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Family Days Out in Sheffield If you’re planning a day out in Sheffield, something all the family will enjoy, then finding activities to keep the kids entertained is a must.

Sheffield has a number of attractions and distractions, which kids should find exciting and informative, and that may teach you a thing or two in the process.

Playing sport is a great way for kids to make new friends and there are plenty of opportunities in and around Sheffield. At SheffieldIce [map] kids can try and get to grips with the ice at one of the many ice skating activities. Skiing is another option at Sheffield’s Ski Village [map], which has skiing and snowboarding opportunities for kids of all abilities. For more sporting ideas take a look at our entertainment section.

If your kids love to play the fool, they may enjoy adding some new skills to their repertoire. For young clowns there’s the Greentop Community Circus [map] where kids can learn juggling, unicycling and more, while for young thespians there’s the Crucible Youth Theatre [map] and amateur dramatics at The Lantern Theatre [map] and the Merlin Theatre [map] in Nether Edge.

Top of the list for kids aged 12 year-old and under is likely to be the Just For Kids [map] indoor adventure playground. This is the largest centre of its kind in the north and has plenty to keep the fun rolling, with a massive climbing frame, slides, ropes and an assault course for older kids with a low-level soft play area for babies and toddlers.

Alternatively there’s Sheffield’s largest soft play attraction, Alphabet Zoo [map]. Here you’ll find swing bridges, scramble nets, bouncy castles and more for kids to play the day away. If you need somewhere where you can relax while your youngsters work off some of that youthful energy, this place could be ideal.

If your kids would rather check out some animal magic than monkey around, there are plenty of options in and around the city centre.

For free farming fun why not try Heeley City Farm [map], located in the centre of Sheffield. Here you can see rare and usual breeds, meet Molly the Irish moiled cow with her calf, Moonlight, see demonstrations of wind and solar power or enjoy the aroma of the herb gardens, all in one fun packed day out.

You could also try Graves Park Animal Farm [map], where kids can get up close to all sorts of farmyard favourites including donkeys, pigs and rabbits. The farm is actually next to Sheffield’s largest park, so you could enjoy a whole day of outdoor fun with a picnic in the park, playing games and exploring the bird and sculpture trail there.

Meanwhile for indoor family fun, museums are always an interesting choice.

Attempting, and succeeding, at bringing Sheffield’s industrial history to life in a way that is engaging for kids as well as adults is the Kelham Island Museum [map]. Standing on a man-made island in the historic part of Sheffield, this museum contains some fascinating artefacts including, a record-breaking Grand Slam Bomb and the Sheffield-made Penny Farthing bicycle.

For a different kind of fascinating day out, there’s Magna [map] in Rotherham, where forces provide the fun. This hands-on exploration of the world around us uncovers the power of water, fire, earth and air and how they impact on our lives.

Venturing away from Sheffield and out into Derbyshire you’ll find The American Adventure [map] theme park. As well as all the thrilling rides there are opportunities for education as well, but ultimately you’ll be here for the rides. Alternatively there’s Gulliver’s World with more than 30 rides for kids aged two to 13.

If you fancy going underground there are a number of caves and caverns to explore in the Peak District. There’s Speedwell Cavern [map] in Castleton, an historic cave where visitors go underground to see the world famous bottomless pit. There’s also Peak Cavern [map], also known as ‘The Devil’s Arse’ [map], a spectacular limestone cavern that has been inhabited for the past 300 years, and the world famous Blue John Cavern where you can see Blue John stone amidst the stalactites and stalagmites.

If you want to comment on our choices or recommend somewhere for kids in Sheffield, why not use our What You Recommend form to let us know.

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