Looking for some fun places to take the kids in Sunderland this summer?
From epic arcades and bowling to laser quest and escape rooms, check out our guide to the best fun-filled places to take the kids in Sunderland…
Head down to the Sunderland Bowl for one STRIKE of a family day out! Whether you’re a serious bowler or a gutter-shooting no-hoper just looking for a mega night out with loved ones, it’s time to make a date on the lanes! The Sunderland Bowl is truly a one-stop-shop for all things family fun. They’ve got a state-of-the-art arcade, smart darts, shuffleboarding, mini golf, and, of course, epic bowling lanes. With plenty of other fun, food and fantastic deals to be enjoyed during the warmer months, Sunderland Bowl is one of the best places to take the kids this summer!
Now that the warm weather is finally here (we hope!), you and your clan have no excuse not to take the plunge and hit the water with the aqua-pros at Adventure Sunderland! Jump right into the action at our very own Roker Riviera by booking into an exhilarating kayaking or paddle boarding expedition within the marina and around the lighthouse. Let us set the scene, a gentle paddle on the open water, glorious sunshine beaming down and a whole lot of smiling faces as gentle waves lap around you – absolute bliss! An award-winning experience and a first-class way to see our beautiful coastline, follow the link below and get yourself booked in before it’s too late! It’s one of the most exiting places in Sunderland to take the kids!
Harry’s Game Shack
Still waiting on the summer sunshine? Escape those rainy city days with some super fun gaming action at Harry’s Game Shack! This Fawcett Street gaming citadel is full to the brim with amazing games consoles old and new. Whether you’re looking for a dose of N64 nostalgia or cutting edge PS5 gameplay, Harry’s has something for all of the family. Show your little ones your skill on Street Fighter or go head to head in an intense cup final game of FIFA! With loads of lush scran and refreshing beverages to supplement your gaming session, Harry’s is the ultimate gamer family hang-out. The question is, who is the ultimate gamer in your family? Find out this summer!
Karting North East
Lights out and away we go! With up to 35 drivers racing at once on an exhilarating 1,200m karting circuit and just a short ride from the city centre, an afternoon burning some rubber at Karting North East is certainly high on our to-do lists this summer. With juniors able to race from the age of 8 with an induction before moving across to join a family session on a winding 850m circuit, KNE have come up trumps when it comes to getting all members of the family in on the action. The perfect place to take the kids in Sunderland! Did we mention that they also have state-of-the-art floodlights too? One hot lap round here and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re smack bang in the middle of a heated Formula 1 Grand Prix!
Take your little explorers over to John Street for an exhilarating escape room experience with Clue HQ. Your family will be challenged to escape from either Bunker 38, The Dungeon Of Doom, The Vault or Cell Block C! Put your minds and wits to the test with these super fun themed escape rooms that’ll test even the biggest eggheads in your group. With tasty drinks and scrumptious bites to eat on offer too, you’re guaranteed to have a day out you’ll never forget at Clue HQ! It’s one of the best places to take the kids for a mind bending experience in Sunderland!
Gear up and get ready to embark on an epic quest of laser tag action! Laser Quest Sunderland will transport you and your family to a futuristic world where you take on other teams, or each other, in a fantastically fun laser battle. Up to 20 players can compete in 20 minute sessions and everyone will be kitted out with a nifty Laser Quest body pack and laser. Each game is played out in a battlezone laser zone, with catwalks, mazes, swirling fog, music and lights. You score points when you zap your opponents but lose points when they zap you! It sounds simple, but does your family have the speed, wit and skill to be Laser Quest champions this summer? Find out with a visit to John Street battlezone!
Sunderland Roller Rink
22 July – 4 September
Roll up, roll up – and have some fantastic fun in Sunderland this summer! The city’s first roller rink will take up residence at Keel Square from 22 July to 4 September, so why not get your skates on and bring all the family? The rink will be open daily from 11am to 8pm and there’ll be tonnes of themed events to get involved in. If you weren’t old enough to remember the great roller discos of the 80s then here’s your chance to enjoy an unforgettable experience – and that’s just one of the many special activities that will be on offer. Sessions cost £10 for adults, £8 for five to 17-year-olds and £4 for the under fours – or you can splash out on a family ticket for just £28.
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Places to take the kids for food!
Did somebody say fresh pizzas? Nothing quite beats a good pizza when it comes to a lunchtime recharge meal and the folks over at Fausto have some of the best in town! They’ve also got a mouthwatering selection of homemade cakes and tasty coffee for the adults. Take your family on a trip to Fausto!
Chicken and chips done properly! Take the family to Nando’s for some trademark grilled chicken and their oh-so tasty peri-peri sauces. No matter how fussy your kids are, their lunchtime grumbles will be silenced when they taste the flavour of that succulent chicken. Mmm mmm mmm!
Penshaw Tea Rooms
Take a quick drive out of the city centre to enjoy some delicious scran in the sun with a breathtaking view of Penshaw Monument! Penshaw Tea Rooms is the perfect place for a relaxing lunchtime bite in between your summer adventures. Their menu of sweet treats and traditional plates is sure to put a smile on even the fussiest little face. From full English brekkies to homemade fish and chips and everything in between, Penshaw Tea Rooms is a summer lunchtime must!
The Hideout Coffee House
Rated number one in Sunderland’s tea and coffee shops on Tripadvisor, The Hideout Coffee is a great place to escape for a brew and bite with the whole family! Situated on the lower promenade, right by the sea, this super popular cafe is renowned city wide for its homemade bakes, tasty drinks and beautiful paninis. Amazing views, amazing bites for the kids and an amazing coffee – what more could you ask for?