Organising a fun day out for your kids is not the same as planning a day in the city for adults only. You need to find places that offer exciting and involving activities, and make sure there is no time for boredom to set in at any point during the day. I’m no expert but I have found a few places in Leeds that I can thoroughly recommend to other parents who may be looking for things to do with their children in the city.
Entertaining the Kids in Leeds
If you live locally, you can of course make your own way into the city by car or by public transport. However, if you are just paying a flying visit – literally – probably the easiest way to get around is to book a taxi from Bradford Leeds Airport to take you to your first destination, and then play it by ear.
- The Leeds Wall – This is a great place for kids to get into climbing and during school holidays they run children’s climbing clubs for kids aged 6-17. They change the configuration of their climbing walls on a regular basis so even if you have been there a number of times before, your children will still be able to enjoy a new challenge on their next visit.
- Meanwood Valley Urban Farm – To the north of the city, on Sugar Well Road, this farm is home to lambs, ducks, goats, cows, chickens, donkeys, sheep and some smaller animals not usually kept on farms, such as guinea pigs and rabbits. Kids of all ages seem to love visiting Meanwood Valley and there are plenty of activities on offer to keep them occupied.
- Wacky Warehouse – This is actually a soft play area for kids that is attached to a pub called the Lawnswood Arms. Good food and inexpensive drinks, combined with a spacious play area where your children can run wild is a great combination and well worth a visit when you’re hungry or thirsty.
- Firefly Pottery – This is located in the town of Horsforth, which is in the metropolitan area of Leeds. Just 3 miles south of the airport, no reservations are needed and people of all ages are welcome to get stuck in and create their very own work of art when they visit.
- Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre – A stone’s throw from the airport, on Tarnfield Dam, Yeadon, this is a great place to visit for parents with older children who are interested in canoeing, kayaking and sailing. They also offer windsurfing, rowing, and rafting on the water, with dry land activities such as biking, climbing and indoor caving available too. Further information can be found on their Facebook page.
There are many other things for kids to see and do in Leeds: you can find more suggestions with a quick online search. Whether you are there for a couple of days or for a lifetime, it is a city that has much to offer the young and the young at heart.