It’s great when (rarely!) you get to take the kids on a day out that also educates them in the process. Even more elusive is when the experience excites and inspires them, rather than boring them to tears.
Check out 5 great educational days out below. Best of all some of them are FREE!
This is the ultimate family day out! The Eureka! National Children's Museum puts the kids at the heart of the playing, learning and exploring.
They have over 400 hands-on interactive exhibits, so this is no dry and dusty museum. It inspires children of all ages to find out more about themselves and the world around them.
Eureka! usually has a full family events programme throughout the year, has its own nursery and can play host to children's birthday celebrations. It also has a theatre which is used for a range of school workshops on a variety of themes.
Einstein wannabes step up and explore one of London's best FREE days out at the Science Museum.
The Science Museum, located in South Kensington, is the perfect place for inquisitive young minds to get a hands-on, interactive science experience.
Kids who love all things out of this world will not want to miss the Exploring Space exhibition, where they can see cool objects like Helen Sharman's spacesuit which she wore when she became the first Briton into space.
If you are looking for great family days out in the Midlands, the National Space Centre should be top of your list.
Perfect for keeping the kids entertained on rainy days, the National Space Centre in Leicester balances fun and educational things to do for those budding Buzz Lightyears.
Kids will also love the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium, where you can enjoy CAPCOM GO, an immersive 360 show celebrating the Apollo missions. At weekends, there is also the option for a Tour the Night Sky presentation too.
Edinburgh offers a plethora of fantastic family days out and one place not to miss is Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.
With a whopping five floors and more than 100 hands-on, interactive, mind-boggling exhibits to check out (plus a bonus treat in the form of a roof terrace), there are plenty of things to do to keep all ages entertained.
Eye Spy Edinburgh is a great way of seeing the city in a different light, while you can also check out the ticks and illusions in Light Fantastic, before swapping noses with your family or friends. Bizarre!
Documenting the story of human history - primarily through its art and culture - the British Museum is one of the most renowned and respected tourist attractions in the world.
It is also a fascinating stop-off during family days out in London, as the amazing treasures and ancient objects will captivate young minds and spark their curiosity. Prepare for many questions!
Dedicated backpacks for children under-six can help them get the most from their visit, too. And to top it all off, it's free!