If you’re looking for things to do in Cardiff for families this summer, you won’t be short of choice. Whatever the weather is doing, there’s plenty to keep everyone occupied, from pre-schoolers to teens. Let’s have a look at the top places to visit in Cardiff during the holidays.


Take in a show


If you’ve got younger children – particularly pre-schoolers – they may not have had the chance to visit the theatre yet. Thanks to the pandemic, lots of shows had to be delayed or cancelled, so this summer is the perfect opportunity to introduce little ones to the magic of the stage. Dinosaur World Live is playing at Cardiff’s New Theatre this July, and is one of the best things to do in Cardiff, introducing children to their favourite dinosaurs with stunning puppetry and an exciting story. Book your tickets today to avoid missing out!


Explore the bay


Explore Cardiff Bay from a different perspective by taking to the water. Older kids in particular will love the thrill of a ride on a RIB or speed boat, with trips lasting between 15 and 90 minutes, or the excitement of white water rafting at the International Sports Village. A leisurely cruise is more suited to younger or anxious children and offers a relaxing way to take in some of the city’s sights. You can also discover Flat Holm Island when the tide is right, with its lighthouse and abundant wildlife.


Picnic in Bute Park


When the weather is fine, there’s nothing more enjoyable for the whole family than a relaxed picnic and some outdoor games. Bute Park is a fabulous area in the heart of Cardiff that offers plenty of walking trails, including the Story Trail and Woodland Play Trail, as well as some beautiful flowers, and of course, lots of open space to kick a ball about, have a picnic, and burn off some energy.


Discover the wonders of Wales


Museums are always a great place to get in touch with the history of a city, and Cardiff’s fine collection of museums is no different. St Fagan’s National Museum of History offers up interactive exhibits and traditional arts and crafts, all of which tell the story of Welsh history, while the National Museum Cardiff showcases everything from dinosaurs and woolly mammoths to Impressionist art. There’s plenty to engage young minds – and both museums are free.


Visit the arcades


The city’s Edwardian and Victorian arcades are a delight for all ages, and each has its own character and charm. Marvel at the architecture, browse the boutiques and stop for coffee and a snack in one of the delightful cafés. From vintage clothes and records or high-end jewellery and fashion, the arcades have it all.


Whether you’re looking for the fresh air and invigoration of exploring outdoors this summer, or need somewhere interesting to visit on a rainy day, Cardiff is full of exciting attractions for kids and families. And be sure to book your tickets for Dinosaur World Live between 29-31 July!