We are frequent visitors to Leeds City Museum, it’s definitely one of my favourite free museums for toddlers and if you haven’t been yet, go and check it out! On the train we can get to Leeds in under an hour so we go there often and I love taking Eric to the museum. It’s something I can always rely on to do when Eric needs somewhere to play when we are in the city centre. Here’s why we love Leeds city museum and why you will, too!
6 reasons why you’ll love Leeds City Museum
- Getting there is easy. Leeds City Museum is in the city centre, just 10 minutes walk from the train station. There are lots of shops, places to eat and things to do nearby and the location is very convenient.
- The museum is free to visit. You can enjoy all of the museum without paying anything. This is a great day out option right in the centre of Leeds and won’t cost you a penny. Yay!
- There are lots of things to play with. On the lower ground floor, the life on earth gallery has lots of animals to see, a reading corner, crafts corner and books, you’ll also be able to find dress up and the chalk board above. The exhibitions throughout the museum have little interactive bits and things to play with, keeping toddlers entertained. 🙂 Try out the Museum Mini’s trail too, which takes toddlers on a little hunt around the museum.
- Toddler town is a lovely play area. In The Leeds Story gallery on floor 2 is a wonderful little play area hidden away in the corner and is so much fun! There’s doll houses, tons of toys, puzzles, books, “toddler street” with pretend houses, play kitchen, soft toys and more than enough to keep your toddler entertained for a while. There’s chairs next to the play area for parents and you can keep an eye on them whilst they get busy. Eric loves this and it’s so convenient even just to pop in to have a break from shopping.
- Free activities and groups. There’s a busy calendar of events for families at Leeds City Museum and always something going on, especially in school holidays. We were in Leeds in October and popped in to see what was going on and discovered a Halloween party with sensory play, crafts, soft area and interactive shows, it was brilliant. Every Friday morning the museum have a toddler crafts session “Tiny Tigers” which is free, on selected dates there are multi-sensory mornings, baby friendly curator talks, Rory’s Saturday club and lots of holiday activities.
There’s also a cafe and baby change in the museum, it’s fully accessible and we usually make a day of it by getting lunch afterwards (we love Trinity Kitchen, especially!).
To read more about this lovely museum, read my first ever blog post and review here which includes a video.
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