open daily – admission charges apply.

Eureka, Discovery Road, Halifax, HX1 2NE. 01422 330069

Family Films at Leeds Industrial Museum in Armley

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley screens family friendly films at 2pm every Wednesday and Saturday, and every day during school holidays.

Tickets for the film screenings are FREE but normal admission applies.

Leeds Industrial Museum, Canal Road, Armley, Leeds LS12 2QF.

Grass Hoppers at Tong Garden Centre

Grass Hoppers is a safe and secure play space for families set in the grounds of Tong Garden Centre. You’ll find a huge outdoor adventure playground and a large indoor play area where children up to the age of 10 years old can enjoy proper playtime!

The outdoor play area includes Jumping Pillow’s, Giant Sandpit, Water Play, Race Track, Zip Wire, Adventure Play Area and under 4’s pre-school area with playhouses and outdoor toys.

Booking required.  Suitable for babies and toddlers.

Tong Lane, Bradford, BD4 0RY


Gravity Trampoline Park

Wall-to-wall trampolines are connected together to form a huge open play area with those at the edge literally going up the wall. Offering a variety of activities including; free jumping, basketball and dodgeball, “AIR-obic” fitness classes, and parties.

XSCAPE Yorkshire, Colorado Way, Castleford WF10 4TA. 01977 529920

Jump Inc

If it’s excitement you’re after, no need to look any further! Jump Inc Leeds features 100s of interconnecting trampolines, jump tower, tumble tracks, and a huge inflatable section consisting of; massive slides, wipeout balls, inflatable obstacles and a designated toddler area. The perfect day out the whole family can enjoy!

1 Benyon Park Way, LS12 6DP. 0800 121 7567.

Little Scallywags

Under the sea adventure for children up to 10 years. Three tier play area with separate under 5s area and under 2s area. Sensory room and craft area with rotating activities.

*Baby Friendly

*Toddler Friendly

*Older kid friendly

*Sensory Room

11 Vantage Point, Howley Park Road East, Bruntcliffe, Morley, Leeds, LS27 0SU

Monkey Maze

A genuine 3 dimensional jungle maze with bridges, slides, dark corners, ball pools and more. This soft play area will keep your children occupied for hours. Parties catered for. Cafe & toilet facilities.

Monkey Maze, Link House, Ninelands Lane, Garforth, Leeds LS25 1NT. 0113 287 2766

*Toddler Friendly

*Older Child friendly

Monster Kidz Beeston

A multi-tiered adventure play centre, for children from 0-12 years, with designated play zones for babies, toddlers and juniors. We offer a wide range of delicious food and drinks. Parents can unwind, relax and use our free, super-fast WIFI, while their children enjoy the adventure play.

6 Matrix Court, Beeston, Leeds LS11 5WB. 0113 271 2969.

*Baby Friendly

*Toddler Friendly

*Older Child friendly


Soft play gym for children from 0-12 years. Food, hot and cold drinks available. Free wifi. Private parties also available.

Bank Avenue, Morley, Leeds LS27 9JF. 0113 238 3535

*Baby Friendly

*Toddler Friendly

*Older Child Friendly

National Railway Museum

Escape your home and dive into the past, present and future of the railways. Meet world-changing inventions like Rocket and come face-to-face with the fastest steam locomotive in the world.

Free Entry

Leeman Road, York, Y026 4XJ

National Science & Media Museum

From Bradford, UNESCO City of Film, we explore the science and culture of light and sound technologies and their impact on our lives. Gallery & exhibitions free. Visit the region’s biggest IMAX cinema – charges apply. Open daily. Cafe & toilet facilities.

Little Horton Ln, Bradford BD1 1NQ. 0844 856 3797.

Planet Ice Leeds

Royal Armouries

The Royal Armouries is home to the United Kingdom’s national collection of arms, armour and artillery. Look out for our special seasonal & school holiday events. Free entry. Family friendly. Accessible site. Cafe & toilet facilities.

Royal Armouries, Leeds, LS10 1LT. 0113 220 1999.


All of our local pools offer family friendly swim sessions and dedicated splash times. Check out their individual timetables for details.

TeamSport Karting

Get ready for high-octane go karting over 580m of racing tarmac! Glide through hairpins and speed along the straights as you tackle the longest indoor circuit in Yorkshire. Perfect for family days out, kids’ parties and corporate events, our Leeds track offers an unforgettable experience for true thrill seekers. Age 8+.

69 South Accommodation Road, Leeds LS10 1NQ. 0844 998 0000

The Climbing Lab

We are jam packed with vertical, overhanging and slab walls. We have a Bodyweight Workout Area, Zlag board, Peg Board and Campus Boards. And for those with children we have a dedicated area for our younger climbers. Kids lessons & birthday parties. Age 5+

Units 14 & 15, Kirkstall Industrial Park, Leeds LS4 2AZ. 0113 263 2742

The Deep

We are excited to announce that we will be opening our doors to visitors again from Monday 17th May 2021! 9am-6pm (last entry 5pm)

We can’t wait to welcome all our visitors back to Hull’s amazing aquarium and enjoy a fin-tastic day  With over 5000 animals, including spectacular sharks and rays, the UK’s only Green sawfish, hundreds of tropical fish, Loggerhead sea turtles and a colony of Gentoo penguins, there’s something for everyone.

Please note, to avoid crowds gathering, the dive show, touchpool sessions and scheduled feed presentations will be suspended for now.

Pre-booking required.

Situated just a 5 minute walk from Hull Marina on Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP. Tel: 01482 381000


The Hepworth Wakefield

The gallery brings together work from Wakefield’s art collection, exhibitions by contemporary artists and rarely seen works by Barbara Hepworth. Regular special events & kids art sessions. Cafe, shop, outdoor play area. Free. Closed Mondays.

Gallery Walk, Wakefield WF1 5AW. 01924 247360

The Tetley

Contemporary art centre with galleries, learning studio, workspaces for creative industries, restaurant and bar, in the heart of Leeds’ South Bank. Special events and school holiday activities. Find out more online.

The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds LS10 1JQ. 0113 320 2323

Tropical World

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! Shop, cafe & toilet facilities.

Princes Ave, Roundhay Park, Leeds LS8 2ER. 0113 237 0754

Volcano Falls Adventure Golf

Conquering Volcano Falls is a quest you will never forget. Set on a mysterious island amid dense jungle with a ferocious T-Rex, exploding volcano and a plunging waterfall lies 2 challenging courses of 18 holes waiting to be defeated.

Colorado Way, Castleford WF10 4TA. 01977 877288

Xplore Soft Play

Our soft play and party centre offers an exciting and stimulating play experience for children. With a dedicated toddler area, it guarantees an indoor adventure for children of all ages. Grown-ups can relax in the Xplore Cafe with our great range of food, quality coffees and soft drinks.

Xplore, Xscape, Colorado Way, Castleford, WF10 4TA. 01977 553355.

*Toddler Friendly

*Older Child Friendly