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Family Days Out near to Cardiff
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The Cardiff Story Museum (< 1 mile)
The Cardiff Story Museum From interactive gallery exhibits to the Object Theatre and Dinky Dragons tots' activity days, there's a lot of fascinating facts to learn and interesting things to do, and it's all free!
Cardiff Castle (< 1 mile)
Cardiff Castle Let the past come alive when you visit Cardiff Castle. Over the last 2000 years, the Castle has been home to the Romans, Normans and Victorians. Each group left exiting stories of amazing adventures which you can learn all about whilst exploring the spectacular grounds, Norman Keep and Castle Apartments.
Laser Quest Cardiff (< 1 mile)
Laser Quest Cardiff Cardiff Superbowl is proud to offer Laser Quest: the ultimate sci-fi action adventure! Score points by tracking down and then ‘taking out’ your opponents before they do the same to you!
National Museum Cardiff (< 1 mile)
National Museum Cardiff From moon rock, meteorites and volcanoes to dinosaurs and woolly mammoths (up close!), journey millions of years through time from the Big Bang to present day. See our basking shark, hump-backed whale and the world's largest leatherback turtle in our natural history collection, plus amazing paintings in...
TeamSport Indoor Karting Cardiff (< 1 mile)
TeamSport Indoor Karting Cardiff an indoor karting experience packed out with awesome junior and adult go-karts for guaranteed family fun! Fantastic deals to get yourselves in the drivers seat and enjoy 400m of adrenaline-fuelled racing!
Parc (< 1 mile)
Parc Has indoor, undercover and outdoor play areas so whatever the weather the fun continues! Separate areas for differing age groups.
Adamsdown Play Centre (< 1 mile)
Adamsdown Play Centre Enjoy a variety of play activities from cooking, arts and crafts to sports and also has indoor and outdoor play facilities plus den building. For 5 to 14s.
Doctor Who Experience (< 1 mile)
Doctor Who Experience This interactive journey takes you and the Doctor on a spectacular adventure through time and space! Bring your jelly beans. And your scarf. And your fez!
Hollywood Bowl Cardiff (1 miles)
Hollywood Bowl Cardiff 26 lanes of healthy competitive tenpin plus arcade and bonus family fun days in the school holidays with treasure hunts and face painting. Briiliant!
Wales Millennium Centre (1 miles)
Wales Millennium Centre has already established its reputation as one of the World's iconic arts and cultural destinations. The vision of the Centre is to be an internationally significant cultural landmark and centre for the performing arts, renowned for inspiration, excellence and leadership.
Cardiff Spy Mission Treasure Trail (1 miles)
Cardiff Spy Mission Treasure Trail Explore Cardiff with a self guided themed Treasure Trail. As you follow the route can you and the kids find the answers the clues to crack the code and save the day?!
Techniquest (1 miles)
Techniquest Purpose built Science Centre and Planetarium providing over 120 cool interactive science experiences making science fun to everyone!
Zone Playcentre (2 miles)
Zone Playcentre is an indoor soft play centre with a party area, baby and toddler sections and a large children’s play frame with ball pools, rope bridges, tunnels, wavy slides, drop slide, play houses, little tikes cars and much more! Plus great cafe.
Pebbles Soft Play Area (2 miles)
Pebbles Soft Play Area Adventure soft play area for children age 7 and under in Cardiff. It has everything from cargo nets with mouse holes, to mirror chicanes and perspex floors! Obstacles and challenges allow children to explore and play in a safe environment.
Boulders Climbing Centre (2 miles)
Boulders Climbing Centre Offers fun beginners' and family sessions for 90 minutes on their climbing walls with friendly expert tutelage. A fit, fun new hobby awaits!
Jazzy Jungle (2 miles)
Jazzy Jungle Adventure soft play for the under 10s with special section for under 3s. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Cardiff with kids.
Planet Ice Cardiff (2 miles)
Planet Ice Cardiff Family friendly ice skating facility with penguin skating aids for very little ones, and a special Ice Toddlers session with toys and games for kids 18 months to 5 years olds.
Cardiff International Pool (2 miles)
Cardiff International Pool Main swimming, learner and leisure pools plus 3 terrific slides!
Cardiff International White Water (2 miles)
Cardiff International White Water (CIWW) is an on demand white water facility and indoor surf centre, in the International Sports Village, only a few miles from Cardiff’s bustling city centre.
Ants Inya Pants Play Centre (2 miles)
Ants Inya Pants Play Centre A fairly small adventure play facility still surprisingly full of slick slides, deep ball pits, winding tunnels, ball cannons and nippy zip lines! Plus parties and dedicated Special Needs sessions.
Penarth Leisure Centre (2 miles)
Penarth Leisure Centre Pool and heath suit currently closed for works.
Cardiff Ski and Snowboard Centre (3 miles)
Cardiff Ski and Snowboard Centre An outdoor dry ski slope offering skiing, snowboarding and tubing and welcoming kids and families from beginner upward.
Dotty Pots Ceramic Painting Studio (3 miles)
Dotty Pots Ceramic Painting Studio is a family friendly ‘paint your own pottery’, art and craft studio, located in the heart of Penarth. Pottery painting is a fun and absorbing activity that is suitable for all ages and abilities.
123 Jump Play Centre (3 miles)
123 Jump Play Centre Featuring a fantastic play-frame, an enormous inflatable, an indoor football pitch and a zone just for toddlers. Adults are encouraged to go into the play frame with their kids, so wear socks!
Llanishen Leisure Centre (3 miles)
Llanishen Leisure Centre A fun family oriented leisure pool with a tropical lagoon style which features a pretty nifty flume slide and a cool wave machine: terrific fun and exercise for of all ages! Plus room to actually swim, too!
Glamorgan Canal Nature Reserve (4 miles)
Glamorgan Canal Nature Reserve A very nice spot for a nature ramble with binoculars, or doing bird and wildlife photography, by nature quite wild and isolated so no amenities.
Museum of Welsh Life (4 miles)
Museum of Welsh Life One of Europe's biggest and most exciting open-air museums. Wales' journey from rural tradition to industrial powerhouse is traced throughout extensive galleries and 100 acres of beautiful parkland.
St Fagans National History Museum (4 miles)
St Fagans National History Museum One of Europe's leading open-air museums and Wales's most popular heritage attraction. It stands in the grounds of the magnificent St Fagans Castle and offers traditional crafts, native livestock and exhibitions.
Cosmeston Medieval Village (5 miles)
Cosmeston Medieval Village Meet the villagers, all dressed in period costume, and experience how they lived. Take a tour, book a party or enjoy one of the special events that take place throughout the year! New features include the byre and the Herbalist's Hovel.
Cosmeston Lakes Country Park (5 miles)
Cosmeston Lakes Country Park Cosmeston Lakes Country Park is a haven for local wildlife. Its flat, even paths are easily accessible to everyone, making the park very popular, especially with young families who also visit the Medieval Village.
Fuzzy Eds at Pentre Gwilym House (5 miles)
Fuzzy Eds at Pentre Gwilym House Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant.
Coconuts Play Centre (5 miles)
Barry Island
Coconuts Play Centre Adventure soft play and party centre with a large play frame, and classic fun features to stimulate the imagination, and burn up some energy. Spacious cafe with good visibility of play area. Several party pacakages available.
Castell Coch (5 miles)
Castell Coch The marquess of Bute's Gothic fairytale creation at Castell Coch, with its colourful interior and beautiful woodland setting, is a dream visit for your little prince or princess, and will inspire plenty of little adventures.
Cefn Mably Farm Park (5 miles)
Cefn Mably Farm Park is a huge, 20,000 sq ft all weather family farm attraction and soft play in one. Set in rolling countryside in between Cardiff and Newport, we offer a unique mixture of farm animals and soft play areas: the park is designed for families with toddlers to teens.
Jungle Jacks (6 miles)
Jungle Jacks is in the town centre with a 2 storey play frame, separate toddler zone, cafe and offers a variety of party options.
Funtastic (7 miles)
Funtastic offers several age ranged multi level play zones plus baby area, football and sports arena, and their NEW Go-Kart track is now open!
Caerphilly Castle (7 miles)
Caerphilly Castle Stretching over a 30 acre site in the centre of Caerphilly, this imposing Castle is a striking testament to the turbulent times of medieval Wales Exhibitions, medieval weapons and dramatic scenery to enjoy.
Bowlplex Nantgarw (7 miles)
Bowlplex Nantgarw Beginners can use the rolling ramps and gutter guards, old hands can join the leagues and everyone in between can bowl, glow bowl, party and use the arcade! Something for everyone: strike!
Barry Island Quasar (7 miles)
Barry Island
Barry Island Quasar Your warriors of tomorrow aged 7 and over are called to war! This safe and contact free combat game is essentially hide and seek played with infra red guns, plus bonus chances to supercharge your weapon and loot your victims!
Barry Island Pleasure Park (7 miles)
Barry Island
Barry Island Pleasure Park Plenty of classic thrill rides for the older guys, plus tea cups, trampolines, minicoaster, paratrooper, fun house, mirror maze, swinging chairs, pony ride and blow up slide for the young ones.
Adventure Island (7 miles)
Barry Island
Adventure Island A play and party centre with separate areas for younger and older children. Fun, safe and weatherproof!
Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf (7 miles)
Barry Island
Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf Put the shiver back in your timbers at Smugglers Cove and enjoy 12 holes of pirate themed adventure golf, featuring shipwreck, crocodile, water features, life sized buccaneers and putter to suit everyone. Yar!
Porthkerry Country Park (8 miles)
Porthkerry Country Park A real all-rounder: woods and meadows, beaches and cliffs, historic landmarks and surreal staircase, plus pitch and putt golf, playground, nature trails plus picnic and BBQ spots.
Whitmore Bay (8 miles)
Barry Island
Whitmore Bay Blue Flag awarded with soft golden sand, idea for sunbathing or sandcastle building. Also now caters for surfing, windsurfing, sea kayaking and beach volleyball!
Amelia Trust Farm (8 miles)
Amelia Trust Farm The many friendly farm animals are accessible to the public all year round, either in the Animal Centre during the cold winter months, or out in the special paddocks during the rest of the year.
Rascals Club House (8 miles)
Rascals Club House Multi level adventure climbing maze with toddler version, plus ride on car track, disco stage, arts and crafts area, and sports pitch.
Three Horseshoes (8 miles)
Three Horseshoes With Fun Fort play areas in and outside, the kids are sure to work up an appetite for the great family menu whatever weather you've got! Slides, climbing frames, balls and swings: there's nothing there that isn't fun!
Warren Mill Farm (8 miles)
Warren Mill Farm They have a large selection of animals ranging from: Tiny Guinea Pigs, Miniature Cattle, Rabbits, Rare Breeds Of Sheep, Ponies, Llamas, Alpacas, Wallabies, Red Squirrels, and lots more. Also a fishery.
Tiny Tumblers (8 miles)
Tiny Tumblers A double decker climbing maze for kids under 7 years plus the cool tots' sensory zone for the wee ones! Loads of traditional adventure play features in bright friendly colours, plus a range of parties on offer too.
Wacky Warehouse New Inn (10 miles)
Wacky Warehouse New Inn offers a colourful multi level adventure soft play frame full of features, plus dedicated toddler zone with smaller versions of the big fun. Attached to a family friendly restaurant.

Thanks for all the great things to do in Cardiff with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.

Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed

So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in South Wales can enjoy the great day out as well.

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