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South Wales Echo - - FAMILY FUN -

T’S not al­ways easy tak­ing out a tod­dler.

They tend to be very en­er­getic, very de­mand­ing and very prone to tem­per tantrums. So when you do want to get out of the house with the lit­tle one in tow, it’s al­ways far nicer to go some­where toddlers are made to feel wel­come.

And that’s why we’ve rounded up some of the most tod­dler-friendly places and events in the Welsh cap­i­tal that will keep your kids amused and happy.

If you want to go some­where for a cof­fee that of­fers guilt-free plea­sures for you and your lit­tle one, head to this friendly cafe in the heart of Whitchurch.

It’s per­fect for breast­feed­ing mums with a Cariad’s “Love You” menu that de­liv­ers fuel to you and the baby. Toddlers can get stuck into some sump­tu­ous smooth­ies and chil­dren’s meals like que­sadilla panini piz­zas, toasties or pasta with home­made sauce.

It also of­fers mummy mas­sages, hosts kids’ par­ties and baby show­ers and will soon be of­fer­ing cup­cake

Once a month, dur­ing term time, pre-school chil­dren take pri­or­ity on Techniquest’s ex­hi­bi­tion floor.

There are ad­di­tional ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing sto­ry­time, mini-disco and craft ta­bles, all aimed at en­cour­ag­ing young chil­dren to take their first steps in sci­ence.

The bright colours on the ex­hi­bi­tion floor ap­peal to young chil­dren, who are en­cour­aged to ex­plore. Techniquest is also buggy-friendly, with nappy-chang­ing fa­cil­i­ties and lock­ers avail­able.

Where: Stu­art Street, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5BW

Con­tact: 029 2047 5475

The Clore Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre of­fers hand-on ex­plo­ration of mu­seum ob­jects and lets lit­tle ones get to grips with some of the 7.5 mil­lion items that are nor­mally buried away in stores.

Tod­dler time hap­pens be­tween 1pm and 4pm ev­ery Fri­day dur­ing term time.

Where: Na­tional Mu­seum Cardiff, Cathays Park, CF10 3NP

Con­tact: 0300 111 2333

The Cardiff Story is the first mu­seum where vis­i­tors can see the story of the city through the eyes of its peo­ple, tucked inside the beau­ti­ful and his­toric Old Li­brary build­ing in the heart of the city cen­tre.

For one Fri­day each month the mu­seum gal­leries are trans­formed into a tod­dler and baby zone – with play, rhymes, sto­ries, de­tec­tive trails, craft, messy play, mu­sic and more. Dinky Dragons takes place on the sec­ond Fri­day of each month from 10am-3pm.

There are 11am and 1pm rhyme time and story time ses­sions and it’s free en­try.

Where: The Old Hayes, CF10 1BH

Con­tact: 029 2034 6214 Li­brary, The

The cen­tre is open from 10am ev­ery day with free ac­tiv­i­ties and per­for­mances to keep all the fam­ily en­ter­tained.

Tod­dler Time takes place from 11am-2.30pm and you can take your tot for some singing, danc­ing, play­ing and cre­at­ing. Where: Bute Place, CF10 5AL Con­tact: 029 2063 6464 This is a great day out for ex­plor­ers of all ages.

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