As part of our last week’s superhero theme and this weeks rainforest theme we took a trip to Sheffield to the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre.
I’ve got to admit that despite living in Yorkshire my entire life it was only recently that I learned about this attraction. We love finding new places to visit that appeal to both Corey and Anya and this definitely ticked the right boxes.
Tropical Butterfly House is located just off Junction 31 of the M1 meaning it only took us around an hour to get there from Leeds. It was really easy to find and there was plenty of parking available on arrival.
We purchased a explorer family pass for £37.50, although if I’d remembered beforehand I had a voucher we could have used to get £5 off the price. Although you can purchase food at the ticket kiosk to feed the animals, we arrived a little too late and it had all gone.
There is also a fantastic calendar of events throughout the holidays including Halloween Trails and Santa’s Grotto meaning you can visit throughout the year.
1. Free Flying Bird Display
We were lucky enough to arrive just in time for the free flying bird display and promptly took our seats in the arena. We got to see some amazing birds really close up as well as some rats. My favourite was definitely the owl, although the kids loved the macaws.
After the display we headed over to the picnic area for lunch. On this occasion we had taken our own packed lunch but there is a small cafe serving a selection freshly prepared meals and light bites, some lovely looking cakes and a selection of hot and cold drinks.
2. Tropical Butterfly House
The butterfly house is similar to Tropical World in Leeds and we love visiting there. We managed to spend a good 30 minutes in the tropical setting watching the butterflies fluttering around and eating pieces of fruit and Corey was intrigued by the ants carrying their leaf pieces along a rope. Although it didn’t do much, I personally liked the fruit bat.
We also spotted some poisonous frogs, caimans and marmoset monkeys while we were there.
Although mildly intrigued by the small nocturnal room with snakes, spiders and scorpions the kids made their way through it rather quickly.
3. Animal Encounters
During our visit we got to see so many different animals from meerkats to tortoises; birds of prey to otters. In the farm area we got to interact with some cheeky goats and a Shetland pony as well as some large rabbits.
We had hoped to venture into Lemur Heights, but unfortunately on this occasion, we didn’t get chance to explore this area as the kids both needed a toilet stop just as the doors opened.
There are multiple encounters throughout the day in the various areas of the park, all of which are shown on the leaflet your receive on arrival.
3. Outdoor Play Areas
After exploring all the animal areas we headed down to the outdoor play areas. The weather wasn’t quite warm enough to play in the splash park but we had a good half an hour on the Camelot Play Area and go karts.
4. Dinosaur Trail
The kids loved the dinosaur trail complete with roars as we made our way around the park, we also popped into the bird hide on the way to see if we could see anything through the binoculars.
5. Everything Else
We had a fantastic day out and there was a lot more to do that I’d originally thought.
Even though we spend a good 4 hours there we still didn’t quite experience everything the park had to offer and we will definitely be back again to see what we missed, particularly Lemur Heights and the Tractor Rides.
The seasonal activities also look fantastic so we might check out them later in the year.
The park was really clean, with lots of hand washing stations around. It was easy to find your way around too.