Five of the best things to do in Leeds with a toddler
Toddlers are a joy (most of the time anyway!). Their boundless energy and love of exploring means you can have loads of fun getting out and about visiting new places with them.
These are some of my favourite places to go with my boys aged 5 and 2 in and around Leeds. Please let me know if you have any suggestions I can add to my list!
The Tetley is a new arts centre located at the former Tetley Brewery in Leeds. They run free ‘Tiny Tetley’ messy play sessions, especially for under 5s, every fourth Wednesday in a month. These are led by artists, and can include anything from sensory activities and messy play based around current exhibitions and themes – perfect for budding artists!
Free – pre booking is advised though.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Click here to find out about the dates and time of the next Tiny Tetley sessions http://thetetley.org/tiny-tetley-2/
Did you know the world’s oldest working railway is in Leeds? The Middleton Railway is run by volunteers, and operates steam trains between Moor Park Station and Middleton Park on a weekend and in school holidays. The train ride is just 8 minutes long one way which is perfect for toddlers with a short attention span! Hop off at Middleton Park and have a run around before catching the train back to Moor Park for a bite to eat in the station café.
There is also the Engine Room museum at the station which is perfect for real enthusiasts!
Children under 2 – Free
Children 3- 15 - £2.50 return
Adults - £5 return
Family Ticket - £13
This fantastic working farm at Rothwell has more animals than Old Macdonald, and is perfect for toddlers who want to see pigs, cows, horses and even meerkats. The highlight for us though was when my 2 year old boy got the chance to bottle feed a lamb – something he had never done before. It was wonderful to hear his giggles as the lambs guzzled hungrily on the milk closely supervised by the farm helpers.
As well as seeing the animals, there is an outdoor play area, a sandpit, trampoline and bouncy castle. There is also an indoor playgym in case it rains, and a café and picnic area.
Children over 5 years old - £1
Adults - £3
Playbarn - £2 Tuesday to Friday and £3 on a weekend
Bags of carrots to feed the animals cost 30p a bag
Website - http://www.swithensfarm.co.uk/
Roundhay Park& Tropical World
You can’t mention fun things to do in Leeds, without mentioning Roundhay Park and the newly renovated Tropical World. Toddlers will love seeing crocodiles, lemurs, meerkats and of course the butterflies in the Butterfly House. There are also terrapins in the Australasia House, lizards and snakes in the Creature Corner and the new Morelets Crocodiles. After a spot of lunch at the Explorer’s Café they can head off into Roundhay Park to let off some more steam!!
Under 5s – Free
Children 5 – 15 - £2.50
Adults - £5
Visit the website Tropical World website here http://www.leeds.gov.uk/leisure/Pages/Tropical-World.aspx
THE RAINBOW FACTORY
Perfect for toddlers, the Rainbow Factory in Farsley, brings story books to life through interactive activities and handmade models. Go in Goldilock’s kitchen, dress up in the Beanstalk Theatre or read books under the story tree at this new attraction in Leeds. There are craft activities, dressing up, story telling, acting out and adventures at the Rainbow Factory – and the Hansel and Gretel café serves delicious snacks too!
Under 1s - Free
Children 1- 2 - £4
Children aged 3+ - £8
Adults - £4
For more information click here http://www.rainbowfactorykids.com/
Jo Addison has 2 boys aged 5 and 2 and loves getting out and about exploring with them. She runs a blog called Kiddieholidays which about holidays and days out for babies and toddlers.
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