Family Days Out
Whether you’re looking for fun, something educational or just somewhere a little different to take the kids, Wales can offer you a wide range of attractions that will not only keep the children entertained for the whole day, but will appeal to you as well.
Capital city Cardiff can offer you as many restaurants and cafes as you could hope for, but if you’re interested in keeping your offspring quiet, think about taking them to Cardiff Castle. Not only is it a beautiful and fascinating place, but they also cater for children; they have an audio guide especially for kids, highlighting the gruesome history of the castle and its prisoners. They can also learn about long ago soldiers and wars, and if you go during a special event, you could get to witness such exciting sights as The Knights Of Royal England in their jousting competition. Fun and educational, the castle gives you the best of both worlds.
Cardiff Bay can be just as interesting for the kids – especially if they’re into a certain BBC science fiction series; The Doctor Who Experience takes the TV show and turns it into a delightful interactive adventure. It also includes a huge collection of props and costumes from the show, and they even do children’s parties – with added goody bags and birthday cake.
Heading north to Llandudno, you’ll find a wide array of things to do, from wartime museums to fun train journeys. Head under Great Orme to go on a self-guided tour of the Bronze Age copper mines, or if that’s a bit too scary for the little ones, head to the top of the limestone headstand to experience the only cable-hauled tramway on British public roads, The Great Orme Tramway; from Orme’s summit you’ll be able to see wonderful views of Llandudno and its beautiful bays, and you’ll have fun getting up there too. For a bit of recent history, check out Llandudno’s Home Front Experience, a living museum which takes you on a journey through 1940s Britain.
If your family is more of the adventurous type, why not visit Tree Top Adventure in Snowdonia? There are several activities for thrill-seeking adults such as the Adventurer’s Course and Powerfan Plummet, as well as the gentler Junior Tree Trail made especially for small children, complete with the Grizzly Bear Crossing, Squirrel Hideaway and Flying Fox zip line. This attraction is great for getting the whole family outdoors, as well as encouraging exercise and exploration.
If you fancy a trip to the Isle of Anglesey, their Sea Zoo – the biggest aquarium in Wales – will allow you to get up close and personal with some of the most fascinating marine animals. Go virtual scuba diving, take part in a Seafari, and enjoy the talks and feeds that take place daily. For more nature, take a trip to Puffin Island and enjoy spotting all kinds of birds and other sealife – grey seals and bottlenose dolphins can sometimes be seen along the coastline.
Whatever the purpose of your day out in Wales, you’re sure to find more than enough activities and beautiful places to keep both you and the little ones happy.
This post was written by Guest Blogger Dave Jesus-Sasquatch