Days Out Halifax & Calderdale

Rainy Days

Adventure World – Elland

Play gym aimed at children from birth to aged nine. A wide range of activities to keep your little explorers happy, from a climbing frame and ball pool to bouncy castle and trampoline. There is also ride on toys, tree house slide, a dedicated baby area and fun activities.

James Street, Elland. 01422 252208.

Airtime Halifax

Trampoline park and soft play centre with café. Parent and toddler sessions every morning from 10am-11am, £5.

Airtime Halifax, Unit 4 Calderdale Business Park. Contact 01422 247404.


Axe throwing sessions for anyone aged five and over.

Full safety briefing and instructions throughout and balloons can be put on targets and popped with knives to make it easier.

Call for opening hours and availability.

  • Netherton Mill, Holdsworth Road, Halifax. 07885 859803.


Play gym with both indoor and outdoor areas. There are a range of free craft activities on Wednesdays (during school holidays they run most days) and paid for activities such as build your own teddy bear workshops, pot painting, peg wooden animals, jewellery making, clay making and sword decorating.

Chicoccino, Church Street, West Vale, Halifax. 07592 482573.

Dare 2 Air Huddersfield

Huge inflatable theme park with eight different zones. Kids and adults alike can bounce and burn off energy on the drop slides, balance beams, freefall area and inflatable Wipeout zone.

Play dodgeball, basketball, volleyball, or just jump around all session – the choice is yours!

Open Fridays and weekends during Kirklees term time, and every day during school holidays, but check session and opening times before setting off. 9.45-10.45am session aimed at families with children aged 8 and under. 

  • Dare 2 Air, Huddersfield Leisure Centre, Spring Grove Street, Huddersfield, HD1 4BP.

Diving Boards

Children must be at least 4 feet tall and be able to swim 20m confidently in deep water on front and back.

Halifax Swimming Pool: Saturdays, 11.30am-3.30pm. Sundays, 11am-3.30pm.

Electric Bowl

Tenpin bowling with ten lanes, a dining area, pool table and licensed bar. Automatic bumpers, electronic scoring and bowling ramps make sure all the family can have fun.

Glow in the dark bowling on Friday and Saturday nights.

Children’s and teen parties available all week, including one hour of bowling, party invites, unlimited juice, balloons, party bags, birthday badge and a hot food platter followed by ice cream.

Open seven days a week, 10am-late.

Electric Bowl, 70 Commercial Street, Halifax. Phone 01422 301123.

Family Fun Swims

Fun swimming for adults with children.

Brighouse Pool (teaching pool): Fridays (under 5s), 9am-1.15pm; Saturdays (under 11s), 1.30pm-2.45pm; Sundays (under 11s), 9am-1pm.

Sowerby Bridge Pool (teaching pool): Mondays (under 5s), 9.15am-11.15am; Fridays (under 5s), 11am-1pm; Sundays (Under 5s), 9-11.30am.

Todmorden Sports Centre: Sundays, 10am-noon

Family Skating – YMCA

Family roller skating sessions at the Halifax YMCA.

Fridays: 6-8pm, open age. £3.50 per person including boot hire.

Saturdays: Noon-1.30pm. £3 per person including boot hire.

Sundays: 2-3.30pm. £3 per person including boot hire.

  • Halifax YMCA. 13 Crossley Street, Halifax. o1422 353626.

Family Swimming

Currently not running (updated January 2021) – (some pools are open but lane swimming only)

Family Swimming sessions are times to swim with children under eight.

Brighouse Pool: Mondays, 9.30am-noon; Wednesdays, 10am-noon

Halifax Pool (teaching pool): Mondays, noon-1.15pm & 3-3.45pm; Tuesdays, noon-3.45pm; Wednesdays, 10am-1.30pm & 2.15-3.45pm; Thursdays, noon-1.15pm & 2.30-3.45pm; Fridays, noon-3.45pm; Saturdays, 1-2.15pm; Sundays, 9am-4.30pm

Sowerby Bridge: Tuesdays, 3-4pm; Thursdays, 3-3.30pm; Fridays, 3-4pm; Saturdays, noon-2pm; Sundays, 9am-12.30pm

Todmorden Pool: Sundays, 10am-noon


Flying Saucers – Pottery Painting Cafe

Currently only offering paint at home kids – updated January 2021

Pottery painting café in Hebden Bridge. Choose from a plate, bowl, mug or even piggy bank, unicorn, fairy or dinosaur, decide how to paint it and sit and paint using our brushes or sponge stamps. And you can have a drink or snack whilst you create!

Every Tuesday is Toddler Tuesday at Flying Saucers. Come along with your pre-schooler or baby and receive 10% off and a free coffee for you. Whether it’s a baby footprint or a toddler painting on a plate, come with friends, have a coffee and make something truly unique.

  • Flying Saucers Pottery Painting Café, Butler’s Wharf, New Road, Hebden Bridge, 01422 846666.

Fun House – Halifax

Small to medium sized play gym with a double decker play gym, bouncy castle, ball pool, baby play area and lots of toys. hot and cold food and free Wi-Fi. Perfectly suited for children up to around seven years old.

Dispensary Walk, Halifax. 01422 383131.

Fun Swims With Giant Floats

Currently not running (updated January 2021)

Wild and wacky sessions with giant floats, for children aged 14 and under.

Brighouse Pool: Saturdays, 1.30-2.45pm

Sowerby Bridge Pool: Saturdays, 1.30-2.45pm


Hippopottery – mobile pottery painting

Hippopottery is a mobile paint your own pottery studio based in the Shibden Valley. Suitable for all ages, you can choose from a wide range of pottery pieces to paint and create gorgeous keepsakes. All pots, paints, brushes and stencils are supplied and pots are glazed, fired and returned within one week.

  • Hippopottery, Fold Barn, Halifax. Contact 07540 832930 or view the Facebook page.

Hover Kart Mania

Indoor karting arena where children aged 5+ can race around on two different types of kart. There is a little track with mini vehicles for under 5s too, as well as air hockey, pool, a seating area and food. Booking advised. Birthday parties available.

  • Hover Kart Mania, Black Dyke Mills, Queensbury, BD13 1QA. 07821049497.

Huddersfield Splash Park

The kids will have tons of fun at Huddersfield Leisure Centre’s Splash Park. There are water features and slides for the youngsters and larger slides for older children and adults, with water buckets, water jets, a lazy river, a small fun pool and spa pool.

Sessions last 90 minutes and it’s best to book in advance.

Huddersfield Splash Park, Huddersfield Leisure Centre. Phone 01484 766269.

Jungle at the Junction – Queensbury

Soft play centre aimed at children aged under eight. Two tier soft play area with slide, rope bridges, swing ball and climbing areas, toddlers’ corner with ride on toys, playhouse, slide, kitchen, dolls and tools, ball pool and chill out area. Hot and cold food, snacks and beverages available.

Jungle at the Junction, Black Dyke Mills, Queensbury. 01274 270409.

Little Monkeys Play Centre

Children’s play centre in Sowerby Bridge for under 6’s. Soft play area, bouncy castle and trampoline, climb-on equipment, slides and more. Cafe and children’s parties available.

  • Little Monkeys Play Centre, Unit 16D Sowerby Bridge Business Park. Contact 07577 528883

Magic Garden Play Cafe

Pop-up play cafe in Haworth Village Hall. Lovely play area for children, nice cafe and classes running regularly.

  • Haworth Village Hall, Butt Lane. BD22 8QJ. 01535 323100.

PB’s Play Village

Soft play centre with a role play village, large baby area, sensory room and more. For ages 0-6.

  • Whiterose Mills, Holdsworth Road. HX3 6SN. 01422 242679

Play Palace – Halifax

Gigantic play frame with a football pitch, huge slides, ball pits, epic obstacle courses and a café.

W Parade, Halifax. 01422 353700

Playworld, Huddersfield

Strap on some skates and show off your skills at Playworld Huddersfield’s roller skating rink. It’s suitable for children aged four and up, but adult supervision is recommended for young and inexperienced skaters.

There’s also a four-storey soft play gym to get stuck into, with a ball pool and slides.


Two fun-packed party packages are available to choose from too.

  • Playworld Huddersfield, Westbourne Road, Marsh, Huddersfield. 01484 420404.

Reload Nerf Zone

Army-style open Nerf shooting zone that is fun and active for the whole family. Adults can join in too, or relax in the cafe while the kids let of steam during a one hour session . Suitable for kids aged four and over.

Children’s parties available.

  • Reload Nerf Zone, Victoria Road, Sowerby Bridge. 01422 292613

ROKT Climbing – Brighouse

ROKT Climbing Gym aims to provide a safe, energised, social atmosphere while fulfilling all your climbing needs.

Choose from taster sessions, and boulder and rope inductions and courses.

There are also kids’ clubs, where they can learn to climb and meet other children

Fun-packed kids’ parties  include games, bouldering and roped climbing activities with an instructor.

ROKT Climbing, Old Flour Mill, Millroyd Street, Brighouse. 01484 717444.

Ski and Snow Activities – Halifax Ski & Snowboard Centre

Snowboarding, snowtubing, skiing and kids adventure play.

The slope is covered in a highly advanced material called Snowflex to create a close-to-snow experience.

Charlie Fastrax indoor play includes a multi-storey play area with ball pools, climbing frames, tunnels, slides and caves.

Parties and taster sessions available.

Halifax Ski & Snowboard Centre, Bradford Old Road, Halifax. Ski & Snowboard Centre and Snowtubing: 01422 340760, Charlie Fastrax: 01422 360060.

Stockeld Park

Stockeld Park is a unique all-weather family attraction located near Wetherby in North Yorkshire. Filled with family fun, outdoor activities for children, a fun adventure park and a brand-new indoor play centre – just to name a few! The whole family will have a wonderful time on this fab day out!

Stockeld Park is now open EVERY weekend throughout the year, and also seasonally throughout the school holidays!

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, Yorkshire, LS22 4AN.

Sunny Gym – Elland

Recently refurbished play gym for children aged under six, with a café.

Sunny Gym, Coronation Street, Elland. 01422 372213.

The Mill Play Centre – Halifax

Play environment for both older and younger children. Baby and toddler play area, large preschool and junior play facility and an area for older children with games consoles and much more. Dining area with licenced bar.

The Mill Play Centre, Shaw Lodge Mills, Halifax. 01422 363523.

The PotSpot – Paint Your Own Pottery

Come along to the PotSpot, paint a pot, have a chat and create something individual. We have over 300 different individually-priced pieces to choose from, and the price includes the use of colours, studio fees, glazing and firing. We advise booking during school holidays.

The PotSpot, Park Street, Brigouse, 01484 400602

The Vue Mini Morning

Mini Mornings at Vue. Small People. Big Experience. Tickets for kids’ films from £2.49 for both children and adults at Vue. Please see website for showings and further details.

Tel: 0345 308 4620

Address: 6 Broad St, Halifax, HX1 1UX

Tropical World – Leeds

This is a lovely tropical garden with plenty to keep kids entertained (particularly on a cold or rainy day as it is very warm in the tropical greenhouse!) .

There are reptiles, spiders and insects to see, as well as snakes and bats. The butterflies fly around freely and the Meer Cats are fantastic.

Admission (2017) is free for under 5’s, 5-15yrs is £3.00, Adults £6.00.

Opening hours: 10am-6pm during the summer, 10am-4pm during the winter.


Tropical World, Princes’ Avenue, Roundhay Park, Leeds LS8 1DF.

Upsy Daisys – Mytholmroyd

Adventure play centre and party venue. Aimed at children aged between birth to aged 11, there is a main play area with a three-storey play frame with obstacles, tunnels, a walk bridge and four-lane slide. Sports court area with basketball rings, football goal posts, pedal car track and crawl-through characters. Party room for up to 25 kids.

Upsy Daisys, Moderna Business Park, Mytholmroyd. 01422 881717.