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35 Awesome Things to do in Leeds with Toddlers

· James Tweddle · Family

Treat the little ones to a day out they’ll love.

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Let your youngsters crawl, jump and play at these top toddler-friendly attractions.

Whether they’re walkers or crawlers, there’s a whole heap of family-friendly things to do with toddlers in Leeds – and we’re here to help you make the most of them. We’ve rounded up 36 firm favourites, from rare breed animal farms to storytime, trampolining and even baby yoga. It’ll take you quite some time to work your way through the whole list, and once you’re done, just start again!

The Rainbow Factory

The Rainbow Factory

Toddlers can see their favourite books brought to life at The Rainbow Factory, with crafts, singing, dancing and messy play all in the same show. They host amazing productions throughout the school holidays year-round, or you can bring the little ones here by booking ahead for an unforgettable birthday party. Need a break? The Gingerbread Cafe has snacks, meals and drinks a-plenty.

The Rainbow Factory, Springfield Commercial Centre, Bagley Lane, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5LY.

Jackaboos

Soft Play Leeds

One of the best things to do with toddlers in Leeds can be found at Sunny Bank Mills. Jackaboos has everything from ball pits to obstacle courses and play mats, so there’s a ton of fun to be had in their soft play area. That’s not all, they also run Tiny Pop Activities, with a dance and sing session for little ones of all ages every Monday or the chance to play instruments as part of Music Bugs every Thursday.

Jackaboos, 10a Sunnybank Mills, 83-85 Town St, Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 5UJ. Babies free, crawlers £2, walkers £3.75.

Roundhay Park

Roundhay Park

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You’ll never be short of activities at Roundhay Park. Set in 700 acres of rolling greenery, this urban park is one of Leeds’ most popular family attractions, with hundreds of lush picnic spots, two adventure playgrounds and two massive lakes. While you’re there, why not take a wander through the picturesque gardens or stop off at the Lakeside Cafe for a slice of cake?

Roundhay Park, Princes Avenue, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 1DF.

Tumble Town

A play centre that’s just for toddlers, Tumble Town has role play experiences of every kind – just as you’d find in a real town. The little ones can take the mini cars for a spin in the garage, play shopkeeper in the shop and serve pretend tea and cake in the cafe, the only limit is their imagination. If the kids still need to burn off energy, check out the ball pool and slides on the second floor.

Tumble Town Adventure Play, South View Business Centre, Ghyll Royd, Guiseley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS20 9PP. Babies £1 (or free with an older sibling), crawler / cruisers £2.50, walkers £4.

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

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Looking for something to entertain your toddlers? Check out Meanwood Valley Urban Farm, where you can meet tons of friendly animals without even leaving the city. From sheep and cows to donkeys, rabbits and alpacas, there’s sure to be one your toddler will love. But that’s not all, there’s also a massive wildflower meadow packed with butterflies, and a coffee shop for cake and juice afterwards.

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm, Sugarwell Road, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 2QG. Entry is 50p for kids, and £2 for adults.

Kids Clubhouse

Kids Clubhouse

Help your little ones develop better mental and physical skills by getting them moving at Kids Clubhouse. Their play area has been designed around sliding, swinging, bouncing and crawling, but they also have a full range of games to get the little ones on their feet. Time it right, and you can make the most of their dance and sports classes too.

Kids Clubhouse, 75a New Road Side, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 4QD. Pre-walkers £1 (or free with an older sibling), under 2’s £2.50, 2-3 years £3.95, over 4’s £4.95. Adults and childminders £2.50.

The Donkey Sanctuary

Donkeys

Who wouldn’t want to spend time with the fuzzy friends at the Donkey Sanctuary in Eccup? This charity has been looking after donkeys in Leeds since 1999. They have plenty of fun activities for toddlers. The little ones can learn how they’re cared for, watch them play and even give them a scratch under the chin. What’s more, they offer donkey-assisted therapy for kids with special needs.

The Donkey Sanctuary, Swan Lane, Off Blackhill Lane, Eccup, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 8AZ. Entry is free, but donations are greatly encouraged.

Golden Acre Park

Golden Acre Park

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Calling all parents – there’s an incredible array of things to see and do within the 55-hectare Golden Acre Park. There’s a cherry orchard, plenty of woodland gardens and even a wildfowl lake packed with birds to spot. Peckish? You’ll find a ton of amazing picnic spots here, or you can take a trip to the tearooms for a sandwich and box of juice. Now that’s what we call a proper Leeds day out.

Golden Acre Park, Off Arthington Road, Bramhope, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 8BQ.

The Barn – Elmsley’s Farm

At The Barn, your little one can take their pick from a heap of fun activities. There’s dress-up, sand play and even a bouncy castle, all within eyeline of the cafe – so you can enjoy a well-earned coffee and a slice of cake while they burn off energy. If they’re not tuckered out after, why not explore the farm, with plenty of adorable animals to meet?

The Barn, Emsley’s Farm, Warm Lane Yeadon, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19 7DW. Under 18 months £2, over 18 months £4.

Harewood House

Humboldt penguins at Harewood House

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For a toddler-friendly day out in Leeds, Harewood House ticks all the boxes. Active tots will love the adventure playground, while animal lovers can explore the amazing Bird Garden and Farm. Penguins, owls and colourful macaws are all on show, as well as another 40 species of birds. How many can you spot?

Harewood House, Sandy Gate, Harewood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 9LG. Entry is free for kids under 4 years, children over 4 cost £7.50, and adults £12.50 for the gardens or £16.50 to include the House.

Babyballet

To start teaching your toddlers about coordination and musical fun early, why not introduce them to Babyballet? They run dance and tap classes for little boys and girls across Leeds every day of the week. Starting at 6 months with their Tots classes, the programme makes learning fun for the little ones. At 18 months, they can move onto Tinies, then at three years, they’ll graduate to Movers.

Babyballet offer classes across Leeds. Introduction classes are £15.

Temple Newsam

Temple Newsam

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Temple Newsam has 1,500 acres packed with trees, grassland and even an adventure playground, but the real highlight has to be their rare breed farm. There are goats, pigs, sheep and ducks to meet, as well as the chance to get hands-on with piglets and chickens. Peckish? The farm shop has a slew of snacks too. Definitely one of the best days out in Leeds for toddlers.

Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 0AE. Entry to both the house and farm is free for children under 5, £4.50 for older kids and £9.50 for adults.

Swithens Farm

Sheep Farm

Animal-loving toddlers will be in seventh heaven at Swithens Farm, with a whole menagerie of adorable creatures to meet and pet. They have everything from donkeys to goats and pigs in the fields outside, with baby lambs, guinea pigs and even meerkats indoors. After you’ve finished exploring the farm, treat the little ones to a toastie or a milkshake in the cafe, or a go on to the soft play space inside.

Swithens Farm, Swithen’s Lane, Rothwell, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 0BT. Entry is free for under 3’s, anyone over 3 is £4.

Sensory Space Leeds

Sensory Space

Sensory rooms can play a huge part in kids’ mental development, which is why Sensory Space Leeds has designed an interactive space to enhance the experience. With a fibre-optic sensory tree, bubble machine and touchy-feely box on offer, this is your chance to see the difference these activities can make to your little ones.

Sensory Space Leeds, 1a Haddon Hall, Backfield Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2JT. Entry is £3.50 across the board.

Tropical World

Meerkats Tropical World

Tropical World has a heap of species and activities on offer – all split into different habitat zones. Check out the hot and humid Butterfly House first for insects of every colour, before marvelling at the stingrays, crocodiles and clownfish at the Aquarium. Next up is Topical World’s most popular attraction, the mischievous meerkats in the Desert, before the dark of the Nocturnal Zone where you can meet the bats and armadillos.

Tropical World, Princes Avenue, Roundhay Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS8 1DF. Entry is free for under 5’s, children between 5 and 15 are £3.10 and adults £6.20.

Flutterbabies – Baby Yoga

Baby yoga

Baby massage has long been used as a way of soothing tiny tots, but baby yoga is perfect for toddlers too. One session offers a day’s worth of parental interaction, which means better nap times and a stronger bond between you and your baby. You start with simple stretches for both mum and baby, before gentle muscle stimulation and cuddles. If you’re feeling up to it, parents can try out some longer yoga poses too.

Flutterbabies, Eddie Catz, Mothercare, Crown Point Retail Park, Junction Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1EW. Baby Yoga costs £42 for 6 sessions.

Oxygen – Little O

Oxygen Freejumping

Not just for big kids, you can also take toddlers to enjoy the bouncy fun of Oxygen Freejumping. Their Little O sessions offer a safe environment to get to grips with the trampoline park, with 100 interconnected trampolines surrounded by a foam pit and giant airbags. No wonder it’s one of Leeds’ most popular family activities.

Oxygen Freejumping, Cardigan Fields, Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2DG. Little O sessions cost £4 each for toddlers and adults.

The Creation Station

Finger-painting

Get your little one’s imagination going at The Creation Station with a range of classes aimed at toddlers. There are plenty of fun activities to enjoy with mum and dad, from sensory play to art and crafts, like finger painting and kite making. If they really love it, you can also book it for an action-packed birthday party.

The Creation Station offer classes across Leeds, starting from £20.

Middleton Railway

Middleton Railway, Leeds

When it comes to days out with toddlers, there’s nothing better to do in Leeds than visit Middleton Railway. It’s the world’s oldest working railway, so the whole family can take a steam train ride from Moor Road to Park Halt, before exploring the Engine House Museum. With a whole heap of steam, diesel and electric trains to look at, budding young engineers and train fans will be in seventh heaven.

Middleton Railway, Moor Road Station, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5PA. Travel on the railway is free for children under 3, over 3 is £3 and adults £6 return. Museum entry is free.

Royal Armouries

Royal Armouries Wild West

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There’s loads to see and do at Royal Armouries. You can take the little ones on a magical tour through history, as you pass swords, shields, guns and armour, straight out of their favourite fairytales. Look our for their regular events, which bring history to life with actors, stunts and craft activities.

Royal Armouries Museum, Armouries Drive, Leeds Dock, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1LT. Free entry, but the Jester’s Yard cost £2.50 each.

Jungle Kids

Jungle Kids

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Choice is the name of the game at Jungle Kids, because they’ve got soft play activities to suit every toddler. Climbing frames, slides and big ball pools – it’s all here in their colourful jungle experience. Throw in ball cannons and a mini football pitch, and you’ll have a hard time getting your little ones to leave again.

Jungle Kids, Unit 2, 12 Whingate, Armley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 3BL. Pre-walkers £1, under 2s £2, 2-4 years £4, over 5s £5.

The Tetley

The Tetley Art Workshops

You can get the kids involved in art early with a dose of messy play at The Tetley gallery. Their Tiny Tetley art classes are all about expressing yourself, which means they do everything from finger painting to sensory games and massive drawings in crayon and pen. Once they’re done, stop at the gallery’s cafe for a well-deserved feed.

The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JQ. Free entry.

Abbey House Museum

Abbey House Museum

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Take a trip back in time with the whole family at Abbey House Museum. They’ve recreated a classic Victorian street, with 19th-century doll houses and penny machines to entertain the kids. If they get restless, there’s a huge children’s play area outside to stretch their legs and go exploring, as well as Kirkstall Abbey just across the road, where you can picnic in the sunshine.

Abbey House Museum, Abbey Walk, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3EH. Entry is free for kids under 5 years, children over 5 cost £2.50, adults £4.95.

Eddie Catz

Eddie Catz at mothercare

Tucked away inside Crown Point’s Mothercare, Eddie Katz soft play centre is one of the best-kept secrets for toddlers in Leeds. They have padded play-frames, bouncy chairs and pre-schooler activities for toddlers to enjoy – all within eyesight of the cafe. So mum and dad can enjoy coffee while keeping a beady eye on the little ones.

Eddie Catz, Mothercare, Crown Point Retail Park, Junction Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1EW. Up to 1 years £2.50, 1-4 years £3.50, 4 years + £4.50, Adults go free.

Leeds City Museum

Leeds City Museum Playground

Why not take the little ones on Leeds City Museum’s Mini trail? You can explore the exhibits on an action-packed treasure hunt, searching for the famous Leeds tiger or the Egyptian mummy Nesyamun. There’s a play area for the little ones hidden away on the second floor, with soft toys, a playhouse and plenty of books to read together.

Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BH. Free entry.

Lotherton Hall

Capybaras

There’s tons for tiny tots to see and do at Lotherton Hall, with play areas, nature trails and even a red deer park, but the highlight has to be Wildlife World. This huge animal enclosure has Humbolt penguins, tapirs, capybaras and even flamingos. If they’re all tuckered out afterwards, check out the cafe for juice and cake.

Lotherton Hall, Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 3EB. Entry is free for kids under 5 years, children over 5 cost £3.75 and adults £7.50.

Swimming

Baby swimming lessons

There’s a heap of swimming baths to take your toddlers to in Leeds. You can expect a 25-metre pool at all of them, and most come with a 10-metre mini learner pool for the little ones to splash about in too. Once they’re up to speed, why not get involved in the big splash family swimming activities? It’s the perfect place for parents to play alongside the little ones in a relaxed environment.

Find out more about swimming in Leeds…

Jump Inc

Jump Inc

Want to take the kids for a bounce? Jump Inc is just the place to do it. They have a Jump Toddler programme that’s specially designed for tiny tots, with activities that encourage walking and bouncing. It’s ideal for your little ones to make friends, and parents can bounce alongside at all times to make sure they’re staying safe.

Jump Inc, 1 Benyon Park Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 6DP. Entry is free for babies under 1 with a paying sibling, children under 5 £3.50 online and £4.50 walk in, adults free. Classes run Mondays 12pm-1pm, Fridays 10am–11am (term-time only) and Weekends 9am-10am.

Thwaite Mills

Easter at Thwaite Mills

Thwaite Mills is an island museum that’s absolutely perfect for toddlers. One of the country’s last working water-mills, you’ll be transported back to 1940 as you experience the life of a mill worker in the olden-days. With towering machinery and the workshop to explore, it’s perfect for budding engineers – but that’s not even the best bit, because outside, there’s oodles of exploring to be done and the little ones can run around, burning off steam.

Thwaite Mills, Thwaite Lane, Stourton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1RP. Entry is free for kids under 5 years, children over 5 cost £2, and adults £4.

Hyde Park Picture House

Hyde Park Picture House

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Every Saturday at noon, take the little ones to Hyde Park Picture House for Hyde and Seek. They show the latest family-friendly films in a relaxed screening, so kids can stretch their legs during the film if they need to. The films are subtitled too, so everyone can keep up even if other kids are being noisy.

Hyde Park Picture House, 73 Brudenell Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1JD. Hyde and Seek costs £1.50 for children and £5 for adults.

Leeds Industrial Museum

Armley Mills, Leeds Industrial Museum

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Once the world’s largest wooden mill, Armley Mills has now been transformed into the Leeds Industrial Museum, and it’s packed with family-friendly activities. Take your toddlers on a trip through history with old trains, TV equipment and woollen looms all on display. If the weather’s nice, why not enjoy a picnic by the canal too?

Leeds Industrial Museum, Canal Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 2QF. Entry is free for kids under 5 years, children over 5 cost £2, and adults £4.

The Owl Trail

Owl Trail Leeds

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Leeds has a long history with owls, they’re even on our coat of arms. But did you know these birds also offer one of the best ways to explore the city? Introduce your toddlers to the Leeds Owl Trail and hunt out 25 owls hidden everywhere from the Leeds Tapestry to the Minster. It’s just the thing to liven up a weekend in town.

Find out more about the Leeds Owl Trail…

Leeds Central Library

Free books Leeds Central Library

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Packed with picture books, board books and even activity bags, Leeds’ Central Library can keep toddlers entertained for hours. After a proper treat? Pop along every Thursday for Storytime and Rhymetime, where the little ones can count, sing and join in. Plus, there’s free activity bags they can take away to learn at home too.

Leeds Central Library, Calverley Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AB. Storytime and Rhymetime are both free.

Vue Mini Mornings

Toddler-friendly cinema screenings? Sign us up! Vue’s Mini Mornings run every Saturday and Sunday at 10am, as well as every day during the school holidays. You can catch the latest family-friendly animation and children’s adventure films, all at toddler-friendly prices.

Vue, The Light, 22 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL & Cardigan Fields, Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2DG. Mini morning tickets start from £2.49 each.

The Little Bookshop

The Little Bookshop, Chapel Allerton

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Leeds’ only independent children’s bookshop, The Little Bookshop’s story time is a must-visit. Held at 11.30am every single day, they mix up the stories, so you can come back again and again. It’s always a hit with the kids and afterwards, you can grab a cup of coffee and a plate of something nice, while the little ones tuck into an elaborate child-friendly feast.

The Little Bookshop, 47 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3PD. Storytime is free.