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Activities for Families in Sheffield's Parks, Museums, and Countryside

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Families visiting Sheffield will find a wide array of indoor and outdoor activities to keep children entertained. Museums and galleries offer interactive displays that get kids interested in history and art. You're never far from city parks where children can play and families can picnic. Not far from town, you'll find attractions like wildlife parks and farms where kids can feed animals like goats and lambs.

Wildlife parks near Sheffield

 

Families can take trips from Sheffield to see animals, birds, reptiles, and insects from all over the world at visitor attractions near the city. There are miniature but fascinating creatures at the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre, and big beasts from Africa and Asia at open-air venues like the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. You'll also find family-friendly cafés and restaurants at most visitor attractions.

 

Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre

 

Children may shudder at the snakes and other creepy creatures here, but they'll be charmed by marmosets and meerkats. Kids can feed pygmy goats at the farm barn. There's a play park with zip lines, too.

 

Woodsetts Road, North Anston, Sheffield S25 4EQTel: +44 1909 569 416

 

Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre website

 

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

 

Children can get thrillingly close to lions, leopards, and tigers in wide walk-through enclosures at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Smaller residents of this open air attraction include armadillos, squirrel monkeys, and baboons.

 

Warning Tongue Road, Branton DN4 6TB. Tel: +44 1302 535 057

 

Yorkshire Wildlife Park website

Countryside fun for families

 

Yorkshire is surrounded by countryside, so families can enjoy visiting farms and country house estates. In summer, kids can find their way around a labyrinth of corn and take tractor rides at attractions like Maize Maze. Children can get close to cuddly animals like goats and lambs at farms like Cannon Hall Farm.

 

Maize Maze

 

Kids can explore the maze at Jowett House Farm, then drive pedal cars, feed calves, and sample the farm's own ice cream.

 

Jowett House Farm, Cawthorne, Barnsley S75 4AS. Tel: +44 1226 791 855

 

Maize Maze website

 

Cannon Hall Farm

 

Llamas, alpacas, lambs, and piglets are stars of the show at Cannon Hall Farm. Daily ferret races and sheep races add to the fun for families.

 

Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley S75 4AT. Tel: +44 1226 790 427

 

Cannon Hall Farm website

 

Museum activities for families

 

Sheffield's museums offer a range of fun activities and hands-on learning experiences for kids of all ages. Best of all, admission to most city museums is free. Families can find out about Sheffield's history through interactive displays at places like Kelham Island Museum, in a former industrial building that has been turned into an amusing and interesting visitor attraction.

 

Kelham Island Museum

 

Sheffield's steel making heritage comes to life at this riverside museum, where kids under 16 get in free. Exhibits include vintage cars built in Sheffield and a jumbo steam engine.

 

Alma Street, Sheffield S3 8RY. Tel: +44 114 272 2106

 

Kelham Island Museum website

 

Science and technology

 

Families can immerse themselves in the world of science and technology at museums and science-based attractions like Magna Science Adventure Centre, in Rotherham. Two spectacular multi-media shows and more than 100 interactive exhibits educate and entertain kids. They'll also enjoy activities like bungee jumping, abseiling, zip lines, and a water-themed outdoor play area.

 

Magna Science Adventure Centre

 

Kids can swing, climb, and (in summer) splash in the pool at Magna Science Adventure Centre's Sci-Tek and Aqua-Tek outdoor play areas. Inside, they'll find audio-visual shows devoted to themes like air, water, earth, and fire.

 

Sheffield Road, Templeborough, Rotherham S60 1DX. Tel: +44 1709 720 002

 

Magna Science Adventure Centre website

 

Family friendly eateries

 

Sheffield's many urban green spaces offer lots of places where families can picnic. You'll find family-friendly cafés offering snacks and sandwiches in many city parks and gardens, and in most of Sheffield's museums. Not many bars and restaurants in the city centre go out of their way to welcome families, but you'll find some honorable exceptions like Zooby's, in Sheffield's Winter Garden.

 

Zooby's Sandwich Deli & Fairtrade Coffee Bar

 

Health-conscious parents will find appetising options for kids at this friendly café. The menu includes kids' boxes and vegetarian, vegan, and dairy free dishes. For treats, Zooby's also offers ice cream, cakes, and milkshakes.

 

Unit 4 & 5, Winter Garden, Surrey Street, Sheffield S1 1LH. Tel: +44 114 278 8639

 

Zooby's Sandwich Deli & Fairtrade Coffee Bar website