You can’t always count on the sun shining when you visit the UK seaside, but luckily Bournemouth has plenty of indoor attractions for families. There are indoor adventure parks for active kids, a role play centre for creative kids and a fantastic aquarium for the whole family.
BabyBreaks has done the hard work for you, and researched the Top 5 Best Child-Friendly Indoor activities to do in Bournemouth.
1. Oasis Fun
A whole day out for the family, Oasis Fun offers six bowling lanes, indoor soft play, arcade games, an adventure golf course and an American-style diner. There’s hours of fun to be had here, perfect for a rainy day when the beach isn’t too appealing.
Please note: The diner is only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Address: Glen Fern Rd, Bournemouth BH1 2LZ
Opening Hours: Sun-Thurs 10am – 10pm, Fri & Sat 10am – 11pm
2. Role Play World Cafe
An innovative space for children to explore their imagination, Role Play World offers regularly changing role-play areas such as a fire station, castle, construction site, safari area and pirate ship.
In reality, children will broaden their personal, social and emotional development. They will also expand their language and communication skills and evolve their knowledge of the world they live in.
Play session are 60 minutes and there’s a café where parents can relax with a well-deserved coffee.
Opening Hours: Open daily 9:30 am – 5pm
3. Rock Reef
Located at the end of Bournemouth Pier, Rock Reef offers lots of active fun for tiring out the kids, both indoors and outdoors. Suitable for ages 4 and above, the all-weather attraction tops the list of lots of tourists. There are climbing walls, vertical drop slides, an aerial obstacle course and a 65 metre ‘cave’ to explore.
If the weather brightens up, head outside to the PierZip – an amazing pier to shore zip wire which will have you soaring 25 metres above the sea!
Opening Hours: Open 10am – 5:30pm on weekends. Weekday opening times vary depending on school holidays / seasons.
Visit the website to book your session (essential).
It wouldn’t be a visit to the seaside without a trip to an aquarium! Kids will love getting up close and personal to the fantastic array of sea creatures here, from playful penguins to graceful rays to cute otters. Pick up the Adventure Quiz Trail at the start and see if you can answer all the questions as you wander around.
Under 10’s can also enjoy an underwater themed play zone too, next to the underwater penguin windows and jellyfish displays, which offer even more entertainment !
Address: Pier Approach, Bournemouth BH2 5AA
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 6pm
5. Lollipops Play Cafe
And finally, a world of fun and exploration for under 5’s, this soft play cafe is light and airy, giving it a sense of relative calm, compared to other soft play centres. In addition to the three storey play frame and baby sensory area, there are various events throughout the week such as messy play and baking.
As well as good coffee and cake (essential for early morning parenting) there is even a TV area showing sky sports – a very welcome new addition for some parents!
Address: 16 Landseer Rd, Bournemouth BH4 9EH
Opening Hours: Opening times vary, check the website for more details.
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