10 Things to do with your kids in Cambridge

The best things to do in Cambridge with kids

Kid friendly Cambridge Activities

Cambridge, with its unique blend of history, culture, and educational opportunities, is the perfect destination for a day out with your kids. This vibrant city offers a plethora of engaging activities and attractions that will captivate young minds and create lasting memories. From exploring world-renowned museums to punting along the picturesque River Cam and immersing in the wonders of science, Cambridge provides a rich and stimulating environment for children to learn and have fun. Whether you’re a local resident or visiting from afar, bringing your kids to Cambridge for a day out is an incredible opportunity to ignite their curiosity, expand their knowledge, and foster a love for exploration. We do understand that it can also be hard to find both entertaining and affordable activities to do especially during the summer holidays, so within this blog we have included a range of activities to suit all budgets. 

Please note these recommendations are in no particular order.

Family punting with private punt chauffeur in front of Kings College Cambridge

1. Embark on a punting in Cambridge adventure – 

When it comes to creating magical memories with your children, punting in Cambridge is an experience like no other. The serene River Cam, the picturesque college backdrops, and the gentle glide of the punt makes for an enchanting adventure. Punting offers a perfect blend of relaxation and storytelling that will captivate your kids’ imaginations. As they listen to fascinating tales about the city’s history and traditions from their knowledgeable punt chauffeur, they’ll embark on a journey through time. What’s even better, is there’s savings to be had by choosing an earlier departure time in a day. The early bird departure offers tours during a quieter period on the river and if booking online you can receive up to a 50% discount compared to purchasing your tickets on the day. 

If you are a family with 2 or more children then the Family Discounted Ticket (for up to 6 people) is the one for you. Pricing starts from £35 for this family ticket. 

It is also worth noting that when booking punting in Cambridge with the Traditional Punting Company, you will receive a complimentary Cambridge City Guide. Within this guide, there are a multitude of discounts for local restaurants and shops, these include Las Iguanas, Thaikun, Bridges and Thrive, to just name a few. 

2. Climb, slide, splash and play at Lammas Land – 

Located on the edge of Coe Fen, between the City Centre and Newnham, Lammas Land boasts a brilliant outdoor space that houses a large wading pool, a tennis court, an expansive playground, and a cafe. Lammas Land is a haven for children seeking outdoor fun and adventure. With its spacious green areas, pack a picnic and enjoy a relaxing day in the park while your kids burn off energy and make new friends.

Lammas Land is located about half a mile outside the city centre and you can either walk along the upper River Cam or you can park in its own car park. There are even toilets located next to the cafe so no need to worry about your little one’s comfort. Everything you need for an afternoon in the sunshine is available at Lammas Land. 

Pricing: Free

Credit: Clip and Climb, Cambridge

3. Clip and Climb – 

This family run business is based by the leisure centre and is the perfect place to take your kids for a fun and exhilarating day out. You can book your slot in advance, and on arrival you will need to sign a waiver for anyone under the age of 16. The kids will receive a 30 minute safety briefing in which they will be fitted with a harness and then they are off for 55 minutes of climbing fun. 

Not only does the site boast multiple climbing walls, it also has a vertical drop slide and a stairway to heaven.  

Pricing: From £11 per person. 

4. Immerse in nature at the Botanic Gardens – 

If you are looking for a nature escape within the city then the Botanic Gardens is the best place to be. With its beautiful landscapes and diverse plant species, this garden provides a tranquil setting for a family outing. Take your kids on a botanical adventure as you wander through the themed gardens, discover hidden trails, and engage in educational activities.

Throughout the year, the gardens offer a variety of events for children. These include; wand making, using grasses and lavender; leaf art; animal masks; and plant wall hangings. 

Opening times in the summer are between 10am – 6pm and the tours last approximately 90 minutes, giving plenty of time for you to indulge in the finest nature gardens on the University campus. 

The Botanical Gardens are located 5 minutes from Central Cambridge Station and 20 minutes from the centre of the city. 

Pricing: From £7.20 per adult, 0-16 year olds go free. 

Credit: Milton Country Park

5. Milton Country Park – 

Just a few miles north of the city of Cambridge lies this beautiful country park, created from gravel pits. This 220 acres of natural habitat has surrounding woodland areas, lakes and pathways suitable for various outdoor activities and sports. 

Why not learn to paddle with the kayak sessions they have to offer for people of all ages? Or maybe go for a cycle ride around the park if you are searching for an active fun day out. 

Not looking to be very active? Would you rather lounge and simply take in the surrounding wilderness? No problem, why not undertake a casual swim in the lake or practise your fishing skills? Whatever it is, Milton Country Park has an abundance of activities fit to suit your personal outdoor needs. 

Price – Free

Credit: Tenpin Bowling

6. Cambridge Leisure Park – 

If you fancy some indoor fun and excitement why not visit our leisure park located directly next to Cambridge train station. The Cambridge Leisure Park is a vibrant hub of excitement and entertainment for families. This sprawling complex offers a diverse range of activities that will keep everyone entertained. From bowling strikes to catching the latest blockbuster at the state-of-the-art cinema or even a show at the Junction, there’s something for every member of the family. The park also features a variety of enticing restaurants and cafes, perfect for satisfying hungry appetites after a day of adventure. Whether you’re seeking thrills, relaxation, or delicious food, Cambridge Leisure Park promises a memorable and enjoyable experience for all. 

Prices range depending on which activity is chosen.

7. Cambridge Ice Arena: Where Ice Skating Dreams Come True – 

Located on Newmarket Roads park and ride, Cambridge Ice Arena is an all year round, indoor, state-of-the-art ice rink. It provides multiple activities for people of all ages including ice-skating, ice hockey and curling, as well as kids birthday parties and holiday activities for your children, ensuring that no one is left out. So lace up your skates and glide across the glistening ice, as you twirl and spin. The arena also caters to skaters of all skill levels, from beginners to advanced, with helpful instructors available for lessons. 

Opening times vary between 10:30am and 21:00 pm on weekdays; 9:15 am to 17:30 pm on Saturdays and 9:00 am – 14:15 pm on Sundays. 

Price – Starting at £2.50

8. Fitzwilliam Museum – 

Being the leading partner in the collection of museums owned by the University of Cambridge, the Fitzwilliam Museum is probably one of the most famous establishments in Cambridge. It is not only a treasure trove of art and artefacts but also a family-friendly destination. Take your kids on a journey through time as you explore the extensive collection, which includes Egyptian mummies, ancient pottery, and masterpieces from renowned artists. The museum also offers engaging activities and workshops designed to inspire creativity and a love for art. 

Located on Trumpington street the building is open six days a week from Tuesday – Saturday it opens between 10:00 am – 17:00 pm and on Sundays and bank holidays 12:00 am – 17:00 pm.

Price – Varies by day


9. Discover the wonders of science at the Cambridge Science Centre – 

The Cambridge Science Centre is a must-visit destination for curious young minds. With interactive exhibits, hands-on workshops, and engaging demonstrations, your children will be immersed in the fascinating world of science. From building robots to exploring the mysteries of the human body, this centre offers endless learning possibilities. Sitting on the outskirts of the historic city centre near the train station, the Cambridge Science Centre is ideal for getting hands on.This centre offers a range of interactive exhibitions, hands-on activities and interesting child-friendly shows and talks. From building DNA sequences to discovering fossils and walking in space, there’s loads to keep kids engaged with enthusiastic staff on hand to encourage you to experiment. 

Tickets cost £5 for adults, and £4.50 for kids.

10.Shepreth Wildlife Park – 

Even though this next activity is not in Cambridge city centre it is still within 20 minutes of the city and nestled in the heart of Cambridgeshire. Shepreth Wildlife Park is a haven for both kids and adults who have a passion for wildlife and conservation. This enchanting park offers an array of exciting experiences that will leave your children in awe of the natural world. From getting up close and personal with majestic big cats to witnessing playful primates swinging from tree to tree, Shepreth Wildlife Park provides a unique opportunity to encounter a diverse range of animals. Not only will your kids have a blast, but they will also learn about the importance of conservation and how they can make a positive impact on our planet.

With a “Plan your visit” option you can pick and choose the animals you would like to see to make the most of your time and with an onsite cafe, playzone and gift shop you have a jam packed day for your family. 

Opening times on weekdays and weekends are between 10:00 am – 17:00 and prices include – Adult: £13.50; Child: £11.50; Concession: £12.50

Posted on June 29th, 2023, by the Traditional Punting Company