There’s so much to do for families in Middlesbrough, from meeting the animals at Newham Grange Farm or heading on a woodland walk adventure at Fairy Dell, to enjoying a play day at one of the parks. There are also countless arts and crafts sessions, sports activities, and other family events taking place throughout the year.
The much loved Dorman Museum is full of fascinating exhibitions which will teach children about the history of the Ancient Egyptians, space and the universe, Middlesbrough through the ages, the natural world, and so much more. Regular art and craft activities run during the school holidays. The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum is another fantastic day out for all the family. Children can enjoy discovering more about the voyages of Middlesbrough's most famous son, Captain James Cook, through a host of exciting activities. Why not combine a visit to the museum with some fun in the play area and then an ice cream as you explore the leafy grounds of Stewart Park!
Newham Grange Farm is one of the region's most loved family attractions and recent renovations have secured the reputation of the working farm to become an absolute must for a full day of family fun with visitors. Little ones can pet hamsters, rabbits, chicks, and lambs in the Discovery Barn in the spring months. The toddler play area has plenty to do for smaller children and the junior play area has an impressive Viking swing and play trail. The Woodland Walk is set among beautiful swing lights, and the Adventure Zone features an exciting willow maze, undercover sand pit, mini go kart track, and mini golf. Of course, the pigs, horses, sheep, donkeys, goats, peacocks, birds, and cows are all waiting for you at the farm too!
There's plenty of fun to be had inside too, with soft play centres at Rainbow Leisure Centre and Middlesbrough Sports Village, plus the indoor play zone at Newham Grange Farm.
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Middlesbrough's Cineworld shows all the latest family films with incredible 4DX screenings. Available in both 2D and 3D, it stimulates all five senses through seats that move and vibrate, and special effects including snow, wind, fog, lightning, bubbles, water, and scents.
Thrill-seekers and adventure lovers are spoilt for choice with an abundance of activities in and around Middlesbrough. The Air Trail at the Tees Barrage International White Water Centre is the UK’s biggest sky trail, and is just a 10 minute drive from Middlesbrough. It offers an adrenaline-fuelled day out for all the family. Once you’ve mastered the trail, head next door to the Olympic-standard white water rafting course where you can try your hand at rafting, bell boating, canoeing, kayaking, and more.
A day trip to RSPB Saltholme is a must for little ones who love exploring. Countless species of birds and insects live at the reserve, and discovery events run throughout the year. Watch out for special events in the springtime where you can meet adorable new arrivals like lambs and baby chicks!
The Middlesbrough Mela is now in its 29th year, and is a colourful celebration of culture and diversity with street food, arts and crafts, a shopping bazaar, performances, play zones, a huge family fair, acrobats, street performers, and giant games. Big-name performers in past years have included DCS, Jaz Dhami, and CBeebies' Dr. Ranj.
Orange Pip Market has become a staple of Middlesbrough’s events calendar and takes place on the last Saturday of the month from April to September. Baker Street and Bedford Street are transformed into an artisan paradise with local food and drink stalls, bands, live dancing, cocktail bar pop-ups, art installations, and much more. Look out for the Art Collective providing fun arts and crafts, and face painters who are always on hand to create some selfie-worthy faces!
All ages and backgrounds flock to the market, and the atmosphere always offers a friendly, relaxed, community vibe. Don't miss the Orange Pip Christmas Special, a truly festive feast which takes place in Middlesbrough's stunning Town Hall.
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Once the children have enjoyed a great day out, there's plenty of restaurants, cafes, and pubs serving family friendly offers and 'kids eat free' deals. A number of large and small family events run throughout the year; keep up to date with the what's on page to find out more.