Play Area at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Top 10 Days Out in Hampshire For Young Children

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Open up a world of wonder with Hampshire's fabulous attractions for young children, from animals, steam trains and play parks to hands-on fun.

Aldershot Military Museum - Aldershot
There are lots of interactive activities at this fascinating museum, including puzzle cubes, a training tunnel and 'feely boxes'. Children can even take a 'ride' in a tank or be shouted at by a drill sergeant.

Ashcroft Arts Centre - Fareham
Children can get truly hands on and interactive at this exciting arts centre, with colour painting workshops, Christmas card making, drama activities and more.

Blue Reef Aquarium - Southsea
Giant crabs, seahorses, sharks and tropical fish will keep your children spellbound at this beautiful aquarium, which includes an underwater walkway, touch pools and feeding displays.

Exbury Gardens Steam Railway - Exbury
Choo choo! All aboard the Exbury mini steam railway, which passes through one and a quarter miles of beautiful gardens and even encounters a Lake Moss Monster. Watch out for Ghost and Santa trains throughout the year.

The Hawk Conservancy Trust - Weyhill
Learn about eagles, owls, kestrels and vultures at this popular park, devoted to the conservation of birds of prey. Kids will love the feeding sessions, flying displays and close up encounters.

Longdown Activity Farm - Ashurst
Children can get up close and friendly with pigs, goats, ducks and calves at this family farm, which also features bottle-feeding sessions, tractor rides and play areas.

Manor Farm Country Park - Southampton
Have a great day out with the kids in this 400-acre park. Watch the milking and meet the animals in the Victorian farm then explore miles of trails and three adventure playgrounds.

Paultons Park, Home to Peppa Pig World- Romsey
Family friendly theme park ideal for families with children between the ages of 1 and 14 years old.  With rides suitable for young children such as the Cobra and Edge Rides.  Meet Peppa Pig and friends in the dedicated section of the park, with fully themed and immersive experience with 7 rides an indoor and outdoor playground.

Mid Hants Railway 'Watercress Line' - Alresford
Enjoy the thrill of this heritage steam railway from Alresford to Alton, as well as special Ivor the Engine, Thomas and Friends and Wizard Week events for children.

Whitchurch Silk Mill - Whitchurch
Children can try out weaving, collage, silkpainting, jewellery and badge making at this historic mill and museum, which produces fine silks for theatrical costumes, interior designers and historic houses. Not suitable for very young families.