The Best Things to Do With Kids in Cardiff, Wales

See recreations of old schools, butchers, bakers, ironsmiths and workmen’s institutes, as well as St Fagans Castle, at the St Fagans National Museum of History
See recreations of old schools, butchers, bakers, ironsmiths and workmen’s institutes, as well as St Fagans Castle, at the St Fagans National Museum of History | © Stockinasia / Alamy Stock Photo
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26 August 2020

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.

Treetop Adventure Golf

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Teenager boy passing hanging rope bridge obstacle at a ropes course in outdoor treetop adventure park
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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.

Techniquest

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Techniquest, Cardiff Bay, South Wales, UK. Image shot 06/2008. Exact date unknown.
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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.

Infinity Trampoline Park

Park, Sports Center
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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

Swimming Pool
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Get your splash on at the Cardiff International Pool. With its 50m (164ft) 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 – which includes a sauna, spa and steam room – while the kids enjoy themselves in the pool.

St Fagans National Museum of History

Museum, Historical Landmark
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Visit this 100-acre (40.5ha) open-air museum and learn about Wales’s 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. 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. You have to travel to the fringes of Cardiff to get there, but it’s well worth it.

Boulders Indoor Climbing Centre

Sports Center
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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 an adventurous spirit 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 soon have them scaling new heights.

Fforest Fawr Sculpture Trail

Hiking Trail
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Spring flowers in Forest Fawr, a woodland above Castell Coch, Tongwynlais.. Image shot 05/2017. Exact date unknown.
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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.

National Museum Cardiff

Art Gallery, Building, Museum, Park
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The National Museum, Cardiff, South Wales
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Sporting a combination of art and natural history, the National Museum is the largest and most expansive in Cardiff, and has plenty on offer to keep kids entertained. Aside from the numerous dinosaur skeletons, there are interactive workshops and special temporary exhibitions.

Cardiff Bay Barrage

Natural Feature
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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.

Parc Play

Amusement Park
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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

These recommendations were updated on August 26, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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