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The top activities for children in Cambridge

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Are you planning a family day out or two in Cambridge? The city might be famed for its historic University – but there’s plenty to see and do for little ones too. Whether you’re planning a midweek adventure in the school holidays or a weekend of fun, Cambridge is the place to be!
Planning your transport is simple too, especially if you’re travelling to Cambridge by train. But whether you’d prefer to drive or even live nearby, below are five of the best places in Cambridge to take your children to this summer.

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Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences
Are your little ones into dinosaurs? Mine certainly were when they were growing up, and the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences is the perfect place to spark their imaginations. The museum is conveniently located in the centre of the city and boasts several impressive skeleton models, plus fossils galore!
Entry is free too, which means you’ll have extra money left over for refreshments afterwards.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden
You might not immediately think that a botanic garden would appeal to younger children all that much, but this beautiful setting offers lots of activities for younger visitors.
That includes drop-in sessions on select Saturdays where kids can learn all about growing plants and identifying bugs. The garden proved to be one of the most popular in the city in 2020, as lockdown restrictions sadly took their toll on indoor attractions.

The Cambridge Treasure Hunt Trail
Cambridge’s famous treasure hunt is another outdoor activity and will take you on an engaging 2.7km walking loop around famous sites in the city centre.
Your gang will be tasked with finding answers to clues based on information that can be found on various plaques and buildings. You can download the trail as a PDF and print it out before visiting.

Cambridge Science Centre
Far from being a boring museum or lecture hall, Cambridge Science Centre features lots of interactive exhibitions as well as hosting special shows on weekends and school holidays.
Fun activities on offer include building paper airplanes to fly in a wind machine, which I found is easier said than done!

A river tour
Punting on the River Cam is a famous Cambridge activity – but it’s also not that easy or relaxing if you’re looking after children at the same time. Taking a river tour with one of the many tour companies is a more family-friendly option, as it involves an experienced guide doing all the hard work!
You can even take food on drink onboard if you fancy a little picnic out on the water.

Cambridge is one of the UK’s best-loved cities and for good reason. Try one or several of these days out and see if your children agree!

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