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6 things to enjoy with the kids in Darlington


It’s time to get out and about with your little ones and start making memories right here in the North East

Between work and domestic duties, many of us don’t get to enjoy as much quality family time as we’d like. Heading out and about with our little ones, seeing new sights and trying new things, is the time many of value above all else.

And for anyone living in or around Darlington, there are plenty of activities to enjoy as a family whatever the weather. We’ve put together this essential guide to all the fun things your kids can enjoy this spring and summer in the UK’s most beloved market town.

Create and Paint

Create and Paint is the perfect place for your little ones to have fun and boost their creativity, offering an exciting day out for all the family. The studio boasts a range of artistic activities from ceramic painting and foam clay to decopatch and even teddy making. There’s also a café to take refuge in and enjoy homemade cakes and tray bakes for sweet refreshment.

Darlo Play Plaza

Darlo Play Plaza is one of Darlington’s most popular family spaces, with a range of activities for babies, toddlers and young children alike. The Play Plaza offers your little ones the chance to unleash their imagination and play at being a grown up. At Darlo Play Plaza, kids can dress up and play the part of exactly what they want to be when they grow up, whether it’s a police officer, a shopkeeper or a stylist. There are plenty of spaces to enjoy at the Play Plaza from a Thomas the Tank Engine train yard to a sensory play area designed specifically for babies.

Planet Leisure

Located just a stone’s throw from Darlington town centre, in Newton Aycliffe, this incredible entertainment hub provides plenty of fun for both you and your little ones. From a futuristic Laser Quest adventure to twirling, twisting roller skating, there’s plenty here to enjoy. There are even classic family favourites such as Ten Pin Bowling, so you can all get in on the fun when you take a trip to Planet Leisure.

The Dolphin Centre

The Dolphin Centre is the place to come for splash-tastic fun in Darlington. From the enormous pool complex to the Under the Sea themed Soft Play area, kids of all ages can find something to love here. There are a range of inflatables and water slides to enjoy, as well as diving boards ranging from 1 to a whopping 25 metres!

Ruff N Tumble Adventure World

Ruff N Tumble Adventure World offers state of the art family fun for any energetic kids to enjoy. We all know that British weather isn’t the most predictable, but this indoor playground provides an environment chock full of family fun whatever the weather. The multi-level adventure mainframe has plenty for kids to enjoy, from simple slopes to fearsome drop slides and even Blaster Ball Cannons!

Darlington Market

No list of Darlington activities would be complete without mentioning the town’s iconic indoor and outdoor markets. For over 400 years the open market has been trading in the town, and the covered market has been the place to shop for over 150 years. With so many treats to discover, every member of your family can find something to love at the market.

Are you searching for your dream home in Darlington? Let Homes by Esh help you find it. We have several developments on stunning properties around the Darlington area, including Heighington Meadows, Woodburn Gardens and our new development Lancaster Park. Get in touch today using our online Live Chat tool to find out more.

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