Leeds has lots of indoor activities for kids, including historic Edwardian Baths for water babies, a fantastic collection of arms and armour that will enthrall any young historian, and several soft play centres that are always popular on a rainy day.
Therefore, let’s discover our Best Child-Friendly Indoor activities to do in Leeds.
1. The Royal Armouries Museum
Marvel at five floors of arms and armour from across the world and through the ages, and even see some of them in action at this fantastic family-friendly museum. The fascinating galleries include the Swords of Middle Earth, the Hall of Steel and the Oriental Gallery. Themed activities for kids include dramatic performances, dressing up, storytelling, treasure hunts and demonstrations. On the top floor you’ll also find an indoor archery course where you can practise firing your crossbow!
Opening Hours: Daily 10am – 5pm
2. Bramley Baths
Housed in a Grade II listed Edwardian building, this historic bath house offers beautiful surroundings for a family swim. First opened in 1904, the venue is a community-led, not-for-profit centre for locals to keep fit and have fun. Child friendly activities include aqua ballet and themed family swims at weekends and during school holidays. In addition, there are fitness classes, steam rooms and a gym. There is also a pretty garden with picnic tables, if the weather decides to brighten up.
Opening Hours: Open 7 days a week. Check the website for swim and fitness timetables.
3. Emsley’s Play Barn
Emsley’s Farm is a popular family attraction in Leeds, but it’s also a great place for indoor kids activities. The Play Barn tops the lists of many local parents, offering safe and fun indoor play with a great variety of daily changing of activities, as well as home cooked food in the relaxed café. Outside there’s a garden with a vegetable patch where little ones will love to get their hands dirty, so take their wellies and raincoats and let them explore!
Opening Hours: Open daily 09:30 – 3pm. (Early close at 12pm on Sundays.)
4. The Little Bookshop
The city’s only independent bookshop dedicated to children, this charming bookstore and cafe is the perfect hangout for a rainy day. Aside from its amazing collection of books for all ages, there are special free events each Saturday, such as storytelling with visiting authors, craft workshops and seasonal fun.
No booking necessary! Activities are suitable for ages 5 years and over.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 9am – 5pm
5. Tropical World
Finally, this indoor attraction is home to one of the largest collections of tropical plants anywhere in the UK, and a whole host of exotic creatures including crocodiles, butterflies, piranhas, and meerkats. The different areas will take you on a thrilling journey through mangroves, desert and rainforest, exploring the habitats of some amazing animals.
The rainforest canopy and waterfall areas are a particular highlight. Entry tickets are also really good value (£3.50 per child) and under 5’s go free.
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 6pm.
So if you are looking to be inspired to visit Leeds for your next family weekend, just visit our different Leeds pages to find what this destination has to offer.
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