Places to go with Young Children in Derbyshire and Staffordshire
25 July 2017
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There are lots of places to go with your children in our area this summer - parks, play centres, farms, playgrounds, pushchair walks, steam train trips and more. If we've missed any let us know. We also love to read your comments on the places you have been.
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The Little Rascals Club
St John's Community Centre
behind St John's Church
off King Street
Tel: 01335 346735
Contact Sally Smalley.
Open Monday to Friday, 10.30 am to 4 pm. £3.00 per session, under-ones free. Bouncy castle, climb and slide, tents and tunnels, cars and bikes, trampolines, dressing up, baby toys.
Little Rascals Indoor Play Area
Tongue Lane Industrial Estate
Dew Pond Lane
Tel: 01298 26512
Little Rascals is a children's indoor play centre and party venue established in 2010. With dedicated play areas for babies, toddlers and juniors from 0-10 years..
"Better than the softplay and ball pit at Leek!"
Kiddies Kingdom Indoor Play Area
Cross St. Mill
Tel/Fax: 01538 382333
Ball pools, rope frames, bridges, etc.
Open 10am-7pm (last entry 5.30pm) 7 days a week. Closed Christmas day, boxing day and New Years day.
"I have visited lots of Play Areas in the area but always return to Kiddies Kingdom as I find it extremely clean. The staff are very friendly. The food is excellent and reasonably priced."
Leaps and Bounds
Cross Street Mill
Tel: 01538 382 333
Indoor play and party centre for children up to 9 years old
Come into Play
Tel: 01785 286882
Ball pools, rope frames, bridges, etc.
Open until 6.30 pm. Closed Christmas day, Boxing day and New Years day. Offers timber towers to climb, tunnels to crawl through, rope bridges to cross and 4 lane Astra slide .
The Big Top
Dovefields Leisure Park
Off Town Meadows Way
Tel: 07804 851604
Circus themed play barn. Separate play areas for babies and toddlers with equipment designed to develop climbing and balancing skills.
Tel: 01782 212882
Play and party centre.
Tel: 01782 811661
A smaller soft play centre to its sister centres in Stoke and Crewe. 10 am daily.
Talke Retail Park
Telephone 01782 777 847
Tel: 01782 698957
New Soft Play centre.
Pirates Cove Adventure Play Area
Meadowside Leisure Centre
Tel: 01283 508865
For children from 0 to 12 years. Ball pools, rope bridges, giant spiders, web obstacles and slides. Tuesday 11-1, Wednesday 12.30-2, Thursday 12.30-3, Friday 10.30-1.30, Saturday and Sunday 10-12.
Coral Reef Creche and Play Area
Meadowside Leisure Centre
Tel: 01283 508865
The crèche is available for children aged between one and five years. Sessions last 90 minutes between 9.15am to 10.45am and 10.45am to 12.15pm. You can book your child onto one or both of the sessions. Each 90 minute session costs £2.10 (£1.40 Leisure Pass), the 3 hour session costs £4.20 (£2.80 Leisure Pass).
Recreation Soft Play and Party
Hudy's Play Barn
Pirate's Play Isand
Go Bananas Play Zone
Burntwood Business Park
Tel: 01543 682194
Large play frame featuring air cannons, drop slide, waterfall slide, rope bridge and tunnels. Separate Toddler Village.
138 Anglesey Business Park
Tel: 01543 877 957
Separate areas for crawlers, toddlers and everyone else, it has 3 slides, a big toddler section and a jungle zone.
Big Play Barn
Noah and Nellies Ltd
23 Ascot Drive
Tel: 01332 204292
Large Indoor Adventure Play area with coffee bar. Loads of seating and parking. Air conditioned. Parties.
Open 7 days 10am - 6:30pm. Five minutes from Pride Park.
Hickory Dickory's Playhouse
Freddys Play Kingdom
50 Nottingham Road
Tel: 01332 662322
Tubby Bear's Play Den
"Excellent children's indoor play centre and cafe. Also caters for children's parties."
Cyril's Nut Hut
"What a great place, I took my kids today and we had tears when it was time to go. Nice and clean, brilliant value food and drinks are cheap and the staff are so friendly. I am definately going back. "
"This is a superb indoor soft play center "
"Really nice soft play area. Staff very welcoming. Parties are very good too. "
"A wonderful place to go with a big area for little ones (under 4's) as well as a larger area for older ones. I have to agree about the welcoming staff - never had any complaints, and they also do a 'reward card', getting you a free visit periodically and other special offers throughout the year. Just undergoing refitting now, so will be even better soon I guess! Highly recommended."
Crazy Crocodiles Indoor Play Party Centre
Toddler Time Monday - Friday during term time. Baby Session every Monday during term time. Also caters for Parties including themed and private hire Open 7 Days throughout the year except at Christmas.
The Play Mill
Mr Clown's Fun Zone
Unit 16C Etherow Industrial Estate
Woolley Bridge Road
Tel: 01457 865650
Large indoor fun center for children 0-12. Separate area for babies and tots, a sports court with football nets and netball posts, 4 party rooms, the Big Top Cafe and the Large Fun Zone for the older children with a four lane slide, spiral slide and lots more.
Chuckles Indoor Play Centre
Jesters Soft Play
Castle themed indoor play area.
"Great play centre for younger children - my 2 and 5 year old love it."
The Burrow Play Centre
Clumber Park's new play centre, The Burrow. Soft play area for 0 - 3s, with ball pool, lion rocker, small steps and more. Older children, up to 6 years, can get artistic with painting easels, splash about in the sand and water area and get active with hoola hoops and bouncers. When the sun's shining, children can enjoy giant games outdoors. Refreshments are available for mum and dad too. Open daily 10am - 4pm. Free entry to the play centre, normal parking charges apply at Clumber Park.
Animals, Farms and Zoos
Blackbrook Zoological Park
Tel: 01538 308293
Evening: 01538 387159
Open daily apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Birds, donkeys, llamas, rabbits, lemurs, etc.
Highfields Happy Hens
Matlock Farm Park
Matlock Farm Park
Nr Two Dales
DE4 5LH Tel: 01246 590200
Fax: 01226 350055
A varied selection of animals to see including llamas, goats, peacocks, red deer, rabbits and an opportunity to help feed the young lambs (seasonable). Specially designed playgrounds.
Chatsworth Working Farmyard
Tel: 01246 583139
Features cows, pigs, goats, sheep, horses, chickens and fish. There are usually young animals to see throughout the year. There is a milking demonstration at 3.30 every afternoon, daily animal handling sessions at 11.30am, 2pm and 4.10pm and goat milking demonstrations twice daily at 11.30am and 1.pm subject to kidding. Also playground with sand and water play areas. Open 10.30 am - 5.30 pm, last admission 4.30 pm. £4 admission charge, under-threes free.
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Chestnut Conservation Centre, Otter + Owl and Wildlife Park
Tel: 01298 814099
Fax: 01298 816213
Wildlife Park with some of Europe's largest gathering of otters, 16 species of owls and other indigenous wildlife all in their natural surroundings including, buzzards, pine martens, polecats, foxes, Scottish wildcats and deer.
Byrkley Park Garden Centre
Tel: 01283 716467
Farm animals, tropical and coldwater fish and a small playground. Open everyday from 9am (Sundays 10.30 am).
Trentham Monkey Forest
Rodbaston Visitor Centre Animal Zone
Have an animal patch with calves, sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits, a pony, a donkey and guinea pigs for everyone to come and meet. Homemade icecream, tea rooms and farm shop.
Parks and Playgrounds
Tel: 01332 384494
West of Derby, Markeaton park features a miniature railway, children's play centre, paddling pool and other attractions
Belper River Gardens
01773 841 488
"Gardens created by the Strutt family for public enjoyment." Playground, rowing boats and duck feeding.
Darly Abbey Park
Butterfly garden, playground, duck feeding, picnicking.
Rawdon Road (B586)
Tel: 01283 216633
Fax: 01283 210321
Adventure playground, steam train, indoor play centre and woodland trails.
Ashbourne Playground and Duck Pond
Adventure playground inside the Italian garden. Woodland walk, rowing boats and mini steam railway. New Monkey Forest lets you get close to monkeys. Woodland walk free, Italian garden £5.50 for adults, Monkey forest £5 for adults, over 4's £3.50, under 4's free. Open 10 am until 6 pm.
"It is brilliant here, but I think it could be cheaper to go into the gardens! "
Central Forest Park
Lake, junior and toddler play facilities, health and nature trail. The lake provides a home for a range of water birds including great crested grebes and coots. The grassland provides a home for insects. Some unusual plants, such as wild carrot, can be found due to lime in the soil. The mounds are made up of spoil from the coal mine. Carboniferous plant and fish fossils can still be found in some of the loose shale.
Aquatots at Cariba Creek Splashlandings
Alton Towers Cariba Creek
Tel: 0870 460 6548
Wednesday and Friday free waterpark sessions with floats and toys for the under-fives (£4.50 for adults). Call for opening times - Tel: 0870 460 6545.
Open the rest of the week for all ages.
"Brilliant for children all ages. i took my daughter for santa sleepover and would recommend highly. "
Dimensions Fantasy Pool
Tel: (01782) 233500
Fax: (01782) 233100
Dragon slide, bubble pools, fountain and river rapids. Aqua tots sessions. Good value for money.
Manifold Trail: Cycling and Pushchair Walk
The Manifold Trail runs from Waterhouses to Hulme End, with cycle hire available at the old station in Waterhouses (01538 308609) - where you park the car - and at Brown End Farm (Tel: 01538 308313). Children's bikes, children's seats and buggies to pull children along in are all available. If you don't fancy a bike ride then being tarmaced this trail is also suitable for pushing prams.
Tissington Trail: Easy Cycling
The Tissington Trail starts just north of Ashbourne. It is a former railway track so is easy to cycle with a child's seat on the back.Cycle hire is available to the former stations at Parsley Hay (opposite the junction of the Youlgreave road with the A515), Tissington, Ashbourne (01335 343156) and Thorpe village.
Hassop Station Monsal Trail
The Monsal Trail tunnels will open up spring 2011,making a long cycle and walking trail suitable for buggies and wheelchairs, call in at Hassop Station Cafe, book gift shop with cycle hire coming soon!
Tel: 01629 815668
Matlock Bath Aquarium
Rudyard Lake Steam Railway
Churnet Valley Railway
Tel: 01538 360522
The railway runs along the valley of the river Churnet, a return journey of 10.5 miles. Steam trains every Sunday, March to mid-October and all bank holiday Mondyas 10 am to 5 pm. Plus every Saturday and Wednesday in June, July and August. Special events and trains at Christmas.
Caverswall Road Station
Tel: 01782 396210
Steam train on a 5 mile round journey through the Staffordshire countryside between Caverwall Road Station and Dilhorne Park. Baby changing facilities at the station. Open Wednesdays and weekends. Steam trains operate on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 11.30 am to 5 pm from April to the end of October. Santa specials in December.
Toys of Yesteryear
The Heights of Abraham
Open daily from April 'til October. Includes cable car ride and guided tours of caverns. Under 5s free.
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