Entertaining the kids is not always easy, especially if they’re different ages. But it’s important to drag them away from their screens on a regular basis and make some memories as a family. The good news is, there are plenty of things to do in Poole with kids this year. So whether you live in the local areas or fancy a day trip to Dorset, here are several activities in Poole to pop on your to-do list.
If you’ve read The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr already, you’ll know what a wonderful story it is and why it’s been popular for generations. There’s something magical about a little girl and her mummy coming face-to-face with a very hungry, thirsty and cheeky tiger - and now you can watch this much-loved tale unfold on the stage. Recommended for children aged three and above, The Tiger Who Came to Tea offers oodles of clumsy chaos, plenty of magic and sing-along songs that’ll have your little ones smiling from ear-to-ear.
Kids love dinosaurs. Fact. So if you live with mini palaeontologists, why not treat them to a trip to Dinosaur World Live? This fabulous theatre show is stomping into Poole this spring, so head to the Lighthouse for everything you could wish for that’s dino-related - think big teeth, huge feet and swishy tails. The Jurassic Period is brought to life superbly through life-like puppetry and children can come up close to their favourite prehistoric beasts including Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor, Segnosaurus - and don’t forget to bring your loudest roar for the fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Poole is home to some of the best beaches in the whole of the UK. So whether you want to blow the cobwebs away with a seafront stroll or play in the waves on a sunnier day, this is the place to be. A visit to the Blue Flag Award-winning Sandbanks Beach is one of the top things to do in Poole, while the quieter shores of Hamworthy Beach offer a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Up for a spot of paddle boarding? Then Canford Cliffs is ideal.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a great time in Poole. A picnic in the picturesque Poole Park is a great way to spend an afternoon. Chill out with friends, eat your favourite snacks and even enjoy the park’s many activities. There’s a lake, miniature railway and a fitness trail if you’re feeling energetic. While you’re there, you can easily walk to Harbourside Park too for a change of scenery. Soak up spectacular views of the harbour and enjoy a day to remember.
Take a stroll along the quay and enjoy some fresh air in style. There’s plenty to see and do for all ages with activities including crabbing (always a winner), boat spotting and playing ball games in the Harbourside Park. Sit on one of the benches for a spot of people watching, grab a bite to eat or increase your step count - ice cream in hand of course.
Poole offers a great day out for kids big and small as well as grown ups. Tailor your trip to suit you and enjoy an adventure you’ll always remember.