Days Out For Toddlers
Updated 23-02-2021 – Lucy Walters
There are so many great days out for toddlers across the UK. There’s simple things like the park, or the swimming pool, but there’s a whole host of other locations that can amuse, entertain, thrill and captivate your little one. Here’s our favourite days out for toddlers.
1. Chester Zoo, Chester, Cheshire
Chester Zoo is one of the best zoos in the UK. It has many different animals, and so much for toddlers to enjoy, from specially designed play parks, to animal education areas. Chester Zoo also has a huge conservation program, so even toddlers can learn why it’s important to take care of the world around them. There’s cafes and restaurants, and if you think it’s too much of a walk for your little one, you can hire a lightweight stroller or double buggy.
2. Drayton Manor Theme Park, Tamworth, Stafforshire
A visit to the home of Thomas The Tank Engine is going to be a big hit for any toddler. The rides are gentle, and what toddler wouldn’t want the chance to see Thomas, Percy and Diesel?! There’s also thrill rides for older children and adults, and a zoo with meerkats, lemurs, tigers and iguanas.
3. Adventure Wonderland, Bournemouth, Dorset
Adventure Wonderland is an Alice In Wonderland themed park. It captures the fanciful nature of Wonderland. There’s rides, attractions, a pony ride area and a huge soft play area for your little one to enjoy. Your toddler can also meet Alice, The Mad Hatter, and The White Rabbit.
4. Paultons Park, Romsey, Hampshire
Paultons Park is a theme park set in 140 acres of woodland. It has thrill rides, gardens, and animals. More importantly than those attractions if you’re a toddler is that Paultons Park is the home of Peppa Pig World. Peppa Pig World is a themed section of the park that has everything a toddler needs for a great day out. There’s a variety of rides, outdoor play areas, and opportunities to learn.
5. Alton Towers, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Alton Towers is a fun-filled day out for all the family. There’s so much for older family members, but there’s lots to amuse your toddler as well. CBeebies Land is a themed area of Alton Towers with interactive and age appropriate rides, such as the Postman Pat ride, or the In The Night Garden boat ride. It also gives your child the chance to meet some of their favourite CBeebies characters like Hey Duggee.
6. The National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham
The National Sea Life Centre is full of colourful, interesting and unique fish and aquatic animals. There’s a 360° ocean tunnel that gives the impression of walking with the sharks, fish and huge sea turtles. There’s a colourful clownfish area, and there’s penguins and sea otters. There’s so much to see, interact with and learn about.
7. LEGOLAND Windsor, Windsor, Berkshire
LEGOLAND is a must see for all budding builders, and LEGO architects to be. There’s 55 rides in total, and there are rides that have been specially designed for under 5’s. In fact, there’s a whole section of the park dedicated to LEGO DUPLO where your little one can be mesmerized, thrilled and inspired.
8. Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, Chelmsford, Essex
The Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park is a working farm with plenty of animals, indoor and outdoor play areas, and magic shows. It’s a child friendly farm, and won’t allow individual adults admission without a child.
9. BeWILDerwood, Wroxham, Norwich, Norfolk
BeWilderwood is an adventure playground based on Tom Blofeld’s book ‘A Boggle At BeWILDerwood’. It’s a wonderful imaginative, interactive world, with areas for small kids, and areas for braver kids. There’s slides, boat rides, and a whole world for you and your toddler to explore.
10. Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Tyrone
The Ulster American Folk Park is part museum, part interactive park. It gives you and your family the chance to follow the journey of emigrants from Ireland to America. The first half of the journey is set in Ireland, and it shows you what life was like, how things were made, and how people decided to leave. You then board a boat, and when you get off, the second half of the journey shows what life was like for the emigrants in America. It’s educational, fun, and shows your child a slice of history.
11. Seven Stories, Newcastle
Seven Stories is the National Centre For Children’s Books, and it’s an amazing place to inspire and encourage your little one’s reading, and creativity. It has seven floors where your child can be submerged in words, and illustrations from all their favourite books. There’s also places to play, read, draw and paint. It’s a full creative experience for all the family.
12. The Ice Cream Farm, Tattenhall, Cheshire
The Ice Cream Farm is an amazing day out for toddlers, but there’s plenty of attractions to entertain the rest of the family as well. There’s opportunities to see how ice cream is made, interact with farm animals, play, and at the end, there’s a multitude of award winning ice cream flavours.
13. Stickman Activity Trail, Nationwide
There are 24 forests that have a Stickman Activity Trail. Based on the book written by Julia Donaldson, and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the Stickman trails have activities, puzzles, and a chance for your toddler to help Stickman get back to his family. It also encourages your child to learn about the forests, and why they’re important. The trails are free, but you can buy an activity pack to take with you.
14. The Den And The Glen, Aberdeen
The Den And The Glen is set in 28 acres of scenic landscape. The Den is a purpose built indoor play area, with a climbing wall, a ball pit, and an astro slide. It also has a restaurant for meals and snacks. The Glen is an outdoor play area based on all your child’s favourite nursery rhymes. There’s family tale houses, play areas themed around your little one’s favourite characters, and Old McDonald’s Farm. There’s also music and dance classes once a week, as well as an interactive storytelling class. Don’t forget your changing bag as it’s a long day out.