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Jersey is full of things to do for families, whether you are adventure seekers, sunbathers, or history lovers. There are activities for kids spread out across the whole island so no matter where you stay, you’ll always be close to entertainment.
The Pallot Steam and Motor Museum is located on the Rue de Bechet in the Trinity Parish and is a fascinating insight into the island’s mechanical history. The museum contains a large collection of engines and steam locos, vintage, commercial, military and classic vehicles, as well as bicycles and toys, tractors, barn engines, agricultural implements and nostalgic photographs. A great activity for future racer car drivers, or simply for those with an interest in motoring.
Rock pooling is a great way to get out and about in the fresh air to explore what wildlife the island has to offer. There are many places with rockpools on the island including around Plemont Bay, Corbière Lighthouse, and St Brelade’s Bay. As the tide draws back and the rockpools appear, you can find anything from little crabs, to brightly coloured fish and sea anemones. The trick is to stay quiet and move gently to let the creatures feel safe enough to move around.
Coronation Park, also known as Milbrook Park, is a great place to visit with the kids as there are two different playgrounds there catering for all ages. There is an outdoor paddling pool in the summer months to cool off, though the park is only minutes away from St Aubin’s Bay. There is a large stretch of grass there which is perfect for picnics, or as a place to sit and watch the kids go wild in the playgrounds while enjoying an ice cream from the café on site.
Rocco’s Mini Golf at Les Mielles Activity Centre is an exciting way for the whole family to practice their putting skills, in a fun and creative 18-hole course. Players can group up to teams of 5 so you could either play as a family or split up and get competitive! The course is open to all ages and no previous golfing experience is required.
The Aqua Splash Leisure Centre is in St Helier on the waterfront, next to the cinema complex, and is a great day out for the whole family. There are two pools: one for leisure with flumes, waves, a lazy river and tyre rides, and one for fitness with 25m lanes. For the family members who just need a break and some time out, there is an adjacent sauna and health spa for the ultimate relaxation.
The aMaizin Adventure Park is in the west of the island in the St Peter Parish, close to St Ouen. The park has lots of activities indoors and outdoors, making it ideal for any time of year. Inside, you’ll find a soft play area with another section for sitting and eating. Outdoors, there’s go-karting, goldmining, and much more! Make sure you don’t miss their barnyard animals including lambs, guinea pigs, and a Shetland pony.
Jersey Bowl is the only tenpin bowling centre on the island and is conveniently located only minutes away from St Aubin’s in the south, and St Ouen’s in the west. Not only does the centre have 18 lanes for bowling, but it also has a wide range of arcade games where the whole family can get involved. There is an a la carte restaurant and sports bar so all members of the family can be kept entertained, whether that’s bowling, eating, or gaming!
The Valley Activity Centre is a hub of adventure in the St Brelade region of Jersey. Here, you can find lots of activities both indoor and out that are fun for the whole family. Why not try out your Robin Hood impression with some archery? Or maybe let the kids get even with a game of laser combat? For a less competitive option, you can go aerial trekking up in the trees and enjoy the views from the treetops while tackling through the obstacles on the course.
Sameres Manor and the Rural Life museum is a great option that will keep the whole family happy. The gardens are full of a variety of wildlife with a playpark to tire out any youngsters with extra energy. Outside, you can get involved with the family nature quiz, and explore the willow labyrinth and jungle path. There are guided tours around the manor where you will find an insight into the history of the building, and you can also visit the Carriage Museum, where you will discover the history of transport on the island.
Monkey House Jersey is an amazing play centre located at the top of the Tree Top Family Bar and Restaurant. The fun includes slides, climbing nets, soft ball pits, and much more! With a special area cordoned off for the extra-young ones, and a seating area for the grown-ups to supervise, the whole family can go along. The Tree Top Bar serves up all the classics including pizzas, burgers, rotisserie-style chicken and locally caught fish – a perfect dinner out with extra fun for the kids.
The Hamptonne Country Life Museum dates back to the 15th century and is the perfect place for visitors to discover the fascinating history of rural life on the island. You can explore the different buildings that make up Hamptonne, and even see inside the cider barn and browse the cider apple orchards to get an insight into the island’s cider production. In the orchard, you can make friends with the calves, chickens, and piglets who roam there before enjoying a quaint afternoon tea in the courtyard.
Perfect for rainy days, Cineworld Jersey is the island’s only cinema and is located in the buzzing capital of St Helier, right on the waterfront by the Aqua Splash. Here, you can watch the latest blockbuster films on the big screen, or even in 4DX where you can have an entire sensory experience with wind, smells, and water simulators. Of course, there are the typical snacks available on offer for you to munch through your screening. Or, sit in the VIP area for unlimited snacks throughout the whole film!
The Havres des Pas Bathing Pool is a pool in the popular Havres des Pas beach on the outskirts of St Helier that fills up during high tide, leaving a safe and shallow bathing pool at low tide. The pool is perfect to help youngsters grow more confident with their swimming, and the Victorian setting creates the perfect backdrop for an idyllic day out. The sun-bathing terrace, café and bar means that every family member will be happy.
Jersey Adventures is a hub of fun , on the east of the island in the parish of St Martin. Here, you can get outdoors and take part in activities such as climbing, kayaking, coasteering, and blo-karting (wind-powered carting). The activities can be based across the whole island, so it is a great way to see bits of Jersey that you wouldn’t otherwise! Fully trained instructors will make sure you are all safe and able to enjoy whatever activity you to do the full.
Reg’s garden is a little haven of magic on the south-west of the island. The garden was created by Reg Langois and is a tranquil space where the only entry cost is a donation that goes straight towards the BBC Children in Need Trust. The garden is full of ponds, bridges, pathways and waterfalls that create a truly bewitching place. If you look carefully, you’ll be able to spot fairy-tale characters such as Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. Perfect for anyone who needs a bit of magic in their life
At Les Mielles Activity Centre, you can try something completely different where the whole family can get competitive. Suitable for ages 8+, laser clay pigeon shooting is a challenging yet rewarding experience where you can compete against your family to see who can hit the most clays. It’s time to show the grown-ups that the eldest might not necessarily be the best shooters!
St Brelade’s Bay is one of Jersey’s most popular beaches and was voted as one of TripAdvisor’s top 3 beaches in the UK in 2019. One of the reasons for this is its beautifully soft golden sand. The south-west position of the bay means that when the tide goes out, you can walk out far to the sea and enjoy more sandy space for sunbathing and castle-making. Most importantly, the beach is lined with plenty of places to pick up an ice cream to treat yourself for your hard day’s work.
Laneez is one of the water sports centres that lies on the beautiful west coast of St Ouen’s. Run by brother and sister, Laneez aims to create a perfect family-friendly space for activityand relaxation. As well as enjoying playing boardgames on the beach, you can take part in a scavenger hunt where teams will have to work together on foot to complete challenges and gain points – a great way to explore more of the beautiful island.
There are three different marinas in St Helier, and each of them have their own charm and character: La Collette Marina, St Helier Marina, and Elizabeth Marina. Combined, there is enough room for around 1000 boats, including super yachts! There is nothing better than strolling along the promenade eyeing up which boats are your favourite. Of course, there are plenty of places to pick up an ice cream or hot drink to make your stroll that little bit more exciting.
Jersey makes the most out of its gorgeous landscape with its 48 miles of green lanes, where there is a 15mph limit to encourage safe cycling and walking instead of driving. This means it’s easy to ride across Jersey on two wheels safely so the whole family can get their fix of fresh air! Not taking a car means you have more freedom to go off-road and see the hidden sights of the island. There are numerous places where you can hire bicycles and you’ll be able to find safe bikes in a range of sizes.