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Family Days Out in Nottingham If you’re planning a family trip to Nottingham then you’ll want to make sure there’s plenty for the kids to do when you get there. To help you out we’ve put together a summary of the best child-friendly places to visit in and around the city centre...

When it comes to days out there is no shortage of destinations in this city, as it is packed to bursting with great attractions such as the Brewhouse Yard Museum [map]. Housed in five 17th century cottages just below the castle, this museum recreates life in Nottingham over the past 300 years, with reconstructions of traditional shops and homes among the many highlights here.

Another great place that will keep the little ones entertained for hours is the City of Caves exhibition [map], which is accessed through the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre. Inside the 600-year-old caves you’ll find an air-raid shelter, a medieval underground tannery, several pub cellars and even a mocked-up Victorian slum dwelling, which are all brought to life by actors.

If your kids are the naughty type then a visit to the Galleries of Justice [map] should keep them on the straight and narrow (for a day or so at least!). Here they can learn about 300 years of crime, punishment and law, and could even find themselves sentenced to death in a Victorian courtroom!

Most children are fascinated by myth and legend so why not take them to the Tales of Robin Hood attraction [map] on Maid Marian Way. This waxwork-style museum, which has a fairground style ride in it, takes you through models of Nottingham Castle and Sherwood Forest in the days of Robin Hood and his Merry Men.

To learn more about the world’s most famous outlaw head out of the city to Sherwood Forest Country Park [map], where you’ll find the historic Major Oak and a visitors centre depicting how Robin would have lived.

Other family-friendly attractions worth checking out during your stay include the Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre [map], a steam railway and bus museum with train rides, and Green's Mill [map], a fully operational windmill and science centre that was once owned by physicist George Green.

If your kids are sport crazy then they’ll be happy in Nottingham, what with two football teams to watch, plenty of sports pitches, an array of swimming pools and the National Ice Centre [map], what more could they ask for?

However, if you’re after something a little bit different then take the short trip out of Nottingham to Jumicar [map] at Gunthorpe Bridge. At this fantastic driving centre, the kids are firmly in control as they drive a small car around a course, while also learning to react to traffic lights and understand road signs. By being in this situation themselves, they learn how traffic appears to a driver, which helps to improve their safety awareness as pedestrians and cyclists. Jumicar is aimed at kids aged six to 12.

Also worth a visit if you’ve got a couple of hours to spare is the Stonebridge City Farm [map] off Robin Hood Street, which has been drawing in the crowds since 1979. Animals here include horses, sheep, cows and chickens.

As the evening draws in the little ones may still need entertaining so how about taking them to watch the latest children’s blockbuster at the cinema. Perhaps the best for kiddies is the Vue Cinema [map], which is part of the Cornerhouse complex in the heart of Nottingham, however the Showcase [map] also offers some children’s films.

Nottingham is also home two ten pin bowling arcades, Megabowl [map] on Redfield Way and AMF Bowling [map] on Belward Street , while the city’s theatres, such as the Theatre Royal [map], often stage children’s shows and musicals.

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