When it comes to keeping the whole family entertained, North Kent has lots to offer. Whatever the weather, you can find some great things to do in Dartford with kids. Here are some of our top suggestions.
Visit the theatre
Children’s theatre is better than ever, with some fabulous productions that are designed especially to capture – and hold – the attention of little ones. The Orchard Theatre has a wide range of kids’ shows throughout the year, with a highlight being The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Playing from 24-27 November, it’s a magical show filled with sing-along songs and clumsy chaos that’s sure to delight all ages. At 55 minutes long with no interval, it’s perfect for children aged three and up.
Let off steam in the park
Dartford has several parks that are perfect for letting the kids burn off some of that excess energy. Crisp autumn days are ideal for a nature walk, a kick about or some skateboarding practise. Central Park is close to the town centre and has formal gardens as well as large grass areas, football pitches, a skatepark, and a children’s playground with swings, slides and a climbing net.
Meanwhile, Darenth Country Park is perfect for a dog walk, autumn stroll or ball games. It offers up stunning views of both London and Kent too.
Head to Bluewater
Close to Dartford is Bluewater shopping centre. Not only does it have a wide range of shops to explore, from toy shops to clothing stores, it also has plenty of play areas for children. The Pirate Cove Adventure Park has lots of kids’ activities in Dartford, so why not play a round of adventure golf, sail an electric boat, or let your school-age kids get behind the wheel of a junior Land Rover on the custom-built track? If it’s rainy, there’s a dinosaur themed soft play area complete with animatronic dinosaurs, interactive games and a café offering tasty treats.
Learn at a museum
A trip to a museum is always great for a rainy day, and one of the top things to do in Dartford is learn about the town at its local museum. Housed within the library, it’s a small but interesting place, showcasing some of the artefacts that have been found locally. You’ll see jewellery from the Anglo-Saxon period, artefacts dating back to the 5th century, and a reconstruction of a shop that once existed on the high street.
Nearby at Greenwich, you’ll find the famous Maritime Museum, where you can learn all sorts of interesting things about the nautical history of Britain, touch historical objects such as a carved whales’ tooth and a Roman stone anchor, and read tales of exploration. There’s also a planetarium where you can journey through the stars and see what Earth looks like from space.
For a great day out in Dartford this November, don’t miss The Tiger Who Came to Tea at the Orchard Theatre. Book your tickets today!