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Family Days Out in Blackpool Whether you’re going for a day, a week or a month, there are plenty of things to keep the kids occupied during a family holiday to Blackpool. From playgrounds for the toddlers to breathtaking rides for the teenagers, this seaside town has something for everyone – even activities that the big kids (aka Mum and Dad) will enjoy.

In fact, your only problem will be deciding what to visit first, so to help you out we’ve put together a guide to the family entertainment venues in Blackpool.

First of all there’s the famous Blackpool Tower [map], an award-winning attraction for all the family that comes complete with a circus, ballroom, family bars, children’s adventure playground and the tower top Walk of Faith.

Situated in the Tower’s shadow is the fantastic Sea Life Centre [map], which takes visitors, young and old, on an amazing journey beneath the ocean waves. Here you can see a wide variety of creatures from seahorses and stingrays to the largest collection of sharks in Britain. You can even watch the sharks being fed!

Just next door you’ll find Louis Tussaud's Waxworks Museum [map], five floors packed with more than 150 amazing waxwork figures of film stars, pop singers, sporting greats and royalty.

If your children enjoy the thrill of a theme park then head straight for Blackpool Pleasure Beach [map] near the South Pier, where you can brave rides such as the tallest and fastest rollercoaster in Europe, the Pepsi Max Big One. Other rides not for the faint hearted include the Spin Doctor, Valhalla and Bling, while the attraction is also home to the world’s longest log flume and plenty of smaller rides for little kids.

For water babies there’s Sandcastle Waterworld [map] on the Promenade, which is an award-winning subtropical paradise with a Sleepy Lagoon children’s fun pool and a wild wave pool, white-knuckle water chutes and two 300ft water slides.

Blackpool is also home to three piers, which offer plenty of family entertainment. North Pier [map] has the North Pier Theatre with kids shows, a family bar and sun lounge areas, while Central Pier [map] has the Big Wheel and hook-a-duck stalls, and South Pier [map] has a classic fairground with rides such as the waltzers and dodgems.

Animal fanatics will love a trip to Blackpool Zoo [map] on East Park Drive, about two miles from the seafront, where you’ll find 1,500 animals, including lions, tigers, elephants and gorillas.

For children who are fascinated by space, the Exhibition of the Universe [map] at the Golden Mile Centre on Central Promenade is worth a look. Formerly known as the Alien & UFO Exhibition, this attraction was built by David Boyle, a researcher in all fields of the unexplained, spirituality and the super-natural.

And if they enjoy that, the little ones may also like to pay a visit to the nearby Dr Who Exhibition and Museum [map], which features the original props and costumes from 40 years of British science fiction TV.

To escape the hustle and bustle of central Blackpool why not head out to Stanley Park where you’ll find the Blackpool Model Village and Gardens [map]. Set in two-and-a-half acres of beautiful gardens, this attraction has hundreds of models built against a background of waterfalls, lakes and running streams. Highlights include the model windmill and castle. The park also has a kids’ playground and family games such as pitch and putt, and tennis.

A good one for the boys (including Dad) is indoor karting at Kapitol Karting [map] on Central Drive or the outdoor version, Karting 2000 [map] on New South Promenade, which even caters for children's parties.

As the evening draws in you can first head to one of the numerous fast food restaurants in central Blackpool before heading off for a spot of ten-pin bowling at Premier Bowl [map].

Alternatively you could head to the resort’s only cinema, the Odeon [map], or during late season you can be dazzled by the Blackpool Illuminations, the lighting extravaganza along the Promenade.

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