13 Things To Do In Blackpool With Toddlers

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Blackpool is one of those destinations that people seem to either love or hate — we think it’s a fantastic destination for a day out with your toddler!

This old-school seaside resort has a huge amount of things to do for all the family. From farm activities and the beach to aquariums and miniature villages with beautiful gardens, there are too many things to do in just one visit.

We’ve rounded up the best things to do in Blackpool with toddlers below — let us know what’s on your Blackpool bucket list!

Fun Things To Do In Blackpool With Toddlers

Penny Farm

  • Location: Lancashire
  • Price: Free (Donations are welcome)
  • Open: Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm

This rehoming and rescue centre for animals is a great fresh-air farming experience toddlers and kids in general will love. Many outdoor activities are available to keep your kids entertained the whole day.

Special events include a clear round jumping session under the supervision of a trained and experienced instructor. The farm is home to more than 60 horses, so your toddlers and children can enjoy meeting new horse friends. Don’t miss out on beautiful farm walks perfect for the whole family!

Unfortunately, Penny Farm is not open every day of the week, and you will need to book a place in advance due to the limited places available.

Bounce Play Center

  • Location: 71 Moor Park Avenue, Blackpool
  • Price: £2 to £5, or £7 including a meal
  • Open: Monday to Sunday
  • Time: Mon to Fri: 9:15 am to 6 pm, Sat and Sun: 9:15 am to 5 pm

This indoor inflatable playground is definitely an all-weather attraction and perfect for a rainy day. You and your kids can have non-stop bouncing bliss at a very low price all day.

You’ll need to book in advance to ensure your kids don’t miss out on the fun and games. Look on the website for the different price points and the time schedules for the different events available for your kids.

Sea Life Blackpool

  • Location: Promenade, Blackpool
  • Price: Standard tickets – £18.50
  • Open: Monday to Sunday
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm

Blackpool’s famous Promenade is home to Sea Life Blackpool, an amazing aquarium full of marine life that kids young and old will enjoy. It’s definitely worth booking in advance as you can save 10% when you do it online.

Tickets are valid for up to 90 days after purchase, and under-3’s go for free, so the whole family can enjoy everything Sea Life offers at a great price. Annual tickets are available to save you even more money, so you can come whenever you want and have free parking too!

Watch as your little ones discover shark life and see many underwater creatures with awe. There’s a huge number of things to see here, including turtles, rays, jellyfish and more. Young kids especially love the Ocean Tunnel and Rainforest Adventure zones!

Blackpool Model Village

  • Location: East Park Drive, Stanley Park, Blackpool
  • Price: From £7.25 to £33.95 for a family of five
  • Open: Every day
  • Time: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Blackpool Model Village is a great little attraction for you and the kids to explore. Not only will you enjoy all the miniature buildings and figurines, but there’s plenty of events held throughout the day as well as age-appropriate quizzes for your little ones to have a go at.

Your kiddos can check out all the different buildings, from Cornish fishing villages to great Scottish castles, all in one day. A working train runs through the shopping centre in the main village. And another model railway can be found in front featuring everyone’s favourite locomotive characters: Thomas, Annie, and Clarabel.

With two and a half acres of beautiful gardens, you won’t run out of fun things to see, and your kids will be able to expend all their energy!

Coral Island

  • Location: Central Promenade, Blackpool
  • Price: Free – Tickets for rides are available
  • Open: Every day
  • Time: Mon to Thurs – 10 am to 9 pm, Fri – 10 am to 10:30 pm, Sat – 9:30 am to 10:30 pm, Sun – 9:30 am to 9 pm

Coral Island is a hugely popular indoor family arcade centre filled with rides, games and illuminations — there’s stuff for every age range here.

It’s all pirate themed and just generally a really fun day out!

One of the best things about Coral Island is the fact that kids under 10 eat for free with every adult meal ticket. There are 5 different restaurants all offering something a bit different so your little ones definitely won’t be going hungry.

Blackpool Beach

  • Location: Promenade, Blackpool
  • Price: Free 
  • Open: Every day
  • Time: All day and night
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Blackpool beach is one of the most beautiful seaside attractions in the UK. Don’t forget to visit the three fantastic piers that can be found along this amazing beach while you’re here.

Also known as the Golden Mile, Blackpool Beach has a lot to offer to visitors both young and old — whether you like sandcastles or sunbathing! The Great Promenade Show is a relatively new attraction on the beach, filled with sculpture and illuminations to enjoy.

Wacky Warehouse

  • Location: Blackpool Airport, Squires Gate
  • Price: Visit the website for the latest prices 
  • Open: Every day
  • Time: 7 am to 10 pm

Wacky Warehouse soft play can be found inside the Air Balloon pub. Everything you can think of to keep your children from getting bored can be found there: an indoor soft play zone, outdoor play area, slides, a climbing wall, ball pits, and arts and crafts.

And of course, there’s plenty of kid-friendly food and drink to feast on once they’ve burnt off all their energy playing.

Blackpool Zoo

  • Location: East Park Drive, Blackpool
  • Price: Tickets online from £14.99
  • Open: Every day
  • Time: 10 am to 3:45 pm

The Blackpool Zoo offers plenty of pure animal magic within its enclosures — some of the highlights include Project Elephant Base Camp, Giraffe Heights, Orangutan Outlook, Gorilla Mountain, Wolf Ridge and the Children’s Farm.

If your toddlers are anything like ours, they’re probably mad for dinosaurs — if that’s the case, make sure you don’t miss the Dinosaur Safari!

Other onsite attractions include the recently refurbished play barn — three levels of soft play, slides, ball cannons and a toddler area. Plus there’s a Starbucks for some adult refuelling.

Sandcastle Waterpark

  • Location: South Beach, Blackpool
  • Price: 3 to 7 years – £15, older kids – £24, under 3 – free
  • Open: Every day 
  • Time: Weekdays – 9 am to 6 pm, weekends – 10 am to 5 pm

Who doesn’t love a waterpark? Ticket prices include full access to all slides except those with applicable age and size restrictions.

Many types of rides are available for families and kids who prefer to ride alone. Watch as your kids take on the Thunder Falls Waterslides, Typhoon Lagoon, and Treetops Water Chutes.

Parents who want to unwind while their little ones enjoy their water escapades can visit the onsite Seabreeze Spa.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

  • Location: 525 Ocean Boulevard, Promenade, Blackpool
  • Price: From £30 for admission, from £10 for shows and events
  • Open: Every day
  • Time: 10 am until close (5 pm – 9 pm, seasonal)

Blackpool Pleasure Beach is an institution and certainly not to be missed while you’re in town. It’s worth booking online in advance — there are lots of different tickets available. Plus, children under 2 get free entry.

Many amazing rides are available for the whole family, including the River Caves, Galloper Carousel, the Flying Machines, and Dodgems. Rides are available for toddlers, children, teens, and adults to keep everyone occupied all day.

Many different shows and events are also at your disposal, like Ripley’s Believe It or Not and the Evolution of Magic. We’re not exaggerating when we say you could spend the whole day here!

Blackpool Tower Circus

  • Location: Promenade, Blackpool
  • Price: £19.50 for adults, £17.50 for kids aged 3 – 14, and £6 for kids aged 1 – 3, free for babies under 12 months
  • Open: Every day
  • Time: 2.30 pm (main show)

Blackpool Tower Circus is famous for being the town’s longest running show, and it’s certainly a popular one. Whether it’s stunts you enjoy, funny acts or gymnastics and acrobatics, there’ll be something to tickle everyone’s fancy.

Pre-booking is essential so make sure you get tickets before you arrive. There are usually two shows on every day at kid-friendly times so no one has to miss bedtime!

Planet Kaos

  • Location: Unit 5 Trade Park, 251 Vicarage Lane, Blackpool
  • Price: £4.90 (weekdays), £6.50 (weekends and school holidays), and £1.90 for children under 12 months
  • Open: Every day
  • Time: Mon to Sat – 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, Sun – 10 am to 5 pm

From baby bouncing cradles to toddler play areas and the giant activity play centre, there’s plenty to do at Planet Kaos. Your kids can enjoy slides, trampolines, tunnels, and nets while engaging with other children and making friends.

With many different areas to keep your children busy, they may not want to go home when it’s time. Luckily, they have a fantastic menu that will appeal to everyone, no matter how fussy your child is.

This is a great rainy day activity in Blackpool for toddlers.

Spitfire Visitor Centre

  • Location: Hanger 42 Blackpool Airport
  • Price: £4 for children 5 to 16 years, £7 for adults, free for under 5s
  • Open: Monday to Friday
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm

Budding transport and aviation nerds will absolutely love the Spitfire Visitor Centre — regardless of your age, there’s a lot to appreciate and enjoy here. Visiting this awesome activity will show your kids everything from the era of the Spitfire. Sounds, sights, and equipment from WW2 is all on display.

Get involved in the atmosphere of briefing rooms, or see the planes used at that time – up close and personal. You can even snap pictures of your kids in the planes!

Let your kids experience the Spitfire MKV with a real-life size replica in a simulator flight over the Swiss Alps. This particular activity may be better suited to your children, but your toddler will enjoy seeing the planes too.

Looking for another location? Check out our Days Out section for more ideas.


Sarah Blackwell

I'm Sarah - and I'd describe myself as a "mummy blogger with a severe travel itch". I write about our family's adventures, with some tips and tricks for travelling with children, as well as reviews of family-friendly hotels and destinations around the world. I believe travelling is one of the best ways to help build strong relationships with your kids.
Sarah Blackwell

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