Fun museum day out: 10 ways to enjoy a day at Kelham island museum with a toddler

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Wondering how to make the most out of your day at Kelham island museum in Sheffield with a toddler?

10 ways to enjoy kelham island museum in Sheffield with a toddler

Kelham Island museum, in the industrial district of Sheffield, is home to extensive historical steel work collections and interactive galleries.

The museum is so interesting for adults as well as kids. I wanted to get the absolute most out of our day for Eric and this is what we did for a good, hands on, packed full time.

10 ways to enjoy kelham island museum in Sheffield with a toddler

We spent all day at the museum and used the picnic room and cafe. Eric really enjoyed the play area, melting pot shop, which is included in entry (children are free).

There is lots to explore and it is good for adults and children, with something to interest all. There is lots to touch and it was really interesting to learn all about the history of steel works in Sheffield.
The museum is spacious with different rooms and vast collections on three floors.

10 ways to enjoy kelham island museum in Sheffield with a toddler

Here are top 10 ways to really enjoy your family day out at Kelham Island museum.

10 ways to enjoy kelham island museum in Sheffield with a toddler
1. See the River Don engine in steam.

Fascinating for all ages! In steam and working at 12 and 2pm Monday to Thursday and 12, 2 and 4 on Sundays. Eric loved seeing the big parts moving and the noise it made. Here you can take a selfie for the #sheffield1916! See our video to watch the engine in motion. And don’t forget to watch the Crossley Gas Engine too!

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2. Take time out to play in the melting shop. Lots of fun to be had and included in museum entry (kids go free).

10 ways to enjoy kelham island museum in Sheffield with a toddler
The slide is super fun, there are hands on games, building, playing and colouring to do.

3. See the stone garden and play with old tools in the old Crucible shop!


The crucible shop display includes some of the oldest crucible works remaining, with a furnace and tools to handle. Outside is the stone garden, very interesting with recycled historical Sheffield works.


4. Learn about the history of fairgrounds in the National Fairground Archive, see some giants and old vehicles in the transport gallery. Here is where you can also see the open store and workshop.

5. Enjoy stepping back in time at Little Mesters Street. A 1916 Home, old shops and a medieval street to stroll around an explore. Take part with hands on, interactive and sensory collections which inspire children’s imagination. Play hopscotch, see the open back yard with washing line equipment and materials, answer telephones and Peak through the windows of watchmakers to see how they used to live.

Kelham Island museum Sheffield with kids what to do and see
6. Take full advatange of the hands on pieces! Kelham Island museum is full to the brim of interactive collections, work benches, puzzles, steel works, tools and engines.

Kelham Island museum Sheffield with kids what to do and see

Kelham Island museum Sheffield with kids what to do and see
There are tools to explore with, a play work bench and a real old work bench, big old steel works, role play in Little Mesters street, bomb shells, texture boards, drawers to open and much more.

Kelham Island museum Sheffield with kids what to do and see
7. Take part in a trail and find the answers around the museum.
There are free fun trails to use with clipboards and pencils.

Kelham Island museum Sheffield with kids what to do and see
We tried the transport and tool trail.

Kelham Island museum Sheffield with kids what to do and see
8. Enjoy the room and have a stroll around. The museum is big with lots to see, both inside and outside collections. Toddlers will love the space to run around and see where the day takes you.


9. Visit the cafe or take a packed lunch for the picnic room. The museum is large so spread it out by having breaks and lunch.

Kelham Island museum Sheffield with kids what to do and see
10. Learn. There are educational boards and lots of interesting historical information throughout the museum.

For little ones, throughout the collections are educational questions on the boards and puzzles to solve. There are also books and leaflets to read throughout the museum for all ages, as well as trails. The galleries are interactive throughout, making it a fun way to learn about the history of Sheffield steelworks.

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The outside collection of the museum is good to explore, don’t miss the Bessemer converter, used to make steel in 1974. Kelham Island Museum have festivals and events throughout the year which take advantange of the atmosphere. Check their website.

What do you think? I love interactive museums. Thank you for reading and watching!

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