The long school summer holidays are about to start - and families are thinking about keeping the kids entertained over the next 6 weeks. You don’t have to travel far or spend a lot to enjoy a great day out.
Rhondda Cynon Taf is a great family destination and here are some ideas which will help keep children occupied and active during the summer break.
Dare Valley Country Park just outside Aberdare has a fantastic adventure playground. There are lots of trails to explore – and a cosy café when you need a breather. Kids can also enjoy Combat Zone, a combat simulation game. The holidays are packed with family events and activities and if you want to make a break of it, there are accommodation, camping and caravanning facilities within the park.
Children can burn off bottled-up energy at the Energy Zone at Rhondda Heritage Park in Trehafod. The bright outdoor play area for children up to the age of 13 has swings, slide, zip wire, sand pit and toddlers play area. Entry is just £2 for children aged two and over and is free for children aged under two accompanied by an adult. The Energy Zone is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10.30am-4.30pm
Families can head for Barry Sidings Countryside Park near Trehafod and enjoy cycling, picnics and play. The Country Park is packed with trails to explore, as well as a popular BMX track, one of the best children’s playgrounds around, a duck pond and picnic/barbecue areas.
Bike Trails suitable for families include the Taff Trail and the Church Village Community Route, which is great for all ages and abilities, offering a stunning, scenic ride through the TaffValley. Look out for ‘Taff Tales’ stories for children along some Taff Trail routes, an audio treasure hunt adventure and discover the magical world that awaits you.
Pack a picnic and enjoy our lovely parks, including Ynysangharad War Memorial Park in Pontypridd and Aberdare Park. Both parks host great events for families during the summer, such as the Big Welsh Bite food festival in Pontypridd on Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd August.
Visitors to Nantgarw Chinaworks Museum can enjoy a range of events suitable for families.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Deputy Leader & Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, Tourism & Heritage, Cllr Paul Cannon QPM, said: “We know it can sometimes be difficult to keep children occupied during the long summer holidays which is why we want to highlight some of the many things on offer for families to see and do right here on our doorstep in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Most cost nothing and will keep the whole family entertained.”
To find out more about places to visit across Rhondda Cynon Taf throughout the year, visit here.