Bristol is one of the UK’s most exciting cities, home to some fascinating museums, world class art and an exciting live music scene. But what is there to do for families, in this edgy, dynamic and fiercely independent city? Well BabyBreaks has done the hard work for you, and researched the best things to do with your Kids in Bristol.

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1. We The Curious

At first, this exciting interactive science museum is one of Bristol’s top family attractions, offering load of hands on exhibits, a fascinating Planetarium and loads of live shows and workshops to discover.  Visitor participation is very much encouraged, so you don’t need to worry about the kids touching something they should’t be.

Price: ££ (FREE for under 2’s)

Address: One Millennium Square, Anchor Rd, Bristol BS1 5DB

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2. Blaise Castle Estate

Blaise Castle Estate is a 650 acre Grade II listed site which encompasses a children’s play area, an 18th century mansion and a castle. Immerse yourselves in the history of the buildings, admiring the magnificent Picture Room, Victorian era dolls, toys and period costumes and of course, climb to the top of the castle to admire panoramic views.

Finally, on sunny days, the adventure playground, acres of woodland and horse riding trails provide plenty of opportunity for little legs to run wild.

Price: FREE

Address: Kings Weston Rd, Bristol BS10 7QS

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3. Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

This beautiful building is home to an extensive collection of archaeology, geology and art object. It has consequently loads to entertain families throughout the year. The “please touch” labels encourage young, inquisitive minds to engage with the exhibits. And the under five’s activity area has puppet shows, interactive games and more.

There’s even a whole floor dedicated to Dinosaurs! No wonder it is featured on our favourite things to do with kids in Bristol!

BabyBreaks Tip: Don’t miss the Angel Bust sculpture by local Bristolian, Banksy.

Price: FREE

Address: Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1RL

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4. Mshed

This dockside & industrial warehouse documents the history of Bristol from prehistoric times to the 21st century, through its unique and thought provoking exhibitions. Challenging the traditional concept of a museum, its constantly evolving collections include films, quirky objects, and interactive displays.

Kids will also love the fact they can ride on trains, boats and even the working cranes outside. A great venue among our activities to do with your kids in Bristol.

Price: FREE

Address: Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN

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5. SS Great Britain

Journey through the life and times of the SS Great Britain – a revolutionary luxury liner built in 1845. This dockyard ship museum is indeed a great day out for the family where you can walk beneath the glass roofed sea. You can also climb the rigging and try out a bed in a cramped, third class cabin.

Furthermore, experience what life at sea was like for passengers voyaging to Australia, what they ate, saw, smelt and heard.

Price: ££ (FREE for under 4’s)

Address: Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Rd, Bristol BS1 6TY

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6. Aerospace Bristol

This interactive exhibition centre is a fantastic place to take transport mad toddlers. Discover aeroplanes, helicopters, space rockets and satellites as you make your way through the history of aviation.  There’s also an an outdoor play area and fun activities for budding engineers and pilots.

Price: ££ (FREE for under 4’s)

Address: Hayes Way, Patchway, Bristol BS34 5BZ

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7. Clip N Climb

A great activity for kids aged 4 and over, and adults too if you fancy it. Clip N Climb offers a range of climbing activities to help kids expend some of that boundless energy, and learn a new skill too. They’ll be having so much fun that they won’t even notice if you sneak off for a coffee at the cafe!

Price: ££

Address: 3 New Gatton Rd, Bristol BS2 9SH

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8. Bristol Aquarium

Meet a range of marine life at this fun aquarium  always a winning activity on a rainy day. The kids will love walking through the shark tunnel, or spotting tropical creatures in the urban jungle. There are also daily talks and feeding times where you can learn all about your favourite sea life.

Price: ££ (FREE for under 3’s)

Address:  Anchor Rd, Bristol BS1 5TT

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9. Axis Trampoline Club

This dedicated gymnastics and trampolining club offers a variety of sessions to wear out your little ones on a rainy day. Specific classes which can be booked in advance include Bouncing Tots, Gym Tots and Pre-School Soft Play.

Price: £

Address: 14 Liberty Industrial Park, S Liberty Ln, Bristol BS3 2SU

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10. AirHop Bristol

Another trampoline park in Bristol, and this one is aimed at families or large groups, thanks to its huge size. There’s loads of space in this giant warehouse, so it won’t feel crowded even at the weekends. They offer Mini Hoppers sessions for tiny tots, as well as Adult Fitness Classes and Kids Parties. One of our most active things to do in Bristol to do with your kids.

Price: ££

Address: Patchway Trading Estate, Unit 5, Britannia Rd, Bristol BS34 5TA

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11. Rhyme & Storytime at Bristol Central Library

Enjoy free storytelling and rhyme time sessions at Bristol Central Library. These drop in classes are perfect for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers who need to get out of the house on a wet day. The welcoming and relaxed environment is a great place to meet other local parents too.

Price: FREE

Address: College Green, Bristol BS1 5TL

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12. Baby Friendly Cinema

If you thought cinema trips were a thing of the past now you have a baby, then think again. Baby cinema clubs are popping up all over the country, allowing parents to enjoy the latest films without worrying that their baby will cry! The lowered volume and lighting will help your baby drift off, and you are free to move around the cinema if they need rocking to sleep. With plenty of room for prams, and an audience made up of fellow parents, you will hopefully be able to relax and enjoy the movie!

Price: £

Showcase Address: Glass House Ln, Bristol BS1 3BX
Watershed Address: 1 Canon’s Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX

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13. Tyntesfield

This spectacular National Trust house is surrounded by beautiful grounds, making it a wonderful day out whatever the weather. Explore the history of the house through a “behind the scenes”tour, or just opt to explore a few rooms yourself. But it’s the grounds which the children will enjoy the most. There are acres of gardens, woodland and grazing animals, as well as three outdoor play areas and one indoors. Check the website for up to date seasonal activities, nature trails and events too.

Price: ££

Address: Wraxall, Bristol BS48 1NX

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14. Windmill Hill City Farm

A community farm which provides that recreation, education and therapy using food, farming and the environment as a theme. The kids can get involved in picking fruit and veg, planting bulbs, discovering nature trails and caring for the animals. There are also regular workshops and events to get kids excited and involved in the natural world. There’s also an award-winning café serving a mouth watering selection of fresh food using farm produce. And lastly, don’t forget to have a browse around the farm shop for all sorts of delicious, locally produced goodies.

Price: FREE

Address: Philip St, Bristol BS3 4EA

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15. Crazy Climb Bristol

An action packed climbing area where kids can enjoy some dynamic and challenging fun. There are over 20 activities to try, from scaling a light up volcano to abseiling down a teetering tower. This activity is suitable for children aged 4 and over, with dedicated sessions for different age groups.

Price: £

Address: 42 Winterstoke Rd, Bristol BS3 2NW

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16. Canford Park Playground

This park and playground gets great reviews from local parents, who often head here on a Saturday morning. Around 30 minutes from the city centre it has lots of new play equipment, including some impressive climbing frames for older kids.

Price: FREE

Address: 67 Canford Ln, Bristol BS9 3NX

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17. Bristol Old Vic Theatre

Built in 1766, the Bristol Old Vic is the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world. A pretty impressive accolade, and one locals are fiercely proud of. Having recently undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment, the theatre continues to entertain the Bristol community with great shows for all ages, there’s always something suitable for the kids showing, from Christmas Panto to Zog Live or The Very Hungry Caterpillar. So make sure you check the website to see what’s on when you visit.

Price: ££

Address: King St, Bristol BS1 4ED

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That’s a a wrap. Hopefully, these ideas will be enough to keep your family busy. If you know other things to do in Bristol with kids, please let us know!

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