Coventry. The home of the sky blues, Coventry blaze, and wasps. Lady godivas famous naked street walk well she rode on horse.. My home town for the last 27 years being my whole life. Growing up I had the privilege of a great child hood visiting many places in and out of the city. As a parent of toddlers I’m always looking for new places to visit and let the caged monkey run free!
My top turn to places to visit are :
1. Coombe Abbey Country Park.
We visit here at least once a month. With its multiple parks, lakes and forests it’s a lovely day out. Pack a picnic and other than the small parking fee it’s a free day out. With cafe and public toilets also. It offers many paths for long or short forest adventures and also offers trails of concrete for pushchairs and wheelchair access. Perfectly for a family day out for all ages. Dogs welcome. Duck feed can also be brought inside the shop.
2. Jam Jam Boomerang
We have visited this play centre many times and we held coreys 3rd birthday party here. With the bigger play area for over 4s it also offers a smaller area close to the chairs for under 4s with combi cars to use. Next to this is a soft play area for babies. They offer a toddler and mother time slot where they bring out dress up clothing and ride ons. With its own cafe offering a great cheap menu it’s a cheap day out. Small fee entry. Very clean and safe. Great value party packages including food.
3. Coventry sport and leisure centre
The swimming baths offer 3 swimming pools. The splash area used for leisure swimming with children, this also has a slide inside and is close to the changing rooms. The Olympic swimming for training and leisure. And a separate pool used for swimming lessons and aqua baby classes. Reasonable prices and plenty parking located in the town centre. The AT7 centre is also a good swimming pool centre to try out they also host a party room and packages.
4. Midland air museum
The air museum is a great day out. It is located next to Coventry airport and show cases all the old war planes and helicopters. Planes are open and you can walk inside the hangers. If your lucky enough like we were an engineer happen to be working on a plane we went in and he took the kids up into the cot pit to sit in the pilot seats. Lots of planes to look at inside and out. A small fee but well worth it for any plane enthusiasts like Corey!. Also has a small shop inside selling plane like toys. Crafts to build at home to!.
5. Red kangaroo trampoline park.
The title is quite self explanatory! The trampoline park offers sessions for all ages and abilities. It is however a book before arrival. They are offer a viewing platform for the parents, cafe and have 4 party rooms available for booking. They have also recently added a soft play for ages 0-8. A great way to burn of monkey energy!
6. Coventry war memorial park
The memorial park is also one of our top favourite parks to visit. With its water area that offer alot of fun in the summer with water showers and spouts. The play area is all sanded and kept very clean. It’s also the home to the free Godiva festival in the summer which attractions thousands of visitor over its 3 days. The Godiva festival is spread of 3-4 fields with live music, fair grounds, stalls and food stands. We attend Godiva every year and we love it. The memorial park itself is kept spotless and also has a bird view building. Ice cream vans and bouncy castle are also there in height of summer.
7. Skydome and ice planet.
The skydom cinema hosts all the latest film showings with 9 cinema screens inside for reasonable prices. They also have children only viewings where by the prices are more than half priced the normal ticket prices perfect for a family day out. These are usual shown at weekends and half terms. Planet ice is coventrys only ice skating arena and also home to the Coventry blaze ice hockey team. Sessions also include music and disco lights usually at weekends. Ice skating lessons are also available. Skate hire or own skate use.
8. Tenpin bowling alley Coventry.
Tenpin bowling alley offering of course bowling to state the obvious. However it also had a laser quest, arcade and sports bar. Food can also be purchased from the the restaurant. Party packages are available. Next the bowling there is also a Pizza Hut, Frankie and bennys, Nando’s, cinema and other restaurants also perfect for hosting parties.
9. Tiny Tim’s purple planet play area.
Purple planet is a play area suitable for ages 0-12. We have visited here many times due to the location of being in the town centre, making it easy to pop into while shopping to let the kids run free. Has a nice little cafe and seating area. Clean toliet area and also offers party packages. A small entry fee of around £2 per child. It is smaller than normal play areas but still great fun for the kids.
10. Coventry transport museum
Coventry Transport Museum is Home to all the old famous cars and buses of Coventry. Full of Coventry history. It’s a great family day out. I have very fond memories of the museum as a child and I recently took my children to visit the Santa’s grotto at Christmas which offers a ride on sleigh to Santa and lots of props for picture opportunities. The museum itself is built on different levels and each car is set in its own setting and era such as horse and carriages with sound effects, the blitz simulator and thrust ride ( the fastest car on earth) . Activities and interactive setting throughout. Also in the town centre opposite the main bus station. Cafe and shop inside.
So these are my top 10 places to visit. Leave a comment of yours and let me know if you’ve visited any of these!
Thanks for reading x