Isle of Man holidays with toddlers - fun places to go

Looking for great family activities in the Isle of Man? 

If you are looking for some top ideas for toddlers while you are on holiday on the Isle of Man, we have some suggestions to keep them entertained on your days out.

 

 

From making cakes to caring for animals, from Isle of Man family walks to places to go when it's raining, there is no shortage of places to take toddlers in the Isle of Man and have some great family fun.

 

Top ideas for toddlers on holiday in the Isle of Man

Have a look at our great ways to entertain toddlers in the Isle of Man, and let us know in the comments below about other fun days out you have heard about.  

 

Fun in the sun

Port Erin beach

The Isle of Man has some beautiful sandy beaches. Port Erin beach is a safe U-shaped bay so you can see the kiddies with ease. With two ice-cream parlours at the beach, you can keep cool. For older kids, there’s a raft, volley ball nets, football goals, kayak and paddle-board hire all on the beach front.

 

Nobles Park Splash Zone

14 spray and soaker features, two changing rooms, plenty of picnic benches, fenced and gated with the water quality tested daily

Details here  

Nobles Park Splash Zone Visit Isle of Man

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Mooragh Park

Water play facility safely tucked into beautiful Mooragh Park in Ramsey, and right next to a coffee shop so you can take them for a  babycino as they dry off. 

Details here

  

Isle of play

Trained playworkers bringing children of all ages the chance to play together. A playscheme that travels the Island to local parks, school playgrounds and glens with a van full of resources including ropes, sheets, go-karts, scooters, nets, pipes, old tyres, pots and pans, and encouraging children to build swings, waterslides, ziplines and dens. Amazing fun, and donations based.

Details here   

 

 

Top Play Parks

Poulsom Park,  Castletown

Right next to the railway station, arrive with your little ones by steam train armed with your picnic, enjoy the toddler area, and let them run around in the expanse of space in this park.

Feed the ducks, have a meander along the footpath, and make a day of it.   

Details here  

 

Onchan Park

A boating lake with gentle motor- boats, battery-operated kiddi-cars, crazy golf, café and soft play area, with lots more for older children too. £5 gets you lots of these activities. 

Details here  

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Tot-Lot, Nobles Park

A real favourite for us when our children were little, this is a safe secure haven of fun, with Central Perk café very close selling drinks, ice creams and toddler friendly for a breather afterwards. 

Details here 

 

 

Family walks in the Isle of Man

Enjoy some lovely Isle of Man walks, practical for buggies.

Port Erin

Start at the lifeboat station, and walk along Port Erin promenade for a nice short meander

 

Port St Mary

Park close to the beach, and walk around the coast South towards the quay and harbour for glorious views.  

 

Arboretum

Enjoy St Johns Arboretum for an explore and feed the ducks

  

Beautiful glens and plantations

Enjoy glens and footpaths on foot, with information of Forestry Warden Walks here

For some other walking ideas if your children are keen, look at this article

 

Douglas

For a good buggy push, Douglas promenade offers a five km return stretch to get up a good pace.

 

Derbyhaven

A wonderful walk around Scarlett. Park by the café, and walk along to look at the boats. Perhaps enjoy the nature trail

Details here

When they're all tired out, enjoy a well-earned lunch at Café Bar 26 or the Bay Green restaurant, or read this article about eateries in the South of the Island for many more to choose from

 

And something more energetic

How about a compromise! "Park run" with a buggy. Every Saturday morning in Nobles Park, Douglas

Details here

 

For a day out for the whole family

St Marks Country Park

Here your children will be taught all about how the animals are cared for on farm tours. There is also a chalk Room where they can express themselves using the chalk walls, an indoor play area with a bouncy castle, sandpit and climbing Wall, and an outside play-park. There is even a road train ride where each child will have a journey to see the Sheep, Goats, Cows and all the other farm animals.

Details here  

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Curraghs Wildlife Park

Sixty breeds of animals, from large cats, birds of prey, primates, Meerkats, Penguins and Red Pandas. talks and feeds, miniature railway, plus adventure playground, enchanted wood, playbarn, trails and boardwalks, and of course the infamous jumping pillow, plus wildlife shop and a fabulous café.

Details here  

Curraghs Wildlife Park 

Home of Rest for Old Horses

With 70 horses and ponies, 11 donkeys and 90 acres for them to roam, it was started in 1950 by two sisters who had seen the way many of the old working horses around the island, having come to the end of their working lives, had nowhere to go. 

Their solution was to provide this safe environment, where the public can say hello to the horses and  feed them. Children can even adopt a horse or a donkey, receive a photo and hear all about how they are getting on throughout the year.  

There is a Café serving homemade cakes, scones, teas and coffees, and a gift shop, and Christmas is absolutely spectacular here.   

Details here  

 

Silverdale and Silverdale Glen

Beautiful surroundings with a fabulous toddlers playground (including a unique Victorian water-powered roundabout), boating lake and café. Enjoy a walk through the glen, feed the ducks, have a spot of lunch and an ice cream, and relax.

Still a favourite for us now even though our children have grown up, we recently discovered the Silverburn Art trail which is worth a follow.

Details here   

 

Exploring the Isle of Man with kids

All aboard the Railways

Your little ones will love travelling around the Isle of Man on heritage transport, and so will you!

Try the Steam Railway, Groudle Railway, Tram to Snaefell summit, the Electric Railway to Laxey, or Horse Tram along Douglas promenade once the new tracks are ready.

Isle of Man Steam Railway

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Details and timetables here

If you would like to look at the heritage sites, here is a five day suggested itinerary with ideas of heritage transport routes to take to get around them.

 

Creative Ideas

Pottery Painting  

Some artistic fun pottery painting at Craftworks Studio in Castletown. Its worth calling in advance to check opening times and booking in.

Details here

 

Cupcake Decorating 

Suitable for all ages, book in advance for this great experience where your children have the chance to decorate 4 cakes, and take them home. They will be provided with all the equipment they need, and even receive a certificate and a photograph in the beautiful tea parlour.

You can enjoy a cuppa while your kiddies are creating their masterpieces.    

Details here

 

Softplay areas 

The Cub House, Ballasalla

Soft and sensory play centre in Ballasalla. A Bear/camping themed soft play area from birth to around 6 years old, plus a sensory garden and barrista coffee.

Details here

 

Jumping Jacks, Douglas 

Soft play area for children under 4 years. Made up of soft building blocks, tunnels and balls this area encourages the curiosity of your child; exploring through the different colours and textures of their surroundings. There is a maximum of 20 children so book early to avoid disappointment. 

Details here  

 

Dragons Castle, Douglas

Soft play, various session times. Hot and cold food can also be purchased here

Details here

 

The Fun Barn

Soft play, plus other activities and entertainment for older children too including laser blast and roller skating 

Details here  

 

Toddler classes and groups

I would recommend looking at these fabulous sites for up to date events :  

Kids on the Rock

Isle of Man baby classes and groups

 

Do you know other great ways to entertain toddlers in the Isle of Man?

Let us know in the comments below and we will include it in our guest book

Tag us into your pics when you are out on your family friendly activities, on Instagram  and Facebook at @seasidecottages.im so it helps our guests and readers enjoy everything that the Isle of Man has to offer for all ages. 

 

Luxury family holiday cottages in the UK – Seaside Cottages

We have two beach cottages with families in mind, with everything you need for a self catering family holiday. Travel cots and high chairs are provided, and a separate z-bed can be out into one of the large master bedrooms if you would like to be closer to your toddler.

Our beach-front location is perfect for a UK Staycation. 

Each cottage sleeps six, and they are dog friendly too! Sleepover tents can be booked for midweek stays so your little ones can have an extra treat. Check out this article for more details.   

Palm Villa

Palm Villa Port Erin Holiday Cottage

 

  

 

 



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Would you like to see our other articles about the Isle of Man, and amazing things to do while you are here? 

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