The weather may be cooling down, but the fun doesn’t have to stop. Hull & East Yorkshire is packed with attractions and fun places to do. Check out my favourite things to do with the kids this autumn season.
Visit the Zoo
Bridlington Animal Park, Covert Lane, Carnaby, Bridlington YO15 3QF
Bridlington Animal Park is a great little zoo with a range of fascinating animals including zebras, porcupines, emus and more. It costs £6.95 for adults, £5.95 for children, and entry is free for children under 3. Animal experiences are available for as little as £25. A cafe and gift shop is open on-site.
Inflata Nation, Flemingate, Unit 1, Block A, Beverley HU17 0NQ
An indoor inflatable park for the whole family, Inflata Nation boasts a plethora of activities including an assault course, climbing wall, bouncy balls and giant slides. Tickets are £9.99 for adults and children, and £5.99 for under 4s, for an hour of fun.
Hollywood Bowl, Kingswood Retail Park, Gibraltar Rd, Hull HU7 3DB
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Superbowl UK, Princes Quay Shopping Centre, Bottom Deck, Hull
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Fun Station, St Stephens, Ferensway, Hull
Hull has three very good places you can enjoy bowling as a family. The biggest bowling ally, Hollywood Bowl, has 26 lanes while Superbowl has 12 lanes. At both, some lanes are earmarked as VIP which adds a bit of privacy, and there’s an American Diner and Bar at Hollywood Bowl. Both have plenty of arcade games and some pool tables so they’re great places to have hours of fun indoors as the weather becomes that bit more breezy.
If you have younger kids (ages around 3-8) you might want to consider Fun Station in St Stephens which has a pint size bowling alley hidden away at the back, and it’s very cheap. You get small bowling balls so it’s more manageable for them. There are also many arcade / amusements to keep them entertained too. And with some restaurants and a cinema very close by, it’s not a bad way to have a family day out.
Explore an Indoor Rainforest
Bugtopia, Hornsea Freeport, Rolston Rd, Hornsea HU18 1UT
Head to Bugtopia in Hornsea and journey through an indoor rainforest packed with exotic plants and animals. There’s everything from free-roaming birds, beautiful butterflies, creepy crawlies and even reptiles. Tickets cost £5.00 for adults and £4.00 for children.
Visit the Cinema
Odeon LUXE, Kingston Retail Park, Kingston St, Hull HU1 2TX
Ok there are five multiplex cinemas around East Yorkshire, but if you want to watch movies in style, then my pick has to be the most luxurious cinema there is in the area; ODEON Luxe. Located at Kingston Retail Park in Hull city centre, for me, it’s the perfect place to catch a family movie. Several brilliant family films are available right now, including Onward and Troll’s World Tour. You can buy a family ticket for two adults and two children or one adult and three children, for as little as £22.
Eat Some Chocolate
White Rabbit Chocolatiers, Unit 6, Paragon Arcade, Paragon St, Hull HU1 3PQ
Nestled in Hull’s Paragon Arcade, is a slice of chocolate heaven just waiting to be discovered. If your family need a sweet treat, then visit White Rabbit Chocolatiers for all the cake, fondue, desserts, bakes and hot chocolate your heart could desire.
Jump in the Leaves
Humber Bridge Country Park, Ferriby Rd, Hessle HU13 0HB
With the days getting shorter, and the weather turning that bit breezier, there’s still a gorgeous 48-acre park with an incredible array of wildlife, you can enjoy. Humber Bridge Country Park is home to several amphibians including great crested newts. Visit the park in Autumn to see some colourful foliage, jump in the leaves and stop at the nearby Brewers Fayre Home Farm or Hesslewood Deli to warm up.
Under the Sea
The Deep, Tower Street, Hull
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Sea Life Centre, Scalby Mills Rd, Scarborough YO12 6RP
Relax, I’m not talking about scuba-diving! The Deep is probably Hull’s most famous attraction and it’s perfect for a rainy day. It has over 70 different habitats and hundreds of sea creatures, and you can get an annual pass for the same price as a day ticket, so it’s pretty decent value.
But if you’ve been to The Deep plenty of times before and fancy a change, Sea Life Centre in Scarborough is another option and it’s only just over an hour from Hull.
Welton Waters Adventure Centre, Common Lane, Brough HU15 1PT
For older, more adventurous children, who don’t mind getting wet, Welton Waters Adventure Centre is the place to go. The centre is based on the edge of the Humber River in Brough and offers a range of activities including canoeing, kayaking and archery. You’ll need to dress warmly and bring spare clothes. It costs £30 to rent a rafted canoe for the family, £25 to rent a family paddleboard and £10 too rent a pedalo for up to 4 people.
Teamsport Karting, Freightliner Road Unit 1 Project Park, Hull HU3 4UL
If your older and braver children don’t want to get wet, then TeamSport Karting may be the perfect activity. They will love racing around a 400m indoor multi-level track with plenty of twists, turns and challenging ramps. Food and drink are available to buy afterwards, too.
Solve Puzzles and Escape a Room
TakeTheExit, Wyke Chambers, 7 Silver St, Hull HU1 1HT
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Escape Room Hull, Ferens Court, 16-18 Anlaby Rd, Hull HU1 2PA
If you love a challenge and family board games, then this one’s for you. With these ‘Escape Room’ challenges, you have to work as a family to solve mental and physical puzzles. There are three unique rooms at Escape Room Hull, while Take The Exit has four including a couple of spooky ones which will be ideal for Halloween.
Most challenges are suitable for adults and teenagers and you’ll need to book a room in advance before you go.