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Museums, Galleries and Historic Buildings

Basildon Park, National Trust house and grounds ~ 0118 984 3040

Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Woodley ~ 0118 944 8089

Museum of English Rural Life ~ 0118 378 8660

Reading Museum and Town Hall, many children's activities ~ 0118 937 3400

Out of Area Attractions

4 Kingdoms Adventure Park & Family Farm, Thatcham ~ 01635 269678

Basingstoke Aquadrome, lagoon, flumes, parties, holiday activities ~ 01256 474378

Coral Reef, swimming complex, Bracknell ~ 01344 862525

John Nike Leisuresport Complex, ski and skate, Bracknell ~ 01344 789002

Marwell Zoo, near Winchester ~ 01962 777407

Milestones, Hampshire's Living History Museum, Basingstoke ~ 01256 639550

River and Rowing Museum, Henley ~ 01491 415600

The Living Rainforest, Hampstead Norreys ~ 01635 202444

The Look Out Discovery Centre, a great day out, Bracknell ~ 01344 354400

Watercress Line, great family fun ~ 01962 733810

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium ~ 01962 863791

Parks, Playgrounds and Open Spaces

Albert Road Rec Ground, play area, bowling, tennis, Caversham

Arthur Newbery Park, natural open hilly space, play area, Tilehurst

Ayrton Senna Play Area, Tilehurst

Balmore Walk, open walking & small woodland, Caversham

Basildon Park, National Trust house and grounds ~ 0118 984 3040

Beale Park, wildlife park and gardens ~ 0118 976 7480

Beresford Road Playground, play area & hard-surfaced pitch

Blagrave (Victoria) Recreation Ground, 2 play areas, Tilehurst

Blundells Copse, 13 acres of ancient woodland, Tilehurst

Bucklebury Farm Park, deer park, indoor play area, picnic ~ 0118 971 4002

Caleta Close Play Area, Lower Caversham

Chiltern Road Recreation Area, open field, Caversham Park

Christchurch Meadows, play area, paddling pool, tennis, Caversham

Cintra Park, play area, sports pitches, Cintra Avenue

Clayfield Copse and Blackhouse Woods, open space, Caversham

Coley Recreation Ground, play area, sports pitches

Deans Farm and Picnic Area, Caversham

Dinton Activity Centre, adventurous play space, host of exciting wildlife areas ~ 01189 746 343

Dinton Pastures Country Park, play area, lake, walking ~ 0118 934 2016

Dover Street Play Area, Coley

Emmer Green Recreation Ground, play area, basketball court

Englefield Estate and Gardens ~ 0118 930 2504

Hardwick Road Play Area, well-equipped playground, Tilehurst

Hexham Road Play Area, playground, ball court, Whitley

Hills Meadow, BMX track, skateboarding ramp, Lower Caversham

Kensington Road Recreation Ground, play area, sports pitches

Kings Meadow, play area, rugby, football, fishing, open space, Napier Road

Longbarn Lane Recreation Ground, play area, sports pitches

Lyon Square Play Area, ball games, Southcote

Mapledurham Playing Fields and Pavilion, play area, sports pitches, picnic area

McIlroy Park, play area, woodland, Pottery Road

Oxford Road Recreation Ground, play area, football, picnic area

Palmer Park, 50 acre parkland, play area, sports pitches

Portman Road Playground, attractive small children's play area

Prospect Park, Liebenrood Road ~ 0118 937 3045

Scours Lane Picnic Area, Tilehurst

Shinfield Road Recreation Ground, play area

Thameside Promenade, towpath walk, good for bikes

The Cowsey, woodland and natural grassland, Whitley

Victoria Recreation Ground, football pitches, Tilehurst

View Island, picnic area, deep water, off Napier Road

Virginia Way Play Area, skateboard ramp, Southcote

Waterloo Meadows, play area, ball games, BMX track, picnic

Wellington Country Park ~ 0118 932 6444

Whitley Wood Recreation Ground, walking, football

Theatres and Cinemas

South Street Arts Centre, creative kids theatre and comedy ~ 0118 960 6060

The Hexagon, a packed programme of kids shows ~ 0118 960 6060

Vue Cinema, Reading ~ 0871 224 0240