If you’re searching for fun activities to do with the little ones, but don’t want to break the bank doing so, then the South of England has a variety of options.
These are seven of the best free things to do in the south with children under the age of five.
WWF Living Planet Centre – Woking
The WWF Living Planet Centre in Woking is free admission and there’s lots for the little ones to do, from family activities and workshops, to behind-the-scenes tours.
Visit: Rufford House, Brewery Rd, Woking GU21 4LL – wwf.org.uk/get-involved/living-planet-centre
Stanwick Lakes – Stanwick, Wellingborough
Stanwick Lakes features small stream and water wheels, a large sand play area, a climbing tower and a giant slide.
The Hideaway is an indoor play facility, which has a nautical-themed adventure play zone. Note: The site is free to those who walk or cycle in.
Visit: Stanwick, Wellingborough NN9 6GY – stanwicklakes.org.uk
Sywell Country Park – Ecton, Northampton
Sywell Country Park has a sand and water play area, including a water pump and climbing frames, located in an old water filtration bed from when the park was a water supply reservoir
There’s also an indoor soft play area which is great fun for the little ones.
Visit: Washbrook Ln, Ecton, Northampton NN6 0QX – northamptonshireparks.co.uk/sywell-country-park
Rushmere Country Park – Leighton Buzzard
Rushmere Country Park is located not too far away from Milton Keynes and is great place for young kids.
There’s a huge slide, a big swing and a lovely sandpit play area near the entrance to the park.
Visit: Linslade Rd, Heath and Reach, Leighton Buzzard LU7 – miltonkeyneskids.com/project/rushmere-country-park
Stockwood Discovery Centre
Stockwood Discovery Centre has plenty of things for kids to do. With beautiful gardens, a splendid children’s playground and garden cafe, this is a great place for a day out with the little ones.
Visit: London Road, Luton LU1 4LX – lutonculture.com/stockwood-discovery-centre
Natural History Museum – Tring
The Natural History museum features a weird and wonderful collection of 4,000 animal and insect specimens collected by Sir Walter Rothschild during his life.
If you’re looking for something different to do indoors, then this quirky collection of animals could be a great place to go.
Visit: Akeman Street, Tring, Hertfordshire HP23 6AP – nhm.ac.uk/visit/tring
Cumberland House Natural History Museum
Displays at this museum include dinosaurs, an A to Z of Natural History and a working beehive.
There is also the Butterfly House, which is home to a wide array of neo-tropical butterflies, including swallowtails, morphos and owl butterflies.
Visit: Eastern Parade, Portsmouth PO4 9RF – portsmouthnaturalhistory.co.uk
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Milton Keynes Citizen