Top 10 Very Best FREE Things To Do With Kids in Sheffield

Sheffield is a truly great place for kids; we have the best free parks, fantastic playgrounds, amazing attractions, great farms, places to eat, festivals, museums, spectacular spots in the wild to paddle and roam and that’s not all. I wouldn’t have this blog if I wasn’t here to tell you just how good Sheffield is with a little one! Let’s narrow it right down with 10 things I think every kid must do in Sheffield. These never get old so you can keep recycling them over and over! And best of all… they’re all freeTop 10 Very Best FREE Things To Do With Kids in Sheffield

This is only a slice of what there is in Sheffield to do with kids, so please make sure you check my full guides/lists for looooads more ideas!

Top 10 Very Best FREE Things To Do With Kids in Sheffield

1. Free water splash

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The best FREE splash park in Sheffield has got to be at Rivelin Valley Park, S6 5GL. Open daily through school holidays and weekends during term time it has a free paddling pool, water play areas, fountains, squirters and jets. There’s a fantastic cafe, good big playgrounds, nature trail and disabled accessibility. Just pack a picnic!

2. A Free Day out on the supertram

Discover 25+ Family Days Out On The Sheffield Supertram Yellow Route Top 10 Very Best FREE Things To Do With Kids in Sheffield

A day out on the Supertram can be a real novelty for kids, especially if you drive or don’t use it often. Personally, I find the tram the easiest way of getting around with a toddler because there’s generally more space and it’s less restrictive than a bus ride.

There’s sooo many places to go, days out and things to do for FREE and more along all the Supertram routes. So for only the price of a tram ticket there’s lots of options. My favourite (maybe because I live on it, hehe) is the Yellow Route: from woodlands, lovely family park days, libraries and museums for free days out indoors, canal walks, for a treat: the best indoor play centres to trampolining, and then you’ve got IKEA, Centertainment & Meadowhall there’s just lots to do on this route and if you get a day ticket, well you really are spoilt for choice.

Check out my post for 25+ Supertram Family Days Out on the Yellow Route which includes a free downloadable PDF map guide that I made highlighting all the things to do at each stop, and don’t forget the other routes: Blue & Purple.

3. Weston Park Museum – especially Friday Under 5’s

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If you have kids in Sheffield of any age I would be very surprised if you don’t know about Weston park museum already! And if you didn’t, well, you’re in luck: it’s THE best indoor, free thing to do in Sheffield for little ones. This museum is so interactive, has lovely galleries full of things to do, see and learn about. There’s a cafe, indoor picnic room upstairs, gift shop, good seasonal events (like free school holiday crafts and Santa in December!) but what you need to know if you have a toddler is the free Friday Under 5 sessions.

Friday Under 5’s: Get Stuck In are free sessions every week in term time starting at 10am-12pm with a different theme each week. There could be crafts, painting, messy play or object handling; you get the idea. How to make a day of it? Head for lunch after Friday Under 5’s, then it’s story time at 1pm.

We love going all year round, in the winter/cold months the indoor picnic room is a fantastic resource. The park the museum is in is just the right size for a little wander around and down to see the ducks, but you must definitely extend your day further and go to Crookes Valley Park just behind the museum with a good playground. 🙂 Read our review and get the free 10 things to see & do trail here.

Top 10 Very Best FREE Things To Do With Kids in Sheffield

4. Do the Forge Dam to Endcliffe Park walk

Forge Dam in Sheffield

It’s no secret we love Forge Dam and rightly so; what a lovely hidden gem it is. We love this park in S11. There’s a fantastic family walk here that goes all the way to Endcliffe Park and whenever someone does this walk after a recommendation they always say how wonderful it is! Paddling is what we usually do at forge dam but we love the playground and nature play in general.

The walk goes through beautiful woodlands but there is buggy friendly paths, leading down the porter valley, past shepherds wheel museum (open and free on weekends) to Endcliffe Park. We love it because the walk means there’s 2 playgrounds, 2 cafes and 2 great days out combined into one and without paying a thing (unless you buy yummy treats in the cafe…) anddd that’s pretty amazing!

5. Hillsborough Park and Walled Garden

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Hillsborough Park has tons of space for playing games and enjoying a picnic, a good playground and a beautiful walled garden. The walled garden is maintained by volunteers and it’s a little hidden gem. Inside the walled garden you’ll find windy paths full of colourful flowers, decorations, arch ways, a little yellow boat with flowers inside it, a squirrel green and fairy house.

The walled garden has opening times and closes 4:30pm during summer and 2:30pm in the winter. Top 10 Very Best FREE Things To Do With Kids in Sheffield

6. Hunt for bogarts at Longshaw Estate, National Trust

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Just on the edge of Sheffield, Longshaw Estate, National Trust is a beautiful part of the Peak District just waiting to be explored by children. We’re a big fan of the boggart trail; 6 hidden play areas around Longshaw in a 1.5 pram friendly route, all with wonderful nature play areas, too. There is an activity map from the shop/cafe, too. If your little one loves to play in trees, get muddy, find fairies, trolls and monsters then this is the place for you. Take a picnic, too, there’s many dens to sit in, rolling countryside to enjoy or head down to Padley Gorge for a picnic and a paddle.

7. Enjoy summer at Sheffield By The Seaside

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Every summer, Sheffield City Centre is transformed into the seaside! It’s free entry for all and with the peace gardens fountains, sandpit and games it’s lots of fun for children of all ages. Character appearances are usually on, plus fairground rides and music. Combine with many more fun things to do in Sheffield City Centre for a wonderful family day out.

Top 10 Very Best FREE Things To Do With Kids in Sheffield

8. Pet some cute animals at the farm

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Heeley City Farm

Sheffield has some really lovely farms and (I think) the best two are free! Graves Park, the largest park in Sheffield, has a friendly animal farm that is really popular with families, plus a tractor to sit on and picnic benches inside.

Don’t forget the great playground, too. Another fantastic place for a day out with animals in Sheffield is Heeley City Farm. You’ll find a really tasty vegetarian/vegan cafe, little paths to follow around the farm, friendly animals and a playground.

9. Visit every single one of these amazing parks

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If there’s one thing Sheffield does well, it’s parks. We are very spoilt here with our amazing free parks, fantastic playgrounds for kids and even splash parks, all for free. If there’s only one reason why someone with kids should visit Sheffield it’s for our parks. They’re just brilliant!

We simply have too many to visit in just one day or even a weekend. Make it your mission to visit each one of the best parks in Sheffield with playgrounds, and then once you’ve done those; continue on with these lovely parks with cafes, and then these wild paddling spots. Still want to explore more? Find these magical outdoor spaces.

10. Go paddling in the wild

There’s 5 rivers in Sheffield so between them all that’s enough paddling for any toddler! We absolutely love a paddle, it’s a beautiful alternative to a busy splash park and really great way of getting outdoors. On a hot day paddling is a free cooling down activity and during the colder months, get on those wellies and puddle suits to have a splash.

Woods are a good way to find paddling spots, I can guarantee they’ll be a paddling place very close to where you are right now. Paddling is FREE, gets you out in the fresh air and is a fun picnic spot. Kids love being able to explore in the water and you never know what bug you might find! (or maybe a fish?!)

I really love Damflask Reservoir for paddling and Forge Dam.

These are our Top 3 Paddling Spots in Sheffield

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