From museums, family friendly restaurants and bucket and spade seaside adventures to attractions and family hotels – Bournemouth is fantastic for families.
Family Fun Attractions in Bournemouth
Bournemouth’s Oceanarium lets even the smallest faces get up-close-and-personal with stingrays, sharks and other awesome marine life, or to watch turtles being fed.
Treehouse Family Play offer an indoor children's play adventure, where kids can just be kids and adults can relax in the cafe. Another great indoor family attraction is All Fired Up where you can paint your own ceramics - from a family plate to a unique teapot!
Parks and Gardens: The Central and Upper Gardens provides a beautiful, buggy friendly, decked walk from Bournemouth Town Centre and up to Coy Pond; which plays home to a variety of koi carp.
Alum Chine Beach is baby and toddler central! The Blue Flag award-winning beach has a pirate-themed award-winning play park as well as a water play area especially designed for toddlers. The car park is very near the beach and so access is easy. A short walk from the beach, the Green Flag award-winning tropical gardens provide a fascinating walk.
Pavilion Dance hosts workshops and lessons for children as young as two, up to adult ages. Children can learn mini-mambo and african styles, as well as creative workshops to let them use their imagination!
Land trains – Simply hop on and off the scenic land trains that run between Alum Chine, Bournemouth Pier and Boscombe Pier and Gardens every 20 minutes all summer long.
In the summer, the LV= Kidzone scheme, which runs along Bournemouth’s beaches provides a safe environment for children as they wear colour-coded wristbands, with their parents’ mobile numbers so that they can be quickly reunited with their parents by dedicated members of staff, should they wander too far.
Pier approach has traditional family arcade games and outside a good old-fashioned golden galloping carousel.
If walking up hill is too much after a long day on the beach, then you can take one of Bournemouth’s three cliff lifts that are situated in West Cliff, East Cliff and Fisherman’s Walk in Southbourne.
Hire one of Bournemouth's 2000 lovely beach huts. They are available for hire by the week or day year-round. For a really chic option, book one of the designer beach pods opposite the new artificial surf reef at Boscombe.
Bournemouth’s Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum runs a weekly Saturday art club for small children and a ‘Fun for Under-5’s’ session every Friday morning in term-time. There’s also a children’s activity area, baby changing facilities and story area.
The Bournemouth Balloon provides a unique experience with spectacular views 250 feet in the air. The huge helium balloon is tethered to the beautiful Lower Gardens by a steel cable and on a good day you can see up to 20 miles away. Children under 2 years old go free.