Are you looking to make the most of warmer weather and have some fun with your family this spring? From mind-boggling museum visits, to jaw-dropping theatre and heart-warming animals, there’s plenty of family fun to be had in Southampton.
Find inspiration and unleash your creativity at some of the city’s most impressive art galleries. Both John Hansard Gallery and Southampton City Art Gallery offer free, family-friendly workshops and activities alongside their scheduled exhibitions.
Visit Solent Sky Museum for an exciting family day out and learn about the development of the aviation and aircraft manufacturing industry in the Solent area over the past century. Plus, see the legendary Spitfire and the world’s largest flying boat.
Enjoy an outdoor stroll and get up close and personal with more than 20 types of animals at Manor Farm Park (20 minutes by car), including Apatchy the hedgehog, Tilley the tortoise and Normal the Giant African Land Snail.
Create wonderful memories and share fun times with the family at Hollywood Bowl Southampton. Enjoy a competitive game of ten-pin bowling, followed by bundles of fun in the arcade.
Round up your family and head to one of the city’s theatres for an unforgettable night out.
Mayflower Theatre, the biggest theatre on the south coast, offers a jam-packed programme of touring West End musicals, dance, comedy, live music and plays. While Nuffield Southampton Theatres presents its own productions alongside visiting children’s theatre, plays, comedy, dance and circus.
A fantastically fun experience awaits the whole family at Jungle Jeans (Westquay Road). Adults can sit back and relax at the Tree Top Cafe while their little ones discover the sights and sounds of Jungle Jeans’ play frame jungle.
Run the gauntlet of Aqua Warrior, a brand new 14-piece pool inflatable at The Quays Swimming and Diving Complex. Open every Saturday from 2pm-4pm and throughout the school holidays.
Follow the nature trails at Southampton Common, and discover indigenous mini beasts and habitats including woodland, parklands, ponds and more. Top off your outing with a visit to the Common’s new adventure playground, featuring zip wires and a climbing tower as well as traditional swings, slides and roundabouts.