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This post was last updated on April 9th, 2020 at 01:36 pm
Cambridge is a beautiful city, with lots to see and do. As a family, there are plenty of activities you can do as a family, whether you’re looking for culture, adventure, or a spot of sight-seeing. If you’re spending the day in Cambridge with your children, here are some of the best things to do in Cambridge with kids.
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See Cambridge From The Water
Punting is a classic activity in Cambridge, and you’ve probably seen the boats floating along the water in any film that has Cambridge as a location. Cambridge punting tours are a great way to see the city from a different angle. You can relax in the boat and learn about some of the city’s history, while the kids enjoy the novel way of travelling, and might even get to have a go at punting the boat themselves.
Learn About Wildlife
The Shepreth Wildlife Park is home to lots of exciting animals, including bats, tigers, pandas, and monkeys. There are lots of talks, shows, feeding areas, and petting sessions which will allow you to get up close and personal with some amazing animals and learn all about them. There are some really interesting discovery areas around the park too, where the kids can learn about everything from creepy-crawlies to dinosaurs. As if all those animals wasn’t enough, there’s also a train, a soft-play area and some creative rooms.
Enjoy Some Natural Beauty
Head to the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens for some amazing natural beauty. The garden is home to fountains, woodlands, lakes, glasshouses, and more than 8000 species of plants. Take the kids on a nature trail, so you can get some fresh air and exercise while seeing some of those amazing plant species.
Go To War
If you have very active kids who will enjoy a real adventure, then try Battlefield Live. This is an exciting outdoor laser game, with high-tech laser guns, long-distance infra-red beams and fun sound effects. There are five themed games you can take on, whether you want to go head to head (adults versus kids, maybe?) or work together as a team to defend a home base. This a really action-packed option that kids (and ‘big kids’) will love.
Take to the water at the Southlake Aqua Park. This inflatable aqua park is non-stop fun for the whole family. There are free-fall slides, rafts, and obstacles to navigate, with options for children as young as six. Check the website before you visit, as the Aqua Park is only open when weather conditions allow.
For braver kids, try the Black Shuck Cambridge Ghost Tour. This experience explores the ghosts, witches and other spooky tales of Cambridge, without giving kids nightmares afterwards! The tour is tailored for kids of all ages, so the experience isn’t too scary. If you’re concerned, check the website for details before you book. For you, you can learn some interesting history while sneaking the culture past the kids as a ghost story!
At the Skylark Maize Maze and Funyard, you’ll find lots of activities for kids. The maze itself has 3km of winding paths, or you can take on high-flying zip wires, pedal bikes or an obstacle course. There are also fun options like giant jumping pillows, trailer rides and an activity castle for younger visitors. The Funyard is only open during the summer, so check before travelling.
Solve A Mystery
Fancy yourself a bit of a detective? Take on the Cambridge Treasure Trail, where you can follow clues to catch a murderer. As you follow the clues, you’ll explore different parts of Cambridge and learn lots about the area. Trails can be done at your own pace, so it’s easy to adapt the trail for younger children. Adults and children will enjoy the mystery, while also learning about Cambridge.
Meet Beautiful Birds
The Raptor Foundation is home to some incredible birds of prey. You can watch these birds fly, feed, and perform at the Foundation. The children can learn about these fascinating creatures, including owls and eagles, while you learn about the important work the foundation is doing to rescue, rehabilitate and return injured birds back into the wild. For keen bird lovers, you can book an experience day, a meet the birds event, or even try out being a junior keeper. This is a great way for kids to learn about some beautiful birds, and take an active interest in nature and important conservation work.
After a fun-filled day out in Cambridge with the family you will all be very hungry no doubt! There are loads of fantastic places to eat in the city, but my personal favourite is pizza. Take a look at this post for the 5 best places for pizza in Cambridge.