Your guide to the best spring days out for babies and toddlers

Old Spitalfields Market, East London

by Lorna White |

Whether you’re figuring out things to do in half-term or ways to keep your little chicks busy at the weekend, here at Mother&Baby, we’ve made it our mission to find the best spring days out for babies and toddlers.

Finally, the weather has turned (yay), and we’re excited about the sunshine. From visiting the seaside to taking your tot to see a theatre show, there are hundreds of ways to keep your ray of joy entertained. Whatever the weather.

Related: The best toddler days out

To save you from spending hours of time researching educational and fun trips for babies and toddlers, we’ve done all the hard work for you. It’s simply up to you to create wonderful memories together.

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Your guide to the best spring days out for babies and toddlers

Here’s our best round-up of spring days out that are great for the whole family (although take a brolly just in case!).

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18 unforgettable day out experiences for the whole family

Peppa pig world
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Everybody’s favourite pink porker will be making her usual daily appearances along with brother George at Paultons Park this spring. They’re also launching a brand new, hand-crafted Victorian carousel in time for Easter with two levels, beautiful music and 24 traditionally painted horses. Tickets for adults or children over 1metre tall are £29.25, children under 1m go free. peppapigworld.co.uk

Old Spitalfields Market, East London
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For seven weeks, the market is launching 'Spring Rising' (commencing 16th April) which is a series of fun and interactive, kid-friendly workshops and supper clubs run by artist PomegranArt.

Each week, PomegranArt will lead children through an immersive and exciting art and food experience in collaboration with a different trader from the kitchens, which will be followed by a delicious supper club provided by the hosting trader. Each workshop will cost £12 with the supper club costing a further £8.

Festival Of Nature, Bristol and Bath
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The UK’s largest free celebration of the natural world, Festival of Nature, marks its 15th birthday this summer with a bumper week of activities and events.

Running from 2-10 June, the Festival of Nature starts at Bath’s riverside Green Park before sailing down the River Avon to Bristol’s Harbourside.

Animals of the Ice Age at Howletts Wild Animal Park, Canterbury
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Animals of the Ice Age is a fantastic new experience for all the family where real-life size prehistoric creatures are set in the woodland walk at Howletts Wild Animal Park. These magnificent new arrivals have changed the face of the park and have enabled visitors to discover a world lost in time and ruled by giants. 

What's even more, children can get in for just £1! The perfect half-term treat. 
Click here to find out more

Mad March Ranger Ramble, Stonehenge, Wiltshire
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Head to the famous ancient site for a springtime walk with a ranger. You’ll enjoy incredible views of the Wiltshire countryside, and you may even spot some hares. These usually shy creates can be spotted ‘boxing’ in open fields during the mating season. Call 0844 249 1895 to book – tickets are £5 or visit Stone Henge

Thinking of staying overnight? Find great deals on the best places to stay near Stonehenge on Booking.com.

Dulwich Picture Gallery, London
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On the first and last Sunday of every month, take your little one along to drop-in art workshops, where you can do activities as diverse as bunting-making or block printing. It’s free for families with a Gallery season ticket or £3 per child. All Materials provided. Visit DulwichPictureGallery.org.uk

Morden Hall Park, London
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This little oasis in the city gives you a taste of a country estate at the end of the Northern line. Visit Morden Hall Park ‎

Rode Hall Snowdrop Walks, Staffordshire
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Between Saturday 8th February and Sunday 16th March, the landscape surrounding the 19th Century Rode Hall is awash with more than 50 different varieties of snowdrops. Your toddler will love wandering through the Old Wood and witness the first sprigs and saplings of spring. Entry: £4, children under 16 free. Rodehall.co.uk

Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, Edinburgh
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In a city renowned for its festivals, this is the one dedicated specifically to children, and covers audiences from the age of 6 months upward; offering a wonderful opportunity to combine a family-friendly city break with an early experience of live theatre for young children. Visit here for tickets

Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
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Head to the beautiful stately home of Chatsworth for Mother’s Day this year. All children will be given a daffodil to hand to their mum as a gift. Why not finish off the day with tasty tea and cake by booking an afternoon tea for an extra special Mother's day treat? Tickets for entry to house, garden, farmyard and adventure playground cost £23.10 for adults, £16.50 for children and £71.50 for a family ticket. Visit Chatsworth.org

Find great deals on hotels close to Chatsworth House on Booking.com.

Miniature Pony Centre, Dartmoor
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You’ll get some seriously “aaaah” moments here with their cute collection of Shetland ponies. The centre offers a selection of talks, demonstrations, pony rides and hands-on activities, plus outdoor and indoor play areas. Visit MiniaturePonyCentre.com

Runnymede Woods, Surrey
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One of the most beautiful sights during spring is spotting a swathe of bluebells in a sheltered clearing. You’ll get your chance at Runnymede woods, which are running a guided walk on 4 May from 11-12.30pm. Call 0844 2491895 to book or visit Runnymede

Warwick Castle, Warwickshire
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For awe-inspiring castles, grounds and mediaeval missions for little people, book tickets at Warwick-Castle.com

If you're thinking of staying overnight, find the best deals on nearby hotels at Booking.com.

Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Centres, nationwide
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Watch baby ducklings flamingos, cygnets and goslings take their first steps at Wetland Centres across the country. Each centre offers close-up wildlife experiences, walks and talks and downy duckling tours. *Cute* Visit Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Elderflower Fields Festival, East Sussex
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Kick off the festival with this kid-friendly event on 25th-28th May 2018. There’s plenty of sports, art and music workshops, all set in the beautiful surroundings of Ashdown Forest. There are also lessons on woodland plants and animals.  Elderflowerfields.co.uk

Almond Valley Heritage Centre, West Lothian
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During springtime, the farm at Almond Valley is alive with the cheeps of newly hatched chicks and the bleats of baby lambs. And if the weather turns, there’s an indoor play area and interactive museum. Adults £8.50/Children £6.50 (3-17 years). Visit Almond Valley Heritage Centre

Blackpool Zoo, Blackpool
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For more exotic springtime animals, visit Blackpool Zoo. There are little lemurs in Lemur Wood and miniature goats in the Children's Farm. Visitors can also meet or catch up with some of zoo's most popular babies including Californian sea-lions Rubi and Niko.  Visit BlackpoolZoo.org.uk

Thinking of staying overnight close to Blackpool Zoo? Take a look at the best deals on Booking.com.

Groombridge Place, Tunbridge Wells
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This delightful period house has pretty gardens for your little one to run around in, including the rather interestingly named Drunken Garden. You can also visit The Enchanted Forest, which conjures up the magical spirit of JK Rowling and JRR Tolkien books, and is reached by either canal boat or on foot. Visit Groombridgeplace.com

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