Kids' theme parks: best rides for the under 7s
We are passionate about spending as much time outdoors in nature with the kids as we can, but every now and then it’s really nice and refreshing to do something completely different that is still equally exciting and adventurous for younger children. Being a fan of rollercoasters I will never turn down a day of riding the big dipper at an amusement park but the thing is, some amusement parks and activities centres are simply not suitable for young children, aimed at those heading into the double digits - but that’s not always the case. There are some fantastic amusement parks and activity centres which put young children at the center of the fun and so I wanted to share the top 5 places to visit for a fun and action packed day out that’s also suitable for kids under 7.
1. Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park, New Forest
If your children are a fan of the pink little pig that is Peppa, then Paultons Family Theme Park is a fantastic place to spend a special day out, and even if they’re not fans, with all that is on offer it will certainly convert them. Nearly all the rides are suitable for children older than 12 months with plenty of opportunities to do a meet and greet with Peppa and George and have fun in the large soft play. The Windy Castle ride and George’s Dinosaur ride are perfect for those looking for a little more action while the Grandpa Pig’s train and Mrs Helicopter ride is great for 1yrs+. Paultons Park also offer a large array of other rides and outdoor play areas suitable for toddlers and some of the larger rollercoasters are done on height restrictions with many around the 5yr mark being able to ride. Quite conveniently, there is also buggy hire available, plenty of changing rooms and a breastfeeding room.
2. Legoland, Windsor
Legoland, Windsor is one of those places that are really great for children of all ages (as well as adults) even if your kids have yet to discover the joys of lego - they will be captivated by the magic of it all. There are plenty of rides suitable for young children with no height restrictions including the Hill Train, Splash Safari and Atlantis submarine Voyage as well as a dedicated Duplo Valley Splash and Play area which is perfect for toddlers. The great thing is that older children will also have plenty to keep them entertained, making it the perfect family day out. Don’t worry if their little legs get tired, buggies are available to hire as well as baby bottles, food warming services and breastfeeding areas.
3. Heatherton World of Activities, Tenby
The focus at Heatherton World of Activities is to give children the opportunity to try out different sports and activities while they are more intense sports such as archery and Tree Top trail, they still offer a really fantastic selection of things to do for children 3-6yrs such as the Driving school, Water peddlerz, Water wars and Jumping pillows old and an excellent Pirate Adventure Mini Golf course. Another great feature is that it’s free admission! You pay per activity making it great for those on a budget and there is free outdoor play, giant puzzle zone and sand pit diggers.
4. CBeebies Land at Alton Towers, Staffordshire
CBeebies Land at Alton Towers brings a whole range of kids favourite characters in one place, each with a different ride or activity from Postman Pats Parcel Post ride to Mr Blooms Allotment where children can get hands on with the veggies and is open to all ages. CBeebies Land also cater for those looking for more thrills on the Junior Octonauts rollercoaster adventure, with the majority of the rides being suitable for all ages and a huge hit with the younger children. Older children can of course enjoy all that is on offer at Alton Towers and there is a buggy hire service, baby change and breastfeeding areas.
5. Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo, Pembrokeshire
Folly Farm mixes all the fun of getting up close and personal with some wild animals to laughter that is to be had at a vintage fairground. You really will need a whole day to see and do everything including riding the big wheel and getting the best view of West Wales to saying hello to the resident Giraffes, riding the Land train or flying in the Hurricane jets. There is also an excellent soft play and outdoor play areas as well as diggers, peddle tractors and a plenty for younger children to get stuck into. There is also plenty of places to eat, picnic areas and baby changing.
So if you’re looking for somewhere that allow small children and young at heart to have equal amounts of fun, the above 5 places are great for the whole family.
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