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If you are looking for rainy day ideas or indoor activities then this post is for you. Finding things to do on rainy days isn’t always easy but we’ve come up with free and paid ideas for the whole family.

We’ve also included activities that you can do at home as well.

As the days get colder and wetter, having indoor activity ideas, regardless if they are in your own home or out and about, there’s loads of things you can do as a family.

What are the best indoor children’s games?

Here’s some of our favorite indoor activities at home:

Have a Family Game Night – Everyone picks a game and you start playing. It’s a great indoor activity for the whole family.

Make a Treat Night – Everyone picks their favorite sweets or chocolate and pick a film or play games.

Make a Scavenger Hunt – Join our free Resource Vault and download one of our free scavenger hunts you do can do at home.

Chalk noughts and crosses on a pavement

Chalk drawing on the pavement – This is a great way to get the whole family creative. You could make a hopscotch board or a snakes and ladders game. Anything and everything goes! We use these chunky chalks from Amazon*.

Pull the garden chairs out and make a train – Whoever is the train conductor wears a hat and off you go.

Find coloured objects – Like find five white objects then four orange objects etc

Treasure trash – Tell the kids that somethings needs to be put away in an area but you aren’t going to tell them what it is. It’s a great way to get everyone tidying up quickly.

Build a tower using spaghetti and marshmallows – This makes a great rainy day game! Get some giant marshmallows and dried spaghetti and get building. The person with the tallest tower wins. We like these giant marshmallows from Amazon*.

If you are looking for indoor ideas or things you can do at home then make sure you look at:

The Parents Guide to Things to do With Kids at Home – This is our biggest list of things to do at home with your kids. You can do any of these at home and they are cheap and easy to do.

How to Make Slime in the UK – Who doesn’t love slime?! This is the best recipe for slime that works every time.

37 Outdoor Play Ideas for Kids – If the kids are bored outside then use these games to entertain everyone.

21 Halloween Crafts for Kids That Can Decorate Your Home – Halloween is the best time to get the craft box out and really go to town on your decoration.

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Indoor family places to visit

If you are looking for free indoor activities or just the best activities that are indoors in Hampshire then we have you covered. Don’t let the winter months stop you having fun with the family.

All of these indoor family day out ideas are in Hampshire. You may have to book in advance so please check there websites before you visit.

Aquariums and Zoos in Hampshire

Rhino at Marwell Zoo

If your kids love animals then why not head to the underwater world of an aquarium. Watch as the rays swim past and the sharks go overhead or visit your local zoo or farm. These are perfect places to visit on a rainy day. Not all are 100% inside but they have inside areas that you can warm up in and enjoy too.

1. Hawk Conservancy (Andover)

Hawk flying in the sky

The Hawk Conservancy Trust is set in 22 acres of beautiful countryside that offers the whole family flying displays and amazing animal experiences. The trust has loads of places to have a picnic, a great play area for the little ones, and a wide range of animals that will keep even the older kids amused.

You can find the Hawk Conservancy at Sarson Lane, Andover SP11 8DY.

2. Finkley Down Farm (Andover)

We love Finkley Down Farm! It’s a great place to visit for the whole family. You can feed the farm animals yourself, play in the massive soft play that is undercover and run around this amazing farm. They ut on seasonal and half term activities as well.

You can find Finkley Down Farm at North Way, Andover SP11 6NF.

3. Miller’s Ark Animals (Hook)

Cuddle lambs and visit all the other animals at this amazing farm. Times do vary so please check the website before going.

You can find Miler’s Ark at Blackstocks Lane, Hook RG27 9PH.

4. Birdworld (Farnham)

This huge park is a great day out. It has a large selection of different birds from Toucans to owls and they hold different events depending on the season.

Holt Pound Lane, A325, Farnham GU10 4LD.

5. Cholderton Charlies Farm (Salisbury)

This is a family farm that has a lot of activities for the whole family. They do sheep racing, have animal encounters and have a play barn for the winter months.

Cholderton Charlies Farm can be found at Amesbury Rd, Cholderton, Salisbury SP4 0EW.

6. Marwell Zoo (Winchester)

Visit Marwell Zoo in half term and you will come across amazing exotic animals from around the World. Our favourites are the penguins and the tigers. There is plenty to do all day at Marwell Zoo including undercover picnic spots and a land train. There is a lot of walking though so bring a buggy for little ones.

You can find Marwell Zoo at Thompson’s Lane, Colden Common, Winchester SO21 1JH.

7. Southampton City Farm (Southampton)

Southampton City Farm is a little piece of heaven just outside of the main city. They only open certain days for events, so for example, they run regular Farmer Days where kids can come and be a farmer for the day or holiday clubs etc. They offer so much for families in the area.

Southampton City Farm can be found at Green Lane, Southampton SO16 9FQ.

8. Aldermoor Community Farm (Southampton)

This is a farm led by volunteers. Take the kids and help out for a few hours doing jobs that helps keep this farm alive. They also offer a range of events on their website so please do keep checking.

You can find Aldermoor Farm at Aldermoor Road, Southampton SO16 5NN.

9. Manor Farm (Southampton)

Sat in River Hamble Country Park, Manor Farm is a great place to visit for the whole family. You will find family-friendly farm animals, soft play, and playgrounds that are great for younger kids. They also have a great cafe by the soft play which is all under cover.

You can find Manor Farm at Pyland’s Ln, Southampton SO31 1BH.

10. Paultons Park (Romsey)

Little Africa

Paultons Park isn’t just an amazing theme park but home to some really amazing animals as well. They have a huge range of animals from exotic birds to insects and fish.

You can find Paultons Park at Ower, Romsey SO51 6AL.

11. Longdown Activity Farm (Southampton)

This farm is great for all ages. It has all the farm animals you’d expect from a working farm that you can feed and help look after. They have great indoor activities as well for raining days which include a soft play, trampolines and go karts.

You can find Longdown at Deerleap Ln, Ashurst, Southampton SO40 7EH.

12. New Forest Wildlife Park (Southampton)

This wildlife park on the edge of the New Forest is a great place to enjoy the local wildlife and go for great walks. Make sure you visit the otters, see if you can spot the red deer and the grey wolfs are a great watch too. They have a huge range of owls that will stop you right in your tracks. They have a great adventure playground and loads of walks that you can enjoy. The picnic area is great in the summer months and they have a cafe that sells loads of yummy treats.

You can find The New Forest Wildlife Park at Deerleap Lane, Southampton SO40 4UH.

13. Blue Reef Aquarium (Portmouth)

Right on Southsea Seafront, Blue Reef Aquarium is a great way for the whole family to explore the wonders of the sea. They have everything you need including a shark walk and rays and crabs. They have a great little splash park to overlooking the seafront in the summer months.

You can find Blue Reef Aquarium at Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea PO5 3PB.

14. Libertys Owl Raptor and Reptile Centre (Ringwood)

Check out some amazing birds of prey at Libertys Owl Raptor. They have everything for good day out which includes daily flying displays, children’s play area and sand pit, plus a reptile house.

You can find Libertys Owl Raptor at Crow Lane, Ringwood BH24 3EA.

Soft Play Centres in Hampshire

Injoy soft play centre

Let the kids burn off some steam at your local soft play. Many are currently only accepting bookings only so make sure you check before you arrive.

15. Totcity Roleplay Centre (Andover)

Totcity Roleplay Centre is a great attraction for toddlers. They offer loads of different sections that means the kids can dress up and play pretend. The play area includes a garage, hair and beauty salon, supermarket, cafe, and doctor’s surgery.

You can find Totcity Roleplay Centre at 22-24 Chantry Way, Andover, Hampshire SP10 1LS.

16. Finkley Down Farm Park (Andover)

We all know that Finkley Down Farm is an amazing place to feed the animals and have a great day out but did you know that they also have a huge soft play? They have three areas that are perfect for whatever age your child is. One is a small area for babies. The next is a toddler section with loads fo space to crawl around the the bigger section is for older kids who need to let off some steam.

You can find Finkley Down Farm Park at North Way, Andover SP11 6NF.

17. Jungle Jungle (Andover)

This is a great little soft play for toddlers. It has a huge ball pit, slides and climbing equipment. There is also loads of places for adults to sit.

You can find Jungle Jungle at 3A, Walworth Enterprise Centre, West Way, Andover SP10 5AS.

18. Flip Out Basingstoke (Basingstoke)

You may know Flip Out as a great trampoline park it is also home to a huge soft play. Set right in the middle of the trampoline park, this soft play has three levels of fun for all ages. Let the kids swing from the ropes and run through the many obstacles that are in their way.

You can find Flip Out Basingstoke at Festival Place, Basingstoke RG21 7QU.

19. Atmosphere Trampoline Park (Basingstoke)

This is a great trampoline park for the whole family. They run toddler sessions and older kids sessions after school and at weekends.

You can find Atmosphere Trampoline Park at Unit B, Daneshill Industrial Estate, Rutherford Rd, Basingstoke RG24 8PD.

20. Run About and Laser Run (Farnborough)

This soft play is great for under 10s who love to explore and run around. It has everything a toddler needs from slides to tunnels. It does get busy though so its best to go outsode of peak times.

You can find Run About and Laser Run at Armstrong Way, Farnborough GU14 0LP.

21. The Adventure Barn (Winchester)

Adventure Barn in Winchester has a huge three-level soft play frame that will keep even the most active child amused. They have tube slides, tumble rollers, and a huge ball pit. For babies and toddlers, they have a dedicated area that includes a bouncy castle and ball pit.

Their cafe is great for the whole family too. They do small bites like cakes and treats plus bigger meals and all hot drinks.

You can find The Adventure Barn at Hurst Lane, Owslebury, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1EZ.

22. Qube Soft Play (Winchester)

This is a small soft play in Winchester that is great for babies and toddlers. It has a seperate area for toddlers to play.

You can find Qube Soft Play Center at Carroll Centre, Somers Cl, Winchester SO22 4EJ.

23. Tiny Treasure Town (Winchester)

This is a great place for under 10s to dress up and play and pretend. They have different sections that your toddler can play in and enjoy.

You can find Tiny Treasure Town at Easton Ln, Winchester SO23 7SL.

24. Partyman World (Eastleigh)

Partyman World is sat above the Swan Center in central Eastleigh. Parking is in the Swan Center so there is a charge. Walk-in and enjoy the huge equipment that perfect for all younger kids and primary aged children. For adults, there is a cafe with loads of places to sit and enjoy a coffee.

You can find Partyman World at L10 Southampton Road Swan Shopping Centre, Eastleigh SO50 5SF.

25. Rock Up Whitely (Fareham)

Based in Whitley Shopping Centre, Rock Up is a fun attraction for the whole family. You can climb all the different climbing walls or enjoy the soft play that is great for younger kids.

You can find Rock Up Whitely at Whiteley Shopping Centre, Whiteley Way, Whiteley, Fareham PO15 7PD.

Trampoline Parks in Hampshire

Injoy Trampoline Park

Bring the kids for a full workout. Let them bounce and jump around in a room through of trampolines. This is great for kids and adults too.

26. Flip Out Basingstoke (Basingstoke)

Sat right by the shopping center, Flip Out Basingstoke is a great place for the whole family. They have a huge trampoline park that is perfect for toddlers and adults to jump and offer loads of events like fitness classes for adults and parties for kids. Remember you need to have Flip Out socks which you can buy online.

You can find Flip Out Basingstoke at Festival Place, Basingstoke RG21 7QU.

27. Atmosphere Trampoline Park (Basingstoke)

With a huge cube pit and trampoline park, this is a great place for toddlers right up to teenagers to run about and practice their tricks.

You can find Atmosphere Trampoline Park at Unit B, Daneshill Industrial Estate, Rutherford Rd, Basingstoke RG24 8PD.

28. Jumpin Fun Inflatable Park Salisbury

This has an inflatable slide, massive ball pit and air bags. This is great for older kids and teens to have fun and run about.

You can find Jumpin Fun at 1c, Castlegate Business Park, Old Sarum, Salisbury SP4 6QX.

29. Injoy Southampton (Southampton)

There is so much to do at Injoy Centre Southampton. They have a range of activities that include a trampoline park, soft play, laser tag, climbing walls, and an Interactive Zone. The trampoline park is huge and great for the whole family! You can bounce around including off the walls and enjoy their handball area as well.

You can find Injoy Southampton at Ocean Village, 4, Ocean Way, Southampton SO14 3TJ.

30. Flip Out Southampton (Eastleigh)

Flip Out Southampton is a great trampoline park and soft play in Chandlers Ford which is 14 minutes away from central Southampton. Once you’ve booked your ticket, your jump sessions give you access to every area below that you can use as many times as you like during your set session. They offer loads of different sessions which include toddler mornings, SEND sessions, and weekday bargain jumps.

You can find Flip Out at 1a School Lane, Chandler’s Ford, Eastleigh SO53 4D.

31. Inflatazone Indoor Soft Play Centre & Inflatable Zone (Southampton)

With a huge slide, disco bouncy castles and ballpits, this is the ultimate inflatable zone for kids of all ages.

you can find Inflatazone at Testlands Wellbeing Hub, Green Ln, Southampton SO16 9FQ.

32. Ninja Warrior UK Adventure (Southampton)

We love Ninja Warrior! It’s great for older kids who want to practice some skills and have fun. They have so much to climb on and explore plus they have a massive inflatable area.

You can find Ninja Warrior at Antelope Park, Bursledon Rd, Thornhill, Southampton SO19 8NE.

33. Flip Out Portsmouth (Portsmouth)

Flip Out Portsmouth has a great arrangement of trampolines and soft play equipment. It also has a great cafe for snacks and loads of places for adults to sit. This is great for toddlers right up to teenagers but it does get busy very quickly in half terms and at weekends.

You can find Flip Out Portsmouth at Unit 4, Harbour gate business park, Southampton Rd, Portsmouth PO6 4BQ.

34. Wild Wonderland Gosport

This is a great trampoline and soft play park for younger kids. They have the full room to play and explore.

You can find Wild Wonderland at Unit 2 Wingate Rd, Gosport PO12 4DR.

Steam Trains in Hampshire

Day out with Thomas, Watercress Line. Thomas train

It may be raining outside but you can still enjoy a steam train at your local park. Nothing gets more exciting than doing outside things in the rain.

35. Watercress Line (Alton)

The Watercress Line is a 10 mile track which takes around 40 mins to travel. You can do this on a range of different steam and diesel trains which stop at different stations – Alresford, Ropley, Medstead and Four Marks and Alton. These aren’t your traditional stations, instead, these are well maintained and beautifully crafted attractions in themselves.

The Watercress Line can be found at Ropley Station, Watercress Line, Station Rd, Ropley, Ropley Dean, Alresford SO24 0BL.

36. Basingstoke Miniature Railway (Basingstoke)

This is a great track for the younger familes. The railway runs on some weekends so please do check their website.

You can find Basingstoke Miniature Railway at The Harrow Way, Basingstoke RG22 4BJ.

37. Hollycombe – Steam in the Country (Liphook)

We love this little steam train which runs approximately for 1 and 1/4 miles. Please check the website as the train runs at different times.

You can find Hollycombe at Iron Hill, Midhurst Rd, Liphook GU30 7LP.

38. Eastleigh Steam Way (Eastleigh)

Open on weekends and in summer holidays, this little steam train is great for the whole family. It takes you around the whole of Lakeside Country Park. Cash and card are accepted at the booth.

You can find Eastleigh Steam Way at Lakeside Country Park, Eastleigh SO50 5PE.

39. Royal Victoria Railway (Southampton)

Run by volunteers, this little steam train is a great way to see the country park. It goes around the middle of the country park and around the play ground. It is cash only and the service only runs on some weekends and half terms so please do check before visiting.

You can find Royal Victoria Country Park at Southampton SO31 5GA.

40. Riverside Park Railway (Southampton)

This is a little steam railway train that runs at certain times of the year at Riverside Park. It is vert close to the playground and has loads of benches to sit on.

You can find Riverside Park at Nursery Rd, Southampton SO18 1PQ.

41. Stansted Park Light Railway (Emsworth)

Right by Rowlands Castle, this little railway has 3 stations that you can get off or get on it. The train takes you past the Arboretum and the bridge.

You can find Stansted Park at Stoughton, Broad Walk, Rowland’s Castle PO9 6DU.

42. Hayling Seaside Railway (Hayling Island)

This is a 2-mile trainline that is right by the sea. The railway connects to the funfair as well for a great day out.

Hayling Seaside Railway can be found at Sea Front, Hayling Island, Hampshire, PO11 9HL.

43. Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway (Exbury)

Right in the heart of the gardens, this little steam train is great for the whole family. Please check and book online on Exbury website as it does get very popular in the summer months.

Exbury Gardens can be found at Exbury, Southampton SO45 1AF.

44. Moors Valley Railway (Ringwood)

Based in Moors Valley Country Park, this steam train is great for all ages. It goes around the two playgrounds and up towards the border of the country park. You can pick between just going one way or have a return ticket. It does only run on certain days though so please check their website before visiting.

Moors Valley Country Park can be found at Moors Valley Country Park & Forest, Horton Rd, Ashley Heath, Ringwood BH24 2ET.

Museums in Hampshire

Museums are a great place to keep all ages amused. Regardless of what they are in too, there will be a museum for them in Hampshire. Our full list of museums in Hampshire can be found here.

45. Army Medical Services Museum (Aldershot)

Open most of the year, the museum hosts the carriage used by Florence Nightingale during her time in the Crimea and details the story of the military and medicine. Think military ambulances, an Ambulance Train Ward Coach and a WWI Horse Drawn Ambulance. This museum is free but some of the others do charge an admission cost.

You can find Army Medical Services Museum at Keogh Barracks, Ash Vale, Aldershot GU12 5RQ.

46. Alton Abbey (Alton)

This is a free museum that is great for the whole family. The abbey is open selected hours but is steeped in local history.

You can find Alton Abbey at Abbey Rd, Alton GU34 4AR.

47. Allen Gallery (Alton)

This free museum is great for the whole family. You do have to book in advance but it’s well worth it to see all the amazing Wedgwood and hidden secrets of this amazing museum. This museum is best for older kids. 

You can find Allen Gallery at 10-12, Church St, Alton GU34 2BW.

48. Curtis Museum (Alton)

The museum covers 100 million years of history and displays include prehistoric tools, Roman pottery reconstruction, Saxon burials, the Battle of Alton 1643 and the notorious tale of Sweet Fanny Adams.

You can find Curtis Museum at High St, Alton GU34 1BA.

49. Jane Austen’s House (Alton)

If you’re looking for a fascinating day out that offers insight into the life and work of the renowned author Jane Austen, you should definitely pay a visit to her impressive house and gardens. This historical gem is not only a treat for literature enthusiasts but also a great destination for families with older kids.

Exploring Jane Austen’s house provides visitors with a unique opportunity to step back in time and immerse themselves in the world where one of the greatest literary figures of all time lived and created her timeless masterpieces.

The extensive gardens surrounding the house offer a tranquil retreat where visitors can appreciate the beauty that inspired Austen’s writing. It’s an ideal spot for older children to roam around, soak up the historical atmosphere, and perhaps even find inspiration of their own.

Visiting Jane Austen’s house isn’t just about admiring her living space; it’s about gaining a deeper understanding of how she crafted her stories and characters. Whether you’re a fan of her works or simply curious about history, this experience is sure to leave you with lasting memories and newfound appreciation for one of literature’s most celebrated figures.

You can find Jane Austen’s House at Winchester Rd, Chawton, Alton GU34 1SD.

50. Hintin Ampner (Alresford)

Hintin Ampner is a beautiful manor house with stunning gardens. There is so much to do here for the whole family.

You can find Hintin Ampner at Hinton Ampner, Alresford SO24 0LA.

51. Museum of the Iron Age (Andover)

This museum is great for all ages. You can visit the roundhouse and touch real Iron age objects. Learn more about life as a Roman and explore the hillfort.

You can find Museum of the Iron Age at 6 Church Cl, Andover SP10 1DP.

52. Army Flying Museum (Andover)

Open most of the year, the museum hosts the carriage used by Florence Nightingale during her time in the Crimea and details the story of the military and medicine.

You can find Army Flying Museum at Army Flying Museum, Kentsboro, Stockbridge SO20 8FB.

53. Whitchurch Silk Mill (Andover)

This is a great place for older kids to really get the fill of what it was like to work in a silk mill. This is a 19th-century water mill that weaves silk using the same machinery.

You can find Whitchurch Silk Mill at 28 Winchester St, Whitchurch RG28 7AL.

54. The Willis Museum (Basingstoke)

Open all year round, this is a local working museum with galleries on local archaeology and natural science. Learn more about Basingstoke and the history around you through the ages. 

You can find The Willis Museum at Market Place, Basingstoke RG21 7QD.

55. Milestone Museum (Basingstoke)

Milestone Museum is in Basingstoke and is a great family-friendly museum. You pay once to get in for the whole year. Walk through the cobbled streets and have a look at the old vehicles that used to grace our streets.

You can find Milestones Museum at Basingstoke Leisure Park, Churchill Way West, Basingstoke RG22 6PG.

56. Farnborough Air Sciences Trust (Farnborough)

Farnborough Air Sciences is free to visit and fun for the whole family. It’s open from 10am to 4pm Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. They display everything from aircrafts, cockpits and research and development. This is a great place for the whole family to visit.

You can find Farnborough Air Sciences Trust at Trenchard House, 85 Farnborough Rd, Farnborough GU14 6TF.

57. Aldershot Military Museum (Farnborough)

This is a great museum for the whole family. You get to learn the basics of driving a tank and while seeing what it was really like to be in the military. They have a great cafe on-site and have loads of interactive exhibits.

You can find Aldershot Military Museum at Queen’s Ave, Aldershot GU11 2LG.

58. Rural Life Centre (Farnham)

This museum is great for all weathers. It has loads of outbuildings including a cycle workshop, cricket pavilion, Schoolroom built around 1900, the capel and Tweedsmuir Camp.

You can find Rural Life Centre at The Reeds Rd, Tilford, Farnham GU10 2DL.

59. Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum and Memorial Garden (Winchester)

An interactive museum, learn about the history of the Royal Hampshire Regimen and its regulars, volunteers, militia and territorials. Opening hours are 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Friday and 11am to 3pm on weekends.

You can find Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum and Memorial Garden at Serles House, Southgate St, Winchester SO23 9EG.

60. Winchester Science Museum (Winchester)

This interactive museum is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Let the kids touch and play with all the exhibits while learning how things really work. They have an outdoor play area, soft play inside, and a huge planetarium for those who love space.

You can find Winchester Science Museum at Telegraph Way, Winchester SO21 1HZ.

61. Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum (Hamble)

This museum is perfect for the whole family in all weathers. Explore the old working machinery and try out the old arcade games.

You can find Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum at Swanwick Ln, Swanwick, Southampton SO31 7HB.

62. Solent Sky Museum (Southampton)

Back in the 20th century, Southampton was a huge aviation manufacturer. Solent Sky Museum is a great place to come and explore the very best in aviation. With over 15 complete airframes which include the Spitfire and Supermarine, you can really get a fill for what these planes were like. This is an interactive museum with accounts of what it was like to build these planes and fly them.

you can find Solent Sky Museum at Albert Rd S, Southampton SO14 3FR.

63. Tudor House and Garden (Southampton)

Built-in the 15th century, Tudor House is half-timbered and was renovated to show the world how the Tudors lived and worked. Every room in the house is dedicated to showing what the Tudor times were like for different families. Make sure you visit the gardens too as they show a stunning side to such a dark piece of our history.

You can find Tudor House at Bugle St, Southampton SO14 2AD.

64. Little Woodham Living History Village (Fareham)

Little Woodham is a 17th century village that’s surrounded by woodland. You get to meet all the villagers who you would expect to see in a 17th century village including a seamstress, cooks, blacksmith and farmers. There is a charge to enter the village but they do take card. Parking is free and the toilets are near the car park. Take a packed lunch as they have a little tuck shop but that’s it when it comes to food and drink.

You can find Little Woodham at Grange Farm House, Barrington Cl, Howe Rd, Gosport PO13 8NZ.

65. Portsmouth City Museum (Portmouth)

Reminiscent of a fairy tale castle, with turrets and pointed roofs, Portsmouth City museum may look like something out of a story but it’s actually a former barracks. It’s a great place to visit to get an idea of what it was like to live in the city and how things have changed over the years. It’s open daily from 10am to 530pm.

You can find Portsmouth City Museum at Museum Rd, Portsmouth PO1 2LJ.

66. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (Portmouth)

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is right on the Portsmouth seafront, just along from Gunwharf Quays. It’s a full day of fun and adventure for the whole family. The dockyard features HMS Warrior, the Mary Rose museum, and everything you need to know about Lord Nelson. This is a fully interactive attraction that fully shows the best of the British Navy.

You can find Portsmouth Historic Dockyard at Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth PO1 3LJ.

67. Beaulieu National Motor Museum (Brockenhurst)

Whatever age your kids are, the Beaulieu National Motor Museum is a perfect place for a day out. It’s interactive and has a stunning garden to run around too.

You can find Beaulieu National Motor Museum at John Montagu Building, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst SO42 7ZN.

68. St Barbe Museum and Gallery (Brockenhurst)

This local museum is great if the family are into arts. The exhibitions are interactive and change quickly so there’s always something new.

You can find St Barbe Museum and Gallery at Museum and Art Gallery, St Barbe, Lymington SO41 9BH.

Cinemas in Hampshire

Cinema screen with seats

Nothing beats a trip to the cinema. Check the times of your local screen and let the love of the movie take you to a faraway place.

69. Cineworld AldershotWestgate, Unit 5 Princes Way, Aldershot GU11 1WG
70. Odeon AndoverAnton Mill Rd, Andover SP10 2RW
71. Odeon BasingstokeBasingstoke Leisure Park, Churchill Way W, Westham, Basingstoke RG22 6PG
72. Vue BasingstokeFestival Place New Market Square, Basingstoke RG21 7BB
73. Vue FarnboroughKingsmead Shopping Centre, Queensmead, Farnborough GU14 7SR
74. Odeon SalisburyNew Canal, Salisbury SP1 2AA
75. Vue EastelighSwan Shopping, Wells Pl, Eastleigh SO50 5SF
76. Showcase Cinema De Lux SouthamptonLevel 4, West Quay Shopping Centre, Southampton SO15 1DE
77. Cineworld WhiteleyWhiteley Shopping Centre, Whiteley Wy., Whiteley, Fareham PO15 7PD
78. Odeon Port SolentPort Way, Cosham, Portsmouth PO6 4TS
79. Vue PortsmouthGunwharf Rd, Portsmouth PO1 3TA
80. Portsmouth GuildhallGuildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2AB
81. The New Theatre RoyalNew Theatre Royal, 20-24 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth PO1 2DD
82. Groundlings Theatre42 Kent St, Portsea, Portsmouth PO1 3BS
83. Kings Theatre24 Albert Rd, Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea PO5 2QJ
84. No.6 CinemaBoathouse 6, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth PO1 3LJ
85. Avon Tyrrell Outdoor CentreBransgore, Christchurch BH23 8EE

Bowling in Hampshire

Bowling pins with bowling ball

Bowling is a great family activity that everyone can get involved with. Even the smaller members of the family can have a go. It’s a great way to really re-connect as a family.

86. Riverside Bowl (Andover)

Riverside Bowl has everything you need for a fun day out. Not only do they offer bowling, but AR Darts and crazy golf as well.

You can find Riverside Bowl at 22-30 Bridge St, Andover SP10 1BN.

87. Hollywood Bowl (Basingstoke)

Hollywood Bowl in Basingstoke offers all the fun you need as a family, from bowling to eating.

You can find Hollywood Bowl at Basingstoke Leisure Park, Worting Rd, Basingstoke RG22 6PG.

88. Hollywood Bowl Eastleigh (Eastleigh)

You can find Hollywood Bowl at The Swan Centre, Eastleigh SO50 5SF.

89. Hollywood Bowl Southampton (Southampton)

You can find Hollywood Bowl at Westquay, Harbour Parade, Southampton SO15 1DE.

90. Tenpin Southampton (Southampton)

You can find Tenpin Southampton at Auckland Rd, Southampton SO15 0SD.

91. Bowl Central Fareham (Fareham)

You can find Bowl Central at Unit 4, Market Quay, 1 Vannes Parade, Fareham PO16 0BX.

92. Hollywood Bowl Portsmouth (Portsmouth)

You can find Hollywood Bowl Portsmouth at Portsmouth PO1 3TN.

Climbing Centres in Hampshire

Climbing wall with child climber

Climbing walls are great for bigger kids who love to jump and climb at home.

93. Boulder Shack Climbing Gym (Southampton)

You can find Boulder Shack at Unit 4, Imperial Park, Empress Rd, Southampton SO14 0JW.

94. Golden Gecko Climbing (Romsey)

You can find Golden Gecko at Romsey Industrial Estate, Unit 34 Greatbridge Rd, Romsey SO51 0HR.

95. Rock Up Whiteley (Fareham)

You can find Rock Up Whitely at Whiteley Shopping Centre, Whiteley Wy., Whiteley, Fareham PO15 7PD.

96. Clip ‘N Climb Portsmouth (Portsmouth)

You can find Clip N Climb at Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park, Alex Way, Hilsea, Portsmouth PO2 9QA.

97. Action Stations (Portsmouth)

You can find Action Stations at 19 College Rd, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth PO1 3LJ.

98. Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Centre (New Milton)

You can find Avon Tyrrell at Bransgore, Christchurch BH23 8EE.

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Swimming and Sports in Hampshire

Swimming pool

Swimming is a great family activity that is perfect for rainy days. Most pools offer a family swim at weekends too. There’s also loads of places you can play family sports like tennis and badminton.

99. Alpine Snowsports Centre (Aldershot)

You can find Alpine Snowsports Centre at Gallwey Rd, Aldershot GU11 2DD.

100. Andover Leisure Centre (Andover)

You can find Andover Leisure Center at West St, Andover SP10 1QP.

101. Fareham Leisure Centre (Fareham)

You can find Fareham Leisure Center at Park Ln, Fareham PO16 7JU.

Arts and crafts

Painted eggs on sticks

102. The Art of Craft (Aldershot)

Offering workshops for all ages, The Art of Craft is great for all ages to learn the many skills of crafting.

You can find The Art of Craft at Unit 1, Kingstons Industrial Estate, Kingston’s Industrial Estate, Eastern Rd, Aldershot GU12 4YA.

103. Fairground Craft & Design Centre (Aldershot)

Fairground Craft and Design Centre has everything you need for a half day out for the whole family. They have a papercraft shop, product shop and other amazing craft shops.

You can find Fairground Craft at The Fairground, Weyhill, Andover SP11 0QN.

104. BellaCrafts (Winchester)

You can find Bella Crafts at Fair Oak Garden Centre, The Barn, Winchester Rd, Fair Oak SO50 7HD.

105. The Maker’s House (Fareham)

You can find The Maker’s House at 94 Arundel Dr, Fareham PO16 7NU.

We hope these indoor activities help you find things to do in Hampshire!

Laura x

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