10 Things To Do In Sheffield With Toddlers

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Planning an outing with your toddler but don’t know where to go? As one of the greenest cities in Europe with rolling hills and 250 parks, it’s no wonder you and your little ones want to get out in Sheffield!

Toddlers can be tough to entertain, and an abundance of toys doesn’t always cut it. But that’s where we’re here to help. Whether you’re a fan of nature, museums, art galleries, or water parks, there are always family-friendly things to do in Sheffield.

Start planning your next family day out with a list of our top things to do in Sheffield with toddlers that even adults can enjoy!

Fun Things To Do In Sheffield With Toddlers

Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife Conservation Park

Explore a wild family day out and encounter exotic wildlife at the Tropical Butterfly House, and Wildlife Conservation Park. Come face to face with some of the most popular animals as you explore the indoor rainforest – home to crocodiles, butterflies, bats, and birds from all over the world.

This exciting centre boasts many fun attractions, like the outdoor wet play area, The Realm of Camelot adventure playground, and an indoor activity and craft centre. All are guaranteed to entertain children non-stop.

Feed some friendly residents of the Farm Barn or grab a snack yourself with a visit to Lottie’s Coffee Lounge – serving hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, toasties, pasta, milkshakes, and desserts galore.

Just over 30 minutes outside Sheffield City Centre, you’ll soon realise this expedition is worth the drive!

Rivelin Valley Water Play

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Come take a dip in Rivelin Valley’s Water Park, a wonderful destination for a summer’s day and best of all; it’s free! Unique among other outdoor swimming pools for its “secrecy”, this hidden gem is nestled in the picturesque woodlands.

It’s been hailed as a “wonderful destination for families” and has fun features like accessible paddling pools, bucket drops, jets, and sprinklers. Open every day throughout the school summer holidays between 11 am – 5 pm, this water park is perfect for the whole family.

So pop on your cosy and enjoy yourself at this aquatic playground for all ages!

The Foundry Climbing Centre

A perfect place to keep kids entertained, the Foundry Climbing Centre offers indoor climbing fun for ages seven and up. For little ones, the Foundry has junior introduction lessons aimed at teaching kids of all ages how to use the equipment and start climbing.

Not only does this place have a great atmosphere, but it’s also a great place for kids to meet new friends, develop personal skills, and learn a super cool activity. Designed for both beginners and experts, its 13m high walls and top rope climbs with 150 routes make for a busy afternoon.

Coupled with the endless fun is a chance for your kid to build their self-esteem and confidence and increase their decision-making skills. With a variety of walls to climb, you’ll never get bored!

Weston Park Museum

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Pull back the curtain and discover the real story of Sheffield at Weston Park Museum. Home to some of the city’s fantastical collections of unusual treasures and appealing attractions, you’ll learn more about the people, politics, geological roots, and music that shaped Sheffield today!

Alongside the interactive exhibits, zoological wonders, and archaeological treasures, you can find displays that showcase Sheffield-themed highlights from the city’s art galleries.

Curious to look at more artistic wonders? Dotted around the Museum and the city’s centre are popular art galleries like the Millenium Gallery and Graves Gallery.

It has events and programmes for all ages like recreating Bronze Age jewellery, crafting versions of ancient relics, or getting stuck in some gloopy stuff in a fun activity room with your toddler. Weston Park Museum has something for anyone and everyone.

Jump Inc Sheffield

Get sky-high with a fun family day out at Jump Inc, one of the largest dedicated trampoline parks in the UK! Their giant warehouse playground is a bouncy fun zone with 120 trampolines for a jam-packed day of fun for all ages.

With ultra fun and bouncy features like the Jump Tower, Big Air Bags, 3-Sided Walk the Wall, Ninja Course, and Tumble Tracks, you can expect playgrounds for all families. You’ll be catching some serious air on these Olympic-sized trampolines.

Jump Inc has a play centre exclusive to toddlers and their parents. You can book a ticket today for a two-hour toddler session filled with bouncing, your favourite Disney songs, and new friends. And you can join in too!

Graves Park Animal Farm

A picturesque British farm park with beautiful scenery, farm animals, play areas, a boating lake, and more, Graves Park is the perfect outdoor place to experience a leisurely family day out. You’ll find this quaint farm on Hemsworth Road, and it’s free entry to all visitors.

As one of the biggest parks in the South West of Sheffield, its large landscape is dotted with woodland, running streams, and open spaces for some outdoor fun. The park also has a practice golf course, several tennis courts, a playground, and two bowling greens.

Visit the farm animals at no charge! The charming little animal farm in Graves Park has many animal animals that interest toddlers. There’s also a large play area right next to the cafe with swings, a sandpit, zip wire, climbing frames, and an array of toddler equipment.

Bring along some duck food, and you’re guaranteed a warm welcome from the fuzzy residents!

Fun House Indoor Play Centre

A great way to let your kids blow off some steam! The Fun House is a premier soft play and party centre that offers a wide range of party packages and activity sessions. Their Krafty Tots Morning activity is great for an early start to the holidays.

It occurs every Tuesday and Friday from 10:00-11:30 with a different theme every week. It’s jam-packed with art, crafts, and music sessions to support early learning goals while providing your little tot with a free snack and drink.

It’s also great if your little one’s birthday is coming up and you’re looking for a venue. Start planning with any of the six-party packages they have to offer. It’s the perfect soft play centre for your little one to enjoy.

Mayfield Alpacas Animal Farm

Animal farms are a fan favourite amongst families, and Mayfield Alpacas Animal Farm is a top pick for those looking for some fun outdoor things to do.

Covering over 45 acres across the beautiful and green Mayfield Valley, the farm offers you the pleasurable experience of meeting more than 170 animals. From alpaca, dwarf mongoose, and reindeer to llama, meerkats, and skunks, Mayfield is the perfect place for all types of families.

You can take a leisurely outdoor stroll to see all the animals, dotted with plenty of informative boards full of interesting facts and helpful information on the animals. Another exciting feature is their animal adoption programme. You can become a sponsor of one of their animals and contribute to their animal conservation efforts.

Their coffee shop is a great place to relax with a cup of coffee and a slice of homemade cake after a stroll throughout the grounds.

Monkey Bizness

There’s no monkey business here, just a heap of fun and enjoyment!

Another great indoor soft play centre with games, slides, playgrounds, machines, and more! It also has a special play area for toddlers, as well as comfy seating and a bright, airy cafe that serves freshly prepared food.

Monkey Bizness provides some great weekday offers for you and your toddler. You can join in on a morning activity to make a souvenir – arts, cooking, music; you name it!

Is a birthday coming up? Monkey Bizness can be a great place to host it with a variety of fun party packages tailored to every family’s needs.

Pottering Around

Maybe you’d like to decorate your home with the creative crafts of your little one? Try out Pottering Around, a ceramics studio based in Hillsborough, where you can paint whatever you desire!

The best part is, there’s no painting or studio fee. You just buy your pot, grab a seat, and paint! Kids grow up fast, so they capture their memory with a clay imprint of their foot or hand. Another fabulous way is silver imprint jewellery – you can have a necklace, cufflinks, key rings, or a charm. It’s all up to you.

It’s a perfect place for a calm and relaxing day in Sheffield, so let your little one’s imagination run free with a fun craft.

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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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