Ideas for things to do on the weekdays term time with toddlers in Sheffield
Do you have a little one to entertain Monday-Friday, during term time and wondering what your options are? There are so many playgroups and classes nearby to consider but here’s some fantastic other alternatives to try, too.
Baby/toddler cinema showings
Many cinemas have special family showings. Try Kino Bambino at The Showroom Cinema on Monday’s for dedicated baby showings (under 1’s only), Vue Cinema mini mornings, Light Cinema family specials, Odeon Luxe Kids and Newbies for under 2’s and Cineworld.
I started taking Eric to the theatre last autumn and many of the shows we went to were during the weekday. You’ll find the theatre shows most geared towards under 5’s are usually not even 1 hour long so you don’t have to worry about them sitting through a 3 hour show!
I do recommend trying the theatre with your little one; there is a whole range of shows and locations to choose from.
Jump INC Sheffield at Meadowhall have dedicated toddler mornings 10am-12 weekday, term time. These cost £5 per toddler and adults go free! It’s great fun and Jump INC is a fantastic place and has a cafe.
Alternatively there is Tramp2Lean.
Jump INC do inflatables, too! Their Rotherham branch Jump Incflated is all inflatables as an alternative to trampolining, and the toddler sessions are the same. 10-12pm, £5 per toddler with adults free.
AirHaus Interactive inflatable parks just opened at Meadowhall. Toddler sessions are Monday-Friday 10am-12 and £5 with adults free.
We like Hillsborough Leisure Centre as it’s close to us, warm enough and has slides, baby area and ‘beach’ going into the main leisure pool. It’s also open until 8pm every day.
Ponds Forge Leisure Centre is another fantastic place to go swimming with little ones. Other warm pools in Sheffield are: King Edwards with dedicated parent and toddler sessions and Zest community centre with parent and toddler sessions.
Parks and playgrounds
Parks and playgrounds is what Sheffield does best and we have some fantastic free days out here.
Fantastic parks with good playgrounds for toddlers include: Norfolk Heritage Park, Rivelin Valley Park, Hillsborough Park & Walled Garden, Concord Park (with leisure centre), Bolehill recreation ground, Graves Park (with free farm) and Millhouses Park.
That’s more than one park for every day of the week(day)!
Is it summer? Millhouses Park has water play and Rivelin Valley Park has a water park with paddling pool. Both are free.
If you can go a little further, check out Cliffe Park in Dronfield which is lovely and new, with sandpits and cafe. Elsecar Park in Barnsley (green flag award) and Clifton Park & Museum in Rotherham which has everything; fun fair, water park, museum, playgrounds and cafe.
Outdoor toddler groups
There’s not just playgroups inside traditional church halls. Why not try a playgroup outside? Here’s 4 Top Outdoor Toddler Groups in Sheffield to try.
Just on the border of Sheffield and Peak District is Longshaw Estate which has “ranger tots” for under 5’s, once a month.
Indoor play centres activities
Soft play centres have a lot going on Monday-Friday’s and usually the prices are not too bad.
Medieval Mayhem have daily term-time activities at 11am included in entry, plus character mornings/special events, too. Playmania Sheffield have a really busy Monday-Friday calendar of events, classes and activities which is pretty impressive and included in normal admission, too.
Childs Play Craft are mobile at Medieval Mayhem with Lindy’s Story S.A.C every Wednesday during term time with a different theme every week. I highly recommend these sessions, they’re fun, good value for money and super crafty.
Jungle Monkey‘s have Moo Music and other activities and Monkey Bizness offer toddler morning discounted prices and an activity every morning. Fun house have crafts and music going on monday-friday and Mega Kidz indoor play zone have Rhythm & Rhyme with Amanda 3 days a week with breakfast for only £3.50.
A new climbing wall just opened after the new year of 2019 at Meadowhall: Rock Up. Toddler sessions at present are Tuesdays & Thursdays. There is also a soft play area.
Or how about a scramble outside? We love Mother Cap and highly recommend going there. Toddlers will love scrambling the rocks and it’s a great, easy to find location. Grindleford and Padley Gorge are great for rocks, too.
Free library sessions
Who doesn’t love a library?! We really love children’s libraries here and appreciate the facilities they offer for families and completely free, too.
Do check your local childrens library for free baby and toddler groups/sessions as most of them will run one (or a few).
Story times, toddler times, craft sessions and the like are sessions you can expect at your local libraries. These are fantastic for weekday activities, especially if you can combine them with a cafe or playground trip.
Here is a list from Sheffield Libraries of groups/sessions for under 5’s.
Museums are at their quietest during weekday so if you can make it during these times, you’ll be able to enjoy it much more than a busy weekend.
What’s more, 2 wonderful local museums here in Sheffield have great activities for children…
Kelham Island Museum have a toddler group ‘Kelham Creators’ once a month which I highly recommend (£4 including activities, soft play, snack time and museum entry), and check out Weston Park Museum Friday under 5’s (free).
Further afield, Leeds City Museum have a super busy calendar of events including Rory’s club during term time, craft sessions and more. Eureka! have specific ‘toddler days’ regularly during term time.
We love all the museums just mentioned but do recommend Wakefield Museum, MSI Museum & Manchester museums in general, Clifton Park Museum, National Railway Museum and National Coal Mining Museum. All of these are free.
Crafting, baking and at-home messy activities
We do prefer going out to staying in (hence the blog!) but let’s face it, days in are a neccessity, too.
We don’t do all that much indoor activities as Eric is happy enough to play with his toys; train tracks, toys and sand play. But we do enjoy puzzles, stickers, jigsaws, painting, baking and watching films/tv, too!
Day out when it is quietest!
If you need something to do Monday-Friday then you’re in the right place here as there’s hundreds of ideas on this website. Why not get through the 41 Things To Do Before You’re 5 in South Yorkshire or choose from this list of 57 FREE days out?
We love a day trip on the train and as my OH typically works every weekend, week-day is when our trips and most exciting days out are. If this is the same for you, then check out this list of 17 day trips on the train which includes destinations and ideas for your itinerary.
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