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Looking for kid’s activities to do in Norwich but stuck for ideas? Maybe your little ones like space to run around and enjoy outdoor adventures. Or perhaps they prefer solving puzzles and learning something new. Whatever interests them, there’s a great choice of fun things to do for kids in Norwich. So, you can keep them happy and share some great family time together. Check out our round-up of 11 kid’s activities in Norwich to get you inspired!
The Norwich Science Festival is the perfect way to entertain kids with curious minds! Inspire them with the wonders of the universe at this fantastic event running from 23 – 30 October. There’s almost 200 events as part of the festival, with opportunities to meet real scientists and see sensational shows. Check out the website for more information.
There’s a range of fun activities at Norwich Castle that are perfect for the kids. As well as fascinating exhibitions that will spark their imagination, there’s events tailored specifically for families to enjoy! This half-term, enjoy performances from The Inspirational Science Theatre Company as part of the Norwich Science Festival (pre-booking essential, free with admission), or join The Goo, Guts and Gore guided tour around the Natural History gallery to discover how gruesome creatures can be.
And this Christmas take part in Christmas at the Castle: The Story of the King. There will be a dramatic storytelling performance from a medieval King and Queen, a trail of treasures around the museum, and a selfie station! Admission to Norwich Castle £6.70 for adults and £6.20 for children. Or you can bag a Twilight ticket for only £2 an hour before closing.
The Garage is a hub for performing arts in the city centre, with a particular focus on providing classes, activities and performances for young people. There are weekly regular classes you can sign kids up for, such as dance and drama, as well as some brilliant programming.
We’d recommend My First Panto: Cinderella Rocks. Aimed at ages 7 and below, this telling of Cinderella is the perfect introduction to theatre for the little ones. Enjoy singing, dancing, and all out laughter! Tickets from £8.50.
Experience the magic of theatre at the spellbinding Norwich Puppet Theatre. Original shows, activities, workshops and masterclasses for all ages are all part of the theatre’s program. So, whether you’d prefer to see a show or get stuck in with some fun theatre-based activities, there’s plenty of choice. For kids, we’d recommend 100 Years in the Forest. Take a journey into a world of once-upon-a-times in this fairy tale experience for ages 3+ with music and puppetry. Tickets £9, 23 – 29 October.
What’s a better kid’s activity than getting ice cream! Or more accurately, gelato! Don’t worry if the weather’s not nice, Café Gelato is popular year-round for its delicious and authentic Italian gelato. Similar to ice cream but fluffier and tastier, it’s always made with fresh ingredients and local produce like Norfolk strawberries.
Why not spend some time as a family solving puzzles and putting together clues in a race against the clock! A great way to spend a day out and enjoy a unique activity together. And luckily, Norwich has plenty of options when it comes to top notch escape games.
City Escape Games is ideal for outdoor adventurers. Entirely self-guided from their web-app, you can explore Norwich’s sights at the same time as solving fun cryptic clues. Games from £24.99. Got a history buff in the family? History Mystery escape games feature true stories from history and take place inside unusual old buildings such as an underground medieval street, from £16 per person. Or why not experience a themed escape room with Cryptic Escape? You can go to magic school, journey to the tomb of Akhenaten or fight off pirates for Green Beard’s treasure. From £16 per person.
With 80 acres of lovely greenery, water features and more, Eaton Park is the perfect spot for some family time. And the Crazy Golf course is definitely the highlight. With 18-holes, get ready for non-stop fun. Plus – it’s super affordable too! Adult tickets are £4.50, children 3-7 £3, and 8-16 £3.50, with group discounts also available.
Just outside of the city centre is the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Adults will love the permanent collection of paintings, drawings, jewellery, textiles and more, while kids will adore the Sculpture Park. Set within 350 acres of parkland, there’s plenty of space for the little ones to run around and experience fantastic sculptures. With works by notable artists such as Henry Moore and Antony Gormley, kids and adults alike are sure to be impressed. And once you’ve had your fill of incredible art, make sure to stop at the café to enjoy a revitalising cup of coffee or tea and a snack. Free entry to the Sainsbury Centre permanent collection and Sculpture Park.
There’s plenty of fun to be had in Castle Quarter. You can watch the latest movie at Vue Cinemas followed by lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants in the centre. Or if you want something a bit more active, why not head to Superbowl UK – which has 12 Ten-Pin bowling lanes as well as a soft play centre and prize zone arcade – ideal for the kids! For something a bit wild, head to Boom Battle Bar, with crazy golf, electric darts, axe throwing, skee ball and more activities to enjoy. The Retro Replay games arcade is perfect for the slightly older kids (and adults looking for some nostalgic fun!) There’s over 80 classic machines including space invaders, time crisis and more. Plus, opening on the 23 October is Si5 Spy Missions – an incredibly exciting spy themed action-adventure centre for families and children aged six and above. Put your super sleuth skills to the test by completing team tasks in an adrenalin fuelled game and complete your mission.
Another great place to head in the city centre for shopping and food, Chantry Place is also an ideal place to spend a family day out. Build-A-Bear Workshop is always a favourite with children. Choose from all kinds of furry friends, add stuffing and make a wish on a heart. You can even personalise your furry friend with scents, sounds, outfits and accessories. Or you can head to Escape Hunt for themed escape rooms and immersive challenges for ages 8 and over. We love the sound of Doctor Who: A Dalek Awakens from £18.70 per person.
11. Bowling House
Bowling, karaoke and delicious food. Is there a better combination for a fun day out? Head to Bowling House and let the fun begin – whether you prefer some friendly family competition bowling or belting out Frozen songs (although who says who can’t do both?) Keep an eye out for special offers too – like free bowling if you eat a main meal off the food menu.