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Days out in the UK for families

There are plenty days out in the UK that are suitable for the whole family. Here is a list of some of the most exciting.

Theme Parks

There are so many themes parks around the UK. You can choose one of the big ones such as Alton Towers or go to one of the smaller, less well known parks such as Pleasurewood Hills

If you want to save a bit of money then you can take a picnic with you. If not, there are plenty of places to eat on site.

The whole day can be spent trying out the different rides and attractions. If you can, take advantage of any queue jump offers as the weekends and school holidays can get very busy.

Zoos

Take your family to a zoo if you want a varied and educational day out. Not only will your family delight in seeing all sorts of exotic animals but you’ll all learn a valuable lesson about conservation.

Adventure playgrounds

The scale of these can vary wildly, as can the theme. Of course, there are the squishy indoor play areas but they aren’t always that exciting for you as a parent while you watch your kids play.

If you can find an outdoor or treehouse adventure playground they you can join in the fun with your kids. There are fewer height restrictions and some even encourage parents to get involved.

Not only will you all have a huge amount of fun but you’ll all be getting some fresh air and exercise.

Laser tag

You should never underestimate how exhausting this is. You’ll be running around in the dark trying to score points for your team by shooting opponents with your laser gun. There’ll be obstacles to overcome and you can even work in some advanced tactics. Or, of course, you can run around shooting everything that moves.

It’s a fun, non-violent way to get exercise and exhaust the kids.

Arcade

You may have to set some limits here but if you are quite partial to a two-pence machine then why not bring your whole family along. In a lot of large arcades you can go bowling, race one another, test your marksman ship and even work on your dancing skills.

If you are already interested in gaming then this is a great way to introduce your children (and perhaps your partner) to some retro games.

The park

Head to your local park with the whole family, including the dog! Play some football, try out the swings, play hide-and-seek and then hunt down a nearby cafe to recharge.

This can be made into a full day out. Take the opportunity to walk to the park, give the dog some exercise and play with the kids. If you get tired then chill out on a bench and watch your children tire themselves out.

By David Felix

David Felix, a 32 year old carpenter who is taking time out to travel and see more of the world before I get too old to enjoy it fully. I'm an easy going, flexible type of guy who likes to meet new people, wake up each morning not knowing what the day will bring and have fun. Follow my adventures and I shall try to describe each place I visit to the best of my abilities, giving you, the reader, a chance to form your own ideas. Happy travels and I hope to hear from you soon, Dave.