Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre is dedicated to the history and people of the borough. It is an inspiring place for all the family to visit. There is lots of fun to be had in the interactive galleries and the Discovery Centre holds priceless treasures.
Hands on activities and educational interactive games are found all around the museum, including in the Making History Gallery, which includes archaeological dig, historical costume and family tree puzzles. For children who like a challenge, we also have our new Museum Activity Trail, which is free.
With a walk in cinema and regular activities for all ages there’s plenty to get involved with. We have a regular programme of family activities, after-school clubs, talks and lectures – something for all ages. Special activities take place during the school holidays.
Town Hall, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2TA
T. 01226 772500
Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm), closed 24th/25th December.
Located in Hull, The Deep is an award-winning aquarium home to 3,500 fish including green sawfish, spectacular sharks, rays and a colony of Gentoo penguins. Journey through the story of the world’s oceans travelling through a unique blend of spectacular marine life from warm tropical waters to the cold Antarctic seas. Highlights include daily dive shows, animal presentations, touch pool sessions, the amazing glass tunnel and a ride in the glass lift through the 10m Endless Oceans exhibit. Details of feeding times and all other info is on their website here.
The Deep has its own Café serving a range of homemade hot/cold meals, snacks, drinks and excellent children’s boxes, plus a Snack Bar half way round open in peak times. There are also indoor and outdoor picnic areas for those who wish to bring their own food. The Deep is also fully accessible for people with disabilities.
Save 10% by booking your tickets on their website before you visit. The Deep also accepts Tesco Days Out vouchers, which form part of the Tesco Clubcard scheme. Don’t forget your Day Plus Pass which allows FREE return visits to The Deep for 12 months (this is included in the normal price of a ticket, T&C’s on their website).
During the school holidays there are also arts, crafts and face painting at Craft Corner, see their website for details of the next events.
The Play Village is a unique and exciting children’s play area and café, which offers a variety of activities for children 0-8 years. Relax and enjoy our home-cooked, bistro style menu while the kids have a great time!
Toddler Time – children aged 0-4 Monday-Thursday 9:30-11:30 (only £1.50 per child)
Great value birthday parties!
Unit 5, Mapplewell Business Park, Blacker Rd, Staincross, Barnsley, S75 6BP
T. 01226 383336
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Barnsley Bowl is one of Barnsley’s premier entertainment centres. Boasting 16 BTBA sanctioned lanes, a fully licensed lounge bar, an extensive menu, a games room with pool table and a fantastic atmosphere.
We are situated 5 minutes from the town centre with ample free parking.
Barnsley Bowl, Carlton Road, Barnsley, S71 2AZ
T. 01226 732932
Cannon Hall is a stunning Georgian country house museum set in 70 acres of historic parkland and beautiful landscaped gardens.
It is the perfect day out for all the family.
Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4AT
T. 01226 790270
Play Area and Sensory room designed just for your tots under 5! A safe, exciting space for your children to discover the art of play where you can see them at all times!
Acorn Centre, Grimethorpe, S72 7BB
T. 07825 699180
Elsecar Heritage Railway – The Coalfield Line
Trains primarily run on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Sunday services are usually at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm, but please check our timetable and website carefully for the day you intend to visit.
We also run special events when extra trains run including a Santa Special.
Wath Road, Elsecar, Barnsley, S74 8HJ
T. 01226 746746
A fantastic day out, highly recommended for children up to 11 years. There are specific areas for the under 5’s and even a couple of special non-walker areas. The concept of the museum is that you learn through play and everything there is hands-on. There is a cafe and gift shop on site. There are indoor and outdoor picnic benches if you want to take your own pinic. Well worth the travel from Barnsley.
Pay once for the museum and get a year’s annual pass.
Discovery Road, Halifax, HX1 2NE
T.01422 330 069
Especially for under 5’s, we offer calm imaginative play for you & your little one. We also have a gated soft play are for under 2’s. Play, eat and learn at enriching classes or book your party with us!
Unit 5 Fields End Business Park, Davey Road, Rotherham, S63 0JF
T. 01709 889441
66 Church St, Darton, Barnsley, S75 5HQ
Les Cadeaux gives you the opportunity to be creative and paint your own pottery or make from clay in a friendly and relaxed environment. We specialise in 3D Hand & Foot Casting and Silver Fingerprint Jewellery (an appointment only service).
Les Cadeaux is a child oriented venue with a small toy area and we are breastfeeding friendly.
To paint a pot there is no need to book just turn up!
For a unique birthday treat have your party at Les Cadeaux.
For more information call 01226 387579
Our eight lane, state of the art Ten Pin Bowling alley at the Metrodome Leisure Complex in Barnsley is the perfect venue for a relaxing and enjoyable time. With comfortable retro style seating and a cosy bar area, adults and children alike will enjoy the welcoming friendly atmosphere. Featuring innovative disco lights, smoke machines and top of the range themed bowling games supplied by QubicaAMF, you are guaranteed great entertainment and a fun filled family day out.
Queens Ground, Queens Road, Barnsley, S71 1AN
T. 01226 730060
Comfy cinema showing the latest releases, with OAP ticket deals, and live theatre screenings.
This week’s film screenings can be found here
62 Eldon St, Barnsley S70 2JL
T. 01226 248218
Play Valley provides dedicated play zones for babies, toddlers and children up to 12 years old.
Explore our town – “Play Valley” which boasts its own fire station, where you can extinguish the flames using our ball canons, race your friends down the motorway themed racing slide, or if chasing bad guys is more your thing, head to our Police station – there’s a prisoner trying to escape! If you’re looking for the best views in town, why not head towards the clouds in our mountain summit area.
Toddler in tow? Play Valley soft play farm boasts an extensive toddler area featuring the best toddler apparatus around to stimulate the imaginations of little ones and encourage physical development. Collect eggs in the chicken coup ball pool, or for the braver tots explore the cow shed and slide down our curly cow print slide.
Additional facilities include a cafe, party rooms and plenty of parking.
Rotary Drive, Wath Upon Dearne, Rotherham, S63 7FD
T. 01709 874848
Playmania indoor play centre is a fantastic place to let the little ones run off steam. With plenty of fun-filled equipment available including ball canons, soft play toys, spiral slides, astra slide, tunnels, climbing nets and a sports arena. Available to hire for children’s birthday parties there are 3 party rooms, including a disco room.
Suitable for children from 0 to 12 (1.4m height restriction). Separate baby and toddler area.
Elsecar Heritage Centre, Wath Road, Elsecar, Barnsley, S74 8HJ
T. 01226 744344
Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4AT
The Hungry Llama indoor play area is one of the biggest and best in the north of England. Packed with features including nine dramatic slides and the most up to date play equipment, it guarantees a fabulous, fun filled day whatever the weather.
The admission price is inclusive of the Farm, Outdoor adventure playground and Indoor play. Admission is priced at £5.95 per person Monday – Friday term time and £8.95 per person on Weekends and School holidays.
We currently have a special offer on admission price Monday – Friday term time after 3.30 pm where admission is £3 per person to enter Cannon Hall Farm and the Hungry Llama Indoor play, the perfect after school treat!
For more information call 01226 790127