Trying to choose the perfect outing for the whole family can be a challenge at the best of times. Weighing up the options of paying for a fun day out vs going for a cultural or free experience – as any parent knows, it’s not easy. Luckily there are lots of great things to do with kids in Huddersfield.
So whether you’re looking for an action packed experience, a bit of a nature fix or you just want to tire them out at a soft play, let’s take a look at where you can take the kids in and around Huddersfield.
1. Beaumont park
Beaumont park has been named ‘Local Favourite’ in 2022, so you can already tell it’s a great place to take the kids in Huddersfield. With gorgeous gardens, playgrounds and several nature trails, Beaumont park is a crowd pleaser whatever the weather.
Of the two parks on this list, Beaumont park is the more ‘adventure-y’, with woodland and ponds to explore as well as ruins. Oh and also lots of steps so Beaumont park might not be ideal for kids in prams or strollers (or, more to the point, the adults pushing those prams).
2. Greenhead park
The second park on our list is regularly held up as one of the best things to do in Huddersfield, and is perfect for kids. It’s perfect for all ages, featuring a skatepark, BMX course, plenty of play areas, paddling pools and you can even go ten pin bowling here.
As the flatter park, and closer to the city centre of Huddersfield, Greenhead park is ideal for buggies and kids who might not be so keen on walking.
There are also plenty of public toilets for when you need to do an emergency nappy change, not to mention a choice of cafes. There is even a miniature steam railway open on Saturdays (weather and staff permitting).
3. Castle Hill
Want to burn off some of that limitless energy? Castle Hill is an excellent choice for a walk with kids. The walk from the centre of Huddersfield is around 3 and a half miles, and will take around an hour – if you don’t dawdle (and kids do love to dawdle, right).
But the views across the valley are of course spectacular, and you can even climb the tower for a small fee too.
Don’t fancy the walk? Drive up and park in the car park near the tower, let the kids run around, climb the tower and have a picnic.
There is no cafe or refreshments up here, so you will need to pack snacks.
Rainy day? Or maybe you just want to let your kids pretend they’re in a computer game rather than playing one? LaserZone is the best place in Huddersfield for laser tag and is great fun for both your hyperactive little ones, and even mum and dad can get involved.
They are open all seven days of the week and have plenty of options for the kids. There is no age limit as such, but all players need to be over 3ft 6” (106 cms) tall – so check before you book is the best idea.
On the weekends you can even sign up for Munchkin Madness Club – which I’m sure you can imagine gets quite exciting. For £9 your kids can play up to 4 games of laser tag while you relax in the cafe, or maybe even get involved yourself. Definitely one of the great fun things to do in Huddersfield with kids.
5. Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre
Standedge Tunnel is the longest canal tunnel in Britain and a key part of the local history and heritage. The visitor centre is free to visit and features a museum about the history of the canal. But the best thing, especially for the kids, is the canal boat ride.
It’s one of the best family friendly activities in Huddersfield, and affordable too, with tickets for kids £6, and adults £8.
Once you are done with the boat ride you can grab a snack and a drink while the kids make use of the play gym and explore the wildlife garden.
6. The Magical Forest
For families with very young children looking for something to do with children in Huddersfield, The Magical Forest is the place to go. It’s suitable for all children under 10, with a great soft play area for babies and toddlers.
The Magical Forest also offers weekly classes and seasonal events, and they are also available for private bookings. Their speciality though, is making sure the kids can always have a place for soft play. You won’t be left out of the fun either, you can either watch your children’s activity or you can sit down for a hot drink or a homemade meal.
If you are planning on visiting The Magical Forest it’s advised to look at their activity table for the week first, because here you will find the deals and events they have for the days and you can plan around them.
7. Fizzy Lizard play gym
Want to get the kids tired out? Of course you do. Get them bouncing off the walls at Fizzy Lizard. This play gym is one of the best things to do with kids in Huddersfield.
Prices even start from FREE for kids under 9 months, which can be a blessing for parents looking to stimulate their youngster. Fizzy Lizard is suitable for children up to 8 years old, with entry being £4.50 for kids aged 5 to 8 years old, or £2 for kids between 9 months and 4 years.
8. Leisure Centre Splash Park
If you want an activity that the whole family will enjoy, take them to the waterpark! The Leisure Centre Splash Park has lots of fun water based entertainments, including slides, water jets, a lazy river and more to keep the kids amused.
Prices start from £3.50 for kids, or £5.50 for adults, without access to the slides. But if you want the full experience, consider paying for the family ticket, £18.95 for up to 4 people including access to the slides.
9. Stepping Out Alpaca Trekking
If your little one adores animals and you’re looking for something different to do with kids around Huddersfield, Stepping Out Alpaca Trekking might just be your new favourite day out. As the name suggests, they have alpacas you can hang out with and take for walks.
You’ll need to book in advance, so contact them via their website first.
10. Gledholt woods
Looking for a nature walk which is perfect for kids? Gledholt woods is a lovely woodland with a pond – also ideal if you need to take the dogs for a walk too. There are plenty of walking trails you can follow and if you are unsure where to start you can buy a map in one of the nearby shops.
11. Whistlestop Valley
One of the most popular attractions for kids in Huddersfield, Whistlestop valley is an action packed day out. Ride on the miniature steam railway, run around the multiple playgrounds, enjoy the cafe or bring a picnic if you want to save some money.
The Kirkless Light Railway is a fun experience for young and old and there are different train based rides, including some specifically for the smaller kids. Whistlestop Valley is open on weekends and during holidays, so check their opening times on their website.
12. Interactive trails with LoyalFree
A really fun way to explore Huddersfield and West Yorkshire, is by using LoyalFree’s interactive trails. Download the app and choose from a number of experiences designed to get kids interacting with their local surroundings and maybe even discovering new things.
Best of all, LoyalFree is a totally free app and most of the trails are also free too. But the trails will often lead you to fun things to see and do in your local area – who knows what you might find?
Making the most of Huddersfield with kids
There is lots to see and do in Huddersfield with kids, so whatever you’re looking for you’re sure to find something to inspire you and the family.
If you’re regularly looking for the best things to do in Huddersfield, make sure to download the LoyalFree app. You’ll get the latest updates on events in and around the city, plus exclusive rewards and discounts.
And one of the best things about LoyalFree for kids is that we offer interactive trails to really spark their imagination.
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