With the big kids safely back at school, it’s time for the babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers of South Wales to reclaim the parks, soft plays and other attractions during the week (until the next school holiday, at any rate). Here are seven places which run dedicated toddler days, with extra activities laid on especially for pre-schoolers.
Have I missed any? Do let me know!
As well as all the usual hands-on science exhibits, Techniquest toddler days see story time, a mini disco, arts and crafts to take away, a Play-Doh table, face painting and more, with a different theme each month.
Held on the first Friday of the month during term time, admissions costs £5.50 (including Gift Aid donation) for accompanying adults, with under 4s free.
Upcoming dates, all 9.30am-4.30pm
Friday 5th May – Food Glorious Food
Friday 9th June – Animaltastic
Friday 7th July – Day at the Seaside
Read our review of a previous Techniquest Toddler Day here.
Toddler Time sees music, singing and crafts filling Wales Millennium Centre’s foyer once a month during term time. There’s a range of sessions throughout the day, introducing children to music in fun and engaging ways.
Upcoming dates, all 11am-2.30pm
Friday 19th May
Friday 16 June
Friday 21 July
Friday 15 September
Friday 13 October
Friday 17 November
Friday 15 December
Every Friday afternoon during term, National Museum Cardiff invites children and their parents to explore the museum through play. There are boxes of toys, games and books in the different galleries, a story time session at 3pm and crafts and games relating to each week’s theme.
1.30pm-4pm; check the website for upcoming themes.
Read our review of a previous National Museum Cardiff Toddler Time here.
FREE The Cardiff Story
The Cardiff Story opens its doors to the under 5s on the second Friday of every month, with play, rhymes, stories, detective trails, craft, messy play, music and more. Plus plenty of interactive exhibitions bringing to life the history of Cardiff.
Upcoming dates, all 10am-3pm; Rhyme Time and Story Time at 11am and 3pm
Friday 12th May
Friday 9th June
Friday 14th July
Friday 11th August
Read more about what else you can find at The Cardiff Story in our review here.
The indoor/outdoor play centre runs toddler days on term-time Fridays in the spring, with everything from magicians and circus skills to exotic animals entertaining children. There’s also an outdoor sandpit, mud kitchens, climbing frames, slides and a dedicated toddler play area.
Adults free; under 2s £2.50 or free with an older sibling; 2-3 £4.50; 4-12 £6
Upcoming dates, Parc is open 10am-6pm; events typically start at 10.30am and 2.30pm
Friday 28th April – Animal Zone
Friday 5th May – Magic Stu
Friday 12th May – Parc Beach Party
Friday 19th May – RSPB Give Nature A Home
Friday 26th May – Captain Jack Sparrow
Read our review of a previous Parc Play Toddler Day here.
Greenmeadow’s Baby and Toddler Tuesdays run every Tuesday from the start of February until the end of November, including the school holidays. Each week sees different taster sessions from local baby and toddler groups, such as music and singing, baby yoga, gymnastics, baby sensory, baby bushcraft, first aid for children and so on. There’s also plenty of animals to see and activities across the farm, including tractor rides.
Entry: Adults £5.95; children 2-16 £4.85; under 2s free
The free range outdoor adventure centre sometimes runs spontaneous toddler days during term time if the weather is looking good. Although the park is open daily from spring until autumn, not all the activities run off-peak. Toddler days usually see the telling off the Gruffalo story around the Gruffalo trail. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for announcements and more details.
Off-peak admission £4 per person aged 18 months+; peak admission £6 per person aged 18 months+ (includes all events)
Read our review of what you can expect at Mountain View Ranch here.