The Ultimate Guide To Chessington With Toddlers

Gruffalo River Ride - Chessington with toddlers

The ultimate guide to days out at Chessington with toddlers. Find out if Chessington is good for toddlers, and the best rides for 1 and 2 year olds at Chessington.

Should I Take My Toddler To Chessington?

Yes! Children under the age of 3 are free at Chessington, and there are more than 18 rides and attractions just for toddlers. Toddlers will love the new Gruffalo River Ride Adventure, the live shows and indoor soft play at Chessington. Plus, there is also a Zoo and SEA LIFE Centre where toddlers can meet the animals.

Toddlers will love the Chessington Zootastic Sleepovers which are designed especially for younger children.

Chessington with toddlers - Zootastic sleepovers

What Rides Can Toddlers Go On At Chessington?

There are 18 rides for babies and toddlers at Chessington, including the new Gruffalo River Ride Adventure.

Babies and toddlers under 90cm can go on the following rides at Chessington if they are accompanied by an adult;

    The Gruffalo River Ride – new for 2017!
    Adventure Tree (carousel)
    Tree Carousel
    Canopy Capers
    Dragon’s Playhouse (soft play)

    Flying Jumbos (flying elephants)

    Hocus Pocus Hall
    Peeking Heights (Ferris wheel)

    Sea Dragons (little boats whizzing around)

    Temple of Mayhem
    Tiny Truckers
    Toadie’s Crazy Cars
    Tomb Blast

What Rides Can Children Bigger Than 90cm Go On?

The Guest Help and Information area can confirm your toddler’s height, issue them with a wristband and advise which rides they can go on.

Toddlers larger than 90cm can go on the following rides at Chessington, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

    Griffin’s Galleon
    Treetop Hoppers
    Jungle Bus
    Scorpion Express (mini rollercoasters)

Flying Jumbos - Chessington with toddlers

What Goes On At The Gruffalo Arena?

The Gruffalo arena is a great place where toddlers can come face to face with the Gruffalo! There are meet and greet sessions, photo opportunities and screenings of the Gruffalo film.

Gruffalo Arena

Is 1 Day Enough At Chessington?

There are 10 themed lands at Chessington and over 40 rides and attractions. There is also the Zoo, SEALIFE CENTRE, live shows and playgrounds along the way. The park opens at 10am and closes at different times depending on the time of year.

There is so much to see and do at Chessington, and it is worth taking your time and exploring it all properly. Little legs can get tired if you try and do too much in one day. Overnight stays are available at the Chessington Resort Hotel in themed rooms such as the Gruffalo and Penguins of Madagascar rooms.

Gruffalo Room at Chessington

There is also Glamping at the Chessington Glamping site.

All overnight stays include a free 2nd day at Chessington, breakfast, early ride tickets where you can enter the park at 9am and free parking.

How Much Is Parking At Chessington?

Parking is £3 per day. You can prebook your parking beforehand to save time on the day, or alternatively, you can buy it on the day.

Do I Need To Take My Buggy?

Yes – Chessington is big but largely flat so it is easy to navigate with buggies. Buggy hire is available from the Adventure Point Gift Shop.

How Much Does Food Cost At Chessington?

There are plenty of places to eat and drink at Chessington. The park have partnered with Organix Goodies to bring you a new Kids Meal Deal. This includes a Kids Sandwich, Goodies cheese & herb puffs, Goodies raspberry & apple soft oaty bar and a choice of water, flavoured milk or Capri Sun. If you are planning your trip in advance, you can get offers for food packages saving you some pounds on your day out. Check out the website for offers.

There are plenty of places to eat a picnic at Chessington.

Adventure Tree - Chessington with toddlers

What Do We Do If It Rains At Chessington?

Chessington offers a Rainy Day Guarantee where you can get a free return visit if more than 1 hour of rain is recorded during your day of visit.

This offer is only valid for tickets purchased on

There is an indoor soft play and SEALIFE Centre where you shelter if it rains.

What About Baby Change Facilities?

Baby change facilities are available in all the toilets.

Separate changing facilities which can be used by both males and females are available in: Adventure Point, Wild Woods, Lodge Gate, Pizza Pasta and Forbidden Kingdom

Forbidden Kingdom and Land of the Dragons also have facilities in male toilets. A toddler-friendly toilet is also available in the baby change facility in Wild Woods

Can I Reheat Food?

Microwaves are also available at: Smokehouse BBQ & Bar, Adventure Point Pizza Pasta and Original Sandwich Company

What Can I See At The Zoo?

There are over 1000 animals, including lions, tigers, gorillas, monkeys, penguins and sealions at the Chessington Zoo.

Zoo at Chessington with toddlers

There is a children’s petting zoo at Amuzu, where you can walk amongst the donkey’s, sheep and goats and stroke them.

There are also penguins in the Penguin Bay with an open water area and viewing windows where you can see the penguins diving and swimming.

The Zufari truck takes you on a bumpy adventure looking for wildlife.

There are also lots of animal talks at Chessington, which toddlers will love including;

    Shark Talk in the Sea Life Centre

    Children’s Zoo Meet and Greet

    Otter Talk & Feed Otters
    Sea Lion Show
    Ray, Talk and Feed
    Penguin Talk and Feed
    Monkey Talk
    Gorilla Talk and Feed

Chessington Zootastic Sleepovers are bespoke overnight stays which are perfect for toddlers. Stay overnight in a Chessington Hotel, get 1 day’s access to the Zoo & SEA LIFE centre, meet the animals and get sneak peaks of the Giraffes.

Prices start from £130 per family.

Do I Need To Download The Chessington App?

If you visit on a busier day, you can use the Chessington World of Adventures App which provides details of waiting times. The app also includes a map of the park and plots your current location, making navigation super easy. It will save you time and make you sure make the most of your day.

How Much Does Chessington Cost With A Toddler?

Great value tickets with one day entry for you and your young child for only £21! Or buy a new Parent & Pre-schooler Annual Pass for only £60.

Save yourself some money by booking your tickets online in advance. As well as being cheaper you will save time by not having to queue at the entrance.

Where Can I Stay At Chessington?

You can stay overnight at the Chessington Resort Hotel or on the Chessington Explorer Glamping site.

Chessington Resort Hotel

All overnight stays include;

    A free 2nd day ticket into Chessington

    Early entry into the theme park at 9am instead of 10am so you can go on the best rides (including the Gruffalo River Ride) first.

    Free breakfast

    Free parking

The Chessington Resort Hotel has special themed rooms including rooms with a Gruffalo, giraffe, zebra or Penguins of Madagascar theme.

What Is A Zootastic Sleepover?

This is a fantastic sleepover which is ideal for toddlers and younger children.
Families get an overnight stay in one of the Resort’s Hotels, one day’s access to the Zoo & SEA LIFE centre, animal meet & greets, Giraffe sneak peaks and much more.

Prices start from £129 per family and includes;

    An overnight stay in a choice of Resort Hotels
    One day entry to the ZOO and SEA LIFE centre
    How to be a Zoo Keeper LIVE!
    Giraffe sneak peeks
    Animal Meet & Greets
    Character Meet & Greets
    Off Duty Keepers Club – Evening Entertainment
    Movie time

Zootastic Sleepover Chessington

This is a sample itinerary for a Zootastic Sleepover;


    From 3pm: Check in

    3:30pm: Animal Meet & Greets in the Resort Hotels

    4pm: Film time
    5-9:30pm: Family dinner (pre-booking is strongly advised)
    4:30-9pm: Off Duty Keepers Club – Evening Entertainment


    8-9:30am: Morning Character Meet and Greets

    9:15am: Animal Meet & Greets

    10-12 pm: Giraffe sneak peek
    2pm: How to be a Zoo Keeper LIVE! A 15 minute interactive show delivered by the Zoo and Entertainment teams. Covering how to be a Zoo Keeper featuring a selection of real animals!

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