A map of all of the fun places we have featured on Milton Keynes Kids. Find somewhere close to where you live. Or pick an area and plan your adventure. If you’re viewing on a mobile then click on the square shape in the right hand corner so you can see the map in full. Each pin includes a link to the blog post where you’ll find more information and pictures about a place.
Brilliant park for children of all ages with a sand and water area, fun climbing frames and a small pirate ship. Best postcode is MK10 7ER. Click the link above for more pics, video and info.
This park opened in December and has a fun climbing frame, wooden assault course and other fun play equipment. Best postcode is MK17 8LH. Click the link above for more pictures and info.
Bradville Park (huge slide)
This park has a HUGE slide. Not much else makes it worth visiting, but the slide is epic. Best postcode is MK13 7BT. Click the link above for more pictures and info.
With it’s sandy areas, exciting climbing frames for a variety of ages and lovely café, Russell Park is well worth making the trip to Bedford for. The biggest climbing frame has got good slides, wobbly bridges and a small climbing wall. There is a fab low level wooden platform boat style structure which is fab for tots to run up and down. Best postcode is MK40 3SG which takes you to George Street. For more pics and info click the link above.
Downs Barn Park
Downs Barn Park has one of the biggest slides in MK. It’s known locally as the bumpy. MK14 7LN is the best postcode. For more info and pics click the link above.
Stanton Low Park
One of the best parks in Milton Keynes – lovely wooden equipment and nice walks by the canal. parked at the end of Selkirk Drive in the car park for Stonepit Field and then walked. MK14 6FQ is where the actual park is. For more pics and info click the link above.
Fishermead Pirate Park
There’s a big wooden pirate ship in the middle of Fishermead. Ahoy. MK6 2LD. For more pictures and info click the link above.
Leighton Buzzard splash park
Lots of old-school play equipment is located in Parsons Road Recreation Ground. But it’s the splash park and beach which are the reasons why this park is worth visiting in the summer. LU7 1SD takes you to the nearest car park. Click the link above for more pics and info.
Snail Park in Walnut Tree
Good for young children with a nice climbing frame and some snails to sit on. An approximate postcode is MK7 7EP which is for Cranberry Close which is behind the park although we drove slightly further along Walton Road until we spotted it.
New Bradwell Sandpit Park
My toddler really enjoyed visiting this park because of it’s sandpit with wooden structure, rocket and climbing frame. The best place to park is behind the church on St James’ Street.
Fun multi-coloured rhino and a wobbly jeep as well as a big swing. The park is a short walk from the Tree Cathedral and you can walk down the canal to follow the Gyosei art trail. Best postcode MK15 9AP. Click the link above for more pics and info.
Dragon Park, Great Linford
The Dragon Park in Great Linford re-opened in June 2015 having undergone it’s first revamp in 30 years. With a range of bright yellow and green play equipment there’s lots to enjoy for a variety of ages. MK14 5BD roughly gets you there. Click the link above for more pics and info.
Little Brickhill Park
This park has a wonderful climbing frame with two slides, a wooden train, a rope and tyre climbing frame, swings and a few other pieces of equipment. MK17 9LZ is the best postcode. Click the link above for more info and pics.
Western Road Recreation Ground
There’s a good climbing frame, swings and a see-saw amongst the play equipment. My little boy loves the floor trampoline the most. We parked in the swimming pool car park. MK12 5GH is the best postcode. Click the link above for more pics and info.
There are three fab parks on the Wixams estate – loads of sand, climbing frames, wooden houses, climbing walls – well worth a visit. MK42 6AE is the best postcode. Click the link above for more info and pics.
Pirate Park in Loughton
Ahoy! My eldest son loves this park because of it’s cool pirate ship and sandpit. It has a big climbing frame for much older children too. MK5 8DJ is the best postcode. The park is behind the sports and social club. For more info click the link above.
Caldecotte Lake, park and miniature railway
Large lake to walk around and some fun play equipment for kids. Free parking. April to October there’s a miniature railway which costs only £1 to go on, For more info and pics, click the link above. Easy to find, look for the big windmill. MK7 8HP.
Old Stratford Park
Not worth going out of your way to visit, but if you are in Old Stratford and want to go to a park then it’s worth knowing this one is tucked away behind the community centre. Bit retro but my eldest son most enjoyed it when he was around two years old.
Small soft play at Intu Shopping Centre
If you have to take the kids shopping or want to meet friends for a coffee, then it’s worth knowing there’s a small, woodlands soft play in the Intu shopping centre. It’s free. Suitable for under 5s. Click the link above for more info.
Wyevale Garden Centre soft play
There’s a fun small soft play for under 5s at Wyevale Garden Centre in Woburn Sands. It costs £1.50 for unlimited play with a loyalty card. Click the link above for more info.
The MKPA scrapstore is an Aladdin’s cave of recycled craft materials. You do have to pay to join but it would be worth considering if you do loads of projects with the kids or you’re a childminder or work in a nursery. Click the link for loads more info.
Secret Garden, Hitchin
This is an absolutely delightful place to meet friends with babies and toddlers as it has both a café, fun play area and activities on each day. Click the link for more info and pictures. We parked in a town centre car park and had to walk down.
Kingston play gym
If your kids like running and jumping they’ll probably enjoy Kingston Play Gym. I found it a bit big when my eldest was a baby but once he was mobile it was good fun. Open weekdays at selected times. Easy to find, it’s behind Tesco. Click the link above for all the details.
Seasons Garden Centre
Ringo the talking parrot lives here and there’s a retro dinosaur slide. MK45 3HU is the best postcode.
The Hive soft play
The Hive is quite unassuming and is in an industrial estate. It’s a good soft play for under 8s, big enough but not huge. We found it best to go first thing in the morning as, like many places you can’t take your own food in.
With it’s bright, modern feel and soft play style shapes, Kingston library is lovely to visit with young children. Easy to find and park, it’s located next to Café Nero.
Harrold and O'Dell Country Park
Harrold and Odell Country Park includes a nature reserve, two picturesque lakes and a stretch of the River Great Ouse as well as two play areas. MK43 7DS is the best postcode. Click the link for more info.
It’s probably one of the busiest places in the summer to take kids in MK and is set to get busier with a new splash park opening in summer 2017. In the meantime there are two toddler play areas and another for children aged around 3 upwards. Huge lake & lots of ducks and swans. In the summer there’s a miniature train.
Aldenham Country Park
With its Winnie-the-Pooh 100 Aker Wood trail, brilliant adventure playground, pony rides, monkey nets and farm there is absolutely loads for children of all ages to enjoy at Aldenham Country Park. You do pay for quite a few of the individual activities so it’s the most expensive country park we’ve visited. Click the link above for more info.
Rushmere Country Park
With it’s huge slide, giant spider, giant chair, fairy doors and sandpit play area, Rushmere Country Park is one of the places we visit most often. Only £2 to park as well. Click the link above for more info.
Sywell Country Park
One of the lesser talked about country parks, and yet it’s great fun – big sand and water area, animal sculpture trail, big slide and a small indoor area for babies and young toddlers. Only £3 to park. Click the link above for more info.
Millenium Country Park
The play area includes a wooden train with a bell, small wooden house with slide, a larger wooden climbing frame, big swing and an assault course. Nice walk around the lake. MK43 0PR is the best postcode.
Irchester Country Park
With its fun dinosaur bones woodland play area, huge playground with sand areas, and a railway museum, this country park is great fun for kids to visit. Free, parking charges apply. NN29 7DL is the best postcode. Lots of pics in the link above.
Stanwick Lakes has a brilliant adventure playground and the best thing is it’s FREE! There’s an awesome sand and water play area too and a fun trail. A full day out. Parking charges vary. NN9 6GY is the best postcode.
Emberton Country Park
This fun country park has lots of excellent play equipment for children. The highlights include a big pirate ship and two big slides. There’s also a large sandpit and a stones and pulleys area. Only downside is a road runs through the park. £4 to park. MK46 5FJ is the best postcode.
Stockwood Discovery Centre
With it’s lovely play equipment, beautiful gardens and lots of galleries with historical artefacts, there really is something for all ages here. Entrance and parking is free.
Milton Keynes Museum
Great value for money, £9 per adult, £6 per child, under 5s are free for the ENTIRE YEAR and that includes special events. We love the telephone gallery (my 3 year old calls it the telephone museum), the Victorian high street, the air raid shelter and the transport gallery. MK12 5EL is the best postcode.
Natural History Museum at Tring
The Natural History Museum in Tring is a weird and wonderful collection of 4000 animal and insect specimens that Sir Walter Rothschild collected during his life. It’s both impressive and quirky and Free! HP23 6AP is the best postcode.
With it’s tree top walk, Salcey Forest is a brilliant adventure for young children.The structure rises to 15 metres above the woodland floor, with a crow’s nest platform at 20 metres reached by steps. From 24th Feb, there’s going to be an augmented reality trail which looks like great fun. Free. £4 to park.
Howe Park Wood
if you have young children but don’t want to walk too far, then Howe Park Wood is a great place to start your adventures. There’s a very small play area and a short circular walk around the woods. In April / May there are bluebells. Free. We use MK4 4DD to get to the shopping centre and the wood is opposite there just off the H7.
Linford Wood Art Trail
Lots of wood carvings set in the woods including E.T, Rupert the Bear and a big snake. Some are weather worn as they’ve been there a really long time. We still had great fun. Gets boggy in wet weather. Free and free to park. MK14 6PB is the best postcode.
When we visited there was a Gruffalo statue, den building area, stick man trail and play area. The Stick Man Trail is no longer there but from 20th Feb 2017 there’s going to be a Gruffalo trail. Gets very muddy. Free pay to park.
Castle Ashby Gardens
The gardens at Castle Ashby at stunning. There’s also a fun play area and a menagerie. April to October you pay to go. In the Winter months it’s free but costs £4 to park. The loos, menagerie and tea rooms are closed, so treat it like a normal park. NN7 1LQ is the best postcode.
Campton Plantation is a wonderful wooded area with an exciting sculpture trail. There has been woodland on the site for about 300 years, and sculptures since 2010. We enjoyed our free ‘adventure’ searching for all the beautifully carved pieces and wooden tepee. Free. Short walk across the road from the council offices. SG17 5TQ is the best postcode.
Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
A small museum, set in the beautiful village of Great Missenden looking at Roald Dahl’s life. Hands-on activities for kids. Under 5s go free. Can get busy at peak times so book before you go. HP16 0AL is the best postcode. Park in the public car park. For lots of pics and full review click the link above.
Mead Open Farm
With its impressive adventure play area, large indoor soft play, Little Tykes play area, digger village and animals, Mead Open Farm is a fun day out for young children and has more than enough to keep them amused. Mid-price day out. We would go as a treat. LU7 9JH is the best postcode.
Green Dragon Eco Farm
Excellent outdoor play area, indoor soft play, animals, go-karts, ride-ons and a big bouncy pillow thing…. Green Dragon Eco Farm has lots to offer young children. MK18 3LA is the best postcode.
This is a small farm – lovely for little ones to visit for a couple of hours out. There are a number of animals to see, a play barn and a really nice café. MK17 0EQ is the best postcode.
Gulliver's Dinosaur and Farm Park
Open end of March until end of September, this park houses 32 animatronic dinosaurs, several play areas and a farm area as well. It’s most suited to under 5s. Don’t expect big rides. It has a separate car park and entrance to Gulliver’s Land. MK15 0DT is still the best postcode.
National Space Centre
With it’s 42 metre high rocket tower, the UK’s largest domed planetarium and six galleries of space suits, rockets, satellites, meteorites the National Space Centre is such a fun place to visit for all ages. Under 5s go free. Adults and children pay once and go all year. Well worth a visit. LE4 5NS gets you there.
If you don’t want to spend any money at all there’s a huge free playground to enjoy. If you’re happy to pay then there’s loads to enjoy, lots of rides and a good train ride. Wristbands work out the best value but can be a pricey day out for a big family if you only have young children. NN15 6NJ is the best postcode.
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
The railway museum hosts (cheaper) events throughout the year, but we’ve visited twice for a day out with Thomas. Great fun if your kids love the characters. It is a treat day out. HP22 4BY
Lots of fun rides for young children as well as indoor and outdoor play areas. A treat day out, although do look out for occasional offers and one parent going free on Mother’s and Father’s Day. MK15 0DT
Lovely park worth taking a picnic too. Great in the summer when the swimming pool is open. Best postcode is MK17 9DS
Wind in the Willows Park
One of the best parks in Milton Keynes, this Wind in the Willows park only opened in December 2016 and has fab wooden play equipment and sculptures for young children. MK8 9DH is the best postcode.
Magic Garden and Two Mile Ash Park
Find the fairy doors and wooden sculptures in this mini magic garden which lies just off Clay Hill. There’s a good sized park behind it. Best postcode is MK8 8JJ.
Roald Dahl Children's Gallery & Bucks County Museum
Fun interactive gallery with lots of hands-on activities for young children. Charges apply. You can also visit Bucks County Museum for free.
Rookery Open Farm
Bunnings Warehouse indoor playground
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