Days Out

Rainy Day Ideas

Adventure Wonderland Bournemouth

10am-6pm Daily June-August (check website for Opening Times for remaining months).

Merritown Ln, Hurn, Christchurch BH23 6BA.

Rides and attractions, soft-play, fabulous entertainment and much more for children up to 10yrs. All rides and attractions are included in your entry price with the exception of a few coin operated attractions and the Pony Rides. Birthday parties available.

For more information call 01202 4834444.

All Fired Up Bournemouth

10.30am-4.30am Mondays to Wednesdays – 10.30am-5.30am Thursdays to Saturdays – 11am-5pm Sundays.

35-37 Bourne Ave, Bournemouth, BH2 6DT.

Pottery painting and cafe in Bournemouth. Birthday parties, corporate gifts, baby first footprints, tiled wall displays, and more.

For more information contact 01202 558030.

Bouncy Castle World Broadstone

9am-10.45am Sundays Only.

Station Approach, Broadstone, BH18 8AX.

For those with children aged between 2 and 12 years, The Junction Leisure Centre in Broadstone has a Bouncy Castle World every Sunday morning. Needs to be booked in advance.

Please contact 01202 777766 to book.

Cineworld Poole

A Cinema in Tower Park Poole, surrounded by family friendly food outlets and attractions. Regularly offers family screenings as well as Cinebabies and special Family Discounts during the school holidays. Movies for Juniors for as little as £2.50.

Birthday Parties also available.

For more details contact 0330 333 4444.

Create at Upton Country Park

10am-5pm, Wednesdays to Sundays.

Create (opposite the main Tea Rooms) , Upton Country Park, Poole BH17 7BJ.

A quite unique attraction which offers a relaxing space for customers to sit with family and friends and unwind…..chill-out for a bit and choose from exciting range of creative self-led activities for ages 4 years right up to adults – all available under one roof! You can choose from a variety of Craft-Kits, Sand-Art, Make your own Teddy-Bear, Decopatch, Paint your own Pottery, Model-Making and much more.

Please contact 07907353821 to book.

Giggles Bournemouth

9.30am-5.15pm Mondays to Fridays – 9.30am-4.30pm Saturdays – 10.30am-3.30pm Sundays.

25C Elliott Rd, West Howe Industrial Estate, Bournemouth, BH11 8LQ.

Giggles is a nursery AND play centre in Bournemouth. Suitable for children from babies up to 4ft tall. Competitive entry fees and suitable for parties and private hires.

For more information contact  01202 331952.

Kids Play Cafe Charminster & New Milton

Various times & Days.


Charminster, 280 Charminster Rd, Bournemouth, BH8 9RT.
New Milton, Unit 6, 39-41 Old Milton Rd, New Milton, BH25 6DJ.


Baby & Toddler, Babies under 1 & Pre Walker Singing and Sensory Sessions in both locations for children aged 0-3yrs. Plus playtime at the role play cafe. Party bookings also available.

Contact number 01202 989494 (Charminster) or 01425 837810 (New Milton).

Laser Quest Bournemouth

10am-10pm, Daily.

The Old Super Bowl, Glen Fern Rd, Bournemouth, BH1 2LZ.

A game of tag made even more exciting with lasers! Suitable for everyone aged 6+. The minimum recommended height is 1 metre (3ft 4in).

For more information call 01202 556888.

Lemur Landings Soft Play

Open daily 10.30am – 6pm.

Tower Retail Park, Tower Park Leisure Complex, Poole, BH12 4NY.

Lemur Landings is ‘one of Dorset’s largest indoor children’s entertainment & soft play centre’.With it’s climbing zone, role-play village, Digi-Wall and lo-ropes for little ones there’s definitely something for every age. Parties are also available.

To book your soft play visit please contact 01202 740500.

Little Pickles

9.30am-2pm Mondays to Fridays.

723 Wimborne Rd, Moordown, Bournemouth, BH9 2AX.

A children’s cafe and soft play in Bournemouth. Suitable for little ones aged 0-5. Enjoy a treat at the cafe while you watch your children play. Birthday parties also available with special character costumes!

For more details call 01202 533311.

Lollipops Play Cafe

9.15am-1.30pm Mondays to Thursdays – 9.15am-3.15pm Fridays – 8.45am-1pm Saturdays.

16 Landseer Rd, Westbourne, Bournemouth, BH4 9EH.

Beautiful soft-play centre in Westbourne. Delicious cafe, awesome birthday parties, regular activities during term time as well as special clubs and events during the school holidays.

For more information contact 01202 766710. 

Mr Mulligans Adventure Golf

Various times, Daily.

Exeter Rd, Bournemouth, BH2 5AF.

Indoors mini golf, restaurant, bar and much more. Suitable for the entire family. A unique experience in the heart of Bournemouth. Party bookings available.

For more details contact 01202837850.

Neptune’s Soft Play

Daily 10am-10pm.

25A The Quay, Poole, BH15 1HJ.

A soft play located in Poole Quay, above the Amusement Arcade. Suitable for children aged 0 to 6. Lift available for families with pushchairs. Don’t miss the delicious treats at the cafe.

For more details call 01202 250838.

Oasis Fun Bournemouth

Various times, Various days.

Glen Fern Rd, Bournemouth, BH1 2LZ.

Bowling, large soft play area, golf course, arcades and pool tables and American dinner bar.

For more details contact 01202 311611.

Pots & Paint

10am-5pm, Tuesdays to Thursdays & Saturdays – 9am-1pm Fridays.

Pots & Paint, 117 Victoria Rd, Ferndown, BH22 9HU.

Welcome to Pots & Paint, an independent ceramic studio based in the centre of Ferndown, offering pottery painting, clay & ceramic workshops, baby prints, parties, personalised silver jewellery and more.  We also offer light refreshments for you to enjoy while you paint.

Please contact Sarah on 07723373698 for more information.

Prevail Skatehouse

10am-10pm Mondays to Fridays – 9am-10pm Saturdays – 8am-10pm Sundays.

P6 p7 Kinson Pottery Estate 65, 67 Ringwood Rd, Poole, BH14 0RG.

The South’s leading indoor skatepark!

  • Skatepark sessions
  • Equipment rental
  • Lessons for BMX, scooter and skateboarding
  • Parties, private hire and more.

For more information contact us on 01202818700.

Ramp Rats Poole

Ramp Rats, 65-67 Ringwood Rd, Poole, BH14 0RG.

The UK’s first junior indoor’s skatepark! Ramp Rats is a brand new indoor skate, scoot and ride facility for juniors from toddlers up to 10 yrs! Also has a small clean soft play area for younger kids. Pre-school coached sessions and private parties available.

For more information call 01202 801840.

RockReef Indoor Activity Centre

10am-3.30pm Tuesdays to Sundays. 

Bournemouth Pier, BH2 5AA.

An all weather attraction in the centre of Bournemouth. A sporty adventure suitable for anyone climbing mad aged 4+. Birthday parties and PierZip also available.

For more details contact 01202 983983.

Splashdown Waterpark Poole

Tower Retail Park, Tower Park Leisure Complex, Poole BH12 4NY.

A large waterpark in Poole’s Tower Park complex. With 13 thrilling indoor and outdoor flume rides and 3 under 5’s splash zones, Splashdown is a fun day out for the entire family. Birthday parties available.

For more details call 01202 716000.

Splat Messy Play

1pm-2pm Mondays.

Pelhams Park, Millhams Road, Bournemouth, BH10 7LQ.

Each class is themed with a mixture of wet and dry activities along with a simple craft. Classes are suitable for ages 6 months onwards. We also do Holiday Sessions.

Please contact Charlotte on 07549144815 for more information and to book a session.

Street Light Center Wimborne

12pm-7pm Wednesday to Saturday (term time) Skate Park opens at 3.30pm

12pm-6pm Tuesday to Saturday (school holidays) Free sessions – 5pm to close.

Stone Lane Industrial Estate, Wimborne, BH21 1HB.

StreetLight was set up to support and benefit our local community. Our aim is that people would feel at home here.  We have a skate park, cafe, FREE soft play, parties, team riders and lessons. Minimum age is 6yrs to skate.

For more info and to book some skate lessons call 01202 848355.

Studio Poole

10am-4.30pm, Daily.

Unit D2-D5, Dolphin Quays, Poole BH15 1HU.

Find the perfect handprinted pottery gift or have a go at painting your own. You’ll find gifts for as little as 99p. Gifts vouchers available to suit all taste & budget.

Birthday parties, school parties and mates evenings also available.

For further details contact 01202 497492.

Tank Museum

Open daily 9am-5pm.

Tank Museum, Linsay Rd, Bovington, Wareham, BH20 6JG.

The Tank Museum brings history to life, with the world’s best collection of tanks and explosive live displays. Take part in a range of family activities – dressing up, free trails, puzzles and games. Kids can also let off steam in our outdoor play area and inside soft play, adjacent to our CafĂŠ.

For more information contact 01929 405096.

The Ark

2 Parkstone Rd, Poole BH15 2SF.

An all-weather family experience at the heart of Poole Park, offering Ice rink, Soft-play (0-11yrs) Cafe, Ice cream parlour, and more. It’s also within walking distance from two large play areas suitable for all ages.

Birthday parties available.

For more details call 01202 717197.

The Ark Pottery Studio in Poole Park

10am-6pm Daily.

The Ark Poole Park, 82 Parkstone Rd, Poole BH15 2SF.

We are delighted to offer kilned & acrylic pottery, Studio fee and pottery item from just £6.95 per person painting.

Please contact us under 01202 717197.

The Clay Studio Christchurch

Open daily during Dorset school holidays. Otherwise various times Wednesdays to Sundays.

The Clay Studio, The Fountain, 1 High Street, Christchurch, BH23 1AE.

Pottery painting studio and cafe in Christchurch. Baby First Impressions, Party, Commissions, Weddings and more. Booking essential.

For more information contact 01202 475000.

The Junction Broadstone

Station Approach, Broadstone, Dorset BH18 8AX.

The Junction Sports & Leisure Centre covers a whole host of activities such as swimming, football, gymnastics and badminton.  Our Fusion Fitness is aimed at 11 – 15 year olds, as an introduction to health and fitness.  Plus there are a large amount of adult activities also available.

For more info call 01202 777766.

The Parkour Project Poole

Dorset’s first and only purpose-built, indoor Parkour facility. It boasts a dedicated space for training in all aspects of Parkour as well as offering a fully-sprung floor, foam pit, and padded walls.

Sessions running seven days a week, and start from 3-years-old to adults (18+).

First coached session free.

Home educated courses available.

For more information e-mail



The Tivoli Theatre

The Tivoli Theatre, 19 West Borough, Wimborne BH21 1LT.

The Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne was built in 1936 as a cine/theatre. The tradition of showing both films and live stage shows continues to the present day.

For more details contact 01202 885566.

Trainmaster Dorset

Various Times, Saturdays & Sundays (& Bank Holidays) throughout May & June.

Locations in Verwood, Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch, Wimborne & New Milton.

Trainmaster is a room filled with a giant track layout, loads of motorised trains, ride on trains, a play tent, fancy dress and much more for active babies & children aged 5yrs +! £7.25 (for 1 adult+1 child).

Contact 07841 113683 for more info.

Wyevale Garden Centre Wimborne

229 Wimborne Rd W, Ferndown, Wimborne BH21 2DN.

Garden centre, pet shop, gift shop, restaurant, family friendly cafe and small soft play area in Wimborne.

Phone number: 0844 288 5054.