1. Wheelbirks ice cream parlour
Wheelbirks is a lovely place to take the children. They have a small indoor play area complete with dolls house and a lovely orchard outside with slides, swings and a real tractor! My children love just running around and it is a great place to play hide and seek. They have chickens outside and you can say hello to the actual cows responsible for producing the delicious ice cream on sale.
2. South Shields ferry trip
Kids love the excitement of going on a boat trip. The South Shields ferry departs every 30 minutes and costs just £2.50 per day for an adult and under 5's are free
3. Stephenson railway
The Stephenson railway museum is a small museum dedicated to trains - it is free to enter. Kids will enjoy playing with the train tables, climbing on board one of the trains and listening using the interactive computers to learn. There are also craft tables, a gift shop and a small cafe.
4. Metro centre
The metro centre has lots to offer children and is a good place to visit when it rains! There is always something going on on stage (currently the metrognomes show), there is a maths trail with 14 questions dotted around the centre that children can take part in and a lovely free outdoor play area outside the Qube. Don't forget to take your 2p's and enjoy the slot machines in namco funscape arcade. You can also pop to ikea and make use of the free indoor soft play area while you sit in the cafe with a cuppa.
5. Angel of north
The huge Angel of the North is free to visit. Take your camera and get the kids to take their own pics.
Northumberlandia is free to visit and a very different walk to enjoy as a family. There is a visitor centre and cafe due to open Nov 2013. My little ones love climbing to he top and watching the diggers at work in the nearby quarry.
7. Moorhouse farm shop
Moorhouse farm shop is a lovely place to visit for a coffee with the kids. There is a play park outside as well as a newly refurbished sandpit and playshed containing toy tractors, giant Lego and chalkboards. You can say hello to some of the animals on farm (the pigs are our favourite) and if you are lucky the friendly farmer might take you to collect some chicken eggs. The coffee shop is lovely and serves home cooked food and the farm shop sells lots of delicious treats. Keep an eye on their website for special events.
8. Druridge bay Country Park
The walk around Druridge bay lake is about 1.3 miles making it a very child friendly length! You can spot various wildlife on your walk and may even spot an otter if you're lucky! There are 2 play areas, picnic tables, a cafe and visitor centre on site and lots of open space to run around.
9. Carlisle park
Carlisle park in Morpeth has something for everybody. Visit the tranquil William Turner garden and aviary, play in the 2 play parks on offer which include a sandpit and swimming pool. Enjoy a game of tennis or take your skateboard to the skate park and enjoy a riverside walk and feed the ducks. You could even hire a rowing boat.
10. Souter lighthouse
You do need to pay to enter Souter lighthouse however the grounds and tearoom are free to enter. The play park is excellent for children and contains a giant wooden pirate ship and wooden train along with huge outdoor games. You can also enjoy a coastal walk and take your nets to dip in the rock pools. Definitely a firm favourite with children.