Agh, it’s such a rainy week ahead and it’s been wet for some time now… but don’t worry that doesn’t mean you’re stuck inside! If you need something fun to do in Sheffield on a rainy day with a toddler, then this list should give you some good ideas!
Things to do (lots free) with a toddler when it’s raining in Sheffield
Local libraries are a really good resource for somewhere to go when it’s so wet outside. Bonus that it’s free, you’ll never have to pay to visit a library, and if you don’t have a library card then that’s fine; although I do recommend you get one. Children’s libraries are somewhere safe, fun and dry to play in, read books and often have bonus extras like colouring and crafts. I can recommend Walkley Library, Totley Library, Broomhill Library and Central Children’s Library in town; all of those have toys, games & good children’s books. Check your local library for story times, craft times and childrens sessions.
Weston Park Museum
Weston Park Museum is FREE to visit and a really great place all year round but especially good for a rainy day. Did you know there’s often family workshops and sessions on during the school holidays but also on a Friday morning during term time. They’re free and usually drop in.
Weston Park Museum is interactive, has lots for kids to get hands on with and is a safe place for little ones to crawl or walk around at their own pace. There’s a gift shop, cafe and indoor picnic area.
Kelham Island Museum
We love this one, it’s free for under 16’s and only around £7 per adult (depends if you gift aid). That includes all the museum and a nice indoor play area, too. There’s work benches, tools, interactive displays and things to touch, little mesters street with shops and props, vehicles, river don engine in steam and more.
Kelham Island Museum do a fantastic toddler group once a month called ‘kelham tots‘ I highly recommend it.
When it comes to play cafes, there’s loads popping up in Sheffield now and we have a big variety. There’s role play based play cafes such as curious kids and millhouses play cafe, or smaller more cafe based like 851 play cafe near Ecclesall Road or Mega Kidz in S2. See the full list of local play cafes here.
Fun soft play
Just like play cafes, we have loads of indoor play centres in Sheffield too! I would specifically recommend Medieval Mayhem which is the biggest one in Sheffield and can suit all ages from littles through to bigs. And monkey business at Centertainment do parent & toddler mornings for only £3.50. Playmania at Handsworth is small and has role play equipment, or try Castaway Cove in Hillsborough. Find the full list of soft plays here.
Meadowhall is a big shopping centre and has a good few things to do indoors that are fun – and dry! It’s free parking, and has loads of places to eat. Try playing at the free little indoor soft play down the Lanes near the Oasis, or better there’s a soft play at Rock Up climbing walls outside M&S. That one costs but it’s bigger and better, or it’s free for under 6 months.
There’s a cinema at Meadowhall showing all the latest films; Vue Sheffield. There is a tiny little play room at the very back of the ‘White Stuff’ shop, some building tables at LEGO shop and if the weather dries up the Riverside Playground is awesome. Just opposite Meadowhall by the Meadowhall South tram stop is Jump INC trampolining and Air Haus Inflatable Park, both have toddler sessions in the mornings.
Ikea is a fun place to go and I challenge you to resist buying something, haha. But no… IKEA is fun for kids as much as adults and it’s not just about shopping! IKEA are very family focused. There is a family friendly restaurant that has a little play area, all the equipment you need for baby feeding, free baby food and baby changing. The actual store itself is role play heaven… what kid doesn’t love being in the show rooms pretending to live in all the different houses?
Head to the children’s area where they sell beds, teddies, toys, furniture, etc., for all things kids. There’s often things around IKEA that invite kids to get involved and interact/play. Being at IKEA is very relaxed and you don’t have to be saying ‘put that down now’ all the time! 🙂
Playgroups & classes
You’ll be spoilt for choice with the number of playgroups and classes we have in Sheffield. Check out this mega list here.
There’s a few swimming pools in Sheffield that are warm and have children’s areas. Hillsborough Leisure Centre is a popular one as it’s open for leisure swim all the time and has a dedicated baby section, plus the main leisure pool has a pirate ship with slide. There are 2 other bigger slides. Ponds Forge is open mostly on weekends for leisure swim. There’s also Heeley pool and Graves Park leisure pool.
ZEST community centre is a warm swimming pool with no baby/toddler area but it is warm and has family swim sessions. Try King Edwards swimming pool parent & toddler sessions for warm, fun baby focused sessions with floats and toys. Check the full list here
And even more ideas for places to go on a rainy day…
- Crystal Peaks shopping centre has a small indoor play area, it’s free. You can eat your own food there. The library has toddler time on Thursdays 10am-11am and baby time on Mondays 10am-11am for under 2’s only.
- Try indoor sports, there’s a few that are indoors like ice skating, gymnastics, see the full active things to do list here.
- Sheffield city centre has a few things to do that are indoors. We can easily spend hours there going from one place to the next. Winter Gardens is all indoors and great place for a picnic, Millennium Galleries is free, Central Children’s Library is great for a play, Atkinsons restaurant down the moor has a little play area, Moor Market is great for food and is all indoors.
And there’s more…!!