Once your kids have grown out of going to the park on a sunny day or soft play when it’s raining, what activities are there for teens in Oxfordshire? Don’t forget the tweens either. My eldest is 9 and just moving into this tricky stage between being a child and a teenager.
Here are some ideas for teenager and tween activities around Oxfordshire.
Indoor Crazy Golf
My tween loves Gravitee Golf which is out at the Ozone Leisure Park next to the Kassam Stadium in Oxford. It’s a really popular spot for teenagers too. Nestled in the Westgate Centre in central Oxford is Junkyard Golf . It’s worth being aware that they operate a very strict under 18’s policy. Under 18’s are welcome into the venue Sunday-Friday any time before 7pm, last entry 6pm. Every 4 under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.
Oxford Ice Rink is a great destination for a rainy day. They hold everything from regular skating sessions to discos, skate school and special events.
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There are a number of climbing walls around Oxfordshire. Clip n Climb is by far the most colourful and has been designed for all age ranges. They even have a vertical drop slide for teens and tweens looking for an added rush. Far Peak Climbing Centre near North Leach has both indoor and outdoor climbing walls and there are special climbing sessions held at Oxford Brookes during the school holidays.
One for a warm day is Oxford Wet n Wild Aqua Park, with everything from giant inflatables to hiring stand up paddle boards.
Gymnastics has a whole host of benefits for children as well as being lots of fun. Find all the gymnastic classes around Oxfordshire in the Red Kite Days guide.
Drama, Dance & Art
Not every teen wants to join a sporty club. Drama is a great option for making new friends and building confidence. The Theatre Chipping Norton run weekly sessions with their highly-regarded Youth Theatre, Youth Musical Theatre, Street Dance and Saturday Drama as well as holiday workshops tailored by age.
For the arty, I can highly recommend Art Works which runs during each of the school holidays apart from Christmas. Led by experienced art teacher in Oxford, classes are grouped in similar ages however sometimes students come with siblings, so it is difficult to guarantee, but as the tuition is individual, this doesn’t affect the quality of the teaching. (7-9yrs, 10-12yrs, 13yrs-17yrs).
If you can’t drag your tween or teen away from technology, why not embrace it with a coding club. Oxford CoderDojo is a volunteer led, free club for 7-17 year olds, who are interested in learning about coding, using Scratch, Python, Unity and other languages.
Science Oxford run lots of great Saturday clubs in both Oxford and Abingdon for a range of ages from creative computing to science and maker clubs.
The Oxford Wheels Project is a registered charity that provides free BMX and Skateboard facilities at Meadow Lane in Oxford.
These are so much fun (and they don’t actually lock the door), they involve themed rooms with incredible detail and lots of mental challenges to complete. A great idea for a group of friends. There’s Escape Hunt at the Westgate Centre in Oxford and City Mazes at the Ozone Leisure Park by the Kassam Stadium.