35 fantastic things to do in and around Hull with kids on a rainy day

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35 fantastic things to do in and around Hull with kids on a rainy day

All parents will know how hard it can be to keep kids amused on rainy days.

Many days out and attractions rely on the weather and simply aren’t the same if the sun doesn’t shine.

There are however plenty of places to visit when the heavens open. Our family and parenting writer Joanna Lovell looks at the best places to visit in Hull and also at those within driving distance of the city which are good for a rainy day.

1 The Deep


2 Hull Museums

We are so lucky in Hull to have many great museums which kids will love, including The Streetlife Museum of Transport, the Arctic Corsair, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull and East Riding Museum, to name a few.

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3 Dinostar

4 Gravity, in St Stephen’s Shopping Centre


5 Laser Station, in Princes Quay Shopping Centre

6 Superbowl UK and Quasar, Princes Quay Shopping Centre

7 Rascalz Play Area

8 Wacky Warehouse, Kingstown Hotel, Hedon

9 Rock Up Hull, St Stephen’s

10 Hollywood Bowl, Kingswood

11 Kinderland

12 Big Fun Indoor Play area

13 Rockcity

Oliver and Jasmine Lovell at Rock City, Hull

14 Little Monkeys indoor play area

15 William’s Den, North Cave

One of the newest attractions in the area, just 30 minutes outside of Hull. William’s Den has indoor and outdoor play areas.

16 Blue Kangaroo indoor play centre, Cottingham

17 Bugtopia, Hornsea

Oliver Lovell at Bugtopia

18 South Cave Falconry

19 Bridlington Bird of Prey and Animal Park

20 Mega Fun indoor play centre, Beverley

21 Beach Cove at Hornsea Freeport

And if you want to travel further outside of Hull…

22 Xscape Yorkshire

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There aren’t many places where you can ski, trampoline, rock climb, golf and eat and drink all under one roof.

But drive not too far along the M62 to Castleford and you will find Xscape Yorkshire, one of Yorkshire’s favourite family attractions, where you can do all this and more.

Click here for special offers.

23 The national space centre, Leicester

24 Eureka! The National Children’s Museum

Emily Hawden in the kitchen
Emily Hawden in the kitchen

There’s one big difference between traditional museums and Eureka! the Children’s museum: here, they are encouraged to touch and play with everything!

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From astronauts, doctors and bankers to chefs, car mechanics and postmen, Eureka! is a magical land where children can become whatever they like – for a day at least.

25 Huddersfield leisure centre

26 Pink Pig Farm, Scunthorpe

Indoor fun at Pink Pig Farm
Indoor fun at Pink Pig Farm

The actual animal farm only plays a small part of the attraction as a whole, on a rainy day there is a huge indoor play barn to explore.

27 The National Railway Museum in York

28 Alpamare Waterpark

It’s not just waterslides at the Alpamare Scarborough waterpark. There are also two outdoor pools which are both open 365 days of the year.

The warm outdoor garden pool is heated to 35C and is complete with whirlpools and bubble recliners. There is also an infinity pool heated to 36C, which is filled with healing iodine water which provides the perfect place to relax.

29 Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham

30 York Chocolate story

Jasmine Lovell samples chocolates at the York Chocolate Story
Jasmine Lovell samples chocolates at the York Chocolate Story

31 Calypso Cove in Barnsley

32 Web adventure park in York

33 Tropical World, Leeds

Oliver Lovell, with meerkats at Tropical World
Oliver Lovell, with meerkats at Tropical World

34 Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds

35 Cadbury World, Birmingham

A chocolatier gets to work
A chocolatier gets to work

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