Best Things To Do In Sheffield City Centre with kids!


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Looking for things to do in Sheffield City Centre With Kids?
We’ve lived in town ever since Eric was born so had to find things to do. I think you can easily have a free/cheap day out in Sheffield city centre. If you drive, why not ditch the car & get the tram or bus and turn it into an adventure? there’s a few nice things to do with kids in city centre or very close by.

Best Things To Do in Sheffield City Centre With Kids

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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.

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Virgin Lounge

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.

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Virgin Lounge

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. 

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Waterstones cafe

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.

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Zizzi Bambini Menu

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.

Find some hidden gems. 

There are lots of little hidden gems to find in Sheffield. 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.

For places to eat and play, Atkinson’s Restaurant (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.

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.

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Herd Of Sheffield at Winter Garden

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. Plus, it’s gorgeous in spring.

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Peace Gardens

 

Enjoy outside space, explore further or take a day trip. 

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Sheffield Train Station

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. Check out Devonshire Green for a quick, green space good for picnics in the city centre and this playground just around the corner off Gell Street.

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Gell street playground

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.

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Emmaus charity shop superstore

Norfolk Heritage Park is only a short walk from the city centre or catch the tram on the Blue Route or Purple Route to Granville Road, one of the best ancient parks in Sheffield. 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.

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South Street Park

 

Sheffield City Centre With Kids what to do in Sheffield with kids
South Street Park

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.

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.

The city centre has great transport links so if in doubt, pop on a tram or bus to any of these fantastic parks and playgrounds, or explore the Peak District! 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.

Thanks for reading!

When was the last time you were in Sheffield City Centre with kids and what are your favourite things to do there? I’d love to know, so pop a comment down below. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog for loads more Sheffield days out, tips and travel, and follow me on Facebook, too! Thank you! 🙂

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