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Keeping your little ones happy and free from having tantrums; Some of the best toddler-friendly places to visit in the Welsh capital.

T'S not always easy taking out a toddler.

IThey 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.

1. Cariad Kitchen 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 workshops and disco diva parties. | Where: 17-19 Penlline Road, Whitchurch, CF14 2AA | Contact: 029 2061 4656 2. Techniquest 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 3. National Museum Cardiff 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 4. Cardiff Story Museum 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 Library, The Hayes, CF10 1BH | Contact: 029 2034 6214 5. Wales Millennium Centre 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 6. St Fagans National History Museum This is a great day out for explorers of all ages.

Set in a mixture of beautiful open grounds and ancient woodland, the museum has re-erected more than 40 original historic buildings to show you how Welsh families have lived, worked and played through the ages.

Meet friendly craftspeople such as the clogmaker and blacksmith, and learn about weaving and milling flour. There are cows and sheep roaming as well as ducks, hens or even piglets down on Llwyn-yr-Eos Farm.

There's plenty of open space to run around and explore, and if all that fresh air has tired them out, catch a lift on a tractor ride and visit the restaurant, which sells children's meals and lunchboxes, or there are plenty of outdoor spaces for you to eat your own picnic. | Where: St Fagans, CF5 6XB | Contact: 0300 111 2333 7. The Cedar Tree Farm If you're looking for somewhere to eat with a toddler, this Farmhouse Inn is a fab choice.

It serves generous portions of food and has a daily specials board, as well as a carvery and salad bar within the restaurant.

And the cake and ice-creams are amazing.

The kids play area is fab. It has a Wii, PlayStations and Gameboys. Toddlers get their own soft play section.

There is also free wifi if you want to reconnect with the world while the kids are playing.

| Where: Ferry Road, Grangetown, CF11 0JR | Contact: 02920 341823 8. The Plum Tree Make no mistake that the kids are welcome at this Canton pub - there is even a pram park INSIDE so you don't have to weave your way around the tables.

There are also board games to keep the little ones entertained while you all enjoy the varied menu which has everything from tapas to burgers for the adults and homemade meatballs, macaroni cheese and fish fingers for the kids. Desserts are only PS1 too. | Where: 160-162 Cowbridge Road East, CF11 9ND | Contact: 02920 225235 9. Parc Play Not only can children play inside here, but there's an undercover outdoor section so you can get some fresh air without getting wet.

Kids can whizz down the slides or tackle the climbing wall.

The toddler section will remind you of Tellytubbyland, while the play equipment is suitable for older children so siblings of different ages can all enjoy the fun.

There is a midweek toddler offer which is PS1.75 for under-twos, PS3 for two to threes before 3pm Monday to Thursday. | Where: Curran Embankment, CF10 5DX | Contact: 029 2034 5696 10. Infinity Toddlers are notorious for having plenty of energy and they get to have a piece of the jumping action at this indoor trampoline park.

They can build a castle out of foam and chase Godzilla at the toddler sessions which are for ages one to five who get the whole park without any big people!

Sessions are held daily at 10am to 11am Monday to Sunday.

| Where: St Catherine's Park, Pengam Road, CF24 2RZ | Contact: 029 2000 3323 11. Cefn Mably Farm Park Open daily from 10am to 5pm, this farm park is set in the countryside between Cardiff and Newport and features farm animals and soft play areas - two things that toddlers really love.

Down on the farm, children can feed and hold some of the animals, go on pony rides and race go-karts. There are also diggers undercover if you need to escape the rain.

| Where: Began Road, CF3 6XL | Contact: 01633 680312 12. Mountain View Ranch The free range outdoor adventure centre runs spontaneous toddler days during term time if the weather is good so you just need to make sure you keep an eye on its Facebook page.

There is a fantastic Gruffalo Trail there where little ones get the chance to take the trail and bump into characters from the famous children's book. | Where: Heol Pen-y-Bryn, Tongwynlais, Caerphilly, CF83 1NG | Contact: 029 2088 6666 13. The Heron Marsh A pub offering a wide range of dishes served all day, seven days a week.

Famous for its chargrilled food served on sizzling skillets, it's great value for money and there are loads of options for the kids, from scampi to chicken curry and desserts like Spongebob Ice-cream pots, Bill's mega sundae or jelly.

And, most importantly for frazzled parents who need five minutes' peace, it's also got a Wacky Warehouse indoor soft play area which the kids will love.

While you chill out, they can dash around the soft play structure which has aerial runs, cargo nets and astro slides as well as a toddler area with squishy shapes for little ones to play with.

| Where: St Mellons, Cardiff, CF3 2UZ | Contact: 029 2077 0700 14. Greenmeadow Community Farm Baby and Toddler Tuesdays run every Tuesday from the start of February until the end of November, including the school holidays.

Each week sees different taster sessions from local baby and toddler groups, such as music and singing, baby yoga, gymnastics, baby sensory, baby bushcraft, first aid for children and so on. There's also plenty of animals to see and activities across the farm, including tractor rides.

| Where: Greenmeadow Community Farm, Greenforge Way, Cwmbran, NP44 5AJ | Contact: 01633 647662 15. Three Horse Shoes, Barry With a PS6.45 Eat & Play option, this family pub has a play barn for children up to 12 years old so it's the perfect place to eat and let the toddlers run around.

You can also upgrade to PS8.95 which includes a meal, drink, ice cream and a sweet mix.

There is also an outside play area and a beer garden with covered domes.

| Where: Three Horseshoes, Moulton, near Barry CF62 3AB | Contact: 01446 710428 16. Ikea OK, so it's not the first place you might think to take a toddler but it's actually fab. There is a creche where you can drop them off for a play while you have a look around, there is also a play area, nursing room, toddler friendly dining with free fruit or baby food and lots of toys to play with, and free hot drinks during the week for family card members.

| Where: Ferry Road, CF11 0JR. | Contact: 0203 645 0000
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 29, 2017
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