25 Outdoor Toddler Activities This Summer
As the days lengthen and the weather gets warmer it can be a struggle to think of ways to keep your toddler entertained whilst also enjoying the outdoors. We've come up with an in-depth list of 25 fun activities for toddlers that are focused on the Great Outdoors for the summer months.
Here you’ll find a fantastic mix of fun activities for toddlers from complete days out, to toddler-friendly festivals, and shoestring ideas you can do at home.
1. Geronimo Festival
Geronimo Festival actually has two venues, but for toddlers, we particularly recommend the one at Arley Hall from 25th-28th May. Here your toddler will get the chance to meet some of their CBeebies heroes, including Mr Bloom, Justin Fletcher, and Cook and Line from Swashbuckle. There’s a dedicated Tumble Tots area and they can meet parrots up close.
2. Splash in the Shallows at the Beach
As long as you come well prepared with sunshades, sun cream, hats and UV suits, you can have a fabulous day at the beach with your toddler. Make sure you bring plenty of easy-to-eat, individually-wrapped snacks to prevent the sandy sandwiches conundrums. And of course don’t forget the bucket and spade!
3. Visit Your Local Wetland Centre and Tramp a Boardwalk
Toddlers love the chance to toddle along boardwalks, and they are the perfect height for feeling as if they are on a jungle adventure! Check out your nearest Wetland Centre and head out to explore.
4. Meet Peppa Pig and Friends
We’re yet to meet a toddler who isn’t Peppa mad. Feed their passion by visiting Paulton’s Park with their dedicated Peppa Pig World. Whoever their favourite character, they will find rides and shows to delight. All thought through with toddlers in the frame.
5. Go Watch the Trains
For endless cute renditions of “choo choo” head to your nearest train platform or bridge, and watch the trains as they pass. Many drivers look out for the little ones and will even reward their patience with a free toot-toot! The warmer weather makes this a much more enjoyable activity for you too!
6. Head Out on a Bug Safari
Toddlers love dirt, they love exploring, and they love hide-and-seek style games. Combine them all by heading out to somewhere local, such as some woodland, and seeing what bugs you can spot. Remember to put things back exactly how you found them and make sure you’ve got wet wipes to hand!
7. Have a blast at Wychwood Festival
In Cheltenham at the beginning of June, there is a fabulous toddler-friendly festival called Wychwood. Here the little ones can chase bubbles, watch circus entertainment, and have a little bop to live music. It frequently gets named as the ‘Best Family Festival’ in the UK so is a great festival for a first experience.
8. Imagine You’re a Lost Boy
Visit the Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens and your toddler can enjoy some Peter Pan themed play. Make sure you pack a change of clothes as there are some shallow water areas to discover where they will love running in and out of the wigwams and pirate ship.
9. Discover Your Nearest Highway Rat Trail
The Forestry Commission in England is running trails at their sites based on Julia Donaldson’s much-loved story, the Highway Rat. Toddlers and older siblings will love heading off to discover their favourite characters hidden away in the woods. Plenty of cute photo opportunities too!
10. Immerse Yourselves into CBeebies Fandom
At CBeebies Land at Alton Towers your toddler will be in pure character heaven. Whether they are in love with Mr Bloom, Postman Pat or In the Night Garden, there is a toddler-friendly ride or experience just for them. Parents will love how delighted their toddler is, as they cool off on the In the Night Garden boat ride with lots of dappled shade.
11. Toddlerwood on the Hill at Bewilderwood
Bewilderwood in Norfolk is an idyllic, make-believe land of lovable Boggles and Twiggles. Toddlers are much loved here, and there are dedicated smaller scale play areas still with a treehouse theme, such as Toddlerwood on the Hill. There’s plenty for the whole family too, but the toddlers are never forgotten. For example, alongside the daredevil big kid ziplines are toddler-sized ones too!
12. Create a Garden
If you’ve tried to garden with a toddler in tow then you’ll have discovered they love it, but they also have a tendency to pull up your flowers. Take this opportunity to create a toddler-specific corner in your garden. Choose a shady spot and let them dig and ‘weed’ to their heart's content, as well as sowing some seeds.
13. Dress up as Princesses and Knights at Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle has plenty of outdoor play space for your budding prince or princess. If you need to get out of the sun for a while, head to Princess Towers where they can meet princesses, dress up, and enter a world of make-believe.
14. Have Fun at Cornbury
Another festival great for toddlers and their family is the Cornbury Festival held in the Cotswolds in July. It’s a classic kind of festival, but has a real carnival feel with rides and the like. There’s a dedicated Children’s Zone, and here your toddler could experience everything from Toddle Bops to a pirate pantomime and watch balloon modelling. These activities are all free and included in your ticket price.
15. Get Them Washing the Car
Let’s be realistic, the car won’t exactly receive an even clean, but toddlers will love being allowed to get in on the action where a hose, bucket and sponge are involved. Take advantage of the nicer weather to let them get covered in suds with abandon.
16. Get Creative with Chalk
If you’re struggling to encourage mark making, or they simply have a propensity to do it anywhere other than paper, chalk pavement drawing is for you. Arm them with some chalk and let them loose on your patio, stepping-stones or even the pavement. Being Blighty, the rain will come soon enough to wash it away! A great outdoor activity for toddlers!
17. Have a Mysterical Adventure at Hobbledown
In Epsom, Surrey is a day out with a twist at Hobbledown. Toddlers love watching the meerkats and other animals. Also here is plenty of sand play, bouncing pillows, and a fabulous indoor play area if you need to get in for some shade. There are often toddler activities on offer, including puppet theatre shows.
18. Let Them Paint… with Water!
A fantastic way to keep toddlers busy but out of trouble is to give them a bucket of water and some paintbrushes and let them paint the fence! The sun will dry away their work, but in the meantime, they can have a ball.
19. Have Fun at Legoland
Legoland isn’t only for pre-schoolers and younger primary kids. There’s a whole Duplo area dedicated to the fun and enjoyment of the smallest Lego lovers. On a sunny day, come armed with swim gear for the splash areas.
20. Learn About Science with Crayons
Ever wondered what you could do with all those broken crayons? Use a black baking tray in the sun and let the crayons melt. Your toddler will have fun squidging and experimenting with the liquid colours. This is one of the most mesmerising and fun activities for toddlers.
21. Make Dino Fossils, then Hunt for Them
Toddlers love dinosaurs as much as any palaeontologist. Use salt dough to make impressions of dinosaur toys to become fossils. You can dry them in the oven or even in the sun. Then hide them in a sandpit and let your toddler dig for fossil treasure.
22. Make Like an Olympian at the Queen Elizabeth Park
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London is fabulous for kids of all ages. There’s lots of safe, wide-open space for toddlers to toddle safely, and for the whole family to enjoy a picnic. There are plenty of play areas with toddler-friendly equipment and sandpits. On the hottest days, toddlers will love dashing in an out of the fountains.
23. Feed Their Love of Thomas at Drayton Manor
If you’ve got a Thomas fan then you need to make a trip to Thomas Land at Drayton Manor. Toddlers’ eyes widen when they see Thomas, James, Percy and all their favourites in the flesh.
24. Get Washed in Pots at the Deer Shed Festival
In North Yorkshire this July is the quirky, family-friendly Deer Shed Festival. Babies and toddlers are welcomed with open arms here. There’s even wash time for babies and little toddlers where they get to be bathed in pots overflowing with bubbles! There’s plenty of opportunity for creative play, and as it’s a small festival you can easily pop back to the tent for nap times.
25. Splashtastic Fun With a Water Table
You needn’t spend a fortune on expensive water tables and toys, because a fabulous toddler activity is simply to use a tub and empty plastic bottles to create a water table. Add in a colander and some sponges and your toddler will be in pure water play heaven.
Have fun this summer with our outdoor activities for toddlers. Whether you’re staying home or heading out, we’re sure these fun activities for toddlers will get your mind thinking of other ideas too.
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