Things for Kids in Weymouth

You have an energetic little one that needs entertaining, so what could you do? This section of the Visit Weymouth website offers ideas for occupying an under 5, even when the weather isn’t so good – yes, even Weymouth has rain sometimes!




There are links to places to visit in Weymouth, entertainments for kids, and attractions suitable for babies and children under 5. There are also details of parent and toddler groups in Weymouth, Portland and the surrounding area, which are an invaluable resource for parents, child minders and other carers.

YMCA Portland, Reforne, Easton, Portland, Dorset DT5 2AN

10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm Mondays & Thursdays

The YMCA on Portland, Dorset holds Bounce & Play sessions for toddlers and young children every Monday and Thursday.

There is a large bouncy castle, ride on toys and a separate, smaller room with a tunnel, small ball pit and rocking toys for the tinies.

The sessions for Bounce and Play Portland YMCA are 10am – midday and 1pm – 3pm on Mondays and Thursdays.

There is a small entrance fee.

The YMCA Portland is also available as a children’s party venue in Dorset.

7 Albany Road, Granby Industrial Estate, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 9TH

9.30am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sundays

The Fun Factory Weymouth is an indoor soft play centre and children’s party venue for children aged 0-11.

The large indoor play area includes Battle Cannons and a Firing Zone, a High Glide, a Ball Pool and a four-lane Astro Slide. There is also a sports area for playing football, netball, basketball or other ball sports.

For the little ones, there is a separate Toddler’s Activity Area to cater for them and keep them safely out of the way of the bigger kids.

During busy periods the Fun Factory Weymouth sometimes has to limit play to 1.5 hours.

There is a large, free car park on site.

Wyke Regis Community Centre, Ryemead Lane, Wyke Regis, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 9NS

9.30am-11.30am Mondays and Wednesdays in term time

Wyke Weenies Toddler Group is held every Monday and Wednesday morning during term time at the Wyke Regis Community Centre from 9.30am to 11.30am. The Community Centre has its own free parking.

There is a large playroom with ride on toys, a slide, small trampoline etc plus a separate area for little ones. At the back is a separate craft room with different activities organised each week. This room also contains a play house and story corner.

Wyke Weenies Toddler Group is run entirely by volunteers whose aim is to provide an affordable group for the local community. The cost of each session is £1.50 per family, which includes hot drinks for adults and snacks/drinks for the children.

Age range from bumps to pre-school (age 5). £1.50 per family per session.

Chickerell Congregational Church, East Street, Chickerell, Weymouth, Dorset

10am-11.30am on Fridays

Busy Bees Toddler Group Chickerell is a friendly group that meets on Friday mornings in the Chickerell Congregational Church, East Street, Chickerell, Weymouth, Dorset from 10am until 11.30am.

Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7SX

During the Spring and Summer months, Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park & Marine Sanctuary is open from 10am until 5pm daily, with last admittance at 4pm. The Park closes earlier in the Autumn and Winter months, and does not open on Christmas Day

Weymouth Sea Life Centre is an all-weather attraction, with numerous indoor marine life exhibitions, as well as several children’s rides and a water play area.

Indoor displays include:

  • the Shark Reef Centre, a tropical haven for sharks and fish
  • a Nursery and breeding centre, housing all their baby creatures and seahorse family
  • the spectacular Turtle Sanctuary with its walk-through underwater tunnel
  • a Treasures of the Deep display teeming with weird and wonderful creatures

Outdoors there are:

  • sanctuaries for the Asian short-clawed otters and harbour seals
  • a resident colony of Humboldt penguins
  • features such as Adventure Island – a land of children rides – and Splash Zone – a children’s water play area
  • the fantastic Crocodile Creek – a mini log flume ride, but be warned you will get wet!
  • naturally themed rockpools, filled with crabs, starfish, urchins and giant spider crabs, hold a giant spider crab or touch a starfish, dodge the surge wave and view what lurks beneath with an underwater viewing device

Feeding Times (times may vary)

11.30am Divine Shark Dinner
Midday Penguin Play Time
12.30pm Terrapin Tea Time
1pm Ravenous Ray Feed
2pm Otter Madness
2.30pm Penguins
3pm Turtle Play Time
3.30pm Super Seal Time
4pm Otter Madness

Commercial Road, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7DW

Monday-Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm. Saturday 9.30am - 5pm. Sunday 10am - 4pm.

The central part of The Palm House in Weymouth, Dorset is a cafe bistro. It has soft music playing quietly in the background and is somewhere to relax over a pot of tea and a slice of homemade cake with family and friends. The Palm House cafe bistro serves freshly prepared hot and cold food such as full English breakfasts, home made soups, jacket potatoes, sandwiches and more. Gluten free and vegetarian options are also available.

The Palm House in Weymouth is most definitely child friendly. It has a children’s and babies menu offering health, freshly prepared meals. For babies there is a selection of homemade pureed food, while for the slightly older kids there is macaroni cheese, pasta and meatballs, sausage and beans etc plus a large selection of cold meal deals in a snack box.

The Palm House is fully licensed for alcohol and live music.

The Palm House is also home to the Blooming Kids under 5s play area, where you can sit and relax over a coffee while your children play in a safe and stimulating environment. Inside there are books, a toy kitchen, a slide and climbing tunnels, a play fort plus many other toys. If the weather is fine there is a garden area with sand play, children’s play houses, see saw and more.

Lodmoor, Preston Beach Road, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7SX

Breakfast: weekdays 6.30am-10:30am, weekends 7am-11am . Monday-Saturday: Midday-11pm. Sunday: Midday-10.30pm.

The Brewers Fayre Lodmoor pub and restaurant in Weymouth offers classic pub-style food at great prices.

There is an everyday great value menu or you can choose to help yourself to as much as you like from the ‘all you can eat’ buffet.

The Brewers Fayre Lodmoor is a family friendly restaurant with a special children’s menu plus a soft play fun factory. So the kids can be entertained while you relax and unwind.

Greenhill, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7SW

At the edge of Weymouth town centre, sloping up from the beach and promenade, are Greenhill Gardens, where you can get some of the best views across Weymouth Bay.

The winding paths and brightly coloured flower beds of the Gardens are a true delight to discover but there is also an 18-hole putting green, tennis courts, a bowling green and two cafes to keep you occupied.

Weymouth’s Greenhill Gardens have been recognised as one of the best green spaces in the country.

radipole

Map grid reference: SY671804

Visitor Centre is open daily 9am to 5pm (4pm in winter). The hide is open from 8.30am to 4.30pm. The Visitor Centre and hide are both closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Radipole Lake RSPB Nature Reserve is a great place to come, whether you are new to wildlife watching or an experienced birdwatcher. There are well-known birds at the reserve such as house sparrows, finches and robins, alongside rare birds like the Cetti’s warbler and bittern. On a typical walk you can even see seven or eight different kinds of ducks.

There is plenty for families to do, with specially-created trails, bird events and, during the summer, family activities such as pond dipping and bug hunts.

Spring highlights

In spring, the air is filled with bird song as they compete to establish territories and attract a mate. Flocks of swallows and martins gather over the water to feed on insects after their migration from Africa. Warblers also arrive, including grasshopper, willow and Cetti’s warblers, blackcaps, whitethroats and lesser whitethroats. The reed beds are full of singing sedge and reed warblers.

Summer highlights

In summer, look out for young birds making their first venture into the outside world. Hobbies can be seen flying after small birds and dragonflies, which they catch with their feet then pass to their beaks while still flying. Flowering plants attract good numbers of butterflies, such as commas, painted ladies and peacocks.

Autumn highlights

Autumn brings large movements of migrating birds – some heading south to a warmer climate, others seeking refuge in the UK from the cold Arctic winter. Bearded tits become easier to see, with family groups roaming the reed beds and making their distinctive ‘pinging’ call. As the water levels are lowered in preparation for winter reed cutting, the mud attracts wading birds such as dunlins, snipe, redshanks and lapwings.

Winter highlights

In winter, look out for large flocks of birds gathering to feed, or flying at dusk to form large roosts to keep warm. You may see a bittern if you are patient – they will fly up from the reeds occasionally to get to different feeding areas. During cold snaps, water rails become much easier to see as they must feed outside the frozen-up reed beds. There is a large roost of pied wagtails in Weymouth and the birds can often be seen at Radipole Lake before heading into town for the night.

Marsh Harriers

The first marsh harriers to breed in Dorset in almost 50 years successfully raised three chicks in 2009 at Radipole Lake RSPB. Being only 10 minutes’ walk from Weymouth town centre, these marsh harrier chicks are thought to be the most urban of their species to fledge in the British Isles. The arrival of the parents at the reserve was filmed for the BBC television programme Springwatch.

Facilities

  • information centre
  • shop
  • refreshments available
  • picnic area
  • pushchair friendly
  • wheelchair accessible
  • pay and display car park (not RSPB)
  • toilets, including disabled, in the car park (not RSPB)
  • binocular hire
  • group bookings accepted
  • guided walks available
  • dogs allowed on public footpaths and bridleways

Entrance fees

It is free to walk around the reserve. Fees are only charged for use of the hide.

sandworld

Lodmoor Country Park, Preston Beach Road, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7SX

7 days a week from 10.30am between mid-April and the end of October

Sandworld is the international sand sculpture park at Weymouth’s Lodmoor Country Park.

In 2011, a new all-weather attraction opened on Weymouth’s seafront – Sandworld. Here you can see incredible sand sculptures made entirely from sand and water created by competing sand artists from around the world. Some of the sculptures are as large as a double-decker bus!

Weymouth sand sculptor Mark Anderson, who is well-known for his sand sculpting displays on Weymouth beach, teamed up with local businessman David Hicks to get the attraction off the ground. Mr Anderson also drafted in 10 of the world’s best sand sculptors to help him create Sandworld.

The sand sculptures are staged under a huge marquee and outside, under a canopy cover, there is an activity and sand play area so children can have a go themselves.

All the sand is from Weymouth beach, with permission from Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, and Mr Anderson said all the sand artists commented on its excellent quality.

Accessibility

Pushchair and wheelchair friendly.

Facilities

  • picnic tables
  • ice creams for sale
  • small shop
Mini Golf

Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7SX

Open daily from 11am-6pm (last entry at 5pm), except Christmas Day and subject to weather conditions

A swashbuckling game for the whole family!

At the Pirate Adventure Mini Golf in Weymouth, each hole has its own unique challenge to overcome as you work your way around the themed course, which includes treasure chests, gunpowder barrels and a pirate galleon.

Can you conquer the tricky uphill hole with a single deadly shot?

Do you have enough skill to avoid the obstacle blocking your way to the treasure?

Can you make that magical ‘hole in one’? But be warned…you only get the one chance!