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15 Fun Things To Do in Leicester with Toddlers

If you're looking for an exciting, fun day out in Leicester that your toddler will enjoy then look no further. Here are some of our favourite toddler-friendly activities in and around the city.

Mini Meadows Farm

© Mini Meadows Farm

Since 2008, Mini Meadows Farm has grown into a place where children (and grown-ups) make treasured memories of meeting the animals.

Mini Meadows is home to some lovely animals both large and small, including alpacas, kune kune pigs, goats, highland cows, donkeys, rabbits, llamas, shetland ponies, turkeys, sheep, guinea pigs and more.

© Mini Meadows Farm

The Beehive Cafe is open throughout the day serving everything from a hearty breakfast to lunches, snacks and delicious home-baked cakes.

The café also has a great soft play area that your toddlers can enjoy while you keep an eye on them and relax over a well-deserved coffee or tea.

© Mini Meadows Farm

Even when the weather doesn't cooperate, your toddlers will have fun in the Baby Barn, enjoy the huge indoor sandpit and explore The Treetops indoor play area.


National Space Centre

© National Space Centre

The National Space Centre which boasts the UK's largest planetarium is an exciting destination for anyone interested in space. But will it be fun for toddlers?

Yes! Watch out for "Small Space Days" which are days of exploration for the littlest visitors. The centre is closed to groups and schools on these days which gives toddlers the room to explore. There are lots of exciting space-themed activities for under 5s too!

When it's time for refreshment, take a seat under the huge rockets in Boosters Café. There's a great choice including jacket potatoes, homemade soup, nachos, sandwiches, hot dogs, wraps, salads and delicious cakes as well as a good range of hot and cold drinks.

© National Space Centre

If you live locally or visit Leicester often, ask about the Free Annual Pass Upgrade
which allows you to pay once and visit all year.


Gorse Hill City Farm

Created in 1985 by a group of local residents, Gorse Hill City Farm has a lovely collection of farm animals that your toddler will fall in love with.

Meet the donkeys, calves, ducks, pygmy goats, guinea pigs, Herdwick sheep, pigs, rabbits, alpacas and more.

Stock Photo © Tony Austin via Flickr

There are regular small animal sessions where children can learn about the animals before getting the chance to stroke each one.

As well as seeing more than 100 animals, kids will love the outdoor play area which has slides, swings and climbing frames so your little ones can burn off some energy.

The Farmer's Hut Café offers hot or cold drinks, tasty lunches and most important of all - ice cream!


Smallville Role Play Village

© Smallville Role Play Village

Fire your toddler's imagination with a trip to Smallville Role Play Village.

Smallville is a village in miniature with 9 areas where little ones can have fun role-playing familiar situations from their own lives.

Each area has dressing-up outfits as well as realistic props and equipment, so your little one will be having fun right away.

Areas include The Deli, Grandma's House, the Salon, the Garage and lots more.

© Smallville Role Play Village

Also on Rushfield Farm, near Smallville, you'll find Buttercups Tearoom - a full-size tearoom where adults and children can enjoy freshly prepared breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and delicious cakes. A full range of drinks is also available.


Manor Farm and Woodlands

Manor Farm Park © Mary Shattock via Flickr

With 25 acres of park and woodlands to explore, there's lots for you and your toddler to discover at Manor Farm and Woodlands.

The farm has a wide range of animals to meet:

Large animals include llamas, ponies, deer and highland cattle. There are medium-sized animals like sheep, pigs, wallabies and goats and also small animals such as guinea pigs and rabbits.

You'll also see more exotic animals like snakes, lizards, tortoises and a giant African land snail as well as a variety of birds including rhea, parrots, turkeys, chickens and peafowl.

Activities include owl holding (except Monday and Thursday) and on some days, falconry displays.

Manor Farm Park © Mary Shattock via Flickr

There's also an indoor play barn with an under-four's zone, a pirate ship and spooky castle, an outdoor play area and lots more.

When it's time for refreshment, Antlers Bistro or the Laughing Donkey Café have a great range of food and drinks to tempt you.


Boost Trampoline Park

Toddlers love to jump, and there's no better place to jump than Boost Trampoline Park.

Stock Photo © Shannon McGee via Flickr

Boost has more than 50 interconnected trampolines, foam pits and more, so you and your toddler are sure to have a great time.

Boost run Family Sessions where you must have at least one child under 4 years old - so you can be sure they're toddler-friendly.

Both adults and toddlers will work up quite an appetite jumping on all those trampolines, so it's just as well there's a Boost Café serving a range of hot and cold drinks, snacks, hot dogs and more.


Paradise Found Farm Park

Stock Photo © Color Line via Flickr

You and your toddler can meet and interact with lots of different species of animals, birds and even reptiles at Paradise Found Farm Park.

Reindeer, Kunekune Pigs, Ducks, Chickens, Thoroughbred Horses, Ponies, Peacocks, Barn Owl, Guinea Fowl, Turkeys, Angora Goat, Shetland Pony, Alpacas, Rabbits, Guinea Pig, Giant Tortoise, and the world's smallest breed of sheep, the Ouessant Sheep. There are more than 200 animals to meet.

Stock Photo © Paul Rowe via Flickr

Inside the air-conditioned barn, you'll find the kitchen, serving coffee, tea and a wide range of other refreshments. There's also a soft play area and a miniature house that's home to "Rocky" the tortoise.

Just through the doors, there's the insect and reptile collection, home to the park's bearded dragon.


Go Kids Go

Go Kids Go is an exciting indoor play and party centre where kids can explore and enjoy playing in a safe environment.

There are several play areas suitable for children of different ages. The soft play area, with lots of activities across four levels, is perfect for toddlers.

Stock Photo © Donnie Ray Jones via Flickr

There's a designated baby and toddler area with squishy animal shapes, twin slides, mirror panels and soft building blocks.

Meanwhile, older children will love the coconut tree climb, ninja obstacle course, the laser arena and the karts.


Abbey Park

Abbey Park © Jeremy Oakley via Flickr

A visit to Abbey Park is a great way to enjoy time outdoors with your toddler.

As well as beautiful landscaped parkland and many specimen trees, there are lots of features and facilities in the park for you to enjoy:

Toddlers will love feeding the ducks on the boating lake, and boat hire is also available. There is also a miniature railway and a play area. Toddlers are also sure to enjoy the sensory garden and the Pets Corner.

Abbey Park Boating Lake © Jeremy Oakley via Flickr

There is a café in the park when you feel in need of refreshment.


Fun Valley

Fun Valley has two play areas, one for 1-3 year olds and the other for 4-12's so you know your toddler will enjoy a fun play session that's suitable for their age.

Stock Photo © Quinn Dombrowski via Flickr

While your little ones are having fun in the giant indoor play area, you can enjoy the café which offers everything from a Full English Breakfast, wraps and sandwiches or pizza, to snacks, kids meals and a variety of hot and cold drinks.


Nature's Play

Nature's Play offers a range of exciting outdoor play activities especially for under-5s.

Stock Photo © Shyn Darkly via Flickr

Based in a woodland setting at Scraptoft Hill Farm, Nature's Play makes it exciting for young children to spend more time outside where they benefit from fresh air, improved mental health and an opportunity to interact with the natural environment.

There are various stations each providing a different sensory experience such as "messy play", "imagination time" and "small world play".

Sessions run outdoors all year round so don't forget to bring appropriate clothing.


My Toddler Spa

My Toddler Spa runs spa sessions in Leicester on Thursday mornings, offering a range of spa activities that toddlers love.

Stock Photo © Jennifer Zhou via Flickr

With low lights, calming music, spa aromas and 100% Egyptian Cotton towels, gowns and robes, it's a lovely experience for your little one.

A session includes a Sensory Foot Soak, a Toddler Massage with natural organic oils, a DIY natural face mask and mini manicure and a photo area so you can capture your toddler enjoying the spa experience.

My Toddler Spa is a relaxing and bonding experience that's open to mums, dads, aunties and grandparents.


360 Play Leicester

360 Play in Leicester is a great place to visit with a toddler because they have a dedicated Toddler Zone designed for under 4s.

There's lots to explore in this soft play area including ball pits, soft obstacles, games and activities. There's plenty of space for Mums and Dads to join in the fun.

Stock Photo © Maret Hosemann via Flickr

If the weather is good, "The Big Outdoors" has lots of fun playhouses, a giant landscaped sandpit and lots more.

If you have older children with you, the soft play areas for 4-12s mean that they'll have a great time too.

The 360 café offers everything from a quick snack to a full meal, a children's meal or simply a refreshing mug of tea.


Petite Street Play Village

© Petite Street Play Village

At Petite Street Play Village it's all about role play, with lots of opportunities for your little ones to use their imaginations and have a lot of fun at the same time.

Play areas include the Salon, the Café, the Vets, the Medical Centre, the Supermarket and the Post Office.

© Petite Street Play Village

Each area has a range of props and offers lots of opportunities to enhance communication skills, emotional development, teamwork and most importantly, to have fun.


Wacky Warehouse at The Bees Knees

© Wacky Warehouse at the Bees Knees

If you're looking for a family-friendly pub that your toddler can enjoy too, look no further than The Bees Knees.

That's because there's a Wacky Warehouse soft play area with a three-tier play frame, climbing wall, slide and obstacles.

There are also some arts and crafts when they're ready for some quiet time.

© Wacky Warehouse at the Bees Knees

The Bees Knees offers everything you'd expect including a Menu with all the pub food classics, a Breakfast Menu, a Kids Menu and Sunday Faves.



We hope you've enjoyed exploring all the fun things you can do in Leicester with your toddlers. There's lots to choose from, and we hope you have a great time.

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