Fun indoor things to do with kids in Dorking

Winter can be a challenge when it comes to entertaining the kids – the weather is cold, the days are short, and most of us prefer the thought of snuggling up under a blanket. But if you’re looking for things to do in Dorking with the kids during the winter months, there are plenty of places to explore. Here are some great ideas for keeping your little ones active and engaged on chilly days.


Visit the theatre

Dorking Halls is a fantastic complex with a theatre and digital cinema, and those with younger children can get them engaged in interactive children’s theatre in Dorking with The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Playing from 31 January to 1 February, it’s designed for kids of age three and up, keeping them entertained with sing-along songs and magic. At just 55 minutes with no interval, it’s short enough for their developing attention spans too.


Paint some pottery

Kids love to get crafty, and rather than giving them some paint and paper, why not order them some paint at home pottery? A paint at home box includes your chosen pieces, paint colours, brushes and instructions. You can then send the finished pieces off to be fired ready for collection. This is perfect for making Christmas gifts for loved ones, or simply to get your kids to try something new.


Super soft play

Soft play is always a great way to enable kids to burn off some of their energy if it’s raining outside. Dorking and the surrounding areas have plenty of soft play facilities, giving your little ones chance to run, climb and slide while you have a well-deserved break. There’s often a café too, so everyone can enjoy refreshments together.


Head to the museum

Dorking Museum and Heritage Centre offers a fascinating look at the town and its surrounding villages, giving kids a unique opportunity to discover how Dorking became the place it is today. From the Cretaceous period when all of Surrey was underwater, through the Middle Ages and the Second World War, right up to the 1960s, children can explore what life was like through the ages.


Discover the Crystal Grotto

It’s not indoors per se, but in nearby Cobham is a magical man-made world, built in the eighteenth century. Located in Painshill Park, the Crystal Grotto has stalactites and bubbling water just like a natural cave – but it’s covered in beautiful crystals that sparkle when the sunlight hits them. Those with a taste for the weird and wonderful shouldn’t miss this on a crisp, clear day.

Whatever activities you decide to do with the kids this winter, don’t miss The Tiger Who Came to Tea, one of the best children’s shows in Dorking in 2023. Based on Judith Kerr’s best-selling picture book, this Oliver Award nominated show captivates children and adults alike with its sense of wonder and fun.  Book your tickets today!