Skip to Content

The Ultimate Guide to Things to do in Southampton With Kids

Sharing is caring!

Things to do in Southampton this weekend

Finding things to do near you isn’t always easy especially when you need to entertain the kids. If you are looking for things to do near Southampton then this ultimate guide is for you.

We have ideas for everyone in the family that includes lovely country walks to farms and beaches.

If you are looking for more things to do in Hampshire then have a look at:

The Definitive Guide To Days Out in Hampshire – This is our biggest guide to things to do in Hampshire with kids. We have everything you need for a great day out.

The Ultimate List of Unusual Things to do in Hampshire – Looking for something different to do in Hampshire? Then use our list here.

52 Things to do in Hampshire this Weekend – Find something fun to do this weekend with the whole family.

Things to do in Hampshire Guide

Wondering what to do today? Then our guide for ALL things Hampshire is for you!

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!

Find out more about our Things to do in Hampshire Guide here.

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. You get lifetime access to this spreadsheet, so any updates we do, you get them, all included in the price!

Outdoor Activities

These are the best outside things to do in Southampton.

Walks and Country Parks

If your family like to hike or even cycle around then here are some local treks that are great for all ages. Make sure you have a look at our full list of walks in Hampshire that are great for kids here.

1.Itchen Valley Country Park

A small drive from the center of town, Itchen Valley Country Park has everything you need for a great day out. Bring a picnic and park in one of the five car parks (parking charges apply.)

Walk-in one direction and enjoy the huge field that also hosts a playground and woods that are waiting to be explored.

The other way hosts a smaller park with a cafe and toilets.

You can find Itchen Valley Country Park at Allington Lane, Southampton SO30 3HQ.

2. New Forest National Park

Horses grazing in the New Forest

A short drive from the center of Southampton, The New Forest is full of great places to let the kids run.

A lot of the landscape is flat and is great for long cycle rides and walks with the whole family. Many of the walks are signposted too.

Pick a spot and see how many ponies you can spot or donkey’s that roam free.

Our favourite places to stop are The Cricket Ground which is a huge area that can get busy in the summer but is great for kids to ride their bikes as the grass is kept low.

Boulderwood is another great place with parking and toilets. If you are really lucky then you may spot some deer wandering in the woods.

The best places in the New Forest though are those that you find off the beaten road. Take a drive and find your own little bit of treasure.

3. Southampton Common

Southampton Common covers a huge area of Southampton is great for scooters and buggies. There’s plenty of parking around the outside and you never have to take the same path twice.

There’s a kids playground, loads of fields and a cafe and toilets.

You can find Southampton Common at The Avenue, Southampton SO15 7NN,

4. Manor Farm Country Park

Based on the other side of Southampton, Manor Farm isn’t just a country park but a working farm as well. This is a great rural family day out that shows the inner workings a Victorian farm.

There is a charge to visit the farm but you get to learn how the farm is run including how the Victorians lived by visiting the on-site school, cottage and forge.

The country park surrounding the farm is just as fun too. Park up and walk one of the many paths and see how much wildlife we really do have in Southampton.

You can find Manor Farm at Pyland’s Ln, Southampton SO31 1BH.

5. Old Town Southampton

Walking through Southampton it’s hard not to notice all the old style walls and the Bargate. Southampton goes back to the Medieval times.

If you walk to the north end of the city, you can walk along the walks, through town quay and really see our city for its old roots.

There’s loads of walks you can take with panels on the walls explaining the area and what you can see.


You may be surprised to know that we have loads of beaches throughout Southampton. If you’d like to explore all the Hampshire beaches then have a look at our Best Beaches Guide for Kids here.

6. Lepe Beach

A stony beach with patches of sand, Lepe has lots to offer! It was a tarmac path along the seafront and plenty of rock pools when the tide goes out. There’s a huge car park right by the beach and a playground a short walk up the hill.

You can find Lepe Beach at Southampton SO45 1AD.

7. Weston Shore

Plenty of parking either end, this is a shingle beach with a playground on the beach and a tarmac path that is perfect for scooters and bikes.

Toilets and the cafe are open seasonally.

You can park along the road or in one of the two free car parks.

Take the kids scooters or bikes as the ground is flat. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon walk.

You can find Weston Shore at Southampton SO19 9EF.

8. Royal Victoria Country Park

Open all year around, this is a great place to let the kids run wild. There is plenty of parking (charges to apply) throughout the country park with three giant fields, a cafe and toilets.

You can easily walk down to the seafront and enjoy the stone beach. This is a great place to watch all the cruise ships come in and out as well.

You can find Royal Victoria Country Park at Netley Abbey, Southampton, SO31 5GA..


We have loads of farms in Southampton that are great for the whole family to visit from pick your own fruit to working farms with animals.

9. Oasis Down to Earth Farm

This small community led farm is a great place for all ages. The opening times can differ so please do check before you travel. They have a small car park on-site but have a great selection of animals and can show the kids how to really look after their local wildlife.

You can find Oasis Down to Earth Farm at Green Lane, Southampton SO16 9FQ.

10. Aldermoor Community Farm

This is a small farm that grows food in a sustainable way. Please check the opening times before you visit. This farm is a great way to show the kids how to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

You can find Aldermoor Community Farm at Aldermoor Farm, Aldermoor Road, Southampton SO16 5NN.

10. Longdown Activity Farm

This farm is great for all ages. It has all the farm animals you’d expect from a working farm that you can feed and help look after.

They have great indoor activities as well for raining days.

You can find Longdown Activity Farm at Deerleap Ln, Ashurst, Southampton SO40 7EH.

11. Playgrounds

Play wooden airplane in a playground

If your kids love playgrounds then why not try out some of the very best that Southampton have to offer. For playgrounds throughout Hampshire have a look at our Best Playgrounds in Hampshire Guide here.

Catland Copse PlaygroundBursledon, Southampton SO31 1BH
Davidson Country Park HomesCompass Point, Ensign Way, Hamble-le-Rice, Southampton SO31 4RA
Hamble CommonHamble-le-Rice, Southampton SO31 4JD
Royal Victoria Country Park Play AreaNetley Abbey, Southampton SO31 5GA
Hedge End
Aspen Close PlaygroundHedge End, Southampton SO30 0QP
Dowd’s Farm Park88-66 Wellstead Way, Southampton SO30 2LE
Drummond Community Centre PlaygroundHedge End, Southampton SO30 2AD
Greta Park PlaygroundUpper Northam Rd, Hedge End, Southampton SO30
Hedge End Recreation Ground PlaygroundSt John’s Rd, Hedge End, Southampton SO30 0BN
Norman Rodaway Pavillion PlaygroundHedge End, Southampton SO30 0PN
Shamblehurst Green PlaygroundMaunsell Way, Southampton SO30
Turnpike Play AreaHedge End, Southampton SO30 4QR
Westward Road PlaygroundWestward Rd, Hedge End, Southampton SO30
Dibden Great Oak37 Golden Hind Park, Hythe, Southampton SO45 5BQ
Ewart Recreation GroundJones Ln, Hythe, Southampton SO45 6DG
Heather Road Play Area65 Heather Rd, Fawley, Southampton SO45 1ER
Netley PlaygroundNetley, Southampton SO31 5DF
Netley Recreational Ground PlaygroundNetley, Southampton SO31 5AZ
Augustine Road playground10 Augustine Rd, Northam, Southampton SO14 0PL
North Baddesley
Lavington Gardens PlaygroundNorth Baddesley, Southampton SO52 9NE
St Johns Wood Playground24 Baddesley Cl, North Baddesley, Southampton SO52 9DR
Sarisbury Green
Cavendish Drive PlaygroundSarisbury, Sarisbury Green, Southampton SO31 6BN
Holly Hill Play AreaBarnes Ln, Sarisbury Green, Southampton SO31 7BJ
Sarisbury Green PlaygroundSouthampton SO31 7AA
Southampton City
Aldermoor PlaygroundOlive Rd, Lordshill, Southampton SO16 5NH
Archery Road PlaygroundArchery Rd, Woolston, Southampton SO19 9EQ
Blandford House PlaygroundBlandford House, Irving Rd, Southampton SO16 4ED
Butts Road Playground4 Shooters Hill Cl, Sholing, Southampton SO19 1FW
Cardinal Place Playground46 Cardinal Pl, Southampton SO16 9ET
Cobden Meadows Playarea1 River View Rd, Southampton SO18 1NW
Compass Way PlaygroundCompass Way, Southampton SO31 7PS
Cuckmere Lane Park135 Cuckmere Ln, Southampton SO16 9AS
Daisy Dip Playground35 Bluebell Rd, Southampton SO16 3LR
Deep Dene play areaSouthampton SO18 1FP
East Park PlaygroundAbove Bar St, Southampton SO14 7DW
Eddies Pirate Play TrailCopenhagen Towers, International Way, Weston, Southampton SO19 9NW
Freshfield GreenFreshfield Rd, Southampton SO15 8QX
Hinkler Green PlaygroundHinkler Rd, Thornhill, Southampton SO19 6GH
Hoglands ParkSouthampton SO14 1JZ
Holyrood PlaygroundSouthampton SO14 3DG
Houndwell Park Playground563 Vincents Walk, Southampton SO14 1JX
Ivy Dene PlayareaIvy Dene, Sholing, Southampton SO19 0AD
Jersey Close Play AreaSouthampton SO16 9PW
Kingsdown Way Playground4 Kingsdown Way, Southampton SO18 2GH
Lawn Road PlayareaLawn Rd, Southampton SO17 2EY
Leaside Way PlaygroundLeaside Way, Southampton SO16 3LY
Lloyd Recreation GroundMarchwood, Southampton SO40 4XD
Lordswood Rd Playground50 Lordswood Rd, Southampton SO16 6LP
Lowry Gardens PlayareaLowry Gardens, Sholing, Southampton SO19 0ST
Lydgate Green Play AreaLydgate Rd, Thornhill, Southampton SO19 6LJ
Mandela Way PlaygroundMandela Way, Southampton SO15 5RZ
Mayflower Park PlaygroundSouthampton SO14 2AN
Mill Gardens Play AreaWest End, Southampton SO18 3AG
Moorgreen play areaWest End, Southampton SO30 3HL
Nelsons Gardens PlaygroundSouthampton SO30 2ND
Newtown Adventure PlaygroundNorthumberland Rd, Southampton SO14 0EL
Nursling Play Area15 Knowles Cl, Nursling, Southampton SO16 0UX
Ordnance Way Play ParkMarchwood, Southampton SO40 4UX
Palmerston ParkPalmerston Park, Southampton SO14 1ND
Queens ParkOrchard Pl, Southampton SO14 3BW
River Hamble Country ParkPyland’s Ln, Southampton SO31 1BH
Riverside PlaygroundManor Farm Rd, Southampton SO18 1NX
Rollesbrook Greenway Play AreaSandhurst Rd, Southampton SO15 2FP
Saltmead PlaygroundSaltmead, Southampton SO17 2JU
Sandhurst Road PlayareaSandhurst Rd, Southampton SO15 2FP
Sea Road PlaygroundSouthampton SO19 7GU
Shirley Pond ParkSouthampton SO16 6YE
Sholing Road PlaygroundSouthampton SO19 2EH
Small Kent Street PlayareaNortham, Southampton SO14 5SL
Southampton CommonThe Avenue, Southampton SO15 7NN
St James PlaygroundSt James Rd, Shirley, Southampton SO15 5SD
Sullivan Road PlaygroundSullivan Road Park, 120 Sullivan Rd, Sholing, Southampton SO19 0JP
Thornhill Park Playground6 Malory Cl, Thornhill, Southampton SO19 6FF
Toplands, Manor Farm Country ParkBotley, Southampton SO30 2SZ
Warren Ave Playground173A Warren Ave, Southampton SO16 6AB
Watts Park Playground21 Cumberland Pl, Southampton SO15 2BB
West Quay Play Area20 Harbour Parade, Southampton SO15 1BA
Weston Shore PlaygroundWeston, Southampton SO19 9NY
Weston Lane PlaygroundWeston Ln, Weston, Southampton SO19 9HL
Winton Street PlayareaCossack Grn, Southampton SO14 1LQ
Bartley Park PlaygroundTotton, Southampton SO40 8SX
Cheam Way Park37 Cheam Way, Totton, Southampton SO40 3PJ
Cuckmere Lane Park135 Cuckmere Ln, Southampton SO16 9AS
Eling Playground23 Lexby Rd, Totton, Southampton SO40 9HB
Hawkers Close PlaygroundTotton, Southampton SO40 3NZ
Orchard Close Play Area19 Orchard Cl, Totton, Southampton SO40 9EZ
Pat Bear PlaygroundPat Bear Cl, Southampton SO15 0NS
Roseleigh Dr PlaygroundUnnamed Road, Totton, Southampton SO40 7JU
Testbourne Play Area27 Deridene Ct, Totton, Southampton SO40 8WS

Paddling Pools

Local paddling pools are great for the kids to let off some pent up energy and have fun. We have loads throughout Southampton. Make sure you check out our huge guide to paddling pools across Hampshire here.

12. Hedge End Paddling Pool

Hedge End Paddling Pool is a five minute walk away from the centre of Hedge End on St Johns Recreational ground. There’s a shop so you can buy refreshments and ice creams as well as toilets on site.

To park, it’s best to use the Town Council car park on St Johns Road as along the road can be
very busy.

Hedge End Paddling Pool normally opens daily between May to September, 10:30am – 5pm. The paddling pool is managed by Hedge End Town Council.

You can find Hedge End Paddling Pool at 44 St John’s Rd, Hedge End, Southampton SO30 4AG.

13. Fleming Park Paddling Pool

Fleming Park paddling pool is next to the play park on Passfield Avenue in Eastleigh.

It opens on the last May Bank holiday until the first weekend in September regardless of the weather. Daily opening hours are normally 10am to 7pm.

They have toilets on-site and a gated park with a small sandpit for the kids. There’s plenty of benches and grass inside the paddling pool area. There’s not much shade, so remember to bring hats or an umbrella.

You can find Fleming Park Paddling Pool at 161 Passfield Ave, Eastleigh SO50 9NF.

14. Southampton Common Play Park

Completely gated, this is a cross between a small splash park and huge adventure playground. One side is sandy with water sprays and the other is the park.

There’s a toilet on site and a small café that sells ice creams and lunch items. This park is perfect for kids 3 and up that are happy to get wet and sandy. Have a look at the Southampton Council Facebook page for more details.

You can find Southampton Common at The Avenue, Southampton SO15 7NN.

Related Posts: 

Indoor Activities

We all need indoor activity ideas especially when it’s raining and you all need to get out the house. Here are some great ideas that are all located in Southampton.


All these museums are great for kids and are interactive. Some are also free. If you’d like to find more local museums then make sure you check out our huge post on Hampshire museums here.

15. Tudor House

Built-in the 15th century, Tudor House is half-timbered and was renovated to show the world how the Tudors lived and worked. Every room in the house is dedicated to showing what the Tudor times were like for different families. Make sure you visit the gardens too as they show a stunning side to such a dark piece of our history.

You can find Tudor House at Bugle St, Southampton SO14 2AD.

Solent Sky Museum

Back in the 20th century, Southampton was a huge aviation manufacturer. Solent Sky Museum is a great place to come and explore the very best in aviation.

With over 15 complete airframes which include the Spitfire and Supermarine, you can really get a fill for what these planes were like.

This is an interactive museum with accounts of what it was like to build these planes and fly them.

Southampton Art Gallery

Family-friendly, the gallery is home to over 3,500 works, ranging from Renaissance masterpieces to contemporary video art.

Exhibitions change regularly so there’s always something to do and see. Opening times are Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm and 10am to 5pm on Saturdays.

SeaCity Museum

This museum is great for colder or rainy days when you need to do something inside. This opened on the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s departure from the city.

The museum is based on the Civic Centre which also holds the police station and court.

You can watch re-enactments from survivors while really seeing what it was like to be on the Titanic. There are loads for the kids to do too. This is interactive and a great way to introduce the story to the younger generation.

Eastleigh Museum

A local museum made for families, Eastleigh Museum takes you back into the past and lets you meet Mr and Mrs Brown, a local locomotive engine driver and his wife.

The displays and exhibitions change regularly with workshops and events always going on. Open all year round, Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 430pm.

West End Local History Museum and Heritage Centre

The Old Fire Station Museum contains an extensive and ever-growing archive of local material which includes maps, directories, photographs and the history of the local area. Child-friendly; let them ask questions and enjoy learning about the area they are growing up in.

Open Saturdays only 10am to 4pm.

Laura x

If you enjoyed this post and would like some more ideas on things to do in Hampshire then head over to the Things To Do section here on Things To Do In Hampshire With Kids where you’ll find over 50 day out ideas in Hampshire that the whole family will enjoy. You could also pop over and follow our Facebook page here or our Hampshire days out Pinterest boards for lots more ideas on what you can do as a family in Hampshire; Days Out For The Kids in Hampshire and Cheap and Free Days Out in Hampshire.

What the * means

If a link has an * by it, then this means it is an affiliate link and helps S4SM stay free for all. If you use the link, it may mean that we receive a very small payment. It will not cost you anymore that it would normally.

You shouldn’t notice any difference and the link will never negatively impact the product. The items we write about are NEVER dictated by these links. We aim to look at all products on the market. If it isn’t possible to get an affiliate link, then the link, or product is still included in the same way, just with a non-paying link.