Plantasia (< 1 mile)
From insects, reptiles, fish and monkeys to bananas, pineapple plants, prickly cacti and giant bamboo: Plantasia has it all, and is perfect for that unique family day out, no matter what the weather!
National Waterfront Museum (< 1 mile)
National Waterfront Museum
Where the technology of today puts the past at your fingertips, we tell the story of industry and innovation in Wales now and over the last 300 years. Explore our industrial and maritime heritage via cutting-edge, interactive technology as well as traditional displays.
Tenpin Swansea (< 1 mile)
is a bowling centre located in Parc Tawe. We have 26 modern fully computerised lanes, 1 American Pool tables, 2 English pool tables and Amusement Arcades catered towards families and kids. There is also the Beach Road Cafe Bar for some delicious meal and snack options!
LC Waterpark (< 1 mile)
Make waves in our fantastic family-friendly WATERPARK, an exciting network of pools, rides and slides including the one-of-a-kind Boardrider. Plus visit Â our aquatic themed interactive PLAY AREA which will keep young adventurers entertained for hours. Newest feature: Volcano Bay!
Singleton Park (2 miles)
Park with a boating lake, a 18 hole crazy golf course, a childrens adventure playground and the Egypt Centre where you can see lots of Egyptian treasures.
Playzone Indoor Soft Play Centre (3 miles)
Playzone Indoor Soft Play Centre
Everyone has a ball, and a swing, slide, whoosh, zing! Our main sessions are designed for Kidz aged 1 to 14 accompanied by their parents.
Skidz Karting (3 miles)
Swansea's only indoor karting track with karts for all ages and abilities and tracks to challenge all types of drivers from 4 years onwards.
Blackpill Lido (3 miles)
Outdoor water park with a paddling pool, childrens play area, climbing rock and picnic facilities amongst other facilities along Swansea Prom.
Gower Coast Adventures (4 miles)
Gower Coast Adventures
Their aim is to provide a breathtaking, interactive tour of the South Gower Coast, to watch birds, porpoises, seals and even occasionally dolphins at play in their natural habitat.
Langland Bay Beach (5 miles)
Langland Bay Beach
A sandy beach with rocky outcrops, very popular for swimming, surfing and families, and offers summer lifeguard cover. Holds Blue Flag and Seaside Awards.
Dynamic Rock (5 miles)
Their youngest club starts at 8 years old, learning the basic skills and moves in a friendly, safe environment with full supervision and instruction.
Toots Play Centre and Balloon Emporium (6 miles)
Neath Afan Gymnastics Centre (6 miles)
Neath Afan Gymnastics Centre
Is a fun, friendly activity centre where children of all ages are encouraged to love activities for life.
Develop Agility, Balance, Coordination and Discipline for a healthy, active lifestyle. Improve fundamental movement patterns and core stability for ALL SPORTS. Fully qualified coaches, fantastic facilities and a superbly varied activity programme.
Gnoll Estate Country Park (7 miles)
Gnoll Estate Country Park
Country Park with 240 acres of woodland and open space including loads of water features and ruins to explore, plus a visitors centre and playgrounds, suitable for younger and disabled children and separate adventure playground for older children.
Aberdulais Tinworks and Waterfall (8 miles)
Aberdulais Tinworks and Waterfall
Set in a steep gorge, this place demonstrates the power of water and its impact on industry. It has the largest electricity-generating waterwheel in Europe, a stunning waterfall, and to get the most for kids ask about their tracker packs.
Gower Heritage Centre (8 miles)
Gower Heritage Centre
Visitor attraction and rural life museum based around a working 12th century water-mill with craft shops, craft activities, old fashioned games arcade, sandpit area, adventure playground, soft play area, tractor play area, an animal farm with chicks, ducks, baby rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, sheep and horses and home to Wales smallest cinema.
Funsters Fun Factory (8 miles)
Funsters Fun Factory
A great childrens' indoor play centre in Pontarddulais with plenty of clean bright obstacles and challenges to exhaust and entertain!
Llanelli WWT National Wetland Centre (9 miles)
Llanelli WWT National Wetland Centre
This wetland centre gets you up close and personal with loads of wildlife, feeding the birds, canoeing on the water, cycling or spotting in hides as well as four different play areas for big and little ones to let off steam.
Go Ape! Margam (10 miles)
Go Ape! Margam
Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Take to the trees and speed down zip slides. They’re part of an exciting course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings; all set high above the forest floor.
Margam Country Park (10 miles)
Neath Port Talbot
Margam Country Park
1000 acres of countryside with a castle, orangery, deer park, visitors centre, lake, narrow gauge train, farm trail, Fairytale Village and adventure playground.
The PlayKing (10 miles)
Extensive adventure facility offering specially equipped areas for babies, under 5 and over 5s, with standout features like the Double Sky Glide, Giant Interactive Ball Pool and loads of slides. Also offer bowling and go karts.
South Wales Miners Museum (10 miles)
Neath Port Talbot
South Wales Miners Museum
Children can experience the dark room where there is no natural light, emulating the conditions underground. Cap lamps and helmets can be tried on and your imagination can enhance your experience of a time now very distant. This is a must see attraction in Afan Forest Park.
Afan Forest Park (10 miles)
Neath Port Talbot
Afan Forest Park
Great open space for all things cycle-able, base yourself at the visitor centre to go hiking, mountain biking, or an old fashioned family adventure. Take bears to hide!
Llanelli Leisure Centre (11 miles)
Llanelli Leisure Centre
Diving pool with 1m and 3m springboards, two swimming pools, and if they're still not tired a sports hall and an astro turf pitch.
Oxwich Bay Beach (11 miles)
Oxwich Bay Beach
Sandy beaches with good swimming and water sports opportunities, dunes to hide behind a nature reserve with elevated walkways and two castles nearby to explore. They'll sleep tonight!
Parc Slip Nature Reserve (14 miles)
Parc Slip Nature Reserve
is a Wildlife Trust nature reserve with a variety of habitats and over 10km of safe paths where children can discover wildlife. Grasslands, wetlands and woodlands are home to many animals. There is a Visitor Centre and Coffee Shop on site.
Llyn Llech Owain Country Park (15 miles)
Llyn Llech Owain Country Park
158-acre expanse of woods and lakeland near Cross Hands with nature and cycling trails, an adventure area including wooden adventure playground, toddler playground, cafe and visitor centre.
Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes (16 miles)
Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes
An important wildlife habitat for quiet contemplation of nature... next to a series of enormous sand dunes down which you can sled!
Bryngarw Country Park (16 miles)
Bryngarw Country Park
113 acre country park with woodland, grassland, formal gardens, adventure playground and loads of water features including ponds, lakes and a river.
Rhossili Bay Beach (16 miles)
Rhossili Bay Beach
Sandy and beautiful but hard to reach. Tidal Island to explore if you time it right, surfing is popular as is swimming though there is no lifeguard cover.
Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary (16 miles)
Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary
Formerly a traditional Welsh hill farm, this sanctuary rescues and provides a home for many types of unwanted animals especially primates, such as chimpanzees, baboons, spider monkeys, capuchins and marmosets. Visitors can see a variety of animals and the work the sanctuary carry out to look after them.
Pembrey Country Park (17 miles)
Pembrey Country Park
Loads of great things for a family day out - including horse riding, dry ski slope, toboggan run, train ride, pitch and putt, adventure playground, picnic areas and walks. The Pembrey Country Park also has three restaurants and a visitor centre
Bridgend Recreation Centre (17 miles)
Bridgend Recreation Centre
Bridgend Recreation Centre boasts the area’s largest leisure pool complete with hydro-slide, wave machine and beach area with baby slide.
Once Upon A Playtime (17 miles)
Once Upon A Playtime
Play Centre with an educational focus with large 3 tiered play structure and sports area for big kids plus an area dedicated to babies and tots that offers a smaller play frame, ball pool and car track.
Millies Madhouse (18 miles)
Childrens play centre with two play frames, one with two levels dedicated to the tots and one with three levels for older kids to enjoy.
National Showcaves Centre for Wales (18 miles)
National Showcaves Centre for Wales
There are ten attractions all included in the one entry ticket, and there is plenty to see and do for all ages. The 3 different caves Dan-yr-Ogof, Cathedral Cave and Bone Cave each offer a unique underground experience.
National Botanic Garden of Wales (18 miles)
National Botanic Garden of Wales
Offering pond dipping, the adventure zone, land train, bee garden, mini farm, discovery centre, gift shop, fountains, fun and frolics in more than 500 acres.
Rumble in the Jungle Indoor Playcentre (20 miles)
Rumble in the Jungle Indoor Playcentre
is the largest childrens indoor playcentre in RCT, catering for children aged 0-12 years, with huge 3 level playframe, large baby area with ball pond and softplay, sports arena and party rooms.
Eskimo Joes (20 miles)
offers a fairly unique combination of state of the art children's multi level play area with a snow and ice theme, plus full size ice rink with full rentals.
Monster Madness (20 miles)
offer a huge multi level multi color adventure play frame plus dedicated toddler zone.
Ferndale Skate Park (20 miles)
Ferndale Skate Park
is a charity skate park especially for young people. Aside from the indoor ramps and outdoor bmx pump track, we have a café and a viewing area. We have bands play now and then and we hold skating competitions when we can. We keep our prices as low as possible.
Dare Valley Country Park (22 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 adventure quest and more!
Rhondda Bowl (22 miles)
14 lanes, all of which have a bumper facility to enhance the play of a child or of somebody with a lack of co-ordination.
South Wales Karting Centre (22 miles)
South Wales Karting Centre
They have a range of karts to suit both the novice driver or to test the more experienced, so it's guaranteed that there is something for everyone. Minimum age eight years.
Dragons Den (23 miles)
2 separate multi level play frames, plus enclosed toddler area with smaller versions of the big fun, plus disco and soccer areas.
Bijou (24 miles)
3 level play structure in a comfortable cafe environment with a Play Station Corner will keep kids amused while adults can enjoy free WiFi, newspapers... and relax!
Jolly Jesters Playcentre (24 miles)
Jolly Jesters Playcentre
offers a multi level adventure climbing maze with fun features plus toddler version with smaller versions of the big fun.
Barry Sidings Countryside Park (24 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!
Garwnant Visitor Centre (24 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.
Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery (25 miles)
Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery
A grand castellated mansion set in beautiful parkland, Cyfarthfa Castle is now a free museum housing a large collection of artefacts spanning 2000 years of Merthyrs history.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Swansea 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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