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Ten Things to do in Bournemouth and Poole with Tweens and Teens this February Half Term

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February 14, 2024

Sometimes getting the kids out the house can be a real challenge, but when they hit that tween / teen age it’s even trickier.

Here are some of our favourite places to visit in Bournemouth and Poole, which the kids will happily switch off their games consoles for:

High Score Arcades

Situated in the Dolphin Centre, High Score Arcades is a free-play amusement centre, packed with over 80 games to either reminisce or play for the first time and is the perfect place to challenge friends and family to see who is the ultimate gamer.

Tickets cost from £11.95 per person, but you save 20% if you buy a family ticket.


RockReef is an all year, all-weather attraction, making it the perfect place to visit when the weather isn’t playing ball, for kids and adults alike.

Activities include 28 Clip ‘n Climb walls, a Vertical Slide drop, a 20ft high ‘Leap of Faith’ jumping challenge, the HighLine high ropes aerial obstacle course and the Pier Cave, which is a 65-linear metre indoor fun cave experience.

Prices start from £12

Insanity Gaming

Situated on the Nuffield Estate in Poole, Insanity Gaming is another free play arcade, but features 60 retro and games console games.

Prices start from £7.95 for an hour session.

Putt Putt Noodle

Putt Putt Noodle Poole is a great day out, with three fantastic Asian inspired indoor crazy golf courses.

They also offer a delicious Asian cuisine menu, Eliza’s favourite bubble tea and new since our last visit, your very own sound-proof karaoke pod – perfect for belting out your favourite K-Pop tunes.

Tickets for Putt Putt Noodle cost from £8.50 per play, with a family ticket (2 x adults and 2x children) for all three courses costing £49


Splashdown is, without a doubt, one of the kids favourite day out locally, with a mix of indoor and outdoor slides, a toddler play area and a small swimming pool. In February, the outdoor slides are closed, but there is still plenty to keep the kids occupied for a few hours.


Prices start from £17 for a two hour session.

Hollywood Bowl

There are two Hollywood Bowl sites in Poole, this one at Tower Park and one closer to Bournemouth town centre in Branksome.

Both offer bowling, pay as you go arcades and pool tables, perfect for keeping the teens occupied.

BH2 Bournemouth

BH2 is situated in central Bournemouth and features Odeon Cinema, Mr Mulligans Crazy Golf, Boom Battle Bar and Escape Hunt, making it a one-stop destination.


Boom Battle Bar

Go head-to-head with your friends and family as you compete in a host of wild games including Crazier Golf, Shuffleboard, Digital Darts, Beer Pong and so much more!

Mr Mulligans

Featuring crazy golf, electro-darts, laser-shot, pool and ping pong, this is a great destination for all the family.

Mr Mulligans

Escape Hunt

Get locked in a new world and let the adrenaline flow, as you and your teammate’s race against time to find clues, solve puzzles, and complete challenges.

Cool Coast Ice Rink

The South Coast’s biggest indoor ice rink, Cool Coast Ice Rink is situated at the rear of the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), in the Purbeck Hall until Sunday 18th February.

Ice skating session times run from 9:00am until 8:45pm (times vary) 7 days a week. Each ice skating session will last 60 minutes, plus 15 minutes before your booked session starts so you’ve got time to get your skates on at the skate hire.

Sessions cost from £13 per person.

Upside Down House

Walk on the ceiling, reach for the coffee table and take unbelievable photos to share on social media with your friends and family.

The Upside Down House is a great day out for the family to get as creative as possible, whether you are into photography or not, you will be able to take unique photos with poses you cannot capture elsewhere and they have some great offers for half term and Mother’s Day.

Air Jump X

Air Jump X is a giant inflatable obstacle course set in the David English Sports Centre near Castle Point.


This massive inflatable, which fills the sports hall, is packed with interactive challenges and thrills and it features include climbs, jumps and tumbles, parkour-style sections, a slam dunk, giant slides, a jelly mountain, wipeout balls, an assault course, and more.


Air Jump X is open throughout half term and costs from £6.80 per person.


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