Hoop may be a new kid on the block, but this fantastic app was voted ‘Best of the App Store 2016’ and it’s obvious why. It contains UK-wide listings for fun days out so you can quickly uncover thousands of local baby events and activities to plan quality time with your tot. There are handy filters for child’s age, price, and travel options, meaning you won’t be recommended a drama workshop if you’re looking for baby yoga!
Mush is an app that provides a ‘simple, free way to meet local, like-minded mums’, with children of the same age. Once you’ve popped in your own details, your Mush hub lets you see what's going on near you, such as mums looking to sell a buggy to local playgroups, so you're never out of the loop. There’s plenty to explore and it’s a great way to find out about local, age-appropriate happenings.
Baby Sensory is a magical world of sensory learning and exploration for both you and your baby. This activity has been carefully designed to stimulate baby's senses, which is key to development at this young age. The range of classes in many locations across the UK will allow mum, dad and baby to create precious memories together and bond during the all-important first year of life.
For those that love a good ol’ story session, Waterstones’ events will captivate the little one in your life. There are classic storytime sessions, read alongs with authors and even ‘read, wriggle and rhyme’ time for more boisterous babes. There are stores nationwide, so keep an eye on local listings for an opportunity to marvel at the latest books and discover fantastic stories.
Made by mums with young families, the Whats On 4 Little Ones team believes it’s important to keep your kids active and fit, so they provide details of thousands of classes and activities for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers in your local vicinity. It’s brimming with baby clubs to join and even party ideas to prep, for those impending milestones and birthdays.
The Rhythm Time team are passionate about music and how it can help enhance your little one’s development. In line with the Early Years Foundation Stage, they’ve got classes for newborns; events for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers that will teach you how to make music fun for your child.
For those that live in the London area, London Baby lists events for parents and babies who are looking to get out and about. There are reviews of the major districts and attractions (from a handy parenting point of view), suggested itineraries, and even recommended getaways if you’re looking for a slightly longer trip out of town.
Netmums is a well-known fave for mummies and parents looking for an online community of like-minded souls. As well as tips, advice and helpful articles on parenting, they have a brilliant ‘events’ section that displays local-to-you information for those who like to be kept on their toes. You can easily filter by location to discover the perfect baby events in your neighbourhood for you and your new infant.
The crème de la crème of events listings, Time Out London has a dedicated ‘kids’ section with finger-on-the-pulse activities for youngsters of all ages. There are plenty of events listings with the best recommendations highlighted - think everything from days out at the aquarium where you can wonder and delight at sea life, to indoor soft play centres where you and your little one can roll about together and just get the giggles.
For parents, by parents, Mumsnet is one of the world wide web’s most established parenting communities. The ‘local’ section has plenty of baby events listings for families with tots, and there’s even an online forum where you can connect with parents in your area and discover meetups and listings for things-to-do, that will keep you and your baby busy as bees.
Aiming to inspire families to make memories while also having fun together, Families Online’s ‘things to do’ section is bursting at the seams with fun-filled activities for babies and children. Choose your local site to find events, or just enjoy the online book club and arts and crafts section for some inspiration for home-based, rainy-day activities for you and your tot.
If you’re looking for baking with baby classes, some postnatal exercise or rhythm-and-rhyme, then Kids Guide is worth a peruse (when you get time for a recharge in-between those bottles and nappies!). It’s full of creative offerings for little ones and bigger children too, and is bound to beat boredom or any stay-at-home blues.
This popular online radio station and website for kids and families has an ‘events’ section that has fun listings for everyone from babies to school-goers. There are free and paid-for events plus festivals, shows and lively days out, from things to do this weekend through to half-term and holiday activities, to keep just about everyone occupied.
LittleBird has a mission to make family life easier, while also being affordable and fun. They hand-pick family days out, theatre shows, activities, family breaks, parties and more - all to give parents a little helping hand (and one less thing to worry about!). There are lots of baby events to choose from, but also interesting activities that will keep any older children engaged too.
Banish the boredom with Kids Days Out, it’s overflowing with fun and affordable kid-focused things to do from one end of the UK to the other. There are events on your doorstep or trips further afield in Scotland, Wales or England if you’re feeling a little adventurous!
Days Out With The Kids is a family-focused website that helps families to get out and about together, to explore and embrace new adventures. There’s a handy town and postcode filter so you can find events for you and your baby in your locale, a blog with articles and a fun, personalised email that’s delivered straight to your inbox on a monthly basis.
The List is a dedicated events website for culture vultures, with a special ‘kids’ filter. Hit that family-friendly button and you’ll find plenty of entertainment to keep you all busy - think theatre, carnivals and even fun family raves for tinies! Or, if you’re looking for something slightly more restful to catch up on those Zzzzs, why not discover a parent and baby cinema screening, or two.
Picniq is a days-out destination for families in the UK. Established to help busy parents plan great days out for their tots, they also provide deals on family tickets to attractions, events and festivals. Visit their blog for inspiring ideas to keep you all busy, from Top Days Out For Toddlers to 10 Ways To Entertain Your Baby.
Mother and Baby is a one-stop-shop for mums and their newborns. Head to the ‘lifestyle’ section for days out, where you can use the finder to pick something relevant to you and your little one. There are also handy sections with articles and advice to assist during pregnancy and week-by-week information on your baby and toddler’s developmental stages.
Adventure Babies combines a sensory development class and an exciting storytelling session. Previously winning the Mums in the Know ‘best class for 0-2s’ award, Adventure Babies brings brilliant books to life through sensory props and activities and supports language and communication development for tots.
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