Eden Project with Kids: 5 tips to make your day awesome
I first visited The Eden Project before I had kids and loved it, so when we moved to Cornwall last year I knew that I wanted to take my kids and I was pretty certain that they’d love it too. Like many things though, visiting as an adult and visiting somewhere with kids, well, it’s a bit different, isn’t it?
Yes, they like flowers and trees but no, they’re not that interested in what they’re called and walking around somewhere, or at least it's not always super high on their to-do list. Having visited the Eden Project with them a couple of times now, we’ve been able to put in place a few little things that have made our trips there pretty awesome and it’s now one of my kids' favourite places to visit in Cornwall!
1. Take water bottles
The biomes are pretty and great to explore but boy are they hot! Take the kids water bottles and they can fill them up from a tap while they walk around - my kids really enjoy being able to fill up their bottles in the middle of a ‘rainforest’ which is a great way to encourage them to drink more too. If you can, take a rucksack rather than a normal bag as it makes it a lot easier for carrying stuff around (which in my case tends to also include carrying small children at some point!)
2. Cool day? Take shorts anyway
We’ve visited in the middle of summer when it’s been hot and we’ve all turned up in shorts, but on cooler days when we’ve wanted to wear jeans outside it’s been great having the kids shorts rolled up in my bag so they can quickly get changed in the toilets outside the biome before they go in. I normally pack something for myself to change into too since I’ll inevitably be carrying two bags, a potty and a baby doll so I’ll need something to stop me getting overheated as well.
3. Save on lunch, splurge on icecream
To be honest, The Eden Project does some of the best kids food that I’ve seen on a day out with my children, but while it’s fairly priced it’s understandably not cheap. There are lots of places in the park where you can sit down and enjoy a picnic and it’s a beautiful area to be surrounded by. Of course, if you’ve decided to save money on lunch it’s only right that you’re allowed a little splurge elsewhere and The Eden Project sells Roskilly’s icecreams both in its shops, restaurants and it’s (really rather lovely) big ice cream stall. If you’re struggling to get your kids to walk any further or if they get a bit hot and fed up in the biomes (been there, done that) then they’re also a great way to motivate them. Our recommendation? The chocolate, absolutely!
4. Take time out to play
The Eden Project doesn’t have a massive play park but what it does have is lots of smaller play areas dotted around the park. If you’re hoping to get a good view of the gardens then getting your kids to find each of these is a great way to explore and you both get to do something you fancy! There’s no big slides or swings (or there certainly isn’t that we’ve found anyway) but there are lots of things to climb and play on. Want to get out of the sun for a bit? On our last visit, we found a soft play area for under 5’s near the toilets in the Core. Soft play was not in our original plan by any stretch of the imagination but the promise of five minutes in there before we left was a wonderful motivator for the kids!
5. Walk down - land train up!
The views as you walk down to the biomes from the entrance to The Eden Project are great, but it is a bit of a trek for younger kids. Grab a map as you enter and encourage your kids to be explorers and see what they can see on route. On the way up? Grab the land train. After a busy day, the chances are you and your kids will all be exhausted and this is a far more pleasant way to do the journey.