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Top Places for Under Fives in Dorset and Hampshire

Keeping the little ones active with interesting days out is a great way to get them learning and having fun, especially as up to 90% of brain development is completed by the age of five.

Most of all, we know that making memories is one of the most valuable things you can do with your mini-me, so here's our roundup of some of the best places to keep under 5's entertained, no matter the weather.

• Farmer Palmer's Farm Park

Where? Poole, Dorset. Around 20 minutes from Merley Court & Wilksworth Caravan Park.

Family at farmer palmers

Because we've never met a little tot who doesn't love animals. This family-run farm park is perfect for any youngster, with lots of animals to encounter as well as feeding and handling to get involved with, your little one will have lots of new experiences to remember.

Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park

Where? Near Romsey in Hampshire, just 25 minutes from Oakdene Forest Park.

Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park

It's no secret that Peppa Pig is any toddler's obsession. So you can imagine the delight that will overcome your little one when they discover a whole theme park based around their beloved show! Step into a land full of colour, magic and muddy puddles, plus appearances from their favourite characters.

• Lemur Landings Soft Play

Where? Poole, Dorset. Just 15 minutes from Merley Court.

Kids with face paint in ball park

Soft play is a great way to get young children exploring and learning. And with oodles of space to climb, slide and roll your little ones are sure to have a great time at Lemur Landings. There's also a dedicated Under 5's soft play and sensory area too, so you won't have to worry about the bigger kids.

• The New Forest National Park

Where? Just 15 minutes from Shorefield Country Park, Oakdene & Lytton Lawn.

Mother and daughter walking in the new forest

Getting outdoors is great at any age, and the New Forest can be an amazing place for little ones to stretch their legs and get some fresh air. With lots of puddles to jump into, ponies to meet and new landscapes to take in it makes a great place for young children to learn and get into nature.

Putlake Adventure Farm

Where? Swanage, Dorset. 5 minutes from Swanage Coastal Park.

Girl feeding goat with a bottle

Another great hands-on farm park with lots of animals to meet and daily activities to get involved with. There's also an indoor soft play area for damper days, plus trampolines and tractor rides for any of the little ones who are brave enough.

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