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6 Perfect Places to Visit with Toddlers During Rainy Days

6 Perfect Places to Visit with Toddlers During Rainy Days

Rain has the ability to turn the promise of a fun day out into a frustrating one stuck indoors. But there is no reason why a drizzly day should dampen your little one’s excitement. We are lucky there are so many great places up and down the UK that offer activities to see and do under cover, so next time the weather forecast looks grey and grim, why not explore one of them.

From learning the wonders of science to pretending to be a fireman for the day, here is a list of some rainy day friendly places to visit that toddlers will love:

Halifax, West Yorkshire


Museums are often aimed at all ages, but that can often isolate the littlest visitors - exhibits placed too high and out of reach, information printed on plaques rather than accessed interactively and some can just be plain stale and unexciting for younger audiences. Eureka! in Halifax however completely overhauled this perception of museums by creating one specifically with children in mind.

This science museum not only caters for children, but has spaces within that are specifically tailored for under 5s.

Creativity Space
This space invites toddlers and preschoolers to take part in science related arts and crafts activities, as well as the chance to engage in some sensory play.

Desert Discovery
A desert playground with soft play shapes and mats that encourage building and play. Children are encouraged to walk through Boulder Mountain and discover the fossils embedded into the walls. Children can run around and explore this desert themed space, where the light changes from day to night, they can stroke a coyote and happen upon experiences that encourage children to use their senses.

Sound Garden
The Sound Garden looks like something straight out of a children’s TV show. Little ones are invited to walk amongst giant flowers, complete large scale puzzles and play in soft garden themed areas. This area of the museum allows children to listen to different lullabies from around the world, teaches them about the importance and life cycle of bees, cause and effect and the differences between day and night.

Eureka! Is definitely a place that makes learning fun, even from such a young age. Ticket prices vary depending on age and under 1s go free.

2.The Deep aquarium
Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire


Many aquariums, like zoos, get a bad reputation. The Deep in Hull, however, makes a point of letting it be known it operates for conservation, not for profit. This means little eyes can wonder at the amazing sea life while parents and guardians can rest assured their ticket money is going towards research schemes that are protecting the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home.

 So, what will your little one’s see at The Deep? A lot of fish, yes, but also so much more.

The exhibits start a little less lively than you would expect in an aquarium, but if your toddler has an interest in dinosaurs and the prehistoric, they will love the awakening seas section of The Deep. A long fossil wall takes pride of place in this area displaying the amazing fossilised skeletons of magnificent creatures from the ocean’s past.

Never fear, for children that prefer seeing a colourful fish wading through water rather than skeletal remains in stone, the rest of the aquarium is aimed at them. Little ones can learn about a vast range of sea life, from honeycomb whiptail rays and green sawfish (the only pair in the UK), to more widely known clownfish, penguins and a pair of rescued loggerhead sea turtles. There is so much to see at the Deep that children, including very young ones, will gaze at in amazement, while hopefully walking away with a little more knowledge about the planet’s incredible marine life.

3.The Story Museum
Oxford, Oxfordshire


Set in an old Royal Mail depot, this huge space brings stories to life. Exhibitions in the past included The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, encouraging visitors to step through a wardrobe to enter the magical snowy forest on the other side.

Although the exhibitions at this museum are currently undergoing a huge redevelopment, the venue itself often holds exciting literary themed activity sessions, aimed specifically at early years (zero-three years old).

Story Bites
This is a storytelling session in the museum’s Story Café, but this isn’t your average bedtime story. The session includes games, props and help from the listeners. This is a free event with purchase from the café, no booking is necessary.

A different story is picked each week to be explored by the little ones that attend. The session includes a story, stay and play time and an activity that can either be messy, movement or creative play. It costs £5 per child and adults can sit in the café and enjoy a hot beverage at the same time.

Look out for other one-off activities children will be excited to be a part of. When the exhibitions are open again children can find more fun in this wonderful space.

4.London Transport Museum


If your little boy or girl is mad about buses, trains and transport in general then a trip to the London Transport Museum is sure to make their year. Dubbed as the world’s leading museum of urban transport, the London Transport Museum explores the city of London and how the transport system has developed over the last 200 years. There are over 450,000 items under the museum’s roof, all of which the older and younger transport enthusiast will be excited to experience.

The museum has ensured it has thoroughly catered to the younger visitor, with there being a range of attractions, areas and activities aimed at them in particular. Children can make it their task to complete the stamper trail collecting the 13 stamps available, across all levels. Visit the interactive Future Engineers gallery, the horses on level two or cosy up in the book corner.

The museum also has the All Aboard Play Zone which opened in 2015. This area was specifically design for children aged zero-seven years old, where they can climb, explore, push and role-play around a range of classic London transport modes, such as a real bus, a mini tube train, a Thames ‘Nipper’ as well as a lost property office and a cleaning cupboard.

There is so much for little transport fans to do in this museum you will have a tough time convincing them to leave.



Although as adults we long to return to being kids again, children have a love for acting as grown-ups. If your child thrives on playing house or pretending to go to work as a firefighter, police officer or doctor, or maybe they would love the chance to take themselves shopping at the supermarket, visit a TV studio or simply visit the bank, there is the opportunity for all of this and more under one roof at KidZania.

This indoor city is for kids and run by kids, offering the best playground a young child could ask for. Although many of the activities are aimed at children four and over, there are things there for early years as well (one-three years old). There is the RightZKeeper’s Residence which allows little ones to jump on inflatable furniture, watch puppet shoes and listen to stories, along with more exciting activities.

The early years attendants can also visit the WaterAid Labobo in the science lab. This is an interactive activity that offers children labobos, cool portable hand-washing devices that teach young children all about washing their hands, how to do it and why it is important.

However, they are not restricted to this area alone. They are also invited to the Supermarket, the City Tour Bus, the British Airways Aviation Academy, Library and the face painting studio where two-three year olds can have their face painted for free.

York, Yorkshire


Kids are excited by discovery, whether it is a penny on the ground, a painted pebble in the park or shell spotting on the beach. Children get excited by finding little pieces of treasure they have managed to discover by themselves. This is probably why DIG in York is such a popular indoor attraction for children.

This hands-on archaeological adventure invites children to pick up their trowels and become trainee diggers, discovering historical artefacts in any of the four special excavation pits. Of course real artefacts belong in museums and not in the hands of children, which is why replica Roman, Wiking, Medieval and Victorian items and finds have been hidden in the pits for little ones to dig up.

And what is better than sparking a toddler’s imagination by allowing them to dig through mud to discover historical treasures? The fact that the mud is synthetic and mess free! Meaning you won’t need to change clothes before moving on to the next place or activity.

Older children may enjoy the chance to get their hands on some of the real finds from previous York Archaeological trust digs, such as pottery and bones.

DIG also occasional run sessions for two-five year olds called Little Diggers throughout the year, which brings history to life through crafts, interactive story sessions, games and object handling.

A rainy day doesn’t have to end up being a miserable one. There is so much to do that toddlers will be wishing the sun away.

Written by Kiddi Caru Day Nurseries, experts in child care for babies and children aged zero-five years old.

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