There are so many reasons why Bristol and Cardiff are well-loved cities. From the fantastic shopping at Cabot Circus and St David’s to the packed cultural calendars and plenty of nightlife to take advantage of; Cardiff stag weekends and Bristol stag weekends (hens, we’re looking at you too!) are some of the most popular in the UK. But they’re not just cities for adults, they’re also full of fun things for families to do too. Both have plenty of activities that even the littlest ones will love getting involved with and will even keep grown-ups entertained! Here’s our pick of the best days our for Toddlers in Bristol and Cardiff.
It might be one small step for Mum and Dad but it’s one giant leap for little legs as they start getting stuck into science. The Cardiff Bay science centre holds monthly sessions for toddlers and their grown-ups to have the run of the exhibition floor and explore the interactive displays. Tots can also take part in additional activities including story time, a mini-disco and various arts and crafts.
Parc Play, Cardiff
Parc Play is Cardiff’s only rain-and-shine play centre. With tunnels, hills, swings and sand pits to explore, pirate ships and even a castle for them to conquer. The on-site café serves snacks and hot food to refuel or, if you prefer, you can even bring your own. As well as having their own dedicated play area, the centre also runs a series of events for toddlers throughout the year. Details are available on their website so it’s worth checking what’s on before you go.
Infinity Trampoline Park, Cardiff
Toddlers can be prone to temper tantrums and they also tend to be turbocharged too. So if you’re looking for ideas for days out for toddlers, we think we’ve found a way to wear down their seemingly endless energy supplies. Infinity’s Mini Bouncers sessions give 1-5-year-olds the chance to explore the whole park without any bigger bouncers around. Supervision is mandatory but we don’t expect you’ll mind. After all, who doesn’t want the chance to be a big kid every once in a while?
Bristol Aquarium is the perfect place for toddlers to dive in and discover life under the sea for the first time. They’ll meet thousands of amazing aquatic animals from oceans around the world and will love watching them swim overhead whilst wandering through the underwater tunnel. There are talks on throughout the day to help the little ones learn about all the new creatures they’ll meet and, of course, to help you field the inevitable barrage of questions they’ll have about them later!
Theatre4Tots at Bristol Hippodrome
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Theatre4Tots introduces pre-schoolers to performing arts, helping them develop new skills and improving their confidence. Hosted each Wednesday at the Hippodrome, the sessions guide them through a learning experience of music and movement. As well as being both entertaining and engaging, they’re designed for you to enjoy with them too. The sessions last for around an hour and the price includes a selection of fresh fruit for the little ones to snack on as well as a tea or coffee and a slice of cake for their accompanying grown-up.
Whatever your reason for visiting, there’s plenty to do that’ll keep the kids entertained and help you make the most of your time in Bristol or Cardiff. Both are full of things to do and places to visit for days out for toddlers that you’ll love as much as they will.
If you’re travelling from afar, why not make the most of your time around the South West and Wales and visit both cities? They’re just over an hour’s drive away from each other or roughly a 50-minute train journey.
After all, there is literally so much to do you really couldn’t squeeze it all into one trip!