Plan a trip to Cambridge but unsure on the things to do with your kids? The historic and beautiful city of Cambridge tops the “must visit” list of many travellers. Boasting stunning architecture, world class museums and of course its prestigious University. It is also a very family friendly city. You will feel right at home exploring its compact centre side by side with students, locals and tourists.
So are you ready to tick of the list some of these 10 fun things to do in Cambridge with your children?
Above all, children of all ages love live shows. This small independent theatre is the perfect spot to take in a family friendly performance. They have certainly lots of children’s themed performances to choose from. Recent plays include for instance Aladdin and The Worst Witch, adapted from Jill Murphy’s popular novel.
This world leading centre for research into the polar regions is a surprisingly fantastic place for children. Offering lots of special events throughout the year, such as children’s opera and family days. Under 5’s can enjoy “Little Explorers” sessions each month – a chance to discover the poles through storytelling and play.
Fancy becoming an undercover agent for the day? This interactive game experience is suitable for the whole family, from children as young as four. Work together to solve puzzles and complete challenges onboard a hijacked warship. The big kid in you, will love this as much as they do! One of the best fun things to do in Cambridge.
Established in 1728, this is the oldest of the University’s museums. It houses ancient fossils, minerals and rocks which tell the story of our amazing planet, including some specimens discovered by Charles Darwin. Any children who are into dinosaurs will be in their element! That is to say there’s loads to see and do here, from puzzles and treasure trails to poetry.
Soft play centres are a great place to take the kids on a rainy day. In addition, this one has outdoor facilities too, so if it brightens up they can get some fresh air! While the kids whizz down slides or clamber up (pretend!) chimneys indoors, you can meanwhile relax in the cafe, overlooking 50 acres of Cambridgeshire countryside.
This tropical oasis in the city centre is home to a staggering array of plants from around the world – a wonderful place for a picnic on a sunny day. Grab a map to follow the ‘family trail’ or check out one of the seasonal family events such as Nature Weaving or Spring Yoga.
What better way to take in the sights of the beautiful city than from a leisurely boat ride on the River Cam? There are numerous companies offering punting- you can choose to steer yourself (more challenging than it looks!) or have a guide who will also teach you about the historic landmarks you pass.
A short drive from the city centre will take you to a whole world of wildlife at Sherpreth Park. Meet meerkats, tigers, wallabies and pandas, and don’t miss the daily feeding sessions and talks too. If the weather turns wet, Ringo’s play barn has a cafe and a soft play area for little ones. No wonder why this venue is among our favourite kids activities in Cambridge.
Part of the National Trust Wimpole Estate, this is a wonderful day out for the whole family. The 3,000 acres of beautiful land encompasses a grand mansion, manicured gardens and a working farm. Little children will love seeing pig feeding, donkey grooming and meeting the rabbits, whilst older ones can enjoy the adventure playground. The shop and restaurant sells delicious local produce, so you can take a taste of the farm home with you.
A historic open air pool built in the 1920’s Jesus Green Lido is a really popular spot on sunny days. The water is not heated, but the kids never seem to feel the cold! Less brave adults can relax in the sauna or on the sunbathing terrace, as you sip a cool drink from the cafe.
I bet this museum will be popular with children as long as they have been introduced to personal computers or tablets. This permanent exhibition is giving an interactive history of computers and games consoles from different brands such as Apple, Amstrad or Commodore. This museum is currently open on weekends between 10am and 5pm
If your children are into animals and want to learn more about species, this free entry museum of zoology is a great option for families. There are exhibits covering the whole spectrum of the animal kingdom from elephants to whales. Make sure to check out their workshops too on their website. A great activity to tick among the best things to do in Cambridge with children.
The Cambridge Science Centre organises workshops mostly on Friday and weekends. Some of them are even dedicated to pre school children. Expect some hands-on activities with your children and allow them to discover the magic of science. The venue even organises birthday parties too.
If you are visiting Cambridge on a bright sunny day, why not taking the family outside and visit the Milton Country Park. Situated at the North side of Cambridge, you will find interesting walks, different playgrounds for your children and even a Café for a well deserved break. There are even some water activities such as kayak, canoe, paddle and more.
Feel like spending some time outdoor in Cambridge, look no further than visiting the public park of Cherry Hinton Hall. The park is famously known to host the Folk festival in the summer. Families will enjoy playgrounds, a paddling pool and a duck pond. Why not preparing a picnic and enjoy the day at Cherry Hinton Hall Park.