Best Things To Do in Sheffield City Centre With Kids
heffield City Centre With Kids what to do in Sheffield with kids
Find places to have fun!
There is a small garden opposite John Lewis in Barkers Pool which goes quite unnoticed, and although it’s a small green space, it’s enclosed and a quiet place to have a picnic or let little one’s run around, plus a few animal sculptures.
Atkinson’s Restaurant on the Moor (in the department store) has a little play area in the corner with books, toys and puzzles.
Waterstones book shop in Orchard Square has a nice little children’s area with books, colouring, a small climbing frame and slide, plus upstairs in the cafe is a box of toys and books to keep them entertained, free wifi and free babycinos. During school holidays they typically have free daily story time, so check their website events for details.
Winter Gardens, Millennium Galleries & Peace Gardens
Sheffield Winter Garden is home to Zooby’s, a really nice sandwich shop which does good coffee, tasty panini and lovely children’s picnic boxes with tables to eat at or choose one of the many benches to relax on.
The best thing about the Winter Gardens, though, is how fantastic it is for a walk around indoors, with lots of things to spot. Eric loves finding the snake, elephant and troll! Head into the Millennium Galleries in the Steelworks metal collection exhibition, where in the corner you’ll find a variety of pots and pans for children to play with.
Peace Gardens is good all year round to relax in, but especially in the nicer months on sunny days where families love to eat a picnic, sun bathe and water play in the fountains. It’s a good open space and flat enough for scooters. Plus, it’s gorgeous in spring.
Sheffield Central Childrens Library is one of our favourite spots in the city centre. It’s underneath the main library, in its own little space with lots of toys, bean bags and books to read. A fantastic space to relax and take a break from the city centre hustle and bustle. There’s comfortable sofas and baby change facilities.
Locate the best baby change facilities.
I like the Millennium Galleries, Sheffield Central Children’s library, John Lewis, M&S, Starbucks and Virgin Lounge for good, clean and reliable baby change facilities.
Open a (free) bank account with Virgin Bank.
Once you have an account open you have access to Virgin Lounges which are a fantastic free resource for families in Sheffield. Virgin Lounge in Sheffield on the high street have complimentary hot and cold drinks for customers, biscuits, good changing facilities, phone charging, free wifi, children’s play area and toys, quieter levels perfect for working or reading, games consoles, bowling, board games, banking facilities and more.
It is really worth opening an account to access the lounges as they make a great, reliable option for somewhere to go for nice baby change facilities, meeting up with friends and family, or somewhere cosy and free to recharge.
Try some yummy food in one of the many family-friendly restaurants and cafes.
Sheffield City Centre has lots of family-friendly restaurants and cafes, find a list of over 20 here. Leopold Square is home to a variety of places to eat like Wagamama, Zizzi and Strada, all had kids menus and high chairs. Around Tudor Square area you will find Starbucks, Crucible Theatre cafe, Winter Gardens, Cosmo (world buffet), Pizza Express, Cafe Nero, Browns, Bill’s and more.
Head to West One Plaza for more options including Las Iguanas and Akbars. Sheffield is home to so many fantastic independent food and drink options, in the city centre check out Steamyard for amazing coffee and donuts, Couch which is a licensed cafe with very comfy seating and is really child-friendly, or Blue Moon for delicious vegetarian and vegan food. The Moor Market has tons of independent traders and yummy, homemade food, Hungry Buddha will give you a free kids meal.
Go further or take a day trip.
Sheffield is one of the greenest cities in Europe and has so many fantastic parks and playgrounds, many of which are very close to the city centre. Norfolk Heritage Park has a fantastic new adventure playground and is only a few stops on the tram/bus from the city centre. We also like Hillsborough Park, Millhouses Park and Graves Park.
Sheffield Canal Basin is just 10 minutes walk from the High Street where you can spot canal boats, ducks and take a walk through the industrial parts of Sheffield on the Five Wier’s Walk. There’s a fantastic charity shop nearby, Emmaus, which is definitely worth a visit.
There is an amphitheatre just behind Sheffield Train Station, too. Great for pgreat for train spotting & we had many a picnics here in the summer; Eric loved climbing the stairs there, and it’s part of South Street Park which has flat, accessible wide paths, off the road and not near any traffic so really great for a toddler stroll and will take you all the way to Cholera Monument, part of the Norfolk Heritage Trail, or to the bridge at Ponds Forge.
For some train spotting, there’s a few cafes inside Sheffield train station, Starbucks is on platform 3. 🙂
The closest actual indoor play centre to town is Megakidz play zone, just 10 min walk from Ponds Forge, in S2. it’s free for under 1’s, £3.50 otherwise, and has kids singing group (marathon rhythm & rhyme) Tuesday and Thursday mornings, which yes, even if your child is under 1, you still don’t have to pay anything. Try Curious Kids Town near Megakidz for indoor play with a difference.
If you’re around the S2 city centre area of Sheffield; such as the Amphitheatre and Norfolk Heritage Trail, there is a fantastic library on Duke Street which has a really great children’s area with lots of toys, and a cafe. It’s free and you can see photos of it here.
Fun family days out close to Sheffield City Centre;
Sheffield Manor Lodge is not far from the city centre for a historical cheap day out. Explore the ruins, have fun in the sandpit and get involved in crafts on their events and opening days.
Heeley City Farm is one of our favourite free little spaces in Sheffield. Just a mile or so from the city centre in S2, it’s free to visit and has animals, little playground and a lovely cafe.
Definitely visit Sheffield Botanical Gardens. Such a beautiful (and free) outdoors day out and place you must visit. In summer it’s just the most lovely place for a picnic. And lovely all year round for a walk and explore. Not far from Weston Park Museum on one side, or Endcliffe Park on the other.
Just on Ecclesall Road not far from the Moor Market is Sheffield General Cemetery. An eerie cemetery with a nice walk around it, historical buildings, open green space, woodlands and tours on Sundays. I recommend this as a good alternative to the usual park.
You just HAVE to visit Weston Park Museum with little ones, it’s the best museum in sheffield for kids and it’s FREE. Only 10 minutes from the city centre, easily accessible by bus or tram.
National Emergency Museum is not far at all from the city centre and within walking distance at West Bar. There are so many emergency vehicles to touch, get in and pretend to drive.
Kelham Island Museum is fantastic. There’s so much to see and explore, learn the history of Sheffield steelworks, see the river don engine in steam and have fun in the indoor play area.
Don’t miss the Alfred Denny Museum at the University of Sheffield. It’s only open once a month for tours, but it’s completely free. The museum is in a small room but crammed full of interesting specimens, fascinating skeletons and “dead animals” as Eric will say. Highly recommend it; plus you can go to Weston Park Museum/Crookes Valley Park next door before or after.
Get a tram
The super tram is so fun and kids love it; it’s a real novelty. There’s 4 routes in Sheffield to choose from with hundreds of day out options and things to do. Plus we have a new Tram Train that can take you from Sheffield Cathedral to Rotherham Parkgate.
We live in north Sheffield on the Yellow route which has some really good days out. You could go to Kelham Island, Medieval Mayhem, Hillsborough Park, Rivelin Valley Park, Meadowhall, find fantastic places to eat, cinema, bowling, golf, IKEA, trampolining, Monkey Bizness and so much more. And that’s just one route!
Supertram do not take card payments on board but you can pay by app or cash.
There is simply so much to do in and around Sheffield; there’s too much to include here!!
Hop on a train to a nearby town, countryside, neighbouring city for a fantastic day out and adventure, read this for my favourite 17 quick day trips form Sheffield.
I love Sheffield so much that I had to write this bucket list especially for under 5’s. You can find so many fun things to do from this list and tick them off as you go, find new favourites and discover old:
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