27th May 2024
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Unleashing the fun: kid-friendly activities in Bristol

From exploring historic ships to bouncing around in a trampoline park, this guide takes you on a tour of Bristol's best kids' activities - ensuring a fun-filled day out for the whole family.
A range of options for activities with children in Bristol

A city brimming with history, culture, and vibrant urban spaces, Bristol offers an exciting array of activities that will captivate and inspire kids of all ages. Whether your children are history buffs, nature enthusiasts, or thrill-seekers, Bristol has it all. Here’s your guide to some of the best kid-friendly activities in Bristol.

Maritime exploration at the SS Great Britain

Children exploring the historic SS Great Britain, a 19th-century steamship turned museum, located in Bristol's Harbourside

Plunge into Bristol’s rich maritime history aboard the SS Great Britain. This pioneering steamship, built in Bristol in 1843, is now a captivating museum. Here, families can step back in time and experience life in the 19th century. With interactive exhibits and engaging displays, it’s a floating history lesson your kids will adore.

Immersive learning at Bristol’s museums

Kids marveling at exhibits inside the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, showcasing the city's rich history and diverse culture

Bristol’s array of museums offer a treasure trove of learning opportunities. Visit the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery for an eclectic mix of art, archaeology and natural history. Swing by the M Shed to explore Bristol’s industrial and maritime past or venture to the Arnolfini for contemporary art. With child-centric activities and events throughout the year, these museums guarantee a day of fun-filled learning.

A day at Bristol Harbourside

Families can enjoy day out at the Bristol Harbourside, surrounded by vibrant green spaces, shops and restaurants

The Bristol Harbourside is more than just a picturesque waterside locale. It’s a bustling space filled with shops, eateries (including great street food markets) and attractions. Kids will love the playgrounds and green spaces (such as Queen Square), ideal for impromptu picnics or a gentle stroll.

Under the sea at Bristol Aquarium

Kids in awe at the Bristol Aquarium, observing a variety of marine species including sharks and rays

Prepare for a deep dive into the underwater world at Bristol Aquarium. With over 1,200 species of marine life, from mesmerising sharks to playful penguins, the aquarium is a must-visit for budding marine biologists. Interactive exhibits and kid-centric activities ensure an engaging day out.

Boat trips on the River Avon

Families can enjoy a scenic boat trip on the River Avon, with Bristol's historic landmarks visible along the route

Cruise along the River Avon for a unique view of Bristol’s iconic landmarks. Numerous companies offer boat trips, such as Bristol Ferry Boats and pirate-like sailing boat The Matthew, providing an educational and fun way to explore the city’s rich history from a fresh perspective.

Green escapes in Bristol’s parks

Families enjoying a day out in one of Bristol's beautiful parks, Blaise Castle, surrounded by lush greenery

Bristol’s parks offer the perfect space for kids to let loose and have fun. Brandon Hill, the Clifton Downs, St. Vincent’s Rocks, and the Blaise Castle Estate are all fantastic options for a family day out. Pack a picnic and enjoy the great outdoors, Bristol style.

Jump around at AirHop

Excited children bouncing on trampolines at AirHop Bristol, a popular indoor trampoline park

AirHop Bristol is an adrenaline-fuelled playground that kids will love. Packed with wall-to-wall trampolines, an exciting obstacle course, and other thrilling activities, it’s a surefire way to burn off energy and have a blast.

Meet the animals at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

Families can interact with various animals at the Noah's Ark Zoo Farm, located just outside of Bristol

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, just a short drive from Bristol, is a family-friendly zoo that houses over 100 species of animals. From farmyard favourites to exotic creatures and birds, this interactive zoo is an animal lover’s dream come true.

Wild wonders at the Wild Place Project

Young adventurers exploring the Wild Place Project, observing animals like giraffes and cheetahs in this wildlife conservation park near Bristol

Head to the Wild Place Project for a wild adventure. Located near Cribbs Causeway, this wildlife conservation park is home to an array of animals from around the world, including bears, giraffes, cheetahs, and lemurs. Interactive exhibits and hands-on activities make for an educational and fun-filled day out.

Bristol offers an abundance of kid-friendly activities that are sure to create lasting memories. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, let Bristol surprise and delight your family with its range of exciting offerings.