Young children love dinosaurs – so starting your day with a stroll around Teessaurus Park is always a good idea.
There’s space to run, hide and roar in the company of huge models of T-rex, stegosaurus, triceratops, brontosaurus, brachiosaurus and a woolly mammoth.
You can also access the River Tees coastal path to enjoy views of the industry still based on the waterside – and it’s only a five minute drive out of the town centre.
If you’re already in town for the day, you can also check out the Dorman Museum.
Little ones will marvel at interactive permanent exhibitions – such as the Middlesbrough Through Time display, which tells our town’s story from industry to culture.
There’s also a host of children’s events regularly held in the museum, especially during the school holidays – while the Wild Jungle virtual reality ride has proven a massive hit with all ages.
Stewart Park, Middlesbrough
For wide open spaces, beautiful wooded areas, another museum, a fantastic play park and hours of childhood fun, look no further than Stewart Park.
The Green Flag winning park in Marton covers 120 acres and is the perfect family day out.
Feeling sporty? There’s cycling, skating and running for the older kids at Middlesbrough Sports Village – but for the toddlers, there’s a fantastic four-floor soft play too.
But ask any child who’s visited Newham Grange Farm recently, and they’ll probably tell you it’s the best place in town (actually people of all ages will say that, as well!).
A working farm since the 17th century, Newham Grange is a unique Middlesbrough experience not to be missed.
Visitors can meet the animals including pigs, cows, goats, sheep, chickens, donkeys, horses and llamas.
There’s junior and toddler play areas, an indoor soft play, the outdoor adventure zone, a pedal-karting track and a mini golf course – enough to keep youngsters busy all day.
Ormesby Hall – Middlesbrough
At the Grade I listed Ormesby Hall, enjoy a gentle woodland walk to lesser-explored areas and take part in its all-year round events programme.
A National Trust property, this summer there are nature trails to keep the kids entertained, sporty challenges to get your heart racing, peaceful gardens to discover, model railways for the train-obsessed little ones and arts and crafts activities for messy afternoons.