School holidays 2017: family friendly events in and around Cardiff for July 21st-31st


The school summer holidays are here! Whether you have school aged children or pre-schoolers, there’s so much going on in and around Cardiff! Too much for one guide in fact, so I’ve broken it down. Here’s the first part with everything from now until the end of July. Watch this space for the August listings, coming at the end of the month.

Events are broken down into different categories – Family fun days and festivals; Theatre, culture and performance; Museums and historical; Arts and crafts; Great outdoors and nature based; Science-based; Fun and games; and Cinema.

All events are subject to change and cancellation so do check with the organisers to avoid disappointment. Let me know if I’ve missed anything in the comments below, on the Cardiff Mummy Says Facebook page or by tweeting me @cardiffmummy

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This summer events guide is kindly sponsored by Hamleys Cardiff. The Finest Toy Shop in the World! – which can be found on the ground floor of St David’s Shopping Centre in Cardiff – is getting ready for a summer packed full of action and adventure.

Hamleys Cardiff Birthday Parties

The Hamleys Superheroes will be hosting a range of free in-store Superhero activities daily throughout the holidays from 12pm-4pm.

Little ones can put their Superhero skills to the test with Hamleys’ Superhero Training, help the Hamleys Superhero search the store for the Lost Superhero, meet Super Hamley Bear and more!

There’s up to 50% off selected lines in the Hamleys Super Sale – a great chance to grab a bargain to keep the children entertained throughout the holidays.

Plus you can book a place onto a Hamleys Superhero party, running on selected dates throughout the summer (see the website for details).

The Hamleys Superheroes will take party guests on an adventure through the store to the Superhero Party Room where they will take part in a variety of superhero activities from arts and crafts to fun-filled games. Children will also meet Super Hamley Bear and have the chance to take a selfie with him and his Superhero friends! The parties cost £12 per ticket, and include a bag of goodies, making it well worth the value.

Check out for more information, follow Hamleys Cardiff on Facebook and keep up to date with all the action on #superhamleys

Ben and Holly at the New Theatre, Cardiff; Dino On The Loose and Dinosaur Babies at National Museum Cardiff; archery at Mountain View Ranch

Family fun days and festivals

Friends Fest

Bute Park, Cardiff

Friday 21st-Sunday 30th July, 11am-8pm

Tickets £26, under 5s free

One for fans of 90s sitcom Friends. Visit the apartments of Joey and Chandler, and Monica and Rachel, recreate the opening titles, and grab a coffee in Central Perk, plus lots more. You’ll need to book timed tickets for the set tour, but there’s plenty to see on the site as well, including food and drink plus merchandise stall.


FREE ENTRY Grand Duck Race and Fete

Knap Gardens and Lake Barry

Saturday 22nd July, 11am-4pm

A traditional village fete feel with games and activities for all ages and refreshments available. Plus the Rotary Club’s Grand Duck Race with hears from 11am and the grand finale at 3pm.


FREE ENTRY Barry Island Weekenders: Isle of Fire

Barry Island Gardens

Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July, 9pm-10.30pm

The magical award winning fire garden returns with a flaming stage, live music from New Orleans band Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, fire dance shows from Flame Oz, a lantern parade and the viking ship complete with pirates.


FREE ENTRY The Big Splash Festival


Saturday 22nd-Sunday 23rd July,

The family street theatre festival sees performances across the city, from the quietly intriguing to outlandish and bonkers.


FREE  Porthcawl Carnival

Porthcawl Rugby Club

Saturday 22nd July, 2pm-8pm

A procession of floats with the theme of musicals as Porthcawl hosts its annual carnival.


Mixed Traction Weekend

Pontypool and Blaenavon Heritage Railway

Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd, Wednesday 26th, Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th July

Adults £10, children £5, family £25

A mix of diesel and steam engines will be running, transporting people from the main station at Furnace Sidings to the Big Pit National Mining Museum, and Blaenavon Ironworks.


Meet The Knights

Cardiff Castle

Saturday 22nd-Sunday 23rd July

Normal admission applies, free to Castle Key holders

Follow the knights back in time to the days of valour and chivalry. Enjoy storytelling, full-on combat and archery displays, plus your chance to hit the target in the ‘have- a–go archery’ sessions.

Normal admission applies. Free entry to Castle Key / Season Ticket holders

Read our review of Cardiff Castle here.


FREE ENTRY The Friendship Tree Festival

The Knap Lake and Gardens, Barry

Sunday, July 23, 12pm-6pm

Music art and dance at the Friendship Tree Festival, raising funds for Art4U.


Miniature Railways and Tramways

Heath Model Railway, Heath Park, Cardiff

Sunday 23 July, 1pm-5pm

A chance for the whole family to ride on miniature steam, diesel and electric trains, plus a tram, as Cardiff Model Engineering Society open their doors. Entry is £1.60 per person and each ride is £1.60 per person. Under 3s are free.

Read our review of the rest of Heath Park 


Family fun events

Llancaiach Fawr, Nelson, Treharris

Adults £8.50, children £6.95, under 5s free

Tuesday 25 July – Children’s soft play and bouncy castle. 10am to 12.30pm, £3 per child, first adult free, extra adults £1 on top of entrance fee

Thursday 27 July – Children’s activity day Superheroes theme – 11am to 4pm, £5 per child, first adult free, extra adults £1 on top of entrance fee


Themed Days – The Birds and the Bees

Greenmeadow Community Farm, Cwmbran

Wednesday 26th July – The Bees & The Birds

Adults £5.95, children £4.95, family (2+3) £21

For more of what to expect at Greenmeadow Community Farm, read our review here.


Farm Fun Days

Amelia trust Farm, Barry

Friday 28 July, 10.30 am to 4pm

£8 per child, £2 per adult

A day of fun activities on the farm, including a bouncy castle, soft play and ball pit, face painting, meet the animals walks and talks, and treasure hunt. Read our review of Amelia Trust Farm here.


FREE ENTRY Cardiff Bay Beach

Roald Pahl Plass, Cardiff Bay

Friday 28th July-Sunday 3rd September

Sundays-Thursdays 10am-8pm; Fridays-Saturdays 10am-10pm

Cardiff’s beach is back, ready to entertain families with sand, water, fairground rides and stalls throughout the school holidays.


Summer Fest 2017

Tredegar House, Newport

Saturday 29th July, 12pm-7pm

Hosted by Urban Circle, an arts and music youth organisation based in Newport, Summer Fest features a number of local music, drama and dance acts.


FREE ENTRY RNLI Education Water Buddies Weekend

Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay

Saturday 29th-Sunday 30th July

RNLI Education host a weekend of family fun designed to teach children how to keep safe by the water. Activities include Beach Buddies interactive puppet show, learn about lifeguards sessions (with real life lifeguards); fun quizzes (with free lucky dip prizes for correct entries), plus opportunities to dress up as a lifeguard or RNLI crew member.


FREE ENTRY Barry Island Weekenders: Street Music Weekender

Barry Island prom

Saturday 29th-Sunday 30th July, 12pm-4pm

Live music on the seafront featuring All That Jazz, The Bucket Band, Wonderbrass, Samba Galez, Bombay Baja, Barracuda and Radio Cheese.


FREE ENTRY The Big Cheese Festival

Owain Glyndwr Playing Fields, Crescent Road, Caerphilly

Friday 28th-Sunday 30th July

Celebrating its 20th year, the three-day The Big Cheese Festival features street entertainment, re-enactment displays, musical entertainment, educational activities, over 60 food producers, craft stalls, animal marquees, a traditional funfair a firework display (Friday 10pm) and, in fitting with the name, a cheese market and The Great Cheese Race.


Miners’ Fortnight

Rhondda Heritage Park, Pontypridd

Saturday 29th-Sunday 30th July, 10am-4.30pm

Adults £4, children, £2

Rhondda Heritage Park celebrates Miners’ Fortnight, the mining community’s annual summer family holidays to Porthcawl and Barry. Enjoy children’s rides, craft stalls, entertainment, relax in a deck chair while the children build sandcastles plus more.


Shipwrecks Ahoy!

Oxwich Castle, Swansea

Saturday 29th-Sunday 30th July, 11am-4pm

Adults £4, children £2.60, family (2+3) £11.90

Come and hear about the dangerous waters around Gower. Meet the Companions of the Forest and hear about the shipwreck off Oxwich point.



Theatre, cultural and performance


Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd

Thursday 20th-Friday 21st July;

Memo Arts Centre, Barry

Saturday 22nd July;

Congress Theatre, Cwmbran

Wednesday 26th-Thursday 27th July.

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay

Sunday 30th July, 4pm

A vibrant family musical telling of Princess Violet, her companion Marigold and host of colourful, curious friends, as they journey to find the forget-me-not flowers that will undo the evil curse placed on the land of Tickeldom by the icy cold witch Fluella.


Disney’s Aladdin Jnr

Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Saturday 22nd-Saturday 29th July, various performances

Open air theatre from Everyman with a specially-adapted version of Disney’s Aladdin, featuring magic, mayhem, flying carpets and hit songs from the film including Friend Like Me and A Whole New World.


Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom

New Theatre, Cardiff

Saturday 15th-Sunday 16th July

Saturday 10am, 1pm, 4pm; Sunday 10am, 1pm

Princess Holly, her best friend Ben the Elf, Gaston the ladybird and their other friends come to the stage in this magical musical adventure based on the BAFTA-award winning animated television series.



Tiddly Prom: Bert’s Magical Musical Farmyard

St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Saturday 22nd-Saturday 29th July, 10.30am (no performances on Sunday 23rd July)

A fun and interactive show about a busy day on Bert’s farm, featuring catchy songs and live music from orchestral instruments. Part of the Welsh Proms series.


Family Prom 2017: The Dance Off

St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Saturday 23rd July, 3pm

An afternoon of well-known songs from West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Hunger Games, Danse Macabre, Puttin’ on the Ritz and Swan Lake, performed by Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra. Special guest Connie Fisher presents the musical afternoon which will also see squads of local young dancers performing. Part of the Welsh Proms series.


The Wind In The Willows

Bryngarw Country Park

Monday 24th July, 5.30pm

Boat-loving Ratty, sensible yet curious Mole, Wise Old Badger and the fantastically irrepressible Toad embark on the adventure of a lifetime culminating in a colourful battle with the sly weasel to save Toad Hall. This is an outdoor performance.


Made in Dagenham – The Musical

Memo Arts, Barry

Tuesday 25th-Friday 28th July, 7.30pm

Billboard Ensemble present this musical based on the true story and hit movie about a group of Essex women whose live is changed forever when it is announced that the girls in the stitching room of Ford’s Dagenham car plant will have their pay grade dropped to ‘unskilled’.



Billionaire Boy

Bryngarw Park, Bridgend

Friday 28th July, 5.30pm

Age guidance: 7+

An outdoor performance of David Walliams’ best-selling story of Mr Spud and his son Joe, as they sell their final belongings to make some money to buy food.


Museums and historical

Dinosaur Babies

National Museum Cardiff

Saturday 27th May-Sunday 5th November, 10am-4.45pm

Adults £7, children £3, £17 family 2+2, £13 family 1+3

Coming to Wales for the first time: an exciting family-friendly exhibition bringing together some of the world’s most amazing finds of dinosaur eggs and embryos. The display includes full size dinosaur skeletons and replicas, touchable models of dinosaur embryos and eggs, and even a huge 2.5 metre model dinosaur nest. Read our review here.

Also, check out Dino On The Loose, at National Museum Cardiff, St Fagans National Museum of History and Big Pit National Coal Museum. Read our review here.


FREE Agatha Christie: A Life In Pictures

National Museum Cardiff

Saturday 17th June-Sunday 3rd September

An exhibition of photographs, letters and personal belongings from the most widely published author of all time. Rarely seen photos of Agatha Christie taken throughout her life, from her own personal collection, are accompanied by a quote in Christie’s own words, drawn from both published works and unpublished personal correspondence, beautifully capturing her thoughts and feelings from early childhood, through both marriages and her international adventures, to her years as a world famous author. The museum is closed on Mondays.


FREE Wriggle – The Wonderful World of Worms

National Museum Cardiff

Until June 2018

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 Gillian Ayres Exhibition

National Museum Cardiff

Until 3rd September 2017

Celebrating the bold and colourful work of one of Britain’s most important and internationally renowned abstract artists, this exhibition features major paintings from across Gillian Ayres’ career. In fact, this is the largest exhibition of her work ever seen in the UK. Children are welcome into the gallery and the paintings even feature specific labels for for young children aged under 5, displayed at children’s height and in a bright yellow colour. Read our review here. Please note the museum is not open on Mondays.


FREE Super Saturdays

National Roman Legion Museum Caerleon

Saturdays from, 11am-4pm

Every Saturday, visitors can discover what life was like for a soldier in the Roman army. Visit the reconstructed barrack room and learn more about the weapons and armour, as well as try on some replica armour. Families can also dress up and play games in the Capricorn Centre, a relaxed hands-on area of the museum. Both areas are closed on Sundays but are open during some school holidays.

Read our review of the National Roman Legion Museum plus other Roman sites in Caerleon here.


FREE Summer in the Museum

National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon

Saturday 22nd July-Sunday 3 September

12pm-4pm Monday-Saturdays; 2pm-4pm Sundays

Take part in a prize trail around the museum (small charge applies) and chat to the Roman soldier in the Barack Room, plus dressing up and games in the family room.


History Hunters Club

Cosmeston Lakes Medieval Village, Penarth

Monday 24th and 31st July, 10am-11.30am

£5 per child, ages 7-11, must be pre-booked

Monday 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th August, 10am-11.30am

A medieval villager will tell children about their life, the plague, and punishment, and children can have a go at making bread, holding weapons, making clay tiles and candles.


Roman Makeovers

Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths

Wednesday 26th-Thursday 27th July, 11am-4pm

The Romans had a unique style and loved to look good, find out more at the Roman Baths with a makeover, Roman style. Includes craft making and face painting. £3.50 per child.

Entry to the museum is free. Read our review here.



FREE The Winding Engine

The Winding House, New Tredegar

Saturday 29th July, 12pm

Saturday 26th August

The Winding House is a museum built on the site of the former Elliot Colliery. Its centre-piece is the original Victorian winding engine, which used to operate the cages which transported men and coal between the surface and the mine below. Visitors can see the huge engine in operation for 10-15 minutes at 12pm on the last Saturday of the month.


950th Anniversary

Chepstow Castle

Saturday 29th-Sunday 30th July, 10am-4pm

Adults £6.50, children £4.20, family (2+3) £19.30 or free to Cadw members

See history come to life as Chepstow Castle marks its 950th anniversary with historical re-enactments, plus have-a-go archery and sword training lessons.


FREE Festival Of Archaeology

National Museum Cardiff

Tuesday 25th-Friday 28th July

Celtic Coin and Jewellery Activities, Tuesday 25th July 11am-3pm

Saving Treasures: Telling Stories, Tuesday 25th-Saturday 28th July, 11am-4pm

The Skeleton Sorting Challenge, Wednesday 26th July, 11am-3pm

Behind The Scenes: The Human Remains Store (age 12+) Wednesday 26th July, 1pm

Medieval Animal Tile and Animal Bone Activities, Friday 28th July, 11am-3pm

Human Bones: Why Do We Keep Them and What Can They Tell Us? Friday 28th July, 1.05pm


FREE International Tiger Day

National Museum Cardiff

Sunday 29th July, 11am-4pm

Celebrate International Tiger Day by learning more about the majestic animals, including what you can do to help preserve this endangered species in the wild. Children’s author Nicola Davies will be reading tiger stories from her books, and nature champion and star of BBC’s Wildlife Patrol Dr Rhys Jones will be on hand too.


Arts and crafts

FREE ADMISSION St Fagans Makers’ Market

St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff

Saturday 22nd July-Sunday 6th August, 10am-5pm

22 July – 6 August, 10am – 5pm

Meet local makers and crafts people, with a chance to make your own. Small charge to cover materials for some activities. Read our review of St Fagans here.


FREE Tin-foil Painting

Wales Millennium Centre, Glanfa Foyer

Saturday 22nd July, 11am-4pm

The centre’s weekly craft wokshop for families. This week, see the colour come to life with tin-foil painting.


FREE Plasticine Posse

Wales Millennium Centre

Monday 24th-Sunday 29th July, 11am-4pm

Help create a gigantic collection of tiny colourful characters using only plasticine. Add your unique figure to a vast, wacky collection of weird and wonderful models that will be displayed for the entire week.


Make it Mondays

Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan

Every Monday over the summer holidays, 12pm to 3.30pm

Normal admission applies

Get crafty as Make it Mondays return for the summer holidays.


FREE It’s All About The Animals – The Bible Exhibition

Outside City Hall, Cardiff

Monday 24th-Saturday 29th July, from 10.30am

Story and rhyme time every morning at 10.30am, followed by arts and crafts and archaeological activities.


Family Crafts

The Cardiff Story Museum, The Hayes, Cardiff

Wednesday 26 July; 2, 9, 16, 23 30 August, 10am to 3pm

Drop in creative crafty fun for all the family with a different activity each week. £1 per child.

Read our review of the Cardiff Story here. Entry to the museum is free.



FREE Summer Holiday Crafts

Newport Museum

Wednesday 26th July, 11am-12pm, 12pm-1pm, 1pm-2pm

Make A Newport Shield

Ages 5-11. Must be pre-booked; 15 spaces available in each session


FREE Teddy Bears’ Picnic

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

Thursday 20th July, 10am-2.30pm

Bring along your teddy bears for a fun filled day of crafts and hands on activities. Add extra fun by dressing up as your favourite children’s TV character.


FREE Exploding Water Science Show!

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

Saturday 22nd July, 1pm and 3pm

Prepare to get wet in this interactive science show that explores all the amazing thrills and spills of water.


FREE Hunt the Seagull – Summer Trail

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

Saturday 22nd July-Sunday 3rd September, 10am-4pm

Search the museums galleries to track down the pesky seagulls and the nostalgic toys they have stolen from the museum’s collection.


The great outdoors and nature-based

Summer Holiday activities

Mountain View Ranch, Caerphilly

Saturday 22nd July-Sunday 3rd September

£6 per person aged over 18 months; family of 4 £23, family of 5 £28

Over 100 acres of fresh air and free range adventure, with a Gruffalo trail, fairy woods, hobbit houses, a roly poly hill and more. Plus daily summer holiday events inclusive in admission include a goat walk, archery, The Gruffalo Story, campfire and marshmallows and a space hopper race.

Read our review of Mountain View Ranch here.


50 things to do before you are 11 ¾

Tredegar House, Newport

Every Tuesday and Thursday during the school holidays

Normal admission charges apply

Tick off some of the outdoor activities on the National Trust’s list of things to do before you are 11¾. Activities include campfire cooking, bug hunting and den building among others



Pond Dipping

Bryngarw House, Bridgend

Every Wednesday from 26th July to 30th August, 11 am

Children £3, accompanying adults free

Join the Rangers for pond dipping to see what underwater creatures you will find living in the murky depths of Bryngarw’s pond.

Read our review of Bryngarw Park here.


FREE Garden Flowers for Wildlife

St Fagans National Museum of History

Sunday 23rd July, 2pm

A guided wildlife tour with the Wildife Trust of South and West Wales, where you can discover what flowers you can plant in your garden for pollinators and other wildlife and learn how to create your very own back garden nature reserve.


Bug Safari

Newport Wetlands

Monday 24 July to Thursday 27 July, 10.30am and 2pm

RSPB members £3/non-members £5

An action packed adventure, looking for bugs with nets, pots and sheets. Make a bug hotel to take back to your own garden so you can continue the adventure at home.


Toddler Bug Safari

Newport Wetlands

Friday 28 July, 10.30 suitable for 2-5 year olds

RSPB members £3 / non-members £5

An adventure into the magical world of minibeasts – hear stories, sing songs and learn how to safely look for bugs. Hide inside a cocoon and make a caterpillar to take home.


Family Activities

Margam Country Park

Monday 24th-Friday 28th July

Monday 24th: Environmental Day, themed games plus shows at 11.30am and 2pm

Monday 24th: Have A Go Archery, 11am-4pm, £1 for three arrows.

Tuesday 25th July Funky Foam Door Hangers, pre-bookable sessions 11am-4pm, £3 per child

Tuesday 25th July Archery taster sessions, pre-bookable sessions 10.30am-3.30pm, ages 7+; £3 per child.

Wednesday 26th July Summer Wildlife Fabulous Flowers, 1030am and 2.30pm Free drop in sessions

Wednesday 26th July Zoolab: Rainforest Adventure, sessions from 11am-3pm, £3, book in advance or on the day

Wednesday 26th July Stand-up Paddle Board taster sessions, ages 7+, 10.30am-3.30pm, pre-bookable sessions

Wednesday 26th: Have A Go Archery, 11am-4pm, £1 for three arrows.

Thursday 27th Summertime Sun Catchers, sessions from 11am-3pm, £3, book in advance or on the day

Thursday 27th Canoe and Kayak taster sessions, ages 7+, pre-bookable sessions from 10.30am-3.30pm

Friday 28th Get Crafty and Discover Trees, 11am-3pm

Friday 28th Mysterious Margam Tour, 12.15pm

Monday 31st Circus Workshop Day, 10.30am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-3.30pm, drop in sessions

Read our review of Margam Country Park here.



Twiggy Art Walk

Cwmcarn Forest, Crosskeys

Friday 28th July, bookable sessions from 10.30am

£3 per child; age 4+

Venture around the valley collecting twigs and leaves, and then turn your finds into a piece of art.

Read our review of Cwmcarn Forest here.



Big Wild Sleepout

Newport Wetlands

Saturday 29th July 4pm

Adult RSPB members £25 / non-members £30 and Children RSPB members £13 / non members £16
A wild night out sleeping under the stars at Newport Wetlands. The evening will start with cooking around the campfire, with activities including pond dipping and minibeast hunts, a guided tour of the night sky from Usk Astronomers and a meteor roadshow where you can look at rocks that formed millions of years ago.


Brilliant Birds

Newport Wetlands

Monday 31st July to Thursday 3rd August, 10.30am and 2pm

RSPB members £3 / non members £5
Visit Mr Birds Restaurant and have lots of fun finding out about the birds on our reserve and what they eat.  Use our scopes and binoculars to get a closer look at our feathered friends, and make a clay bird to add to our flock of birds sculpture.  Finish of by making a bird feeder to take back to your own garden.

Read our review of Newport Wetlands here.



Go Wild: Children’s Summer Holiday Activities

Cosmeston Lakes Country Park, Penarth

Thursday 27th July, 10am-12pm

£5 per child, must be pre-booked, 7-11 year olds.

Den building and fire.

Read more about Cosmeston in our review here.



Star Stories/Star Tours/Air-Mazing

Techniquest, Cardiff Bay

Saturday 22nd July-Sunday 3rd September, 10am-5pm

Adults £8, child 4-15 £6.50, 3 and under free; family £28 (up to 2+3); entry after 3pm £3.30

As well as more than 100 hands-on science exhibits, science shows over half term include:

Star Stories, for under 7s, Planetarium: follow the dot-to-dot patterns in the night sky and discover some of the amazing stories behind them. £1.50 extra per person.

Star Tours, for 7s and over, Planetarium: find out more about familiar constellations, the planets, how stars are born and how they die. £1.50 extra per person

Air-Mazing, for all ages, Science Theatre: What different gases make up our atmosphere? How can these gases be used to help us? A live science show answering these questions and more. Inclusive in general entrance price.

Find out more of what to expect at Techniquest in our review here.



Tennis Taster Day

Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan

Saturday 23rd July, 11am to 3pm

Free, normal charges apply

A tennis taster day as a part of the UK wide Great British Tennis Weekend.


Superhero Parties

Hamleys Toy Store, St David’s Shopping Centre, Cardiff

Monday 31st July, Wednesday 2nd, Friday 4th Tuesday 8th and Thursday 10th August, times various

Go on a super adventure through the store to the Superhero Party Room. Once inside you will take part in superhero activities including arts and crafts and super-duper games. You will also meet Super Hamley Bear and have a chance to take a selfie with him and his superhero friends.

PLUS FREE from 12pm-4pm every day in the school holidays, The Hamleys Superheroes will be hosting a range of in-store superhero activities, including Superhero Training, search for the Lost Supheroe and meet Super Hamlet Bear.


FREE 3 cool things to make with K’NEX

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

Tuesday 25th–Sunday 29th July, 12.30pm-3.30pm

Fun challenges using K’NEX from XL Wales.


Buzz in for Summer Fun

Wyevale Garden Centre, Old St Mellons, Cardiff

Tuesday 25th-Thursday 31st August

Tuesday 25th July: Bee Illuminated

£2.50, various sessions available

Make your own magic bee who can light up at night

Thursday 27th July: Breakfast or Tea with Buzzy Bee

£10 per child

Followed by a hunt to learn fun facts about bees, receive a packet of bee friendly seeds to plant in your garden, plus make your own bee boppers, decorate a cup cake and do an activity sheet.

Tuesday 1st August: Bee-autiful Decoration

£2.50, various sessions available

Thursday 3rd August Breakfast or Tea with Buzzy Bee

£10, details as above.

Tuesday 8th August Potty Bees

£2.50, various sessions available

Decorate a plant pot and plant a flower for your gard.en

Thursday 10th August: Breakfast or Tea with Buzzy Bee

£10, details as above.

Tuesday 15th August: Bee Cool

£2.50, various sessions available

Create your own cute and fluffy little bee creature fridge magnet.

Thursday 17th August: Breakfast or Tea with Buzzy Bee

£10, details as above.

Tuesday 22nd August: Kings and Queen Bees

£2.50, various sessions available

Design a bee crown to wear and make a worker bee finger puppet.

Thursday 24th August: Breakfast or Tea with Buzzy Bee

£10, details as above.

Tuesday 29th August: Mini Bee Garden

£2.50, various sessions available

Plant and create your own mini bee garden with hives and flowers.

Thursday 24th August: Breakfast or Tea with Buzzy Bee

£10, details as above.



I’m focusing on special film events and cheap family screenings at holidays and weekends here, rather than regular cinema screenings.


Odeon Kids

Odeon Cinema, The Red Dragon Centre, Cardiff Bay

The 10am weekend and school holiday showings are £2.50 per person. Films to be announced; films are usually a few months old rather than new releases.

Movies for Juniors

Cineworld, Mary Ann Street, Cardiff

The 10am weekend and school holiday Movies for Juniors showings are just £2 per person. Check online for schedule; films are usually a few months old rather than new releases.

Mini Mornings

Vue Cinema, Millennium Plaza, Cardiff

The 10am weekend and school holiday Movies for Juniors showings are just £2.49 per person. Check online for schedule; films are usually a few months old rather than new releases.


Tuesday Film Club

The Riverfront, Newport

Every Tuesday during the summer holiday, 9.30am-3pm

£18 per session, ages 6-12

Watch a movie, have lunch together and try an activity in the afternoon.

Tuesday 25th July, Smurfs: The Lost Village (plus arts and crafts)

Tuesday 1st August, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (plus drama workshop)

Tuesday 8th August: Despicable Me 3 (plus arts and crafts)

Tuesday 15th August: Cars 3 (plus sewing workshop)

Tuesday 22nd August: The Emoji Movie (plus circus crafts)

Tuesday 29th August: The Nutjob 2 (plus arts and crafts)


The Riverfront will be showing each of these films throughout its respective week, £4 per ticket.



Chapter Arts Centre, Canton, Cardiff

Weekly family films.

Despicable Me 3, Friday 21st July-Thursday 3rd August (£4/£3 booked in advance)

PLUS Summer Holiday Minion Madness

Film Activity Day, Monday 24th July, 10.30am-3.30pm £22 including film, ages 8+

Creative activity including stop-motion animation, design and build, model making and more.


Film Sewcial Tuesday 25th July, 10,30am-3.30pm

Watch the film and then a two-hour sewing skills workship to make a stuffed Minion toy. £22 including film ticket. Ages 8+.


Make a Minion Drop In Workshops

Wednesday 26th-Friday 28th July, 10am-11am, 2pm-3pm

£1 per activity, ages 4+

Make a cardboard tube Minion, Minion necklace, bracelet or bookmark.

Fireman Sam: Alien Alert (U), Monday 24th July-Thursday 3rd August


Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Family friendly film screenings of classic films, every weekend and during school holidays. See website for full listings.

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