This section will help you to find great indoor places to entertain your children. Oxfordshire offers an impressive array of places to hide from the rain, or (thinking wishfully) the sun. While places local to you are a good place to start, others further afield may well be worth the journey. Some are free (have a look to see what’s on at museums and libraries as both often have excellent events and clubs) and many have activities to exhaust your child whatever the weather. My son has had enormous fun getting creative (and extremely messy) at some of the venues offering arts and crafts – and to be honest there have been days when I’ve been relieved that my living room carpet has been safe. We’ve also enjoyed bringing history to life and I think I’ve learnt just as much as the children through inspiring exhibits and trails. Another section which is proving particularly useful is the compilation of possible birthday party venues. If you’re reluctant to risk the weather and are looking for an indoor party, there are so many fantastic possibilities available. In the course of research, I’ve discovered places I had no idea offered such unique and enjoyable experiences for that perfect, memorable day.
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- Soft play area for children aged 0–8 years old.
- Multi levels, ball pits and slides in separate spaces for all ages.
- Play area runs in timed sessions, please check the website for set times.
- 'Little Diggers' birthday parties available, with cupcake decorating activity.
- The Garden Centre runs children's activities during school holidays.
Oxford Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX25 2NY
02380 000 423
Indoor inflatable play centre for children aged 18 months 12 years old. Discover a wonderland of inflatables such as bouncy castles, giant slides, obstacle courses, disco castles, bounce & slides, multiplay castles, soft play, ride-ons and more. Also offers various pre-booked ticketed sessions for children with SEN (Special Educations Needs).
- Fun inflatable play centres for children aged 18 months - 12 years. Adults go free.
- Special SEN sessions for children with additional needs.
- Fabulous birthday party packages and hire packages available.
- Bouncy castles, disco dome, human table football, obstacle courses and much more...
- Keep an eye on our EVENTS section for all up and coming play centre days.
Didcot Leisure Centre, Mereland Road, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 8AY; Faringdon Leisure Centre, Fernham Road, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 7LB
- Fun indoor play equipment for children 0–11 years.
- Three levels with zip wire, slides, ball pits, rope bridges, and tunnels.
- Separate area for under 5's.
- Party packages include: 'Laser Storm' - use laser tag equipment through the levels.
- Open 9:30am–6pm, seven days a week.
Carterton South Ind Est, Black Bourton Road, Carterton, Oxfordshire, OX18 3EZ
- 25 metre indoor swimming pool.
- 'Tots Bounce', soft play and bouncy castle for 0–5 year olds (Tuesdays & Fridays).
- Jump & Jiggle soft play; créche; and party packages available.
- Offer 'Active Teen Fitness' the new membership for 11–15 year olds.
- Run swimming lessons, and 'Disabled Swim' sessions.
Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxfordshire, OX5 2NU
- Soft play centre for children 0–12 years old.
- Flight simulator, ball pool.
- Wavy slide, ball target.
- Birthday party packages available.
- Open Monday to Saturday.
14 Thorney Leys Park, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 4GE
- 8 lane 25 metre indoor pool, and learner pool (0.9 metres deep).
- Créche and toddler's soft play.
- 'Aspires Academy' is a fitness initiative for 11–15 year olds.
- Jet ski sessions for children under 9 years, and Short Tennis for 4–10 year olds.
- Birthday party packages including: pool inflatables, jet skis, and skating.
Pegasus Road, Blackbird Leys, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX4 6JL
Countryside Farm Centre open seven days a week perfect for all the family with animals, playground and indoor Sprout Playbarn. Throughout the summer months, there's a beach area (with outdoor games), PYO and Maize Maze.
- Fun for all the family. Animal Walkway includes pigs, alpacas, cattle, and ponies.
- Sprouts Indoor Playbarn with multi-level activities, slides, ball pits and education play.
- Children's play area: swings, slides, play diggers, little sit-on tractors, & carousal.
- Pick You Own: June to September. Over 30 different fruits and vegetables.
- Phoebe Wood is 10 acres of woodland and wetland walks and picnic areas.
- Children's ballet, tap and art classes. Birthday party packages coming soon.
Kingston Road, Frilford, Near Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX13 5HB
- Indoor play activities for children of all ages.
- Huge indoor play frame, imagination play, and electric bikes to ride.
- Outdoor Adventure Assault Course.
- Under 5 years have dedicated zone. Weekly term-time pre-schooler sessions.
- Birthday party venue with various party packages.
Audlett Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3NJ
- Indoor Soft Play Barn includes slide, climbing wall, monkey bars and fun games.
- Pizza Café.
- Outdoor play area, and Nature Trail.
- Children's party packages available.
- Wheelchairs available and guide dogs are welcome.
Witney Road, Ramsden, Oxfordshire, OX7 3AS
- Baby Bounce - soft play and bouncy castle for pre-schoolers.
- Junior activities -'Spice Up Saturday', 'Junior Gym', 'Balanceability', and 'Sway Dance'.
- Fitness and sports activities. Roller disco on Saturdays.
- 25m swimming pool and learner pool. Crèche.
- Birthday party packages.
Cherwell Drive, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 2BW
- Indoor play area with a huge variety of activities, for all ages.
- Includes: Giant play frame, toddler play frame, Wow Zone.
- Sports arena, bouncy castle, Cannons, Giant Slides,
- Coffee shop with a hot food menu.
- Offer children's birthday party packages.
2-6 Jefferson Way, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 3SZ
- 6 lane 25 metre swimming pool and separate learner pool.
- Children's soft play.
- Crèche, and Ofsted registered holiday play scheme.
- Disabled poolside facilities and poolside hoist.
- Offer birthday party packages.
Witan Way, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 4YA