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1. Cardiff Castle

First, what child doesn’t love exploring a castle? Cardiff’s spectacular one is real treat for the senses too. There are opulent interiors, panoramic views from the top of the Norman Keep and atmospheric Wartime Shelters to explore. You can also explore the castle and grounds at your leisure. Or simply book a specialist tour. Don’t miss the “animal wall” surrounding the castle too – one of the city’s best spots for a family snapshot.

Address: Castle St, Cardiff CF10 3RB

Opening Hours: Open daily 10am to 4pm

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2. Techniquest Cardiff

A must visit for any keen scientists, Techniquest Cardiff is indeed an interactive science discovery centre in the heart of Cardiff Bay. It offers fantastic hands-on exhibits, a Science Theatre and a Planetarium.  Overall, a great day out for all the family, with loads of activities and shows at weekends and during school holidays.

Address: Stuart St, Cardiff CF10 5BW

Opening Hours: Open 9:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday, and 10am – 5:00 pm Saturday & Sunday.

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3. Carry on Screaming

Sometimes there’s nothing better on a rainy day than heading to the cinema for some downtime with your family. But what if you have a baby, who may cry, need feeding, changing or disturb other customers? Carry on Screaming has the answer – a film screening every Friday at Chapter Arts Centre, which is specifically for parents with young babies. You will therefore be able to relax in the knowledge everyone is in the same situation as you. Finally, all films are family friendly, so older siblings can come along too. No wonder why this cinema is featured among our things to do with kids in Cardiff.

Address: Market Rd, Canton, Cardiff CF5 1QE

Bookings: Tickets for these screenings are not available online – please call the Box Office on 029 2030 4400 to book.

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4. Parc Play Cardiff

Firstly, Parc Play offers hours of fun whatever the weather, with indoor, outdoor and undercover play areas for children up to age 12. Secondly, toddlers can explore the artificial grass meadow with tunnels, hills and slides,  swings and a big sand & water play area complete with pirate ship and raft.

In addition, older children will love the zip wire, huge double slide, timber castle and table tennis, whilst adults can relax in the cafe with a coffee & free wifi.

Address: 4 Curran Embankment, Cardiff CF10 5DX

Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 5:30pm

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5. National Museum Cardiff

Last but not least, discover world class art, natural history and plenty of family focused events at this iconic museum. A favourite with kids, the ‘Evolution of Wales’ galleries take you on a 4,600 million-year journey from the Big Bang to the present day, bringing you face to face with dinosaurs and woolly mammoths along the way. Finally, upcoming family events include Toddler Time (every Friday) and The Big Museum Easter Trail.

Address: Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP

Opening Hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm. Closed on Mondays.

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6. Bute Park

Known as the green heart of the city, Bute Park covers 56 hectares, making it one of the largest urban parks in Wales. Flanked by the River Taff and Cardiff Castle, its has a tranquil and historic atmosphere. There is woodland, sports pitches and walking trails to explore, and numerous events are held here throughout the year.

Address: North Rd, Cardiff CF10 3ER

Opening Hours: Open daily 7:30am – dusk

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7. Roath Park

Known to locals as Roath Rec, this park is popular with families. Thanks to its excellent playground and large lake which can be used for watersports. Opened in 1894, it has retained its classic Victorian layout, with a distinctive memorial lighthouse that has become an icon of the city. Explore the Wild Garden and Botanic Garden, before heading to the Pleasure Gardens for bowls and basketball, or the playgrounds swings and slides. Overall, this is a lovely outdoor idea among our things to do in Cardiff with your kids.

Address: Lake Rd W, Cardiff CF23 5PA

Opening Hours: 7:30 am – dusk

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8. Cefn Mably Farm Park

This park and farm offers a great day out for all the family, from toddlers to teenagers. There are animals to feed and pet, mini diggers to ride and go-karts to race. If the weather turns wet, there’s a soft play barn too, and a cosy cafe serving coffee and home made cake. Don’t miss the farm shop on your way out, where you can pick up some bacon smoked on site or locally made cheeses, jams and chutneys.

Address: Began Rd, Cardiff CF3 6XL

Opening Hours: Open daily, 10am – 5pm

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9. St Fagan’s National Museum of History​

Pay a visit to this open–air museum to take a step back in time and learn about the historic lifestyle, culture, and architecture of the Welsh people.  Set within the grounds of St Fagan’s Castle, visitors can explore over 40 buildings which give you a glimpse into people’s everyday lives at various periods throughout Welsh history. These include houses, a farm, a school, and a workman’s institute, all meticulously recreated to be historically accurate. Live demonstrations from traditional craftsmen and bring the experience alive.

After you’ve had your culture fix, take the kids to the High Ropes adventure course or explore the acres of pretty woodland.

Address: St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff CF5 6XB

Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 5pm

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10. Cycle the Taff Trail

Admire the city’s  green spaces and beyond on two wheels, as you cycle the famous Taff Trail with your family. In Cardiff the Taff Trail extends 8 miles, from Cardiff Bay’s Waterfront, via the City Centre, through parks and green spaces, to Tongwynlais. The route is suitable for all ages and abilities, as you can cycle as little or as much as you want in one go.

If you fancy walking instead, there are six circular walks you can do within the Taff Corridor. For details and maps, email or phone 029 2068 4000.

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