I can’t honestly believe that it has been so long since I went to Tropical Butterfly House. I absolutely LOVE the place, it’s one of my most favourite days out in Sheffield and so I don’t know why I don’t go more often. It’s the sort of day out where you go and you leave telling yourself you must go back soon! Actually, this is not the first time I’ve wrote about butterfly house, in fact not even the second! Hehe. Our most recent day out there just a few weeks ago was soooo good, I have to share it with you. Best Family Day Out in Sheffield: Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre, Sheffield
Best Family Day Out in Sheffield:
Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre, Sheffield
Best Family Day Out in Sheffield: Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre, Sheffield
Investment in the attraction for visitors.
Every time we go to Tropical Butterfly House there is always something new. A new area to the park, new equipment, little bits here and there that they’ve made better or spent money on to look more attractive; and I think this is absolutely fantastic to see that they’re passionate about making it better and better. It’s a lovely thing to see and know that your money is going towards the upgrades and it’s inspiring to know that they’re passionate about giving visitors more and more. It makes me wonder how good it’s going to be ?! and what they could possibly do next.
For example, we love the nature trail and visiting the fairy land; so many little fairy houses, their laundry out to dry, trolls, animals and things to spot and find… but on our last visit I could tell they had recently added so many more pieces to this trail and really paid attention to detail. I absolutely love this part and it really takes me back to my own childhood. It’s magical for Eric to look around seeing what he can spot and look for the fairies, tiny doors, houses and animals.
New additions to this area were these amazingly cute and interactive fairy houses next to the Witch Hut (which was all decorated up inside with props and halloween decorations, fantastic!) which invited the kids to open. Eric opened each door with caution and inside found trolls and we pretend they were playing tricks on us.
A new talking tree, sculptures and props are new in this area too. The nature trail is fantastic, make sure you check it out.
Not just the investment in this area of the park, but there is a new Dino Dig hut in the bird hide, a new dinosaur on the Dino Trail and additions to the wet play area… including deck chairs, wooden huts and hammocks.
There is so much to do for toddlers.
Tropical Butterfly House is fantastic for toddlers. You know how sometimes, you go places with little kids and there’s a whole range of stuff not suitable for their age range… things too high to touch, things not attractive enough or too advanced, lots of walking around, not enough things to stimulate, play areas too busy for everyone to have fun.
Well, one main reason I love this place is because Eric always has a really good day when we go. Once we leave he says it’s been amazing and after last time said he couldn’t wait to go back again; he’s only 2 (nearly 3) so that must mean something!
There’s everything toddlers like. Animals of all types from farm animals to crocodiles, dinosaurs, sand pits, diggers, play areas with ride on toys, water play, fairies and magic, places to eat and feeding times. Eric likes all of it and there isn’t really any part that he isn’t fussed about. His top 3 areas are the dinosaur trail, the butterfly house and outdoor play areas (sand pits, diggers/tractors on a track, playground and wet play area).
There is also an indoor play room with some arcade games, crafts and face paints but we honestly never make it in there as having too much fun outside.
There’s a big cafe, picnic areas in and outdoor, toilets in numerous places, the paths are flat and well planned out, it’s pram friendly and there’s a new coffee shop outside the front.
These sorts of things are important to us to ensure a good day out goes as planned. I like how the place is small enough for Eric to pretty much do it all on foot and doesn’t rely on the pram, and everything is close together so you can go to/from certain areas and don’t have to walk miles.
We always take our own food and there’s lots of places to choose from to eat it.
Fantastic outdoor play areas.
Hammocks, adventure playground, zip wire, diggers/tractors, under 5’s area with ride ons and toys with sandpit, another play area next to the wet play area with games, Wendy house, toys etc, and then the wet/sand play area itself.
Next to the wet play area is a grassy section with outdoor games (hoops, balls, etc) and football nets.
There’s a bit of everything. The wet play area has loaaaads of sand and deck chairs all around, too. Sand and water tables, little water hoses and no aggressive jets flying everywhere (we are not a fan of those!). In the cold months we wrap up and still do lots of playing in these areas, and the wet play area is a fantastic huge sandpit with buckets & spades still provided to use.
Suitable for public transport.
Not important to all, but very important for some… especially those without cars. Attractions are pretty much a no-go for families who don’t drive, like us. It’s incredibly frustrating when a day out is so raved about but you can’t get there with kids.
It’s a long journey but the most important thing is that you can get there by public transport. From Sheffield, the X55 to Dinnington bus to Woodsetts Road, by The Cutlers pub. It is then about a 15 minute walk up Woodsetts Road. There is a bus stop outside the entrance, number 19a from Rotherham to Worksop via Dinnington. x5 is the slowest bus route, or you could get there faster by getting a train to Kiveton then x55 bus. Bus timetables here.
There’s more to do at Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry centre…
Special events; we loved the Halloween and Christmas ones
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