From toddler through to teenagers, here are our favourite indoor based activities in and around the Test Valley – from the adrenaline fuelled active and to the more quiet & peaceful – hopefully there is something to suit the interests of every type of child, especially on a rainy day…
Click on the photo to take you directly to each website. Most of these activities require pre-booking online.
Skiplex is the new revolution in indoor skiing using a revolving, fully adjustable slope to replicate a real piste. Covered with an Astroturf carpet, they are the fastest and most economical way to learn, train and gain – suitable for all ages and abilities from absolute beginners, right up to expert seasonnaires, and because it’s indoor skiing, you can ski whatever the weather. Pre booking is essential.
Plant Ice Basingstoke
There is something for everyone at Planet Ice Basingstoke – public skating, weekly disco sessions with live DJ, parent & toddler sessions, courses that teach a wide variety of winter sports and disciplines (including figure skating, ice dancing, ice hockey & speed skating), ice hockey matches & training, birthday parties, group visits, school visits, private tuition, events, shows and performances!
Jump Factory, is a warehouse that’s been transformed into Basingstoke’s first indoor trampoline park! A world of interconnected trampoline awesomeness awaits you – whether you’re a first-time jumper, a seasoned pro, a toddler, or an athlete looking for somewhere to test your limits, Jump Factory Basingstoke is sure to have something for everyone. You will need to pre-book.
iFLY UK – Skydiving, Basingstoke
Indoor skydiving is the simulation of true free-fall conditions in a vertical wind tunnel. It’s where the dream of flight becomes a reality. Flyers from 3 to 103 years and can experience the thrill of indoor skydiving at iFLY. You will need to pre-book.
Bowlplex is the UK’s best ten pin bowling alley experience – the perfect place to enjoy a day out, a kids’ birthday party and family fun! You will need to book a lane online.
Clown About: Fun in the Play Centre with Slides, Ball Pools and Climbing Wall. There is a separate Baby & Toddler area available for children from 6months – 3 years
Strikers: Ten Pin & Glow Bowling with recently updated and brand new bowling lanes.
Lazer A Combat: Suspense & excitement with lazer A Combat in the Play Structure.
Jungle, Jungle, Andover
Jungle Jungle is a great soft play located in Andover. Open everyday from 930am-530pm and only closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New year’s Eve, it can be a godsend with small children on (relentlessly) rainy days. Let the children crawl, climb, run, chase and bounce to their heart’s content whilst you have a cuppa.
Riverside Bowl & Glo Golf, Andover
Ten pin bowling is a game that everyone can play and it is lots of fun! Come along for a Ten Pin Bowling session with your family and friends, and enjoy a meal or a snack at the American-themed Diner. There are 8 lanes available and shoe hire is included in your booking. Bowling is suitable for children age 5 upwards with bowling shoes available from child size 10 and push rails to aid their bowling skills.
Alternatively, why not try a spot of Glo-Golf? Play golf in the dark on the new 9-hole course, where balls and walls glow, as you putt your way around the world from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Eiffel tower. It is a new indoor adventure golf game with a twist. Glo-Golf is a fun activity for all ages, clubs and balls are provided.
Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium
Winchester Science Centre is a hands-on, interactive, science and technology centre located in Morn Hill, just outside the city of Winchester in Hampshire, England. Set within a spectacular pyramid this centre aims to bring science principles to life by a wide range of interactive exhibits. The Winchester Science Centre is one huge activity area with new sport zone particularly popular. Try wheelchair basketball, rowing race simulators, or test your concentration on Mindball where you move a ball by your brainwaves alone! Elsewhere there are a variety of hands on science themed exhibits. See your body’s hot spots with the thermal camera, compose electronic music or create a vortex of water two metres high.
The Planetarium is the largest capacity in the UK and has amazing shows. The films are digital, great quality with cinema standard sound. Every school holiday there is a programme of activities and the website will give details.
Totcity is Andover’s new play centre for toddlers and pre-schoolers. Come and discover a scaled-down street designed to inspire young children to explore and pretend to their hearts’ content. All children love to play make-believe and dressing-up, and our six play areas, equipped with child sized resources and dressing up outfits, will entice them to let their imagination fly. They can make an ice-cream sundae in the café, repair a broken wing mirror in the garage or do the weekly shop in our supermarket – they can be whatever they want to be today. Sessions can be pre-booked online, or by contacting them. Walk-ins are welcome if they have space. Each session lasts 90 minutes. There are four sessions from Monday-Saturday and three on a Sunday.
Role Play World, Salisbury (Wilton)
Role Play world offers an educational and innovative children’s play experience, where children can learn through play. Seeing the world through little eyes, Role Play World is an alternating environment with fantasy and real-life experiences in a variety of role-play areas. Our ever changing role-play areas are built to emulate a classroom role-play area, bridging the gap between nurseries, schools and pre-schools. Each role-play area is designed to interest children and entice them to engage in imaginative role-play.
Golden Gheko Climbing, Romsey
Golden Gecko Climbing is an exciting new climbing centre in Romsey. Come down and see what the Centre has to offer: they have 190m2 of climbing including 150m2 of bouldering, climbing tower and the challenge wall. There is also a great value Energy Bar open for barista coffee, teas, cold drinks and a selection of delicious hot and cold food – no need to climb!
Romsey Rapids, Romsey Leisure Centre
Romsey Rapids Sports Centre leisure pool it is full of action: take a pirate wash under the tipping bucket, climb up to the crows nest and whiz down the long slide, enjoy the rapids and relax in the Jacuzzi. For toddlers there is a pirate ship and a toddler slide in the toddler pool area. Pre-booking advisable.
SeaCity Museum, Southampton
Visit Southampton’s Titanic Museum at SeaCity where they tell the story of the impact on Southampton of the sinking in 1912 of the White Star liner Titanic. Through a fascinating 1:25 scale, interactive model of the ship, visitorsof all ages are given an insight into the lives of the crew aboard the Titanic, many of whom were Southampton residents.
PORTSMOUTH HISTORIC DOCKYARD
Situated within a working Naval Base, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is home to a collection of fantastic attractions, historic ships and museums. There really is loads to do here and your tickets last all year. Particularly good value is the “all-attraction” family ticket which gets you into everything and if you buy it online is substantially reduced – currently £60 for 2 adults, 3 children. It’s a good thing it’s an annual ticket as you’ll need to go back a few times to see everything. Combine a day out here with lunch (and a bit of shopping!) at Gunwharf Quays https://gunwharf-quays.com
The Mary Rose
A Tudor Masterpiece revealed. Be one of the first to see Henry VIII’s true love like you’ve never seen her before!
This museum is truly amazing and all the more meaningful since the ship was excavated from the Solent metres away from the exhibition.
HMS Victory is the Royal Navy’s most famous warship. Best known for her role in the Battle of Trafalgar, the Victory currently has a dual role as the Flagship of the First Sea Lord and as a living museum to the Georgian Navy. The visitor experience onboard HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard as Nelson’s famous flagship from the Battle of Trafalgar is now brought alive with a hand-held audio guide for the first time in the ship’s history.
The fastest, largest and most powerful warship in the world when she was launched. Such was her reputation that enemy fleets were intimidated by her obvious supremacy and deterred from attacking Britain at sea – yet she never fired a shot in anger.
National Museum of the Royal Navy
The National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth brings history to life. It showcases treasures from the past 350 years and examines the common threads which link the sailor of England’s ‘Wooden Walls’ to the professional crews of today.
Royal Navy Submarine Museum
Assault all your senses by walking onboard HMS Alliance, the only remaining WW2 era and take a time journey through every decade of her service. Take a peek through the working periscopes, and see, hear and even smell how life was lived under the sea.