From film studios to live escape games and family-friendly restaurants

From film studios to live escape games and family-friendly restaurants

Looking for things to do in Leeds with kids? The city is a cultural centre with excellent museums and galleries, delicious local cuisine and plenty of fun activities for all ages. Book a room at one of our family-friendly hotels in Leeds and plan a fantastic family trip.

Educational activities
Why not have some fun while learning about the local area and history? Leeds has several museums and heritage sites where your little ones can explore. The Leeds City Museum offers four floors of interactive and exciting galleries, from ancient fossils to a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy. There are monthly Saturday craft activities for young children too, so check the museum calendar for the latest events. For film and television enthusiasts, the seven-floor National Media Museum is just a short drive or train journey away in Bradford. Its interactive exhibits look at the history of film, photography, television, animation and new media. The exhibitions are free and there are regular events and installations for families with children of all ages. Learn to make digital doodles or try drawing with light. Children will love experimenting with different types of media. For a taste of historic Leeds, visit the charming Harewood House, a country home built between 1759 and 1771. Tour the home or spend time outdoors in the stunning natural landscape complete with a bird garden that has penguins, owls and flamingos. Afternoon Tea is also served in the Terrace Tea Rooms, or you can bring a picnic to eat on the lawn.
Animal antics
Travelling with animal lovers? Leeds and the surrounding areas offer plenty of hands-on animal activities and chances for close encounters. Head to 700-acre Roundhay Park, just outside the city centre, to visit Tropical World, home to the largest collection of tropical plants in the UK outside of Kew Gardens. Learn more about the wildlife and insects that inhabit tropical landscapes. Get up close and personal with meerkats, bats, snakes, lemurs and crocodiles. There is a lovely café on site and the park is home to lakes, woodlands and formal gardens, so you can make a full day out of your trip if you want to. Looking for something more rustic? Pay a visit to Home Farm at Temple Newsam to visit pigs, sheep, goats, cattle and ducks. Piglets and chickens roam free in the courtyard and if you visit on a special event day you can watch live demonstrations of farm activities, including butter making and blacksmithing. There’s also a great playground area for children.
Family fun
If you’re up for trying something really fun and entertaining, pay a visit to Tick Tock Unlock, a live escape game that asks you to channel your inner detective and solve a series of clues and puzzles with the aim of escaping from the room within 60 minutes. Players must be at least 9 years old and accompanied by an adult, and the minimum group size is 3.
Delicious dining
Worked up an appetite? Rodizio grill Fazenda is the place to go when you’re really hungry. In Brazilian style, they serve a continuous rotation of 15 different prime cuts of meat including beef, chicken, pork and lamb. You can keep eating until you just can’t go on any longer and if the kids get bored there is an activity park where they can play while you feast. Almost Famous are becoming a best of British favourite and they offer stacked burgers and mountains of fries in a lively atmosphere. Teenagers with more adventurous tastes may enjoy the half-portion dishes of gorgeous French classics at Brasserie Blanc.
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