Just along the road from Newcastle, South Shields boasts a variety of things to do for great family days out.
Little ones will love the Little Play Cafe, where they can be let loose in the soft play area while the adults enjoy a cup of tea. For older kids, Haven Point is the perfect option for a rainy day, with its slides, jet sprays and even a bubble spa.
On brighter days, the whole family are sure to love Ocean Beach Pleasure Park. Thrill-seekers can hop aboard the roller coasters, while the Runaway Train, Trampolines and Pony Express are perfect for smaller kids - or perhaps a good pick for after lunch! On wet days, you can also head indoors to Quasar Elite for a game of laser tag.
Those looking for more cultural days out will enjoy South Shields Museum and Art Gallery, which takes visitors on a tour of the area's industrial and maritime past. There's plenty of activities to entertain kids too, including Creature Corner.
Go even further back in time by visiting Arbeia Roman Fort, giving an insight into Roman Britain. As well as the excavated remains and careful reconstructions, there are also events such as Roman gladiator training to unleash your inner Russell Crowe.
Hop across Willington Quay and you'll find even more options for days out with family and friends. Longsands Beach, Tynemouth Priory and Castle and Tynemouth Aquarium are all great options if you have time to explore the wider area.