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9 Fun Toddler Activities in Hamilton

Looking for fun toddler activities in Hamilton? Here are some great ideas that will provide educational experiences, teach them about nature and the importance of all living creatures, help them understand their immediate environment and relationships with others, and enable them to build memories to cherish forever.

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Fun activities with your toddlers provide educational experiences, teach them about the beauty of nature and the importance of all living creatures, help them understand their immediate environment and relationships with others, and enable them to build memories to cherish forever. Here is our pick of fun toddler activities in Hamilton that you can enjoy anytime or in selected seasons. 

List of Fun Toddler Activities in Hamilton

Toddler activities in Hamilton Zoo

Hamilton Zoo, a more than 25 hectares of open or specially-designed closed spaces, must be your first stop as your child will love meeting the residents here.
From exotic giraffes, “smart” chimpanzees, “serious” tigers, and “smiling” meerkats to cuddly red pandas, phenomenal birds, and impressive rhinos, the Zoo becomes the favourite pass time of many toddlers, curious to explore, learn and have fun as they study various animals. More than 500 animals, including tamarins, spider monkeys, geckos, and lemurs, await their visitors, children and adults alike.

Also known as the “Steam Museum,” this museum provides guided tours that help the little ones learn more about trains, field trips, STE(a)M workshops, and other activities that will keep them “busy” for a while.

The venue organises events like Train Days with the Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers, held on selected summer days, and The Electric City Festival, hosted in September. If your child loves boats, the location organises the Boats in the Park event in partnership with the Confederation Marine Modellers in May.

Lake Rotoroa, also known as Hamilton Lake domain, provides a beautiful outdoor experience for toddlers. Here they can feed the free-roaming ducklings, explore the treetop playground, ride their bikes in the designated areas, or enjoy a healthy snack at your family picnic. The venue offers dragon boating on the lake for active children, while the older, science-prone children can engage in radio-controlled boat racing.
You can also enjoy a long, healthy walk or play with your family dog in the off-leash location.

More Fun Toddler Activities in Hamilton

Toddler activities in Hamilton Dominion Park

The Dominion Park, located close to Nawton, West Hamilton, will make your toddlers crawl, jump, run, play, and have so much fun that they will want to return soon.
The climbing towers, slides, swings, and sand and water play will keep the little ones happy for hours while the older children can practice their cricket skills or engage in other sports at the two sports fields nearby.

To conclude a fun day, you can have a BBQ or watch the sunset on the park benches spread around the location.

Splashing water is one of the toddler activities in hamilton

Splashing in the water is one of the most beloved activities of children, and Waterworld is the perfect place to enjoy a day in the sun with your little one.
With a pool specially designed for toddlers and five others for everybody, this venue has everything a child could want, from hydro-slides to splash pads.
Here you can have a barbeque or a picnic, take swimming lessons and go to the gym.
The venue has showers, changing areas, and lockers so you can spend a carefree day in the hot summer.

The Hamilton Gardens is a rare sight, smell, and touch treat. The collections here, like the greenhouses in the Victorian Flower Garden, the Chinese Scholars’ Gardens, and the Indian Char Bah, offer a spectacle of colours and vivacity and show toddlers a glimpse of nature’s loveliness.

For more active children, the Gardens provide a playground with swings, slides, and a climbing tower to explore while enjoying outdoor playing.
There is a garden discovery activity available that your children can get engaged in if you print the Children’s Discovery Trail before coming to visit, and the centre has a place where you can rest and have something to eat.

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toddler activities in Hamilton

“Balloons over Waikato” is one of the finest toddler activities in Hamilton and a preferred destination for many residents for five days during the autumn season.

Voted six times as the “Best Waikato Event” by the people of Hamilton, this festival will make your toddlers keep their eyes on the sky, scouting the flight of the balloons flown here from around the world.

The event hosts fun activities like carnival rides, live stage entertainment, and spectacular fireworks.
Book the dates into your agenda; your toddler will be delighted you did!
Meet the farm residents at the Taitua Arboretum

Located just outside Hamilton, Taitua Arboretum offers a delightful escape from the city rush.
Here, your toddler can meet the chickens, feed the cows and ducks, play barefoot in the grass, spot birds, discover lakes, or stroll on different trails. The family dog is welcome as long as you keep him on a lead, and you can even have a healthy picnic on location while admiring the landscape.

The Strawberry Farm offers children the chance to see how strawberries are grown and how they reach their plates as delicious snacks after being planted in the ground. Moreover, the little ones will be able to pick strawberries by themselves and take them home to prepare a few healthy snacks.

When the children are tired of picking, they can take an active break in the playground, where they can play with wooden helicopters and aeroplanes.
This experience will teach the little ones to appreciate better what the earth provides and discover the many ways strawberries are found in our meals.

Another highlight of this visit is the strawberry ice cream tasting offered at the end of the tour, a culinary treat for children and parents!
Punnet café, part of the farm, waits for guests with coffee, tea, cake, and delicious meals, while the Country Providore has gifts for your dear ones and foods provided by local producers.

Spending time with your child by engaging in fun toddler activities in Hamilton is an excellent opportunity to strengthen the bond you share, learn new things, explore new places, and have a few laughs together!

If you are visiting Auckland, check out our suggestions for toddler activities in Auckland.

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Tanya Vester
Tanya Vester
Our sons attended Bright beginnings early leaning Centre and absolutely loved it. They attended Manuka and Kowhai rooms, and later also Pohutukawa room. The teachers in all three rooms were just SO lovely, caring, attentive and supported their learning journeys and communicated the children’s achievements with us. We are so thankful for the time our kids were able to spend there, and the kids made great memories for life. We highly recommend BBELC to anyone looking for a child care center. We had to leave due to moving overseas and will miss BBELC so much!!!
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Sukhpreet Singh Mediratta
"I don't think I can express in words the gratitude I feel towards you all. My child, Amrin have learnt so much in your care that will stay with her for life. I believe their fondest memories of childhood will include many of you - I truly hope you are all extremely proud your efforts with our children. Thank you for all the wonderful support and care you have given to my daughter. This Centre is a very special place and she has grown so much in your nurturing, inspiring and challenging environment. You are really helping her to prepare for her school foundation." Actually, this is a second home for Amrin, she started her journey from BBELC, Auckland and will leave for school from here. Thanks to all the teachers, If I start typing the names, the list will be so long. In last especially I should not forget Nikita, who is so understanding and caring towards kids as well as families. Thank you with much love."
Anaru Pui
Anaru Pui
We've had our daughter Waikohu pui in the center for over 1 year now And she has Developed into such a beautiful kind person and has gained some great life skills and experiences thank you to all the teachers for there support and care with our baby girl making life alot easier knowing shes getting great education and Aroha (Love) from all the teachers at her Kura ( school ) thanks again ❤️ from the Pui whanau
Jagroop Kaur
Jagroop Kaur
Teachers are very kind and patient. Also they encourage children to learn in different indoor and outdoor activities. I am so pleased in POHUTUKAWA room the teacher do the school transition program, which is really helpful to the kids enter the primary school in the future. Thanks all teacher who support VIRASAT and other kids there quite well.
anne dela cruz
anne dela cruz
We have been with BBELC Hamilton since 2020 during the peak of pandemic and I never doubted to bring my children here knowing that they are on a safe place and the team are all aware of the best health and safety plan to ensure that everyone in the centre are safe. The centre is the BEST for me in terms of CLEANLINESS (the place os very tidy), SAFETY OF CHILDREN (only parents/caregivers can enter the premises on their pin coded door), FRIENDLY STAFF (you will be greeted by a very friendly receptionist, you can talk to the teachers about your concern with your child), OPEN DOOR POLICY (Manager’s door is open all times for parents for any concern or question), NUTRICIOUS FOOD for our kids, SCHOOL READINESS PROGRAM (table activities, book reading, sharing with others, simple literacy), MAT TIME IS THE BEST as the kids learn to socialize, listen to teachers, story telling, yoga, dance time, music time,etc. and they also held PARENTS TIME where we can chat with the teacher about our kids, meet other parents, share experiences and strategies, parents gets treat and gift on special occasion like mother’s day and father’s day that will definitely make your day as a parent. And lastly for few years now, my kids have enjoyed their Christmas party where they get gift and enjoy bouncy castle, it’s simple but the experience and memories will be lifetime. THANKS TO ALL THE STAFF AND TEACHERS OF BBELC Hamilton! KUDOS TO ALL YOUR HARDWORK AND DEDICATION. CHEERS TO MANY MORE YEARS OF SUCCESS! - DELA CRUZ Family ( Robb and Reuben)
I love BBELC and my child love it too. As parents ,my husband and I deeply appreciate the staff being friendly ,kind ,patient ,role models and caring .The educators work well with parents to achieve the children’s developmental goals , the manager Leonie and Teachers Mari, Kathryn, Summer and Emma really care about the children and very welcoming. The childcare is secure and this gives us peace of mind in knowing that our little ones are in good hands and safe . The classrooms are clean and nicely decorated. I highly recommend sending your child to this center. It’s become our second home.
BBELC is an awesome environment for my daughter to learn and grow through different types of activities. All the staffs are friendly, supportive and helpful. Highly recommended to all.
Neda Bolouri
Neda Bolouri
A safe, happy and caring place for our children.
Norvega Bantang
Norvega Bantang
Bright Beginnings Early Learning Centre - Hamilton is like a second home to my 2 little girls. They are very supportive of the children’s early learning and individual development. The rooms are spacious, warm and cozy and provide different kinds of resources for the children to explore. My girls are always excited to go to kindy every morning. Since I have also recently become part of this centre, it’s good to know and see for myself how things work in the centre and how very passionate the staff are in looking after every child like they are family. As a parent, it gives me the peace of mind that my children are in good hands and are well taken cared of. Definitely made the right decision to enroll our children here.
Diana Villa-Ignacio
Diana Villa-Ignacio
BBELC is a wonderful centre which caters to quality care and learning of children. We take pride in our relationship with parents , whanau and children having positive environment, open communication, flexibility, catering to children needs and working alongside parent's aspiration for their children. Feel free to come and see our Hamilton centre. We will be happy to show you around and be part of our Bright Beginnings Family.

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