Kids Activity Information
More about Activities and Classes
We love activities for our children! There are so many benefits for both you and your children and you can start from when they are babies and continue up to school age and beyond. One of the main reasons many parents go to activities is the chance for you and your children to socialise with other local parents and children. It's never too early to start!
With all activities and classes we advise calling beforehand to check times, costs. and availability. Why not ask if you can come along to try the class before committing to a number of sessions? We hope this gives you a feel for the different activities available. Have fun
Usually from pre-school age up, these classes introduce early academic subjects like maths and reading in a fun way to keep little ones interested. Click here to find Academic Classes in your region now.
Antenatal classes and courses
Before your baby even arrives there are a huge choice of classes and courses to help your physical and emotional well-being during pregnancy. Click here to find courses in your region now. To keep active you could try aquanatal classes or pregnancy yoga. And to help understand the changes to your body during pregnancy and get all the facts about labour and breastfeeding you can contact your health visitor or the NCT.
Art & Craft / Messy Play
Baby disco is a great way to introduce your baby and young children to different genres of music and dance. It's a great social event and good way for parents to meet other parents and children to meet new friends. Dance is a great form of exercise for you and your child. Baby Disco is a family event so the whole family can join in dads included. Click here to find dance sessions in your region now.
Suitable from birth, baby massage has been proven to help with a host of infant issues such as colic and sleep, as well as helping your baby's developing body systems to thrive. Infant massage is also wonderful for parents to bond and communicate with their babies even from the early days. Baby massage can be taught individually or in groups, which means it is also a lovely way to meet other parents with their babies and make life-long friendships. Find a Baby Massage class near you here.
Imagine if instead of screaming your baby was able to tell you exactly what was wrong or what they wanted. Using simple sign language with your baby could open up a window into your child’s mind. Moreover you will learn a beneficial skill and entertain your baby! The most frequently asked question about this growing phenomenon is “will signing with my baby inhibit their speech?” Research shows, that in fact the opposite is true - baby signing provides a platform for your baby to develop language and it also reduces frustration. Meet like-minded parents and experience for yourself the benefits and joys of signing with your baby. Click here to find Baby Signing groups in your region now.
Baby Yoga teaches gentle soft stretches and yoga inspired movements that can assist your baby's neural development and build his or her sensory-motor skills. Practising baby yoga from the early days can also help with a host of issues such as digestion, colic, immunity and sleep. Attending a baby yoga course is also great for mothers to get back into shape safely as it will include gentle post-natal stretches for mums. Baby yoga classes will also give mothers and babies the opportunity to genuinely relax - perhaps the most precious gift in the early days of parenthood! Click here to find Baby Yoga sessions in your region now.
A great way for your little one to learn about food and the joy of cooking - and of course eating! Introduce difference ingredients and simple cooking techniques in a fun way and no clearing up. For slightly older children (3years +). Click here to find classes in your region now.
Drama, dance and singing are proven to help build confidence and social skills in all children as well as being lots of fun so don't think these classes are just for little starlets. Traditionally for slightly older children (usually 4+), there are also lively and colourful sessions for babies and toddlers that can help developments such as crawling, walking and talking. Some offer a free trial session to try out the class. Click here to find drama classes in your region now.
An early opportunity to learn football-inspired skills as well as developing fitness and co-ordination. Equally as relevant to boys and girls! Click here to find football classes in your region now.
We're told that the younger you learn a language the better and languages will now be part of the primary school curriculum. Some classes start as young as 2 and 1/2 years and include action songs and games to make learning fun!
It is now commonly understood that teaching children languages from an early age really helps them to excel through their school years as it also helps their development in other subjects, enhancing their speech and understanding of their own language as well as increasing their confidence and overall cognitive development.
Click here to find language classes in your region now.
Gymnastics and movement classes for little ones often feature soft play equipment, climbing apparatus and structured games and activities. There are even classes for tiny babies which feature sensory exploration and gentle movement designed to stimulate baby in new ways. Some classes are offered in community venues and others take place in dedicated gymnastic centres. Click here to find gymnastics groups in your region now.
Usually from 3+, and a good riding school will help build riding confidence and respect for the horses. Click here to find courses in your region now.
These are usual free sessions and introduce your children to books with the aid of songs and actions. Click here to find Library Activities in your region now.
Dancing and physical movement is suitable for any child as it improves both physical and mental well-being, releasing endorphins which are the body's natural 'feel good' chemicals, helping maintain physical fitness as well as helping to prevent and combat obesity and diseases, such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes in later life. Allowing children, mainstream or special needs, to learn through music, movement and mime is of fantastic benefit. Click here for a class in your region now.
As forerunners to "big school" these groups help your child's transition to school. Often held in community building, you can usually leave your child for around 3 hours in the care of OFSTED registered groups. A lot of pre-schools and play groups are charities so you could even get involved on the committee with fundraising and supporting the day-to-day running.
It's important to take time for you after your baby is born and one of the ways to do this is by attending postnatal exercise. You do need to ensure that your Doctor has agreed you are physically ready to start exercising again but the postnatal exercises will help ensure you don't over do it! Some classes are available that you can do with your baby PLUS pushchair! Click here to find courses in your region now.
Pottery Painting combines fun with a making a lovely present for family members! You can start with doing baby handprints and footprints on plates and then let older children just have fun painting a piece of art! You will treasure these items forever! Most studios cater for very young children and often provide refreshments as well. Click here to find courses in your region now.
Soft Play/Activity Centres
A good place to burn off some energy! Soft Play or Activities Centres are usually at a permanent location and cater for a wide age group with specificarea for young children. They have a range of climbing equipment, slides, ball pens and may also have play houses.Usually they have a café for you to relax in!
Speech and Communication
Somewhere around your child’s first birthday, they’ll amaze you with their first word. Chances are that word will soon be followed by a second and a third word – and before you know it, your little one will be chattering away so much you can hardly get a word in edgeways! However, new research shows that almost half of all children arriving at primary school don’t have the communication skills they need to learn effectively.
It is however possible to boost your child’s communication skills and social confidence through the right combination of encouragement, play and practice. Click here to find classes to help with speech and communication in your region now.
Sport and Fitness
There is a wider range of general sport and fitness classes than ever before including aerobics classes and introduction to sports of all kinds. Encourages an interest in physical activity at an early age and develops fitness and co-ordination. Click here to find courses in your region now.
Walking & Nature
Walking is the perfect way to introduce your children to the great outdoors and provides entertainment, education and physical activity all at the same time! Anyone can go from babies to grandparents and there area multitude of walks suitable for pushchairs, papooses and little legs. There is nothing to stop you taking the baby out for a walk from birth and this is a great way for new mums to regain their pre-pregnancy fitness. Or use up some of your toddlers boundless energy exploring secret woods and hidden glens - and it's all for free! Click here to find activities in your region now.