23 family-friendly events in and around Cardiff before the end of term
Just three and a half weeks left until the schools break up for the summer. I’ll be producing weekly events guides over the holidays, but in the meantime, here are 23 family-friendly events in and around Cardiff.
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Regular Toddler/Pre-school/Family days
FREE Toddler Time
National Museum Cardiff
Every Friday during term-time, 1.30pm-4pm
The museum welcomes pre-schoolers every Friday afternoon, with special boxes of toys, games and books hidden in different galleries to help parents and children explore the museum through play.
FREE Clore Explorers
National Museum Cardiff
Saturdays and Sundays, 2pm
Free workshops give families the chance to find out more about objects from the museum and take part in a crafty activity.
FREE Family Saturdays
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay
Drop in to enjoy some family-friendly arts and crafts in Wales Millennium Centre’s foyer, with a different theme every week.
Greenmeadow Community Farm, Cwmbran
Events and workshops for the pre-school crowd, including singing, crafts and guest sessions from local pre-school classes. Usual entrance fees apply, but all workshops are free on a first-come, first-served basis.
FREE Dinky Dragons
Cardiff Story Museum, The Hayes, Cardiff
Friday 8th July, 10am-3pm
The Cardiff Story is a fascinating hands-on exhibition exploring the history of Cardiff. You can read our review here. The monthly Dinky Dragons free family days are great fun, taking place on the second Friday of each month, between 10am and 3pm. As well as the usual exhibits and dressing up clothes, there will be toys to play with, detective trails, crafts, messy play and rhyme time and story time at 11am and 1pm.
Techniquest, Cardiff Bay
Friday 8th July, 9.30am-4.30pm
Under the sea is the theme this month as the famous hands-on science centre opens its doors to the pre-schoolers of Cardiff and beyond. As well as over 100 exhibits, you can expect drawing, colouring and crafts with a seaside theme, as well as story time and a disco. Under 4s are free, with accompanying adults paying £5 entry. Read our review of a previous toddler day here.
FREE Wriggle – The Wonderful World of Worms
National Museum Cardiff
Until September 2017
A fascinating look into the weird and wonderful world of worms, this has plenty of interactive exhibits, perfect for children. Read our review here. Please note the museum is not open on Mondays.
FREE Steampunk Weekend
Saturday 2nd-Sunday 3rd July, 10am-5pm
Tea duelling and the Steampunk Olympics, as well as talks, rapping, demonstrations and craft stalls all feature in this weekend celebration of the influence of Victorian style on the modern world.
FREE Tafwyl Fair
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July
A celebration of the Welsh language and culture, with live music, children from local schools singing, arts and crafts, sports sessions and lots more.
Beyond the Border – Wales International Storytelling Festival
St Donats Arts Centre, Vale of Glamorgan
Friday 1st-Sunday 3rd July
Three days of stories and music from Wales and across the world, featuring over 100 performances on nine different stages. Storytelling, poetry, music, singing, theatre, circus, puppets and films, plus food and ale stalls, workshops for all ages, street theatre, story walks and a dedicated kidszone for family-friendly performances.
FREE Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival
Roald Dahl Plas, Cardiff Bay
Friday 8th-Sunday 10th July, 12pm-.945pm (until 7pm on Sunday)
As well as stalls from more than 100 local, national and international food and drink producers, you’ll also find craft and gift stalls and live music.
Speedway Grand Prix / Speedway Fanzone (free)
Principality Stadium, Cardiff from 3pm / City Hall Lawn 11am-4pm
Saturday 9th July
Cardiff hosts round 5 of the Speedway Grand Prix to find the world champion motorbiker, 5000CC bikes, speeds of over 70mph, single fixed gear and no brakes!.
The Fanzone features photo opportunities with the World Champion Trophies and Monster Energy Girls, Team Extreme BMC display, live DJ set from Huw Stephens plus more.
Whitchurch Library Gardens, Cardiff
Friday 15th July, 5pm-10pm; Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July, 10am-9.30pm
A celebration of life in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, Vintage for Victory will see live music, tribute bands, food and drinks stalls, a replica Spitfire and plenty more. 10% of ticket sales go to Cancer Research Wales.
Saturday 16th July, 12.30pm-2.30pm
Explore the beautiful Cwmcarn Valley and record the different butterflies and moths seen, as part of a national survey. Adults £4, children £2.50; ages 6+.
Burt’s Magical Musical Kitchen
St David’s Hall, Cardiff
Saturday 16th and Monday 18th-Saturday 23rd July, 10.30am
Watch Bert and Cherry as they make a birthday cake live on stage, accompanied by live music from classical instruments. Part of the Welsh Proms season, the Tiddy Prom is an interactive and engaging show perfect for children aged 5 and under.
Quentin Blake – Inside Stories
National Museum Cardiff
Saturday 16th July-Sunday 20th November
Best-known for illustrating the wonderful world of Roald Dahl, but also famous for his own creations, Quentin Blake’s unique style is recognised worldwide. This exhibition includes rough drafts, story boards and finished works of some of his most famous characters, looking at how his ideas develop.
FREE Cadstock 2016 – Rock and Blues in Victoria Park
Victoria Park, Cadoxton Park, Barry
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July, from 1pm
A weekend of pop, rock and blues, as 10 local bands take to the stage. Also expect a bouncy castle, stalls, entertainment and refreshments at this free community music festival.
FREE Glamorgan Classic Car Show
St Fagans National History Museum
Sunday 17th July 10am-5pm
The Glamorgan Classic Car Club presents its annual show, giving visitors a chance to see some of Wales’s finest classic cars.
Family-friendly cinema screenings
I’m focussing on the cheaper early-morning film screenings here and special events, rather than the latest big films
Odeon Cinema, The Red Dragon Centre, Cardiff Bay
The 10am weekend and half term showings are £2.50 per person. Films to be announced; films are usually a few months old rather than new releases.
Cineworld, Mary Ann Street, Cardiff
The 10am weekend and half term Movies for Juniors showings are just £1.75 per person. Check online for schedule; films are usually a few months old rather than new releases.
Vue Cinema, Millennium Plaza, Cardiff
The 10am weekend and half term Movies for Juniors showings are just £1.99 per person. Check online for schedule; films are usually a few months old rather than new releases.
Family friendly film screenings of classic films, every weekend. See website for full listings.
I love these posts you do. It’s so easy to have them all in one place. I find it so tedious trying to find things to do normally. I’ll have to get to the museum x