Entertaining the young ones is made easy in Cardiff. There are some truly brilliant things you can do with your kids, all made possible through a vast array of first-class activities. With so much on offer, children need never get bored in Wales’ capital.
Treetop Adventure Golf
A relatively new addition to Cardiff, Treetop Adventure Golf is a jungle amidst the cityscape. The mini-golf attraction features two indoor 18-hole adventure golf courses, set within a South American-inspired rainforest, together with a clubhouse bar and café. Put your putting skills to the test in the middle of an array of vines, trees and tropical plants. There is even a one-off hole that gives you the chance to win a free game.
Located in Cardiff Bay, Techniquest is a Welsh science centre that offers visitors a hands-on approach to science, and includes a science theatre, a planetarium, and a discovery centre. It’s a brilliant way to get the kids to engage with science, while offering them a fun and interactive day out.
Techniquest, Stuart St, Cardiff, Wales, UK, +44 29 2047 5475
Infinity Trampoline Park
This trampoline park is a multifaceted entertainment emporium. Alongside its 90 trampolines, it includes a main court with vaults, obstacles and trampoline walls, as well as basketball hoops, a foam pit and a dodgeball court. Pre-book, interact with the friendly staff, and enjoy this whirlwind experience.
Cardiff International Pool
Get your splash on at the Cardiff International Pool. With its 50-metre Olympic swimming pool, the little ones can take to the water and become Olympic champions in no time. There is also a plethora of slides reaching down from the roof, providing hours of slippery fun. Parents can relax and unwind in the health suite – that includes a sauna, spa and steam room – while the kids enjoy themselves in the pool.
Cardiff International Pool, Olympian Dr, Cardiff, Wales, UK, +44 29 2072 9090
Ice Arena Wales
Get your skates on and take the kids down to the newly completed Ice Arena Wales, a state-of-the-art complex featuring two ice pads. There’s a wide range of recreational and professional skating sessions, activities and events, as well as a large cafeteria and bar. For those yet to fully find their feet on the ice, Ice Arena Wales hosts skate crash courses during half term – including 30-minute sessions every day.
Ice Arena Wales, Olympian Dr, Cardiff, Wales, UK, +44 29 2078 9630
St Fagans National History Museum
Visit this 100-acre open air museum and learn about Wales’ historical past. There are re-erected buildings from various ages to explore – including old schools, butchers, bakers, ironsmiths, and workmen’s institutes – while on the grounds you’ll also see native breeds of livestock, farmed daily. There are also festivals and seasonal celebrations of traditional music and dance, making a trip to St Fagans a wonderfully engaging day out for the whole family.
St Fagans Natural History Museum, St Fagans, Cardiff, Wales, UK, +44 300 111 2333
Boulders Indoor Climbing Centre
Boulders Indoor Climbing Centre is a fantastic outing that’s guaranteed to pack your day with adrenaline and adventure. Located just five minutes from Cardiff’s city centre, it has easy access to the M4 motorway, free parking and bike racks. Under the guidance of qualified instructors, you’ll step outside your comfort zone and into a safe and controlled environment. All equipment is provided – just bring a spirit of adventure and a willingness to challenge yourself. Boulders specialises in introducing people of all abilities to the vertical world in a fun, safe and inclusive way. For children, there are classes and holiday activities that will surely have them scaling to new heights.
Fforest Fawr Sculpture Trail
Fforest Fawr is the stunning backdrop to Castell Coch, a famous castle nestled in the woodland above the village of Tongwynlais. Amidst the trees lies a charming sculpture trail for children. It provides a wonderful opportunity to get outdoorsy and experience some of Cardiff’s wonderful nature. This beautiful forest is frequently used as a filming location for productions, ranging from Welsh period dramas to children’s TV programmes. Part of the Taff Trail – a long-distance route for walkers and cyclists from Cardiff Bay to Brecon – also passes through Fforest Fawr.