Now the school holidays have been in swing for over a week, we thought we would share a few school holiday activities for kids with you that we think are perfect for children of all ages.
We all know just because it is summer, there is no guarantee of sunshine all the time! So we have been considerate with our choices and chosen summer activities that are both outside and inside!
If you are a resident of Cardiff, all you need to do is take a utility bill or anything else as proof of address to get your castle key which will then be valid for 3 years.
Don’t worry though, even if you don’t live in Cardiff, you can still get tickets for adults for £12.00 and tickets for children aged 5 to 16 for £9.00. Any children under the age of 5 get in to the castle for free.
To get more information on the Cardiff Castle opening hours and a full list of what the key entitles you to, simply visit the Cardiff Castle website here.
Free Swimming Sessions
Great news this summer, if your children are under the age of 16, the Welsh government is offering them the chance to go swimming for free in one of six leisure centres across the city between July 20th and August 28th.
Included in this list are Eastern Leisure Centre, Fairwater Leisure Centre, Llanishen Leisure Centre, Maindy Leisure Centre, Pentwyn Leisure Centre and Western Leisure Centre.
Each of the Leisure Centres offer free swimming sessions at various times during week. For further information, visit the designated Cardiff council page here.
Margam Park is a fantastic country park located just off Junction 38 of the M4. It is free to enter but there is a small car parking fee of £4.50 per car.
With attractions including a narrow gauge railway, a high wire adventure as well as all of the wonderful open space that Margam Park has to offer, you are guaranteed to have a fantastic day out in the great Welsh countryside.
Perhaps your children want to pay a visit to the Children’s Fairytale village which has a brilliant adventure castle and miniature houses, as well as picnic area!
The perfect day would be to pack a picnic for the whole family and head down to Margam Park to enjoy the views and attractions that this fantastic park has to offer.
For further information on all of the attractions at Margam Park, simply visit the parks website here.
National Museum of Wales
The National Museum of Wales is a fantastic building with many exhibitions and talks going on throughout the course of the summer holidays. A perfect venue for a rainy day, the museum has something for everyone to enjoy.
One exhibition that is a must see this summer is Wales’s Newest Dinosaur which is a skeleton of a 200 million year old dinosaur. The exhibition has been in place since 9th June and is there until the 31st August.
Sticking with nature, another exhibition “I Spy Nature” opened on 19th July and is there until January 2016. The exhibition is family friendly and offers a fantastic interactive experience on how different animals see nature, and even offers the chance for you to dress up to experience the exhibition differently.
For further information on Wales’s Newest Dinosaur exhibition, click here. Or if you would like more information on the museum itself, visit the homepage here.
Other events to look out for are Admirals Cardiff Big Weekend at the Cardiff civic centre on 5th August and the MAS Carnival on 6th August. For more places to visit, try the Museum of Welsh Life and Cardiff Bay. For events further afield, try Big Pit in Blaenavon, or Mumbles in Swansea.