Jump, ride, play and discover your way through the drizzly weekends with JLife’s pick of activities for kids in and around Leeds.
Arriving in Leeds last December, the Jump Arena is a fantastic new addition to the growing list of fun things to do with the family. Jump Arena is a trampolining centre made for visitors who want to graduate from the now-familiar garden trampoline. Jump into different activities such as the foam pit, freestyle or open jump, as well as basketball slam dunk or dodgeball for those with a competitive side. There’s also a café lounge area and keep-fit sessions available for adults who want to try an exciting cardio workout too.
Be The Dream Team
Want them to stay active, but don’t fancy standing on the cold and dreary side-lines of a muddy football pitch? Why not introduce them to futsal, a new form of football sweeping the sports world? Futsal is a modified version of soccer played with five players per side on a smaller indoor pitch using a smaller ball with less bounce.
Leeds Futsal Arena features eight indoor sports pitches it has a relaxing café and spectator area, as well as state-of-the-art facilities making it a safe environment that will keep young children and the moodiest of sporty teenagers busy.
A Walk in the Woods
Did you know that Leeds is home to the world’s oldest working railway? Opening again after winter maintenance, the volunteer-run Middleton Railway is both fun and educational for young ones. There is the chance to ride on some of the oldest operational trains, as well as a museum to discover more about the historical landmark. Plus, special events are held throughout the coming months, including a regular teddy bear’s picnic and a walk through the bluebell trails in Park Halt.
Ready, Steady, Go!
For families with children aged eight and over, go-karting is the perfect activity. Kids get a chance to drive fast and race each other, while parents can finally settle the argument over who is the better driver! Go Karting Leeds is the largest indoor karting track in Yorkshire, welcoming families to a fun thrill-ride around a labyrinthine track.
There is always a reason to return again or let your little ones discover Tropical World for the very first time. Learn about tropical habitats and other exotic places from around the world, including jungle, desert, water and night-time zones. You might even get to see a crocodile or a snake as you sneak through Tropical World’s immersive environments. Watch out for the beautiful butterflies on your way around too!
Located at Roundhay Park, there are plenty of great facilities in beautiful park space, including walking and running paths, cycling, football and cricket pitches, tennis courts, a playground and skate park.