Before embarking on a fun-filled family trip to Swansea, you might wonder: what can I do to keep the kids amused? Hey, maybe you know other parents who have taken their little ones to Swansea – or maybe not. Well, rest assured that Swansea is a great little town to visit and explore, with fun to be had for people of all ages – even toddlers!
The city of Swansea is located on the southern coast of Wales and is a popular tourist destination, known for its picturesque coastline and seafront spaces, as well as many vibrant urban attractions for kids and adults alike.
We’ve rounded up our top things to do in Swansea with toddlers — both free and for a fee, a full day out or just a few hours of fun. There’ll definitely be something here to keep your little one engaged!
Fun Things To Do In Swansea With Toddlers
Situated in the heart of the city, Plantasia is one of the best places to visit and explore with kids. Get up close to some of the most exotic species of animals, mini-beasts and plants – certainly not seen anywhere else in Wales!
Adults and older children will enjoy learning about different types of life and stepping through a giant tree into a rainforest tribal camp replica, complete with tribal music. Toddlers and younger kids will love seeing many animals for the first time, with over 40 species, including parakeets, fish, and chameleons in various exciting colours.
Plantasia is open daily from 10:00 – 17:00.
The LC Swansea
If you are thinking about getting your little ones used to being in the water, then the LC is a great place to start them off. Ideal if you are travelling with kids of different ages, the LC Swansea is the perfect place to spend a rainy day – and let’s face it, Wales is quite familiar with those.
The LC is part-theme park, part-swimming pool and boasts a surf machine, a bubbling whirlpool, and a rollercoaster. This attraction is also ideal for families with toddlers because they offer a much smaller, calmer pool for parents to introduce swimming and having fun with water in a safe environment. Expect water tipping buckets, fun fountains to splash in, and a ball pit.
The pool is part of a leisure facility, and opening hours vary.
Playzone offers an adventurous soft play course for children of all ages. While many of their larger slides, tumble towers and rope bridges are for children over five years old, there is also a special area for younger kids to play safely.
Unlike many other indoor playgrounds, Playzone encourages parents to join their children in the main play area. This is a great way for toddlers or younger children to play and have fun, with an adult right there to keep them safe.
- Monday to Friday 10:00 – 19:00
- Saturday to Sunday 10:00 – 17:00
Swansea has many wonderful outdoor recreational areas, and Singleton Park offers plenty to appeal to both adult visitors and youngsters. Singleton has both dragon and swan pedalos, which your tot is sure to love (provided there is an adult on hand to keep a tight hold of them, of course). And a major plus for anyone travelling with small children – there are public toilets.
There is also a crazy golf course, a fabulous botanical garden, and an Egyptian archaeology exhibit with fun-filled activities for children to enjoy. Some of these options are more suited to older children, but even your littlest family members are bound to enjoy the expansive open space and sitting on the picnic blanket for lunch al fresco.
The park is open daily from 11:00 – 17:00
A trip to Swansea would hardly be complete without a visit to the iconic castle, would it? Even if your children are still too young to understand the history, they are sure to love exploring the open green space with you, not to mention the crumbling ruins. Swansea Castle has plenty of open space for children to run and clean fresh air.
The castle is located is in the city centre and the ruins look striking in comparison to the nearby shiny office towers. While this particular iteration of the castle has been standing since the 13th century, the castle site dates back to at least the early 12th century.
Admission is free.
Langland Bay Beach
Is it even a holiday if you don’t at least try to visit a beach? Okay, so maybe taking a beach day in Wales is a bit of a risk – but that’s half the fun! Langland Bay beach has a wondrous expanse of golden sand for your child to run across, pristine ocean water to swim in and plenty of intricate rock pools to investigate.
Langland Bay is one of the most popular places for families to visit in Swansea, so if you are planning a trip for the summer months, make sure to get there early. It is well worth a visit, especially for families with young children, as there are accessible facilities, a first aid post, a lost child centre, and beach huts available for hire for the day.
Limitless Trampoline Park
Trampolining is fabulous fun for all ages, and you can get your child started safely with the only trampoline park in Swansea. Limitless offers 87 trampolines as well as a foam pit, all of which are accessible during an open bounce session. Let your kids loose to burn off some holiday energy in this safe, fun environment.
Yes, toddlers are welcome too, and children under six must be accompanied by an adult. Toddler-specific sessions are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9:00 and 10:00 for super tiny bouncers to enjoy the trampolines safely away from older kids.
This outdoor water park on the Swansea Prom is an excellent place for families to visit as it is safe and suitable for children of all ages. There is a shallow paddling pool for toddlers to wade, splash, and get used to the water safely. There is also a dry children’s playground for little adventurers.
Make a day of it if the weather allows. Pack a picnic lunch and sit out in the Welsh air to dry off after swimming. The best part? It’s all completely free! The Lido is open between 30th April and 4th September, from 9:00 to 17:00.
The Swansea Treasure Trail
Alright, this one’s intended for children aged 6+, but if they have a younger sibling, any child is sure to enjoy joining in on the outdoor fun. The treasure trail is a self-guided tour for the older child, built around family-friendly clues. Figure out all the clues to solve the mystery!
The clues appear on plaques, buildings and monuments around Swansea so you can do it at your own pace. It’s a great activity for families with tots because it doesn’t need to be completed in one day. The trail is approximately two miles long, and even if your little one doesn’t get the full experience, it’s a family day outside in the fresh air.
The trails are available for a modest fee (and can be used again and again) online — take a look at the others on offer as well if you’re spending lots of time in Wales.
Take a walk around Swansea Marina and look at the boats; a walk in the fresh air is a good chance to get out and about, especially if you live in a city. Toddlers will enjoy pointing at boats, making footprints in the sand, and maybe getting ice cream too!
It might be worth taking a long walk by the sea if your little one is having trouble sleeping – the sea air is supposed to help them to nod off soundly, after all!
Llanelli Wetland Centre
This unique family day out allows you to get up close with some amazing wildlife and explore the stunning scenery. You’ll find different species at the reserve depending on when in the year you visit, but one must-see all year round is the flock of flamingos!
There are canoes to hire so you can row around the wetlands – keep your eyes peeled for animals and birds along the way.
It’s just a stone’s throw outside of Swansea, so you won’t hear your little one they’re complaining they’re bored on the journey!
Head to the Llanelli Wetland Centre website for more information about this fun-filled day out, including information on events and classes. Some activities include den-building and crafting, and you might even learn some survival skills.
Looking for another location? Check out our Days Out section for more ideas.