The best indoor family activities in West Essex

At Wild n Wacky there are three separate play areas for babies, toddlers and children under 12

At Wild n Wacky there are three separate play areas for babies, toddlers and children under 12 - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

If the kids are coming down from the sugar high of Christmas, and the dreary weather is getting you down too, then worry not, because we’ve put together a guide to the best local indoor family activities in West Essex to help keep everyone happy

Urban Limitz


It is the perfect family fun day out during the cold January weather, with something for all children from the age of 6 and up. Based at the Harlow Leisurezone, Urban Limitz is a perfect way for the kids to burn off some energy. They can bounce their way through the bounce pad course, jump into the massive foam pit, challenge themselves on the ninja assault course, or if they are feeling really daring they can challenge the gauntlet, the ultimate test of balance. For those looking for even more of an adventure, then let them loose in the tag attack course.

Prices from: £7.50 children, £9.50 adults. Open every day during school holidays, and evenings during term time.

urbanlimitz.comLEE VALLEY ICE CENTRE

Here you'll find a winter wonderland all year round with an international-sized indoor ice skating rink. For a Saturday evening with a difference you can attend their weekly disco sessions, and there are also skate aids available for little ones at certain times so that all the family can take part.

Tickets are from £9 for adults, £8 for children and £6 for under 5s, with skate hire included in the price. Open daily but times vary. SPORT KARTING

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Find your competitive edge and take to the track of Essex's state of the art indoor go-karting circuit. Timed sessions offer the chance to find out who's really the fastest in the family, and those aged between 8 and 13 can also see what it's like to go behind the wheel in the special kid's karts, so this is the ideal activity for adrenaline seekers young and old.

Tickets are from £20 per person. The track is open daily from 9am - 11pm. EXTREME

Waltham Forest

If you've got some energy to burn off, head to Better Extreme at Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre. Test your limits on the climbing wall or put yourself through your paces on the 'Ninja Run' and theres also a two story play area which is perfect for keeping those under 6 busy.

Tickets are from £4.95 for 6 to 15 year olds and £7.95 for over 16s. Open daily but times vary. HEALTH LEISURE CENTRE


Fantastic facilities on offer at Becontree Health Leisure Centre including a 25 by 25 metre and a 50 metre swimming pool, as well as a smaller shallow pool for younger visitors. 'Swim for everyone' sessions take place in the main pool to which all ages are welcome, and there is also a well-equipped soft play area and café.

Swim for Everyone sessions are £4.20 for adults, and £2.90 for juniors, concessions and seniors. Under 3s swim free. Open daily but times vary. 'N' WACKY,


This jungle-themed indoor play centre is ideal for budding explorers, with three separate play areas on offer for babies, toddlers and older children under 12. They can venture across rope bridges, climb the cargo net and crawl through the tiger tube, while parents can make the most of the café serving freshly prepared sandwiches.

Tickets are from £4.25, but children under 1 go free when accompanied by a paying sibling. Open daily from 9.30am - 6pm. BISCUIT CEREAMICS CAFÉ

South Woodford

Try your hand at pottery painting at Creative Biscuit Ceramics Café. Select Any item and get to work with the paintbrush. All ages can take part, including babies who can have their feet and hands printed on pottery. A café also serves freshly baked cakes and toasties.

There is a £4 charge per person, plus the cost of the item you have painted. Open daily but times vary. FUNSCAPE


With everything from ping pong tables to ten-pin bowling to a games arcade, you won't be short of things to do at Funscape. There's also an escape room for the thrill seekers amongst you, where you'll have 765 seconds to hunt for clues and solve the puzzle. A fully liscenced bar is on offer for grown-ups, as well as a café serving hot and cold food.

Ticket prices vary. Open daily from 10am.