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Entertaining the young ones is made easy in Cardiff. From treetop and trampolining adventures to science at Techniquest and the Natural History Museum, there is something here for everyone. With so much on offer, your kids will never get bored in the Welsh capital.
Fforest Fawr is the stunning backdrop to Castell Coch, a 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.
The Barrage was built in the ’90s as part of a large-scale urban restoration project in the Cardiff Bay area. Today you can walk almost the entire length of it, tracing the shore as you go. That might not sound like much fun for kids, but there’s plenty to keep them occupied. Aside from the pirate-ship-themed playground and skatepark that sit on the northerly end of the Barrage, there are various spots nearby where you can rent kayaks and other water-sport gear to actually get out onto the water.
It’s hard to find a more comprehensive approach to tiring lively kids out than the one taken at Parc Play. A huge indoor and outdoor playcentre just south of Bute Park, it has something for kids of all ages, from sand pits and a water play area for toddlers to zip wires, table tennis and air hockey for the older ones. As far as adults are concerned, there’s a pleasant café area with deck chairs for days with better outdoor conditions, ideal to kick back and relax while the little ones work themselves into a frenzy.
Additional reporting by Callum Davies