3 Things to do in Cambridge with Kids!
Hello there lovelies, how’s your week going? This heat! I don’t need to say anymore really! So this summer I’m doing something a bit different – I’m running a series called Hidden Gems, with the aim of bringing you places all over the UK that you might not have heard of or considered visiting. I have a number of bloggers helping me out with their local knowledge and expertise! Catch up with Lincolnshire’s hidden gems here!
Today we focus on Cambridge. A place I’ve never visited. This post is a guest post from Adrienne, author at Working Mum Cambridge, a lifestyle and parenting blog.
Cambridge With Kids!
Cambridge University – One of the main attractions of my beautiful city. One that you could take for granted if you’re not careful but it can dominate the city somewhat. Although many of the colleges are open for visitors, its perhaps not the best place to take an energetic toddler!
For my family we like to find places that are off the beaten track a little from the main city centre. Undiscovered by many, so my three-year-old can run wild without too much restraint but it depends on how the mood takes him somedays.
Here is a list of the places we love to visit and a personal insight into ‘my Cambridge’ minus the Cambridge University college tours!
1 – Parks Galore
Although most of the town is built up with Cambridge University buildings and student accommodation, Cambridge does have a lot of parks. Some bigger than others but there are a lot of green spaces to be enjoyed by all. The larger ones are Midsummer Common, Parkers Piece and Jesus Green. A little further out and you can enjoy Lammas Land (Newnham) and Coldhams Common.
Lammas Land is a favourite of ours as the adventure playground is huge, there’s plenty of ducks to feed and they have an outdoor swimming pool open all summer for the children to enjoy free of charge within the park. Arrive early to get a parking space but there is plenty of road parking.
2 – Museums
Although not all are suitable for tearaway toddlers there are a couple that might strike a chord with your inquisitive adventurers and not many people know about them.
The Museum of Zoology is a great one to visit, with a skeleton of a Finback Whale in the entrance which is over 150 years old. We were blown away on our first visit! My son was in awe and was very well behaved as there was so much to explore. It’s also free to visit!
Another good one is The Sedgwick Museum, full of fossils, some which the children can hold. They have activity boxes and trails you can take part in, and planned events much like the Museum of Zoology.
Here is a list of all the museums in Cambridge, with so many to choose from: Museum List
3 – Coffee Shops
Now we get to the good bit. This one is my personal favourite and I feel a bit nervous for posting for fear of sharing my best secret’ish place! I will share it with you though as its such a great little find for parents and a winning combo for our little family.
Who loves a good coffee and a play park? Me, hands up, me, me me! We discovered this great little coffee shop by the name of Hot Numbers three years before William arrived into the world. We were looking for somewhere to go and have a great coffee, perhaps enjoy some live music and just relax on a weekend.
Perfect for Babies!
When William arrived, we were keen to keep going to our regular haunts and take him with us. His first outing at seven days old was to Hot Numbers! We go every weekend, sometimes both days and if it’s not to our regular shop on Gwydir Street, its their other shop on Trumpington Street. We’ve even had birthday breakfasts there! The special thing about Gwydir Street though is that literally just out of the front door of the shop is the play park!
It’s a totally secure little park with rubbery flooring and houses a slide, swing, climbing frame, chalk board wall and parent seating. This is just off Mill Road (a popular street in Cambridge), you would never know it was there, unless you’re a local of course!
The Hot Numbers staff know us so well now that they even let us take our drinks over the road to enjoy while William plays and whizzes round on his scooter. Way better than a paper takeaway cup!
Sometimes if the weather isn’t too good, we’ll sit inside and enjoy the Sunday afternoon live jazz and William gets treated to slice of cake to make sure he sits still!
Of course, there are numerous other places and child friendly locations in Cambridge but these are my three favourites. Parks, Museums and Hot Number Coffee! If you have young children and you need coffee then this is THE place to go. Maybe you could visit a museum and then head to Hot Numbers for refueling and the children can let off steam.There’s more to this studious city than just Cambridge University you know!
I’m Adrienne, author of Working Mum Cambridge, a lifestyle and parenting blog. Mum of one super little boy, I love sharing my humorous struggles with parenting and being a working Mum. As well as posting reviews and sharing my favourite recipes. Blogging started as an outlet for my busy mind but has turned into a passionate hobby. Follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
Keep a Look Out for More Hidden Gems!
And there you have Cambridge! I really want to visit those museums – they sound awesome! Keep reading as we’ll be bringing you more hidden gems over the summer. Or perhaps share your own with me in the comments or on social!