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As parents we are constantly on the lookout for interesting days out that the whole family can enjoy. The little ones can be difficult crowd please, and though we may wish to pack their developing brains with learning experiences sometimes it’s best to throw in the towel and go for something that’s pure entertainment.
Luckily, the UK is awash with theme parks, exciting activities and stunning places to visit so if you are looking for thrills and spills you won’t be disappointed. Many also offer the chance to learn more about the world we live, so perhaps a little bit of knowledge can be hidden with the fun.
Surely the U.K.’s most famous theme park attraction is Alton Towers. They constantly staying on the cutting edge of ride technology and year in year out deliver a brand-new white-knuckle ride that keeps fans returning in hoards. This year is the Nemesis Sub-Tera makes its debut – this is a must for thrill seekers.
For a more sedate day out The Natural History Museum offers a truly unique day out that will thrill children of all ages. It’s housed in a truly impressive building that boasts a huge collection of dinosaurs and animals from all over the world. If the site of the diplodocus skeleton as you walk through the front doors is not thrilling enough just wait until you encounter the animatronic T Rex, which is sure to send a shiver down your spine.
A must for film lovers is the Harry Potter studio tour from Warner Brothers that is brand-new for 2012. It allows fans to get up at close and personal with the film they so adore and your junior witches and wizards will be thrilled at with this opportunity to step into the world of Harry Potter.
In the South West, @Bristol is a unique experiential day for kids offering them the opportunity to interact with a whole host of exhibits so fascinating that will probably not even realise that they are being educated.
Children adore animals, so a trip to a farm is always a good idea. If you’re in Devon then Pennywell farm is particularly worth a visit, as its home to some of the cutest animals you will ever see. Miniature pigs and ponies can be stroked and fed, whilst the sight of ferret racing will amuse your older children.
Also for older children is the City of London dungeon. It’s an attraction that is sure to deliver thrills and chills. A truly spooky experience where actors recreate the lives of those unfortunate to be incarcerated macabre and fascinating part of our history.
Whilst you’re in London Madame Tussauds is always worth a visit. Children are fascinated by the lifelike qualities of Madame Tussaud’s displays and if you’re traveling by train you may qualify for reduced admission to this attraction.
For children with an interest in animals the Wildfowl and Wetlands trust has nine centres dotted around the UK. If your close to one they are all well worth a visit, allowing visitors the chance to experience the U.K.’s diverse wildlife in its natural setting.
Finally, if you have recovered from your T-Rex encounter at the Natural History Museum there’s a chance this for another sighting at Cornwall’s Eden Project. Alongside its other exhibits a new time-travel themed attraction now boasts an angry T-Rex roaming the grounds this half term.
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