There are tons of indoor activities and 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.
Kids need to burn off some energy? Take them to one of these many soft plays in and around Leeds. Want to get immersed in a film or a show? Check out one of the Leeds cinemas or theatres. Or to learn something new, how about a trip to a museum or gallery?
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 indoor play area includes a bespoke play frame equipment with slides, swings, rope bridges and tunnels, challenge decks and a mirror infinity deck and sport’s court! There is a separate zone for babies and toddlers including a role play and big interactive piano for everyone to enjoy!
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.
There’s also great food including pizzas, paninis and award-winning ice cream in Woody’s Kitchen! You can also take your own picnic to eat in the outdoor area.
For feeding mums they have introduced a mother and baby feeding zone and there’s a pram store. Remember to take a change of clothes and towel as children can get wet in the sand and water play area!
Bookable sessions are: 09:15-11:30, 12:00 – 14:15, 14:45 – 17:00.
Check out their indoor play:
And outdoor play areas:
Tong Lane, Bradford, BD4 0RY.
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.
A1 Football Factory, Tavern Works, Skinner Ln, Pontefract WF8 1HG. 01977 525545.
* Toddler Friendly
* Older Child Friendly
Garden centre with cafe, soft play area, tropical & salt water fish tanks & viewing area. Seasonal special events for kids at Easter & Christmas. Birthday parties.
Old Bradford Road, Carr Gate, Wakefield, WF2 0SY. 0844 288 5074
Multiplex cinema chain in South Leeds, Wakefield & Castleford showing the latest international blockbusters in 2D and 3D formats.
White Rose Shopping Centre, Dewsbury Rd, Leeds LS11 8LU.
Xscape, Castleford WF10 4TA.
Westgate Retail and Leisure Park, Colinsway, Off Charlesworth Way, Wakefield WF2 9SH.
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+.
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
Multi screen cinema with a passion for quality. Bar and adjoining restaurant for blockbuster and cult films with drinks service. Special events, private parties, birthday parties.
Baby Club screenings on Tuesday mornings.
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.
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.
Established in 1914 and one of the oldest cinemas in the UK, Hyde Park Picture House is a friendly independent cinema that retains much of its period charm. Screens films for all ages.
Baby cinema sessions (BYOB) 11am, Wednesdays. £5.50 includes hot drink. Raised lighting, reduced volume & relaxed, comfortable environment.
73 Brudenell Rd, Leeds, LS6 1JD.
This huge urban arena boasts over 200 trampolines, 3-Sided Walk the Wall, Slam Dunk lanes, Jump Tower, Tumble Tracks, Big Air Bags, Jump Ramps, Slack Line, Battle Beams and a huge Dodgeball Arena. Toddler sessions, family sessions, fitness classes, trampolining lessons & birthday parties.
1 Benyon Park Way, LS12 6DP. 0800 121 7567.
A great family day out with 4.5 billion years of discovery. If you love Leeds history, the ancient worlds, natural sciences, there’s plenty to enjoy. Cafe & toilet facilities. Accessible site. Free admission, closed Mondays.
Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 8BH. 0113 378 5001
Little Angels Soft Play Zone in Beeston (formerly known as Adventure Kids) is a friendly and helpful place for children to have fun while parents can enjoy our cafe area. Open (and serving freshly-prepared food) daily. Children’s party packages also available. Contact 0113 277 4025.
Children’s playcentre, amazing facilities for ages 0-12 years old. Baby area, Toddler area and big kids (including adults) play frame. 5* cafe & free wifi!
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 will be able to unwind, relax and make use of our free, super-fast WIFI, while their children enjoy the adventure play.
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.
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.
Welcome to Swithens Farm – a friendly place with a focus on families, fun and fabulous fresh food! Open farm, play barn, cafe, farm shop & butcher’s. We do great kids parties and special holiday events too. Find us online or call 0113 282 8828 for information. Closed Mondays.
Swithen’s Lane, Rothwell, Leeds LS26 0BT
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
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 is one of the UK’s most spectacular aquariums, with over 3500 fish, including sharks and sawfish. Just over an hour’s drive from Leeds, with a daytime cafe and evening restaurant, The Deep is a great family day out.
Situated just a 5 minute walk from Hull Marina on Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP.
Call 01482 381000 for more information.
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.
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 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.
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.
Vue Cinemas around the UK offer a range of content, in addition to highly anticipated blockbusters, with event cinema titles including opera, ballet, musicals, national theatre, live streaming of sporting events and concerts.
Vue The Light, 22 The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 8TL
Vue Cardigan Fields, Kirkstall Road, LS4 2DG.
0345 308 4620
Friday 14th to 24th February 2020, 10am to 5pm
Nick Jr. characters are brought to life from more than 500,000 toy bricks for interactive fun! PAW Patrol, Abby Hatcher, Blaze and the Monster Machines, and Shimmer and Shine can be found throughout the centre with a trail map. Once all characters have been found, children will receive an exclusive sticker book to take away.
White Rose Shopping Centre, Dewsbury Rd, Leeds LS11 8LU.
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.