KEEPING the kids entertained is no easy task, but – with nature reserves, animal adventures, plenty of all-weather attractions and great family walks – Barrow has plenty of activities to keep the family happy all day long. the day.
Learn about the city’s heritage at the free Dock Museum, with rock finds and Viking treasures. Kids will love seeing the model submarines and on sunny days they can run around freely on the fantastic sea-themed outdoor adventure playground.
An exciting new interactive research module is also set to open this summer, which will include a library archive of fascinating images and videos available for public viewing.
For open spaces, Barrow Park spans 45 acres and is renowned for its beautiful grounds, abundance of trees, and beautiful flowerbeds.
Meanwhile, the Walney Nature Reserves are perfect for a family adventure where you can find diverse wildlife – from natterjack toads to beautiful birds, and miles of sandy beaches to explore.
South Walney Nature Reserve also offers great views over Morecambe Bay and is home to Cumbria’s only colony of gray seals.
South Lakes Wildlife Park is another must-see for nature lovers. It is home to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals and actively plays a key role in breeding programs for these species.
Kids can get up close during feeding time and learn about the fascinating creatures that live here, or even try “being a keeper for the day” with the zoo’s bookable experiences.
If your little ones need to burn off some energy, you can try the exhilarating ‘Urban Extreme’ indoor skate park – the first of its kind in Cumbria. This huge indoor park is perfect for scooters, BMXs and skateboards, with equipment available to rent on site.
For outdoor action, the Abbey Circular Family Walk is a great choice for a stroller-friendly walk in Barrow. This short circular walk passes the iconic Furness Abbey, which makes a great halfway stop for the kids to run around and explore the 12th century ruins.
Or for a fantastic range of family entertainment, look no further than the Forum. Barrow’s premier arts and theater center regularly hosts international and local artists.
Past acts have included everyone from big-name comedians to circus performances and engaging children’s science shows.
The city also has an exciting events program for the year ahead, with plenty of fun family events in the works.
Discover Dino Day on Saturday 21st May will see downtown Barrow transformed into a Jurassic period with all manner of dinosaurs from tiny babies to the ferocious T-Rex!
See www.visitbarrow.org.uk for more ideas and inspiration.