Including baby friendly days out near me
Don’t feel like you have to stay in if you have a baby or toddler. Our full list of ideas for days out with a baby will help you to get out of the house regardless of the weather.
Having a new baby can feel overwhelming, especially if you want to get out the house and have no idea where to go. We’ve come up with some ideas that are not only exciting for adults but for babies too.
If you are looking for more days out ideas in Hampshire then have a look at:
The Definitive Guide To Days Out in Hampshire – This is a huge list of things to do in Hampshire with kids for all ages.
The Full List of Country Parks in Hampshire – If you are looking for a huge green space with loads to do then a Hampshire country park is for you.
43 Things To Do On A Rainy Day Near Me – If the weather is bad and you don’t fancy putting on your rain gear then have a look at our huge list of things to do on a rainy day here.
Things to do ideas in Hampshire
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If you are looking for outdoor activities for your baby then this is the best list for you. We’ve included activities throughout Hampshire that we are sure your baby will love.
Farms in Hampshire
There are loads of great farms and zoos in Hampshire that are great for the whole family. We’ve included some great farms and zoos that are great for babies.
Manor Farm and River Hamble Country Park
Part of River Hamble Country Park, Manor Farm has all the classic animals that you’d expect from cows, horses, and goats. They have a great playground with a Blacksmith and an old school that the kids can explore.
They have a huge inside soft play for babies and older kids. It’s a great place to let your baby have fun as it’s also got a soft play barrier to stop them from escaping. The older area is great for kids aged seven plus. It has huge climbing frames, slides, and adventure play equipment that will keep them entertained for ages. This is also where you will find the picnic benches and a small cafe that sells all kinds of sweet treats like ice creams and cake.
Manor Farm can be found at River Hamble Country Park, Southampton, SO31 1BH.
Blue Reef Aquarium
Right on Southsea Seafront, Blue Reef Aquarium is a great way for the whole family to explore the wonders of the sea. They have everything you need including a shark walk and rays and crabs. They have a great little splash park overlooking the seafront in the summer months.
Blue Reef Aquarium can be found at Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea PO5 3PB
With over 100 animals including tigers, rhinos, and penguins, Marwell Zoo is a huge 140-acre park that is a great day out for the whole family. The grounds are really even so great for a pushchair or sling. The smaller animals are really interactive, our favorite are the lemurs.
There are also loads of places you can stop to feed your baby like inside the many cafes or on one of the many outside picnic benches. Many of the animal houses can also be accessed with a buggy as well.
You can find Marwell Zoo on Thompsons Lane, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1JH.
Swimming lessons are a great way to help your baby not only improve their swimming skills but also give them the water confidence that they need to really enjoy swimming.
Wessex Swim School
Wessex Swim School offers a range of different lessons throughout Hampshire. Starting with baby classes right up to older kids, they offer three in a class up to stage 5. They have lessons in Regents Park Community College, Bishop’s Waltham Junior School and Sports Direct Fitness. Check their website for their timetable.
Turtle Tots South Hampshire offer a range of lessons throughout East Hampshire. They teach in small groups with the teacher in the pool. Find out more by looking at their website.
Senga’s Swim School
Based in West End, Southampton, Senga’s Swim School offers your children a water experience in a private pool in West End with a maximum of three in a class. Daytime sessions are available for babies and toddlers plus after-school lessons for older kids.
Gardens and Lakes
Walking around local parks and gardens is a great way to get youself and your baby out the house. The great thing is that we have so many amazing places to visit throughout Hampshire.
Our favourite are:
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
We love Sir Harold Hillier Gardens as it’s a great day for the whole family. Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is in Romsey just outside of the town. They have their own huge car park that is free to use. You do need to buy a ticket beforehand to enter.
Once you are inside these amazing gardens you are free to wander around as you wish. These gardens are set over 180 acres of land that is ready for you to explore. There is loads of do with the kids including a playground, treehouse, huge lake and loads of different walks to discover. Hide in the trees, have a picnic in any of the secluded spots and enjoy the many activities they put on throughout the year.
You can find Sir Harold Hillier Gardens at Jermyns Lane, Ampfield, SO51 0QA.
This lovely common just outside of the main city is a green getaway. Parking can be found throughout the outer rim of the country park. It’s perfect for bikes, prams and those with limited mobility as the paths are all paved. The country park has a cafe and toilets near the playground plus a huge amount of space for the whole family to explore.
Royal Victoria Country Park
Right on Netley seafront, this country park has everything you need for a fun day trip out for the whole family. Enjoy the seaside views from the stony beach or play on one of the three massive green fields. It has a huge adventure playground, a steam train and a great little cafe with toilets on site.
Always find things to do
If you are always struggling to find things to do then have a look at our Things to Do In Hampshire Guide.
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If you are looking for things to do in Hampshire with kids then this guide is for you. We have over 200+ ideas that you can use to keep your whole family amused while exploring everything Hampshire has to offer!
This is an up to date spreadsheet, in activity order, that you can use when you have no clue what to do. We’ve included everything from country parks, to splash pools, lakes, castles, days out, playgrounds and walks.
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Baby and Toddler groups
On a rainy day, baby and toddler groups are a great way to get out of the house and meet other new parents.
Various Locations including Chichester and Petersfield
Monkey Music have been offering their weekly music classes since 1993. Children can join age-specific classes anytime between 3 months and 4 years. Monkey music says that by the time your child reaches 4 years old, they will have developed a sound musical knowledge and be ready to learn a musical instrument.
For babies, it is a chance to copy actions from the teacher and their parents, it is a way to socialise and learn as well as having fun.
“For lots of little monkey families, Monkey Music means much more than just learning impressive musical skills! As they copy their teacher and make music with their friends, our children are honing a whole host of new skills which will support their future development.”
Various Locations Jiggy Wrigglers Basingstoke, Fleet, Hook and surrounding areas
Jiggy Wrigglers is a music and movement class which has been running since 2008. With a large variety of activities, songs, games, dance and play this class offers so much to your child and their development. They have three main programs designed for Babies, Tots, and a mixed class depending on your preference and even better, all classes are pay as you go- you can just turn up, no pre-booking necessary.Their ethos is all focussed on fun and they don’t have teachers, they have entertainers!
“We like to think of Jiggy Wrigglers as a musical wonderland intended to introduce your child to music, develop their sensory capabilities, and become sociable.”
Sing and sign
Sing and sign is a unique baby class which incorporates the learning of music, singing and sign language in one. Developed with the help of Speech and Language professionals in 2001 and recommended by experts, Sing and Sign is Britain’s longest running and best-loved baby signing programme.
“Now is a good time to introduce some extra gestures to help your baby communicate. It’s easy to do and your baby will really enjoy it! Why not try milk, more, change nappy, or tired? Baby signing is wonderfully rewarding and fantastic fun. You will be amazed by what your baby is capable of telling you before being able to talk!”
On rainy days a good soft play can be a great family attraction that encourages movement and creative play.
Totcity Roleplay Centre
Totcity Roleplay Centre is a great attraction for toddlers. They offer loads of different sections that means the kids can dress up and play pretend. The play area includes a garage, hair and beauty salon, supermarket, cafe, and doctor’s surgery.
This small business offers a great selection of kid-friendly meals too.
You can find Totcity Roleplay Centre at 22-24 Chantry Way, Andover, Hampshire SP10 1LS.
Partyman World Eastleigh
Based in The Swan Centre, Partyman World Eastleigh is a huge soft play that has a ball pit, huge slide, and a dedicated baby area. They have a climbing wall for the bigger kids and loads of seats for the grown-ups. The staff are really great with the kids and offer loads of activities like face painting and balloon making too.
You can find Partyman World Eastleigh at L10 Swan Shopping Centre, Southampton Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 5SF.
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Kids2day Indoor Soft Play Centre
Based in an industrial park, Kids2day offers you the perfect soft play for toddlers and primary-aged kids. They have a section that is gated off for the smaller kids that includes comfy sofas for the grown-ups and small slides and tunnels for the kids.
You can find Kids2day Indoor Soft Play Centre at Unit 5 Renown Close, Chandlers Ford Industrial Estate, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO53 4HZ.
Sea Life Play Centre
This is the perfect soft play for under twelves. With over 10,000 square ft area of soft play, Sea Life Play Centre is a great place to spend some time exploring.
It’s right in the middle of Southampton city which is great if your kids need a break for all the hustle and bustle that the shops can come with.
You can find Sea Life Play Centre at Civic Centre Rd Marlands Shopping Centre, Southampton SO14 7SJ.
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