12 best family days out in Wales: Cheap things to do with your kids

Welcome to our family days out Wales section! Here we’ve listed the top 12 things to do in the country with the family…

From theme parks to water parks and even a Rabbit Ranch (yes, these exist!), there’s a whole host of things to do in Wales with the family, even if you’re on a budget.

1. GreenWood Forest Park, Y Felinheli

This theme park wasn’t voted the Best Family Attraction in North Wales for four years running by accident. Covering an impressive 17 acres, it contains the world’s only people-powered rollercoaster, travelling across a 250 metre track, including a frightening 360 degree horizontal loop. The longest sledge run in North Wales also deserves a mention, kids, brace yourselves for the ride of your lives! Those are just two of a number of attractions and families can expect a fantastic day out.
Best for: Thrillseekers
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2. Anglesey Sea Zoo, Llanfairpwll

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Known for being the biggest aquarium in Wales, this attraction contains over 150 native species, ranging from the familiar to the downright bizarre. Pirates of the Caribbean fans will love the Seven Sisters Shipwreck and families will have to pluck up the courage to walk the Shark Pool grids. The No Bone Zone will bring you face to face with unbelievable invertebrates, the crafty octopus and a range of cute seahorses that will leave you fascinated
Best for: Value – readmission is free within the same week!
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3. Dwyfor Ranch Rabbit, Criccieth

Take a visit to this farm and interact with a plethora of animals. Under adult supervision, children will love being able to handle different animals including rabbits, guinea pigs and even puppies – they’ll be begging you to take them home! Kids can also hand feed many of the larger animals – but be aware, those pigs are rather greedy. If you’re extremely lucky, you may even be able to witness a birth of one of the farm’s residents.
Best for: Interaction
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4. LC Waterpark, Swansea

This waterpark offers the ultimate experience. Whether you want big thrills or just an enjoyable family day out, it caters for both. The On the Edge zone has something for everyone to enjoy and boasts an impressive network of pools, rides and slides. If you love waves then jump into the popular wave pool or give the Boardrider (pictured) a go. Feeling brave? Head for the Masterblaster slide – this roller coaster style slide is exhilarating to say the least. The In the Core zone will keep small kids entertained for hours – they’ll have a splashing time in the aquatic themed interactive Play Area.
Best for: Extreme thrills or just an enjoyable family day out
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5. Playzone Indoor Soft Play Centre, Swansea

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This play centre is a great place for children to run wild. There are multiple levels of play equipment to keep the kids entertained – including slides, tunnels, rope swings, walkways and bridges and a vertical drop slide. Oh, that’s not everything – there’s also children’s laser games and a dedicated toddler zone. Sounds like a child’s heaven, right?
Best for: It’s vast array of play equipment
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6. Cefn Mably Farm Park, Cardiff

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This isn’t only a massive, 20,000 sq ft all weather family farm, it’s also a soft play. A unique blend of farm animals and soft play areas is offered to visitors and if you’re after an action packed day out, then this attraction is perfect. The animals won’t feed themselves, will they now? Children will go crazy in the indoor soft play barn and parents can have much-deserved relaxation time on the comfy leather couch – there’s also coffee and cake! There’re go karts and actual diggers for the kids to play on, but these cost extra. Teens are welcome too!
Best for: Appeals to both toddlers and teens
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7. Llanishen Leisure Centre, Cardiff

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This tropical lagoon-style leisure centre is a cheap, fun day out for the whole family. The hugely popular wave machine and water play features make it ideal for kids, although that waves can be pretty large near the deep end so be sure to keep little ones in the shallow end. There’s a flume and soft play facility on site as well as badminton, squash courts, a snooker room and an indoor skate park – you’re certainly not stuck for things to do!
Best for: All ages
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8. Judges Lodging, Presteigne

This award-winning historic house lets you explore the intriguing world of the Victorian justice system. Luxurious apartments house the attraction’s judges whereas by stark contrast, the dingy cells are host to the prisoners. The ‘eavesdropping audio tour’ adds an edge of realism to your day, as you hear voices from the past tell their stories. The near total ‘hands-on’ policy is a kids’ dream – sit in the judge’s chair and turn the tables on mum and dad! And once your done there, you’ll find beautiful countryside just on your doorstep, if you fancy finishing your day with a scenic stroll.
Best for: Inquisitive kids
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9. Caerphilly Castle, Caerphilly

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This is a truly picturesque attraction and if you watched popular TV series Merlin then you may be familiar with it – after all, it was used for many filming shoots. Surrounded by moats and watery islands, this castle is a great educational day out for school kids. It’s not just about education though with so much to explore as well – curious kids will be in their element when they discover the largest castle in Wales. It’s not a modern attraction so maybe engage children in historic storytelling and imagination play as you move around. Oh, and don’t forget to take photos!
Best for: Its eminently explorable terrain
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10. Tudor Merchant’s House, Tenby

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Turn the clocks back 500 years and see how the Tudor Merchant and his family would’ve lived in this captivating three-storey house. On the ground floor you’ll find the merchant’s shop and working kitchen. You’ll also be able to see a fine ‘Flemish’ round chimney and the original scarfed roof trusses. This is a cheap, educational day out and definitely worth considering.
Best for: A fascinating history lesson for both parents and kids
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11. National Showcaves Centre, South Wales

You will be spoiled for choice with 10 attractions included for the price of one ticket. The three different caves Dan-yr-Ogof, Cathedral Cave and Bone Cave each offer a unique underground experience, while the Iron Age farm, 200 life-size dinosaurs and a plethora of other attractions will help keep your little ones entertained fully throughout the day. If it all gets too exhausting for parents then they can sit back and relax in the coffee shop or peruse the Rock and Dinosaur shop.                             Best for: Moderate fitness levels                                                                                                                                                                             Tell me more…

12. Mountain View Ranch, Cardiff

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Fresh air fuelled fun for all the family, there’s something new to discover around every corner, whether it’s a tree house, a magical fairy forest, a campfire with marshmallow toasting or a hobbit house. The Ranch also hosts Wales’ only officially licensed Gruffalo Trail. Whether you follow the trail on your own or join one of the guided tours, your children will be enchanted as they follow the Gruffalo’s footprints along the trail, discovering all the characters from this hugely popular story.     Best for: Fans of the outdoors                                                                                                                                                                                 Tell me more…

Do you know of any great things to do in Wales with the family? Let us know about any hidden gems you know of on our Facebook page and we might feature them in our round-up!