From animal parks to theatre shows, let us help with ideas for keeping toddlers entertained in and around Bath... 

Roman Baths

No family trip to Bath is complete without exploring the Roman Baths. This is one of the most well-preserved Roman remains in the world and is one of the city’s best attractions for keeping both grown-ups and kids equally captivated. Pick up the activity trail for pre-schoolers (there’s also one for older children) at the start of your visit, following ‘Hoot the Owl’ on an adventure around the site. Little ones will also enjoy seeing the costumed Roman characters wandering around the Roman Baths, based on real people who lived and worked at Aquae Sulis 2000 years ago.

You can download the free Roman Baths Kids app before you visit, full of fascinating facts about life at the Roman Baths, games and a quiz to find out which Roman God or Goddess you are most like.

Great bath at the Roman Baths
Image - Roman Baths, credit Colin Hawkins

The Egg

The Egg is an award-winning theatre for kids, toddlers included. There are often shows especially for the littlest members of the family on the programme, featuring fun and magical storytelling. Performances are every Saturday with extra shows during the school holidays too. The Egg also has a family-friendly café and a play area, perfect for spending time with toddlers.

People in the audience at The Egg theatre in Bath
Image - The Egg, credit Philip Vile

American Museum & Gardens

While the collection of American folk, decorative arts and cultural objects inside might interest mum or dad, little visitors to the American Museum will love running around the beautiful gardens. Paths are very buggy friendly, there’s a dedicated Children’s Garden with a wooden playground, and you can pick up children’s lunch boxes from The Garden Café or picnic on the grounds.

The museum regularly hosts family-friendly events too, including the monthly Brilliant Beasties activities session for little ones and an enchanting light trail at Christmas time. 

Children by wooden play area at American Museum
Image - American Museum, credit Peter Hall

Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park

With over 200 animals, a Dinosaur Valley and an amazing array of adventure play, Avon Valley Adventure Park is a great day out for families with small kids. Make friends with the park’s animal residents, jump around on bouncing pillows, explore the Toddler’s Village indoor play area, have fun in the water and sand play areas, and much more.

Money-saving tip: Blue Light and Defence Discount Card holders get 20% off tickets booked on the day. Also with the 'Boomerang Ticket' you get 25% off your 2nd visit, 50% off your 3rd visit, 75% off your 4th visit and your 5th visit is free!

People petting animal in the barn at Avon Valley Adventure Park
Image - Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park

Avon Valley Railway

If you have a train-obsessed toddler, take them for a ride on a real steam or diesel locomotive on the Avon Valley Railway. The trains set off from the beautifully restored Victorian station at Bitton, where there’s also a small museum area, a gift shop and buffet too. Over the festive season, you can book Breakfast with Santa for a ride in the first class dining carriage featuring a visit from Father Christmas.

Small boy waving at train on Avon Valley Railway platform
Image - Avon Valley Railway


Not only is Westonbirt Arboretum a beautiful place to explore, they have plenty of outdoor fun for children to get involved with, from their Zog Activity Trail to seasonal trails and activities throughout the year. Their Exploratree play area for ages 8 years and under, featuring a large wooden ship with ladders and slides, a spider climbing frame and planks to balance along. Their Enchanted Christmas event is also a magical and memorable day out for the family.

Zog Trail at Westonbirt Arboretum
Image - Westonbirt Arboretum

Chew Valley Animal Park

Get up close with a range of animals including camels, ring-tailed lemurs, and porcupines and more, or head to the walk-in paddocks for handling sessions with rabbits and guinea pigs. There are also regular keeper talks and opportunities to feed the ponies, donkeys and deer. Little ones can run off extra steam in the play park.

Dyrham Park

Explore the picturesque parkland at National Trust estate Dyrham Park. The Old Lodge play area has had a recent revamp with new play equipment, plus a rustic café and kiosk in restored farm buildings and lots of picnic benches, both under cover and outdoors. There are also regular outdoor trails and crafty activities to get involved with.

Kids playing at Old Lodge play area, Dyrham Park
Image - Dyrham Park, credit National Trust - Barry Batchelor


The highlight of any trip to Longleat is the safari drive through, which is where you can see exciting animals roaming free, from big cats like lions and tigers to the playful rhesus monkeys. There are heaps more animal encounters to have elsewhere in the park, as well as the chance to play in areas like the Adventure Castle, which has a splash pad and soft play, and the wildlife-inspired Little Explorers Garden.   

Lion at Longleat
Image - Longleat  

Wookey Hole Caves and Attractions

On top of the awesome cave system, which you may have to carry your littlest ones through (there’s a buggy store in the ice cream parlour), Wookey Hole has enough to keep you busy all day. Highlights for toddlers include encounters with magnificent beasts in Dinosaur Grove, three soft play zones, and a mirror maze. Over threes can enjoy the 4D cinema too.

Outdoor space at Wookey Hole Caves and Attractions
Image - Wookey Hole Caves and Attractions

Haynes Motor Museum

Home of the UK’s largest collection of cars and motorbikes, Haynes Motor Museum has activities to keep the whole family entertained. Younger kids can drive themselves around the museum on board their own Little Tikes car, giving you a chance to concentrate on the exhibits. Outside, they can run wild on the motoring-themed play area before you all refuel with a picnic or lunch at the café.

Little girl in Little Tikes car at Haynes Motor Musuem
Image - Haynes Motor Museum

Royal Victoria Park

Royal Victoria Park is a favourite city centre spot to wear out restless youngsters all year round. As well as an expanse of green space for picnicking and running around, there’s a children’s adventure playground, ponds where you can feed the ducks in spring, and a crazy golf course.

Hot air balloons flying over Royal Victoria Park
Image - Royal Victoria Park

Bath City Farm

The collection of animals at Bath City Farm in Twerton includes chickens, pigs, ducks, pygmy goats, Shetland ponies and cows. So it’s the perfect place to brush up on your rendition of Old Macdonald! There’s also a castle-inspired play area with a sandpit, climbing wall, slide, swing and interactive water cascade. The farm is free to visit but donations are always appreciated.

Rainbow Woods

Rainbow Woods is a stretch of the Bath Skyline Walk that’s been turned into a woodland play area. Based near Claverton Down, have a magical time following the fairy door trail and playing on the rope swing, stepping logs, wobble beams and see-saw. Geocachers, keep your eyes peeled here!

Keep planning a family-friendly trip to Bath:


The Roman Baths
Historic Site
The Great Bath at The Roman Baths, Bath

Famed for its hot springs, Bath houses the best preserved Roman Spa from the ancient world. Delve into the history of this magical monument and admire its architecture and engineering.

The Egg
The Egg

Theatre Royal Bath's young people's theatre complex.

American Museum & Gardens
American Museum & Gardens

Located on the outskirts of town, find the best day out in Bath with breath-taking views, fascinating museum collections, stunning gardens, shop, children’s play area and the new American Garden Deli.

Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park
Country Park/Nature Reserve
Mini Jeep Safari

BIG on adventure! Jam packed days and extraordinary events. Open school holidays.

Avon Valley Railway
Steam Railway
Avon Valley Railway

The Avon Valley Railway is returning steam to the Avon Valley.

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

Arboretum with over 15,000 rare and beautiful trees, all set in 600 glorious, easy-to-stroll Cotswold acres.

Chew Valley Animal Park
Chew Valley Animal Park

A picturesque destination with a range of animals including capybaras, camels, pygmy goats, ring-tailed lemurs and much more!

Dyrham Park
Historic House/Palace
Dyrham Park

Dyrham Park is nestled in 270 acres of ancient parkland filled with magnificent trees and breathtaking views over to Wales. Inside the house, visitors can get a flavour of 17th-century life while the garden includes formal borders, ponds and an orchard.

Safari Park
Jungle Cruise at Longleat

Longleat, nestled within 900 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped grounds, is home to the UK’s original Safari Park.

Haynes Motor Museum
A DMC DeLorean on display at Haynes International Motor Museum, Somerset

The multi award-winning Haynes Motor Museum is home to the UK’s largest collection of iconic cars and motorbikes from around the world.

Royal Victoria Park
Municipal Park
Royal Victoria Park

Discover park life, Bath style.



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