Free Days Out With A Toddler

8 ideas for FREE days out with a toddler you can probably do where you live!

We all could do with a free day out. Here are some ideas for free days out with a toddler. You should be able to do these days out ideas wherever you are with a toddler! 

Ideas for FREE days out with toddlers

Museums

There are hundreds of free museums all over the country. Have a look at this list to see if there are any near you. Most museums have something to make it child-friendly; maybe an activity booklet or a sensory bag. There are always brilliant things to look at, and lots of places have artefacts you can interact with and touch.

Museums are great places for a toddler, and many are free to enter and explore.

 

Go for a walk

A really easy way to spend a day with a toddler for free is to go for a walk. Take a picnic if you want to, and maybe a scuttlebug or scooter, or take nothing but your feet. This is a fun way to explore where you live, for free. We sometimes take a nature trail checklist to find things along our walk.Going for a walk is a great way to spend a day with a toddler, and best of all it's free!take a nature trail checklist with you on a walk with your toddler for a free day out with a theme

Beach

We are lucky to live near the fabulous beaches of the north east, so we quite often go to the beach for a free day out. We sometimes take the fishing net and a bucket so we can look in the rock pools. Rock pooling is a fascinating and fun free day out for for all the family. Toddlers will love peeking in the water and catching crabs or fish. Be sure to let the creatures go after you’ve had a look and a chat about them!
Rock pooling is a fascinating and fun free day out for all the family. Toddlers will love peeking in the water and catching crabs or fish!

Library

Libraries are great places to visit with your toddler. Not only are there lots of books but there are often free activities to take part in too. Our local library often does Sign a Story, which is an inclusive session exploring a story through props, songs, and Makaton. There are also regular craft activities for toddlers and preschoolers, and of course story time sessions. Check with your local library to see what you could do for free with your toddler at the library.

Libraries are great places to visit with your toddler. Not only are there lots of books but there are often free activities to take part in too

Play Park

You can’t beat a run around in the playground. Wherever you are, there will always be a play park nearby. Toddlers love playgrounds! Plus, a bit of outside air, and a bit of physical activity equals more of a chance of a good night’s sleep. What could be better than a free day out at the park?

Toddlers love the park

City Farm

Near to us we have Ouseburn Farm, and Bill Quay Farm; both free (though donations welcome) and ideal for toddlers. They are a bit smaller than out of town farms, which makes them perfect for little legs to trot around. Toddlers will love to see the animals, of course, and also often be able to feed them too.
Go to the playground in a park for a free day out with a toddler

Garden Centre

Garden centres are really good places for free days out with a toddler. There are usually fish to look at in their aquatics centres, and sometimes there are also small animals for sale. Cheaper than a trip to the aquarium and, for a toddler, just as good. Our local garden centre also has a soft play, so not strictly free, but very cheap – cheaper than many soft play centres! There are often lots of lovely things to look at the shop of a garden centre. We especially like a look around at Christmas time when some garden centres have a Santa Grotto, and definitely lots of decorations!

Art Gallery

Toddlers can explore art galleries too! So many galleries have areas or challenges for toddlers and preschoolers, and many galleries are free. We love the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne, who have an under-5s area, and also the Baltic in Gateshead who put on free activities for children on weekends and during school holidays in their craft area. They also have Exhibit Explorer packs for your child to take around the gallery to learn and notice more while they’re with you.

Do you have any more ideas for free days out with toddlers? Did I miss any off? Do let me know in the comments below or on my Facebook page! Thanks!

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6 Comments

  1. February 12, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    Some fab suggestions. We have some great places to visit in the North East

    Cat x

  2. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM)
    February 14, 2017 / 6:51 am

    Fab list and we do most of these. Garden centres always make me chuckle internally, I never thought having kids would make me visit garden centres so often! Wish we lived closer to a beach though xx

  3. February 18, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    Great ideas. I’m going to venture out to a beach in the next few weeks x #daysoutwithatoddler

  4. February 20, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    All great ideas here and quite a lot of them we do already, I had never thought of taking my toddler to an art gallery though. #daysoutwithatoddler

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