Our Top 10 Child-Friendly Days Out in Cambridge

The county of Cambridgeshire is full of exciting, relaxing and unique things to do for child-friendly days out! From babies to toddlers to teens, there is something suitable for everyone!

Below we have put together a list of the top 10 child-friendly days out in Cambridge and its surrounding areas, including educational experiences, active escapes, and animal interactions. No matter what it is you are looking for when you come and stay with us, we are sure you will find something that is right up your street!

We are happy to offer any additional information about the below experiences and are also available to provide any further suggestions.

Come stay with us at Boutique Rooms, and we will ensure your experience is as fantastic as possible!

1. Clip n' Climb Cambridge

Child-friendly day out at Clip and Climb Cambridge

Our first pick Where a climbing centre and theme park combine, Clip ‘n Climb Cambridge is an adventure park with 20 unique climbing activities.

“Test your resolve and determination across our amazing climbing challenges that will keep everyone from little ones to experienced climbers engaged – climb commando style on the Jungle Gym, reach new heights on the Skyscraper, take the Speed Climbing challenge, light up the board on the Checkerplate, race your friends up Face to Face, plus many more.”

No previous climbing experience is necessary with full induction and training being provided on-site.

  • Suitable for: Ages 4+
  • Miles from Boutique Rooms’  The Retreat: 20 miles (34 minutes’ drive)
  • Miles from Boutique Rooms’ The Buddha House: 19 miles (30 minutes’ drive)
  • Price:
    • 4 – 16 years: £13.00
    • Students: £13.00
    • 17+ years: £18.00
    • Adult discount: £13.00
 
  • Opening Times:
    • Monday – Friday: 1:30 pm – 6:30 pm
    • Saturday: 9:00 am – 6:30 pm
    • Sunday: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
  • Contact:
    • Tel: 01223 941 700
    • Website: Clip ‘n Climb Cambridge
    • Address: Unit 34, Clifton Road Industrial Estate, Clifton Road, Cambridge, CB1 7EB

2. The Cambridge Treasure Hunt Trail

Child-friendly Day out in Cambridge with the treasure hunt trail

One of our top picks for child-friendly days out is the Cambridge Treasure Hunt Trail! A real-life adventure to delve deep into the historical and geographical hearts of the beautiful city Cambridge!

“Treasure Trails have been a fun way to explore Cambridge since 2005. In this time, thousands of people have followed our Trail routes around the city and solved our sneaky clues found on permanent and quirky features around Cambridge.”

There are five Cambridge Trail adventures to choose from:

  1. Cambridge Central: Covers the city centre shopping area and University Colleges.
  2. Cambridge Fitzwilliam: Covers the southwest of the city including the University buildings and the River Cam.
  3. Cambridge Jesus Green: Covers the River Cam, areas to the north of the city, and the beautiful Jesus Green.
  4. Cambridge Midsummer: Explores the east of the city centre, including Midsummer Common and the ‘boathouse’ section of the River Cam.
  5. Cambridge Parker’s Piece: Explores the southeast of the city, including Parker’s Piece.

The self-guided Cambridge Treasure Trails are ideal for young detectives and adults who never grew up.

  • Suitable for: All Ages
  • Miles from Boutique Rooms’  The Retreat: 20 miles (34-minutes’ drive)
  • Miles from Boutique Rooms’ The Buddha House: 18.5 miles (31-minutes’ drive)
  • Price: £6.99 per trail booklet (Can be shared between 4-5 people. Please purchase your Trail booklet from the Treasure Trails website before visiting Cambridge.)
  • Opening Times: N/A
  • Contact:

3. The Cambridge Science Museum

Child-friendly days out at the Cambridge Science museum

A fantastic place to discover and learn, suitable for children of all ages!

“Cambridge Science Centre is a place where young people can discover science for themselves. Hands-on exhibits, interactive shows, and enjoyable activities make a visit to Cambridge Science Centre a must-do for all the family!”

The interactive, hands-on science centre is set in the heart of Cambridge. The centre is a fun discovery space where children and young people can learn science hands-on, and find out all about the mysteries of ourselves, our planet and beyond.

  • Suitable for: All Ages
  • Miles from Boutique Rooms’  The Retreat: 20 miles (34 minutes’ drive)
  • Miles from Boutique Rooms’ The Buddha House: 19 miles (31 minutes’ drive)
  • Price:
    • Children (0-3): Free
    • Children (4-15): £3.00
    • Adults (16+): £4.50
    • Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult, 3 children): £13.00
  • Opening Times:
    • Term Time:
      • Monday: Closed
      • Tuesday: 3pm – 5:30pm
      • Wednesday: Closed
      • Thursday & Friday: 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
      • Saturday & Sunday: 10:30 am – 5:00 pm
    • School Holidays: 10:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday to Sunday
  • Contact:

4. The Raptor Foundation

Child-friendly day out at the raptor foundation

The Raptor Foundation is a phenomenal charity dedicated to the care and conservation of a wide variety of birds of prey.

“At the Raptor Foundations, our aims have always been, firstly to rescue, rehabilitate and return injured birds of prey back to the wild and secondly to protect and preserve them through education and conservation. By visiting us, you are supporting the very important work that we do and helping birds of prey across the world.”

The foundation hosts many experience days and flight demonstrations for a truly immersive and unique day out that guarantees fun for all the family!

  • Suitable for: All Ages
  • Miles from Boutique Rooms’  The Retreat: 14 miles (25 minutes’ drive)
  • Miles from Boutique Rooms’ The Buddha House: 10 miles (15 minutes’ drive)
  • Price:
    • Adult (16-60yrs): £7.00
    • Senior: £5.50
    • Child (under 3 yrs): FREE
    • Child (3 – 15 yrs): £4.25
    • Wheelchair users & carers: £5.50
    • Family (2 Adults + up to 3 Children): £22.00
  • Opening Times:
    • Mid-February to Mid-October (Summer): 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    • Mid-October to Mid-February  (Winter): 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Contact:
    • Tel: 01487 741140
    • Website: Raptor Foundation
    • Address: The Raptor Foundation, The Heath, St. Ives Rd, Woodhurst, Huntingdon
      PE28 3BT

5. Tenpin Cambridge

Tenpin Cambridge is the perfect fun and active trip out for everyone to enjoy!

“Whether you’re in a big group or it’s just the two of you, a game of bowling is a great day out for friends, family, and colleagues. With plenty of brightly lit lanes, shoes for hire and a range of balls to suit your bowling style, everything you need to score the perfect strike is right here.”

Only just over a 30 minutes drive from both of our beautiful accommodations, Tenpin Cambridge offers a range of exciting activities, delicious food, and drinks as well as shoe hire!

  • Suitable for: All Ages
  • Miles from Boutique Rooms’  The Retreat: 20 miles (35 minutes’ drive)
  • Miles from Boutique Rooms’ The Buddha House: 19 miles (32 minutes’ drive)
  • Price:
    • Adults: from £6.95 per game
      Junior (16 and under): from £5.75 per game
  • Opening Times:
    • Monday – Friday: 11:00 am – midnight
    • Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 am – midnight
  • Contact:
    • Tel: 0871 222 36 75
    • Website: Tenpin Cambridge
    • Address: Tenpin Cambridge, Leisure Park, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7DY

6.  Cherry Hinton Water Play Area

If you are looking for one of many relaxing child-friendly days out in Cambridge, look no further than Cherry Hinton Hall and Park. These beautiful grounds host the annual Cambridge Folk Festival, drawing thousands of visitors to the park each year.

The Hall and Park boast wide-open grass spaces – perfect for a family picnic, as well as an abundance of wildlife to encourage the growth of young minds!

  • Suitable for: All Ages
  • Miles from Boutique Rooms’  The Retreat: 22 miles (39 minutes’ drive)
  • Miles from Boutique Rooms’ The Buddha House: 20 miles (36 minutes’ drive)
  • Price: Free
  • Opening Times:
    • Cherry Hinton Park is open 24/7 all year round
    • Water Play Area open May-September
  • Contact:
    • Tel: 01223 213352
    • Website: Cherry Hinton Park
    • Address: Cherry Hinton Hall, Cherry Hinton Park, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 8DW, England

7. Imperial War Museum Duxford

Imperial War Museum Duxford

For child-friendly days out that are thrilling and inspiring, why not visit the Imperial War Museum, Duxford!

Gaze at the same hangars that served at RAF Duxford, watch aircraft take to the skies from the same airfield that Spitfires first flew, and immerse your family in over a century of aviation history with hundreds of aircraft exhibits!

It is the perfect day trip for historians, technology-enthusiasts and young plane lovers!

  • Suitable for: All Ages
  • Miles from Boutique Rooms’  The Retreat: 26 miles (34 minutes’ drive)
  • Miles from Boutique Rooms’ The Buddha House: 24 miles (33 minutes’ drive)
  • Price:
    • Online:
      • Adult (16-59yrs): £18
      • Child (5-15yrs): £9
      • Family (1 adult and up to 3 children): £31.50
      • Family (2 adults and up to 6 children): £45
      • Concessions (seniors 60+, disabled, students): £14.40
      • IWM member: FREE
      • Carer (one per disabled visitor): FREE
    • On the day:
      • Adult (16-59yrs): £20
      • Child (5-15yrs): £10
      • Family (1 adult and up to 3 children): £35
      • Family (2 adults and up to 6 children): £50
      • Concessions (seniors 60+, disabled, students): £16
      • IWM member: FREE
      • Carer (one per disabled visitor): FREE
  • Opening Times: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Contact:
    • Tel: 020 7416 5000
    • Website: IWM Duxford 
    • Address: IWM Duxford, Duxford, Cambridgeshire CB22 4QR

8. Milton Country Park

Milton Country Park

For active child-friendly days out, Milton Country Park should be one of the top places on your visit list!

“Created from old gravel pits the park offers a varied natural habitat with woodland, lakes, and attractive pathways suitable for bicycles and wheelchairs.  Dogs are welcome and can be walked off-lead anywhere north of the 13th public drain.  There is also a visitors’ centre, café, two children’s playgrounds, and a varied activity and events programme.  You can hire the facilities for a meeting or party and even hold a wedding in the park!”

The park offers various events and unique activities throughout the year and boasts a wide variety of wildlife due to its vast range of terrain and environment.

  • Suitable for: All Ages
  • Miles from Boutique Rooms’  The Retreat: 20 miles (30 minutes’ drive)
  • Miles from Boutique Rooms’ The Buddha House: 16 miles (24 minutes’ drive)
  • Price: Free. Car park cost contributes to the upkeep of the park
  • Opening Times: The park is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
  • Contact:
    • Tel: 01223 420060
    • Website: Milton Country Park
    • Address:  Milton Country Park, Cambridge Road, Milton, Cambs, CB24 6AZ

9. Wimpole Estate

Set in beautiful countryside surroundings, Wimpole Estate boasts a wide variety of activities and things to do for fun child-friendly days out with the family!

Visit Wimpole Hall, the largest country house in Cambridgeshire with beautiful classic architecture. Discover the colourful gardens for a relaxing stroll, or visit Wimpole Home Farm, the perfect place for childish fun with a variety of farm animals to pet, an adventure playground, and farm activities to keep children entertained all day long!

  • Suitable for: All Ages
  • Miles from Boutique Rooms’  The Retreat: 15 miles (21 minutes’ drive)
  • Miles from Boutique Rooms’ The Buddha House: 16 miles (24 minutes’ drive)
  • Price:
    • Adult: From £12.50
    • Child: From £6.20
    • Family: From £31.20
    • Group Adult: From £11.70
    • Group Child: From £5.70
  • Opening Times: Vary from day to day – visit the website for more information
  • Contact:
    • Tel: 01223 206000
    • Website: Wimpole Estate
    • Address: Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire, SG8 0BW

10. Hamerton Zoo Park

Child-friendly days out that are immersive and relaxing suit every family member, which is why a visit to Hamerton Zoo Park with its wide range of beautiful and unique animals, should be on your list!

It is set in over 20 acres of countryside and lush parkland, and features hundreds of incredible animals! Also on site is a coffee shop, beautiful gardens, and picnic areas to relax and recharge as well as an express railroad train that travels around the park, and also a large play area for children to let off steam.

  • Suitable for: All Ages
  • Miles from Boutique Rooms’  The Retreat: 16 miles (25 minutes’ drive)
  • Miles from Boutique Rooms’ The Buddha House: 11 miles (22 minutes’ drive)
  • Price:
    • Adult: £14.99
    • Child (3-12 years): £7.99
    • Child (under 3 years): FREE
    • Senior: £13.99
    • Disabled: £13.99
    • Carer: £13.99
  • Opening Times:
    • Open all year round except Christmas Day and Boxing Day
      • Summer Season: 10 am – 5:30 pm
      • Winter Season: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Contact:
    • Tel: 01832 293362
    • Website: Hamerton Zoo Park
    • Address: Hamerton, Nr Sawtry, Cambs PE28 5RE

We hope this list has provided you with a wide variety of options to make your stay with us the even more enjoyable!

For more ideas on how to spend your days with us, why not take a look at our Top 10 Fun Days Out?

Remember we are always on hand to offer any advice, to provide information or to answer any queries you might have. Just get in touch below, and we will respond to your request as soon as possible!

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Team Boutique Rooms

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