School summer holidays can be frustrating if you have babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers to entertain. The classes and playgroups you attend all term shut down for the summer and the parks and soft plays are rammed full of big kids. However, there are a number of activities still continuing over the school holidays especially for your little ones. Here, listed in alphabetical order, are some of the great classes and events still running during July and August.
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1. Baby Sensory
Thursdays, St Peters RFC, Minster Road, Cardiff
10.30-11.30am, 7-13 months; 12-1pm, birth to 7 months; 1.30pm-2.30pm, birth to 13 months
Fridays, Bethel Baptist Church Hall, Penlline Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff
10-11am, 7-13 months; 11.30-12.30, birth to 7 months, 1pm-2pm, birth to 13 months; 2:30 – 3:30 (birth – 13 months)
Baby Sensory multi-award winning classes will introduce you and your baby to a world of sensory delights, where the two of you can relax, spend quality time with each other and enjoy meeting other new parents. Specifically designed from birth, the programme is packed with an incredible variety of sounds, smells, sights, textures, music, dance, signing and massage – and you’ll never experience the same class twice. Everything in a Baby Sensory class is backed by scientific research, carefully designed with your baby’s development in mind, and the company is passionate about sharing their knowledge. They’ve done the research; so you can enjoy the fun.
The summer term has recently started, but there are spaces left in some classes and parents can join at any time during the term (space permitting). All class details and online bookings are available at http://www.babysensory.com/en/classdetails/cardiff-east. For more information, call Amy on 07793 206 868 or see http://www.facebook.com/pages/Baby-Sensory-Cardiff-East/616259441741442
2. Café Junior
Open every day during the holidays – and introducing Messy Creche!
Messy Creche is opening this summer at Cafe Junior! Cafe Junior, on the memorably named Fanny Street in Cathays, is currently working on its new Messy Creche room – a wet room dedicated to messy and creative play activities, complete with a giant picture wall ready to have paint thrown at it! Kids get to put on overalls or come in old clothes, and have lots of messy fun whilst mum or dad relaxes with a coffee in the cafe. Messy Creche is set to open at the start of August, with special introductory rates. Cafe Junior is also opening its party/class room for free over the summer holidays to local businesses, classes or playgroups who would like to arrange a summer holiday event or meet-up – to book, email email@example.com.
Café Junior is open every day over the summer holidays and is perfect for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers (although older children are welcome too).
3. Little Fizz / Party Fizz
Party Fizz themed party sessions, Mondays at Jump, Llanishen (apart from the August bank holiday). 10am and 10.45am toddlers/pre-schoolers; 11.30am babies
Beach parties, Christchurch Scout Hall, Wednesday 5th-Saturday 8th August
Party Fizz summer sessions, Funky Little Chickens, Thursday 30th July, Thursday 13th August, 10am-12pm
Liz Mullen is one of the most familiar faces in the world of pre-school classes and children’s birthday parties in Cardiff. After nine years of running her successful pre-school classes and 12 years of organising parties and events, Liz is celebrating her newest venture – Little Fizz pre-school activity group – with an action-packed summer. Highlights include her annual beach parties at Christchurch Scout Hall during the first week of August, summer sessions at Funky Little Chickens in July and August, and Party Fizz themed party sessions each Monday throughout the summer holidays at Jump in Llanishen (these need to be booked in advance with Liz and include a stay and play at Jump after the session). Her lively, interactive sessions include music and movement, action songs, percussion instruments, party games, parachute games, sensory play, bubbles and lots more beside. She’ll also be at Waterloo Gardens Fete on Sunday 19th July.
4. Musical Minis
Monday 20th & 27th July, 3rd & 10th August, 10.30-11.15am, All Saints Church Hall, Park Road, Barry
Tuesday 21st & 28th July, 4th & 11th August, 10.30am-11.15am, Once Upon A Playtime, Bridgend (includes free stay and play; playcentre T&C apply)
Musical Minis aims to enhance and improve learning and development outcomes for children through the use of music, movement, instruments and stories in a fun relaxed environment. Musical Minis sessions are suitable from birth upwards. Each 45 minute session includes action songs and nursery rhymes, a listening game using parachute, bubbles or floaty scarves, a short story using a visual aid such as a puppet or story card and we have a big box of percussion instruments.
Summer classes are open to anyone who would like to come along and join in. Places are limited so pre-booking is advised. Classes cost £4.50 and are suitable for children up to the age of 8; additional siblings cost £2 extra.
5. Tempo Tots Cymru
Monday AM – Parc Play, Curran Embankment, Cardiff
10am babies, 11am 12 months and older (up to 4)
Monday PM – Albert Road Methodist Church, Penarth
2.15pm babies, 3.10pm 18 months and older (up to 4)
Join Tempo Tots Cymru for exciting preschool music classes. Each 40-minute, themed session is led by professional musicians and is packed with live music, singing, puppets, bubbles and more.
The classes facilitate and enhance communication, physical development and bonding between parents/carers and their little ones. Classes are fun and informal, also offering a fantastic chance to meet other families.
Free trial sessions are available to all new Tempo Tots and then the classes work on a drop-in basis with discounts available for siblings and for sessions bought in advance. The prepaid card has no expiry date and can be used to suit you.
Classes run throughout the year excluding Bank Holidays.
6. Tots Play
Monday 20th & 27th July and 3rd August, St Isan’s Church Hall, Heol Hir, Llanishen, Cardiff
Tuesday 21st & 28th July, 4th August, The Scout Hut, Christ Church, Lake Road North, Roath, Cardiff
Friday 24th & 31st July and 7th August, St Isan’s Church Hall, Heol Hir, Llanishen, Cardiff
Social Tots (crawling to 3 years) 9.45-10.25am
Discovery Tots (8 weeks to crawling) 10.40-11.20am
Tots Play will be celebrating all things summer during their three weeks of Tots Play Summer Sessions! Come along and join the award-winning fun!
Sessions are suitable from 8 weeks to 3 years old. Each 40 minute session will include all the usual Tots Play fun with music and movement, yoga, sign language, bubbles and sensory play, with a summer twist! Come and enjoy edible sand (safe for little mouths), water play, teddy bears’ picnic and lots more! A different summer theme each week!
Each session is £6 each per child, or come to all 3 for £15! Sibling discounts available.
For more information or to book, please visit http://www.totsplay.co.uk/#!cardiff-north/c1wgw
7. The Wonderful Wardrobe
Tuesday 21st & 28th July; 18th & 25th August, 10am, Funky Little Chickens, Cardiff
Wednesday 22nd & 29th July; 19th & 26th August, 10am, Penarth Sea Cadets, Stanwell Crescent, Penarth
Thursday 23rd & 30th July; Thursday 20th & 27th August, 10am, Bijou Play Centre, 48 Eastgate, Cowbridge, CF71 7AB
Thursday 23rd & 30th July; 20th & 27th August, 1pm, Once Upon A Playtime, Ogmore Terrace, Bridgend, CF31 1SU
The Wonderful Wardrobe is running a number of sessions over the school holidays suitable for children aged 0-6. The special summer-themed one-hour sessions are filled with dressing up, music, puppets, action songs, plus each week your child will make a craft to take home.
Children will be transported to a land of make-believe, through dressing up, music, action songs and rhymes. They will have plenty of costumes to choose from The Wonderful Wardrobe tree, whether they want to be pirates or princesses, lions or horses, police officers or fairies.
Sessions will run the first two weeks and the last two weeks of the holidays. Take advantage of the early bird booking fee – four sessions for £20 per family. Spaces are limited and pre-booking is essential.
See http://www.thewonderfulwardrobe.co.uk/summer-sessions-2015 and https://www.facebook.com/TheWonderfulWardrobe for full details.
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