Tips and Ideas
Here we share essential 'Top Tips' from family businesses and parenting experts. We also share our Mums' Network tips and ideas for you and your little ones!
We have full details of thousands of classes and activities for babies, toddlers and pre school children all local to you.
Tips and Ideas For Halloween Fun
We've come up with some fun ideas this Halloween to make sure your little ones (and not so little ones) have a ghoully good time, take a look at some fab party ideas and places to visit this Halloween......Read More →
Go Football Crazy With Your Child
With millions of people getting excited about The World Cup we've explored the benefits of getting children involved in football. From staying healthy to learning about different countries, football can teach skills both on and off the pitch. Read More →
Encourage Children to Draw and Cultivate Their Creativity
Children have the wonderful gift of being uninhibited by the rules of art. Encouraging your child’s creativity can not only be fun, but beneficial for your little one. Studies show that art can help children develop motor skills, language, decision making, cultural awareness, and improved academic performance over time. Creativity should be an enjoyable time, however. Finding ways to make it fun for both you and your child will not only form a positive association with art but also make the process more inventive and less painful. Read More →
Easter Children's Activities and Events 2018
Celebrate The Chinese New Year with Kids
Unlike the traditional New Year we celebrate, the date of Chinese New Year differs from year to year.
Chinese New Year starts on Friday 16 February. Chinese New Year is a festival for families to come together and wish each other peace and prosperity. This year is known as the year of the Dog and more specifically, 2018 is the year of the earth dog.
There's load of activities that you can do as a family, from making dragon masks to creating Chinese lanterns and even getting together to enjoy a healthy Chinese meal.
Read on to see the fabulous family activities to enjoy celebrating the Chinese New Year together. Read More →
Ideas To Keep the Kids Busy This Christmas
We've scoured the very best festive offerings to showcase What’s On 4 Christmas. Take a look below to be inspired for all you need to enjoy the Festive Season! Win great prizes too and read our 'Mum's Network' reviews! Read more here.
Why baby swimming is such a smart move!
Swimming is one of the few things your baby can do from birth, and feels entirely natural to them - after all, they’ve just spent nine months in the womb!
Because they’re free of the restrictions of gravity, and able to use muscles they’d never even find on land, they love the sense of freedom it gives them. And whilst the emphasis in our lessons is on strengthening the bond between you and your baby, swimming from birth is also excellent for their development. Read More →
Top Tips To Nail This Year's Back To School Season
Awesome Ways to Keep Your Child Happy When They Go Back To School.
We've taken a very different slant on the usual back to school features you've seen. We're not talking about the best school shoes, where to buy uniform or pack up ideas. Instead we're focusing on the mental and physical health and well being of our children as individuals as they gear up for starting school or get ready to join a new class. Read More →
Weddings are joyful occasions when family and friends get together to celebrate something really wonderful for the happy bride and groom. It’s important for children to be involved in this; they are part of the family too and will often be a big part of the new couple’s life.
Bringing kids to a wedding ceremony, however, can be a bit stressful. From worrying about them making a noise during the service to dealing with clothing disasters, it’s not the easiest of days out.
In this article we give some top tips on everything you need when it comes to taking children to a wedding. Read More →
Top Tips to Enjoy Your Summer Holiday - How to Pack Efficiently!
Summer is the best time of year for those with a young family. The possibility for activities expands exponentially when you have the great outdoors as your own personal playground. And there’s no better way to take advantage of this than to go on a fun family holiday! Once schools and nurseries have broken up for the summer, it’s all about getting packed up and escaping to the nearest sandy beach/green field/hot country.
However, packing up for a family break can be easier said than done. With little ones around, there’s always a lot of ‘stuff’ to bring and it can be difficult to sort the essentials from the things that are just going to get in the way. To help you make sure you make the best of your summer holiday packing, here’s our go-to guide to what to bring and what to leave at home
Dance Classes, Groups and Ideas for Children
Join us as we take a look at all things dance for children. We'll be talking about the benefits of dance and helping you chose a toddler, preschool or children's dance class near you.
Moving to music is a natural instinct when you are a baby and we believe dance is a great non-competitive, gender-neutral way of getting very young children physically active.
As a parent we all know how important it is for our children to be physically active but did you know that such habits could be set by the age of 5?
Find out how to get your child into dancing today Read More →
We've joined forces with Mrs Bun the Baker to bring you some fab hints and tips to make cooking fun for your little ones! Mrs Bun the Baker is enthusiastic about getting everyone in the kitchen, whipping up tasty goodies. Your age doesn’t matter, 2 to 102 years old. Yes 2. Toddlers really CAN cook! It helps gain important life skills
Mrs Bun the Baker started teaching her son, when he was 18 months, he helped in the kitchen, creating his own recipes. Not always edible, but having fun. Starting young, exploring, tasting, messing around with food, can sometimes help the fussiest of eaters.
Baby, Toddler and Child Swimming tips
Swimming with your child is one of the most fantastic things that you can enjoy. In celebration of the British Swimming Championships 2017 #BSC17 from 18th April 2017 — 23rd April 2017 we're going to spend the month focusing on how to get your tots prepared for this fun but most necessary skill.
You may have some questions, our community of parents have already asked 'When can I take my baby swimming?', 'How old should my baby be before I can take it to the pool?', 'Can my baby swim in a nappy', 'What's the best floatation device for kids'.
Let's dip our toe in the water with some words from the experts...Read More →
Easter Childrens Activities
We've got ideas to keeps kids busy indoor and outdoor this Easter. There's Easter Egg Hunts local to you, family day out ideas, art and craft ideas and even Easter games to play.
Why not Be a challenge champion this Easter weekend with English Heritage! Fin an Egg Hunt or even an Egg Roll even near you. Hop over to find an array of Easter craft ideas including colouring pages, cards and crafts.
There's even downloadable Easter games to play.
So, if you want to avoid the dreaded 'I'm bored' read on..
World Book Day Ideas
Find last minute dressing up ideas for World Book Day
What is World Book Day?
World book Day 2017 is once again encouraging children to dress to change lives!
World book day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading.
There are events and competitions around the world in order to encourage children to explore reading and develop a love of books.
On this eagerly anticipated day you'll see everything for 'Cat in the Hat' teachers to 'Dennis the Menace' 10 year olds and everything imaginable in between.
Most children and parents alike really enjoy dressing up but if you've left it to the last minute why not have a rummage in the wardrobe for some of these dressing up ideas. Read More →
Join us as we get kids throughout the UK Fit this February ~ #Fit4Feb
Thanks to the initiative of celebrities such as BBC Radio 2's breakfast show host Chris Evans and Dr Michael Mosley from BBC 2's 'Trust Me I'm a Doctor' many of us are adopting a sugar free February. This is obviously great news and will encourage the healthy eating of many, if only just for one month.
We'd like to step things up a bit and get parents everywhere to join in with What's On 4's 'Get Fit For February'. We're looking at the wealth of activities that children can do, either as a family or in a club or class. Most importantly we're encouraging children to have fun and get fit without even realising it.
Our dog-loving nation is set to go barking mad for the Great British Dog Walk 2017 with 20 fun-filled family walks in the great British countryside
Our dog-loving nation is set to go barking mad for this year’s Great British Dog Walk, 20 fun-filled countryside walks being held between March and June 2017 to ensure more hearing dogs can be trained to bring life-transforming benefits to deaf children and adults.
Now firmly established as one of the UK’s favourite series of dog walks, around 4,000 families and over 500 dogs of all shapes and sizes are expected to take part in this year’s fun-filled nationwide events.
New Year, New Activity!
We kick started 2017 by helping parents throughout the UK find out what new activities were available to their children this year!
You may well have missed out, but don't despair - you can still enjoy all of our info on classes, activities and days out near you.
The World Health Organization (WHO) regards childhood obesity as one of the most serious global public health challenges for the 21st century. As we're all more than aware, obese children and adolescents are at an increased risk of developing various health problems and are also more likely to become obese adults. Discover the world of childrens' activities throughout the UK!
Do you take your baby swimming? There’s some very good reasons why you should!
The first-ever National Baby Swimming Week ran from Monday 31 October and celebrated the joys of baby swimming for babies and parents alike. But don't worry if you missed out. You can still find a Baby Swimming class local to you by searching What's On 4 Little Ones.
Whether your priority is water safety or you simply want additional bonding time with your baby or to get them active from a young age, baby swimming has it all. You can still follow #NBSW on social media and see all the baby swimming experiences and advice that was shared by other parents.
With the nights longer than the days it's time to get creative with the world around us, embrace the changing season and enjoy your surroundings with your little ones whether that be town or city centre or countryside.
Our friend blogger Rainy Day Mum has shared a fantastic way of having fun with working on some prewriting practice with leaf art. Why not get out and about and explore your local region, the guys at English Heritage have sent us an amazing amount of fun Halloween events that are happening throughout the UK.
Lastly blogger The Butterfly Mother has shared how she managed to conquer one of the most difficult things about being a new mum - the loneliness and isolation, by joining a local toddler group. Read her story here. Find your local group by using our search here.
5 Fun Outdoor Activities for the Summer Holidays: The sunshine’s out and it’s the summer holidays again! Now’s the time to get our children outside with some exciting warm weather activities. Encouraging children to play outside in the garden is a great way for them to get their daily dose of vitamin D which boosts mood, energy levels, memory and overall health. Hands-on activities, creative play time and colourful games are ideal ways to create opportunities for outdoor play. Here are five fun activities to try out this summer...read more >>>>
Are you Out and About this summer?
Need things to do with the kids on a Rainy Day?
We've go that covered too! Top tips for parents about the best apps to keep children learning this summer
Read here for 10 things every parent should know about Reception year
(or a light-hearted look at some of the parental challenges of that first year at school!)
Plus don't forget that you can now receive updates and find activities on our website for School Kids here.
Keeping Your Little One Busy & Active
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