What can you do for a whole day in Sheffield with a toddler? Lots of things! Sheffield has lots of options for toddler days out. Here are 5 of the best days out.
Walks, farms, libraries, parks and city centre fun; something for everyone.
1. Heeley City Farm and surround area, s2.
Heeley city farm is the perfect size for little legs and the cafe is delicious. When my son started walking, we went here often as it was just big enough for him to walk around most of it by himself. The main part of the farm is in quite a small space with the animals close together which works really well for toddlers to walk around without getting lost or overwhelmed.
There’s a good range of animals, the cafe serves amazing vegetarian home cooked food and has a basket of toys and books to use, indoor and outdoor seating, a playground and best of all it’s free. I recommend getting some animal food to make the most of it. I have a blog post with videos and photos of Heeley City Farm here.
Once you are done at the farm you can make the day last longer by heading across the road to Heeley people’s park and millennium park for playgrounds, pedestrianised areas to stroll, or let littles crawl around, and don’t miss the big boulder (which my son loves to feel and watch his dad climb!).
If this isn’t enough, head up to Chesterfield road and stop at Heeley retail park for a Costa Coffee then see the animals in pets at home.
2. City centre.
The Peace gardens is a green haven in the city centre. Lots of space for little ones to burn energy, steel water balls that are lots of fun and in summer, enjoy the water fountains.
Head to the Winter gardens, wander around and look at all the exotic flowers and plants. Don’t forget the elephants! This is all indoors and one of my favourite places to go. Whatever the weather. I recommend a fair trade coffee and panini at Zooby’s.
Explore the Millennium galleries and don’t miss the metalwork collection room which has a chest of pots and pans for kids to play with at the back.
Across the road is the Sheffield central children’s library which is worth a visit.
There’s lots of toys as well as books to play with and comfy seating areas for parents 🙂 it’s worth a look upstairs in Graves art gallery which has some interesting pieces for children to look at and some interactive displays, plus lots of space to run around and a cafe. All of these are within a short walk of each other and in the city centre, it makes an easy, relaxed (and free) day out.
3. Weston park museum, s10.
Convenient to reach by bus or tram, this museum is free to visit. It has cafe, a large picnic area upstairs and regular activities. The park outside is perfect size for kids to explore and large duck pond.
There’s galleries to explore with animals, Egyptian history, Sheffield life, interactive displays, things to touch and feel, and a park outside with very friendly ducks.
Don’t forget to check out Friday under 5’s activities every week including story time and crafts. The play area in the Egyptian room is fun and has a pirate ship.
4. Tropical Butterfly house, S26.
It is just the right size for little feet to wander around, lots of animals; farm and wildlife, a large tropical butterfly house with loads to see and corners to explore, cafe, playground, go karts and a ride-ons play area, sand and water play area (fantastic for summer), indoor craft and activity centre, tractor rides, the list goes on!
You can get there by public transport from Sheffield by catching the x5 bus to dinnington, get off by the cutler pub in Anston and walk 10 minutes down woodsetts road.
5. Forge Dam, s10.
Forge dam is a lovely place to visit all year round. The cafe has really nice coffee, good paninis, indoor and outdoor seating, kids toys and ice creams.
You can walk around the woods, see the ducks and the playground is really good for toddlers. Rocky streams, bridges, water falls and stepping stones make this an interesting walk with lots of nature play inspiration.
One of my favourite days out is to start with lunch at Forge Dam cafe, go up and see the ducks, do the playground, then walk from forge dam through whitely woods all the way to Endcliffe park. There are cafes, ducks, toilets and playgrounds at both ends and it’s a really nice walk with lots of nature play for little ones.
Anther option is to walk up the potter brook to Mayfield Alpacas. This would be another full day out from Forge dam.
Forge dam is easily accessed by bus, catch the 120 to fulwood and get off at fulwood shops, walk down brooklands avenue in a straight line; you will come to a pathway with horses on the left that leads into forge dam.
Have you been to any of these? I would love to know what you think! There are so many great things to do in Sheffield.
Check out my 12 best things to do guide for more days out!
Thanks for reading.