Llancaiach Fawr Manor (< 1 mile)
Llancaiach Fawr Manor
Step inside this Manor House restored and furnished as it would have been in 1645 and with colourful characters to tell you about life in the house and the locale. There are interactive displays and plenty to explore in the house and gardens plus a gift shop and cafe.
Kidzz Fun Indoor Playcentre (3 miles)
Kidzz Fun Indoor Playcentre
is an Indoor children's play centre with cafe and lounge areas, sports court and play frame, even a funky car track. We also cater for children's parties in one of our 3 fantastic party areas.
Ynysangharad War Memorial Park (4 miles)
Ynysangharad War Memorial Park
is a stunning outdoor venue packed with events, sports and activities. Reptiles, magicians and pop bands are among the attractions offered during the programme of events. Make your own fun with the park’s children’s adventure playground, tennis courts, cricket field, pitch and putt golf, football...
Barry Sidings Countryside Park (5 miles)
Barry Sidings Countryside Park
is a stunning countryside park. Dotted with wildlife walks and fascinating trails, the park is home to a BMX track, duck pond, picnic and barbecue area, seasonal cafe and one of the best children’s playgrounds around!
Adventure Land (5 miles)
2 play frames for over and under 4s, plus another soft play section and 3 ball pits.
Rhondda Heritage Park (6 miles)
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Rhondda Heritage Park
One of the top heritage and cultural visitor attractions in South Wales. A fun and interesting day out with Underground Experience tours, and Energy Zone Children’s Play Area to enjoy!
Pen-y-fan Pond (6 miles)
Parkland about a resevoir with flat open space for sports and kite flying, nature rambling and picnicking. There's a wonderful Alien Invasion Trail around the park that's sure to keep them moving and get imaginations going!
Rascals Club House (6 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.
Dragons Den (6 miles)
2 separate multi level play frames, plus enclosed toddler area with smaller versions of the big fun, plus disco and soccer areas.
Bowlplex Nantgarw (7 miles)
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!
Caerphilly Castle (7 miles)
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.
Funtastic (7 miles)
offers several age ranged multi level play zones plus baby area, football and sports arena, and their new Go-Kart track is now open!
Tiny Tumblers (7 miles)
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.
The Eden Centre (7 miles)
The Eden Centre
Multi level adventure soft play plus sports facilities and kart track with dedicated baby zone.
Cwmcarn Forest (7 miles)
Unique fun day out by car, bike or on foot along the stunning seven miles of Cwmcarn Forest Drive with scenic stop off points with car parks. Visitor Centre with a gift shop, and cafe to enjoy.
Cyfarthfa Park and Miniature Railway (7 miles)
Cyfarthfa Park and Miniature Railway
Remember to take your swimwear and towels to this 150 acre park of woodland and gardens where a Family Play Zone and Splash Pad is sure to tempt the kids as well as the 1000 ft Miniature Railway.
Dare Valley Country Park (8 miles)
Dare Valley Country Park
offers 500 acres of stunning countryside packed with wildlife, flora and fauna. It boasts a children’s adventure and toddler playground, nature trails, family events from magicians to willow-weaving, cosy cafe, picnic spots, camping and caravanning, outdoor sports including a climbing wall, fantasy...
Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery (8 miles)
Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Grand castellation mansion housing a large and varied collection of artefacts spanning 2,000 years of the history of Merthyrs. Free entry for under 16s and over 60s. 160 acres of parkland with lake, formal gardens, children’s play area, and tearoom.
Rumble in the Jungle Indoor Playcentre (8 miles)
Rumble in the Jungle Indoor Playcentre
is the largest childrens indoor playcentre in RCT, catering for children aged 0 to 12 years, with huge 3 level playframe, large baby area with ball pond and softplay, sports arena and party rooms.
Dizzy Kidz Indoor Playcentre (9 miles)
Dizzy Kidz Indoor Playcentre
is an Indoor Adventure Play Centre for children aged 0 to 11 years with a catering and party provision. Meet all our characters: Mickey and Minnie Mouse; Peppa Pig; Upsy Daisy; Bob the Builder and Ben 10!
Fuzzy Eds at Pentre Gwilym House (9 miles)
Castell Coch (9 miles)
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.
Brecon Mountain Railway (9 miles)
Brecon Mountain Railway
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the National Park from one of Wales' most popular railways, plus enjoy the new childrens play area at Pontsticill, and some great walks to enjoy. You can even bring the dog with you!
Llanishen Leisure Centre (10 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 (10 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.
123 Jump Play Centre (10 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!
Go Air (10 miles)
Super trampolining fun for all ages with epic dodgeball, supersize foam pits, basketball run, slack line, fidget ladder and wicked parties! Boing!!
Jolly Jesters Playcentre (10 miles)
Jolly Jesters Playcentre
offers a multi level adventure climbing maze with fun features plus toddler version with smaller versions of the big fun.
Greenmeadow Community Farm (11 miles)
Greenmeadow Community Farm
Reopening end of February 2016 with tractor trailer rides, adventure playground and life size milk-able cow.
Cheeky Monkeys Cwmbran (11 miles)
Cheeky Monkeys Cwmbran
- both indoor and outdoor play. Cheeky Monkeys offers 4 separate play areas: Toddler Zone, Junior Zone, Sports Zone and Outdoor Zone! All designed to provide a safe, fun and stimulating environment for children under 12 years of age!
Cefn Mably Farm Park (11 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.
Big Pit National Coal Museum (11 miles)
Big Pit National Coal Museum
Prepare to be lowered 300 feet down the mineshaft for our famous underground tour with a real miner! Wear the same equipment (helmet, cap lamp, battery) and see what life was like for thousands of men and boys who worked at the coalface.
Pontypool Park (11 miles)
64 Hectares of park and gardens playing host to a leisure centre, outdoor dry ski slope, pitch and putt, childrens play area suitable for younger and older kids plus lots more!
Garwnant Visitor Centre (11 miles)
Garwnant Visitor Centre
A family friendly fun filled site, including woodland walks for any ability, animal puzzle trails, guided tours, woodland play area, low ropes course and a mini mountain bike track. There’s an onsite restaurant and coffee shop to relax, enjoy a barista style coffee, homemade cake or a light lunch.
Zoopadoopa (12 miles)
is a zoo themed play frame with an under 3 area with car track. The main frame has a zebra and tiger slide with arial glide and ball cannon. We also have a sports court. Suitable for babies and children up to the age of 12 years.
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Bowlplex Cwmbran (12 miles)
Choose from either traditional tenpin, modern UV Glow Bowling, or special Cwmbran Rock Nights! Plus arcade with video gaming and pool tables. Ramps and gutter guards for the kids mean it's anyone's game!
Blaenavon Ironworks (12 miles)
A day out and history lesson in one at this Ironworks with cottages furnished to the periods and an exhibition plus the cast house and the foundry, a balance tower and the pay office of the works to view.
Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway (12 miles)
Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway
Trains head north to the Whistle Inn, south to Blaenavon High Level Station and to Big Pit Halt, by the Big Pit Mining Museum. The serene day out you should choo-choo-choose!
Cardiff Ski and Snowboard Centre (12 miles)
St Fagans National History Museum (12 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.
Museum of Welsh Life (12 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.
Wacky Warehouse New Inn (12 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.
Ants Inya Pants Play Centre (13 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.
National Museum Cardiff (13 miles)
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...
Warren Mill Farm (13 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.
Cardiff Castle (13 miles)
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.
Pebbles Soft Play Area (13 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 (13 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!
Infinity Trampoline Park (13 miles)
Infinity Trampoline Park
Epic bounce park with interconnected trampolines, slam dunk run, foam pit, dodgeball court and special sessions for Under 6s, Free Running (Parkour), Open Jump and an Autism Friendly slot too. Cool!
The Cardiff Story Museum (13 miles)
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!
Thanks for all the great things to do in Nelson 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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