Looking for a day out with the kids – turn off the TV, lock up the games console and have a great time with the children. Whatever the weather, whatever their age, there’s loads of fantastic family friendly attractions just round the corner. Take a read of our suggestions in ‘Days Out With the Kids in Harlow’.
Indoor sports centres are a great way to get active and enjoy a hands-on day out with the family – the Essex Outdoors’ Harlow Centre is the first of our choices in our ‘Days Out With the Kids in Harlow’ list. It is an oasis of urban adventure. The site offers an amazing amount of activities, both indoors and outdoors. Including climbing, high ropes, canoeing and kayaking. It’s a riotous day out for both small and large groups that’ll help the kids get a bit of exercise.
Home to ‘The Lock’ – one of the biggest indoor climbing walls in the South East of England – Harlow Centre caters for all visitors, of all abilities, from the ages of 8+.
If climbing isn’t your thing, why not get active at Wild’n’Wacky? The Harlow based indoor play and party centre has areas to accommodate for children from 0-12 years. There’s also a dedicated ‘under twos’ playground! With slides, ball pits, soft play, football – a café for the grown-ups – you’ll be hard pressed to run out of things to do.
For more of an intellectual adventure, museums and science centres are a great way to stimulate young minds. Harlow Museum and Walled Gardens, for example, brings together tranquillity and knowledge. Another great family option in our ‘Days Out With the Kids in Harlow’ list.
If you’re lucky enough to get a dry day, you can take a walk in the peaceful Walled Gardens. But don’t let drizzle ruin the adventure, the Gardens can still be enjoyed from under an umbrella. Located in the former Mark Hall stables, Harlow Museum tells the story of Harlow over four iconic periods. Discover how the town was built, following influence from Victorian and Tudor times, all the way back through to the Middle Ages. Study archaeological findings from the area that reveal the town’s rich history. A great idea to keep the kids engaged is to research the exhibit beforehand and draw up a scavenger hunt!
A home alternative of course is to gather up some history books from The Works and Argos. Why not sit together learning about historical figures and mythology? Drawing treasure maps and reconstructing items from history is a great way to learn by doing.
Children of all ages love getting messy – and getting crafty is a great way to get their minds active and their hands busy! Shops like The Works are a great start. They usually stock fully instructed kits! If you’re on a budget, check out Poundland – even Wilkinson has a reasonably extensive arts and crafts range! Have a competition to see who can make the best rocket ship from an old drinks bottle. Or whose paper airplane will fly the farthest. The only limit is their imagination!
However, if cleaning up a sticky table after a construction session isn’t something you’d like to add to your agenda, there are always craft workshops. We had to feature something crafty in our ‘Days Out With the Kids in Harlow’ suggestions. The Little Arts Workshop, for example, is a great place to take the kids to get crafty – leave the mess behind. Make mosaics, paint ready-made pots, or get involved with clay and construct your own. The kids even get to take their projects home with them to put them on show for the whole family to see.
Kids (even grown-up kids) love animals. Harlow Town Park boasts a 50 year old petting zoo known as “Pets’ Corner”. You can take the kids to meet a large selection of traditional farm animals, as well as Reindeer, Llamas and Alpacas! What’s more, it’s completely free to enter! If there’s a dry day then wrap the kids up warm, grab a bag of feed from the vending machines and make some furry friends.
If taking a dip is your idea of fun, you can get the kids in the pool at Harlow Leisure Centre. Offering both lessons and a weekly ‘fun swim’ on a Saturday Afternoon, the centre is a great place to get the kids moving.
If your kids love to get competitive, let them run off their excess energy on a battlefield that’s safe from the rain! Harlow Quasar is our last of suggestions in our ‘Days Out With the Kids in Harlow’ list. It is one of the most modern Laser Tag arenas in the county and the biggest in the whole of the UK. With five different custom game modes, 6th generation laser guns, and unique video game graphics that are projected on fully interactive walls.