We had a really, really nice family day out today at Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry centre in Sheffield. I have an annual pass so it’s somewhere I love and visit often. It’s such a fantastic place, all year round; I really love it and so does Eric… especially the outdoor play areas!! Best things to do at Tropical Butterfly House, Sheffield
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Definitely my favourite thing to do at Tropical Butterfly House is outdoor play. I do really love the animals but the play areas and trails are my favourite and something I look forward to every time. Many people think that there is just a butterfly house, or some animals to see but nope; there’s loads to do there!
We can easily spend most of the day just playing, and that’s without all the rest of it. There’s exotic animals, farm animals, animal encounters and feeding times, trailer rides, Dino trail, wilderness walk, play park, wet play park and so much more. I really like the trails, specifically the wilderness walk, Dino trail and Witches Potion House; there’s hidden things in the grass like a giant teacup, bugs, snake and faces carved into trees.
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Today we really loved the outdoor play, we spent most of the day there and Eric absolutely loved it. I didn’t think we would have been building sand castles in the middle of January but, the sun was shining and it was really fun! It was so quiet, too, we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves. It was Friday during school time so I really recommend going with a toddler if you can because it was so quiet and peaceful.
AND… WE FOUND SOMETHING HIDDEN! I never knew there were rubbings in the top of the adventure playground. Ollie actually found these engravings whilst he was up there with Eric; there’s 4 mythical creature engravings on the wall, so you could take paper and pencil up there, do the rubbings and make pictures! I thought this was so cute and something fun to do with the kids which I didn’t even know was there.
The playground is one of the best I’ve seen. It isn’t huge, but it’s a piece of art work: all wooden with different shapes, curves and crooked spires on the top, colourful and there are creature sculptures, windows and slides. It’s really cute and looks completely bespoke. It’s for ages 4+ but Eric loves climbing and he likes a challenge so he enjoys it (he’s nearly 2 and a half).
In summer, there is a fantastic wet play area which we love on nice, hot sunny days. Today this is where we enjoyed building sand castles, and just next to it is a little play area with little tikes, ride ons, balls, Wendy house, etc., On the big picnic field next to it we played football for a while, there were other sports toys in a big bag like skipping ropes, balls and bats.
Another fun play area is the under 5’s outdoor toy area; lots of sand and scatters, little bikes, diggers, tractors, balls, space hoppers, skuttle bugs and cars are examples of what is usually there to play with and Eric loves going around trying it all! He loves the variety.
Just next to that area is a ride-on track, always a hit.
Today I went on the zip wire for the first time… omg, it was really fun! You must try it. I screamed like a child but we had so much fun, and Eric was sooo excited chasing us up and down, we pretended that he was trying to catch me as I went up and down on it. So much fun.
In total, we were there a little over 5 hours, and had a really amazing day. It isn’t even warm weather, but we all made sure to wrap up and I really recommend it during off-season because the park is very quiet. The other highlights were the wilderness walk, fairy houses and as always, inside the tropical butterfly house; Eric loves the turtles, butterflies and alligators.
Thanks for reading all about our day today! As we left, Ollie said he had such a nice day and I think Eric agrees… he was fast asleep in bed a little after we got home. I can’t wait to go back soon, my annual pass ends at the end of February so I’m hoping I can squeeze in another visit before then. if you haven’t visited yet, you must! I really recommend an annual pass, too, it’s very good value for money and in the summer you can totally just visit for the outdoor play and wet play area.
Have you been? Thinking of going? Let me know if comments below!
Read my original Tropical Butterfly House post before you go here!!
Thank you for reading! We love finding outdoor places to play so please recommend me your favourites 🙂