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Top 10 Kids Directories for Family Days Out

With autumn half-term soon approaching for schools in the UK, it’s the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with your children and enjoy some great outdoor activities with the family before the winter kicks in.

But the question we hear so many of you ask is, “Where do I take my kids?” Maybe you have exhausted all your usual activities and want to treat your kids to a special day out they won’t forget. Here at The Active Toy Company we have put together a list of our 10 favourite days out for kids directories. These sites will help you find exciting things to do this autumn half-term with your children.
 

1. Days Out With The Kids www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk 

 
Days out with the kids directory 
 
Day Out With The Kids is one of the most popular kids days out directories around. You simply enter your town and post-code and it will give you a list of all the fun activities that are happening in your local area. If you are looking to travel and want a broader search by region, just click on the area you are looking to visit on the map.
 
Once the site has found all the places you can visit, it gives you the option to sort by activity, so if you are looking for active fun, play centres or animal and nature reserves, you can quickly sort the search result.An essential resource for finding out what’s on and happening for a great day of fun for your kids.

2. Days Out www.daysout.co.uk

 
Days out directory 
 
Days Out is another national days out directory, which lets you search using your post-code and how many miles you’re willing to travel, however this directory isn’t just for kids.

This site is great if you’re looking for a fun day out on a budget, as it offers discount vouchers and codes off many of the attractions. You can search for vouchers in your area and if you like the sound of one you can buy it directly from the site. This site gets a thumbs up from us!
 

3. Days Out With Kids www.daysoutwithkids.co.uk

 
 Days out with the kids
 
Days Out With Kids is a handy days out directory focussed entirely around kids. This site gives you all the details about the attractions and the facilities in your local area, as well as child-friendly advice like what age-group the attraction is suited for, pricing and directions on getting there.

This site also is available as an app on the Apple App Store, which you can download as a useful guide whilst you are out and about, something that all of us need these days to make our lives a little easier.
 

4. Kids Days Out www.kidsdaysout.co.uk

 
Kids days out 
 
Kids Days Out is a directory for activities for kids in England, Scotland and Wales. This site is focussed around disabled access and attractions suited for children with disabilities. Simply pick the region that you want to visit and you will be presented with a list of fun things to do with your children and whether each activity has wheelchair access.
 

5. Visit Britain www.visitbritain.com

 
Visit Britain directory 
 
Visit Britain is a great go-to site for all things British including things to do and days out with the family. This site is a really useful tool for all parents as it is split down into different sections depending on the type of activity you are looking for, for example:
  • Fun History attractions
  • Steam train experiences
  • Top 10 picnic spots
  • Teenagers
  • Britain’s best family attractions
  • Family friendly museums
  • Family assessed attractions
  • Family days out at castles
  • Top 10 rainy days out
  • Family days out under £15
  • And many more…

6. Time Out www.timeout.com 

 
Time Out directory 
 
If you’re from the Capital and are looking for fun ways to entertain your kids this autumn, this post for Time Out is perfect. It’s packed full of up-to-date events and activities happening around London this coming school holiday, including London’s Night Owls Sleepover, Michael Rosen’s Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things and what every child would love ‘Frozen’ in concert.

The great thing about this post is that all the events are within the autumn half-term (for most kids), so it’s the perfect place to find entertainment for your little ones whilst they’re out of school.
 

7. Parenting Site www.parenting.co.uk

 
Parenting kids directory 
 
This parenting website is one of the most popular resources for parents, giving you advice on health, education and even teenagers. This site is also a handy directory for fun family days out, where you can find a list of activities and days out that the whole family can enjoy.

If you need a bit more advice before choosing a day out that your family will enjoy. This parenting site has a list of useful blogs about outdoor activities for your children, family themed adventure parks and what to consider before taking your children to the beach. You can read these useful outdoor activity blogs here.
 

8. Special Needs Kids www.special-needs-kids.co.uk

 
Special needs days out 
 
Here at The Active Toy Company we believe that all children with and without special needs should experience and have fun in the great outdoors and Special Needs Kids is a great site for parents and carers of special needs children, giving them advice and information on products and services for children with special needs.

It can be difficult to know what activities and days out are suitable to special needs children and the last thing you want to do is disappoint your child. The accessible days out directory is a useful resource giving you information on Charitable Not-For-Profits and Organisations offering accessible days out for you and your family. The directory gives you information about the day out including the address, telephone number and website.
 

9. Great Days Out www.great-days-out.co.uk 

 Great days out

Great Days Out is a directory of activities and days out for all the family. This directory is not solely focussed on children’s days out, but all the attractions and activities can be visited by families, couples and individuals.

This site is really simple and easy to navigate, simply click on the region you are looking to visit then select the county and the site will bring up a map showing all the attractions, with icons of all the activities, which you can click on to be taken to their website.
 

10. Toad www.toad.uk.com

 
toad online directory 
 
Toad is the UK’s largest activity directory, all focussed around experiencing the great outdoors. This online directory is not just for kids but for adults too, with activities including abseiling, waterskiing and clay pigeon shooting.

The site does have a designated family activities section where you’ll find family attractions like children’s zoos, beach trips and waterparks. Toad is structured slightly differently to the other directories; first you need to select the activity you are looking for and then the site will search for that event in your area.

We hope this list of handy directories will help you find fun and exciting things to do with your children this coming school holiday.

If you are in the Newbury area come and visit our shop and display at the Active Toy Company, where your children can test out our trampolines, climbing frames, swings and lots of other outdoor play equipment. For more information and for directions call 01635 248683 or view our contact details here. You can view our full product range of outdoor kids equipment on our website – www.activetoy.co.uk.