Maternity mates open day may be of interest to some. Training provided.
London Play (the charity for play in the capital) commissioned children’s illustrator Josie Firmin to design a stunning map highlighting 20 adventurous play places across the city. The reverse has details about each location including information on transport, local cafes, baby-changing areas etc. All locations are accessible and free to enter.
All proceeds will go towards London Play’s work to create free play opportunities in parts of the capital where they are most urgently needed. A growing number of London children live in poverty, have bad health predictions and do not have access to a garden or a park. Their work is targeted at these children. Your purchase will directly benefit them.
Toddler Time at the Stratford East Picture House is especially designed to introduce children to the big screen, featuring 30-minute shows for pre-school children and their parents / carers.
Admission is just £3 per child, accompanying adults free, when they become members of Toddler Time (free to join - please ask at the Box Office or call 0871 902 5747). Otherwise the usual adult matinee and child prices apply. Toddler Time is free for babies under one year old. No adult unaccompanied by a toddler will be admitted.
The timing is no good for us but this may of course change…
A reminder that the very popular Wiggly Jigglers at RichMix in Shoreditch runs it’s next class on Monday 10 March from 1pm til 3pm. Free for Tower residents on production of proof of residency such as a library card.
Also joining Jasmine will be Jyoti from Bookbuggy, an online book service for the very young.
Childrens’ language skills develop very rapidly in the first few years of their lives, and Jyoti will be offering general advice about books and language development for your little one.
Age range: 0 - 2
Fun football and sport skills starting at age 18 months across London. Our nearest one is in Hackney.
Kiddikicks was created in 2005 after the co-creators had their first child - an energetic ball obsessed toddler!
They were inspired to create a parent and toddler class they would like to go to and meet like-minded parents of active children.
An age specific programme designed for children from 18 months was developed with the main aims of encouraging participation and developing a love of the beautiful game.
Based on their own sport background experience they whole heartedly agree the aim of Kiddikicks is to help children enjoy sport.
Morland Community Hall
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Spring 2014 [11 Jan - 29 Mar]
Summer 2014 [26 Apr - 26 July]
Saturdays at various times from 9am til midday subject to age. You need to book £ in advance. Toddler sessions start at a civilised 10am for 18months plus and 10.30am for 2.5 years+.
LIGASOCCER Over 5’s
Nippers 18m - 2.6yrs
Runners 2.6 - 3.6yrs
Racers 3.6 - 5yrs
Classes are INDOORS from Nov - Mar and OUTDOORS from Apr - Oct in London Fields park.
Monkey Music the award winning pre school group for children aged 3 months to 4 years across the UK has opened in South Woodford. Classes are held every Wednesday and Friday morning. They are also offering a complimentary try out class.
At Monkey Music, we know that music is fundamental to a pre-school aged child’s development. Our progressive and educational four stage curricula are designed to nurture a lifetime of music: from rock ‘n’ roll to ding-dong, classes are a ‘good fit’ for each separate age group. By the time our little monkeys ‘graduate’, they have a sound base from which to build a musical future…. have a look!
South Woodford is a 12 minute train ride from Stratford.
Sitting on the main Gateway into the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the Aquatics Centre boasts two 50m pools and a 25m diving pool providing a lasting aquatic legacy for London. Following transformation the venue will open its doors and will cater for all levels of swimming ability and aquatic disciplines. They are currently developing a fun and exciting community programme which will include:
• A range of casual and fitness themed swimming sessions including your chance to follow in the footsteps of Rebecca Adlington and Michael Phelps
by swimming in the amazing Olympic Competition Pool
• A comprehensive learn to swim programme for both juniors and adults
• Family fun sessions including inflatables, features and slides
• Targeted sessions for community groups
• Community Club and School use
• Crèche and Café facilities
There is a pool in the centre for exclusive use by families with children so definitely one to watch and check out soon!
More details can be found here
Next time you are shopping in the West End or running sightseeing tours you might want to check out this play area just behind Marylebone High Street.
Tucked away off the beaten path in Marylebone, slightly hidden unless you know it’s there. …never usually gets too crowded, and you get the sense that all the kids there are from the neighbourhood. The playground has been recently renovated so all the equipment is new and the grounds are well looked after. In redesigning the playground they did a good job of catering to both babies and bigger kids as they have a variety of toys to play on. Plus, I love when playgrounds are covered in that rubbery flooring — it’s nice for babies to crawl around on, and means safer falling for the older ones -
So it’s a great spot to take a break/have lunch/let the kids run around whilst visiting the many great shops on the high street. Just turn off Marylebone High Street onto Moxon street and walk to the end (or you can access the gardens from Paddington Street.) For more details, click here
The wheels on the bus….sung on a big red London bus
One of the best things about raising kids in London is the abundant green space and spacious playgrounds. Unlike the many small, paved playground lots you find in most cities, the playgrounds and parks in London are often set inside a beautiful grassy surrounding, removed from the ‘hustle and bustle’ of busy London. Coram’s Fields is exactly this kind of place. This unique 7-acre park located in the heart of central London, close to the British Museum, is home to grassy lawns (perfect for a picnic), sandpits, a few different playgrounds, a paddling pool (opened in the summer time), a kid-friendly café, and even a little city farm (sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, etc.)! The gated lot provides a safe place for children to run freely and play; adults without children are not allowed to enter. An entire city block devoted just to kids. Now this is why I love London… - See more at: http://www.babyccinokids.com/london/2009/02/12/corams-fields/#sthash.meQYijwt.dpuf
Have heard great things about this place and getting there is a toddler adventure in itself. By riverboat or on the DLR or both…
Capital Tots has a great little write up here
It’s a good little space. But we aren’t a playgroup. Yet. So we need your help to get up and running and as play friendly as possible. So please pop along, bring a toy to make the space fun, enjoy the garden area and a cup of tea or coffee with cake and biscuits!
Not in the Tower but highly recommended. This was our second visit and once again the toddler Garden was a huge hit. Handy tip - take a change of clothes as the water play is messy fun….